NASA's orchestrated crash of a Cessna 172 on Wednesday, the last in a series of impact tests, completed the data-gathering phase of research aimed at improving the performance of ELTs. The agency's Search and Rescue Mission Office completed the last of the three drops from NASA'a Langley Research Center in Virginia to simulate severe but survivable impacts in which ELTs would operate.
Hot-air balloons are common enough in the U.S., but gas balloons, which are popular in Europe, are seldom seen in U.S. skies. A small group of enthusiasts is trying to change that, with the establishment of the Aero Club of America, based in Statesville, North Carolina, which is probably the first club of its kind in the U.S. since the 1950s. Last week, the group launched their custom-built balloon from Akron, Ohio, for a flight with an instructor and two trainees. "It costs about $1,200 for the gas to fill the balloon," Noah Forden, a pilot who helped out at the launch, told AVweb this week. "And we had about 20 people there to help with the rigging and the launch."
The Weekender will have a hard time choosing what state to fly to, with SocialFlight offering some unique outings. On Saturday, you can experience the fun of landing on a well-maintained 2,600 foot turf runway that runs along an island on the Mississippi. This Iowa gem will be open to pilots and their guests for the 15th Annual Abel Island Fly-In, Float-In, Potluck and BBQ.
A controller who was trying to help a Bonanza pilot in distress directed him to a runway that no longer exists, according to an NTSB preliminary report posted this week. According to the report, the pilot of the Beech C35 Bonanza had taken off from Westhampton Beach, New York, on Sunday, August 16, on an air-taxi flight, and was headed to Morristown, New Jersey, with one passenger on board. He was flying at 6,500 feet, about 8 nm from Farmingdale, New York, when he reported to ATC that he was "having a little bit of a problem" and may need to turn back and land at Farmingdale.
Vintage jets have been banned from performing aerobatics over land and all Hawker Hunter fighters have been temporarily grounded in the U.K. following Saturday's crash of a Hunter at the Shoreham Air Show in southern England.
The last project standing in what was once a crowded field of proposed single-engine personal jets hit a milestone Tuesday that could lead to certification by the end of the year. The FAA granted type inspection authorization (TIA) to Cirrus's Vision SF50 single-engine jet.
After several years of work by the Recreational Aviation Foundation, an old turf runway has been restored and reopened on North Fox Island, in Lake Michigan. The 3,000-foot runway has displaced thresholds on both ends, and is surrounded by trees up to about 60 feet high. The island, which comprises about 820 acres, is owned by the State of Michigan and is managed for wildlife and game.
A few months have gone by since the B-29 Superfortress known as "Doc" rolled out of its hangar in Wichita, and the restoration team says the countdown is on for the first flight, which they hope will take place before the end of the year. Before that flight can take place, the FAA must issue an Airworthiness Certificate to Doc's Friends, the nonprofit group behind the restoration effort. The next step will be to seek approval from the U.S. Air Force to use McConnell Air Force Base for flight testing.
The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Transportation Department has released three reports that are critical of how the FAA has managed pilot records and the costs and technology for air traffic control, and said it also plans to examine the FAA's procedures with regard to drones. The OIG found the FAA has made "limited" progress in developing a pilot-records database that was mandated by a 2010 law, and the database probably won't be fully implemented until 2020. Meanwhile, the OIG said, airlines don't have access to the records they need when hiring new pilots. The other audits looked at the uneven cost of air traffic control towers and the slow deployment of better tools for use by air traffic controllers.
Five-year-old Hudson Hughes was the classic kid at the airport fence in July when a Southwest Airlines captain made his effort worthwhile. The young airplane nut was with his grandfather in the ramp viewing area at Albuquerque's Sunport International Airport and waving enthusiastically at every passing plane.
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NASA's orchestrated crash of a Cessna 172 on Wednesday, the last in a series of impact tests, completed the data-gathering phase of research aimed at improving the performance of ELTs. The agency's Se...
Hot-air balloons are common enough in the U.S., but gas balloons, which are popular in Europe, are seldom seen in U.S. skies. A small group of enthusiasts is trying to change that, with the establishm...
The Weekender will have a hard time choosing what state to fly to, with SocialFlight offering some unique outings. On Saturday, you can experience the fun of landing on a well-maintained 2,600 foot tu...