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Russ Niles has been a journalist for 40 years, a pilot for 30 years and joined AVweb in 2003. When he’s not writing about airplanes he and his wife Marni run a small winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

Yamaha Looks At Airplane Engines (Corrected)

Yamaha is dipping a tentative toe into the aviation engine market in a partnership with a Japanese manufacturer. The recreational and industrial vehicle giant...

Dickson Confirmed As New FAA Administrator

In a vote along party lines, the Senate approved the nomination of former Delta VP of flight pperations Steve Dickson as the next FAA...

EAA Vintage Director Killed In Jenny Crash

EAA Vintage Aircraft Association board of directors member Ron Alexander was killed Thursday in the crash of his recently restored Curtiss Jenny at Peach...

Murphy Radical Adds Bike Racks

Murphy Aircraft unveiled the Radical at AirVenture and caught the attention of showgoers with an unusual option. The third generation of the company's light...

SNF Grass Runway Extension Not Ready

The Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA) is warning those flying into Paradise City at Sun 'n Fun that the runway extension is not ready...

Australia Mandates Control Cable Replacement At 15 Years

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued a final rule that will require the full replacement and re-rigging of primary flight control cable system...

Aero Adventure amphibious LSA Crash at Sebring

Our sister publication AVweb is reporting that Sheriff's deputies have confirmed two people died in the crash of an Aero Adventure amphibious LSA near...

Lightspeed Unveils "Quietest" Headset

Lightspeed says it has raised the standard for active noise reduction headsets with its new Zulu PFX. At a news conference at AirVenture 2013,...

EAA Says Fight Over Controllers Not Over

EAA Chairman Jack Pelton says the effect of the FAA's imposition of fees for air traffic controllers at AirVenture will ripple through the industry...

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

Nine simple rules, distilled from years of experience (making—and fixing—assorted mistakes), can help any aircraft designer avoid disaster.

Van’s RV-12

In typical fashion, Vans Aircraft refused to rest on its laurels after the RV-12s prototype debut last year, and sought to improve on an already good design. The new production airplane has changed (beyond its color), with a castering nosewheel, toe brakes instead of a grip, reshaped control sticks for better clearance, ground-adjustable seats fore and aft as well as in tilt, and the list goes on. Best of all, this day/VFR machine is still a delight to fly; by Ed Kolano.

Free Flight

Surprisingly, building a metal aircraft may also mean getting familiar with fiberglass. Here are some tips to make that portion of the build less painful.

Error Chain: It’s What You Don’t Know That’ll Kill You

Or, how to be lucky and dumb–a hypothetical tale in three acts.