New This WeekAVweb's weekly review of developments in aviation revealed news that Cessna delivered its 10,000th single-engine airplane from its Independence, Kansas, facility, Bell Helicopter broke ground on a new manufacturing facility, Cutter Aviation received a safety award, and the FAA authorized transition training in Bearhawk amateur-built aircraft.
SAM Aircraft On The Sale BlockJust a year and a half after first flight of the prototype SAM aircraft, President Thierry Zibi has put the company up for sale.
U.S. Airline Aircraft Sales BoomOrders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods posted their biggest gain on record in July on strong overseas demand for aircraft, and the underlying trend also remained firm, pointing to brisk economic growth.
The Weekender: Camping, Corn, And WarbirdsWith a long weekend ahead, it's a great time to plan a flying excursion, and SocialFlight has plenty of options.
Gulfstream Warns About Control LocksGulfstream jet owners received notice from the company that a safety device designed to prevent accidents like the one that killed sports-franchise mogul Lewis Katz can be foiled in some circumstances.
Turbine Mallard Back In PlayFrakes Aviation, which acquired the Mallard amphibian from Grumman and modified it with turbine engines, is in search of a new buyer who will take the airplanes back into production. "We're looking for someone to take on the entire project," Sam Jantzen, of Mallard Aircraft, who is working with Frakes, told AVweb this week.
Historic Fighter Plane Collection SoldA collection of historic aircraft that flew in the 1969 movie "The Battle of Britain" and then sat in storage in a Texas hangar for more than 40 years has been sold for more than 10 million pounds (almost $17 million) to a European dealer, the Sunday Express reported this weekend. The collection includes a 1943 Spitfire that flew in World War II, and nine rare Buchons, a Spanish-built version of Germany's Messerschmitt 109.
Three Rescuers Killed In Helo CrashA police helicopter crashed about 9 a.m. Sunday while trying to rescue an injured climber in the Picos de Europa mountain range in Spain, killing all three crew members on board. A fourth crew member, who had already exited the helicopter to aid the climber, survived and called for help.
Disney Sees Drone-Operated EntertainmentDisney "imagineers" have found some unique uses for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that could eventually see airborne puppets controlled by drones pulling the strings. The company has filed three patent applications to use the increasingly sophisticated little aircraft to widen its entertainment offerings at its theme parks.
Malaysian Crew Members 'Afraid To Fly'Malaysian Airlines has been losing cabin crew at a higher than normal rate recently and the leader of its biggest union says there's no mystery there. Abu Malek Ariff told AFP some employees "are now afraid to fly." Since the missile attack on one of its aircraft in Ukraine, which followed the March disappearance of another Boeing 777 it's believed that family pressure has also convinced some of the flying staff to find other work.
Short FinalLast week, my wife and I heard this radio exchange while flying across Texas: ... San Angelo Approach: "Cardinal XXX, you got time for a quick question?" ... Cardinal XXX: "Sure." ... SJT Approach (in a deep Texas drawl): "Is there somethin' special about your flight today? Special cargo or something?" ... Cardinal XXX: "Nope." ... San Angelo Approach: "They just have you on a beacon code that's usually reserved for unusual stuff." ... Cardinal XXX: "Well, that's the only code my transponder'll squawk, so they let me have it." ... Anonymous Aircraft: "Nice." ... Cardinal XXX: "Well, I tried hittin' it with a hammer but --" ... SJT: [Amused laughter while trying to think of something else to say.] ... We laughed all the way to San Antonio.
NTSB Bars UPS And Pilots Union From InvestigationThe NTSB said on Monday it has revoked the party status of both the Independent Pilots Association and UPS Airlines relative to its ongoing investigation of UPS Flight 1354, an A300-600 air cargo flight that crashed on approach to Birmingham, Alabama, last August, killing both crew members on board.
High-Profile Changes At AOPA, EAATwo highly visible aviation experts are making career changes. AOPA announced this week that safety advocate Bruce Landsberg will retire, and EAA said Jeff Skiles is moving on.
First Flight For New Goodyear AirshipGoodyear officially launched its newest blimp over the weekend, with a christening ceremony and a ceremonial flight from its base in Akron, Ohio. The airship, built from aluminum and carbon fiber, is the first of a new generation of blimps built for Goodyear by the Zeppelin factory in Germany.
Flight Training Picks UpJust as attendance at AirVenture earlier this month showed a brisk uptick, the flight training industry is also enjoying a modest growth spurt through the first part of 2014. According to an informal survey of more than a dozen flight schools across the country conducted by AVweb this month, virtually all report increased training activity beyond the usual seasonal upturn.