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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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News from AVweb
Uber Hosts Second Elevate Conference

Uber plans to host a second Elevate conference, May 8-9, in Los Angeles, bringing together more than 700 leaders from around the world to discuss the future of aeronautical technology for urban transit. Last year?s summit roster included leaders from industry, government and academia, including Embraer, Bell Helicopter, Pipistrel, Aurora Flight Sciences, Mooney, NASA, Airbus A3 and more.


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Electric-Powered Pylon Racing Planned

The first pylon race to feature all-electric aircraft is in the works for 2020, the organizers recently announced. Air Race E, an event-planning team based in Dubai, has ?secured all the key components to make this vision a reality,? said CEO Jeff Zaltman. He said the pilots and venues are ready to go and aircraft are in development.


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EAA AirVenture Set For July 23-29

With Sun ?n Fun and Aero now done for this year, it?s time for aviators to start planning for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh, the summer?s biggest aviation event. The FAA Notam is now available for pilots planning to fly in to Wittman Regional Airport. The EAA website also features links to weather and fuel services, plus details about ground operations and special instructions for seaplanes, ultralights and international arrivals.


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Advocates Say Last-Minute Bill Change Threatens ATC

After GA advocates had breathed a sigh of relief, believing that the ATC privatization battle was won for this year, House Transportation Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., introduced a last-minute amendment to the FAA funding bill on Tuesday that raised alarm. Section 5 of the amendment calls for moving the FAA Air Traffic Organization, the entity inside the FAA tasked with managing air traffic control, to instead report to the Department of Transportation, AOPA reported.


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Cargo Pilots Oppose Single-Pilot Proposal

The FAA funding bill now under consideration in Congress includes allocations for research into single-piloted commercial aircraft, and several pilot advocacy groups are lobbying hard against it, citing safety and security concerns. The program would study the technology needed for a single pilot to fly a cargo aircraft, assisted by remote piloting and computers.


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Aero: Skyleader Pure Electric LSA Flies

Electric airplanes have been making inroads at Aero in Friedrichshafen and this year?s bumper crop included a model from the Czech-based Jihlavan Airplanes in concert with MGM COMPRO. The two companies were showing a pure electric version of the Skyleader 400, a slick, low-wing light sport model.


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Aero: Siemens And FlyEco Show Off Hybrid

Timed just ahead of Aero Friedrichshafen, Siemens claims the world's first serial production-capable hybrid aircraft completed its maiden flight in Hungary. Siemens, which has embarked upon intensive development in aircraft electric motors, teamed with FlyEco to produce a hybrid model driven by both batteries and a three-cylinder diesel engine.


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Aero: Atol 650 Amphib Finds U.S. Manufacturer

An investor group based in Maine says it will manufacture the Atol 650, a Finnish-designed high-performance light sport amphibian. Atol USA is a joint venture with the Finland-based Atol Avion mother company. Because of its many lakes, amphib flying is popular in Finland and the company says Maine has similar topography so the company sees strong potential for the U.S. market.


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Record-Breaking Aviator Fran Bera Dead At 93

Fran Bera, who set an unbroken National Aeronautic Association record for highest altitude attained in a twin-engine Piper Aztec?40,154 feet?has died. Bera caught the flying bug young and worked odd jobs as a teen to save for flight lessons.


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Van Nuys Offers High School Students Peek At Aviation

More than 1,500 local high school students from 26 schools are set to participate in the 13th annual Aviation Career Day held at Van Nuys Airport. The event is slated for next Friday, April 27, 2018. Clay Lacy Aviation, Van Nuys Airport and The Valley Economic Alliance will host 51 exhibitors showcasing interactive exhibits, static aircraft displays, high-tech video presentations and industry experts.


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Yet Another Military Mishap – F-22 At Fallon

An F-22 Raptor attempting takeoff at Naval Air Station Fallon may have lost an engine and ended up touching down with the gear up last week. The aircraft slid and came to rest on the runway. The jet was from the 3rd Air Force Wing at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. After the incident, the aircraft appeared to be intact, but damaged, and there were no reported injuries.


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China Hungry For Skyhawks

For the 13th time, China has released a Five-Year Plan ? a series of social and economic initiatives that has elements aimed at boosting general aviation development. This plan is sparking demand for training aircraft in the country. Textron Aviation says it is capitalizing on this and has received orders for 52 Cessna Skyhawks from general aviation training entities in China. All deliveries are expected to be completed within 2018.


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Trans States/Frontier Ink Pilot Flow Agreement

Pilots from regional airline Trans States now have a direct pathway to the Frontier Airlines flight deck. An agreement was signed by the two airlines this week guaranteeing Trans States pilots a first officer position with Frontier after as little as two years of service with Trans States.


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Cutter Authorized As Sales/Service Rep For Pilatus

With almost 20 percent of the global fleet of Pilatus aircraft operating in the Southwest United States, Cutter Aviation has been appointed an Authorized Pilatus Sales and Service Center for the area. Pilatus says the region is base to about 300 of its aircraft. Cutter Aviation will work within the Pilatus network to provide sales and service for the PC-12 NG and PC-24 Super Versatile Jet in the Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Colorado region.


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NASA To Study Effects Of Supersonic Flight Noise On Communities

NASA will be conducting a series of supersonic flights to gauge future community response to the noise signature of its Low-Boom Flight Demonstrator aircraft (LBFD). Since the contract for construction of the LBFD X-plane was only just awarded to Lockheed Martin at the beginning of April, the Quiet Supersonic Flights 2018 (QSF18) study will use a NASA F/A-18 research plane.


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UPDATE: The Dirtiest of Washington Politics? -- ATC Privatization By Deception?

Stunning, Deceptive, Dirty Politics... Shuster Is At It Again, But This Time We Need To React FAST! ANN RealTime News Update, 04.24.18, 2302 ET: Well... initial info suggests that the Shuster deception may have hit a wall... but PLEASE keep up the pressure in case this devious anti-aviation political animal has yet another trick in mind. Politico is reporting that, "A controversial provision to give the secretary of Transportation authority over the the chief operating officer of the FAA's air traffic organization has been stripped out of the FAA bill, according to a House aide and an industry lobbyist." There are some suspicions that Shuster may yet try to protect some of the measures he was trying to institute in order to cozy up to his airline buddies, but for the moment, keeping the pressure on seems the right thing to do... we'll keep you updated as we learn more.
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AMA Drone Report 04.19.18: AMA Leadership, FAA Reauthorization, Coachella

Also: New French Regs, Drone Boot Camp, Public Safety Drone Standards, DroneShield Protects NASCAR It’s a little bit sad and yet a bit cool to see AMA make an exciting change in leadership as hard-working executive Director Dave Mathewson, passes the baton to long-time AMA’s Public Relations and Government Affairs guru, Chad Budreau. AMA Boss, Rich Hansen tells us that, Dave Mathewson’s announcement that he planned to resign as AMA’s Executive Director (ED), the Executive Council (EC) has launched a nationwide search to fill this extremely important position. The process will consider candidates from both inside and outside of the organization in an effort to find the most qualified and experienced individual to serve as ED and Chief Operating Officer. This process will likely take several months. Leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last Friday introduced the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4), a five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the FAA. Drone attorney Jonathan Rupprecht has done a deep dive into the reauthorization bill. He notes that the legislation "Tells the Comptroller General of the United States to do a study on appropriate fee mechanisms to recover the costs of “the regulation and safety oversight of unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems” and “the provision of air navigation services to unmanned aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems.” The 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took fans into the future when 300 synchronized Shooting Star drones illuminated the night sky. A crowd of more than 100,000 Coachella concertgoers saw 300 Intel Shooting Star drones take the shape of a ferris wheel, then a rotating windmill, palm trees and other colorful 3D animated objects. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne/Barnstorming 04.23.18: We Can Do So Much Better...

I'll Admit It... We're A Mite Frustrated, But We're ALSO Not Quitting... Ever Comments/Analysis/News/Video by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell We've accomplished so much over the past 20+ years, but now find ourselves with what we consider to be innovative/disruptive and productive plans to help aviation get back on track -- and are having real problems getting them launched. As possibly the last remaining truly credible independent aviation media source that hasn't cow-towed to aero-disappointments like Icon or Cirrus -- or other special interests -- we still have only one allegiance... to tell YOU the truth. And yet, doing so is getting more difficult by the day... with interference or harassment from a number of players who wish aviation ill will -- from associations who won't support any agenda that they can't control and profit from, to the disfranchised, fragmented aviation community that has all but given up on the potential for a brighter future for aviation -- and themselves.
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Airborne 04.23.18: Hemisphere Suspended, Thunderbirds Fly, Apple v Drones

Also: New NASA Administrator, AD For CFM56-7B, Engine Display Upgrade On C-441, First BBJ MAX Textron Aviation has suspended work on the Citation Hemisphere large business jet, citing ongoing problems with the Safran Silvercrest engine selected to power the new airplane. Textron CEO Scott Donnelly announced the suspension during a conference call with analysts last week. "I think everybody knows there have been some issues around the engine that was slated for that aircraft," Donnelly said. The USAF Thunderbirds demonstration team has resumed operations and practice following the fatal injury of pilot Major Stephen "Cajun" Del Bagno during training on April 4. Thunderbirds commander Lt. Col. Kevin Walsh released a video announcing the resumption of operations. "While our hearts are still heavy with the loss of our wingman Cajun, we know he’d want us back in the air and preparing to recruit, retain and inspire once more," Walsh said. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been regularly capturing videos of the construction of Apple's new circular campus in ... dubbed "Apple Park" ... being build in Cupertino, CA. But that looks like Apple is not particularly keen on the idea. The circular building described as looking like a "spaceship" has been under construction since 2014, and the building has been in use since September, 2017. Sinfield had been posting new video of Apple Park about twice a month. But recently, he says that he's been asked to leave by Apple security personnel shortly after he's launched his drone. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2018 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few... E-I-C Note: There's very little we can say yet, but there is a reason why this may be THE year to throw in with ANN to cover the extraordinary event that is OSHKOSH. Like in years past, we have something up our sleeves -- actually SEVERAL big somethings -- BUT, this year, they could be some of the biggest upgrades/surprises we've pulled off yet -- so we're going to be changing quite a few things about how we cover Oshkosh, as a result. IF YOU want to be a part of this unique adventure, speak up NOW, rather than later, because we're going to looking for the best volunteer folks we can find and are planning to do so ASAP. You've been warned (grin)....
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The Dirtiest of Washington Politics? -- ATC Privatization By Deception?

Stunning, Deceptive, Dirty Politics... Shuster Is At It Again, But This Time We Need To React FAST! Over the last few hours, we've been reading through and studying the myriad of details and additions that are being crammed, at the VERY last mnute, into the upcoming FAA Reauthorization Bill. Unfortunately; the ever-deceptive Rep. Shuster is using the chaos of these last minute changes and inclusions to screw GA... and the rest of aviation... in one of the most unAmerican stunts we've seen a politician pull in many years... and that's saying something! Our contacts at ICAS and EAA have already done a pretty thorough 'deep dive' on the effort, by Shuster, to dump a pseudo-ATC Privitization scam on the aviation world at the last minute -- and after such efforts were roundly defeated in the past. ICAS notes that, "Later today, the Rules Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives will meet to determine what amendments will be allowed during floor consideration of H.R. 4. One parliamentary item that is customary with comprehensive measures going to the House floor is the ability for the Manager(s) – in this case, Chairman Shuster - to offer an amendment which revises and addresses the content of the bill (attached). Sometimes the manager’s amendment is technical in nature and other times it is substantive. In the case of the Manager’s Amendment for H.R. 4, offered by Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA), the amendment includes Section 5, FAA Organization Reform, which resurrects Chairman Shuster’s longstanding goal of privatizing the U.S. Air Traffic Control system.
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Airborne-Unmanned 04.24.18: XPO 2018, Apple v Drones, Mosquito-Packed Drones

Also: Osage Nations Repurposes Airpark, UAV/Drone Certification, Leonardo's M-40 Target Drone, GA-ASI Flight Deck Taxi Only a few more days to go... THE major unmanned exposition of the year -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 starts Monday, April 30, 2018 and runs through Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver. This premier event unites the largest global community of drone, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems leaders to shape the future of the industry. Featuring the largest and most comprehensive trade show, this event is the spot to learn from daily keynotes with tech visionaries and 200+ world-class sessions as well as connect with 8,500+ industry pros and business experts from 20+ industries. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been regularly capturing videos of the construction of Apple's new circular campus in ... dubbed "Apple Park" ... being build in Cupertino, CA. But that looks like Apple is not particularly keen on the idea. The circular building described as looking like a "spaceship" has been under construction since 2014, and the building has been in use since September, 2017. Sinfield had been posting new video of Apple Park about twice a month. But recently, he says that he's been asked to leave by Apple security personnel shortly after he's launched his drone. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the non-profit group WeRobotics, have developed a drone-based mechanism that overcomes a critical bottleneck in the application of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to control insect pests. SIT, a form of insect birth control, uses radiation to sterilize male mosquitoes, which are then released to mate with wild females. As these do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time. However, to be effective, the technique requires the uniform release of large numbers of insects in good condition over a given area. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 04.24.18: XPO 2018, Apple v Drones, Mosquito-Packed Drones

Also: Osage Nations Repurposes Airpark, UAV/Drone Certification, Leonardo's M-40 Target Drone, GA-ASI Flight Deck Taxi Only a few more days to go... THE major unmanned exposition of the year -- AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 starts Monday, April 30, 2018 and runs through Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center, in Denver. This premier event unites the largest global community of drone, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems leaders to shape the future of the industry. Featuring the largest and most comprehensive trade show, this event is the spot to learn from daily keynotes with tech visionaries and 200+ world-class sessions as well as connect with 8,500+ industry pros and business experts from 20+ industries. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has been regularly capturing videos of the construction of Apple's new circular campus in ... dubbed "Apple Park" ... being build in Cupertino, CA. But that looks like Apple is not particularly keen on the idea. The circular building described as looking like a "spaceship" has been under construction since 2014, and the building has been in use since September, 2017. Sinfield had been posting new video of Apple Park about twice a month. But recently, he says that he's been asked to leave by Apple security personnel shortly after he's launched his drone. The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the non-profit group WeRobotics, have developed a drone-based mechanism that overcomes a critical bottleneck in the application of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to control insect pests. SIT, a form of insect birth control, uses radiation to sterilize male mosquitoes, which are then released to mate with wild females. As these do not produce any offspring, the insect population declines over time. However, to be effective, the technique requires the uniform release of large numbers of insects in good condition over a given area. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Pilot Escapes From Sinking Airplane In New Jersey

Citabria Ran Off Runway At Aero-Andover Airport A pilot flying a Citabria airplane at Aeroflex-Andover airport in Andover, NJ ran off the runway and went into a lake adjacent to the airport Monday morning.
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Inaugural JetBlue ‘Gateway Select’ Pilot Trainees Closer To ATP Certificate

Candidates Will Now Work As Flight Instructors At CAE Phoenix To Gain The Required Hours The first class of candidates has graduated from the training portion of Gateway Select, JetBlue's pilot recruiting pathway. The first group of pilots has completed their primary classroom, technical and flight training and will now continue on a path to receiving their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate by earning their FAA-mandated 1,500 hours of flying time as flight instructors. After instructing for two years, they will begin flying as first officers at JetBlue, as early as 2020.
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Independent Study Validates DJI Data Security Practices

Report Finds DJI Systems Keep Customer Data Private Dronemaker DJI has released the results of an independent report scrutinizing DJI's data practices that concludes DJI drone users have control over how their data is collected, stored and transmitted.
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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

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Norway's Widerøe Completes First Revenue Flight Of An E190-E2

Marks Official Entry Into Service Of The New Regional Jet Scandinavian regional carrier Widerøe has completed the first scheduled passenger flight of an Embraer E190-E2 this morning. The aircraft, registered LN-WEA and operating as flight WF622, departed Bergen Airport on time at 7:35 AM and arrived at Tromsø Airport two hours later at 9:35 AM local time. The flight was sold out.
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U.S. Indoor Skydiving Designated As An NAA Air Sport Organization

Will Be Eligible For FAI Competition And Record Attempt The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), the official air sport authority in the United States, is pleased to announce that U.S. Indoor Skydiving has been named as the designated air sport organization (ASO) for the purposes of official Federation Aeronautique Internationale competitions and record attempts in the sport of indoor skydiving. U.S. Indoor Skydiving will work with the NAA, the International Parachute Commission, and the Federation Aeronautic International to further develop and advance this exciting air sport.
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Ultra Long Range A350 XWB Completes First Flight

Singapore Airlines To Resume World’s Longest Commercial Flights The Ultra Long Range version of the A350 XWB, MSN 216, has successfully completed its first flight. The latest variant of the best-selling A350 XWB Family will be able to fly further than any other commercial airliner and will enter service with launch operator Singapore Airlines in second half 2018.
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