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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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AOPA Offers Midair Safety Seminars

Pilots may think that talking to ATC or using ADS-B protects them from midair collisions, but mistakes still can happen, and they can be fatal. AOPA?s Air Safety Institute is taking on the midair threat in a big way, offering in-person seminars at 48 sites across the U.S. this year. ?What we hope pilots take away from this seminar is that even if you are doing everything right, you can find yourself in a situation where you are closer in proximity to other airplanes than you realize,? said Richard McSpadden, executive director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute.


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Scholarships Available For Aviation Careers

Students of all ages who are working toward a career in aviation can find scholarships available from a wide range of sources. GAMA said last week it is now accepting applications from high school students for its Edward W. Stimpson ?Aviation Excellence? Award, named for the organization?s founder. The $2,000 award will go to a graduating high school senior who has been accepted into an aviation degree program.


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ELT Manufacturer Offers Ameri-King Solution

In 2016, the FAA terminated its certification of certain ELTs manufactured by Ameri-King, and this week, Orolia announced it has developed a new version of its Integra model that has been specially adapted and packaged to make it easy to replace the affected ELTs. The new Kannad Ameri-Fit pack is available through Aircraft Spruce, Mid-Continent and other avionics suppliers. The FAA estimated about 14,500 aircraft are affected.


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NTSB Cites ‘Adverse Feedback Loops’ In Bell Crash

The NTSB issued its final report on Tuesday following its investigation of the Bell 525 crash in July 2016 that killed two pilots during a test flight in Texas. The board cited a ?severe vibration? of the helicopter, ?which was not predicted during development,? as the probable cause of the crash. The vibration led to the crew?s inability to maintain sufficient rotor rotation speed, leading to excessive flapping of the main rotor blade. The rotor blade contacted the tail boom, leading to the in-flight breakup.


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Virgin Galactic Back In The Air

Virgin Galactic is ramping up its test-flight program in Mojave, with a goal to bring tourists to space later this year. Late last week, VSS Unity, the passenger-carrying part of Virgin?s space vehicle, completed its seventh glide flight, after a break of several months. During that downtime, Virgin?s engineers worked on testing and analysis, and made some small modifications to the vehicle, to ensure its ?readiness for the higher loads and forces of powered test flight,? according to the company blog.


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Bob Hoover Academy Adds Full-Motion Simulator

The Bob Hoover Academy, an aviation-themed nonprofit youth outreach program based in Austin, Texas, has partnered with Redbird Flight Simulations to add a full-motion flight simulator to the curriculum. ?As with any program, time in our aircraft and with our instructor is limited,? said BHA chairman and founder Sean Tucker. ?Simulation helps our students make the most of that time.?


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Discovery XL-2 Gets An Upgrade

Discovery Aviation has started production of a new version of the XL-2, a two-seat trainer first FAA-certified in 2004, the company announced last week. The IFR-certified XL-2 features a Garmin G500 dual-screen flight display, as well as DME, ADF and an option to add an autopilot. The XL-2 runs an IOF-240 engine from Teledyne Continental, with FADEC, burning 4.5 gallons per hour. The fuselage is formed from carbon fiber, with a welded steel chassis.


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Not Your Average Paper Airplane

Anyone can make a paper airplane in just a few seconds, but the meticulous paper model of a Boeing 777-300ER built by designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart took thousands of hours over nearly 10 years. "I really enjoy the sense of calm and mediation that it brings when I really get into the building process," Iaconi-Stewart told Wired recently. The details in the 1:60 scale model include all 300 seats in the cabin, rudder pedals in the cockpit and landing gear that retracts, all of it constructed from manila folders and glue.


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Radio On Wrong Frequency In Air Canada Incident

The pilot who landed an Air Canada A320 at San Francisco Airport in October after being ordered to go around told FAA investigators the radio was set to the wrong frequency.


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Third Landing Mixup At SFO

An Aeromexico Boeing 737 lined up for the wrong runway at San Francisco International Airport last week in the third landing miscue at SFO in six months.


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Airliner Veers Off Cliffside Runway

Turkish authorities say they still aren?t sure why a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 suddenly veered left at the end of its landing run and ended up hanging off the edge of a steep bank over the Black Sea late Saturday.


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Short Final

It was one of those days where the winds were very gusty, and the pattern was just a mess at ILG (Wilmington, DE). It's a training site for controllers and downwinds were being extended by miles, clearances were changing, and everything was just a bit messy. Combined with the gusts, it wasn't a fun day ? My goal was landing practice since I was new to the plane. After three unimpressive efforts I threw in the towel.I cleared the runway and the following exchange took place ? Tower: Skyhawk 65R, are you going to do another? ? Skyhawk 65R: No, I don't think so. Today's not my day ? Tower: (Very loud audible laughter in background) Yeah, that's true for a lot of us today. Taxi via H, remain this frequency ... Joshua Zide


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Hypersonic Hypotheses Getting Real

The largely hypothetical hypersonic aircraft race appears to have become a lot more real at an academic forum in Florida last week. Boeing showed off a model of what it thinks a Mach 5 aircraft might look like and a Lockheed Martin official may have let it slip that his company has already built one.


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Body Closes Honolulu Runway

Not long after a false missile strike alarm rocked Hawaii on Saturday, pilots and controllers at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at Honolulu had to deal with the closure of one of the main runways because there was a dead body on it.


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Search Ended For Animal Rescue Pilot

The U.S. Coast Guard released an official statement announcing that it was ending its search for Dr. Bill Kinsinger of Oklahoma, who disappeared over the Gulf of Mexico in his Cirrus SR22T.


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AMA Drone Report 01.11.18: Hobbico Chapter 11, New Tello Drone, Karma Killed

Also: Huerta Steps Down, NJ Considering Drone DUI, UK Drone Collision Study, Team Futaba In a bit of bad news we did not need, one of the hobby industry’s biggest players is filing for bankruptcy protection as it looks to refinance or sell the company. A major presence in the hobby drone market, Hobbico filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code while it ‘seeks an orderly finalization and implementation of its comprehensive restructuring plan.’ The petition was filed Wednesday with the United States Bankruptcy Court – Wilmington of Delaware. In conjunction, Hobbico also announced its plan to sell the company. Ryze Tech, a drone start-up, has completed development of its first intelligent toy drone called the Tello, and is officially debuting the new product at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The Tello is a hobby drone that balances fun, form and function, weighing around 2.8 ounces with a body that is approximately the size of a smartwatch. It can be activated with a quick toss and return to land in the palm of your hands in a matter of seconds. GoPro announced in its most recent earnings report that it is exiting the camera drone market after it sells off its existing drone inventory. The company is reportedly laying off between 200 and 300 people, mostly from the Karma segment of the business. The layoffs were announced in a letter from GoPro executives to employees affected by the move, which was called part of a "larger restructuring to better align our resources with business requirements." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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GAMA Accepting Scholarship Applications From High School Students

Applications Due By April 13 GAMA is now taking applications for its prestigious Edward W. Stimpson “Aviation Excellence” Award, which comes with a $2,000 cash prize.
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Airborne-Unmanned 01.09.18: GoPro Kills Karma, Solar HALE UAS, Aptiv And Lyft

Also: Aurora Flight Sciences Award, Kratos Contract, MacDill AFB, Property Drone Consortium GoPro announced in its most recent earnings report that it is exiting the camera drone market after it sells off its existing drone inventory. The company is reportedly laying off between 200 and 300 people, mostly from the Karma segment of the business. The layoffs were announced in a letter from GoPro executives to employees affected by the move, which was called part of a "larger restructuring to better align our resources with business requirements." In the earnings report, GoPro said that "Although Karma reached the #2 market position in its price band in 2017, the product faces margin challenges in an extremely competitive aerial market.... GoPro will continue to provide service and support to Karma customers." AeroVironment has formed a joint venture to develop solar-powered high-altitude long-endurance, or HALE, UAS for commercial operations. This category of UAS is also referred to as high-altitude pseudo-satellites, or HAPS. The joint venture will fund the development program up to a net maximum value of $65,011,481. This is THE week... the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 starts today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Aptiv and Lyft will partner to demonstrate a “first-of-its-kind fully automated point-to-point ride-hailing experience” known as the Aptiv-Lyft CES 2018 Automated Experience. Building off of previous CES drives performed by Aptiv, including a 6.3-mile driving loop of city streets and highways in 2017, the Aptiv-Lyft CES 2018 Automated Experience will demonstrate Aptiv's automated system and Lyft's user platform to offer rides to more than 20 destinations throughout Las Vegas. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 01.16.18: AUVSI Trusted Operator, Typhoon H Plus, Intel

Also: Drones Tracking Illegal Dumping, Arctic UAS, Airspace Situational Awareness, TrueView R20 AUVSI has announced the appointment of leading industry stakeholders to serve on a steering committee and as brand ambassadors who will develop the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for remote pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations. AUVSI launched TOP in November, to facilitate best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for operators of services provided by UAS, also known as drones. Yuneec International has announced the second generation of its proven six-rotor hex platform, Typhoon H Plus. The second generation of Typhoon H features Yuneec's all-new, larger, highly stable six rotor hex airframe. The vehicle offers a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph. Typhoon H Plus is equipped with a high aperture one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The new model also boasts an improved low-light performance compared to previous models. Remember the drone light show presented at the Super Bowl last year? Though pre-taped (an FAA TFR prevented the show from being presented live), it was pretty impressive. The show was executed by Intel Shooting Star drones, and in a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company said it has developed a variant of the swarm drone that is safe for indoor use. But unfortunately, you can't buy one. The "Shooting Star Mini" can locate itself in space without using a GPS, according to the company. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 01.16.18: AUVSI Trusted Operator, Typhoon H Plus, Intel

Also: Drones Tracking Illegal Dumping, Arctic UAS, Airspace Situational Awareness, TrueView R20 AUVSI has announced the appointment of leading industry stakeholders to serve on a steering committee and as brand ambassadors who will develop the Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for remote pilots and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training organizations. AUVSI launched TOP in November, to facilitate best practices, codes of conduct and professionalism for operators of services provided by UAS, also known as drones. Yuneec International has announced the second generation of its proven six-rotor hex platform, Typhoon H Plus. The second generation of Typhoon H features Yuneec's all-new, larger, highly stable six rotor hex airframe. The vehicle offers a 40 percent reduction in noise from previous hex models, and stable flight in winds up to 30mph. Typhoon H Plus is equipped with a high aperture one-inch sensor camera capable of 20 megapixel stills and 4K resolution video at 60fps. The new model also boasts an improved low-light performance compared to previous models. Remember the drone light show presented at the Super Bowl last year? Though pre-taped (an FAA TFR prevented the show from being presented live), it was pretty impressive. The show was executed by Intel Shooting Star drones, and in a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company said it has developed a variant of the swarm drone that is safe for indoor use. But unfortunately, you can't buy one. The "Shooting Star Mini" can locate itself in space without using a GPS, according to the company. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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ForeFlight Co-Founders Honored

To Be Presented 'Entrepreneurs Of The Year' Award On Friday ForeFlight co-founders Tyson Weihs and Jason Miller will be presented with the Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year Award during the 15th Annual Living Legends of Aviation award ceremony, an event that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation. The ceremony, hosted by John Travolta and Harrison Ford, will be held January 19, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.
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Airbus Commercial Aircraft Delivers Record Performance

Total Deliveries Reached 718 – Four Percent Higher Than The Previous Record Airbus’ Commercial Aircraft deliveries in 2017 were up for the 15th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 718 aircraft delivered to 85 customers. Deliveries were more than four percent higher than the previous record of 688 set in 2016.
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U.K. Fighter Jets Intercept Russian Bombers Approaching U.K. Airspace

Russian Aircraft Was Not In Contact With Air Traffic Control On Monday, January 15, RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Typhoon aircraft scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian planes approaching U.K. airspace. The Russian Blackjack Tupolev Tu-160 long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a hazard to all other aviation.
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Florida International University To Hold Drone Disaster Management Workshop

Material Designed For Emergency Management Personnel And UAS Professionals Florida International University in Miami, FL has opened registration for a workshop in UAS/Drone Management for Disaster Response to be held February 12-16.
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AirSpaceX Reveals Electric VTOL Aircraft At Auto Show In Detroit

Sub-Scale Model Of Potential Autonomous Air Taxi And Cargo Aircraft Displayed Airspace Experience Technologies, a subsidiary of Detroit Aircraft Corp. revealed a sub-scale model of its autonomous, electric VTOL aircraft, "MOBi-ONE," at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. MOBi-ONE is designed to autonomously takeoff like a helicopter, fly like a plane, and transport passengers or cargo between urban centers, suburbs, and airports within 60 miles. MOBi-ONE will fly at a top speed of 250 MPH leveraging existing Electric Vehicle (EV) architecture and autonomous technologies.
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Drone Delivery Canada To Expand Testing Program To The U.S.

Will Begin At New York Griffiss International Airport UAS Test Site Early This Year Drone Delivery Canada is expanding its commercial testing program to the United States at the New York Griffiss International Airport UAS Test Site, located in Rome, New York in the first quarter of this year.
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Open Door Contributes To 2015 Accident

Three Fatally Injured When Beech Bonanza Went Down In Pennsylvania The NTSB has released a probable cause report from an accident which occurred in December, 2015 that resulted in the fatal injury of a pilot and two passengers aboard an A36 Bonanza. The board said that a cabin door came open shortly after takeoff, which led to loss of control of the airplane.
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AD: Airbus Airplanes

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AD: Airbus Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2018-01-12 PRODUCT: Airbus Helicopters Model AS350B3 helicopters.
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AUVSI Holds Webinar On Drones For Government Operations

Takes Place Today At 1500 EST The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) will host a webinar on how government agencies, within and beyond the U.S. Department of Defense, are increasingly integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into their operating procedures. The webinar will take place on this afternoon at 1500 EST.
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