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A C-130 operated by the Marine Corps crashed in a soybean field in Mississippi on Monday evening. There were 16 people on board, and no survivors, according to online news reports. The aircraft had taken off in Tennessee. Photos online show the wreckage burning, with heavy smoke. The U.S. Marine Corps announced the crash on Twitter, and said further information will be forthcoming. This story will be updated as information is made available. Read More
The Falcon 5X, an all-new widebody business jet by Dassault Aviation, has flown for the first time, the company has announced. The flight lasted for two hours. The Safran Silvercrest engines installed on the test plane are a “preliminary version,” Dassault said. According to the company, “design issues” have delayed the engine’s development four years beyond the initial timetable. The flight tests will continue for a few weeks, Dassault said, to “help streamline the development process.” Read More
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An Air Canada A320 crew mistakenly lined up to land on the parallel Taxiway C instead of Runway 28R last Friday at San Francisco International Airport, a mistake that was caught and corrected by air traffic controllers. The incident sparked widespread news reporting about the “near miss” that could have caused “the greatest aviation disaster in history.” The Mercury News, based in the Bay Area, broke the story on Monday. Read More
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The FAA issued a final Airworthiness Directive on Tuesday that will affect 23,643 airplanes in the Piper fleet, mainly PA-28 and PA-32 models in the Cherokee line. The AD, which was issued to clarify the requirements of an earlier AD issued in 1995, takes effect Aug. 15. It requires that owners of operators of airplanes equipped with oil-cooler hose assemblies that do not meet certain technical standard order (TSO) requirements must have the assembly inspected, at an estimated cost of $128. Read More
The History Channel says it’s having a look at a Japanese historian’s claim that a photograph that underpinned a much-hyped television special on the fate of Amelia Earhart was taken two years before she left on her round-the-world flight. Read More
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Bell Helicopter’s twin-engine 525 Relentless is back in the air after being grounded for about a year following a fatal crash in Texas, the company has announced. Two Bell pilots were killed in July 2016 when the 525 crashed during a test flight near the company’s facility in eastern Texas. “Bell Helicopter has worked with the NTSB and FAA since the accident and we are confident in the resumption of flight test activity,” said Mitch Snyder, Bell’s CEO. Read More
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A new project called Air AIR (Artists in Residence) is inviting artists to apply for a chance to spend time in the air and create art inspired by their experience aloft. Such programs are well-established in national parks, Amtrak and other venues, but this appears to be the first of its kind that takes place aboard commercial aircraft. The project launched last year and held its first Air AIR Artists’ Exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia, in March. Applications are now being accepted for this year’s residencies. Read More
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When an A320 at SFO executes a go-around, isn't that just business as usual? Maybe, but maybe not. Read More
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
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