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The pilot of a Challenger 600 that crashed in Aspen, Colo., on early Sunday afternoon aborted his first landing attempt due to severe windshear according to air traffic control exchanges obtained from Read More
Thanks to radio traffic recorded by, we know that winds may have been a factor in the crash of a Challenger 600 at Aspen on Sunday. AVweb's Russ Niles prepared this report. Read More
A Piper Cherokee and Cirrus SR-22 both ended their flights on public roads on Saturday and both had a happy result. By far the most high-profile off-airport landing was that of Michael Schwartz's Piper Cherokee, which encountered some kind of problem over the Bronx after a sightseeing flight around the Statue of Liberty and was set down on a fortuitously closed section of the normally busy Major Deegan Expressway. Read More
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Union workers at Boeing narrowly accepted a contract offer the company says will guarantee its new 777X aircraft will be built in the Seattle area. On Friday, International Association of Machinists members voted 51 percent in favor of the deal, which was a sweetened version of an offer that was soundly rejected by the union in November, mainly over pension concerns. Read More
The fight over Santa Monica Airport heated up on Jan. 3, 2014, as a federal judge denied the FAA’s request for an extension of time to respond to the lawsuit filed by the City in November seeking to close the airport. Citing what he referred to as the “time-sensitive nature of the action,” Judge John F. Walter ordered the FAA to file its response by Jan. 10, according to the Santa Monica Lookout. Read More
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70 years after their groundbreaking service, a Rose Parade float carrying eight former Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) and accompanied by numerous active women pilots honored the accomplishments of the women who flew for their country in World War II. Dominated by a floral replica of the AT-6 advanced trainer flown by all WASPs during training, the float included 38 stars representing the 38 WASPs who gave their lives in service, a rotating hexagon with historical pictures and the Fifinella symbol created for the WASP by Disney studios. Read More
Beginning next week, AVweb will switch to three-times-a-week publication, with new features, expanded business coverage and additional blogs and commentary. Read More
'The Aviators' || Season 4 On 
The Aviators Is Back with an All-New Fourth Season
The all-new fourth season of the award-winning hit TV show The Aviators, the biggest aviation show on the planet, is now available! Airliners, bombers, ultralights, gliders, floatplanes, helicopters, and even blimps -- absolutely everything for pilots and enthusiasts alike. New episodes can be seen on PBS or online at iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu. Click here to watch The Aviators ... RIGHT NOW on iTunes!
Brainteasers Quiz #191: Aloha, Minnesota!

Ya gotta love flying in a state with active volcanoes, gorgeous beaches, and its own FAR (91.138). You're thinking somewhere in the Midwest, but this winter paradise will reveal its identity as you ace the quiz.

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In this week's Cub Theatre installment, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli provides a video examination of the runway turnback or the so-called "impossible turn." Well, it's not impossible at all, although it's not necessarily easy. If you want to try it, you'll need to practice it first. And think about making the turnback decision before you take off, not when the engine crumps at 500 feet. Read More
Aaron Harrington of Forest Hill, MD treats us to a misty morning in our latest winning "PotW." Click through for more reader-submitted photos. Read More
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One day when I was working the south arrival sector at Denver TRACON, traffic was getting backed up, and I had to start issuing speed reductions to the arrivals on initial contact. ... One United pilot took exception to being slowed so far from the airport and asked, "Approach, just how far out do you show us, anyway?" ... I responded that he was 45 miles out on my radar. Then to lighten the tension, I said, "I show you right over my house." ... After a few seconds, he keyed up and said, "Approach, there's a strange car in your driveway." -- Randy Owen, via e-mail Read More
Heard Anything Funny on the Radio?

Heard anything funny, unusual, or downright shocking on the radio lately? If you've been flying any length of time, you're sure to have eavesdropped on a few memorable exchanges. The ones that gave you a chuckle may do the same for your fellow AVweb readers. Share your radio funny with us, and, if we use it in a future "Short Final," we'll send you a sharp-looking AVweb hat to sport around your local airport. No joke.

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FAR/AIM 2014 || ASA - Training Starts 
With the average age of the light aircraft fleet north of 40 years, it's a challenge to keep older aircraft maintained. In this video, Cub owner Paul Bertorelli shows how the shop uses a borescope to see deep inside the aircraft to detect any issues before they become serious. Read More
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo || Sebring, FL || 
January 16-19, 2014
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