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Ameri-King AD Comments Close Soon

The comment period on a proposed rule that affects the ELTs on 14,500 U.S. aircraft will expire July 8. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will require owners of some Ameri-King ELTs to have them thoroughly inspected for function and parts compliance.

Doc's Friends To Test B-29 At McConnell AFB

The restoration team for the B-29 "Doc" received approval this week from the Pentagon to use McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for completing ground tests and future flight tests. The authorization allows Doc's flight crew to make arrangements with officials at the base for high-speed taxi tests, followed by the highly anticipated first flight.

Flytenow Requests U.S. Supreme Court Review

Flytenow Inc. is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case against the FAA over pilots using the Internet to seek cost-sharing flights with passengers. The company, which sued the FAA in 2014, has ceased operations and in December, lost its case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Solar Impulse 2 Completes Atlantic Crossing

Solar Impulse 2 landed in Seville, Spain, early Thursday, completing a 3160-NM trip across the Atlantic from New York in 71 hours. While the Solar Impulse team had initially hoped the trans-Atlantic crossing would land in Paris in honor of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 flight, a stormy weather forecast resulted in choosing Spain as an alternate.

New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news found announcements from GAMA, AEA, LeTourneau University and FltPlan. The winners of the GAMA/Build A Plane 2016 Aviation Design Challenge, including four students, will spend the next two weeks building a Glasair Sportsman airplane at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, as their prize.

Terrafugia Approved For Higher Weight, Stall Speed

Terrafugia has received approval to certify its Transition roadable airplane as an LSA with a maximum takeoff weight of 1,800 pounds. The Massachusetts-based company announced this week the FAA approved its 2014 petition for exemption from LSA rules, which require a maximum weight of 1,320 pounds and maximum stall speed of 45 knots.

Advocacy Groups React To Drone Rule

Reaction so far by general aviation advocacy groups has been mainly positive to the new rules released yesterday by the FAA to manage small drones (55 pounds or less) in the national airspace. "We commend the FAA for balancing the imperative to maintain safety … with the practical needs of this rapidly-emerging industry," said Bob Lamond, NBAA's director of air traffic services and infrastructure. "Overall, these regulations provide clearly-defined operating parameters that commercial UAS users have sought for years."

The Weekender: Wings, Wheels And Family Fun

The Weekender's SocialFlight calendar runs from Oregon to Georgia with a variety of campouts, cookouts and vintage car and airplane displays.

Kenn Borek Completes Antarctic Resue

Two polar station workers in need of medical care were successfully evacuated from the Amundsen-Scott station as the South Pole on Wednesday, according to the National Science Foundation. CBC reported that the Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air flew the two workers from Amundsen-Scott to Rothera, on the Antarctic Peninsula, a distance of some 1500 miles. The patients will be further transported to Punta Arenas, Chile, where they will receive additional medical care, according to NSF.

FAA Releases Commercial Drone Rule

The FAA today published its final rule for the commercial use of small drones under 55 pounds. The rule requires commercial drone operators to be at least 16 years old, pass a security background check and hold a "remote pilot certificate," which can be attained by passing an "initial aeronautical knowledge test" at an FAA-approved test center. Operators also can qualify if they have a current FAA pilot certificate and take an online UAS course from the FAA.

Icon Revises Purchase Agreement

In response to a flood of opinions about Icon's proposed purchase agreement for buyers of its A5 light sport aircraft -- which included an airplane life limit and liability limits -- the company said last month it would amend the agreement, and this week the company released copies of the new documents. The new contract removes several of the more controversial stipulations and tweaks others. "We've listened carefully to the feedback [from customers]," Icon said in a news release on Monday.

Three Off-Airport Crashes, One Pilot Killed

Three small general aviation airplanes have crashed at off-airport sites in the last two days, killing one pilot and injuring another. In Houston, Texas, a Piper PA-24 crashed onto the flat roof of a Macy's distribution center about five miles northwest of Hobby Airport, just before midnight on Sunday. "I was watching it, and I just seen it like struggle," witness Jonathan Siguenza told the local Click-2 news. The FAA said the 52-year-old pilot was flying in from St. Louis when the airplane lost power.

Viking Air Acquires Bombardier Water Bombers

Bombardier will sell its amphibious aircraft program to Viking Air Ltd., the two Canadian companies announced today. The agreement covers the type certificates for all variants of the CL-215, CL-215T and Bombardier 415 airplanes, which are used worldwide as water bombers for firefighting. "This transaction supports our goal of rebuilding a clear path to profitable earnings growth," said Alain Bellemare, CEO of Bombardier Inc.

South Pole Rescue Launched

Two Canadian Twin Otter aircraft are in Punta Arenas at the southern tip of Chile waiting out weather to launch a rescue at the South Pole.

Solar Impulse Atlantic Leg Starts Monday

Solar Impulse 2 is expected to launch from New York to Seville, Spain, Monday on the longest leg of its circumnavigation using solar power only.

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