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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will meet in March to update 50-year-old rules dealing with in-flight disturbances by passengers. The announcement came after increasing pressure from airlines to beef up their defenses against an increasingly hostile cabin environment. Read More
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The Garmin D2 Pilot Watch has GPS capability and a worldwide airport database that features Garmin's signature direct-to and nearest functions, so instantly the thousands of Garmin customers will be at home with the experience. A few of the many handy features for aviators include display of multiple configurable time zones (including Zulu/UTC), compass with HSI, GPS, and adjustable baro altitude, moving map, and user-defined waypoints.

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For the round-the-world flight planned for Solar Impulse in 2015, a solo pilot will have to fly legs of up to 72 hours, so last week the team staged a simulation at their base in Switzerland. Bertrand Piccard, the leader of the nonprofit group and one of the two pilots for the solar-powered electric airplane, spent 72 hours in a mock-up of the cockpit and experimented with self-hypnosis techniques to remain alert, manage his fatigue, and sleep. Read More
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Sikorsky and Aurora Flight Sciences have been awarded the first two development contracts in an effort by the Air Force's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to create a hybrid aircraft that can hover but also reach a top speed of up to 400 knots. Read More
Historic LAX restaurant, the Proud Bird, will remain open after the owner was able to get a new lease from Los Angles World Airports, according to the L.A. Times. With stunning views of aircraft operations at LAX, surrounded by mockups of famous aircraft, crammed with aviation photos and memorabilia and long a hangout for aviators from all over the world, the restaurant faced closure after its annual rental rate was set to go from $200,000 to $500,000. Read More
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What You Missed in AVwebBiz This Week

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Cessna this week started deliveries of both the all-new Citation M2 light jet and the Citation Sovereign+, an upgrade to a design in service since 2004. The M2, in the works since 2011, offers a six-passenger cabin and aims to provide a step up for Mustang owners and turboprop pilots. The single-pilot-certified jet can cruise up to 400 knots and fly up to 1,300 nm nonstop. The Sovereign+ adds Garmin G5000 avionics, auto-throttles, winglets, and new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D engines. Read More
Honda Aircraft Company announced that it had received Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet and that its customer service facility had achieved FAA Part 145 certification as a repair station. TIA means that the FAA has evaluated technical data from the manufacturer and finds that it appears the aircraft will meet the regulations for certification. Read More
Instrument Rating Tests Are Easier than You 
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Instrument Rating -- It's Easier than You Think!
Don't let fear of the Knowledge Test stop you from reaching your next aviation goal. King ground school courses are designed for a busy schedule. You'll ace your test with clear, simple, and fun study sessions that can be completed in just 10-15 minutes -- watch a bite-sized video and answer sample questions. Online courses can be taken on your iPad, laptop, or home computer -- anywhere! Download lessons to your iPad and view them offline. Visit for more information.
In 1976, famed aviation businessman and movie pilot Clay Lacy was asked to fly one of the strangest stunt acts in aviation: The Human Fly. In this exclusive AVweb video, he explains how the project came into being. Read More
Question of the Week

Each week, we poll the savviest aviators on the World Wide Web (that's you) on a topic of interest to the flying community.

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Do You Know Starr Companies?

Starr Aviation understands how to insure airplanes — and pilots. With Starr, you fly worry-free by purchasing comprehensive insurance coverage for your aviation risk, with the underwriting experience and service you need. We cover owners, renters, flight instructors, clubs, and refurbished and antique aircraft in addition to ag and rotor. Through our national network of aircraft insurance brokers, Starr's financial strength and fast-pay claims service is hard to beat. For details, click here to visit
Brian Breighner of Cumberland, MD joins us this week in wishing all AVweb readers the happiest of holidays. Click through for more reader-submitted photos. Read More
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Today, that marvelous picture could be easily Photoshopped. But I'm quite glad that it wasn't. Read More
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In an emerging aircraft refurbishment market, Smithville, Ohio-based Aircraft Sales Inc. stands out with a comprehensive and highly customized rebuild process. In this AVweb video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano presents an inside look at the company's Pristine Airplane refurbishment process. Read More