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After more than three years of searching and $160 million spent on the effort, the Australian government has ended the active search for Malaysian Flight 370, declaring the outcome “unacceptable.” Read More
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A two-seat autonomous aircraft with 16 electric rotors flew for the first time in May, and carried passengers on board for several flights in August, the company recently announced. The “PassengerDrone” aircraft looks similar to a Volocopter, but with its rotors placed along two straight booms instead of Volocopter’s circular rotor array. The cockpit features just a joystick and a touch-screen graphic display with custom avionics. Read More
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Santa Monica Airport is preparing to start work next week on shortening its single runway from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet. Authorization to shorten the runway at the airport was the result of a controversial settlement between the city government and the FAA in January. Initial work will take place in the evenings, with the airport closed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. local time, Monday through Friday, starting Monday, Oct.9 and anticipated to run through Dec. 20. Read More
Facing down a critical shortage of pilots, the Air Force is turning to its retirees to pick up the slack. Under the Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty (VRRAD) program, the Air Force plans to put retirees back in uniform to serve in roles that require aviation experience, but don’t involve actual flying. The goal is to reduce staff demands on current aviators to keep them in the cockpit. Read More
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On Tower frequency at a rural class Delta ... Cessna: Uh, Tower caution some sort of otter or marmot just went right in front of my plane ... Tower: It was a groundhog. That is our airport groundhog ... Cessna: Ok regardless of type he just crossed Alpha without clearance. Tell him to check his frequency ... Tower: We'll have a talk with him.  Cleared for takeoff 23 ... George Mendenhall Read More
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When the last BFR blasts the last human to Mars, I'll still be here claiming it will never work. Can I at least drive the abandoned Teslas? Read More
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Cirrus has begun shipping its long-awaited SF50 VisionJet and as part of a two-video series, AVweb recently flew the jet from the company's Duluth, Minnesota factory to the east coast. In this long form video, AVweb takes a deep dive into how the airplane performs and how it compares to other small jets. Read More
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The classic lines of the Nanchang CJ-6 and the beautiful background sold us on this lovely image. Colin McGeachy is the windblown pilot and John Weir took the photo near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Read More

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