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Airbus A350-900 EASA-certified

The Airbus A350-900 XWB, which has been in the works for about eight years, was certified by EASA on Tuesday. FAA certification will follow soon, Airbus said. The "extra-wide-body" model can carry up to 440 passengers and eight cabin crew. "The A350 XWB embodies many extra innovative technologies which make all the difference in passenger comfort and airline efficiency," Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier said in a statement released on Tuesday. A

Europe Backs ASTM Light Plane Certification Plan

The standards organization ASTM says both the European Commission and European Aviation Safety Agency have endorsed a "global initiative to modernize the way smaller airplanes are certified." ASTM says the CS23/Part 23 Reorganization is a blueprint for the world's aviation authorities to bring their certification standards up to date and it was unveiled at meeting hosted by ASTM and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Brussels in September.

EAA: New FAA Policy Will Prevent Crashes

The FAA has updated its policy on experimental-amateur built (E-AB) aircraft to allow pilots who build their own airplanes to bring along a qualified additional pilot on their initial test flights, EAA said on Monday. "This policy change comes after years of data suggesting that the most accidents in the E-AB fleet occur in aircraft during their first eight hours of operation," EAA said. "The majority of those accidents were related to pilot loss of control and were preventable."

Sierra Nevada Offers Commercial Orbital Service

Sierra Nevada Corporation has unveiled a smaller version of its Dream Chaser space plane designed to be launched to low earth airport by Paul Allen and Burt Rutan's Stratolaunch system. The scaled version of Dream Chaser will carry three astronauts or it can be flown as a space UAS carrying cargo only.

Short Final

I was arriving in the Washington, D.C., area with a destination of Manassas Regional in Virginia. There was a mid-morning thunderstorm that was causing aircraft, including Air Force One, to request deviations when I heard the following. ... After being denied a 20-degree deviation to the right to avoid weather and given an alternative of 30 degrees left, a GA pilot sounded irritated and was particularly demanding with a second request for a 20-degree deviation to the right. ... Sounding ever the professional, Approach responded: "I can give you 20 right, but if I can't give you any more if you need it because that will put you in the Washington restricted airspace and you'll have an F-15 escort within a couple of minutes." ... The response? After a short pause, a more humble: "I'd like the 30-degree left deviation, please." ... I would have also. -- Joe Shelton

FAA Will Review ATC Security Plans

Following a fire that knocked out ATC equipment at a facility in Aurora, Illinois, on Friday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said on Monday the agency will conduct a 30-day review of its contingency plans and security protocols to be sure they address system efficiency as well as safety. "I do understand the traveling public's frustrations," Huerta said. More than 2,500 flights were cancelled over the weekend at Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway hubs.

DHL To Start Commercial Drone Deliveries

The global parcel-delivery company DHL has received authorization to start regular drone delivery flights to an island in the North Sea about 7.5 miles off the coast of Germany. "This research project represents the first and only time in Europe that a flight by an unmanned aircraft will be operated outside of the pilot's field of vision in a real-life mission," said DHL in a news release. The DHL "parcelcopter" will primarily be used to transport medications at times when ferries and flights are not available.

FAA, Controllers Coping With Chicago Outage

Capacity is steadily increasing at airports affected by the sabotage of critical communications equipment at Chicago Center on Friday. As of late Sunday, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said 72 flights per hour were getting into O'Hare International Airport and departure delays of 15 minutes in the afternoon were expected to increase to about 30 minutes later in the day.

Canadian Lancaster Back Home

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Lancaster bomber is back at its home base in Hamilton, Ontario (about 40 miles west of Toronto) after a triumphant and, at times, dramatic six-week tour of the U.K.

Air France Pilots End Strike

Air France pilots ended a two-week strike Sunday but did so without resolving its fight with the company. The SNPL, Air France's main pilots union, simply gave up and flights are expected to resume in a couple of days. The pilots walked out to pressure the airline into covering pilots of its new budget carrier Transavia with the same contract as those on the main line.

Two Killed, Two Hurt In Young Eagles Midair (Updated)

A pilot and a boy are dead while another pilot and a young woman suffered minor injuries after a midair collision involving two aircraft taking part in a Young Eagles event in western New York. Time Warner Cable News is reporting a Cessna 172 and a Searey homebuilt amphibian collided near Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport.

Arson Fire At Chicago Center Diverts Flights (Updated)

An early-morning fire at the FAA Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (Chicago Center) facility in Aurora, Illinois, has halted flights in the Chicago area and caused a massive reroute of IFR traffic.

Airbus A320neo Makes First Flight

Airbus celebrated the first flight of its new A320neo Thursday at its facility in Toulouse, France.

Sierra And Embraer Roll Out First U.S.-Made Tucano

Brazilian aircraft giant Embraer and its U.S. partner, Sierra Nevada Corp., rolled out the first the A-29 Super Tucano for the U.S. Air Force in Jacksonville, Florida, on Thursday. The aircraft is the first of 20 purchased by the Air Force for deployment in Afghanistan where they will serve as trainers and combat aircraft in what the service refers to as the light air support role.

New This Week

AVweb's weekly search of the latest developments in aviation uncovered news of the all-electric Sun Flyer's flight tests, Sporty's new ATP training course, two new vice presidents at Cirrus and a free trial of Aspen Avionics's synthetic vision product.

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