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 Pilots ID'd in T-38 Crash

The Air Force has released the names of the two pilots involved in the T-38 Talon crash at Laughlin Air Force Base on Monday. Captain Paul Barbour, 32, from Van Nuys, California was killed in the crash of the twin-engine supersonic trainer. The Air Force identified the surviving pilot earlier this week as Captain Joshua Hammervold.

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 Valkyrie Continues After Testing Mishap

Photos shared with AVweb show the Cobalt Co50 Valkyrie undergoing flight testing at Hayward Executive Airport (KHWD) this summer before a test flight setback at Castle Airport (KMER) sidelined the newer of Cobalt’s two test aircraft. According to the NTSB preliminary report, after determining that the ailerons were not effective, the ATP-rated test pilot “reasoned that he would be able to land the airplane while configured at an increased airspeed using steady thrust control and the rudder for directional control.”

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 Goodyear Blimp Partners With Toys For Tots

The Goodyear blimp fleet will be supporting the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots this holiday season, accepting donations at its airship bases in Pompano Beach, Florida, and Mogadore, Ohio. An open-hangar event will be held in Florida on Dec. 3. Visitors can bring new, unwrapped toys, or cash donations, and get an up-close look at Goodyear’s new-technology blimp, Wingfoot One. Florida residents can also enter a drawing to win a free ride on the Pompano blimp.

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 Airbus Envisions Autonomous Airliners

Airbus has created a new innovation center in Shenzhen, China, near Hong Kong, where it will pursue research that would enable a single pilot to fly commercial aircraft, according to Bloomberg News. Airbus Chief Technology Officer Paul Eremenko told Bloomberg this week, “We’re pursuing single-pilot operation as a potential option, and a lot of the technologies needed to make that happen have also put us on the path towards unpiloted operation.” Eremenko said a projected pilot shortage drives the research.

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