Lockheed Martin’s hybrid airship, expected to be FAA-certified in 2018, will be used to carry cargo for energy company operations around the world under a $480 million deal with British company Straightline Aviation Ltd. According to a Wall Street Journal report this week, Straightline plans to buy 12 of the 20-ton airships and market them as an economical way to take equipment and other cargo in and out of remote areas such as Alaskan oilfields.
Source: avwebLockheed Martin's Airship Nets 0 Million Order
New FAA rules affecting how student pilots are certified took effect today. The new rules require all applicants to be vetted through the FAA’s Airmen Certification Branch, a process the FAA says will take about three weeks. Currently, the FAA completes the same vetting process, but not until after a student certificate has been issued, usually by an aviation medical examiner. Students will still need a certificate from an AME in addition to the new certificate, which will be in the form of a plastic card with no expiration date.
Source: avwebNew Student Pilot Rules Take Effect Today
Icon has recently started to ask buyers with deposits on the A5 light sport aircraft to sign a sales contract before taking delivery of their airplanes, and the length of that contract — 41 pages — is unusual for general aviation, as are a number of Icon’s stipulations. The contract requires that every pilot who flies the A5 must receive training from Icon-approved instructors or the company itself, and the aircraft must be maintained by Icon-approved mechanics.
Source: avwebIcon's Buyer Contract Restricts Liability
Two people are dead after a Jeep Grand Cherokee collided with an F/A-18E Super Hornet in California. The female passenger in the Jeep died at the scene and the male driver died later in the hospital after the SUV ran into the horizontal stabilizer of the fighter on the ramp at Lemore Naval Air Station on Thursday.
Source: avwebJeep Collides With F/A-18
ADS-B manufacturer NavWorx and Garmin enter into a licensing agreement for GPS connectivity.
Source: avwebNavWorx, Garmin Team With New ADS-B Compatibility
April 1, 2016 Icon A5 has restrictions; Tips to tackle engine outs
Source: aopaApril 1, 2016, issue of 'AOPA ePilot' weekly newsletter
The general described the AMG as a “new signboard” of British … mortar fire on residential buildings of a Damascus suburb,” it said. Russian and Syrian aircraft have not delivered strikes on armed formations who announced cessation of hostilities …
Source: bingSyrian army, Russian aircraft keep fighting terrorists near Palmyra
Nick Ziroli, pilot and owner of the Stearman in this video, takes Annemarie Bain up to show her how to cut a roll of toilet paper thrown from his Stearman! What an adventure!
Source: http://generalaviationnews.comVideo: Cutting toilet paper with a Stearman
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 April 1.
Source: aopaStudent pilot certificate rules change April 1