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The House and Senate versions of the FAA reauthorization bill, while they famously differ on whether to privatize the national airspace system, agree that the FAA should study its current prohibition on supersonic flight in U.S. civil airspace. Supersonic flight by civil aircraft is only permitted in the United States either over water or in military operations areas (MOAs)—and in MOAs only with the permission of the controlling military authority. Read More
As the FAA sorts out the mess created when its drone registration rule was struck down by the courts, it’s already thinking about taking the registration requirement to the next level and requiring operators to transmit their registration information. Read More
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Crew members and passengers aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Seattle headed for China Thursday evening weaponized wine bottles and anything else they could think of to subdue a young passenger who was hell bent on opening a galley exit door. Read More
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The U.K. and Norway say they’ll soon lift a 17-month ban on the use of two models of Airbus Super Puma helicopters to service offshore oil operations. The H225LP and AS332L2 helicopters were taken off that kind of duty after a crash in April of 2016 in which the rotor blades separated from a Super Puma heading to a rig off Norway. Read More
The FAA is soliciting applications for new civilian air traffic controllers (Air Traffic Control Specialist Trainees--ATCS), but if you want to be considered, you’d better be fast. The application window opens today, July 7, and closes July 14. Short application windows are the norm for the FAA. When the FAA last hired for the ATCS position in 2016, the window was also only open for about one week. Read More
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The pilot of a P-51D was uninjured but the aircraft was substantially damaged in an off-airport landing near Duxford, England, on Sunday. The Mustang known as Miss Velma was set down in a field near the airfield during an airshow. Read More
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No, it's not your relationship with your maker—but some serious thoughts on improving the ability to make better decisions in the cockpit. Read More
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Gear-up landings aren't an everyday event, but they're hardly rare, either. In today's video, Paul Bertorelli examines why they happen, what the outcomes are and how you can avoid one if you fly a retrac. Putting the wheels down is a big help... Read More
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What a great trip. A bunch of Taylorcraft owners go together for a 3200 mile trip through the West and Mark Bowden shot this at Marble Canyon (L41). Nice picture, Mark and it looks like a great time. Read More

Before beginning a flight, the PIC must become familiar with all available information concerning that flight. Tall order that, but, honestly, you'll be closer to fulfilling the FAR 91.103 mandate after you ace this quiz.

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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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Heard recently on the CTAF frequency at Arlington Municipal Airport (KAWO) in Washington ... Cessna 123: “Departing 34, straight out to the west.” ... Eric Taylor Read More

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