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Facebook's Internet Drone Flies

Facebook's new high-altitude drone flew for the first time and its mission, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is nothing short of changing the world. But first the frail high-altitude solar electric aircraft had to get off the ground.

Current Ocean Search For MH370 To End

The search for MH370, the Malaysia Airlines jet that vanished in March 2014, will be suspended by the end of the year when crews complete their current phase of operations in the Indian Ocean, officials announced Friday. Unless new information comes to light to help direct the search for the Boeing 777, the ships hired to scan 100,000 square kilometers of the rugged ocean floor are expected to cease their work between October and December.

Jeppesen, Garmin Add Terminal Charts To Pilot App

Jeppesen announced this week its terminal charts are now integrated into the Garmin Pilot application for iOS users. The partnership between the two companies has expanded the app's features such as Jeppesen navigation data to include Jeppesen charts, allowing pilots to fly with geo-referenced approaches and other capabilities.

Airplane Crashes In Neighborhood, Pilot Killed

The pilot of a GA aircraft flying to Wisconsin was killed in a crash near Chicago Thursday. The crash set a house on fire in a residential area. Local news reports say the unidentified pilot was the only one on board the plane. The aircraft departed Florida, stopped in Tennessee and was headed for Oshkosh when it crashed in a neighborhood in Plainfield.

New This Week

AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from Yingling Aviation, GlobalParts.aero, Gulf Coast Avionics and Dallas Airmotive ahead of next week's AirVenture 2016 show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The Weekender: Airshows By The Region

The Weekender's SocialFlight calendar has a full selection of airshows around the country prior to the annual AirVenture event next week in Wisconsin. On Saturday, Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma is celebrating its 75th year of pilot training with a full schedule of performers featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.

FAA Changes Runway Reporting Protocols

The FAA has developed new protocols for ATC to use when telling pilots about runway conditions that might affect their landing. The new standards, which take effect Oct. 1, are meant to reduce the risk of runway overrun accidents and incidents due to runway contamination caused by weather and other factors, the FAA said.

Pilot Injured After Runaway Hand-Propping

A Pennsylvania pilot is lucky to be alive after his hand-propped vintage airplane spun out of control on the ramp Wednesday morning. WTAE reported that the 72-year-old man was hospitalized with multiple injuries, including to his head. Security cameras at the Joseph A. Hardy airport in Connellsville caught the accident on video.

Garmin Announces MMC-based Cockpit Wireless System, Cheaper Nav Data

Garmin's latest micro-sized Flight Stream 510 cockpit wireless transceiver eliminates installation, streamlines database management and advances tablet integration. New navigational data packaging makes subscription cheaper and the data easier to load.

Kermit Weeks To Fly Martin Mars To Oshkosh

Kermit Weeks always makes a splash at AirVenture but this may be his biggest ever. The serial aircraft collector and owner of Fantasy of Flight Museum in Florida will be part of the crew flying the massive Martin Mars flying boat from Vancouver Island in British Columbia to the seaplane base on Lake Winnebago on Saturday.

Round-The-World Balloonist Reaches Atlantic

Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov, who launched from western Australia on July 12 in an attempt to beat Steve Fossett's time for the only prior round-the-world solo balloon flight, already has faced weather challenges and equipment failures as he reaches the halfway point of his journey. As he crossed the southern Pacific at night, Konyukhov encountered snow, ice and turbulence, which shook the propane tanks suspended from the gondola so violently that some of them had to be jettisoned.

AEA Offers ADS-B Rebates

The Aircraft Electronics Association said this week they will award five aircraft owners $1,000 each, from a random drawing, to be used toward an ADS-B upgrade. The drawings will be held next week during EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh. By offering the incentives, AEA President Paula Derks said, "AEA hopes to send a message to owners of general aviation aircraft that the time to act and upgrade is now." Only 41 months remain to equip more than 100,000 general aviation aircraft with ADS-B equipment.

Pilatus Breaks Ground On New U.S. Facility

Pilatus officials held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a new facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, Colorado, which will provide completions, sales, and service support for the fleet, including the PC-24 twinjet. The new facility is expected to open in the spring of 2018, on the currently undeveloped west side of the airport, and will employ about 140 workers by 2020, when the PC-24 is in full production.

Short Final

The following was heard as my wife and I were flying our Mooney over the northern tip of the Great Salt Lake a few days ago and communicating with Salt Lake Center ... Transient aircraft: "Center, do you have time for a question?" ... SL Center: "Sure, go ahead." ... Transient aircraft: "OK, this is the $65 question. Looking below, we can see a train track, shoreline and a reddish area with what look like waves. What is that all about?" ... Silence for a short while, then a response from an airliner: "My daughter is a PhD biologist and explained to me that the red color comes from Halobacteria growing in the salt water." ... Transient aircraft: "Thank you very much! You win the $65 prize and we greatly appreciate the explanation!" ... SL Center: "That's a whole lot better than any explanation we could come up with here at Center." ... Another short pause ... Airliner: "That PhD cost a lot more than $65." ... The exchange is somewhat paraphrased, other than the punchline. We were laughing too hard by the end for me to copy the exact dialogue. Dan Robertson

Cirrus Offers Special-Mission Platform

Cirrus Aircraft said today its special-mission platform, Cirrus Perception, is now FAA certified and ready to enter service for a variety of applications, including law enforcement, traffic monitoring, mapping, search and rescue, border surveillance and more. "Special-mission operators are constantly looking for ways to increase their capabilities while reducing operational costs," said David Moser, vice president in charge of special-missions aircraft at Cirrus.

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