The FAA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet on Wednesday in response to three reports of the stall warning and protection system (SWPS) or Electronic Stability & Protection (ESP) System "engaging when not appropriate." According to the AD, "Cirrus and Aerosonic (manufacturer of the technical standard order AOA [Angle of Attack] sensor) have identified the probable root cause as an AOA sensor malfunction due to a quality escape in the assembly of the AOA sensor at Aerosonic."More
Nine aviation associations are objecting to a proposed FAA study that would perform toxicology tests on anonymous urine samples gathered during pilot medical exams, according to a letter sent to the FAA on April 3. The letter states that the study proposal was presented to Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) team members during a February 27, 2018, meeting by staff from the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute (CAMI).More
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has announced that Boeing completed the final test flight prior to certification testing for software designed to address issues with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) on the Boeing 737 MAX on Wednesday. MCAS activation in response to faulty angle of attack sensors has been highlighted as a likely factor in the fatal accidents of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Lion Air Flight 610.More
AVweb'sweekly news roundup found reports on a special award for Gulf Coast Avionics, a new training system at Pacific Sky Aviation, a drone-based aircraft inspection solution from Rizse, and a... More
The Flight Inspection Center (CFIC) of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) signed an agreement with Textron Aviation joint venture Cessna-AVIC Aircraft for eight new Cessna Citation... More
Japan's Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has begun certification flight test activities for its Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), according to a company announcement on March 27. Mitsubishi... More
The NTSB announced on Wednesday that it is investigating an accident involving an American Airlines A321 that hit a runway distance marker during its takeoff roll at New York's John F. Kennedy... More
Embraer received type certificates for the updated version of its E195 passenger jet from the FAA, EASA and Brazilian regulatory authority ANAC on Monday. The E195-E2, which has a maximum takeoff... More
The FAA has posted a draft report from the Boeing 737 MAX Flight Standardization Board (FSB) covering updated pilot training requirements for the aircraft. The draft adds the Maneuvering... More
The airshow season is about fast-moving, rapidly gyrating aircraft. For some, it's about witnessing a watchmaker's level of finesse required to land on a dime and stop in one fuselage... More
SpaceX's successful first commercial mission came off almost without a hitch last week. Almost. Despite landing safely on a drone ship off the Florida coast, one of the three boosters was lost... More
Losing a pilot friend to a crash and thinking to yourself that I saw this coming and not having done all that you could to prevent the crash is one of the most horrible feelings you'll ever have in aviation. I know. I've been... More
The art of altimetry takes on new meaning executing IAPs when the weather turns cold. More
Recent general aviation and air carrier accidents. More
Rizse, a U.S.-based advanced drone robotics company, introduces its new solution for aircraft inspections. Utilizing autonomous drone hardware and proprietary software, Rizse's StreamSense platform provides a way to inspect both narrow and wide body aircraft fuselages for damage such as that caused by lightning strikes, hail and bird strikes.
Pacific Sky Aviation Inc. (Pacific Sky), the British Columbia-based flight school, has implemented the Fox Training Management System by Britannica Knowledge Systems in the record-breaking time of three weeks.
British aviation firms were given a welcome boost at an international exhibition.
It can be hard to improve on some things that just work and the Air Force is coming to that realization with some of its legacy aircraft. More
This image was taken from a DG 1000 glider over the Lac de Joux in the Swiss Jura mountains, 30 miles NE of the city of Geneva. Photo taken with a Pentax K5 camera at 1/500 sec., focal length 100 mm. Copyrighted photo by Gilbert Benzonana.