FAA Seeks To Cut Airport Weather Observers

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February 6, 2016

The FAA is looking at cutting its Contract Weather Observer staffing at 57 airports around the country, moving some duties to local ATC, according to an agency document and various media reports in recent weeks. Trained human weather observers contracted by the FAA supplement automated weather reports at towered airports, providing more discerning information including reports on weather-related hazards.
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Collier Trophy Nominees Announced For 2015 Achievements

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February 5, 2016

The National Aeronautic Association announced this week nine nominees for the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy, which recognizes projects and achievements in aviation and aerospace. The nominees include four aircraft ranging from the Icon A5 light-sport amphibious airplane to the C-5M Super Galaxy, the Air Force transport airplane built by Lockheed Martin. Airbus’ A350 XWB […]

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ModAero Event Aims For “NextGen” Pilots

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February 4, 2016

The organizers of ModAero, a “next-generation aviation festival” set for March 16 to 19 near Houston, Texas, say are offering a “fresh take” on the traditional aviation event, with the goal of attracting a younger demographic, especially pilots in the 16 to 39 “millennial” age range. “That’s where all the growth is happening, and there’s […]

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EasyJet To Develop Fuel-Cell-Powered Taxi Motors

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February 3, 2016

EasyJet is developing a hybrid hydrogen fuel-cell system that could power taxi operations with zero emissions, the company said in a news release today. “Each aircraft would have motors in their main wheels, and electronics and system controllers would give pilots total control of the aircraft’s speed, direction, and braking during taxi operations,” the company […]

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NTSB: Citation Jet Broke Up In Flight

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February 2, 2016

A Cessna Citation 525 twin-engine jet broke up in flight while maneuvering near Cedar Fork, Utah, the NTSB says in a preliminary report now posted online. The pilot and passenger both were killed. The CJ3 took off from Salt Lake City International Airport about 9:50 in the morning on January 18, headed for Tucson International […]

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Crew Fist Fight Diverts Flight: Report

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February 1, 2016

A Delta Airlines flight from LAX to MSP last week diverted to Salt Lake City after what is reported to have been a fist fight–involving at least two flight attendants. The Aviation Herald is reporting the captain of Flight 2598 headed the Boeing 757 for Salt Lake Jan. 22 after two flight attendants were in […]

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Senate Committees Spar Over FAA Privatization

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January 31, 2016

The powerful Senate appropriations committee is strongly opposing a proposal to split the FAA’s air traffic organization (ATO) from the agency. In a pointed letter to the leaders of the commerce science and transportation committee, the appropriations arm says it’s fundamentally opposed to the plan on a number of fronts. AVweb flash

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Boeing’s Newest 737 Jet Completes First Flight

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January 30, 2016

Boeing’s 737 MAX completed its first flight Friday, beginning the next test phase for the latest version of the flagship jet. Boeing says the flight went well and the aircraft is on schedule for deliveries to start in 2017. The airliner departed from Renton, Washington Friday morning and, during a circuitous route over the state, […]

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Lufthansa, DJI Sign Deal To Develop Commercial Drones

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January 29, 2016

Lufthansa Aerial Services, part of the German conglomerate that owns Europe’s major airline, has stepped up its stake in the drone business. The company this week signed a deal with Chinese drone maker DJI to develop unmanned aircraft for a number of commercial purposes, such as inspecting railroads and airport runways. AVweb flash

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Copperstate Fly-In Changes Venue

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January 28, 2016

The Copperstate Fly-In, which has moved to several airports around Arizona over more than 40 years, will be held at a new site this October, organizers have announced. The event will be held at Falcon Field, in Mesa, Friday and Saturday, October 28 and 29. The facilities available at Falcon Field will help the fly-in […]

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