Facebook’s Internet Drone Flies

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July 23, 2016

Facebook’s new high-altitude drone flew for the first time and its mission, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is nothing short of changing the world. But first the frail high-altitude solar electric aircraft had to get off the ground.
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FAA Changes Runway Reporting Protocols

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July 21, 2016

The FAA has developed new protocols for ATC to use when telling pilots about runway conditions that might affect their landing. The new standards, which take effect Oct. 1, are meant to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather and other factors, the FAA said. AVweb […]

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Round-The-World Balloonist Reaches Atlantic

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July 20, 2016

Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov, who launched from western Australia on July 12 in an attempt to beat Steve Fossett’s time for the only prior round-the-world solo balloon flight, already has faced weather challenges and equipment failures as he reaches the halfway point of his journey. As he crossed the southern Pacific at night, Konyukhov encountered […]

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Kermit Weeks To Fly Martin Mars To Oshkosh

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July 19, 2016

Kermit Weeks always makes a splash at AirVenture but this may be his biggest ever. The serial aircraft collector and owner of Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida will be part of the crew flying the massive Martin Mars flying boat from Vancouver Island in British Columbia to the seaplane base on Lake Winnebago on […]

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GA Groups Look Forward To Rulemaking On Medical Reform

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July 16, 2016

Third-class medical reform was signed into law today after Congress approved the changes earlier this week as part of the FAA’s short-term authorization bill. GA organizations including EAA and AOPA have updated their outreach efforts to explain the upcoming changes, which aren’t expected to take effect for a year to give the FAA time to […]

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Diamond’s Turboprop Trainer Debuts At Farnborough

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July 14, 2016

Diamond Aircraft’s DART-450 made its public debut this week at the U.K.’s Farnborough International Airshow. The single-engine turboprop first flew in May at Diamond’s facility in Austria, less than a year after initial design work began. AVweb flash

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Russian Balloonist Launches Circumnavigation

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July 13, 2016

Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov took off early this morning from western Australia, near Perth, on a quest to fly around the world nonstop and solo. Konyukhov, 64, an artist, author and adventurer, hopes to beat Steve Fossett’s record, set in 2002, of 13.5 days to complete the journey. He’s flying a Roziere-style balloon, which is […]

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L-3 Avionics Will Give Away 36 ADS-B Units At AirVenture

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July 12, 2016

Thousands of general-aviation aircraft owners have yet to upgrade to the ADS-B units the FAA wants everyone to have by 2020, but after EAA AirVenture, there may be a few who find the change a little easier. Avionics maker L-3 Avionics said this week they will give away 36 Lynx NGT-2000 units at Oshkosh later […]

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Air Force Selects Enlisted Pilot Trainees

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July 11, 2016

For the first time since the Second World War the Air Force is training enlisted personnel as pilots. The Air Force recently selected 10 enlisted Airmen to learn to fly the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone. AVweb flash

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Doc’s First Flight Scheduled In Wichita

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July 9, 2016

The B-29 “Doc” will return to the air on July 17, the restoration team in Wichita announced Friday. The Superfortress’ first flight following years of repair and assembly work is slated to take place in the early morning before the heat of the Kansas summer peaks. AVweb flash

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