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.
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.
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.
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.
AVweb's weekly review of upcoming aviation events on SocialFlight uncovered a Fly-Out, the Cessna 150/152 "Cornfab," a Fly-In lunch that includes a presentation on F-105 operations in Vietnam, a Fly-In and airshow at historic the historic Wendover, Utah Airport and a modest Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Adds 24 HoursTo Ban On US Flights To Tel Aviv The FAA has issued another Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) informing U.S. airlines that Tuesday's NOTAM flight remains in effect for Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport for up-to-an-additional-24-hours while the FAA continues to monitor and evaluate the situation.
Also: GA Investment, Bud and Ross Granley, C-9 Farewell, Jepp FlightDeck, How To Find ANN At Oshkosh Garmin’s “Team X” is dedicated to experimental aircraft avionics and they have just announced a new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft. The 7-inch G3X Touch display features an infrared touchscreen and the size is perfect if height and width constraints are in play. Additionally, owners wanting multiple displays have the option of installing up to three displays, using any combination of 10.6-inch or 7-inch G3X Touch displays. Earlier this year ANN published a story about Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit organization that helps local authorities search for missing persons. Texas EquuSearch had been using a drone to enhance their search ability in remote areas and rough terrain until the FAA had notified them by e-mail to stop using the drone under the threat of fines levied by the FAA. In May of this year this year we reported the tragic death of Eddie Andreini at an air show being held at Travis Air Force Base. We followed that initial report with word that the coroner’s finding was that Andreini succumbed to the post-crash fire, not the impact itself. Now, the family of the 77-year-old air show pilot has filed three wrongful death claims in connection with the performer's fatal injury during the airshow...