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New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Bell Helicopter, USAIG, Pathways to Aviation and Thrush Aircraft. Bell Helicopter announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil.

NTSB: Pilot Reported Mechanical Failures Before Crash

The Piper Navajo that crashed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this month, killing all six people aboard, had two fuel pump failures in flight. The twin had departed Orlando, Florida, Aug. 14 bound for Oxford, Mississippi. At 11:11 a.m., the private pilot reported a fuel pump failure to ATC and requested a diversion to the nearest airport.

Aerobatic Trainer Crashes Into Hangar During Takeoff

An aerobatic trainer with a pilot and passenger veered off the runway during takeoff in California Wednesday and crashed into a hangar. The two men on board the SIAI-Marchetti SF260 were treated after the incident at Fullerton Municipal Airport for minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

NASA's Five New Aeronautics Ideas

NASA has chosen five new aviation-related technologies that it intends to study intently over the next two years as part of its ongoing Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, the agency said recently. The researchers will focus on fuel cells, the use of 3D printing to improve electric-motor performance, energy storage in lithium-air batteries, ways to change the shape of a wing in flight, and a new antenna design based on the use of lightweight aerogel.

Airlander 10 Damaged During Test-Flight Landing

The Airlander 10 made a nose-in landing Wednesday on its second test flight, interrupting the hybrid airship's development. Hybrid Air Vehicles said in a statement the aircraft went for a 100-minute flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.

The Weekender: Airshows, Concerts And A Runway Run

Looking to fly somewhere for free food? SocialFlight.com has some options plus camp-out events for The Weekender. EAA Chapter 1479 in Missouri will host a fly-in Saturday to kick off the Sound of Speed Airshow and Concert, sponsored by City of St Joseph and the 139th Airlift Wing.

AOPA Washington Fly-In Draws Biggest Crowd Yet

AOPA has been organizing its regional fly-ins for a few years now, and its latest event, held at the Bremerton National Airport near Seattle, Washington, drew more than 4,000 people and nearly 700 aircraft. The event offered on-airport camping, VIP tours of an aircraft carrier and the Boeing plant in nearby Everett, a Friday night barbecue with a live band, and educational talks and seminars all day Saturday. It was the most popular AOPA fly-in ever, by a wide margin, according to AOPA outreach director Chris Eads.

FAA Orders Mandatory Balloon Checks

All 6,400 hot-air balloons in the U.S. must be inspected to ensure they are not equipped with potentially leaky fuel hoses made of "egeflex" material, the FAA said in an emergency airworthiness directive issued today. The AD is effective Aug. 29, and balloonists have 14 days after that to complete the inspection, which should take about a half hour. If the egeflex hoses are found, the balloon is grounded until the replacement is complete. Uncorrected, the faulty hoses could cause a fire, the FAA said.

Longitude First Flight Imminent

Cessna's super-midsize Citation Longitude prototype has completed initial ground engine tests, the company said today, adding that the first flight is expected "in the coming weeks." The tests verified the functionality of the engine start, fuel system and auto-throttle as well as interfaces with the avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, the company said. "The engine-run tests are one of the final major milestones as we prepare for first flight," said Scott Ernest, CEO of Textron Aviation.

New Drone Rules Take Effect Monday

The FAA's new rules that will allow widespread use of small drones for commercial purposes take effect next Monday, Aug. 29. The rules require operators of commercial drones to have a pilot certificate or pass an FAA knowledge test to ensure they understand airspace restrictions and other relevant rules. They also must be at least 16 years old and will be subject to vetting by the TSA. The drones are restricted to airspace below 400 feet and must weigh 55 pounds or less.

Short Final

Climbing out of my home airport with our friendly (and funny) tower controllers, I heard ... Tower: Cardinal XYZ, check transponder ... XYZ: Turning it on, sorry, guys, XYZ ... Tower: Cardinal XYZ, never admit your mistakes on frequency, just say it was warming up ... XYZ: All warmed up! XYZ ... Tower: That's the spirit ... Daniel Rasin

Piper M500 Now EASA-Approved

Piper's M500, an upgraded version of its Meridian turboprop, is now EASA-approved, the company announced today. "EASA certification is an important milestone allowing us to kick off a major sales campaign to bring the M500 to the European market," said Simon Caldecott, CEO of Piper Aircraft. The M500 already has been certified in Brazil, Canada and Japan, Caldecott said.

China Luring Western Pilots

Chinese airlines are reportedly offering experienced airline pilots more than $300,000 a year, tax-free, to work for them and that might be just the beginning of a bidding war for cockpit crew.

Santa Monica Battle Escalates

Only a few days after losing yet another round in the legal slugfest that continues over Santa Monica Airport, opponents of the airport are turning up the political pressure on the city council.

Northrop Grumman Unveils Trainer

Northrop Grumman has rolled out its clean-sheet contender for the Air Force's advanced trainer competition. The unnamed aircraft looks a lot like the T-38 it will replace but will have all the advanced electronics the Talon doesn't.

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