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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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DA62 MPP Makes Paris Debut

The special-mission variant of Diamond Aircraft?s DA62 made its debut at the Paris Air Show this week. The key structural change for the DA62 MPP is a strengthened nose assembly. While the nose section of the civilian variant of the DA62 is designed only to carry some modest passenger baggage, the DA62 MPP has been modified to support electro-optical and infrared camera turrets up to 220 pounds.


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House And Senate Set To Battle Over ATC Privatization

The House bill to reauthorize the FAA for the 2018 fiscal year?starting Oct. 1?includes ATC privatization, as most general aviation groups had feared. AOPA, EAA, GAMA, NATA, Helicopter Association International and NBAA released a joint statement opposing the bill: ?After a thorough and detailed review of Chairman Bill Shuster?s (R-PA) proposal to remove our nation?s air traffic control operations from the Federal Aviation Administration, we have concluded that these reforms, while well intentioned, will produce uncertainty and unintended consequences without achieving the desired outcomes.?


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GA Survey Wants You

Every year for the last 39 years, the FAA has conducted a survey to help estimate the level of general aviation activity. Scott Wagner works for TetraTech, the independent research firm that collects the data. ?We?re interested in activities for general aviation and Part 135 aircraft,? he told AVweb this week. ?We take a sample of the population and send out surveys to owners and operators.?


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EViation Debuts Electric Prototype Design

EViation is planning a clean-slate aircraft design to carry six to nine passengers, plus crew, on legs up to 600 miles in length, with exclusively electric propulsion. The three-motor design puts one tractor-prop on each wingtip, with one pusher on the tail. The Israeli start-up hopes locating propellers on each wingtip will reduce induced drag, while simultaneously reducing the size of flight surfaces used for yaw control.


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F-35 First Flight At Paris

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which has been in the works since 1996 and first flew more than 10 years ago, made its first flight demo on Monday afternoon, at the Paris Air Show. Lockheed Martin pilot Billie Flynn told Aviation Week, ?We are going to crush years of misinformation about what this aircraft is capable of doing.? The fully acrobatic flight demo aimed to wow the critics, with a full-power takeoff, steep climbs and a squared-off loop.


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Boom Updates SST Design

Boom Supersonic, which has been working for a few years to develop its ideas for a supersonic airliner, unveiled its final design for a subscale prototype on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show. The company said it will fly the demonstrator next year. ?We now have everything required to build history?s first independently developed supersonic aircraft ? the funding, technical design and manufacturing partners,? said Blake Scholl, founder and CEO of Boom Supersonic.


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Airbus Unveils Hybrid Helicopter Design

Airbus is developing a high-speed helicopter that will cruise at 215 knots while maximizing efficiency and minimizing cost, the company said at the Paris Air Show on Tuesday. The Racer demonstrator, now in development, will be ready to fly in 2020. ?This new project, pulling together the skills and know-how of dozens of European partners through the Clean Sky 2 initiative, aims to bring increased speed and range at the right cost, thanks to a simple, safe and proven aerodynamic formula,? said Guillaume Faury, Airbus Helicopters CEO.


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VTOLs At Paris

E-volo, the German company that has been developing a two-seat VTOL for several years, has signed an agreement with the government of Dubai to test-fly autonomous air taxis in the emirate by the end of this year, the company announced on Monday at the Paris Air Show. Also at Paris, Workhorse Group, a U.S. company, unveiled a prototype of its own personal hybrid helicopter/VTOL concept aircraft, the SureFly.


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Airbus A380plus, Boeing 737 Max 10 At Paris

On Monday, on opening day at the Paris Air Show, Airbus revealed some new design features for the A380plus, now in development, while Boeing debuted its larger-capacity 737 Max 10. The ?enhanced? A380plus will provide airlines with better economics and improved operational performance, Airbus officials said. New winglets ? shown for the first time on an A380 at the Paris Air Show ? will be larger than the wingtips used today, but are designed to fit within existing airport structures worldwide.


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Lancair MAKO Expected At AirVenture

Newly reorganized Lancair International is planning to fly the first version of its Mako high-performance kitplane to AirVenture this year and a news release from the company says the first article is coming together well.


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At Least 16 Aircraft Debut At Paris

The Paris Air Show starts Monday and aviation pundits have counted 16 aircraft making their debut at the big show, including the Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet.


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Record Check Pilot Remembered

The U.S.?s busiest FAA flight examiner was remembered as a generous, humble man whose love of aviation knew no bounds. Services were held last week at Madison County Executive Airport near Huntsville, Alabama, for Clyde Harold Shelton, who died after a brief illness at the age of 86.


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Short Final

Last month, on a calm day, we were number two for takeoff on 27R in ATL. Delta was holding short number one ? Delta: Delta 123 requests wind check ? Tower: No answer ? Delta: Delta 123 requests wind check. ? After a few seconds Delta cleared line up and wait ? Delta: Delta 123 wants a wind check ? Tower (slowly with emphasis): Delta 123 wind is 250 at 2 gusting to 3!


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Oxygen Issues Linked To Four Navy Pilot Deaths

The Navy says problems with the oxygen generation and pressurization systems on T-45 and F-18 series aircraft have been a factor in the deaths of at least four of its pilots in the last 10 years and it?s now made fixing the problem a top priority.


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FLIGHT Act Advanced In House

An identical companion bill to the FLIGHT Act introduced earlier this month by Senators Inhofe and Duckworth has been introduced in the House by Representatives Graves and Bustos. With bipartisan support in both houses of Congress, the bill?s odds of becoming law improve markedly, but will still require the support of Republican leadership to advance to the floor for votes?as well as the president?s signature.


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News from Aero-News Network
Airborne 06.21.17: A380plus??, Lycoming TBO Upgrade, Drone Racing League Premier

Also: WomenVenture, EAA Pilot Proficiency Ctr, 787-9 Order, Cardiac Drones, Cessna Ldg Gears, A320neo, Nightwarden TUAS Airbus is presenting a development study for an enhanced A380, the “A380plus”. The study includes aerodynamic improvements in particular new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4% fuel savings. Added to an optimized A380 maintenance program and enhanced cabin features, the overall benefit is a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380. The new winglets measure approximately 15 feet in height (an uplet of 11 feet, and a downlet of 4 feet). It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. The FAA has granted Lycoming Engines a 200 hour extension to the TBO on certain engine models. Lycoming requested a global Alternate Method of Compliance to AD 2010-19-01 from the FAA to allow operators to use the time periods specified in Lycoming SI 1009BA to define the time of the next overhaul. In a letter dated June 15, 2017, the FAA said it was approving the Global AMOC requested by the company. ESPN has released its schedule for broadcasting the Drone Racing League events on ESPN, ESPN2, and as a live stream on the ESPN app. The telecasts began this week but will extend throughout July. The races take place in Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston and Munich before culminating July 28th with the Drone Racing League Championship in London. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 06.21.17: A380plus??, Lycoming TBO Upgrade, Drone Racing League Premier

Also: WomenVenture, EAA Pilot Proficiency Ctr, 787-9 Order, Cardiac Drones, Cessna Ldg Gears, A320neo, Nightwarden TUAS Airbus is presenting a development study for an enhanced A380, the “A380plus”. The study includes aerodynamic improvements in particular new, large winglets and other wing refinements that allow for up to 4% fuel savings. Added to an optimized A380 maintenance program and enhanced cabin features, the overall benefit is a 13% cost per seat reduction versus today’s A380. The new winglets measure approximately 15 feet in height (an uplet of 11 feet, and a downlet of 4 feet). It is designed to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. The FAA has granted Lycoming Engines a 200 hour extension to the TBO on certain engine models. Lycoming requested a global Alternate Method of Compliance to AD 2010-19-01 from the FAA to allow operators to use the time periods specified in Lycoming SI 1009BA to define the time of the next overhaul. In a letter dated June 15, 2017, the FAA said it was approving the Global AMOC requested by the company. ESPN has released its schedule for broadcasting the Drone Racing League events on ESPN, ESPN2, and as a live stream on the ESPN app. The telecasts began this week but will extend throughout July. The races take place in Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Boston and Munich before culminating July 28th with the Drone Racing League Championship in London. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 06.20.17: MAKO Near 1st Flt, Proteus 1000th, Pegasus Flying Car

Also: SR-72 Details, Aero-Calendar, Spitfire Flips, Tecnam Twins, Space Tourism, Iridium NEXT, Falcon Aviation The first new product since the relocation of experimental aircraft pioneer Lancair International to Texas is the 4-place MAKO. The new aircraft is scheduled to make its first appearance at this summer's EAA AirVenture event July 24-30. Focused on setting a new price/performance benchmark, the new design features dual gullwing cabin doors, a first for a Lancair model. Newly designed low-drag "scimitar" wingtips incorporate lightweight LED lighting and, along with other aerodynamic refinements including an optional retractable nosewheel, are expected to add some 8 to 10 knots to the aircraft's cruise speed. The Scaled Model 281 "Proteus" recently completed its 1,000th flight. Piloted by test pilot Clint Nichols, with project engineer Sam Henney in the right seat, the aircraft took off at sunrise for this milestone flight. Proteus was designed and built by Scaled in the late 90's and completed its first flight on July 26, 1998. Proteus’ original mission was to test using an aircraft as a high altitude communications satellite – the first attempt at delivering a broadband internet connection to the masses (20 years ago). The airplane proved to be very versatile as a high altitude, long endurance research platform which allowed Proteus to accumulate over 4,000 flight hours. A Pegasus flying car made a crossing of the English Channel last week, making the trip in under an hour. Test pilot Bruno Vezzoli drove his Pegasus out of Paris, flew it across the Channel, then drove it to London. The actual flight began at 0803 local time, and touched down at 0853. Vezzoli departed from an abandoned military runway in Ambleteuse, côte d'opale (France), and landed in Douvres, England. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AMA Drone Report 06.15.17: AMA Museum-1999 Draganflyer, FPV Fest, Drone-Betting?

Also: AMA Outreach, Drone Theft, Dumb Drone Regs--In NJ, AMA Drone Report -- Help Wanted It’s never too late to start documenting history... even when it comes to topics like the comparatively young hobby drone world. AMA’s Museum staff, who oversee what ANN CEO Jim Campbell calls, “one of the seven wonders of the aeronautical world...” is more than prepared to make sure that history is protected and has already reached out to start documenting the beginnings of the drone revolution. In the April 2017 issue of Model Aviation, the museum requested the donation of three Draganflyer products. Thankfully, one of them, the Draganflyer I, dating from 1999, was donated by Daniel “Super Dan” Fetterly. FPV Pilots are invited to join in the fun, with Ready Made RC, at the AMA headquarters in Muncie, IN, this weekend, June 16th-18th! If you are familiar with the wonderful facility the AMA has to offer modelers, you know they mean business when they say that they’re taking over the "big" flying field at site #4! This event is open to pretty much anything FPV with the goal of FUN in mind. Drone race popularity is reaching new heights... and now you can bet on the outcome! The Drone Racing League pioneered a new partnership with Betfair to offer race betting at the final race of the Allianz World Championship. The championship race was the UK's first professional drone race, featuring 6 of the world's greatest FPV pilots. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 06.20.17: UAS Orgs v Bad Regs, Anti-Collision, Drone Race $$

Also: Solar-Powered UAS, NK Drone, UAS Survey, Brian Wynne Interview The team at AUVSI is staying plenty busy as they and 13 other organizations authored a letter to members of Congress urging them to consider the potential consequences for the UAS industry if legislation was enacted affecting the federal sovereignty of the airspace. One of the technologies on display at the Paris Airshow this week seeks to deal with anti-collision programs to separate UAVs form manned vehicles. To integrate UAVs into the national airspace, the National Research Council of Canada has developed the Passive Intelligent Collision Avoidance Sensor (PICAS) system, allowing UAS to detect oncoming aircraft more accurately than ever before. PICAS allows UAS to detect aircraft that are not able to communicate their position to other aircraft. And... the big money deals just keep rolling in... The Drone Racing League has just completed a successful Series B funding round in preparation for its second season. The league reached (primarily) into the ranks of the entertainment industry, and came out with $20 million. "We're incredibly proud to announce new partners and investors aligning with DRL to solidify drone racing as the sport of the future," said Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO and Founder of DRL. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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U.S. House, Senate Leaders Prepare FAA Authorization Bills

House Version Spins Off ATC, Senate Version Does Not Congressional leaders in the U.S. House and Senate on Wednesday began revealing their language for an FAA reauthorization bill, and there was one glaring difference between them. The House bill disconnects Air Traffic Control from the FAA, while the Senate version does not.
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General Aviation Groups Opposing Air Traffic Control Privatization

Surprisingly; Sam Graves Has Resportedly Offered Support For Reworked Proposal EAA today joined a consortium of general aviation groups united in opposition to legislation introduced by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pennsylvania), which includes provisions to turn the nation's air traffic control infrastructure and services to a privatized, non-profit board dominated by commercial aviation interests. The joint statement came from EAA, AOPA, NBAA, NATA, GAMA, and HAI: "As we have previously stated, privatizing ATC is a bad solution in search of a nonexistent problem," said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and Chairman. "The unknown costs, transition, and fallout from this plan would be extremely harmful to general aviation. EAA supports modernization of the American airspace system, and progress is happening with the input of all the system's stakeholders. This new legislation would do nothing to solve any current technology or efficiency issues, while undermining the world's most extensive general aviation system and disrupting the world's largest and safest air traffic control system."
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Delta Orders 10 More A321s

Aircraft Are In Addition To 30 Ordered By Delta In May After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for 10 more of the aircraft.
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GECAS Plans to Convert An Additional 30 737-800s To Freighters

Program Was Launched In 2015 GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) is planning to convert a further 30 Boeing 737-800s into freighters. GECAS launched the 737-800 freighter program with Aeronautical Engineers (AEI) in 2015 and Boeing in 2016. Since then GECAS has provided each program with a prototype aircraft for modification at separate conversion facilities in Miami and Shanghai.
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Japan Coast Guard Orders Three Additional H225 Helicopters

New Purchase Will Bring Total JCG H225 Fleet To Nine Units Airbus Helicopters has been awarded a contract from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) for the purchase of three additional H225s. This new order will bring the JCG’s total H225 fleet to nine units by February 2020. The JCG already placed an order for a sixth H225 in 2016, which will be delivered in 2018.
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Boeing Forecasts Growth In Aerospace Services Market

Ten-Year Combined Aerospace Services Outlook Projects $2.6 Trillion Demand In Served Commercial And Government Services Boeing has released a forecast for aerospace services demand, projecting the need for expansive services over the next 10 years, valued at $2.6 trillion dollars.
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Luke AFB To Resume Local F-35A Flying Operations

Five Criteria Temporarily Applied To Local Flights The 56th Fighter Wing will resume local F-35A Lightning II flight operations June 21, 2017, following an 11-day pause after five physiological events occurred during flights from May 2-June 8, 2017.
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DRL Series Winner Will Take Home A Hundred Grand

Sixteen Racers Vying For The Top Prize When the dust settles on the Drone Racing League Championships later this summer, the top pilot will walk away with $100,000.
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Rolls-Royce, Purdue University, State Of Indiana Announce New Initiative

Will Develop Next-Generation Jet Engine Components In The State Rolls-Royce, Purdue University and the State of Indiana announced a new $24 million jointly-funded program during the International Paris Air Show today that further strengthens the state’s leadership position in the aerospace industry. This new initiative will establish unique gas turbine research capabilities at Purdue’s Zucrow Laboratories which will focus on advanced turbine aerodynamic and heat transfer technologies.
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Viva Air Commits To 50 A320 Family Aircraft

All-Airbus Operator To Grow Network, Modernize Fleet Viva Air, the Latin America low cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo. The agreement paves the way for the group’s airlines VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru to base its fleet renewal and network growth on the A320 Family.
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