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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
FAA 20-Year Forecast Predicts Gradual Decline In Light GA

Piston-single fleet size and hours flown are expected to decrease roughly 0.8% annually over the next 20 years, says the FAA in its annual Aerospace Forecast. The Aerospace Forecast predicts that general aviation hours flown for all aircraft types will grow slowly, possibly eclipsing 2007 levels by the end of the next decade, with the overwhelming majority of that growth in the fixed-wing turbine sector. Rotorcraft, LSA and experimental usage are forecast to grow modestly over that time period.
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NTSB Finds Elevator Malfunction In Michigan Overrun

NTSB investigators have found that the right elevator was jammed on the chartered Ameristar Boeing MD-83 that ran off the runway on March 8 at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the Michigan men's basketball team, the Wolverines, on board. In an update released on Tuesday, the safety board said their post-accident examination revealed that movement of the control column in the cockpit appeared normal -- the control columns were free to move, and the elevator control tabs moved as commanded.
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NASA Confirms Biofuels Cut Jet Pollution

Using a biofuel mix to power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent compared to conventional fuels, according to a recent NASA study. The new research results, which were published in the scientific journal Nature last week, were derived from a test series using a DC-8 flying at altitudes up to 40,000 feet while its four engines burned a 50-50 blend of aviation fuel and a renewable fuel produced from camelina plant oil.
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B-29 'Doc' To Fly At Oshkosh, And More

Fans of the restored B-29 "Doc," which flew last July after 16 years of effort by scores of volunteers in Wichita, have long yearned for the chance to see the airplane fly at EAA AirVenture, hopefully in formation with the only other flying B-29, the CAF's FiFi. Doc's Friends aren't saying yet if that historic meet-up will happen, but they do plan to fly at Oshkosh, July 24-30. Three more stops are planned, with more to come.
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Aviation Advocates Press Case Against Privatizing ATC

Sixteen general aviation advocacy groups joined forces on Tuesday to express their concerns to leaders in the House and Senate about efforts to privatize air traffic control. The organizations cited a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system. "The general aviation community has very real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees," the letter states.
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Textron Starts Longitude Production

Cessna has started assembly-line production of its Cessna Citation Longitude, in Wichita, Textron said on Monday in a news release. Also, the third jet in the flight-test program has completed its first flight. It will be used mainly to develop avionics and systems, as well as to collect flight-simulator data. The first aircraft flew in October, and the second in November, and two more will join the test program soon. So far the two aircraft have completed 125 flights, logging more than 250 hours.
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NTSB: FAA Shares Blame In Fatal Crash

The FAA's decision to issue a Part 135 certificate to a charter operator in Alaska, despite the pilot's history of accidents, incidents, re-examinations and checkride failures, was a factor that contributed to a 2014 accident that seriously injured all four on board, according the NTSB's final report, which was released this month. One passenger died from his injuries about five weeks after the crash. Despite concerns voiced by numerous FAA personnel during the certification process, the NTSB said, the FAA issued the certificate to the pilot in 2012.
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Ann Arbor Ghost 172 Crashes In Ontario

Authorities on both sides of the border are investigating the apparent ghost plane crash of a Michigan-based Cessna 172 in a remote area of Northern Ontario. According to the Wawa News (Wawa is about midway between Sault St. Marie and Thunder Bay, Ontario, just north of Lake Superior) the plane crashed about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday 60 miles east of Wawa and there was no sign of a pilot.
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'Balloonatic' Assessed $26,500

A man who rode a lawn chair suspended by 100 large helium balloons into the approaches of Calgary International Airport in a 2015 publicity stunt was described as "unconscionably stupid" by a judge who assessed $26,500 CAD in financial penalties but no jail time. Daniel Boria, 27, of Calgary, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of an aircraft last December and was before Judge Bruce Fraser for sentencing and a tongue lashing on Friday.
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Short Final

Regional Approach: Citation 123, please give a cloud description on your descent ...Citation 123: They're white ... Regional Approach: ... Citation 123: Just kidding. Tops were jagged 5,000 down to 4,500 ... Regional Approach: I literally had nothing to say to that.
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Wake Turbulence Writes Off Challenger Bizjet

The Aviation Herald is reporting that the European Aviation Safety Agency is about to issue a safety information bulletin about high altitude wake turbulence after a Challenger 604 business jet was written off after flying 1,000 feet below an A380.
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School Aircraft Collide, One Dead

Officials at a Montreal flight school say they are at a loss to explain how two Chinese students flying school-owned Cessna 152s collided above a busy shopping mall and crashed on Friday, killing one of the students and severely injuring the other. One of the aircraft went through the roof of the mall; the other crumpled in the parking lot and the pilot flying died at the scene.
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Icon A5 Inches Toward Serial Production

The last remaining tools and equipment are being installed at Icon Aircraft's composite production facility in Mexico, and the company says the factory is scheduled to be fully completed in April, with the first set of parts sent to the Vacaville, California, assembly line in June. The carbon fiber parts for the Icon A5 were originally to have been built by Cirrus Design in North Dakota, but Icon has since decided to manufacture all the key airframe parts internally.
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Budget Includes ATC Privatization

President Donald Trump's new budget includes privatization of air traffic control. The document tabled Thursday in Washington contains an outright endorsement of privatization as a move that "would benefit the flying public and taxpayers overall."
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Mitsubishi Regional Jet Struggles To Join Siblings In Washington

A fourth Mitsubishi MRJ90 test aircraft, JA23MJ, scheduled to fly from Honolulu International to the continental United States and join its siblings undergoing certification testing at Moses Lake, Washington, had to return to the airport shortly after departure on Thursday morning. The reason for the diversion is inaudible in publicly available ATC recordings, but the pilots requested to stop climb at 9,000 and return to the field. The first MRJ90 to come to the U.S. for testing in the summer of 2016 had to turn back on its first attempt after having issues with an air conditioning system.
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News from Aero-News Network
Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons to operate, maintain, and deploy the UAV. The UAV will be operated by a team that is compiled of UAV Pilots, Air Imagery Intelligence Experts and Air Force Engineers. The Heron 1 UAV, which Singapore received in 2012, will provide Singapore’s Armed Forces with stronger situational awareness and enhanced mission effectiveness on the battlefield. The UAV is capable of performing a plethora of missions thanks to a multi-mission sensor installed upon it. Regular Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations saw significant advancement, recently, as Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin CDL Systems completed their first BVLOS pipeline, well site and power line inspections using the Transport Canada Compliant Lockheed Martin Indago 2 at the Foremost Testing Range. At their UAV Testing Facility in Foremost, Alberta, Canadian UAVs successfully performed multiple BVLOS operations to inspect several pipelines, wellheads and powerlines. The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III. The C-17 was on loan from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and was the first time they flew a small UAS on the flightline and the second time the CTF has used a sUAS in a new application. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The apparent support for privatizing Air Traffic Control in the FY2018 budget has brought strong reaction from both sides of the issue. Writing in The Hill, former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller, now a consultant on aviation issues, says that spinning off ATC to a private, non-profit entity could considerably slow the implementation of Nextgen. Rumor has it that ANN’s Jim Campbell is already cashing in his piggy bank for this one... A Harrier GR3 Jump Jet has been restored in the U.K. and is being offered for sale by Jet Art Aviation. The company calls the aircraft (XZ130) a "very complete" jump jet that first flew in 1976 and operated with several squadrons. The aircraft served in the Falklands war in 1982 before returning to England and becoming an instructional aircraft. It last flew for the RAF in 1990, and has a total of 3,336 hours on the airframe. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 03.21.17: Longmont NIMBYs, Lost Orbiter, Airline Transparency

Also: VIP TFR Relief, Aero-Calendar, ACC CoC, C17 Drone Inspection, Flamingo Air, TSA Shame, NBAA Scholarships One of the most persistent, if not outright obnoxious, anti-airport NIMBY fights just won’t go away... even after numerous legal defeats and many thousands of dollars of losses. Members of the group Citizens for Quiet Skies in Boulder County, CO are not giving up in their quest to force Mile-Hi Skydiving to stop flying near their homes. In 2015, a Boulder District Court Judge denied every claim brought in a lawsuit by the group, which contends that Mile-Hi Skydiving owner Frank Casares is a nuisance, and negligent in the way he runs the business. The group says the company's airplanes are "unusually loud" when flying over their homes. Judge Judith LaBuda disagreed, and told all parties they should "move on" from the matter, but instead, CQS took the case to the Colorado Court of Appeals, where they were also rebuffed. A new application of interplanetary radar, pioneered by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, have successfully located spacecraft orbiting the moon -- one active, and one dormant. "We have been able to detect NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter [LRO] and the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit with ground-based radar," said Marina Brozovic, a radar scientist at JPL and principal investigator for the test project. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) has introduced the "Know Before You Fly Act" ... legislation he says is aimed at boosting consumer protections for air travelers. Larsen, the ranking Democrat on the House Transportation Committee's Aviation Subcommittee, introduced H.R. 1420 with Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR). All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The apparent support for privatizing Air Traffic Control in the FY2018 budget has brought strong reaction from both sides of the issue. Writing in The Hill, former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller, now a consultant on aviation issues, says that spinning off ATC to a private, non-profit entity could considerably slow the implementation of Nextgen. Rumor has it that ANN’s Jim Campbell is already cashing in his piggy bank for this one... A Harrier GR3 Jump Jet has been restored in the U.K. and is being offered for sale by Jet Art Aviation. The company calls the aircraft (XZ130) a "very complete" jump jet that first flew in 1976 and operated with several squadrons. The aircraft served in the Falklands war in 1982 before returning to England and becoming an instructional aircraft. It last flew for the RAF in 1990, and has a total of 3,336 hours on the airframe. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Rotax To Offer Public Information Sessions At Sun 'N Fun

Workshops Targeted To Those Who Want To Learn More About The Engines During the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In & Expo 2017 in Florida, the Rotax Flying and Safety Club (RFSC) and BRP-Rotax are offering information sessions conducted by experienced RFSC instructors at the 2017 Sun ‘n Fun free of charge.
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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-06-01 PRODUCT: All Boeing Model 737-500 series airplanes.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.17)

FAA Office of Policy, International Affairs and Environment The Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment (APL) leads FAA's efforts to increase the safety and capacity of the global aerospace system in an environmentally sound manner.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.17): Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes

The term “ATS Route” is a generic term that includes “VOR Federal airways,” “colored Federal airways,” “jet routes,” and “RNAV routes.”
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.23.17)

"With President Trump’s signature on the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, we put America back on a path to being a global leader in space. " Source: House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX).
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ANN FAQ: View Aero-News YOUR Way ... The 'Headlines And Teasers' Option

Choose How YOU Want To View Your Aero News: Headlines And Teasers We're all pretty excited about the new website design here at ANN, but we HAVE heard from some of you that you liked the way that content was displayed on the old site. We hear you, and before you chuck your bitgrinder out a 5th story window, you should know that there are several ways that you can view your Aero-Content.
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Boeing Seeks PA State Grant For Aircraft Modification Center

Would Be Used To Standardize V-22 Osprey Aircraft Boeing has applied for a $30 million state redevelopment grant from the state of Pennsylvania to convert a vacant industrial building at its Ridley Park campus into an aircraft modification facility.
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First 'Anti-Drone' Race To Be Held In December

Participants Will Try To Take Down As Many Competitors Drones As Possible To incorporate drones in our lives in a good and safe way, we need anti-drone instruments. On 4 December the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will therefore host the first ever anti-drone competition DroneClash. During this competition, participants use their own drone(s) to take down as many other drones as possible. They also need to avoid a whole series of anti-drone interventions. Teams who wish to take part in the competition can register from this week.
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Embraer Legacy 450 Sets Speed Records Between California And Hawaii

NAA Confirms Records Set On Both Outbound And Return Flights Embraer’s Legacy 450 mid-light business jet set speed records on its recent flights between California and Hawaii, according to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA). The Hawaii trip was a first for both the aircraft and the passengers from Calgary-based AirSprint, which operates Canada’s largest fractional aircraft fleet and was the Canadian launch customer for the Legacy 450.
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Amazon Makes First U.S. Drone Package Delivery

Carries Sunscreen To Participants In The MARS2017 Conference In CA The first package delivery by Amazon Prime in the U.S. was a box of sunscreen for participants in the MARS2017 conference in Palm Springs, CA.
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ADS-B Systems Will Soon Account For Over 75% of Global Flight Tracking System

Future Market Insights Predicts Substantial Growth During Through 2026 The need for improving surveillance abilities of airport facilities in the world has triggered the growth in adoption of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) flight tracking systems.
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