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Mozambique authorities say the captain of a Mozambique Airlines Embraer E-190 deliberately crashed the plane in Namibia last month killing all 33 people on board. Read More
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A British Airways Boeing 747 destroyed part of a building along with the travel plans of its 189 passengers on Sunday when the aircraft's right wing sliced the top off much of the brick structure next to a taxiway at Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read More
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The pilot of a Tampa Police helicopter and his partner say they were just doing their jobs when they landed beside the burning wreck of a Cessna 210 and pulled its pilot to safety on Thursday. Pilot Dave Dennison and partner Brian Burke were on routine patrol just before midnight when they heard the distress call from the pilot of the 210, which was carrying freight from Valdosta, Ga., to Tampa. Read More
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A Utah pilot is facing numerous charges after apparently being caught by a federal program that aviation groups have suggested may violate pilots' rights. As in other cases publicized by the groups over the past year, 53-year-old Ken Barton Burrows was met by armed agents from the Department of Homeland Security and local police when he landed his Cessna single at New Castle Airport. Read More
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The FAA told aviation groups Thursday it will delay implementation of the new sleep apnea testing policy that was to begin in January 2014. The FAA said it will gather additional input from the aviation and medical communities. Both groups are applauding the move, which caught them by surprise in November. Read More
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For the second time in two months, a publication is reporting that Beechcraft is about to be sold and Beechcraft is again refusing to confirm the report. As we reported in October, Bloomberg quoted unnamed sources saying negotiations were under way to sell the storied but frequently troubled aviation icon for about $1.5 billion to one of several suitors, most likely Cessna. On Friday, the Financial Times (registration required) narrowed it down to Textron, the increasingly independently aviation-oriented parent company of Cessna, for $1.4 billion. Read More
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First night XC with instructor. The route was going to take us over my home at 11:00pm, so I turned on my aviation scanner in my home for my wife so I could tell her goodnight. As we passed over my home at 6,500', I had failed to push the flip-flop to the air-to-air frequency and was still on approach. ... Me: "Goodnight, Susan. I hope you sleep well." ... What I can only envision as a large, hairy-armed controller: "The name is Bart, and they like it a lot better if we stay awake." ... I apologized and changed to the air-to-air freq with my CFI laughing. -- Ed Bandy, via e-mail Read More
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The aircraft of the future may be here today -- or at least, the idea of it has arrived. Read More
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Renting Airplanes Just Got Easier || 
If you do your own airplane maintenance, that work will include checking spark plugs. Tempest says checks should include resistance measurements and they've developed a little gadget to do that. Read More