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Mooney Aircraft Company has reportedly been sold to a Chinese company and indications are the intention is to resume production, build aircraft components and service the used aircraft market, mainly in China and Asia. Meijing Group, a Chinese real estate company, expected to close the deal on Tuesday and finalize the sale sometime in November according to, a Chinese news Web site. Read More
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Redbird Skyport's offer to fill your airplane's tank for $1 a gallon during October has drawn so much activity that the organizers have decided to end the promotion two weeks early, spokesman Jeff Van West said on Tuesday. "In preparing for this experiment, we planned for traffic averaging eight times normal," said Van West. "Actual response has been four times higher than that -- over 30 times our normal volume. By the end of the first week, we'd reached our data collection goal for the entire month." The incessant demand has become "unmanageable" for the Skyport staff, he said. Read More
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As expected, AOPA has filed a detailed defense of its FlyQ online flight planning tool against a $66 million patent infringement suit launched July 29 by SD Holdings LLC, a Washington State company that holds two patents concerning online travel and flight planning services. AOPA asked the U.S. District Court in Portland, OR for dismissal of the suit or, alternatively, to have the case moved to Maryland, where it is based. Read More
A story that appeared in the Oct. 6 edition of AVwebFlash incorrectly stated that SD Holdings LLC owns FlightPrep. FlightPrep was dissolved in 2012 and a new company, FlightPrep Inc., established in 2012. FlightPrep Inc., is in fact owned by Ross Neher, the general manager and vice president of the former FlightPrep. AVweb interviewed Neher in is former capacity in 2010. AVweb apologizes for the error. Read More
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Sebring will hold its 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo this January 16-19, 2014. This is the largest sport aviation-dedicated event in the world. Don't miss flight demonstrations, food, forums, builder workshops, and more. Four days in Sebring, Florida to see, try, fly, and buy -- everything in the world of sport aviation. Buy discounted tickets online today. Visit for details.
The Red Bull Air Races, which were placed on hiatus after the 2011 season, will return in 2014, Red Bull announced on Tuesday. Seven races will be held in six countries on three continents, starting Feb. 28, in Abu Dhabi. During the three-year break, changes were made to enhance safety and improve the overall race experience, the organization said. Pilots now will compete with standard engines and propellers, and the rules have been modified to prevent any pilots from exceeding the set limits. The inflatable pylons will be constructed from new material that makes it easier for them to burst apart if they are clipped by an airplane, and the heights will be raised from 65 feet to about 82 feet. The tour will include two races in the U.S., Dallas/Fort Worth in September, and Las Vegas in October. Read More
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Navigation data giant Jeppesen is determined to increase the performance of its technical support department to better serve the market of electronic data users. AVweb's Larry Anglisano visited the Jeppesen Global Support and Command Center at the company's headquarters in Colorado for a tour. Read More
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The government's partial shutdown may be having a minor effect on pilot training and certification, but it's likely to snowball rapidly as applications backup and training grinds to a halt. Read More
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AVweb travels to Hammondsport, New York for the 2013 Curtiss Seaplane Homecoming, including a visit to the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum of local history. Read More
For more than a year, Continental Motors has been experimenting with a new flight training center based in an upscale mall in Spanish Fort, Alabama. AVweb recently visited the center and interviewed Gloria Liu for a briefing on the training works. Read More
Our recent survey showed that more owners are interested in burning mogas and those that already are have no complaints. What's it going to take to get this stuff wider distribution? Read More