Competing Santa Monica ballot measure approved for vote
Santa Monica voters will be faced with two competing ballot measures in November regarding the future of the California city's embattled airport.
What's in your hangar?
The FAA has drafted a new policy to more clearly define what is and is not an acceptable use of a hangar.
New website lets users experience airshow flights in HD
Aviation enthusiasts can experience the AeroShell Aerobatic Team up close via a new website.
World record bid ends in fatal crash
An accident claimed a 17-year-old pilot seeking the world record as the youngest pilot in command to fly a single-engine airplane around the world.
Building in memory
Two nonprofit organizations dedicated to aviation education have opened a shop in Riverside, California, where kids will build and restore aircraft.
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.
Algerian Airliner Missing
Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara. Algerian aviation officials said the plane had crashed, but gave no further details.
Dozens Killed In Taiwan Crash (Updated)
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 4 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.
ATP Rule Change Imminent
With an August 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 (PDF), and a flow chart (PDF) that aims to help applicants find their way through the new rules.