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Boeing, NSF Partner For Aviation Education

Pilot, mechanic and air traffic controller may be the most high-profile jobs in aviation, but career tracks in engineering and management are also crucial to aviation?s future. This week, Boeing and the National Science Foundation announced a $21 million investment to accelerate training and diversity in those critical areas....

Hollywood Revisits Apollo 11

Universal Pictures? new film about the Apollo 11 mission, ?First Man,? is due in theaters Oct. 12, and early reviews so far have been mainly positive. The $70 million film, starring Ryan Gosling, is based on the book ?First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong,? by James R. Hansen....

How Not To Handprop An SR22

Scattered among accident reports is the occasional hand prop attempt that goes wrong but not many concern high-performance aircraft. The accompanying video illustrates that it is indeed possible to spark up a Cirrus SR22?s IO-550 from the front but it needs to be done with an abundance of forethought and caution....

Astro Launches Elroy eVTOL

Yet another eVTOL company has announced it is in flight trials with the intention of upending the urban transportation market and Astro Aerospace, of Dallas, isn?t shy about the Jetson analogies....

GA Helps Hurricane Florence Response

If it seems like storms are getting worse, there may be some comfort in the fact that storm response, including GA?s contribution, is getting better....

FAA Reauthorization Imminent?

The House and Senate could vote next week on a compromise FAA Reauthorization bill that was released on Saturday....

Top Letters And Comments, September 21, 2018

This week's letters brought comments from readers about FAA medicals, flying without a license, and sustainable biofuel....

Aerial Mapping Of Hurricane Damage Underway

The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) Remote Sensing Division is working to collect aerial imagery of the damage caused by Hurricane Florence in the last week. Depending on weather conditions, NGS has been attempting two survey mission a day to locations identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other state and federal organizations since Saturday....

Short Final: Traffic In Sight

I was flying from Jacksonville, North Carolina, to College Park, Maryland, on an IFR flight plan to go to a Redskins game. It was a CAVU day. The following exchange took place somewhere southeast of Richmond ......

AOPA Offers Rusty Pilots Program Online

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has announced that it is now offering an interactive online version of its Rusty Pilots Program. The two-hour course is based on the in-person Rusty Pilots seminars that AOPA has been giving at venues such as fly-ins, airshows, schools and flight clubs since 2014....

One Injured In DEA Cessna Crash

A Cessna Stationair operated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) crashed in Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday afternoon. The aircraft hit a power line and struck two vehicles on the road while attempting to make an emergency landing....

EAA Hosts Accident Investigation Course

In partnership with the Transportation Safety Institute (TSI), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) hosted a three-day Experimental Accident Investigation course this week. According to EAA, attendees were primarily ?FAA field office staff who work with the certification of experimental and light-sport aircraft and investigate accidents.?...

First LSA Balloon In The Works

A small company based in France has created a two-place hot-air balloon designed to be certified under U.S. S-LSA regulations, with production expected to begin early next year. Dan Johnson, president of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association, confirmed to AVweb this week that Corradini would be the first to offer a lighter-than-air system as an S-LSA, ?assuming he passes the FAA audit.?...

Workhorse Seeks Buyer For SureFly

Workhorse Group has announced that it has started the formal process to sell its SureFly hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) multi-copter. SureFly is the first manned aircraft developed by the company, which designs and builds electric and hybrid vehicles....

NTSB Finds Lessons In Near-Disaster At SFO

The NTSB held a probable-cause hearing on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss their findings and issue conclusions and recommendations regarding the close call at San Francisco International Airport in July 2017, when an Air Canada A320 lined up on a crowded taxiway instead of the designated runway....