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In our never-ending quest to serve our readers and advertisers better, we sometimes hit a technological brick wall and this is one of those times. We're trying to improve the user experience for the thousands of subscribers who view AVweb on smartphones but we can't get it to work the way we want it to so we've gone back to our long-serving and extremely stable format. A new improved AVwebFlash is on the way. Just not today and maybe not for the next few issues. Thanks for your patience and your comments on the efforts so far. Read More
Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay, 40, was killed on Tuesday when his Icon A5 crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Pasco County. This is the second fatal Icon crash of 2017. In March of this year, renowned Icon test pilot John Karkow and a new Icon employee, Cagri Sever, were killed after evidently making a wrong turn into a box canyon while flying low over Lake Berryessa, according the NTSB report. Read More
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Uber has signed a deal with NASA to develop software for the air taxi it plans to have in service within five years. At a web conference in Lisbon on Wednesday, Uber’s Jeff Holden said the company is teaming with NASA to develop a range of technologies designed to track and de-conflict its human carrying quad-copters from each other and from other manned aircraft. Read More
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The Air Force, in a press release, says it has deployed drone defenses at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. “Our mission is to ensure the safety and security of resources and personnel on base and this is just one method of keeping pace with an ever-evolving threat,” says Lt. Col. William Smith, commander of Offutt’s 55th Security Forces Squadron. That one method isn’t exactly clear. Read More
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After stopping production more than 20 years ago, Aero Vodochody is preparing to bring an updated version of the L-39 Albatros jet trainer back to the market. In the L-39NG, a William FJ44-4M will replace the Ivchenko AI-25 found in the original. The new model will also come with a lighter airframe, wet wings and modern avionics. Read More
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Boeing’s 747, the iconic humped two-decker jet, flew its last flight for United Airlines on Tuesday. The four-engine widebody has lost ground to more-efficient modern aircraft. A United Airlines crew flew the final trip, from San Francisco to Honolulu, tracing the same route as the first United 747 flight in 1970. The 747 will remain in Honolulu, United said, and passengers on the final flight were booked to go home on a different airplane. Read More
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The Roy Halladay crash comes just weeks after he took delivery of the airplane. Will it have an impact on Icon? Read More
Texting is the preferred method of communication for many so David Gray decided to bring it to the cockpit with a low-cost satellite system that uses the Iridium constellation that will offer worldwide coverage. It's called AirText. Read More
Picture 
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We had a few to choose from this week so we were able to restrict the images we displayed to aircraft in the air, which is our favorite subject matter. There were some nice airplane portraits and detail shots and they may show up late but for this week we celebrate the beauty of flight. Regular entrant Daniel Valovich caught this T-6 at the right moment for this week's winner. Read More

Determining who and what is worthy of the miracle of flight is determined by the Universe's highest authority ... yes, the FAA. And to prove your airworthiness, simply unmask these universal secrets and ace this quiz.

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On final approach to Runway 23 in a D-18 Beech at Mansfield Lama Airport, Ohio, we received this inquiry from the control tower ... Tower:  Beech XXXXX please confirm nose wheel extension? ... Beech 18: After looking at each other in surprise and much laughing, we responded: Mansfield Tower, N8504, we don't have one! ... Sue Packer Read More

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