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  • Top Letters And Comments, February 22, 2019

    This week's letters brought comments from readers about Meigs Field, drone noise, registration trusts, the Garmin GPS 155, and EASA's competency-based instrument rating opinion.



  • Bombardier Investing In Aerospace Research

    Bombardier has announced that it will be investing approximately $22 million CAD in Aéro21 and SA²GE, two Québec-based aerospace research projects. The projects will concentrate on bringing new aerospace products to market at a faster pace, reducing development costs, developing smarter, more efficient technologies, and reducing the environmental footprint of the aerospace industry.



  • Short Final: Job Well Done

    About a year ago I was training a student pilot. The college student was very intense and strived to be perfect at all her training....



  • Virgin Galactic Flies Third Crew Member

    Virgin Galactic sent its first passenger to the edge of space Friday although it wasn’t a paying customer. The company’s astronaut trainer Beth Moses rode in the passenger cabin of the spacecraft Unity on the flight Friday morning from the company’s base at Mojave, California.



  • Delta Opens Jet Engine Test Cell

    Delta officially opened its new state-of-the-art jet engine test cell at the airline’s TechOps facility in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday. The test cell is capable of running a mounted, stationary engine at full power with 150,000 pounds of thrust, allowing it to test engines more powerful than anything yet built.



  • Aerion Announces AS2 Fuselage Partner

    Aerion Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems have announced that they will be collaborating on the preliminary design of the forward, pressurized fuselage for Aerion's AS2 supersonic business jet. Spirit joins a growing list of Aerion partners including Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell and GE Aviation.



  • Honeywell Sponsoring Space Camp Students

    Honeywell will be sponsoring 292 high school students to attend its annual Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is a series of two one-week-long space camps run for children of the company’s employees.



  • Got a Cirrus? Tell Us About It

    AVweb is teaming up with our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, for a retrospective safety analysis of how Cirrus aircraft are doing at the quarter century mark. That's right, the company came out of the ground in 1994, although first deliveries weren't until 1999. If you own and fly one, we would like to hear from you.



  • EASA Publishes Competency-Based Instrument Rating Opinion

    EASA has published its opinion on proposed regulatory easements that will help EASA-rated private pilots gain their instrument rating faster, cheaper and more easily. By clearing the path for the "Basic Instrument Rating," EASA is combining various regulatory frameworks, allowing private pilots to gain access to instrument flying directly upon passing their EASA private pilot examinations.



  • NASA Announces Urban Drone Traffic Management Tests

    NASA has selected the hosts for the final phase of its four-year series of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/drones) technical demonstrations. According to NASA, the demonstrations are designed to confirm that NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system can safely and effectively manage drone traffic in urban areas and “aim to help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges posed by flying in an urban environment.”



  • 2018 Aircraft Shipments Show All-Around Increase

    From rotorcraft to business jets, aircraft shipments rose shallowly across the board in 2018, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) year-end report released on Wednesday. Billings also increased in every segment except for rotorcraft.



  • BRS Releases Parachute For Van's RV-10

    After 18 months of development, BRS Aerospace says it’s ready to accept orders for the Van's RV-10 ballistic parachute. BRS already offers a kit for the Van’s RV-7 and RV-9 aircraft as well as other experimentals.



  • Jetstream Pushes Boeing 787 Past 800 MPH

    Around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night, as the Virgin 787 cruised along at 35,000 feet, it posted an 801-MPH groundspeed, according to radar tracks posted on FlightAware.



  • Surya Kiran Aerobatic Jets Collide In India (with Video)

    One Indian air force pilot was killed after two BAE Hawk aircraft collided midair. The Surya Kiran aerobatics team was preparing for an airshow at Aero India when the accident occurred.



  • Garmin GPS 155 TSO Turns 25

    We take it for granted today, but 25 years ago a GPS navigator approved for non-precision instrument approaches was big thing—and Garmin's GPS 155 TSO was the first.



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