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The all-time piston single speed record was set Saturday when Steve Hinton Jr. flew Voodoo, a highly modified P-51 Mustang, at an average speed of 531.53 mph over four runs at Clarks Ranch in remote central Idaho. Read More
Airbus’s Perlan II glider set the altitude record for soaring on Sunday by riding a mountain wave in Argentina. According to the Argentinian online news site, the glider reached at least 52,172 feet on a flight from El Calafate Airport in Tierra del Fuego, near the southern tip of South America. Read More
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One Aviation has announced the first flight of the wing that will hold up its EA700, known as the Eclipse Canada until recently. Details of the flight are unavailable because of technical issues with their news release but the flight follows reports of an original version of the aircraft appearing last week with the distinctive new wing. Read More
The British-designed but now Bentonville, Arkansas-manufactured GameBird GB1 received its FAA Part 23 type certificate on Wednesday. The GB1 is certified for unlimited aerobatics—plus or minus 10G. To be certified to that staggering load factor, a GB1 airframe was tested repeatedly to plus then minus 11.7G, with three trips to plus and minus 16G, culminating in a test to 19G with the airframe heated to 160 degrees to soften the carbon fiber—all without failure. Read More
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Water landings in amphibious aircraft are no cause for alarm, but that’s a message still making its way to the general public. An aircraft reported to local police as having crashed off the coast of Maine last week was just an Icon A5 setting down in a routine water landing. Derek Tam-Scott, Icon Aircraft’s head of communications, tells AVweb that calls to police reporting A5 water landings are not uncommon. Read More

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AVweb's Geoff Rapoport flies the A5 and he discovers that he can't stop smiling. Read More
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That's at the heart of AOPA's complaint to the FAA about three Signature FBOs. But it's the security and infrastructure fees that need attention. Read More
International 'Aviation Alert! Short video on how EI saved this pilot's 
Composite props may be the latest shiny object to make airplanes go, but most of them have wood cores, and the basic wooden prop is enjoying somewhat of a resurgence. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took a tour of Sensenich's prop factory in Plant City, Florida, to see how these products are made. Read More
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Not a single sunset but there is a rainbow in this batch. The AVweb hat goes to Bob Shaw who caught this BAE 146 converted to an air tanker that we're sure the manufacturer never envisioned in this attitude and role when it designed the regional airliner. Nice shot, Bob. Read More
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Controller: Cessna 123, traffic, opposition direction, five miles, at 4,000 feet ... Cessna 123: Looking for traffic, Cessna 123 ... Controller: Cessna 123, Love Field, six miles, 12 o’clock ... Cessna 123: Cessna 123 looking for Love ... Pause ... Cessna123: That didn't come out right, did it ... Controller: No but we hope you find Love, ... and the airport ... Alan Werner Read More

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