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FAA Says Pilots Can Conduct Piper Fuel Selector AD Inspections »

The FAA has issued a new Airworthiness Directive (AD) for fuel selector placards on nearly 19,000 Piper PA-28s. The AD supersedes an earlier directive issued last January and allows pilots to perform the required inspection themselves. More

Thunderbird Pilot Killed In Crash »

A U.S. Air Force Thunderbird F-16 crashed on Wednesday morning during a routine aerial demonstration training flight near Nellis Air Force Base outside of Las Vegas. The pilot was killed in the accident. According to a U.S. Air Force statement, the cause of the crash, which occurred at the Nevada Test and Training Range, is under investigation. More

Microburst Destroys Hangar At Houston Hobby »

A wet microburst with wind gusts up to 60 mph destroyed a hangar at Houston’s Hobby Airport Tuesday April 3. According to news reports no one was inside the hangar when the microburst occurred and no one was injured. The hangar, owned by Jet Aviation, had four aircraft inside that were damaged. An additional four aircraft outside of the hangar were also damaged. More

Two Killed In ERAU Plane Crash »

An Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University training flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport shortly before 10:00 a.m. EST this morning, killing the student pilot and FAA pilot examiner on board. The Piper PA-28 went down in a pasture, with some witnesses saying that they saw the aircraft’s wing separate from the fuselage in the air. More

Four Crew Lost In Marine Helicopter Crash »

A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed in the vicinity of El Centro, California, at about 2:35 p.m. Tuesday during a routine training mission, the Corps has announced. All four crew members are presumed dead. More

Collier Trophy Goes To Cirrus Jet »

The 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy, awarded annually by the National Aeronautic Association for the “greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America,” goes to Cirrus Aircraft, for “designing, certifying, and entering-into-service the Vision Jet — the world’s first single-engine general aviation personal jet aircraft with a whole airframe parachute system.” More

Verizon Testing Drones For Cell Service »

As airborne drones find ever more applications, Verizon is testing unmanned aircraft to provide cellphone service after a natural disaster. The 200-pound drones are being used in the latest in a series of tests Verizon has been conducting since 2016, according to USA Today. More

Concept Vehicle Uses Wing In Ground-Effect Technology »

If speed, load-hauling and range represent the trifecta of motorized flight, many would argue you’ll find that sweet spot in wing-in-ground-effect technology, which has been kicking around for almost half a century. The Soviets tried it with their eight-engine Black Sea behemoths. Variations on the Alexander Lippisch-designed reverse delta single-engine skimmers have been spotted in coastal and riverine settings from China to Australia. More

FedEx Express Expands Pilot Outreach »

FedEx Express is joining a recent trend in the industry to develop a pipeline of pilots to fill seats in its larger jets, by creating clear pathways for new hires to get the training and opportunities they need for a productive career. The outreach program, beginning with Delta State University, in Mississippi, will aim to promote student interest in aviation careers. More

NASA, Lockheed Martin To Build Supersonic X-Plane »

NASA has awarded a $247 million contract to Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works to build a piloted quiet supersonic technology demonstrator, with first flight planned for summer 2021, officials announced at a news conference on Tuesday. Peter Coen, manager for the project at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia, said the key element in Lockheed Martin’s design is “a brand-new shape.” More