Reported Drone Collision Was a Birdstrike

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September 4, 2015

Although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, last week’s reported collision between a drone and a Piper PA-23 was, in fact, a bird strike. Residue on the aircraft’s de-icing boot was analyzed by the Smithsonian Institution and found to contain the remains of a small, non-predatory bird, sources familiar with the investigation told Avweb on Friday. The NTSB has opened up an investigation on the incident but we weren’t given a specific schedule on when its findings might be released.
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Unconfirmed Drone-Airplane Collision Reported

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September 3, 2015

The FAA has reported that an “unknown object” struck a Piper Apache while in flight near Romeoville, Illinois, but according to the drone website suasnews.com, that object was likely a small drone. Citing an “unconfirmed report,” suasnews states that a Piper PA-23 twin impacted the drone at about 2,500 feet near Lewis University Airport (KLOT) […]

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NBAA Protests EPA Emissions Plan

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September 2, 2015

NBAA this week filed its formal response to a recent announcement from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that it wants to regulate carbon emissions from airplanes. NBAA said it is not opposed to new regulations, but wants them to be standardized across the globe. The International Civil Aviation Organization already is working to develop a […]

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Embraer’s Legacy 450 Jet Now FAA-certified

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September 1, 2015

The Legacy 450 business jet, an all-new mid-light design featuring fly-by-wire technology and sidestick controls, is now FAA-certified, the company announced on Monday. The jet was first certified in Brazil, a few weeks ago. Deliveries will start in the fourth quarter of this year, the company said. The jet has a top speed of Mach […]

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Cat Dispute Scrambles Fighters, Forces Airliner Diversion

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August 30, 2015

While two F-16s waited outside, it was actually a cat-deprived “European model” that managed to bring down a Boeing 767 for an emergency landing in Denver on Friday. AVweb flash

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AOPA Releases Annual Nall Report, Safety Video

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August 29, 2015

AOPA’s Air Safety Institute released its 24th annual Joseph T. Nall Report (PDF) this week, including for the first time a review of helicopter accident causes. Overall, accident rates for non-commercial fixed-wing aircraft climbed from 6.30 per 100,000 hours in 2010 to 6.54 in 2012 due to flight time decreasing while accident counts remained level […]

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Bell’s Jet Ranger Assembly Plant Opens In Louisiana

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August 28, 2015

Bell Helicopter’s new assembly plant for its upcoming Short Light Single rotorcraft is open in Lafayette, Louisiana, the company announced Thursday. Based at Lafayette’s regional airport, the 82,300-square-foot leased hangar will house assembly of Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X. AVweb flash

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NASA Completes ELT Crash Tests

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August 27, 2015

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 […]

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Vintage Jet Aerobatics Restricted In U.K.

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August 26, 2015

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. AVweb flash

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New Grass Strip Opens In Michigan

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August 25, 2015

After several years of work by the Recreational Aviation Foundation, an old turf runway has been restored and re-opened 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 […]

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