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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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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.24.19)

“It’s challenging to electrify aviation using batteries or fuel cells in part because of the weight restrictions on aircraft, so liquid biofuels have the potential to play a big role in greenhouse gas emissions reductions. The team at JBEI has been working on biological routes to advanced bio-jet fuel blends that are not only derived from plant-based sugars but also have attractive properties that could actually provide an advantage over conventional jet fuels.” Source: Lead author Corinne Scown, a researcher in Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area as well as DOE’s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), discussing a new analysis by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) that shows that sustainable plant-based bio-jet fuels could provide a competitive alternative to conventional petroleum fuels if current development and scale-up initiatives continue to push ahead successfully.
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Airborne-Unmanned 03.19.19: State Farm, AirMap And Honeywell, DJI Complies

Also: AUVSI Startup Showdown, senseFly eBee X, Airbus' Skyways Drone, Airborne Programming! As State Farm launched their new drone program to better assist customers after storm damage, they needed to recruit and train employees to become drone pilots. Jessica Hodge, Joy Hillsman-Caffie and Shelley Cole are three of the six drone pilots for State Farm who are women. Her selection came as a shock to State Farm claims specialist, Jessica. Jessica explained that, “I consider myself an early adopter of the technology. State Farm is one of the first insurance companies to use drones and I’m one of the first drone pilots for State Farm. It’s cool to be on the cutting edge.” AirMap and Honeywell are developing a cost-effective drone tracking solution to provide airspace safety authorities with situational awareness of manned and unmanned aircraft operations within an airspace system. Together, the companies will develop a cost-effective hardware device to allow for UAS to maintain consistent communication with a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system. UTM is a digital air traffic management system made up of technologies and services designed to maintain safe integration and separation of drones and other aircraft and objects in low-altitude airspace via the exchange of mission-critical data and telemetry information. DJI is declaring that nine of its drone models will comply with the latest Transport Canada regulations for advanced drone operations in controlled airspace. This allows DJI customers to continue using their preferred drones in these operations after June 1, when Transport Canada’s new regulatory framework for civilian drone operations takes effect across Canada. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.19): Random RNAV Routes

Random RNAV Routes Direct routes, based on area navigation capability, between waypoints defined in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates, degree-distance fixes, or offsets from established routes/airways at a specified distance and direction.
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AMA Drone Report 03.21.19: New FAA Boss, Great Lakes Drone Co, UAV Retrieval

Also: Skylum Introduces Airmagic, Resort Community Ban, State Farm Drone Pilots, Airborne Programming Well... there’s good news and bad news coming from Washington, DC... with the announcement that the Trump Administration has FINALLY nominated a new FAA Administrator. The good news is that we finally know, for sure, who we’re dealing with... the bad news is that the guy comes from the airline industry... which has not always been very kind to the unmanned community. The President has nominated Stephen Dickson, whose last major gig was as senior vice president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines. Dickson is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a fighter pilot before flying for Delta. He retired from the airline last fall. Drone airshows, and their popularity, continue to grow. The speedy rise in visibility that the drone community has experienced has certainly benefited it and contributed to a more positive public perception of a technology that is not always viewed positively in many media reports. Better yet; every airshow packs in the newest aviation technology for people to see, experience and sometimes interact with. Great Lakes Drone Company has announced that Carolina Dronz will do just that for our UAS industry at the upcoming Sun ‘n Fun and EAA Airventure 2019 events. Be careful out there! A Forest Park, GA man was fatally injured last week while trying to dislodge a drone that had become entangled in power lines. 37-year-old Ruff Fitzgerald Teasley, 37, was using a pole to attempt to dislodge the aircraft from the power lines when the pole touched one of the wires. First responders attempted to revive him until Forest Park Rescue arrived to transport him to a hospital, but he did not regain consciousness. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Aero-Help Wanted: ANN REALLY Needs A Sales Pro

ANN/Airborne/Aero-TV Marketing Department Needs Part or Full Time Personnel E-I-C Note: For some reason, finding really motivated/honest/professional sales help has been a tough gig. And that need is greater now than ever. As a media partner to two of the most pivotal players in the drone arena... and new programs, on the way, devoted to women working and playing in the aviation and aerospace community, as well as avionics and other major aero-interests, coming soon -- NOW is the time to get this part of our business properly staffed. That's not all... what about all the other aspects of aviation and aerospace? Well... we have most of those covered -- or about to be covered. That's right; there's more... with nearly a dozen such agreements either done or in the works... and MASSIVE upgrades to the Airborne Unlimited program itself. So -- it's time to ramp up some efforts here -- sales, in particular -- and we need exceptional personnel, for the job. If you'd like to help chart the course for a game-changing program produced by THE company that transformed the aviation news and information industry, NOW is the time to check us out -- JRC, ANN E-I-C.
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Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition Is Back--With A Vengeance!

Send Us Your Wacky Ideas NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and after a break last year (due to a death in the family) we intend that this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on all the nonsense we've had to endure over the years (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), we certainly have good reason for that... so if you have any ideas of your own as to how to heighten the insanity, this is your CHANCE. We need YOUR ideas for how we might step up the insanity for 2019! I kid you not... as I look over all the stories we've already prepped, we are going to cause serious keyboard damage as people snort their soft drinks all over the place when they start reading this year's edition. This COULD BE OUR BEST YET! As always... NO ONE IS SAFE. We're going to have some fun with EVERYONE... Icon Aircraft (just 'cause it's an easy target doesn't mean it's immune to being lampooned), the FAA, USA Today, Drones, Congress, TSA, NBAA, EAA, AOPA, Sun 'n Fun, Dale Klapmeier, Garmin, every UAV ever flown, every UAV-phobe in the known universe, every self-appointed aviation expert who can't spell aileron, the USAF, Cessna, Cirrus, NASA, you name it. If you want to be a part of the foolishness, get your ideas and submissions into us ASAP!
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Airborne 03.22.19: SB>1 DEFIANT 1st Flight, 737 MAX Audit, AEA 2019 Live!

Also: April 1st Episode Coming!, V-22 Osprey 30th!, Florida Air Museum MiG-21, Mission Aviation Fellowship The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter achieved first flight yesterday. Developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, the Definat’s two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, is unlike current production rotorcraft -- designed to meet the U.S. government’s desire for increases in speed and range while improving maneuverability and survivability. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked that, as part of an ongoing review of factors related to aviation certification, the Inspector General conduct a formal audit of the certification process for the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft. Next week’s Airborne schedule will be preempted so that we may bring you the 2019 AEA Convention and Trade Show... LIVE. For over a decade, ANN has parlayed its expertise in all things aviation video, producing over 100 hours of lIVE avionics coverage, unmatched by any other aviation event. Aviation is driven, in large part, by the technologies developed in the avionics world, so this coverage is a MUST for anyone wanting to keep up. Starting Monday, March 25th at 8:15am PDT, ANN will webcast the AEA Opening Sessions and the ENTIRE New Product Introduction program... where anything that is expected to be REALLY important for the next year is likely to be discussed and displayed. This show will go until the end of the NPIs - usually 12pm. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.19)

Aero Linx: Fairchild Club You need not own a Fairchild to be part of our Club and share our enthusiasm for the Airplanes. To Join or renew your membership in the Fairchild Club, simply fill out our form, send it along with a check for $20.00 (US funds) for annual dues. If your are fortunate enough to have a Fairchild airplane, please let us know about it. We try to keep records by Model Number, by Country/State of the owner and by owners last name. Members will receive the Club Newsletter, Fairchild Flyer, four times a year.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.19): Flight Management Systems

Flight Management Systems A computer system that uses a large data base to allow routes to be preprogrammed and fed into the system by means of a data loader. The system is constantly updated with respect to position accuracy by reference to conventional navigation aids. The sophisticated program and its associated data base ensures that the most appropriate aids are automatically selected during the information update cycle.
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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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AMA Drone Report 03.21.19: New FAA Boss, Great Lakes Drone Co, UAV Retrieval

Also: Skylum Introduces Airmagic, Resort Community Ban, State Farm Drone Pilots, Airborne Programming Well... there’s good news and bad news coming from Washington, DC... with the announcement that the Trump Administration has FINALLY nominated a new FAA Administrator. The good news is that we finally know, for sure, who we’re dealing with... the bad news is that the guy comes from the airline industry... which has not always been very kind to the unmanned community. The President has nominated Stephen Dickson, whose last major gig was as senior vice president of flight operations for Delta Air Lines. Dickson is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and was a fighter pilot before flying for Delta. He retired from the airline last fall. Drone airshows, and their popularity, continue to grow. The speedy rise in visibility that the drone community has experienced has certainly benefited it and contributed to a more positive public perception of a technology that is not always viewed positively in many media reports. Better yet; every airshow packs in the newest aviation technology for people to see, experience and sometimes interact with. Great Lakes Drone Company has announced that Carolina Dronz will do just that for our UAS industry at the upcoming Sun ‘n Fun and EAA Airventure 2019 events. Be careful out there! A Forest Park, GA man was fatally injured last week while trying to dislodge a drone that had become entangled in power lines. 37-year-old Ruff Fitzgerald Teasley, 37, was using a pole to attempt to dislodge the aircraft from the power lines when the pole touched one of the wires. First responders attempted to revive him until Forest Park Rescue arrived to transport him to a hospital, but he did not regain consciousness. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic service to the nation bettered their lives. It is hoped that this effort may also serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young people looking to make their mark upon the world. For the first time ever The Red Bull Air Race Demo will come to Damman on the March 21st-23rd, showcasing the Red Bull Air Race World Championship bringing all the excitement and action of the air racing competition. Two of the Challenger Class Pilots will demonstrate the skills and precision featured in the competition, as they take on a unique racetrack against the clock. Guided by live commentary, spectators in Dammam will witness the pilots flying their raceplanes at high speed through the iconic Air Gates. Next week’s Airborne schedule will be preempted so that we may bring you the 2019 AEA Convention and Trade Show... LIVE. Starting Monday, March 25th at 8:15am PDT, ANN will webcast the AEA Opening Sessions and the ENTIRE New Product Introduction program... where anything that is expected to be REALLY important for the next year is likely to be discussed and displayed. This show will go until the end of the NPIs - usually 12pm. We resume Tuesday, March 26th from 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT, with the better part of a dozen live interviews with the primary newsmakers of AEA 2019, and follow that up the next day, Wednesday, March 27th from 11:30am-2:30pm PDT, with even more. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 03.22.19: SB>1 DEFIANT 1st Flight, 737 MAX Audit, AEA 2019 Live!

Also: April 1st Episode Coming!, V-22 Osprey 30th!, Florida Air Museum MiG-21, Mission Aviation Fellowship The Sikorsky-Boeing SB>1 DEFIANT helicopter achieved first flight yesterday. Developed by Sikorsky and Boeing, the Definat’s two coaxial main rotors and a rear mounted pusher propulsor, is unlike current production rotorcraft -- designed to meet the U.S. government’s desire for increases in speed and range while improving maneuverability and survivability. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has asked that, as part of an ongoing review of factors related to aviation certification, the Inspector General conduct a formal audit of the certification process for the Boeing 737-MAX 8 aircraft. Next week’s Airborne schedule will be preempted so that we may bring you the 2019 AEA Convention and Trade Show... LIVE. For over a decade, ANN has parlayed its expertise in all things aviation video, producing over 100 hours of lIVE avionics coverage, unmatched by any other aviation event. Aviation is driven, in large part, by the technologies developed in the avionics world, so this coverage is a MUST for anyone wanting to keep up. Starting Monday, March 25th at 8:15am PDT, ANN will webcast the AEA Opening Sessions and the ENTIRE New Product Introduction program... where anything that is expected to be REALLY important for the next year is likely to be discussed and displayed. This show will go until the end of the NPIs - usually 12pm. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 03.20.19: Hoover Stamp Petition, Red Bull, Next Week--AEA LIVE!

Also: Goldsboro, NC Airshow, CAE Concludes Acquisition, 'Stolen' P-51?, Special Weeks For Airborne Programming The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation has announced their intention to petition the United States Postal Service to honor the late Robert A. ‘Bob’ Hoover with a commemorative postage stamp on his 100th birthday in 2022. The Foundation has commenced the multi-year process necessary to seek USPS selection of Mr. Hoover as a proper subject for such an honor in order to use this program to better inform and inspire America about the many ways that Hoover’s heroic service to the nation bettered their lives. It is hoped that this effort may also serve as an inspiration to the next generation of young people looking to make their mark upon the world. For the first time ever The Red Bull Air Race Demo will come to Damman on the March 21st-23rd, showcasing the Red Bull Air Race World Championship bringing all the excitement and action of the air racing competition. Two of the Challenger Class Pilots will demonstrate the skills and precision featured in the competition, as they take on a unique racetrack against the clock. Guided by live commentary, spectators in Dammam will witness the pilots flying their raceplanes at high speed through the iconic Air Gates. Next week’s Airborne schedule will be preempted so that we may bring you the 2019 AEA Convention and Trade Show... LIVE. Starting Monday, March 25th at 8:15am PDT, ANN will webcast the AEA Opening Sessions and the ENTIRE New Product Introduction program... where anything that is expected to be REALLY important for the next year is likely to be discussed and displayed. This show will go until the end of the NPIs - usually 12pm. We resume Tuesday, March 26th from 1:00pm-4:00pm PDT, with the better part of a dozen live interviews with the primary newsmakers of AEA 2019, and follow that up the next day, Wednesday, March 27th from 11:30am-2:30pm PDT, with even more. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Vallair Partners With Contrail On CFM56-7B Engine Deals

Will Tear Down And Part Out Three Of The Powerplants Vallair, a company specializing in mature aircraft and engine assets, has partnered with like-minded Contrail Aviation Support LLC, a commercial aircraft trading, leasing and parts solutions provider, in a deal for three CFM56-7B engines.
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