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08/29/16 01:52PM
1968 CESSNA 172
Arlington TX
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Pittsburgh PA
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Charter Pilot Charged With Drunkenness

Police said a first officer's blood alcohol content was 0.3, or seven times the legal limit, when he was tested at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan, last Thursday and removed from the cockpit of a Talon Air Challenger 604 charter flight. The captain of the flight, Manny Ramirez, reportedly noticed that the first officer "smelled of alcohol and slurred his speech," according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Ramirez called the dispatch office, and police were called to the cockpit.

Caravan Production Moving To Independence

Textron Aviation is moving production of the Cessna Caravan from Wichita to Independence, Kansas to make room for new products, including its new flagship jet and high performance turboprop.

Short Final

Tri City Departure: Cessna 12345, squawk 4305 ... Cessna 12345: Tri City, um, we just noticed we are missing the knob for the last dial on the transponder ... Tri City Departure: What number is it on? ... Cessna 12345: Zero ... Tri City Departure: Standby, let me see if I can get you a code that ends in zero.

Veterans Group Targets Air Show

A veterans group in San Diego is asking the public to boycott the Miramar Air Show, saying the show is dangerous and "glorifies war." The annual show, which is held during Fleet Week, September 23 to 25, is a popular free event hosted by the Marine Corps. The show draws up to 500,000 visitors. The air show includes demos by the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, the Harrier and Osprey aircraft, and more. The San Diego Veterans for Peace say they are embarking on a five-year effort to "change public understanding of what the Miramar Air Show is actually all about."

Two United Pilots Arrested for Attempted Drunk Flying

Authorities in Scotland removed two United Airlines pilots from a Newark-bound flight Saturday and charged them with being intoxicated.

Southwest Engine Comes Apart At Altitude

A Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, Saturday after an uncontained failure of the number one engine.

Fatal Airshow Crash In China

Tragedy marked the opening of a new general aviation airport in north central China. Michel Leusch, of South Africa, failed to recover from a dive during a performance at the first Silk Road International General Aviation Convention held at Danxia Airport on Saturday.

Performer Dies In Oregon Crash

Marcus Paine, a longtime flight instructor and airshow performer, died Saturday at an Oregon airshow.

Man In Underwear Crashes Truck Into Airliner

A stolen airline truck driven by a man wearing only boxer shorts crashed into a parked Southwest Airlines jet Thursday night at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. The incident required multiple police officers to subdue the man plus a replacement jet for the 113 passengers catching their flight to Las Vegas, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

NTSB: Pilot Reported Mechanical Failures Before Crash

The Piper Navajo that crashed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this month, killing all six people aboard, had two fuel pump failures in flight. The twin had departed Orlando, Florida, Aug. 14 bound for Oxford, Mississippi. At 11:11 a.m., the private pilot reported a fuel pump failure to ATC and requested a diversion to the nearest airport.

New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Bell Helicopter, USAIG, Pathways to Aviation and Thrush Aircraft. Bell Helicopter announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil.

Aerobatic Trainer Crashes Into Hangar During Takeoff

An aerobatic trainer with a pilot and passenger veered off the runway during takeoff in California Wednesday and crashed into a hangar. The two men on board the SIAI-Marchetti SF260 were treated after the incident at Fullerton Municipal Airport for minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

NASA's Five New Aeronautics Ideas

NASA has chosen five new aviation-related technologies that it intends to study intently over the next two years as part of its ongoing Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, the agency said recently. The researchers will focus on fuel cells, the use of 3D printing to improve electric-motor performance, energy storage in lithium-air batteries, ways to change the shape of a wing in flight, and a new antenna design based on the use of lightweight aerogel.

Airlander 10 Damaged During Test-Flight Landing

The Airlander 10 made a nose-in landing Wednesday on its second test flight, interrupting the hybrid airship's development. Hybrid Air Vehicles said in a statement the aircraft went for a 100-minute flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

The Weekender: Airshows, Concerts And A Runway Run

Looking to fly somewhere for free food? SocialFlight.com has some options plus camp-out events for The Weekender. EAA Chapter 1479 in Missouri will host a fly-in Saturday to kick off the Sound of Speed Airshow and Concert, sponsored by City of St Joseph and the 139th Airlift Wing.

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