An Indonesian air force C-130 transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia, during departure on Tuesday had one failed propeller as the pilot attempted to return to the airport, authorities said in a CNN report Thursday. There were 122 people on board, including military personnel and their families, with no survivors confirmed.
AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found new business alliances announced by Paradigm Precision, Pratt & Whitney, Plane Perfect and Maule Air; and recognition for two women in aviation Â– one from Whirly-Girls International and another from EAA.
Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg, now flying over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii, has just taken the title for the longest nonstop solo flight, breaking Steve Fossett's 2005 record in the jet-powered GlobalFlyer, the FÃ©dÃ©ration AÃ©ronautique Internationale said early Thursday. Borschberg exceeded 74 hours, 56 minutes and 5 seconds in the single-seat, solar-powered airplane, which is on its eighth leg on an around-the-world flight that began in Abu Dhabi in March.
The captain of the TransAsia Airways turboprop that crashed in Taipei in February had shut down the working engine when the other failed after departure, Reuters reported Thursday. The pilot, Liao Jian-zong, then caught the error, but it was too late, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council said in Reuters' report. The cockpit voice recorder indicated Liao said, "wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle," but in the ensuing confusion the ATR crashed into a river, killing 43 of the 58 people on board.
LightSquared, the company that three years ago was proposing a nation-wide cell phone network whose signals were shown to disrupt GPS signals, is back. In a multi-billion dollar gambit that could reduce the cost of cell service, potentially at the expense of GPS, it's also asking the FCC to force GPS companies to help solve the technical issues that killed its plans a few years ago.
The FAA plans to eliminate two of the less frequently used resources provided to pilots in the coming months Â– Airport Advisories and World Aeronautical Charts. In two separate moves, the agency cited declining usage of both due to the digital information available to pilots. There's a public comment period on Airport Advisories, but the FAA issued a notice in the Federal Register a week ago it will discontinue WACs without a comment period.
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The FAA says the operator of a Boeing 747 cargo aircraft that crashed in Afghanistan in April 2013, killing all seven on board, failed to comply with FARs when loading heavy military vehicles onto the plane. National Air Cargo Group, based in Orlando, Florida, didn't follow the 747 flight manual, resulting in cargo that was not properly restrained to prevent shifting during flight operations, the FAA said.
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An Indonesian air force C-130 transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia, during departure on Tuesday had one failed propeller as the pilot attempted to return to...
AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found new business alliances announced by Paradigm Precision, Pratt & Whitney, Plane Perfect and Maule Air; and recognition for two women in aviation Â...
Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg, now flying over the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Hawaii, has just taken the title for the longest nonstop solo flight, breaking Steve Fossett's 2005 record in th...