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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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NTSB Blames Drone Operator In Collision

The operator of a drone that collided with a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter in September didn?t see the aircraft because he was flying the drone beyond visual range, the NTSB said on Thursday. The operator also lacked adequate knowledge of the regulations and safe operating practices for drone flying, the safety board said. The operator did not hold an FAA remote pilot certificate. Also this week, the FAA?s rule requiring owners to register small drones was reinstated.


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NASA X-Plane Battery Passes Tests

NASA says its engineers reached a major milestone this week, successfully testing the battery system that will power the all-electric X-plane expected to take flight next year. ?This was an extremely critical milestone for the overall project,? said Tom Rigney, project manager for the X-57 Maxwell. ?Without a safe battery system, we wouldn?t be able to execute our objectives. This test truly ensures a safe environment for the pilot and the test program.?


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ERAU Expands Aviation Research

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has received a $1 million federal grant to establish a new aviation and engineering research center in Florida, the school announced this week. The money will help to build the Applied Aviation and Engineering Research Hangar, in Volusia County. The hangar will serve as the new home for ERAU?s Eagle Flight Research Center, a hub for engineering research and development, in operation since 1998.


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Dassault Cancels 5X Program

Faced with continuing delays in the development of the new Silvercrest jet engine from Safran, Dassault Aviation said on Wednesday the Falcon 5X program is cancelled. It will be replaced by a new Falcon jet with the same cross section, powered by engines from Pratt & Whitney Canada, with first deliveries in 2022. ?There is still a strong market need for a brand-new long-range aircraft with a very large cabin,? said Eric Trappier, CEO of Dassault Aviation.


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No Fatalities In Canadian Airliner Crash

There have been no reported fatalities in the crash of a regional airliner in northern Saskatchewan in Canada on Wednesday.


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Blue Origin Test-Flies Crew Capsule

Blue Origin, the company funded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos that?s working to develop sub-orbital space tourism, successfully launched a rocket from a west Texas site on Tuesday. The 60-foot-tall rocket carried crew capsule 2.0 on its first flight, to an altitude of about 322,000 feet, or 61 miles, in about two and a half minutes. The capsule then separated from the rocket for a few minutes of free fall, and then returned to the surface under three canopies.


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FlightSafety’s PC-24 Simulator Approved

Only a week after the FAA and EASA issued type certificate approvals for the Pilatus PC-24, FlightSafety has received FAA interim approval for its FS1000 Level C simulator for the new ?super versatile jet.?


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FAA Addresses FBO Concerns

The FAA has responded to recent complaints from AOPA and others about rising costs and limited access at some FBOs at public-use airports, issuing a document that aims to clarify the issues. The six-page Q&A spells out the various obligations of the FAA, the airport sponsors, the FBO and aeronautical users. ?This is an important, welcome and significant first step,? AOPA general counsel Ken Mead told AVweb on Tuesday.


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Pilot Pleads Guilty To Intentional Ditching

A Texas pilot has admitted to intentionally ditching his recently purchased Beech Baron in the Gulf of Mexico for the insurance money.


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Air Force Shuts Down Talk Of Enlisted Aviators

The aviation world was atwitter last week with the news that the U.S. Air Force had selected five recent enlistees to participate in a study on alternative pilot training techniques. The Air Force, however, confirms that they have no plans to put enlisted personnel in the pilot?s seat.


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Australia Liberalizing Medical Certification

Following a path similar to the FAA's BasicMed, Australian pilots without paying passengers will now have the option of a Basic Class 2 medical, which can be issued by a general practitioner. Pilots will be limited to day VFR conditions, in piston airplanes, with up to five non-fare-paying passengers.


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Crash Pilot Not Properly Licensed

The pilot who died along with his four passengers in the crash of a Beech Baron on the Caribbean island of St. Croix last week apparently didn?t have the multi-engine rating or night experience that would have been minimum requirements for the flight.


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Air Force To Try Enlisted Pilots

After looking to the airlines, the recently retired and just about anywhere else it could to fill a growing shortage of pilots, the Air Force is now looking to its own ranks, its enlisted ranks, to fill the void.


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Short Final

We were in a long holding pattern at STL on a typical bad day there. Approach Control gave a direct clearance to another aircraft and canceled his hold ? Pilot: "Roger, cleared direct; you read my mind.? ? Anonymous voice: "It was a short book.?? Tom Wilson


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Boeing Eyes 767 Production Boost

Rather than plunge into the development of two new clean-sheet designs, it now seems like Boeing is going to spend a few years concentrating on the tried and true.


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AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration." With registration coming back, AMA has summarized a few issues of immediate concern and the questions that are being raised... Q: If I already registered, do I have register again? A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case. AMA will share more as details emerge... The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) has announced that the company’s founder, Justin Haggerty, will take a full-time role as President & CEO this December, after recently transitioning from the US Army. The change comes at a great moment when IDRA is growing the 2018 season from 14 races to 27, partnering with major events and venues. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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AMA Drone Report 12.07.17: AMA Supports GoFly, ALPA v UAS, EU Drone Regs

Also: Drones Hunt Pythons, MI State Regs, Thanksgiving Drone Flying, Drone Collision Report A little outside our normal coverage responsibilities, nonetheless, we’re intrigued by AMA’s newest agreement... AMA has partnered with Boeing to support GoFly, an incentive competition that encourages innovators to create a safe and easy-to-use personal flying device. “AMA is excited to partner with GoFly in support of this creative initiative,” said Dave Mathewson, AMA executive director. “AMA has always supported advancements in aviation technology, and we look forward to witnessing the success of the GoFly program.” Following the release of an FAA directed study showing that UAS may damage aircraft more than bird strikes during collisions, Capt. Tim Canoll, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l renewed the union's call for Congress to give the FAA the authority to regulate hobby drones. Mind you, the narrative adopts invokes is not altogether correct nor firmly verified and is obviously designed to appease the airline community... The drone regulatory attacks continue. The Transport Committee of the European Parliament has agreed to draft drone regulations that would make sweeping changes in how small unmanned aircraft are regulated on the continent. Under the agreement reached recently, drones that are classified as "dangerous" would have to be registered with the EU. A "dangerous" drone would be defined as one that could cause significant harm to people by impacting them, or one that presents a risk to privacy, security or the environment. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 12.12.17: ERAU Storm Chaser, USMC Drone Insignia, Malawian UAV

Also: NLR Signs Agreement, QinetiQ, Big Bend Community College, 2nd Annual UAS Conference, Tigershark UAS Kicking off a series of tests for its capstone project, the UAV Storm Chaser team at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University completed its first Remote Controlled (RC) flight of a UAV on Nov. 17. Considered a “huge success,” the RC fight was used to demonstrate “all of the communication components of the UAV linking together properly, to calibrate the motors and motor controller, to get flight time, and to go through the process of setting up all of the parameters in mission planner.” The UAV Storm Chaser team is one of five teams within Embry-Riddle’s Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering (ECSSE) Capstone Class, which is a two-semester class that provides students in their final year with project experience that mirrors what they will experience in their respective fields of work. The status of military drone operators is about to be upgraded... The U.S Marine Corps has authorized a Drone Operator insignia that can be affixed to the uniforms of enlisted operators. The approval was one of several published by the service in late November. It is part of a DOD effort intended to recognize the growing importance of the new community. Virginia Tech and Malawian teams have used a fully autonomous UAS to conduct tests at the UNICEF drone testing corridor in Kasungu, Malawi, which opened back in July. Virginia Tech says that “the flights by a fully autonomous aircraft designed in mechanical engineering’s Unmanned Systems Lab set several records in Malawi,” including the longest cross-country UAS flight, the first flight of an aircraft created by Malawians, and the first delivery of a payload from a health clinic. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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AMA Drone Report 12.14.17: Drone Registry, AMA Q&A, New IDRA Boss

Also: LAFD Drones, Toys For Tots FPV, Modular Racing Drone, Community College Drone Program President Donald Trump has signed the Defense Authorization Bill that includes a reinstatement of the FAA's drone registry that was invalidated by a federal judge in May. The language was included in the $700 billion National Defense Authorization Act. The FAA released a statement, supportive of the language in the bill. "We welcome the reinstatement of registration rules for all small unmanned aircraft," the FAA said. "Ownership identification helps promote safe and responsible drone operation and is a key component to full integration." With registration coming back, AMA has summarized a few issues of immediate concern and the questions that are being raised... Q: If I already registered, do I have register again? A: You will not have to register again since this bill simply reverses the John Taylor case. AMA will share more as details emerge... The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) has announced that the company’s founder, Justin Haggerty, will take a full-time role as President & CEO this December, after recently transitioning from the US Army. The change comes at a great moment when IDRA is growing the 2018 season from 14 races to 27, partnering with major events and venues. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Soyuz Carrying Expedition 53 Crew Lands In Kazakhstan

Next Crew To Arrive At ISS On December 19 The Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft has delivered Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos safely back to Earth near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.
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Canadian Government Opens Competition To Replace Canada's Fighter Aircraft

Promises An Open And Transparent Process Acquiring the aircraft that Canada's military needs to help ensure the safety and security of Canadians, while ensuring economic benefits for Canada, is a top priority for the Government of Canada. The government is delivering on its promise to hold an open and transparent competition to permanently replace Canada's fighter fleet.
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Santa Monica Airport Runway Closed For Shortening

Project Expected To Take Some 10 Days To Complete The Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) runway has been closed for the project to shorten the single landing strip from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet under an agreement reached last year between the FAA and the city. The project is expected to cost the city's taxpayers some $3.5 million.
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NTSB Faults Drone Pilot For Collision With Helicopter

Drone Was Being Flown Recreationally Beyond Visual Line Of Sight The NTSB has released an aviation incident final report from a collision between a U.S. Army UH-60M helicopter and a Phantom 4 drone. According to the report, the helo was operating under visual flight rules within Class G airspace about 300 ft above mean sea level (msl) when it collided with a privately owned and operated DJI Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). The helicopter sustained minor damage and landed uneventfully; the sUAS was destroyed.
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NASA Awards Contract for Safety, Mission Assurance Support

A-P-T Research Of Huntsville To Conduct The Work NASA has awarded the Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services III (SMASS III) contract to A-P-T Research, Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama, for a broad range of services at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and various sites supported by Kennedy’s programs and projects.
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Bell Helicopter Delivers Four Bell 412EPs To Argentina

Will Fly SAR, Humanitarian Relief And Disaster Relief Missions The government of Argentina has taken delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters. The aircraft will be used for search and rescue operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, peacekeeping support, scientific operations in the Antarctic, and other missions.
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American Robotics Unveils UAS Platform For Precision Farming

Self-Charging, Self-Managing Platform Can Conduct Autonomous Missions Industrial UAS developer American Robotics has unveiled its flagship product, Scout, which is a self-charging, self-managing UAS platform capable of autonomously conducting daily scouting missions in the field of precision farming.
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Italy Orders An Additional Eight AW139 Helicopters

Will Strengthen Rescue And Border Patrol Services in Italy The government of Italy has placed an order for an additional eight AW139 intermediate twin engine helicopter for public service and security operations in Italy, with contracts for eight aircraft valued at approximately $131 million.
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FAA: Pilot In St.Croix Accident Not Multi-Engine Rated

Five Fatally Injured When The Airplane Went Down The pilot who operated the plane that went down at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport last Thursday night, resulting in the fatal injury of all five occupants including a member of the Stylee Band, was not rated to fly multi-engine aircraft such as the one he operated that night, according to FAA records obtained by The Virgin Islands Consortium. Pilot David Richardson held only a single-engine airplane rating, according to the agency.
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Modular Racing Drone Designed For Beginners

But It Will Top Out At About 100 MPH Drone racing is fun and exciting for both the spectators and the pilots. But that latter group also can face a lot of expense when it comes to their hobby. Racing drones, and the associated equipment needed to participate, can be pretty spendy, particularly in a sport where crashes and damage are expected.
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Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport Is Under New Ownership

New Owner Says The Airfield Will Remain Open For The Foreseeable Future A real estate developer has reportedly purchased the Stroudsburg-Pocono Airport (N53), but the new owner says that the airfield will remain open "for the foreseeable future."
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