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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
DJI, AMA Team Up For Outreach Programs

The world's largest manufacturer of drones and the biggest organization of remotely piloted aircraft operators have announced a joint venture to promote safe operation and expand opportunities for drone operators. DJI, which makes the popular Phantom series and other drones, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics will create programs aimed at boosting accessibility and affordability of personal drones, offer online support for pilots and develop youth programs steering young people toward aviation and technology careers.
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Arrow Crashes Onto New Jersey Street

A Long Island pilot was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Sunday morning after his Piper Arrow went down in a residential area of Bayonne, New Jersey. George Pettway, 56, of Wheatley Heights, reportedly radioed that he was having some kind of difficulty while flying near the Statue of Liberty and headed for the Jersey side.
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Short Final

On a recent trip to visit my Inlaws, I was passing by an airport on my way when I heard this exchange ... Cessna1234: Tower, Cessna 1234 is ready for takeoff ... Tower: Cessna 1234 you are cleared for takeoff Runway 24. Say direction of flight ... Cessna 1234: Cleared for takeoff Runway 24, Direction of Flight ... Tower: Which way are you heading? ... Cessna 1234: Oh! Heading southeast ... Karl Vogelheim
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Sonic Booms Announce TFR Intercept

Sonic booms rattled the southeast coast of Florida Friday evening as two F-15s were scrambled to intercept an aircraft that violated presidential restricted airspace over West Palm Beach.
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Suit Follows Power Line Collision

An Aspen, Colorado, man is suing the pilot and passenger in an L-39 that hit power lines over a highway in 2015, saying he gripped the steering wheel of his car so tightly he's had chronic pain in his hands ever since.
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Trump Claims $1 Billion Saving On Air Force One

President Donald Trump said Saturday he'd personally negotiated a $1 billion reduction in the $4.2 billion cost of the replacement aircraft for Air Force One and accomplished it in less than an hour. He also told a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, that the 25 percent discount is "not good enough. We're still not going to do it. The price is still too high."
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POTUS TFRs Paralyze Florida Flight Ops

Airport operators and flight schools in the Palm Beach, Florida, area are bracing for long-term economic loss and disruption due to the presidential TFR covering President Trump's visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort. For the third weekend in a row, the presidential TFR covering Trump's visit has shut down busy Palm Beach Country/Lantana airport and disrupted flight training and other prohibited general aviation activities. Although local authorities and advocacy groups have approached the Secret Service requesting a cutout or procedural relief, none has been forthcoming.
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Navy Lukewarm On Substituting Upgraded F/A-18s For F-35C

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. DeWolf Miller showed little enthusiasm for trading Super Hornets for F-35s, as has been proposed by President Trump in an effort to reduce the total program cost of the F-35 Lightning. Testifying at a House Subcommittee hearing on the F-35 program, Miller said, "The F-35C provides unique capabilities that cannot be matched by modernizing fourth-generation aircraft."
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Stratos 714 Flight Testing Continues

The Stratos 714 VLJ prototype, designed as a 400 knot, 4-6 place jet, made its second test flight late last month from its home base of Redmond, Oregon, in anticipation of a public debut later this year. Carsten Sundin, Engineering Manager at Stratos told AVweb of the flight test performance, "We are continuing with expected minor aerodynamic adjustments to dial in the stick control forces. The Stratos 714 is controlled by a side stick and it has a relatively large flight envelope in terms."
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ExpressJet Leads In Lost Bags And Bumped Passengers

ExpressJet Airlines led major U.S. carriers for 2016 in highest percentage of bags lost. According to Department of Transportation statistics, ExpressJet received reports of mishandled baggage from 0.43% of all passengers--91,383 bags--which was down from their 2015, also industry-leading, loss rate of 0.51% of passengers reporting bags mishandled.
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FAA Doesn't Do Most Aircraft Certification Work

More than 90% percent of certification work on new aircraft and aircraft parts is outsourced by the FAA to the manufacturers themselves, according to a GAO report. Similar to the FAA delegation of airman certification authority to Designated Pilot Examiners, the FAA has been authorizing most certification work to be performed by employees of the manufacturers themselves through the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program.
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NBAA Challenges Santa Monica Deal

NBAA and four businesses have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to review the FAA's deal with the City of Santa Monica to shorten the airport's runway. Under the deal, the runway would be cut immediately to 3,500 feet from almost 5,000, limiting its use and likely forcing some of the current tenants to immediately find other accommodation.
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Next Air Force One Shouldn't Be A 747, Report Proposes

The next Air Force One should be anything other than a Boeing 747; even Northrop Grumman's next-generation stealth bomber would be a better choice, says a report by Wright Williams & Kelly (WWK). The report by WWK, a cost-reduction consultancy based in Northern California, focused on the Boeing 737 and the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider, winner of the Air Force Long-Range Strike Bomber development contract, as possible alternatives to the heavy Boeing jet.
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Regional Jet Strikes Deer During Takeoff

A CRJ-700 operated by PSA Airlines struck a deer during takeoff from Charlotte's Douglas International Airport on Wednesday morning. In an air traffic control recording (full audio from LiveATC.net below), the pilot and the tower controller discuss an unidentified "loud bang" heard by the pilots, which the pilot of another aircraft reported as a deer strike. PSA 5320 (call sign, Blue Streak 5320), operating as American Eagle, circled once for a low approach to confirm the extent of any damage to the landing gear, then returned for landing.
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Pilot Training Cited In Military Crashes

Military pilots aren't flying often enough to be as proficient as they need to be, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the head of Marine Corps aviation, told reporters in Washington, D.C., recently. "We're about three hours per pilot per month better than we were [in May 2015], but that's not good enough," Davis said, according to military.com. "We're still shy of our target." In the last year, 11 Marine Corps aircraft have been lost in crashes, with 14 crew members killed.
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News from Aero-News Network
Klyde Morris (02.20.17)

Klyde's Still On SpaceX's Case... As Usual FMI: www.klydemorris.com
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SpaceX Falcon 9 Back In ISS Delivery Biz

Eighth Successful First Stage Landing/Recovery Looked Almost Easy... They're back in the ISS delivery business as a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 9:39 a.m. EST, Sunday. About 5,500 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies are packed into the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that is now in Earth orbit and headed to the station on the CRS-10 mission. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo craft launched from historic Launch Complex 39A and was the first commercial launch from Kennedy’s historic pad that once launched Apollo and Space Shuttle missions. Dragon separated from the Falcon 9 about 10 minutes after launch.
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Napa Jet Center (KAPC) To Offer Expanded Maintenance Services

Textron Aviation Selects Napa Jet Center For Maintenance Of Bonanza/Baron Series Napa Jet Center (KAPC) has been selected by Textron Aviation to add the Beechcraft Authorized Service Center authorization for the Bonanza/Baron Series of aircraft to Napa Jet Center’s extensive listing of its FAA 145 authorized maintenance capabilities.
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.20.17)

“One of the main uses for the UAS will be for high-risk situations such as someone barricaded in a home or building. The UAS will allow us to get a bird’s-eye view and see more of what’s going on without having to put any of our deputies in danger. The capability will also increase public safety for search and rescue operations. We will no longer have to lose valuable time waiting on helicopters or airplanes to locate missing subjects.” Source: Sheriff Neil Godfrey, explaining that the Moore County Sheriff’s Office has purchased an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) equipped with an eye-in-the-sky camera for surveillance in a variety of law enforcement operations. Three deputies have been trained and have received their FAA and North Carolina certifications which are required for the deputies to fly and operate these types of aircraft legally in North Carolina.
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Moore County, NC Sheriff’s Office Purchases UAS

Will Be Employed For A Variety Of Law Enforcement Operations Sheriff Neil Godfrey announced today that the Moore County Sheriff’s Office has purchased an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) equipped with an eye-in-the-sky camera for surveillance in a variety of law enforcement operations. Three deputies have been trained and have received their FAA and North Carolina certifications which are required for the deputies to fly and operate these types of aircraft legally in North Carolina.
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Airborne 02.17.17: Privatization Fight Is ON, X-37B Stays Up, TSA Arrests

Also: HeliTrak PMA, Aviation’s Next Big Fight, New KC Airport, Verifly, CFM Orders, Purdue Aviation, P&W Expansion Some of the aviation industry’s worst fears appear to have been confirmed after a recent White House meeting with the executives of many of the country's major airlines. President Donald Trump was reportedly "extraordinarily positive" about the concept of spinning off Air Traffic Control to a private, non-profit corporation. That was the assessment of A4A president and CEO Nick Calio, who attended the meeting. The corporation would likely have strong representation from the airlines, according to a report appearing on Fortune online. Calio said that in his view, Trump is "on track to do that" in reference to backing a bill that would separate ATC from the FAA. The word had gone out that the X-37B mini-shuttle would be landing at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, but it turned out to be a false alarm -- again. The USAF said that sending out notices to clear the airspace were a component of an exercise for the program. "The X-37 is still on-orbit," said Capt. Annmarie Annicelli, an Air Force spokeswoman at the Pentagon. "The program is conducting a regularly scheduled exercise this week." It’s just one more reason not to trust the TSA. Last week, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a superseding indictment against twelve defendants charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. During the course of the conspiracy, the defendants smuggled suitcases, each containing at least 8 to 15 kilograms of cocaine, through the TSA security system at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Sometimes as many as five mules were used on each flight, with each mule checking-in up to two suitcases. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (02.19.17)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "Although our navigation algorithms can get even better, and we need to test them in many other parts of the world, this is a positive sign for Loon’s economic and operational viability. We’ll be able to put together a Loon network over a particular region in weeks not months, and it would be a lot less work to launch and manage. We’ll reduce the number of balloons we need and get greater value out of each one. All of this helps reduce the costs of operating a Loon-powered network, which is good news for the telco partners we’ll work with around the world to make Loon a reality, and critical given that cost has been one key factor keeping reliable Internet from people living in rural and remote regions." Source: Writing on BlogX, Alphabet's 'Captain of Moonshots" Astro Teller says that newly-developed algorithms can now send much smaller teams of balloons to cluster over a specific area and loiter there, providing much more reliable access to the Internet.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.20.17): Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR)

Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) A TFR is a regulatory action issued by the FAA via the U.S. NOTAM System, under the authority of United States Code, Title 49. TFRs are issued within the sovereign airspace of the United States and its territories to restrict certain aircraft from operating within a defined area on a temporary basis to protect persons or property in the air or on the ground. While not all inclusive, TFRs may be issued for disaster or hazard situations such as: toxic gas leaks or spills, fumes from flammable agents, aircraft accident/incident sites, aviation or ground resources engaged in wildlife suppression, or aircraft relief activities following a disaster. TFRs may also be issued in support of VIP movements; for reasons of national security; or when determined necessary for the management of air traffic in the vicinity of aerial demonstrations or major sporting events. NAS users or other interested parties should contact a FSS for TFR information. Additionally, TFR information can be found in automated briefings, NOTAM publications, and on the internet at http://www.faa.gov. The FAA also distributes TFR information to aviation user groups for further dissemination.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.19.17): Takeoff Hold Lights (THL)

Takeoff Hold Lights (THL) The THL system is composed of in-pavement lighting in a double, longitudinal row of lights aligned either side of the runway centerline. The lights are focused toward the arrival end of the runway at the “line up and wait” point, and they extend for 1,500 feet in front of the holding aircraft. Illuminated red lights indicate to an aircraft in position for takeoff or rolling that it is unsafe to takeoff because the runway is occupied or about to be occupied by an aircraft or vehicle.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.20.17)

Aero Linx: The Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance AWAM is an international orgranization, open to both women and men and has membership opportunities for students and corporations. Our membership consists of maintenance technicians, engineers, teachers, scientists, vendors and pilots that support maintenance in one form or another. Our goal is to help women in the aviation maintenance related fields and find ways to network and support each other in this field.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.19.17)

Aero Linx: Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) MARPA is the non-profit trade association that represents the Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) community. A PMA is an FAA design and production approval that verifies that the design of an aircraft part meets FAA safety regulations, and the fabrication inspection system meets FAA quality standards designed to assure that every part actually produced continues to meet the FAA-approved design. MARPA's mission is to promote uniform, outstanding standards within the FAA PMA industry. MARPA speaks with a single, powerful voice to the entire worldwide aviation community to elevate awareness and acceptance. MARPA works with government authorities throughout the world to seek a regulatory atmosphere that promotes high levels of safety without imposing needless resource burdens on the industry. This is just one of the many reasons PMA parts manufacturers can produce parts that are significantly less expensive than their competitors'.
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ANN FAQ: How Do I Become A News Spy?

We're Everywhere... Thanks To You! Even with the vast resources and incredibly far-reaching scope of the Aero-News Network, every now and then a story that should be reported on slips through our fingers. There's a lot of news out there, and sometimes we just don't get to all of it... so we came up with the idea of News Spies.
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ANN FAQ: What Does The Airborne Partnership Initiative Mean For Your Business

Get Your Breaking News Out To The Industry A partnership between ANN and others in the aviation/aerospace industry offers more exposure, a greatly lessened strain on individual resources, and the pivotal advantage of starting out with what is already a solid, professional award- winning platform…which is Airborne Unlimited.
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Airborne 02.16.17: Craig Fuller v Privatization, Flying Car, 3 Million Drones?

Also: Radar Tower Targeted, AEA 2017, JetPack Aviation, Harrier Demos, DC-3 Documentary, Nigerian Airlines, Skydiving Former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller says that the meeting last week between airline executives and President Donald Trump was a missed opportunity for the aviation community to outline a path for the modernization of the nation's air transportation system. Fuller said that the entire aviation community, including the airlines, have been at the table with FAA leadership developing recommendations for the NAS. But with only airlines represented at the meeting with the President, only a very narrow point of view was represented. This week, flying car manufacturer PAL-V has officially started the sales of its commercial models, the Liberty Pioneer and Liberty Sport. Following the successful test programs of their concept vehicles in 2009 and 2012, PAL-V started the design of the commercial products that are now being launched... Production of drones for personal and commercial use is growing rapidly, with global market revenue expected to increase 34 percent to reach more than $6 billion in 2017 and grow to more than $11.2 billion by 2020, according to a new forecast from Gartner, Inc. Almost three million drones will be produced in 2017, 39 percent more than in 2016. The overall drone market will see substantial growth, but the dynamics of the personal and commercial submarkets are very different. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 02.17.17: Privatization Fight Is ON, X-37B Stays Up, TSA Arrests

Also: HeliTrak PMA, Aviation’s Next Big Fight, New KC Airport, Verifly, CFM Orders, Purdue Aviation, P&W Expansion Some of the aviation industry’s worst fears appear to have been confirmed after a recent White House meeting with the executives of many of the country's major airlines. President Donald Trump was reportedly "extraordinarily positive" about the concept of spinning off Air Traffic Control to a private, non-profit corporation. That was the assessment of A4A president and CEO Nick Calio, who attended the meeting. The corporation would likely have strong representation from the airlines, according to a report appearing on Fortune online. Calio said that in his view, Trump is "on track to do that" in reference to backing a bill that would separate ATC from the FAA. The word had gone out that the X-37B mini-shuttle would be landing at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday, but it turned out to be a false alarm -- again. The USAF said that sending out notices to clear the airspace were a component of an exercise for the program. "The X-37 is still on-orbit," said Capt. Annmarie Annicelli, an Air Force spokeswoman at the Pentagon. "The program is conducting a regularly scheduled exercise this week." It’s just one more reason not to trust the TSA. Last week, a federal grand jury in the District of Puerto Rico returned a superseding indictment against twelve defendants charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. During the course of the conspiracy, the defendants smuggled suitcases, each containing at least 8 to 15 kilograms of cocaine, through the TSA security system at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. Sometimes as many as five mules were used on each flight, with each mule checking-in up to two suitcases. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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