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Russ Niles

Russ Niles
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.

Dick Rutan Dies At 85

Legendary pilot, educator and adventurer Dick Rutan has died.

UND Valve Recession Cause—GAMI’s Theory

George Braly says he thinks he knows why the University of North Dakota’s flight training program had valve seat recession issues.

JetEXE Buys Lancair

JetEXE Aviation has bought Lancair International and has big plans for the historic kitplane company. The Sacramento-based MRO, training and charter business’s owner says...

CassuTT Owner Creighton King Killed In Crash

The family of CassuTT owner Creighton King has confirmed he died in the crash of his race plane near West Jordan Airport in Utah Wednesday. The...

CubCrafters Unveils Ducted Fan Leading Edge Slats

Already known for its aircraft’s nearly instant takeoffs and landings measured in plane lengths, CubCrafters is developing a new kind of powered leading-edge slat...

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...

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

Proper sizing and selection of the wire that goes into an aircraft can have a profound effect on the efficacy of the installation.

News from Sun n Fun

Attendance may have been down a bit with the slumping economy, but that didn't stop innovators from introducing new products for homebuilt aviation. A Staff Report.

Editor’s Log

Indistinguishable from magic.

Ask the DAR

DAR Mel Asberry clarifies what notification the FAA expects when a prop has been changed. His advice? Treat it like a major mod.