Category: US & Canada

FAA Selects Two Unleaded Fuels for Testing

Reading Time: 1 minute Preparing for the day when 100LL avgas will be outlawed in America, the FAA has selected two unleaded fuels — one from Swift Fuels and one from Shell — for further testing. Flight trials and rig testing of the new fuel blends, selected as part of the Piston Aviation Fuel Initiative (PAFI) to find an […]

FAA Announces Web-based Commercial Drone Registration

Reading Time: 2 minutes The FAA has announced a web-based commercial drone registration process to register small drones from March 31. The web-based system is designed to significantly decrease the time spent by commercial drone operators to register their aircraft. The registration fee is $5, the same fee that recreational drone operators pay. “Registration is an important tool to […]

BB-8™ ANA JET Flight

Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 28, 2016, a special commemorative ceremony was held at the Los Angeles International Airport for the specially decorated ANA “BB-8™ ANA JET”. A Boeing 777 made its debut flight from Osaka to Tokyo to Los Angeles. The BB-8 is scheduled to travel between Tokyo and Los Angeles through 8th of April. Later on […]

Student Pilot Certificate Rules Change April 1

Reading Time: 3 minutes AOPA is reminding student pilots and their flight instructors that significant changes in the process of applying for and issuing student pilot certificates take effect on April 1 in conjunction with a new rule adopted by the FAA. For student pilots, this means that it will no longer be possible to obtain a combined medical […]

Turkish Cargo Transports the Batmobile

Reading Time: 2 minutes Turkish Cargo has served as a ‘Super Hero’ for the first time transporting the Batmobile around the globe as part of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Turkish Airlines added Metropolis and Gotham City to its flight line, moving the Batmobile from the US to London on an intercontinental cargo flight. Turkish Cargo […]

Boeing Announces Massive Job Losses

Reading Time: 1 minute The US aircraft maker is planning to scrap more than 4,000 jobs by the middle of this year amid efforts to free up funding for future growth and a “healthy” business. Boeing aims to avoid involuntary layoffs. Boeing’s commercial airplanes division will take the biggest cuts as about 4,000 jobs are to go by mid-2016. […]

Canada: Ex-Minister Among 7 Killed in Plane Crash

Reading Time: 1 minute Former Canadian cabinet minister Jean Lapierre has died in a plane crash that also killed his wife and three of his siblings on the way to his father’s funeral in eastern Quebec. The TVA network, for which Lapierre worked as a political commentator, said all seven people on board Lapierre’s twin-engined chartered aircraft were killed […]

FAA Doubles “Blanket” Altitude for Many UAS Flights

Reading Time: 2 minutes After a comprehensive risk analysis, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new […]

New Student Pilot Certificate Rules Prevent Solos on 16th Birthday

Reading Time: 1 minute It’s a time-honored aviation tradition that suddenly appears on the brink of elimination. New student pilot application requirements that take effect on April 1 will prevent new pilots from soloing on their 16th birthday. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is asking the FAA to remedy what it calls an “unfortunate consequence” of the new […]

Lockheed Martin’s Hypersonic Aircraft Plans Are Taking Shape

Reading Time: 1 minute For years, Lockheed Martin has been working on hypersonic (Mach 5 and above) aircraft like the SR-72, which could reach virtually any part of the world within a couple of hours. These vehicles have long been seen as distant prospects (the SR-72 might not reach service until 2030 at the earliest), but they now appear […]