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 Record-Breaking Solar Impulse Lands In Hawaii

After nearly five days aloft "without a drop of fuel," Solar Impulse 2 pilot Andre Borschberg touched down in the early-morning light at Kalaleoa Airport in Hawaii. He has just crossed the Pacific from Japan, completing leg 8 of the solar-powered airplane's global voyage. In the meantime, Borschberg took the title for the longest nonstop solo flight, breaking Steve Fossett's 2005 record in the jet-powered GlobalFlyer.


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 Rocket Lab Building Launch Site In New Zealand

A remote spit of land on New Zealand's South Island will soon become a space launch site for Rocket Lab, which plans to offer low-cost launches for satellites using a smaller, specially designed rocket. The site is slated for completion by the end of the year and target markets will include universities and small startup companies, Rocket Lab CEO Peter Beck told Bloomberg.


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 Engine Failure Likely In C-130 Crash In Indonesia

An Indonesian air force C-130 transport plane that crashed into a residential neighborhood in Medan, Indonesia, during departure on Tuesday had one failed propeller as the pilot attempted to return to the airport, authorities said in a CNN report Thursday. There were 122 people on board, including military personnel and their families, with no survivors confirmed.


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 New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news around the world found new business alliances announced by Paradigm Precision, Pratt & Whitney, Plane Perfect and Maule Air; and recognition for two women in aviation – one from Whirly-Girls International and another from EAA.


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