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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
Delta Defends Pilot Who Hit Passenger

A Delta Airlines pilot is back at work after he belted one of two brawling passengers in a jetway after the aircraft landed. A video obtained by TMZ shows the pilot smacking one of the women, who started tussling while disembarking.
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Evolution Adds Two More PT6 Options

Evolution Aircraft Company, maker of the high-end Evolution Turbine and Evolution Piston kit planes, is adding two more versions of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6 turboprop to its pressurized single-engine lineup. The Evolution airplanes were previously part of the Lancair brand of experimental aircraft, but Kevin Eldredge, president of Evolution Aircraft Company, sold the Lancair assets to a father-son pair in Texas to focus on the Evolution series aircraft last summer.
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B-52 Probably Ingested Birds In Four Engines

The Air Force crew of MACHO 11 can now top Sully's two-engine bird ingestion. The Air Force B-52 that crashed when departing from Andersen Air Force Base last May experienced indications consistent with failure of all four starboard engines due to bird ingestion. The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is an eight-engine, turbojet-powered strategic bomber. The aircraft commander told investigators that he saw birds at wing level, felt or heard "thuds," and "observed engine indications for numbers 5, 6, and 7 'quickly spooling back' from the required takeoff setting" with high oil pressure on engine 8.
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Former Pilot Headed For Jail

A federal judge in Los Angeles accepted the plea bargain of Arnold ("Arnie") Gerald Leto III on Monday, sentencing him to 10 months in jail for flying paying passengers without a pilot's certificate--at least one flight in a Dassault Falcon 10 and at least one flight in a Cessna Citation II. Leto lost his certificate in early 2016 for flying paying passengers in the Cessna Citation II without possessing the required type rating and without a second pilot--as is required by that aircraft's type certificate.
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Langford: Uber Vision 'Doable'

Uber drew lots of attention this week with their three-day Elevate conference about how to create an urban network of flying taxis by 2020, but as ambitious as their goals are, John Langford, the CEO of Aurora Flight Sciences, says they are "doable." The vision won't come to pass, though, he told AVweb in an interview from the conference, unless there's a deadline. "It's a little bit like going to Mars -- it's certainly possible, but it's always 20 years away," he said.
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Southwest Pilots Push Flag Of Convenience Law

Four members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced a bill to prevent foreign air carriers who are operating under a flag of convenience from receiving a U.S. Foreign Carrier Permit to operate in the United States. The bill has strong backing from the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association (SWAPA): "We look forward to competing in the international marketplace but will not stand by and watch foreign competitors decimate our industry through flags of convenience schemes or unfair government subsidies." Representatives Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and Drew Ferguson, R-Ga., are the bill's initial sponsors.
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United Quickly Settles With Dragged Passenger

United Airlines has reached a settlement with Dr. David Dao, the bumped passenger who was dragged off a Republic Airlines regional flight (operating as United) after having his nose broken and losing two teeth in the process. The cellphone video of the incident and subsequent backlash has focused discussion on how everyone behaves in the aluminum tubes and likely made the doctor from Louisville, who was trying to get home from Chicago on April 9, a wealthy man.
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Chino Air Show Is On

The group of airport tenants who had filed an injunction to stop the Planes of Fame Chino Air Show from taking place in 2017 have withdrawn their request, according to Yanks Air Museum, one of the plaintiffs. The director of Yanks Air Museum, Christen Wright, in a press release said, "We do not want others to be harmed, as we have been every year, by the unfair actions of Planes of Fame. We decided to drop the preliminary injunction for the sake of attendees and vendors." Steve Hinton, well-known air racer and Planes of Fame president, had promised prospective attendees their money would be refunded if an injunction shut down the event.
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Saxena Out At Mooney

Vivek Saxena has stepped down as CEO of Mooney International Corporation after less than a year in the top job, according to AOPA, citing an email to employees, and confirmed by AVweb. Saxena joined Mooney in August of 2016, replacing Jerry Chen, who had been appointed as interim CEO by Soaring America Corporation, the Chinese-backed investment group that recapitalized Mooney to restart production of the M20. Albert Li, Mooney's CFO, will reportedly serve as executive director until a new CEO can be appointed.
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NTSB Cites "Company Culture" In Fatal Crash

Nine people were killed when a de Havilland DHC-3 Otter hit a mountain in Alaska in June 2015, and on Tuesday the NTSB said the pilot had a history of making bad decisions. "Lives depended on the pilot's decision making," said NTSB Acting Chairman Robert Sumwalt. "Pilot decisions are informed, for better or worse, by their company's culture. This company allowed competitive pressure to overwhelm the common-sense needs of passenger safety in its operations. That's the climate in which the accident pilot worked."
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King Air Sales Down

Beechcraft's King Air twin turboprop has long been popular, with more than 3,000 built since the 1960s, but that doesn't make it invulnerable to market forces -- and a weak international market has driven down deliveries in the first quarter of this year to just 12, compared to 26 in the same period last year, the company reported last week. CEO Scott Donnelly said he expects those numbers to improve by the end of the year, and end up about the same as last year, when the company sold 106 King Airs.
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Uber Summit Sets Serious Course

The whole idea of flying cars has come to symbolize the imagined future that never arrives, but Uber's Elevate Summit on Tuesday made clear that aviation's serious players are serious about this technology, and it's coming soon, and it's going to be game-changing. "This industry is going to be successful faster than anyone thinks there is nothing like the passion that is unleashed on this," said Pat Romano, CEO of Chargepoint, a company that provides charging stations for electric cars -- which are now being adapted to power up electric aircraft.
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FAA Graphical Weather Forecasts Now Live

The National Weather Service is now providing a new product, Graphical Forecasts for Aviation, which is intended to provide a complete picture of the weather that may impact flight in the continental U.S. The webpage, which is built with modern geospatial information tools, includes observational data, forecasts and warnings that can be viewed from 14 hours in the past to 15 hours in the future.
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Kitty Hawk Unveils Flying-Car Prototype

A new vehicle revealed on Monday by Kitty Hawk Corp., the aircraft company led by CEO Sebastian Thrun, takes off and lands on water and qualifies for sale as an ultralight, the company said. "Your flying dreams will never be the same," says the company website. "The Kitty Hawk Flyer is a new, all-electric aircraft. It is safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations," says the company website.
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BasicMed Checklist, Video Now Online

New medical rules for pilots, known as BasicMed, take effect May 1, but starting today, pilots can start to prepare for the new requirements. Forms and checklists for both pilots and doctors are posted online at the FAA website. The FAA also has compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and said the Medical Self-Assessment course developed by AOPA (and available free online for anyone) can be used to fulfill its requirement to complete a medical education course every two years.
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News from Aero-News Network
ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.29.17)

Beechcraft Heritage Museum The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is a distinctly original one-of-a-kind, “living and working” aviation museum that traces the lineage of the Beechcraft family of airplanes.
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AMA Drone Report 04.27.17: Kitty Hawk Flyer, College Drones, DJI VR Goggles

Also: Airborne at XPONENTIAL, AMA On Mil-Airspace, Canadian Drones, AMA Legislative Efforts With an appearance not all that different than many of the multi-copters we’re all flying these days, Google’s Larry Page, has entered the aviation arena with a personal flying machine that is supposed to operate in the 'ultralight' category. The 'Kitty Hawk Flyer' is an all-electric aircraft. Page's effort claims the aircraft to be "safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes. We publicly revealed the working prototype in April 2017. The official Flyer will be available by the end of the year." Racing is all the rage among the drone community, of late... and collegiate drone flyers are no exception. The Purdue Drone Club hosted the first ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship on April 15th, 2017. A landmark in collegiate drone racing, the sport of drone racing is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, airing its first professional season on ESPN this past year. Dronemaker DJI has released more details about its soon-to-be-available first person VR goggles which have been in development for a year or so. The DJI Goggles place a pair of 1920X1080 screens in front of the wearer's eyes, providing an immersive experience for the user. The goggles display what the drone's camera sees, so it's a bit like you're actually flying on the aircraft. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 04.25.17: UAS Broadcast, College Drone Racing, XPO17 LIVE!

Also: Aeryon Labs, Northrop Grumman, XTAR Connectivity, Bowling Green Drones The broadcast platforms of tomorrow may well be unmanned... and 360 Designs has just introduced the Flying EYE -- designed to be a virtual reality (VR), live-streaming UAV. 360 Designs claims the vehicle is the world's first broadcast quality, live streaming VR drone -- offering as much as 6K resolution, as well as the ability to broadcast 360 video to YouTube, Facebook, ground receivers, a custom app and other venues. The competitive landscape for the drone community is growing larger by the day... and the most recent iteration involves the collegiate community in a new generation of UAS racing contents. The Purdue Drone Club hosted the first ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship on April 15th, 2017. A landmark in collegiate drone racing, the sport of drone racing is currently one of the fastest growing sports in the nation, airing its first professional season on ESPN this past year. Northrop Grumman opened their new Grand Sky Unmanned Aerial Systems Business and Aviation Park, that will be dedicated to the development of autonomous systems and other capabilities. The facility is 36,000-square feet, located near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Don’t forget... Airborne-Unmanned and the Aero-News Network will be bringing you LIVE Interviews from the floor of XPONENTIAL 2017 on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, April 9th and 10th. Full broadcast schedules will be announced next week and posted to www.airborne-live.net... We look forward to seeing you all there! All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne 04.28.17: Perlan Mission II, DJI VR Goggles, Pilot... NOT!

Also: American Airlines, Airborne-NextGen, Biofuel, ATR 72-600, Gogo, Drone Drive, L3 Aviation Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider to the edge of space to collect insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week. Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi achieved its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet. Perlan 2 will spend spring soaring in mountain wave conditions in the skies above the Sierra Nevada, before deploying in May to Argentina. “This past year our team gained invaluable insight and experience from flying the glider in and around the Andes Mountains,” said Ed Warnock, CEO of The Perlan Project. Dronemaker DJI has released more details about its soon-to-be-available first person VR goggles which have been in development for a year or so. Engadget reports that the DJI Goggles place a pair of 1920X1080 screens in front of the wearer's eyes, providing an immersive experience for the user. The goggles display what the drone's camera sees, so it's a bit like you're actually flying on the aircraft. An Irvine, CA man who admitted that he illegally piloted private jets with passengers onboard without having a valid pilot’s license has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison. Arnold Gerald Leto III, 37, was sentenced by United States District Judge Dale S. Fischer, who also ordered the defendant to pay a $5,500 fine. Leto pleaded guilty in October to two counts of operating an aircraft without a valid airman’s certificate. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AUVSI and Aero-News Announce Live Webcast Schedules for XPONENTIAL 2017

The World's Greatest Gathering Of 'All Things Unmanned' Will Get Expert Live Coverage! The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and their "Airborne-Unmanned" production partner, Aero-News Network (ANN), have announced the schedule for their LIVE interview program series for XPONENTIAL 2017, set for May 8-11 in Dallas, TX. The broadcast will be conducted, shared, and viewed as a live webcast as well as archived for future viewing and use. "Aero-News is tremendously excited about XPONENTIAL. Working with AUVSI on our "Airborne-Unmanned" programs has been incredibly rewarding, and the live coverage we're planning should be a game-changer for one of the most exciting industry's we've ever covered," noted ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell. Following extensive coverage and archiving of the opening day's festivities, the Airborne/ANN crew will conduct multi-hour LIVE interview programs on May 9th between 1200 and 1500 CDT, and 1000-1300 CDT on May 10th. Each session will consist of over a dozen 10-15 minute interviews with the best and brightest of XPONENTIAL 2017, offered LIVE via www.airborne-live.net and also capable of being included/embedded on web pages throughout cyberspace.
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Legendary Aerobatic Pilot, Joann Osterud, Goes West

Incredibly Talented Aerobat and Role Model Passes Away at 71 We regret to note that an incredibly talented pilot and airshow legend (legitimately), Joann Osterud, passed away in March. She was 71 years old and passed away due to natural causes. A dear friend of ours, Joann was an indelible personality who became a true role model for women all over the world as she broke records, worked an airline career, and pushed boundaries for many decades... and she was an absolute delight to party with. And, boy, will we miss her...
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (04.30.17)

“This guide is the starting point for maintenance organizations, manufacturers, airlines, training providers, educational institutions, and others involved in certifying or hiring skilled technicians who maintain aircraft and their electrical and electronic systems. This industry consensus standard is the first of many that will support a more uniform approach to training and education in a field where demand for high-tech talent is growing.” Source: From a statement made by ASTM member Mike Adamson, vice president, member programs and education, Aircraft Electronics Association, in regards to a new guide that will help assess competencies of avionics professionals who work with airplane technologies and who want to gain certification as Aircraft Electronics Technicians (AETs). This is the first standard released by ASTM International’s young committee on aerospace personnel (F46). The group formed in 2015 to help meet the growing need for skilled technicians and broadly-accepted competency standards for the aviation industry.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.17)

Aero Linx: Maine Aeronautics Association (MAA) The MAA was formed to fill a void in the state of Maine by establishing itself as a centrally recognized organization. We are a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to keeping flying safe and fun. We work with our neighboring communities to provide information and educational opportunities. We promote aviation through education, advocacy, and community outreach.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.17): Special Activity Airspace (SAA)

Special Activity Airspace (SAA) Any airspace with defined dimensions within the National Airspace System wherein limitations may be imposed upon aircraft operations. This airspace may be restricted areas, prohibited areas, military operations areas, air ATC assigned airspace, and any other designated airspace areas. The dimensions of this airspace are programmed into URET and can be designated as either active or inactive by screen entry. Aircraft trajectories are constantly tested against the dimensions of active areas and alerts issued to the applicable sectors when violations are predicted.
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Blue Angels Mishap Occurs During Formation Flight with USAF Thunderbirds

Two Navy F/A-18s 'Swap Paint' But Recover and Land Safely The need for precision in any formation, much less the tolerances demonstrated by a number of the world's finest military jet demonstration teams, is unquestioned. On a highly anticipated combination formation flight series conducted with the USAF Thunderbirds, late Wednesday, two of the Blue Angels made glancing contact due to what is suspected to some unanticipated wake turbulence from the other jets. Upon recovery in Pensacola, both jets received 'minor' maintenance and were quickly returned to service. Both pilots are also back in the active roster, as well, and were part of this past weekend's performances in Beaufort, SC. The incident occurred in close proximity to Pensacola Beach, out over the water, in trail behind the USA Thunderbirds.
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ANN FAQ: Disqus

A Powerful New Tool For You To Use For Your Aero-Conversations Want to start a conversation about a story you've seen on Aero-News? It's even easier with Disqus, a powerful, web-based comment tool you can use to talk about stories on Aero-News with your friends.
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Airborne 04.27.17: HondaJet Records, More UAL Fallout, Avenger Gathering

Also: Peggy Whitson!, AUVSI 2017 Live, Air Medical Group, Canadian Airports, GLO Bankrupt, WestJet, Second T-X A HondaJet has officially secured its first speed records over two recognized courses from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. In setting the record between New Jersey and Florida, the HondaJet departed Teterboro Airport at 2:15 p.m. EST on April 9, 2016 and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 5:06 p.m. Despite average headwinds of 60 knots, the flight took two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet with the HondaJet surpassing the existing record from Teterboro to Fort Lauderdale. The HondaJet achieved a maximum ground speed of 414 knots. The leadership of the House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee has announced that it will look into the incident in which a passenger was dragged bodily off a United Airlines flight earlier this month. The hearing will focus more broadly on airline consumer issues. The purpose of the hearing, which has not yet been scheduled, is to "provide Members an opportunity to learn more about consumer issues related to the commercial airline industry," according to a statement posted on the committee website by Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and ranking Democrat Peter DeFazio (D-OR). The second TBM Avenger Gathering, planned for May 20, 2017, promises to be a bigger event than last time. Sixteen TBMs and TBFs are expected for the event in Peru, IL. Numerous other warbird crews also hope to participate, including B-25 Mitchells, P-51 Mustangs, A-1 Skyraiders, and others. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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GAMA Hosts Final Day Of Uber Elevate Summit

Uber Elevate Is An Associate Member Of The Association The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) yesterday hosted the final day of the Uber Elevate Summit in Dallas, Texas, along with the second training session about the U.S. government’s Part 23 rule rewrite for the design of small airplanes.
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Second TBM Avenger Gathering Will Exceed Last Year's

Sixteen Of The Aircraft Are Expected At The Event The second TBM Avenger Gathering, planned for May 20, 2017, promises to be a bigger event than last year, according to its organizers.
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Bombardier To Showcase Its Challenger 350 Aircraft At 2017 Milken Conference

Mock-Up Display Follows The Successful Alternative Fuel-Powered Flights Of Bombardier Learjet, Challenger And Global Demo Aircraft Attendees at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles, California will have a unique opportunity to tour the impressive full-scale mock-up of Bombardier's innovative Challenger 350 business jet. The life-size mock-up will be displayed adjacent to the conference headquarters at the Beverly Hilton Hotel from April 30 - May 3, 2017, and will showcase the industry's best-selling business jet platform of the last decade. The four-day conference will attract some 4,000 prominent business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, scientists and scholars from more than 50 countries and will feature over 600 speakers.
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