We previously covered Flytenow's loss at the Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Flytenow is apparently willing to fight to the bitter end and is preparing to request a rehearing en banc. (The US Courts of Appeals typically hear cases before a 3 judge panel. One form of appeal is to request rehearing "en banc," which means to put the case before all of the judges in that circuit. In the case of the DC Circuit, all 17 judges.) Stand by for more in the months to come.
Morphing wings may be a long way away, but it's cool to think about. Right now, we fly by (i) asymmetrically changing the camber of the outboard portion of the main wing (ailerons), (ii) changing the camber of the horizontal stabilizer (elevators), or (iii) changing the camber of the vertical stabilizer (rudder). Might we someday have separate controls for aspect, chord, camber, sweep, and dihedral? I'm guessing the computers will be flying by then...
Attention CFIs (and student pilots whose CFIs are not so good with paperwork)! After April 1, student pilots will no longer get a combined 3rd class medical and student pilot certificate from their aviation medical examiner. CFIs will need to assist their students with getting a plastic student pilot certificate from the FAA (it will look a lot like a regular pilot certificate) through IACRA. CFIs will also no longer need to (or be able to) endorse the certificate. All endorsements will go in the logbook.