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While it’s generally assumed that aircraft certification rules increase safety and reduce accidents, a recently completed research project by an Embry Riddle Aeronautical University professor reveals that for some types of accidents, that’s not the case. In fact, the research data suggests that for some segments of general aviation, burdensome certification rules actually decrease safety by making it more difficult for owners and operators to install relatively inexpensive equipment that might reduce the frequency of accidents. Read More
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Doorstep delivery via drone for Amazon customers is just two to five years away, CEO Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes correspondent Charlie Rose on Sunday. Bezos showed Rose two experimental octocopters, autonomous drones that will be able to carry up to five pounds and deliver goods from fulfillment centers to buyers up to 10 miles away within 30 minutes. About 86 percent of items purchased from Amazon weigh less than five pounds, Bezos said. The CBS video shows the drone automatically picking up a delivery box from a conveyor belt and flying to a doorstep, where it lands, releases the package, and flies away. "I know this looks like science fiction," Bezos said. "It's not." Read More
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The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved a bill that would force the FAA to follow the formal rulemaking process in adopting a controversial new sleep apnea detection initiative, It's the first legislative step to slow down implementation of a policy introduced by Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton in his November newsletter to AMEs that will direct them to send any pilot or air traffic controller with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher to be automatically referred to a sleep clinic to determine if he or she has obstructive sleep apnea, a disqualifying condition that can cause daytime sleepiness and increase the risk of sudden death. Read More
Helicopter Association International has extended the deadlines on several scholarships for those seeking aviation careers. Applicants now have until midnight, December 31, to compete for 10 scholarships that provide up to $5,000 toward commercial helicopter ratings and maintenance technician certificates. Read More
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After a dismal airshow season this year, with many events canceled due to the grounding of military show teams, planning is already under way for a better year in 2014, and this week John Klatt Airshows unveiled a new aerobatic biplane that will debut in the spring with jet power. The 1929 Taperwing Waco, featured at the opening of the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas on Monday, will fly with a jet booster that will enable the biplane to fly straight up at maximum speed, according to Klatt. Read More
Aviation heritage organizations are organizing to create a “nationwide flyover of WWII aircraft” Aug. 15-16, 2015, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, but the event may not be what you think. The Chennault Foundation describes the nationwide flyover as taking place in communities throughout America. Groups involved in the event include the History Channel, the Air Force Association, EAA Warbirds of America, the Commemorative Air Force and a host of other groups. It’s not precisely clear if “nationwide” will translate to many local events or one grand one but an official announcement on December 20 will provide more details. The press conference will be hosted by the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum, which holds its own direct ties to aviation’s rich history. Read More
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On the heels of recent announcements about easier access to airspace, China on Sunday made it easier for civilians to earn private pilot privileges. Any citizen age 17 with at least a junior-high education will be eligible to apply for the training, and they can take the required tests after 40 hours of flying and 40 hours of ground school. They also must pass a physical exam. Under the old regulations, issued in 1996, the standards for private pilots were essentially the same as for commercial pilots. The change is expected to drive an upsurge in demand for general aviation aircraft in China, a market that U.S. manufacturers have long been anxious to tap. Read More
Shell Oil announced on Tuesday that is had developed an unleaded 100-octane piston engine fuel to replace 100LL and, presumably, the fuel will enter the FAA’s recently established fuel testing and certification process. In a press release, Shell said the fuel is a culmination of 10 years in R&D and initial testing has been done with two OEMs, Lycoming and Piper. Read More
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And maybe not even that. Operators, flight schools and even Cessna dealers don't seem particularly alarmed that the Skycatcher won't remain in production. Read More
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Composite props may be the latest shiny object to make airplanes go, but most of them have wood cores, and the basic wooden prop is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a tour of Sensenich's prop factory in Plant City, Florida to see how these products are made. Read More
Owners who are new to Garmin's GTN750/GTN650 and G500/G600 avionics systems may not realize that the company offers a training course at their Olathe, Kansas factory support center. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano recently took the class and reports on it in this AVweb video. Read More