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HondaJet Nears Final Type Certification

The HondaJet has received provisional type certification from the FAA, Honda Aircraft announced Friday. Honda has four HA-420 jets in its test fleet with more than 2500 hours to date and is planning for final type certification in the next few months. The twin-engine business jet, the company's first commercial aircraft design, is being manufactured at Honda Aircraft's headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina and preparations for customer deliveries are under way.

AOPA Releases Aircraft Transition Course

The AOPA Air Safety Institute released a new online course Friday designed to help pilots transition into unfamiliar aircraft. "Transitioning to Other Airplanes" offers factors to consider when moving up or down in airplane size or complexity, or into one with different avionics.

Ex-Pilot Sues JetBlue Over Midair Meltdown

A former JetBlue pilot who had a midair meltdown in 2012 that forced the flight to divert has sued the airline for $14.9 million, claiming he should have been grounded, Reuters reported Friday. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court, Clayton Osbon, 52, said his irrational behavior on March 27, 2012 during the New York-to-Las Vegas flight was caused by a "complex partial brain seizure," the report said.

Lightspeed's Sierra Headset Adds Full Bluetooth Capability

Lightspeed Aviation's entry-level headset now comes with full Bluetooth audio capability, the company announced Thursday. The upgrade to the Sierra headset now makes all three Lightspeed headsets capable of connecting to cellphones, music, and audio alerts. Each headset can connect to an iPad or iPhone with Lightspeed's FlightLink app.

Airliners To Require Two Crew Members In Cockpits

Airlines around the world said Thursday they'll start requiring two crew members in the cockpit at all times. The change comes after details emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 deliberately locked the captain outside the cockpit and crashed the jet into the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all aboard. Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it has been considering the change and now is "speeding up the process."

New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found a new online service for finding engine overhaul shops, a new flight training program for Global Aerospace customers, an LCD cockpit retrofit from Thomas Global Systems, and new owners for three FBOs in Indiana.

The Weekender: Air Shows and Warbird Rides

If you're looking for a ride in something out of the ordinary, say, a Lockheed C-60 or B-17, SocialFlight has a few offerings this weekend. Wings Over Flagler Rockin' the Runways will take place Friday through Sunday in Palm Coast, Florida, hosting EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast, the Ford Tri-Motor Tin Goose and a variety of historic aircraft on display, plus concerts, cars and fireworks.

Germanwings Co-pilot Concealed Psychiatric Treatment

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot found to have deliberately crashed the Germanwings Airbus 320 into the French Alps this week, was undergoing treatment for depression but concealed his condition from the airline, according to a Wall Street Journal report Friday that quoted unnamed sources. A search of Lubitz's Dusseldorf home turned up torn-up medical leave notes excusing him from work, which he ignored, according to the report.

German A320 Down In Alps

A German Airbus A320 is down in a mountainous region of southern France, and all 144 passengers and 6 crew on board are believed to be dead, officials announced early Tuesday morning. The airplane was en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and was operated by Germanwings, a low-cost arm of Lufthansa.

CubCrafters, Van's Top 2014 LSA Sales Numbers

Sales of light sport aircraft in the U.S. for 2014 totaled 199, according to numbers compiled and released this week by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association. CubCrafters took first place, with 50 airplanes, and Van's Aircraft took second place for the year, with 26 copies of its factory-built RV-12 sold. Other top sellers for the year include Progressive Aerodyne's Searey, Flight Design's CTLSi, and Tecnam's P92.

Amazon Says FAA UAS Approval 'Obsolete'

Amazon says the FAA approval for limited outdoor testing of its unmanned aerial systems delivery service is not much use to the company because it applies to an aircraft the company is no longer testing. In testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday, Amazon VP for Global Public Policy Paul Misener said that thanks to more liberal UAS regulations in the U.K. and other countries, Amazon has been able to move on from its original proposal to the FAA and is now testing a more advanced system for its Prime Air Program.

Future Of ATC Discussed In Congress

At a congressional hearing in Washington on Tuesday, advocates cited issues with unstable funding, aging infrastructure and inadequate staffing for critical air traffic control functions, and lobbied for fundamental change in how the FAA is managed and funded. Paul Rinaldi, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, told the House aviation subcommittee that "the current funding situation is unacceptable, and we would like to explore alternative models that could address these problems."

New Regs Threaten Canadian Airports Says Group

The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) is rallying its members to oppose proposed regulations it says will threaten small airports across the country and make it much more difficult to build new airports or expand existing ones.

Mojave Fly-In Set For April

It's not the biggest aviation event around, but the Mojave Experimental Fly-In, coming up April 17-19, is surely one of the most unique. The two-day event brings out homebuilders who have been working on their own designs over the last year, to show off their work and share their expertise in the California desert. This is the fourth year of the fly-in, and this year's edition adds a slumber party complete with pizza and movies, a "bug-smasher poker run/flour bomb" event, an indoor free-flight RC flying competition, and showings of an in-progress documentary film about the Mojave pilots.

World Air Games Set For Dubai

The World Air Games, last held in Italy in 2009, will be held in Dubai this December, with an expanded calendar of events compared to prior games, according to organizers. The games, conducted by the Federation Aeronautique International, aim to showcase air sports to the public and attract new participants. Competitions will be held for parachutes, paragliders, hot-air balloons, gyrocopters, microlights, gliders, experimental aircraft, models, and aerobatics.

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