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September 15, 2014, 11:25 AM

A legal settlement reached last week established a standard of care for the use of meteorological evaluation towers (MET) for wind prospecting in agricultural areas. The precedent-setting case resulted in the award of $6.7 million to the family of an agricultural pilot in a wrongful-death suit.

September 15, 2014, 11:25 AM

The probable cause of the August 2013 crash of a UPS Airlines Airbus A300 freighter was the flight crew’s continuation of an unstabilized approach, as well as their failure to monitor the aircraft’s altitude when they descended below the minimum descent altitude without having the runway in sight. The U.S.

September 15, 2014, 11:20 AM

The preliminary accident report the Dutch Safety Board released last week into the July 17 crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 said the aircraft was downed after “impacts from a large number of high-energy objects from outside the aircraft,” widely believed to be a surface-to-air missile.

September 15, 2014, 11:15 AM

The NTSB said the Aug. 27, 2014, crash of an emergency medical services Cessna 421 shortly after takeoff from Las Cruces, N.M., was caused by a line crew member mistakenly adding 40 gallons of jet-A, rather than 100LL fuel, to the piston-powered aircraft. Although the pilot gave the fuel order verbally, neither he nor the line service technician apparently noticed the mismatch between the aircraft’s fuel requirements and what was printed on the side of the fuel truck, or what was apparently printed on the fuel receipt the pilot signed before departure.

September 15, 2014, 11:10 AM

Controller-pilot datalink communication (CPDLC) services will be launched in Hungarian airspace beginning next February to improve air safety, as well as to increase airspace efficiency. CPDLC capabilities for ATC become mandatory from February next year as a part of the Single European Sky program for harmonizing air traffic management.

September 15, 2014, 11:05 AM

Authorities in the Dominican Republic are still searching for a U.S.-registered Hawker HS125-600 that went missing on September 11 after departing Santo Domingo for Punta Cana approximately 125 miles to the east. Authorities do not know whether anyone other than the two pilots was on board at the time the aircraft disappeared.

September 15, 2014, 11:00 AM

The European Commission (EC) announced last week that it plans to alter its original ADS-B Out deadlines to align with those of the U.S. Europe will now require ADS-B Out by June 8, 2016, for new aircraft and by June 7, 2020, for retrofit. The U.S. ADS-B Out fleet-wide mandate is set at January 2020. The EC change does not take effect until the European Union’s Single Sky Committee confirms it with a final vote.

September 12, 2014, 9:34 AM

European regulators are increasingly concerned about the safety risks associated with integrating unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into civil airspace, and they are especially worried about the risks posed by smaller unmanned aircraft operating alongside airliners.

September 11, 2014, 3:40 PM

Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the ninth straight month, climbing 0.9 percent last month versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 2.7 percent year-over-year.

For the first time this year, fractional flying led the pack, climbing 5.5 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 0.8 percent year-over-year, while Part 91 flying was nearly flat, falling 0.1 percent.

September 11, 2014, 3:24 PM
Export-Import Bank chairman Fred Hochberg

The U.S. Congress moved closer to voting on “stopgap” funding legislation that includes a controversial provision to temporarily extend the charter of the Export-Import Bank, which helps finance exports of American-made products, including airplanes and helicopters.