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GAMA reports that 2013 was the best year for aircraft manufacturers since 2008

GAMA the General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported worldwide billings for 2013 were up 24 percent from 2012 and was the best year since 2008. Total billing were $23.4 billion for the year.
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Boeing Forecasts Increased Global Demand for Airline Pilots

Half million new pilots needed to support projected airplane deliveries
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Virgin Galactic spaceflights are growing in numbers

Over 600 now set to lausch on Virgin Galactic
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Proposed AD would affect 6,000 Continental engines

FAA proposes checks for certain Continental engines
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New aicraft shipment improve for the first half of 2013

GAMA report of general aviation industry shipment and billings data through the second quarter of 2013 shows improvement of 26.4% in billings.
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Boeing introduces new flight technology

Boeing recently introduced new technology to optimize flights, which will consist of 26 commercial flights in a program called Optimal Flight.
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Business flying decreases in February

According to recently released TraqPak statistics from aviation company Argus, the number of business aircraft flights decreased during February.
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New Winglets to be installed in aircrafts

The European Aviation Safety Agency recently granted a supplemental type certificate so new winglets could be installed on aircrafts.
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Hearing dates set for plane battery safety

Two hearings are planned for April to decide if lithium-ion batteries are safe to be installed on jetliners.
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Headhunting assignments increase in aviation

According to the Aviation Search Group, which has a specialty of searching for employees in the aviation community, assignments have increased during the year so far.
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AOPA Regional Fly-Ins Expanding In 2017

AOPA announced Friday it will expand its Regional Fly-In series next year to two-day events around the country, starting with an April fly-in to kick off the season. Each fly-in will run from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon to give attendees more time and additional workshops, clinics, forums and events to choose from.
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Weather, Medication Factors In Deadly Balloon Crash

Poor weather and the pilot's medical condition, including use of sedating drugs, were among the critical factors discussed Friday during the NTSB's hearing on the July 30 hot-air balloon crash in Texas that killed 16 people. The balloon, piloted by Alfred "Skip" Nichols, owner of Heart of Texas Balloons, struck power lines and ignited a fire, killing the pilot and all 15 passengers on a sightseeing tour near Lockhart.
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NTSB: Fuel Starvation Likely In Seneca Crash

The nighttime crash of a Piper Seneca in 2015 that left a 7-year-old survivor was a fuel starvation accident, the NTSB has determined in a factual report. The Jan. 2 crash in western Kentucky killed the 49-year-old pilot, his wife, their 9-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old cousin. The couple's other daughter walked through wooded terrain to find help.
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New This Week

AVweb's search of news in aviation found announcements from the Unmanned Safety Institute, the Civil Air Patrol, Airbus Helicopters and MAC Air Group. The Unmanned Safety Institute announced that it has launched the first-ever online training course designed by its team of leading aviation safety experts to teach drone enthusiasts how to fly safely and minimize risk.
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Astronaut, Fighter Pilot John Glenn Dead At 95

John Glenn, a lifelong pilot and public figure who is best known as the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, died Thursday at 95. The retired military airman and four-term U.S. senator was hospitalized in Columbus, Ohio, about a week ago in declining health. Glenn, a native of Cambridge in eastern Ohio, is the state's "ultimate hometown hero, and his passing today is an occasion for all of us to grieve," Ohio Gov. John Kasich tweeted.
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United To Charge For Overhead Space

As airlines continue to unbundle what's covered by a basic fare, United Airlines announced this week that it will begin charging for the use of overhead space in its cabins. While discount airlines such as Spirit have charged for the overhead for several years, United is the first major airline to do so.
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Electric Extra Sets Climb Record

Famed aerobatic pilot and aircraft designer Walter Extra has set a new FAI record for time to climb in an electric airplane. According to Extra and Siemens, the manufacturer of the motor used in the Extra 330LE, the climb was 4:22 to an altitude of 3000 meters (9842 feet). That's an average climb rate of about 2300 feet per minute. The record is a new C1b class for light landplanes but it doesn't exceed time to climb performance for piston airplanes in other classes. The record applies to powered electric aircraft with a takeoff weight of 500 to 1000 kg.
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FAA Revokes Maintenance School Certification

The Atlanta Technical College, in Atlanta, Georgia, is no longer certified to offer aviation maintenance technician training, the FAA said this week. The FAA issued an emergency order alleging that the college failed to keep proper records for students. Some grade records were incomplete or lacked instructor signatures, the FAA said, and several students who hadn't made up absences were allowed to advance in the program. ATC surrendered its certificate.
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Pakistani Airliner Crashes Into Mountain, 48 Dead

A Pakistan International Airlines turboprop crashed Wednesday in the country's northern region, killing all 48 people on board. News reports say there was a fiery explosion as the ATR-42 crashed following a possible engine-related emergency. The airliner was carrying 42 passengers, five crew members and a ground engineer when it crashed in mountainous terrain north of the flight's destination to Islamabad.
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Astronaut, WWII Veteran John Glenn Hospitalized

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn is in a Columbus, Ohio, hospital with an undisclosed illness. Glenn, 95, was the first American to orbit the Earth and the last surviving member of the original astronauts in the Mercury program. He was admitted to James Cancer Hospital more than a week ago, and a family spokesman said his prognosis is unknown.
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SpaceX Launches Delayed Again

There will be no more rocket launches this year for SpaceX, which announced Wednesday it will not be ready to resume flights on Dec. 16 as the company had intended. The delay marks the second time the California company has had to postpone launch operations as the probe into the Sept. 1 rocket explosion at Cape Canaveral is finalized.
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Trump Threatens To Cancel Air Force One Contract

President-elect Donald Trump said in a tweet Tuesday morning that Boeing's costs for the next Air Force One, now in development, are "out of control," and added, "Cancel order!" The costs, according to Trump, are already up to more than $4 billion. Boeing responded with a short statement, noting that "We are currently under contract for $170 million ... We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer."
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FAA Updates Icing Training Video

With winter on the way for much of the U.S., the FAA has released a new training video about the dangers of ice-induced stalls. "Much has occurred since NASA's original 1998 ice-contaminated tailplane stall video," the FAA said. "The information in this training video supersedes, supplants, and replaces the instruction in all previous NASA tail stall icing training videos."
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Colombia Crash Investigation Continues

Civil aviation authorities in Brazil have suspended the operating certificate of LaMia airlines, which operated the charter aircraft that crashed in Colombia last week, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. Authorities have confirmed that the airplane, an Avro RJ85, was out of fuel when it crashed on a mountainside near the Medellin airport. Freddy Bonilla, Colombia's secretary of air security, said the flight was in violation of both local and international regulations regarding minimum fuel reserves.
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Short Final

It was my first time flying into OSH after hours of hand flying a Skyhawk ... Tower: l "Welcome to OSH." ... I Me: " I'm not a virgin anymore." ... It was like a reflex.
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News from Aero-News Network
Airborne 12.09.16: GodSpeed John Glenn, Electric-Flight Record, FAA Oversight?

Also: Gone West: Aleta Jackson DeLong, Barnstorming: Breakfast With A Hero, Pearl Harbor, WWII Vets, NATA at KVNY, Flightstar, UK Airport Threat John Glenn has headed west. At 95 years of age, America’s third astronaut into space, and the first American astronaut to orbit the earth has passed away. Our sentiments, and the sentiments of everyone who remembers those dangerous and heroic first days of space travel are best represented by a tweet that was issued by NASA immediately after his death, which reads: “We are saddened by the loss of Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn." Walter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes. On November 25, Extra flew a battery-powered plane and climbed to 3,000m, that’s just under 10,000 feet, in a time of 4 minutes - 22 seconds. In doing so, he broke the FAI world record for electric-powered planes that weigh between 500 and 1,000 kilograms, which equates to between 1100 and 2200 pounds. The flight was performed in an Extra 330 LE airplane powered by a Siemens electric motor that delivered approximately 230 horsepower, and weighs only 110 pounds. The Department of Transportation Inspector General's office initiated an audit of FAA’s processes for approving civil UAS operations and overseeing the safe operation of UAS. Among other things, they concluded that the FAA’s process of issuing UAS commercial operator waivers does not verify that operators actually meet or understand the conditions and limitations of their exemptions either before or after the application is approved. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 12.08.16: Trump v AF1, Gordon Bennett Cup '17, Skydiving At Casa Grande

Also: Intoxicated Pilot, Seaplane Pilots, AEA/EASA, Drones As Lifesavers, ISS Update, T-50A Flight Ops, Safran President-elect, Donald Trump set the world of aviation and the media slightly off center when he tweeted the following: “Boeing is building a brand-new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Then, during an impromptu television interview following his tweet, Mr. Trump said "Well, the plane is totally out of control. It's gonna be over 4 billion dollars - and, I think it's ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money." Here’s a report for our aviation minded friends who are looking for an excuse to travel to a beautiful location. From September 7 through the 16th, 2017, Gruyères, Switzerland will host the 61st Gordon Bennett Aeronautical World Cup, which is the oldest gas balloon race in the world. The winning team is the one that travels the greatest distance in the air, without a time limit. The organizers are expecting some 20 teams from around ten different countries to enter the competition. A long-running dispute between Phoenix Area Skydiving and Casa Grande Municipal Airport may soon be resolved by the FAA. The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the Phoenix Area Skydiving company had lodged a complaint earlier this year with the FAA against the city of Casa Grande, which had prohibited on-site skydiving at the airport. The company has been trying for two years to establish a drop zone at the airport. Its current drop zone is about three miles north of the field, according to the report. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 12.09.16: GodSpeed John Glenn, Electric-Flight Record, FAA Oversight?

Also: Gone West: Aleta Jackson DeLong, Barnstorming: Breakfast With A Hero, Pearl Harbor, WWII Vets, NATA at KVNY, Flightstar, UK Airport Threat John Glenn has headed west. At 95 years of age, America’s third astronaut into space, and the first American astronaut to orbit the earth has passed away. Our sentiments, and the sentiments of everyone who remembers those dangerous and heroic first days of space travel are best represented by a tweet that was issued by NASA immediately after his death, which reads: “We are saddened by the loss of Senator John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn." Walter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes. On November 25, Extra flew a battery-powered plane and climbed to 3,000m, that’s just under 10,000 feet, in a time of 4 minutes - 22 seconds. In doing so, he broke the FAI world record for electric-powered planes that weigh between 500 and 1,000 kilograms, which equates to between 1100 and 2200 pounds. The flight was performed in an Extra 330 LE airplane powered by a Siemens electric motor that delivered approximately 230 horsepower, and weighs only 110 pounds. The Department of Transportation Inspector General's office initiated an audit of FAA’s processes for approving civil UAS operations and overseeing the safe operation of UAS. Among other things, they concluded that the FAA’s process of issuing UAS commercial operator waivers does not verify that operators actually meet or understand the conditions and limitations of their exemptions either before or after the application is approved. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.16)

Aerofiles Aviation Timeline, Chronology Something that's always noted in news reports is "firsts". Being the first to do anything is usually newsworthy, and aviation is, of course, no exception. From the first American to fly a balloon to the first composite materials airplane, "Aerofiles" is a chronology of aviation firsts.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.16): Compass Locator

A low power, low or medium frequency (L/MF) radio beacon installed at the site of the outer or middle marker of an instrument landing system (ILS).
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (12.10.16)

"Think about the ship's, equipment, people and assets that must be moved to safety before a hurricane hits. This represents a huge investment of resources." Source: Dr. Ronald Ferek, a program manager in ONR's Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department.
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ANN FAQ: Q&A 101

A Few Questions AND Answers To Help You Get MORE Out of ANN!
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Canadian Researchers Study Drones As Lifesaving Devices

Created A Hypothetical Network Across Ontario To Carry Defibrillators To Heart Attack Victims Researchers at the University of Toronto have come up with an innovative way to help people suffering cardiac arrest have a better chance at survival ... at least in theory.
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Wr Bar Helicopters Receives Elite MH-350 Helicopter Trainer

AATD Based On AS350B Aircraft Wr Bar Helicopters of Seabrook, Texas has received an FAA approved Elite MH-350 single-engine turbine Helicopter Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) based on the AS350B. Wr Bar Helicopters will provide training to pilots with a range of experience levels.
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Navy Assists With Seeking Greater Accuracy Predicting Tropical Cyclone Strength

NASA Aircraft Flown Into Intense Storms During The Hurricane Season To better predict tropical cyclone intensity, scientists sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently worked with NASA and NOAA to gather atmospheric data from storms that formed in the Atlantic Ocean in 2016.
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CAF Announces '12 Planes Of Christmas' To Support WWII Aircraft Restoration

Set Of 12 Ornaments Will Help 'Keep 'Em Flying' The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will again promote “12 Planes of Christmas,” an online giving campaign. The campaigns provides an opportunity to aide in the restoration and maintenance of the aircraft as well as learn more about the CAF’s fleet of 165 authentic military airplanes. All of the CAF aircraft are restored, maintained, flown and exhibited by a dedicated volunteer force, which operate out of 60 different CAF locations across the country. The organization depends on donations to keep 'em flying.
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Buzz Aldrin Remembers John Glenn

Fellow Astronaut Recovering From His Own Illness There will always be a camaraderie among those who fly, and that may be especially true among the astronaut corps, a particularly exclusive group of people.
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Blue Angels, Thunderbirds Release 2017, 2018 Show Schedules

Audiences Around The Country Will Have An Opportunity To Catch The Demonstration Squadrons The USAF Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels precision demonstration teams have announced their 2017 and 2018 performance schedules.
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Airline Executive Arrested In Bolivia

Head Of LaMia Airline Taken Into Custody In Connection With Accident In Colombia The head of LaMia Airlines has been arrested in Bolivia in connection with an accident last week that fatally injured 71 people on board one of the carrier's aircraft. Among those who did not survive were most of the Brazilian football (soccer) team Chapecoense.
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Will A Tweet Change Air Force One?

Some Analysts Say Pressure From The President-Elect Might Make A Difference Pressure on Boeing from President-elect Donald Trump could force the planemaker to make changes in the new Air Force One aircraft on order from the U.S. Air Force in an effort to cut costs, as Trump has suggested.
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