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After several years of playing second fiddle to the rest of the world, the U.S. has reportedly reclaimed the top spot in terms of business jet sales. Oliver Stone, of U.K.-based brokerage firm Colibri Aircraft, told Business Jet Investor that in some market segments, 80 percent of the buyers are American. Read More
Business jet and airliner manufacturers tend to dominate news about aviation in China but a California kit builder is also doing a major deal with the Chinese. Quicksilver Aircraft has sold 77 aircraft thanks to a distribution agreement it signed with JH Nanning Group. Read More
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The Malaysian government has released satellite data that was used to determine that Flight MH370 went down in the southern Indian Ocean but critics say it might not be of much use. The 47 pages of calculations from the log of an Inmarsat satellite that received signals from the 777 were released in PDF form, rather than the raw data that was expected and parts had been redacted. Read More
Honda Aircraft has taken delivery of its first two production model HF120 engines from the GE plant in Lynn, MA. The engines are now in full production at the Massachusetts plant after getting FAA certification late in 2013. Read More
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Several years ago, I bought my husband a ride in a glider as a gift, and I latched on to the idea of learning to soar. I had read and heard about how flying gliders could add to the safety of flying an airplane, not only as a result of the skills and judgment learned but also by improving basic stick and rudder work. Read More
Thank goodness there are passionate and determined owners of vintage aircraft in this world. Due to people such as Joe Shepherd, the lives of we who are crazy about flying machines have been vastly enriched because we get to see the results of their passion fly rather than gather dust. Shepherd owns, and regularly operates, a flying rarity, a Lockheed 12A Electra Junior. Read More
John Benton writes: "A UAV (or any remotely controlled air vehicle) flown under 400 feet still has the potential to easily take down a manned aircraft, particularly if flown near final approaches to airport runways. I'd imagine that the 400-foot altitude limitation would also make low-flying manned aircraft vulnerable, near an airport or not. There seems to be an exploding proliferation of small UAVs that have the potential to exceed 400-feet altitudes. They are flown by novice pilots right out of the box, by hobbyists who should probably know better, and, in this day and age, by people who have no problem with intentionally creating hazards to life and property. Without a transponder aboard the UAV, or a means of the UAV pilot determining his altitude, how can the 400-foot limitation be accurately observed? And how would you be able to see and avoid a UAV if you were aboard a manned aircraft?" Click through to read the full text of this letter and other mail from AVweb readers. Read More
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What a refreshing change of pace. A major GA company actually offering free airplane rides to attract new pilots. Read More
On Saturday, May 24, 2014, Continental Motors held its first Learn to Fly Day at its Fairhope, Alabama facility. AVweb attended the event and shot this brief news video. Read More
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That's not a Beech, and it didn't just roll off the line. It's Joe Shepherd's immaculately restored Lockheed 12A Electra Junior. We got story on this aircraft (and a good look at it) at Sun 'n Fun 2014. Read More
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The Lear 60 is a fast, affordable business jet. But like most airplanes, it could do well with additional baggage space. Raisbeck Engineering, a well-known STC house, has developed just such a product. AVweb takes a look at it in this brief product video. Read More
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In Japan, remotely piloted helicopters made by Yamaha are a common sight and have been for more than 15 years. Now the company wants to move into the U.S. market with a new model called the FAZER. Yamaha's Steve Markofski gave AVweb a briefing on this new UAV at the AUVSI show in Orlando this week. Read More
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At the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International show in Orlando this week, dozens of UAV companies are displaying the latest in drone technology. In this exclusive AVweb video, Prioria's Derek Lyons shows us a cool one — a carbon-fiber bird called the Maveric. Read More
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