Seattle Museum Of Flight Adds Aviation Pavilion

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June 29, 2016

A new pavilion that doubles the exhibit space available at the Museum of Flight in Seattle opened to the public last weekend. The nine-story-high, three-acre roofed outdoor gallery also includes a cafe and a children’s play area, which features a miniature airport terminal beneath the wings of the first 747 Jumbo Jet. Fourteen other rare and unique commercial and military airplanes are housed beneath the roof.
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School Kids Build A Plane For Glasair

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June 28, 2016

This year’s winners of the annual GAMA/Build A Plane design challenge are at work this week in Arlington, Washington, helping to build a brand-new Sportsman airplane at Glasair Aviation. The four students, plus a teacher and chaperone, traveled from Weyauwega-Fremont High School in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, after beating out 76 other teams from around the country. […]

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Seaplane Pilot Keeps Shiny Side Up

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June 27, 2016

Landings with faulty gear are common and almost always uneventful but a Canadian seaplane pilot found himself in an unusual predicament on Saturday. AVweb flash

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Ameri-King AD Comments Close Soon

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June 26, 2016

The comment period on a proposed rule that affects the ELTs on 14,500 U.S. aircraft will expire July 8. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will require owners of some Ameri-King ELTs to have them thoroughly inspected for function and parts compliance. AVweb flash

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Solar Impulse 2 Completes Atlantic Crossing

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June 24, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville, Spain, early Thursday, completing a 3160-NM trip across the Atlantic from New York in 71 hours. While the Solar Impulse team had initially hoped the trans-Atlantic crossing would land in Paris in honor of Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 flight, a stormy weather forecast resulted in choosing Spain as an alternate. […]

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Advocacy Groups React To Drone Rule

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June 23, 2016

Reaction so far by general aviation advocacy groups has been mainly positive to the new rules released yesterday by the FAA to manage small drones (55 pounds or less) in the national airspace. “We commend the FAA for balancing the imperative to maintain safety … with the practical needs of this rapidly-emerging industry,” said Bob […]

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FAA Releases Commercial Drone Rule

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June 22, 2016

The FAA today published its final rule for the commercial use of small drones under 55 pounds. The rule requires commercial drone operators to be at least 16 years old, pass a security background check and hold a “remote pilot certificate,” which can be attained by passing an “initial aeronautical knowledge test” at an FAA-approved […]

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Three Off-Airport Crashes, One Pilot Killed

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June 21, 2016

Three small general aviation airplanes have crashed at off-airport sites in the last two days, killing one pilot and injuring another. In Houston, Texas, a Piper PA-24 crashed onto the flat roof of a Macy’s distribution center about five miles northwest of Hobby Airport, just before midnight on Sunday. “I was watching it, and I […]

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South Pole Rescue Launched

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June 20, 2016

Two Canadian Twin Otter aircraft are in Punta Arenas at the southern tip of Chile waiting out weather to launch a rescue at the South Pole. AVweb flash

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New Test Standards Will Improve Safety, Training, Examiners Say

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June 19, 2016

The new Airman Certification Standards for private pilot and instrument rating applicants are a welcome change, pilot examiners said following the rollout of the revamped requirements. The ACS, which replaced the Practical Test Standards, also includes updated knowledge tests. AVweb flash

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