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The glass cockpit retrofit market for King Airs has a new player as BendixKing announces the certification of its AeroVue flight deck for B200 aircraft.

Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:00 am

The three-day government shutdown that ended Monday had limited impact on the aviation world, but it’s not over yet. The funding bill that was approved to end the impasse will last for only three weeks. During the shutdown, air traffic controllers were on the job, but NATCA President Paul Rinaldi told The New York Times it was still disruptive. “You can’t do any long-term planning,” he said. “They’re all focused on shutdown procedures. Today, you have a whole FAA that’s not working on anything that is modernizing our system. They’re all working on who’s exempt, who’s not exempt.”

Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:00 am

Gulfstream Aerospace delivered its last G450 business jet last week, ending a 12-year production run. More than 360 of the jets have been delivered, collectively logging more than 964,000 hours and 461,000 flights. “The G450 made its mark in aviation history,” said Gulfstream President Mark Burns, in a news release. The company will continue to provide technical and engineering support and engineering for G450 customers, he added.

Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:00 am

The FAA on Tuesday issued an Airworthiness Directive that affects nearly 19,000 Piper PA-128 airplanes, but compliance is fairly simple and cheap. The AD requires aircraft owners to inspect the fuel-tank selector cover to verify the fuel-tank selector placards are located at the proper positions. If not, the placards must be replaced. Piper told the FAA a “quality control issue” led to some of the placards being reversed. If the error goes unchecked, it could result in fuel-management errors, leading to fuel starvation and loss of power in flight, the FAA says.

Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:00 am

Bell Helicopter responded this week to the NTSB’s recent report on the crash of a Bell 525 during a test flight in 2016. “In the time since the accident, a small team of Bell flight technology engineers, pilots and flight-test specialists have worked with the NTSB through the course of the investigation,” company spokesperson Blakeley Thress told AVweb in an email. “Several changes to the aircraft have been implemented and a carefully planned test approach is in place to complete the envelope expansion and certification testing.”

Posted: January 23, 2018, 6:00 am

The new federal tax law that took effect this month includes several provisions that will impact the various segments of general aviation, from private owners with small airplanes to corporations with their own fleet of jets. Buyers of business aircraft now can immediately write off the entire cost of their new or pre-owned aircraft. That’s good news for GA, says AOPA President Mark Baker.

Posted: January 22, 2018, 6:00 am

The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s Robert J. Collier trophy is coming up Jan. 31, the National Aeronautic Association announced this week. The prestigious award is given annually to recognize "the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."

Posted: January 22, 2018, 6:00 am

Peter Maurer is retiring as CEO of Diamond Canada and moving to a new role in “senior global strategy and business development” according to a news release from the newly reunited Diamond Aircraft Industries.

Posted: January 22, 2018, 6:00 am

The FAA says it's satisfied by measures undertaken by Transport Canada and Air Canada to address a couple of serious errors by Air Canada crews at San Francisco International Airport in 2017.

Posted: January 21, 2018, 6:00 am

While the National Airspace System remains open and accessible to all aircraft, the government shutdown, which began Saturday morning, could affect thousands of owners, operators and pilots if it persists.

Posted: January 21, 2018, 6:00 am

Thanks to a big kick from the jet stream, Norwegian Airlines is laying claim to the fastest non-Concorde airline flight between New York and London (Gatwick).

Posted: January 21, 2018, 6:00 am

Searchers will return to a remote area of the Rocky Mountains near Revelstoke, British Columbia, after relatives of two people missing in a suspected plane crash found a fuzzy drone photo in which the words "help" or "here" appear to be written in the snow.

Posted: January 21, 2018, 6:00 am

Pilots tuning into the ATIS at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Saturday got a laundry list of closed taxiways, a bird advisory, and an apology … ATIS: We apologize for any delay you might have today. Due to our elected leaders’ inability to for effectively run (the) government, staffing is short. So sorry. Dilly Dilly … Todd Huvard

Posted: January 21, 2018, 6:00 am

On Aug 22nd, 2017 while flying near Myrtle Beach, to Triple Tree Aerodrome, SC to watch the total solar eclipse, there was the following exchange … Experimental: Florence Approach, Experimental NXXXX Request … Florence Approach: NXXXX go ahead … Experimental: N7XXXX requests vectors to where the sun doesn't shine … Florence Approach: Now that's funny … Martin Heller

Posted: January 21, 2018, 6:00 am

Former Major League pitcher Roy Halladay had three drugs in his system when his Icon A5 crashed off the coast of Florida in November.

Posted: January 19, 2018, 6:00 am

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