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New WACO Walks On Water »

WACO Aircraft announced the debut of the amphibious version of their radial engine biplane yesterday—the YMF-5F. The company says the “F” designation is for both “float and fun,” not to suggest that the tailwheel gear version isn’t fun. More

NTSB: Poor Pilot Decisions Led To Fatal Balloon Crash »

A commercial balloon pilot’s “pattern of poor decision-making” led to his balloon striking power lines and then crashing to the ground in Texas in July 2016, killing all 16 on board, the NTSB concluded in its final report, issued on Tuesday. It was the deadliest balloon crash in U.S. history. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s medical conditions and medications that likely affected his decision-making, the board said. Alfred “Skip” Nichols, 49, the owner of Heart of Texas Balloons and the pilot on the day of the accident, had Valium, oxycodone and the antihistamine Benadryl in his system on the day of the crash, the board said. More

Airbus To Revive C-Series »

Airbus and Bombardier announced Monday that the European aerospace giant will assume a 50.01 percent interest in the Bombardier CSeries jet program. To keep it afloat, the CSeries program required a $1.25 billion investment last year by the province of Quebec, which will continue to own 19 percent, with Bombardier owning the remaining 31 percent. More

American Airlines Pilot Ejects Passenger »

American Airlines is taking their turn in the hot seat over an incident last week where a pilot intervened to have a passenger removed. Prior to boarding her flight from Miami to New York, Tamika Mallory had a disagreement with the gate agent over whether she was to be seated in a middle or aisle seat, but thought the dispute was behind her as she walked down the jetway with her boarding pass in hand. More

Muroya Red Bull Champion »

Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya was crowned Red Bull Air Race World Champion after a wild series of races over the brickyard at stormy Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. More

Drone Hits Charter Flight In Canada »

In the first documented incident of its kind in Canada, a Skyjet Aviation flight hit a drone while on approach to Jean Lesage Airport in Quebec City on Thursday. The aircraft suffered minor damage and no one was injured. Skyjet flies King Airs and Beech 1900s for charter and medevac. More

Supersonic Flight 70 Years Old »

It’s been 70 years since Chuck Yeager squeezed into the sharply tapered cockpit of the Bell X-1 rocket plane and cracked a physical and psychological barrier that busted aircraft development wide open. More

Alleged Serial Plane Shooter Charged »

A Minnesota man is facing attempted murder charges after a Cessna Skywagon that overflew his property took a gunshot in the fuselage. More

Complex Three-Engine Ferry For A380 »

Air France plans to ferry a damaged A380 back to France from Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, on three engines but before it can do that it has to install a new engine that won't be running. More

Spirit Airlines Captain Addicted For 2-3 Years »

Spirit Airlines Captain Brian Halye was addicted to speedballs (a mixture of cocaine and heroin) for several years before his death, according to a report by the Dayton Daily News. Hayle’s mother told the Daily News that her son had been using hard drugs for two to three years before the overdose. Halye and his wife were found dead by their four children in March of this year. Spirit Airlines was previously reprimanded by the FAA on at least two occasions for non-compliance with drug testing obligations. More