Airbus CEO: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle To Fly This YearAirbus will begin test flights of its flying taxi prototype by the end of the year, the company's chief executive said this week. Speaking at the technology industry's DLD Conference in Munich, Tom Enders said the company's Silicon Valley arm is developing a multi-rotor, autonomous vehicle that would ease traffic congestion in the world's major cities.
NTSB: Pilot Received Type Rating Weeks Before Fatal CrashThe pilot of the Cessna Citation that crashed into Lake Erie in December had received his type rating in the jet three weeks before the accident, according to the NTSB's preliminary report. The 2012 CJ4, owned and flown by Columbus, Ohio businessman John T. Fleming, crashed on the night of Dec. 29 shortly after takeoff from Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport, killing Fleming and all five passengers.
Delivery Drone Test Flights Expand In CanadaA Canadian company is expanding its unmanned test flights with plans to be the country's first commercial drone-delivery operation by next year. Drone Delivery Canada of Ontario will soon begin flight trials at the Foremost Aerodrome in Alberta, headquarters of the Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems -- Canada's first government-approved drone test site.
Mysterious Military Drone Found In RussiaThe Russian government is looking into the source of a military-grade drone discovered on the shoreline of the Black Sea. Media outlets in the region near the town of Anapa published photos this week of the mysterious 6-foot, black unmanned aircraft, which is missing part of its right wingtip but otherwise appears undamaged.
ADS-B Equipage On Track: AEAThe avionics industry will rise to the challenge of equipping the U.S. aircraft fleet with ADS-B Out by the Jan. 1, 2020, deadline says an industry leader. Ric Peri, the VP of government and industry affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, told AVweb in a podcast interview that as demand warrants, the industry will respond by working overtime, weekends and holidays to get the job done.
SkyPan Settles With FAA Over Drone Photo FlightsAerial photography company SkyPan International has reached a settlement with the FAA over charges of violating airspace and other rules with its drones. "While neither admitting nor contesting the allegations that these commercial operations were contrary to FAA regulations, SkyPan wishes to resolve this matter without any further expense or delay of business," the company said in a statement this week.
FAA Offers Outreach On SoCal Airspace ChangesPilots who fly in Southern California's busy airspace will soon be expected to follow new procedures, so the FAA has planned a series of public meetings and webinars to bring everyone up to speed. The live webinars will include time for Q&A with FAA representatives. The sessions, set for this month and next, will focus on changes that will be enacted in March and April.
Search Ends For Malaysian Flight 370After nearly three years of work searching the ocean floor with deep-sea submersibles for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that went missing with 239 people on board in March 2014, officials on Tuesday said they are suspending the effort. "Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area," said a joint statement from the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia.
New Theory — Did D.B. Cooper Work For Boeing?The FBI officially closed the book last year on the unsolved case of a 1971 hijacking by the man known as D.B. Cooper, but now a team of amateur investigators say they have a new lead in the case. The amateurs, who call themselves Citizen Sleuths, were allowed access to the FBI's files and evidence. The Sleuths teamed up with the TV show "Expedition Unknown," which funded an extensive particle analysis by a professional lab to examine a clip-on necktie found on the airplane, which may have belonged to the hijacker.
Airbus Helicopter "Bubble" Windows Now CertifiedSwiss Rotor Solutions has developed a retrofit "bubble" window set for Airbus H125/AS350 helicopters, and recently announced it has achieved EASA certification. FAA certification is in the works and is expected soon, the company said. The kit consists of a new door with the bubble window, a new bow-shaped floor structure that the door conforms to and a floor viewing aperture outboard of the right-hand pilot's seat.
Cargo Plane Crash Kills Dozens On The GroundA Boeing 747-400 cargo plane en route from Hong Kong to Istanbul crashed early Monday morning, about 7:30 local time, while trying to make a scheduled stop in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The flight crew of four and about 38 people on the ground were killed in the crash and its aftermath. At least a dozen buildings were destroyed by the impact and fire, and at least a dozen people were taken to the hospital with injuries.
Astronaut Eugene Cernan DiesEugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, died Monday at the age of 82. Cernan has been suffering from a "long illness" when he died surrounded by family.
Patrouille de France At SNFSun 'n Fun will have an international flavor again this year as the French air force demonstration team the Patrouille de France has confirmed it will perform at the fly-in, which runs from April 4-7. The Blue Angels are also performing at Lakeland.
AVweb's BasicMed Pilot Survey: Tell Us What You ThinkLast week, the FAA rolled out the final rule for the long-awaited Third-Class medical exemption. We heard plenty of comments pro and con and in today's issue, we're publishing a detailed survey to find out what pilots really think.
Short FinalWhile we were preparing to shut down at a tie down spot at Henderson Airport, Las Vegas, ground control was directing a taxiing Piper ... Ground: "Cherokee Nxxxx, say your destination." ... Cherokee:"Uhh, we're not sure where we're going. We're just following the van in front of us (the "follow-me" van)." ... Ground (chuckling):"I mean when you depart the airport." ... Cherokee: "Oh, we'll be returning to Long Beach in about an hour." ... Ground: "Roger." ... Dan Jay