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Diamond Sells 60 Aircraft For Flight Training

Diamond Aircraft, of Austria, announced this week at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show in Dubai they have agreed to sell 60 airplanes, including both the single-engine DA40 NG and the DA42-VI twin, over the next five years to the Saudi National Company of Aviation?s CAE Authorized Training Center....

Boeing Launches Long-Range 777x Bizjet

Boeing introduced its newest business jet this week at the Middle East Business Aviation Association Show, in Dubai, noting that it can fly between any two points on Earth nonstop, and announced a new order for the airplane. The BBJ 777X, a new Boeing Business Jet model, can fly farther than any business jet ever built, says Boeing....

Tuskeegee Airman Takes Birthday Flight

Old habits die hard and when retired Air Force Col. Charles McGee took the controls of a HondaJet last week, he banked gently left and right, getting a feel for the ultramodern business jet....

Buzzy The Drone Leads FAA Kids Campaign

Children haven?t traditionally been the target of FAA compliance efforts but Buzzy the Drone will lead the agency into the holiday drone-giving season to keep kids from flying their new treasures where they shouldn?t be....

Storm Cancels Thousands Of Flights

The nasty mix of ice and snow that blanketed the Southeast on the weekend is expected to linger through Monday, cancelling thousands of flights and causing a ripple through the whole system....

FAA Cracks Down On Illegal Charters

An Oklahoma helicopter company has been fined more than $50,000 for dodging FAA regulations and illegally chartering fixed-wing aircraft. Interstate Helicopters and its owner James Paul Johnson were caught in an FAA enforcement effort to curb illegal charters....

Distracted Flying Cited In Landing Accident

Distracted flying has been cited in the dynamic rollover of a light helicopter in Ireland in July. The country?s Air Accidents Investigations Unit said the pilot of an Enstrom 280FX helicopter was landing on a beach near Ardfert when his cellphone, which was mounted on the control panel, rang....

Report Cites Maintenance Issues In Fatal KC-130 Crash

The inflight breakup of a U.S. Marine Corps-operated KC-130T on July 10, 2017, was the result of ?deficiencies in the propeller blade overhaul process,? according to a report released by the Marine Corps on Thursday....

New RV Airshow Team Formed

Although its team members have been flying airshows together for more than five years, the Lightning Formation Airshows Team was officially formed just this December. The team performs with eight RV aircraft, featuring a six-ship core with two solo aircraft....

Aspen's E5 Low-Cost EFIS Now STC Certified

Aspen Avionics is the latest avionics manufacturer to earn a wide-reaching STC for the installation of a non-TSO primary flight display. Aspen's E5 electronic flight instrument (EFI) has a starting price of $4995, is highly configurable and upgradeable and can be installed without a backup attitude instrument....

Electric Helicopter Flies Record 30 NM (Corrected)

A modified Robinson R44 designed and built by Tier 1 Engineering has set a Guinness World Record for the farthest distance traveled by an electric-powered helicopter, the company announced this week. The flight launched in Palm Springs, California, and covered 30 nautical miles at an average speed of 80 knots, at about 800 feet, last Friday....

Super Bowl Notam For GA Now Posted

The FAA has posted its Notice to Airmen for pilots flying in to the Atlanta area for the Super Bowl, to be held Sunday, Feb. 3, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. More than 1,100 GA aircraft are expected to fly in to the metro area for the game, the FAA said....

New CTLS Factory Under Development

Flight Design partner AeroJones Aviation Technology has announced that it will be building a new on-airport manufacturing plant at Dalu General Airport in Zhenjiang, China. AeroJones, which is currently operating out of a factory in Xiamen, manufactures CTLS light sport aircraft for the Asia-Pacific region....

FAA Developing New Florida Flight Paths

The FAA has announced that is redesigning flight paths and air traffic control procedures for aircraft flying over Central and South Florida as part of its Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) airspace modernization initiative....

Lion Air Investigation Stalled By Lack Of Money

Thanks to budget constraints and bureaucratic wrangling, investigators still haven?t recovered the cockpit voice recorder from a Lion Air 737 MAX that crashed into the Java Sea off Jakarta six weeks ago. Indonesian investigators told Reuters this week that they need a specialized ship to find the CVR. ?We don?t have further funds to rent the ship,? a source told the news agency....