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A Reaper attack and surveillance drone has gone down in Lake Ontario during a training mission about 1 p.m. local time. The Reaper belonged to the Syracuse, New York-based 174th Attack Wing of the Air National Guard, which trains Air Force pilots to fly them all over the world. Read More
'The Aviators' || Season 4 On 
The Aviators Is Back with an All-New Fourth Season
The all-new fourth season of the award-winning hit TV show The Aviators, the biggest aviation show on the planet, is now available! Airliners, bombers, ultralights, gliders, floatplanes, helicopters, and even blimps -- absolutely everything for pilots and enthusiasts alike. New episodes can be seen on PBS or online at iTunes, Amazon, and Hulu. Click here to watch The Aviators ... RIGHT NOW on iTunes!
AMR Corp. -- the parent company of American and American Eagle airlines -- and US Airways Group reached a settlement on Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice, which will enable them to merge and create the world's largest airline. The proposed deal, which still must be OK'd by a federal court before it can take effect, requires the airlines to sell off dozens of landing slots at busy airports including Reagan National, La Guardia and O'Hare. The airlines also agreed to maintain service in some small- to medium-sized markets, although most of those requirements expire after three to five years. Read More
AEA Pilots Guide || Aircraft Electronics 
Pilot's Guide to Avionics Now Available
The 2013-'14 edition of the Aircraft Electronics Association's Pilot's Guide to Avionics is now available. To request a complimentary copy, visit

The publication is a consumer's directory loaded with educational articles and timely information about the avionics industry, its products and its people, which helps pilots and aircraft owners make better buying decisions and locate more than 1,300 AEA member companies, including government-certified repair stations, around the world.
Gulfstream has been forced to take extraordinary measures to prevent speculation in the market for its flagship G650 long-range big cabin business jet. As we reported in October, an early position holder of the $65 million aircraft, Formula One luminary Bernie Ecclestone sold his almost-new G650 at a $7 million premium to the owner of a soccer team. Read More
AOPA Aviation Finance
Aircraft Financing Doesn't Have to Be Difficult
No matter the reason for purchasing an aircraft, AOPA Aviation Finance Company, LLC can help AOPA members find the right financing for new and used general aviation aircraft. Our friendly loan specialists help take the hassle out of navigating through the financing process and can find you competitive rates and terms. Call AOPA Aviation Finance to learn more at 1 (800) 62-PLANE or click here for more information.
A handy app for those in the market for a helicopter has been released by a Russian publisher. Upcast has released Helibook, which is the third of its publications and provides interactive comparison data on 35 private, corporate and VIP helicopters. Read More
U.S. Sport Aviation 
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
January 16-19, 2014
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 pilot who died in the crash of a twin-engine Mitsubishi MU-2B-25 turboprop Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma was the son of Sen. Jim Inhofe, according to local news reports. The airplane, which crashed after reportedly losing power in at least one engine, had been sold to Perry Inhofe, 52, an orthopedic surgeon, in September. Nobody else was hurt in the crash. The airplane had taken off from Salina, Kan., and was about five miles from Tulsa International Airport, its destination, when the crash occurred in a wooded area. The airplane caught fire and was destroyed. Read More
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American now becomes the 800-pound gorilla of airlines. But they have to move a lot of beef to earn a measly billion bucks and even that's not a sure bet. Read More
PS Engineering Flight Trial Challenge || Take 
Your Audio to New Heights
With a cruise speed of around 270 knots and a price tag of nearly $5 million, the 2013 Pilatus PC-12NG isn't the fastest or the least expensive single-engine turboprop on the market. It is, however, arguably in a class of its own. That's because it has a cabin that can carry 1,200 lbs. of payload while carrying over 400 gallons of fuel, the ability to operate from unpaved runways, and a huge 53x52-inch cargo door. In this video, Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano takes a look at the airplane. Read More
At an annual fly-in in Connecticut, pilots who design and build their own hot-air balloons gather to fly their aircraft, learn from each other, and try out new ideas. Read More
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