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Pilots and controllers who may be obese will have an extra hoop to jump for their medical certification to ensure they don't have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton has notified Air Medical Examiners (AMEs) that they will soon be required to measure the body mass index (BMI) of all pilots and controllers during their medicals. Read More
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In a public submission, the NTSB has told the FAA it does “not understand the foreseeable safety benefit of the FAA’s proposed action” regarding specific parts of the agency’s NPRM on ECi cylinder assemblies. As written, the FAA’s NRPM would require thousands of aircraft owners to inspect or replace certain ECi engine cylinders. In its four page submission, the NTSB cites prior ADs and Mandatory Service Bulletins and suggests that the FAA exclude from the NPRM certain cylinder assemblies (identified by serial number) or take action other than that prescribed by the NPRM. In fact, the NTSB directly states that the FAA’s proposed rule “would affect many more cylinder assemblies than the NTSB included in our recommendation letter.” Read More
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The Garmin D2 pilot watch and VIRB action camera are here just in time for the holidays. The D2 features a built-in airport database with our signature "Direct-to" and "Nearest" functions, moving map, zulu time/UTC reference, internal compass with HSI, adjustable baro altimeter, and lots more. It can even wirelessly control the VIRB action camera, so you can start/stop recording and take still shots right from your wrist. Click here to choose your perfect gift.
A Tatarstan Airlines Boeing 737 operated for Ak Bars Aero crashed in Kazan, the capital city of Tatarstan Sunday, killing all 44 passengers and six crew. Early reports out of Russia said the airliner, on a flight from Moscow, attempted to land two or three times and crashed on the final attempt. Read More
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Police may have solved one mystery surrounding a passenger's fall from a Piper Malibu over Miami Thursday but they're not saying much about other aspects of the strange mishap. Miami-Dade Police say they've found a body believed to be that of Gerardo Nales in a mangrove swamp in Miami's Biscayne Bay. Read More
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A crowd-funded campaign for the not-for-profit Perlan Project aims to raise more than $2 million to build the Perlan II sailplane and send it to a near-space altitude of more than 90,000 feet. The project hopes to use “stratospheric mountain waves and the polar vortex” to reach the target altitudes and to collect atmospheric data along the way. Flying in near-vacuum conditions, the aircraft will need to reach near-transonic speeds to create enough lift for flight. The project predicts building costs to exceed $1.4 million with equipment and flight testing to add an additional $800,000. Perlan II is meant to extend the efforts of the NASA Dryden Perlan Project, which included Steve Fossett and in 2006 set a record for altitude in an unpowered aircraft. Read More
An Air Force mission will on November 19 deliver into orbit a small satellite, dubbed TJCubeSat, which will be the first orbiting satellite designed and built by high school students. The launch will take place at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport operated at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in eastern Virginia. Students from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, have worked on the project for several years, mentored by staff from Orbital Sciences Corporation, which provided financial support for the project and made its own testing facilities available for the project. Students around the world will be able to interact with the satellite once it is successfully placed in orbit. Read More
Wind tunnel testing conducted earlier this month at Moffett Field, Calif., has shown promising results for active flow control technology and its potential for reducing the size of vertical tail structures for a whole family of aircraft. NASA, in partnership with Boeing, equipped a full-scale Boeing 757 vertical fin with active flow control technology that involved “sweeping jet actuators,” which blow air along the span of the tail. NASA hopes similar systems will lead to simpler, smaller, more efficient structures that will reduce the weight, drag, and fuel consumption of aircraft. The test results were “promising,” according to NASA, which hopes to follow the ground tests with flight demonstrations in 2015. Read More
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Responding to the growing demand for ADS-B-capable equipment, BendixKing is rolling out a new Mode-S transponder called the KT-74. AVweb got a tour of it at AirVenture last July. Read More
Arlene Myers writes: "Regarding the "Question of the Week": I'm not a person equipped to make financial investments in projects. But I believe in investing in GA and can do that with time and information. I have been going into the local schools to give talks about my 13 years as a local (female) banner tow pilot. The kids are wide-eyed, and it really instills interest in GA. With all the opportunities for kids to seek interests these days, there is nothing like sharing a passion to get them thinking about flying instead of video games!" Click through to read and other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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I was flying from EWR-DFW the week after the Texas-Oklahoma University football game (won by Texas this year). On the center frequency, an aircraft with the call sign "Oklahoma One" checked in, and after each conversation with center, they responded "Oklahoma One." Finally, someone keyed the mic and said, "No, Texas won." The silence was deafening! -- Mark Castellani, via e-mail Read More
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Virgin Galactic is about ready to launch the first space tourism flight, with XCOR right behind them. Which ride would you choose, assuming you had the quarter-mill ticket price? Read More
PS Engineering Flight Trial Challenge || Take 
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With a cruise speed of around 270 knots and a price tag of nearly $5 million, the 2013 Pilatus PC-12NG isn't the fastest or the least expensive single-engine turboprop on the market. It is, however, arguably in a class of its own. That's because it has a cabin that can carry 1,200 lbs. of payload while carrying over 400 gallons of fuel, the ability to operate from unpaved runways, and a huge 53x52-inch cargo door. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano takes a look at the airplane. Read More
At an annual fly-in in Connecticut, pilots who design and build their own hot-air balloons gather to fly their aircraft, learn from each other, and try out new ideas. Read More