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Textron expects to gain $65 million to $85 million annually with the "synergy" of combining Cessna and Beechcraft into its new airplane company but it's not yet saying exactly where those savings might be realized. As we reported Thursday, Textron is buying Beech for $1.4 billion. Read More
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Embraer flew its Legacy 450 mid-light business jet for the first time on Saturday and all went well, according to the company. “The flight was a success,” said test pilot Eduardo Camelier. “The full fly-by-wire system, with side stick flight controls, made the flight very smooth. With the advanced avionics suite, the aircraft operation was very easy and intuitive.” Read More
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Despite the risk of thousands in fines by the FAA, some realtors are using drones to take photos and create marketing videos of high-end houses and condos. Read More
An Alaska pilot who was convicted of bootlegging will get to keep his Cessna 206, a judge ruled this week. Air taxi operator Ken Jouppi was convicted in August for letting a passenger load alcohol onto an airplane in April 2012 and then flying it into the remote village of Beaver, home to fewer than 100 people, where alcohol is banned. The case "serves as a precautionary tale for pilots," according to the local Alaska Dispatch. There are 77 communities in Alaska that ban the importation and sale of alcohol. Read More
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The Super Bowl is always a big event for general aviation operations, and this year, with the game set for February 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, weather could potentially become a major factor. The FAA said it expects an additional 1,200 GA flights to the New York/New Jersey metro airports during Super Bowl XLVIII. A TFR already has been designated, with three restricted zones extending up to 30 nm from the field. ATC will separate Super Bowl traffic from normal traffic and assign departure slots for flights operating at GA airports within the TFR, the FAA said. Extra staff and expanded hours of operation will be added. Read More
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The internal GPS receiver in some tablets doesn't always provide reliable lock-on in all aircraft cabins. Two new satellite receivers -- from Bad Elf and Global Nav Systems -- solve this problem. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano has a look at them in this AVweb video. Read More
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This afternoon, my six-year-old son and I went out to the airport to check on things at the hangar. The weather was rainy and IMC. We watched a Cherokee land after shooting an instrument approach. I made some comment about being able to fly instruments soon, when I finish my instrument rating. My son turned to me with this puzzled and concerned look. "Dad, how do you turn the airplane when you are playing an instrument?" -- Patrick G. Bramlett, via e-mail Read More
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How else to explain why we so often lose control of our flying machines? And that's before even taking off. Read More
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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