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NTSB: Fuel Starvation Likely In Seneca Crash

The nighttime crash of a Piper Seneca in 2015 that left a 7-year-old survivor was a fuel starvation accident, the NTSB has determined in a factual report. The Jan. 2 crash in western Kentucky killed the 49-year-old pilot, his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old cousin. The couple's other daughter walked through wooded terrain to find help.

New This Week

AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from the Unmanned Safety Institute, the Civil Air Patrol, Airbus Helicopters and MAC Air Group. The Unmanned Safety Institute announced that it has launched the first-ever online training course designed by its team of leading aviation safety experts to teach drone enthusiasts how to fly safely and minimize risk.

Astronaut, Fighter Pilot John Glenn Dead At 95

John Glenn, a lifelong pilot and public figure who is best known as the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at 95. The retired military airman and four-term U.S. senator was hospitalized in Columbus, Ohio, about a week ago in declining health. Glenn, a native of Cambridge in eastern Ohio, is the state's "ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve," Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted.

United To Charge For Overhead Space

As airlines continue to unbundle what's covered by a basic fare, United Airlines announced this week that it will begin charging for the use of overhead space in its cabins. While discount airlines such as Spirit have charged for the overhead for several years, United is the first major airline to do so.

Electric Extra Sets Climb Record

Famed aerobatic pilot and aircraft designer Walter Extra has set a new FAI record for time to climb in an electric airplane. According to Extra and Siemens, the manufacturer of the motor used in the Extra 330LE, the climb was 4:22 to an altitude of 3000 meters (9842 feet). That's an average climb rate of about 2300 feet per minute. The record is a new C1b class for light landplanes but it doesn't exceed time to climb performance for piston airplanes in other classes. The record applies to powered electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of 500 to 1000 kg.

Pakistani Airliner Crashes Into Mountain, 48 Dead

A Pakistan International Airlines turboprop crashed Wednesday in the country's northern region, killing all 48 people on board. News reports say there was a fiery explosion as the ATR-42 crashed following a possible engine-related emergency. The airliner was carrying 42 passengers, five crew members and a ground engineer when it crashed in mountainous terrain north of the flight's destination to Islamabad.

FAA Revokes Maintenance School Certification

The Atlanta Technical College, in Atlanta, Georgia, is no longer certified to offer aviation maintenance technician training, the FAA said this week. The FAA issued an emergency order alleging that the college failed to keep proper records for students. Some grade records were incomplete or lacked instructor signatures, the FAA said, and several students who hadn't made up absences were allowed to advance in the program. ATC surrendered its certificate.

Astronaut, WWII Veteran John Glenn Hospitalized

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn is in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital with an undisclosed illness. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the Earth and the last surviving member of the original astronauts in the Mercury program. He was admitted to James Cancer Hospital more than a week ago, and a family spokesman said his prognosis is unknown.

SpaceX Launches Delayed Again

There will be no more rocket launches this year for SpaceX, which announced Wednesday it will not be ready to resume flights on Dec. 16 as the company had intended. The delay marks the second time the California company has had to postpone launch operations as the probe into the Sept. 1 rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral is finalized.

Trump Threatens To Cancel Air Force One Contract

President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning that Boeing's costs for the next Air Force One, now in development, are "out of control," and added, "Cancel order!" The costs, according to Trump, are already up to more than $4 billion. Boeing responded with a short statement, noting that "We are currently under contract for $170 million ... We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer."

FAA Updates Icing Training Video

With winter on the way for much of the U.S., the FAA has released a new training video about the dangers of ice-induced stalls. "Much has occurred since NASA's original 1998 ice-contaminated tailplane stall video," the FAA said. "The information in this training video supersedes, supplants, and replaces the instruction in all previous NASA tail stall icing training videos."

Colombia Crash Investigation Continues

Civil aviation authorities in Brazil have suspended the operating certificate of LaMia airlines, which operated the charter aircraft that crashed in Colombia last week, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Authorities have confirmed that the airplane, an Avro RJ85, was out of fuel when it crashed on a mountainside near the Medellin airport. Freddy Bonilla, Colombia's secretary of air security, said the flight was in violation of both local and international regulations regarding minimum fuel reserves.

Short Final

It was my first time flying into OSH after hours of hand flying a Skyhawk ... Tower: l "Welcome to OSH." ... I Me: " I'm not a virgin anymore." ... It was like a reflex.

German Gyro Now FAA Type Certified

U.S. pilots now can buy a factory-built FAA-type-certified autogyro for the first time "probably in at least 60 years," Bob Snyder, program manager at AutoGyroUSA, told AVweb on Monday. The Calidus autogyro, which has been flying in Europe since 2009, recently was awarded a type certificate in the seldom-used Part 23 Primary category, by FAA officials.

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