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Drones Programmed to Avoid Airports

Responding to increasing worries about consumer drones flying where they shouldn't, the world's largest maker of consumer drones says it's programming its products to automatically avoid flying near some airports. DJI said this week that new products in its Phantom line will have firmware to prevent operators from flying the aircraft within a designated distance of major airports, based in the drone's known GPS position. The updated firmware can also be loaded into some DJI drones already in the field.

A Safe Landing For Two Eagles Balloon

TheTwo Eagles balloon pilots have landed safely in the ocean about four miles off the Baja coast near La Poza Grande, their ground crew reported Saturday morning. "The pilots made a controlled descent to a gentle water landing," the team wrote in an update."The balloon is stable and still inflated and the pilots are fine." Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev launched from Japan a week ago.

First Officer Lands Delta Jet as Captain Locked Out of Cockpit

A jammed door in a Delta Airlines jet left the captain locked out of the cockpit during a flight from Minneapolis to Las Vegas Thursday, leaving the first officer to complete the flight in the right seat. Delta 1651 otherwise landed uneventfully and on time at McCarran International Airport.

Trans-Pacific Balloonists Exceed Distance Record (Updated)

The Two Eagles balloon crew that launched last week in Japan has now achieved one of its goals -- the flight on Thursday passed 5,260 miles, the current world record for distance in a gas balloon. Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev are also on track to beat the record for time aloft, just over 137 hours, if they keep flying until Friday morning.

Malaysian Government Declares MH370 Disappearance An Accident

The missing Malaysian Airline flight MH370 was an accident, and all 239 people on board are presumed dead, the Malaysian government announced Thursday in a BBC report. Meanwhile, the search for the Boeing 777 continues in the southern Indian Ocean. Four vessels are using sonar technology to search the ocean floor.

New This Week

AVweb's search of news in aviation turned up new aircraft sales for RedHawk Aero, a commercial drone repair-and-return-to-service from Robotic Skies, and two new STCs -- air conditioning for the Cessna 206 series, and a VG kit for Diamond aircraft.

Investigators: AirAsia First Officer At Controls Before Crash

The first officer of the AirAsia jet that crashed into Java Sea in December was at the controls as the aircraft stalled into the ocean, investigators said Thursday. The Airbus A320 disappeared from radar en route to Singapore, killing all 162 people on board. Recovery efforts continue for bodies and pieces of the aircraft as the flight and data recorders, retrieved earlier this month, are analyzed. So far the data revealed the jet went into a steep climb and then stalled before the crash.

Cessna Assembles First Production Citation Latitude

Cessna Aircraft Company rolled out the first production Citation Latitude at its Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility on Thursday, the latest step in the jet's type certification process. The Latitude will seat nine and feature the widest fuselage of the Citation series. It will also have a new environmental system, Garmin G5000 avionics, two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW306D1 engines, and standard auto-throttles. Cessna currently has four flying aircraft that have accumulated 500 flights and 1,200 hours.

Textron Reports Higher Jet Sales for 2014

Textron Aviation saw business jet deliveries rise in 2014 despite a lower fourth quarter, The Wichita Eagle reported this week. The owner of Cessna and Beechcraft said it delivered 159 jets last year, a 12 percent increase. Fifty-five were delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014, down from 62 in the same quarter a year ago.

Piper Unveils Meridian's Upgraded G1000

Piper Aircraft introduced the latest version of its Meridian M500 turboprop on Wednesday, announcing an enhanced Garmin G1000 avionics package and new features. "As part of our on-going product improvement initiatives, we saw an opportunity to give our customers the latest improvements in proven avionics technology with electronic stability protection, under speed protection and automatic level mode among other improvements," Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott said.

FAA Issues No-Drone Reminder For Super Bowl

The FAA reminded drone operators on Wednesday that the perennial Super Bowl Sunday TFR applies to them too, not just pilots of manned aircraft. The Super Bowl NOTAM, published earlier this month, includes the standard restrictions of GA operations such as flight training and sightseeing as well as "model aircraft operations, model rocketry … and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)."

The Weekender: Chili, Chowder and Pancakes

The Weekender's SocialFlight calendar has everything from ski flying up north to summer-like fun in the southwest, whatever your preference. EAA Chapter 745 will host a Ski Fly-in/Drive-in Pancake Breakfast Saturday at Benson Airport in Minnesota. The private turf runway is not plowed, so it's tailored for skiplanes if there's snow on the ground.

AOPA Offers Aircraft Financing For Flying Clubs

Flying clubs purchasing aircraft can now obtain special financing from AOPA, the association announced Wednesday. AOPA Aviation Finance Co. offers four options for start-up clubs and existing clubs shopping for additional aircraft. "Flying clubs offer pilots of all skill levels the benefit of shared aircraft ownership and a ready-made community of like-minded aviators," said Adam Meredith, president of AOPA Aviation Finance Co.

Report: Constellation Restoration Nearing Completion (corrected)

A Lockheed Super Star Constellation, one of only 44 ever built, is expected to roll out of a hangar in Auburn, Maine, sometime this year, after a seven-year restoration effort, the Boston Globe reported this week. The airplane, built in 1957, was bought at auction in December 2007 by a nonprofit arm of the Lufthansa airline, and reportedly up to $60 million so far has been spent on the project.

Balloonists Reach Pacific Midpoint

Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev have crossed the International Dateline as they continue their quest to cross the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, the team reported on Monday, and have reached the halfway mark toward their distance goal. The flight so far is going smoothly, the pilots reported to their ground crew on Tuesday. Bradley said they are "having a wonderful time" and the balloon is "flying beautifully."

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