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Mooney Is Back

Mooney, which announced a reboot of its iconic brand with new investors early this year, will reassert its presence at EAA AirVenture this week with the first delivery of its Acclaim Type S since restarting the production line after a five-year hiatus. The airplane, which was sold via an online auction to the highest bidder, will be delivered on Tuesday. Mooney also said this week it will partner with Redbird Flight Simulations to bolster its in-house training program.

Beachgoer Killed In Emergency Landing

The pilot of a Piper Archer made an emergency landing on a beach in Venice, Florida, on Sunday afternoon, hitting a man and his 10-year-old daughter who were walking on the shore. The father died at the scene, and the girl was airlifted to a hospital where authorities said she was believed to be in critical condition. The pilot and passenger in the Archer were unhurt.

AirVenture Off To An Upbeat Start

The sprawling grounds were damp, and the skies were overcast Sunday at EAA AirVenture, but the crowds already were thick and the mood upbeat as this year's edition of the world's biggest airshow got ready for its Monday morning launch. The aviation economy, like the rest of the economy, may not exactly be booming, but the mood seems to be that it's better than it was and just maybe, the worst is over. A few new airplanes will be introduced here this week, there's lots of new technology to check out, and the crowds will have plenty to entertain them, with the Thunderbirds and the Valdez STOL competitors performing for the first time, plus the usual roster of top-notch airshow performers.

MVP Amphib Adds Versatility

A Minnesota company is hoping that versatility and financial accessibility will be the keys to launching a $189,000 amphib LSA that was unveiled Sunday ahead of AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh. The MVP is a two-place carbon fiber hull with a turbocharged Rotax engine and fabric wings with carbon fiber spars.

Redbird At Oshkosh: Simulator Time, Challenge Cup, And More

Pilots who are looking to upgrade their instrument skills will find plenty of opportunities to explore Redbird's training simulators at EAA AirVenture this week. Redbird has provided eight simulators to the new IFR Proficiency Center, hosted by IMC Club and EAA. The Redbird tent (Booth 304) also will be hosting the Dusty simulator the company built for the new Disney animated film, Planes: Fire & Rescue. Redbird also will host the Redbird Flying Challenge Cup finals at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

Derailment Fuselages Shredded, Cubed

The Boeing 737 fuselages that tumbled into a river in Montana a few weeks ago are now roughly rectangular bales of scrap metal likely headed for the faraway places they may have gone as pieces of completed aircraft.

A Summer Option for Kids -- AeroCamp

Summer vacation goes by fast, but if you know any kids age 12 to 18 who need something to do, AeroCamp might provide an option. The program, developed by the Flight School Association of North America, is offered at about 20 local flight schools around the country. The camps generally run for five days, Monday to Friday, from about 9 to 5. Many flight schools offer both beginner and advanced options, with a chance to learn about airplanes, aviation careers, and the aerospace industry.

Patent Lawsuit Against AOPA Tossed

A U.S. District Court judge in Oregon has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

Avidyne Announces Certification Of IFD540 System

Celebrating 20 years of providing integrated avionics and aircraft safety systems, Avidyne announced today that it received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval and an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) from the FAA for installation of the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system in more than 1,000 aircraft makes and models.

FAA Backtracks On Israel Flight Ban

The Jerusalem Post is reporting the FAA has reversed its earlier decision to extended the ban on U.S. flights to Israel and is now allowing U.S. carriers to fly there.

New This Week

AVweb's weekly review of what's happening in aviation turned up news of a new, "sensor-capable" special mission Cirrus SR22, the report of the first flight of a solar-electric airplane, a new stick-shaker stall warning for E-AB aircraft and an invitation to watch the Space Shuttle Independence placed atop its 747 transport.

Missing Algerian Airliner Crashed: No Survivors (Updated)

The wreckage of a missing Air Algerie MD-83 has been located in Mali. Reports indicate there were no survivors.

The Weekender: Type Clubs to Historic Presentations

AVweb's weekly review of upcoming aviation events on SocialFlight uncovered a Fly-Out, the Cessna 150/152 "Cornfab," a fly-in lunch that includes a presentation on F-105 operations in Vietnam, a Fly-In and airshow at historic the historic Wendover, Utah Airport and a modest Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

ATP Rule Change Imminent

With an Aug. 1 deadline approaching when the requirements to qualify for an ATP certificate will change, AOPA this week posted some guidance, plus a 22-minute podcast, to help address pilots' questions. AOPA's guidance is available online to everyone, not just members of the association. Also, the FAA has posted information online about the new requirements, including a copy of the pertinent FAR changes and a flow chart that aims to help applicants find their way through the new rules.

Dozens Killed In Taiwan Crash

A twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 regional airliner operated by TransAsia Airways crashed in Taiwan at about 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday while attempting to go around after a missed landing attempt. According to early news reports, the aircraft hit some buildings on the approach to the airport. There were 54 passengers and four flight crew on board; on Wednesday morning the number of fatalities was reported as 47. TransAsia Airways is a Taiwanese airline that makes mostly domestic flights. According to CNN, a typhoon had just passed through the area and visibility was poor at the time of the crash.

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