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NTSB Reminds Pilots To Beware Of Carbon Monoxide

The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning in aviation was the subject of two safety alerts released by the NTSB on Wednesday, one for pilots and one for mechanics. The risk of CO poisoning is ?generally overlooked and underestimated? by both pilots and mechanics, the safety board said. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce CO into the cockpit, and exposure to the gas can lead to oxygen starvation and the onset of symptoms (headache, drowsiness, nausea, or shortness of breath). Fatal accidents have resulted when the pilot is incapacitated by the exposure....

Spike Plans To Fly Soon

Spike Aerospace, one of a handful of companies working to bring back supersonic civilian flight, said on Wednesday they will fly their first SX-1.2 demonstrator aircraft by the end of this month. The scaled, proof-of-concept unmanned aircraft will help validate the aerodynamics of the planned S-512 supersonic jet, the company said. "We're very excited to be crossing this milestone and going from conceptual design and pretty pictures to an actual flying aircraft,? said Vik Kachoria, CEO of Spike Aerospace....

P&W Hits Adaptive Fan Milestone

Pratt & Whitney has completed testing on a proof of concept adaptive bypass variant of the F135 fighter engine. The adaptive three-stream fan test was completed as part of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory's Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Modern jet engines utilize two flow streams: one through the combustion section of the engine and a one that bypasses the combustion section around the outside of the engine....

Over 40,000 ADS-B Aircraft Operating In U.S.

As of Sept. 1, over 40,000 U.S.-registered aircraft have been equipped to comply with the 2020 ADS-B Out mandate, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The FAA estimates that 100,000 to 160,000 general aviation aircraft will need to comply with the mandate?or cease operations in ADS-B Out airspace....

Short Final

I was in the lineup to depart LAX. A Delta jet was ahead of me and a Short Bros 360 was ahead of Delta ? Delta (strong southern accent): "Ah, ground control, could you tell us what kind of aircraft is that ahead of us?? ? Short Bros Pilot: "Ah, we are a Short Bros 360.? ? Long silence ? Delta: Ahhh OK, did ya all built that yourself? ? Thomas J. Mackie...

Strega Wins Reno

The highly modified P-51 Strega flown by James Consalvi edged longtime rival Steve Hinton Jr. in Voodoo, another Mustang, in the gold unlimited class final at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, on Sunday, reclaiming the title and spoiling the Voodoo team?s swan song race....

1,500-Hour Rule Relaxation Oppposed

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says he?ll fight any move to relax rules that require airline pilots to have a minimum of 1,500 hours of flight time before they can fly airliners....

Horizon Cancels Route In Pilot Shortage

Horizon Air says it can no longer fly to Colorado Springs because it doesn?t have enough pilots. The airline cancelled 6 percent of its flights in June because of its pilot shortage but this might be the first time a route has been abandoned because of it....

Britain's May Enters Boeing-Bombardier Fray

British Prime Minister Theresa May has appealed directly to U.S. President Donald Trump to intervene in a dispute between Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier and Boeing. Boeing thinks Canadian government subsidies allowed Bombardier to cut an especially sweet deal with Delta for 75 of its new CSeries airliners and lodged a dumping complaint with the U.S. Commerce Department....

FAA Airlifts Temporary Tower To St. Thomas

With the tower at Cyril E. King International Airport in St. Thomas severely damaged by Hurricane Irma, controllers had been left to do their jobs from a tent on the airfield for several days. On Wednesday morning, the FAA activated a mobile control tower that had been flown in on a U.S. Air Force C-17 from Boise, Idaho. The FAA is flying personnel in from San Juan, Puerto Rico, each day to keep the facility staffed with fresh controllers....

Airline Traffic Continues Record Highs

Air traffic continued its eighth year of uninterrupted growth, says Department of Transportation data for the first half of 2017. U.S. airlines carried 414 million travelers in the first six months of 2017?361 million on domestic flights and 54 million on international flights?for growth of 14.7% from a post-recession low in 2008....

Area 51 Crash Plane A Flanker?

Speculation about the mysterious fatal crash of an aircraft near the secret military test center known as Area 51 in Nevada earlier this month took a sharp left turn this week with several pundits suggesting the aircraft wasn?t American at all....

AOPA’s Landsberg To Join NTSB

Bruce Landsberg, who worked as a safety advocate at the AOPA Air Safety Institute for many years, has been nominated to be a member and vice chairman of the NTSB, the White House announced on Friday. Landsberg, who lives in South Carolina, served as executive director and then president of the ASI, from 1992 to 2014. Landsberg?s depth of experience, along with the recent appointment of Robert Sumwalt, who worked as a pilot for 32 years, as chairman of the NTSB, suggests that the board will have a strong presence on aviation safety issues....

WAI Preps For Girls In Aviation Day

More than 110 chapters of Women in Aviation International are gearing up for Girls in Aviation Day to be held Saturday, Sept. 23. ?Girls in Aviation Day has been embraced by the entire aviation community including pilots, airlines, aviation museums, FBOs, flight schools, colleges and universities, government officials and aviation businesses,? says WAI President Dr. Peggy Chabrian....

United Gives 747 Special Send-Off

United Airlines will say goodbye to the Boeing 747 Nov. 7 with a special flight to Hawaii that commemorates its first use of the airliner in commercial service. The last scheduled United 747 revenue flight will be from Seoul to SFO on Oct. 29....