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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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Caravan Production Moving To Independence

Textron Aviation is moving production of the Cessna Caravan from Wichita to Independence, Kansas to make room for new products, including its new flagship jet and high performance turboprop.
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Short Final

Tri City Departure: Cessna 12345, squawk 4305 ... Cessna 12345: Tri City, um, we just noticed we are missing the knob for the last dial on the transponder ... Tri City Departure: What number is it on? ... Cessna 12345: Zero ... Tri City Departure: Standby, let me see if I can get you a code that ends in zero.
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Southwest Engine Comes Apart At Altitude

A Southwest Airlines 737 made an emergency landing in Pensacola, Florida, Saturday after an uncontained failure of the number one engine.
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Fatal Airshow Crash In China

Tragedy marked the opening of a new general aviation airport in north central China. Michel Leusch, of South Africa, failed to recover from a dive during a performance at the first Silk Road International General Aviation Convention held at Danxia Airport on Saturday.
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Performer Dies In Oregon Crash

Marcus Paine, a longtime flight instructor and airshow performer, died Saturday at an Oregon airshow.
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Man In Underwear Crashes Truck Into Airliner

A stolen airline truck driven by a man wearing only boxer shorts crashed into a parked Southwest Airlines jet Thursday night at Omaha's Eppley Airfield. The incident required multiple police officers to subdue the man plus a replacement jet for the 113 passengers catching their flight to Las Vegas, the Omaha World-Herald reported.
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New This Week

AVweb's search of aviation news worldwide found announcements from Bell Helicopter, USAIG, Pathways to Aviation and Thrush Aircraft. Bell Helicopter announced its joint participation with sister company Textron Aviation at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil.
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NTSB: Pilot Reported Mechanical Failures Before Crash

The Piper Navajo that crashed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, this month, killing all six people aboard, had two fuel pump failures in flight. The twin had departed Orlando, Florida, Aug. 14 bound for Oxford, Mississippi. At 11:11 a.m., the private pilot reported a fuel pump failure to ATC and requested a diversion to the nearest airport.
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Aerobatic Trainer Crashes Into Hangar During Takeoff

An aerobatic trainer with a pilot and passenger veered off the runway during takeoff in California Wednesday and crashed into a hangar. The two men on board the SIAI-Marchetti SF260 were treated after the incident at Fullerton Municipal Airport for minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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NASA's Five New Aeronautics Ideas

NASA has chosen five new aviation-related technologies that it intends to study intently over the next two years as part of its ongoing Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, the agency said recently. The researchers will focus on fuel cells, the use of 3D printing to improve electric-motor performance, energy storage in lithium-air batteries, ways to change the shape of a wing in flight, and a new antenna design based on the use of lightweight aerogel.
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Airlander 10 Damaged During Test-Flight Landing

The Airlander 10 made a nose-in landing Wednesday on its second test flight, interrupting the hybrid airship's development. Hybrid Air Vehicles said in a statement the aircraft went for a 100-minute flight from Cardington Airfield in Bedfordshire.
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The Weekender: Airshows, Concerts And A Runway Run

Looking to fly somewhere for free food? SocialFlight.com has some options plus camp-out events for The Weekender. EAA Chapter 1479 in Missouri will host a fly-in Saturday to kick off the Sound of Speed Airshow and Concert, sponsored by City of St Joseph and the 139th Airlift Wing.
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AOPA Washington Fly-In Draws Biggest Crowd Yet

AOPA has been organizing its regional fly-ins for a few years now, and its latest event, held at the Bremerton National Airport near Seattle, Washington, drew more than 4,000 people and nearly 700 aircraft. The event offered on-airport camping, VIP tours of an aircraft carrier and the Boeing plant in nearby Everett, a Friday night barbecue with a live band, and educational talks and seminars all day Saturday. It was the most popular AOPA fly-in ever, by a wide margin, according to AOPA outreach director Chris Eads.
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FAA Orders Mandatory Balloon Checks

All 6,400 hot-air balloons in the U.S. must be inspected to ensure they are not equipped with potentially leaky fuel hoses made of "egeflex" material, the FAA said in an emergency airworthiness directive issued today. The AD is effective Aug. 29, and balloonists have 14 days after that to complete the inspection, which should take about a half hour. If the egeflex hoses are found, the balloon is grounded until the replacement is complete. Uncorrected, the faulty hoses could cause a fire, the FAA said.
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Longitude First Flight Imminent

Cessna's super-midsize Citation Longitude prototype has completed initial ground engine tests, the company said today, adding that the first flight is expected "in the coming weeks." The tests verified the functionality of the engine start, fuel system and auto-throttle as well as interfaces with the avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems, the company said. "The engine-run tests are one of the final major milestones as we prepare for first flight," said Scott Ernest, CEO of Textron Aviation.
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Airborne 08.26.16: Citation Longitude Update, Falcon 9 Display, N Shore Heli Rte

Also: Aerosim Scholarship, Santa Monica Nonsense, Marine One, UAV Developer Kit, FAA Penalty, F-35 Weapons Test, Coastal Helicopters The Cessna Citation Longitude moves closer to its first flight as initial ground engine tests on its Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines have been completed. This paves the way for the prototype aircraft to take its first flight in the coming weeks. The engine tests verified the functionality of the engine start, fuel system and auto-throttle as well as interfaces with the avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems. Elon Musk has made good on his promise to memorialize the first recovery of a Falcon 9 booster by having the rocket placed on permanent display outside the company's California headquarters. The booster was placed upright outside the building over the weekend. The booster was recovered at Cape Canaveral on December 21, 2015, after delivering 11 satellites to orbit. It was the first time a booster had been recovered after an orbital insertion mission. The FAA has extended the life of the controversial north shore helicopter corridor by four years, according to a final rule posted in the Federal Register. The final rule extends through August 6, 2020 the requirement for pilots of civil helicopters to use the North Shore Helicopter Route when transiting along the north shore of Long Island. The FAA expects that four years will be sufficient time to consider results of the described research efforts in determining appropriate future actions on the rule. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Another Tough Weekend For Airshows... Two Pilots Lost

Accidents in Oregon and China Take Lives It's been a lousy weekend to be an aviation journalist as we document the tragic loss of two well-known pilots in two separate airshows accident.. each on the other side of the world. At the 1st Silk Road International General Aviation Convention held at Danxia airport in China, well-known Red Bull pilot Michel Leusch (shown here) was lost when a performance resulted in a series of rolling descending maneuvers that inexplicablu terminated in a ground impact some 300-400 feet from the edge of the runway. Leusch made a name for himself in both model as well as full scale aviation. On the other side of the world, a 1941 450 Stearman flown by NW Aerobat Marcus Paine apparently failed to execute a loop, which terminated in contact with the ground shortly before 1500 local time, in Madras, OR. The aircraft caught fire shortly after impact but Paine was extricated quickly by first-responders... but none-the-less succumbed to his injuries.
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.28.16)

"This is the perfect natural laboratory to study aerosol-cloud interactions, which are some of the largest uncertainties in the prediction of future climate." Source: Jens Redemann, ORACLES principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, discussing what NASA scientists and two research aircraft are doing while on their way to a unique natural laboratory off the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa to study a major unknown in future climate prediction.
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NASA Flies To Africa to Study Climate Effects Of Smoke On Clouds

Two Research Aircraft Head To Namibia Because Of Its Unique Climate NASA scientists and two research aircraft are on their way to a unique natural laboratory off the Atlantic coast of southwest Africa to study a major unknown in future climate prediction.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.28.16)

Aero Linx: Aviators Model Code Of Conduct Innovative tools advancing aviation safety and offering a vision of excellence for aviators, the AMCC is for use by aviation practitioners -- pilots, mechanics, organizations, and the entire aviation community. Designed to be adaptable by the implementer, it is provided without charge and periodically updated. The Aviators Model Code of Conduct (Code of Conduct) offers recommendations to advance flight safety, airmanship, and professionalism. The Code of Conduct presents a vision of excellence for aviators. Its principles complement and underscore legal requirements. The Code of Conduct is a model, not a standard. Users should customize or otherwise revise the document—including title, length, and organization—to fit their needs. The Code of Conduct will be most effective if users have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of flight as well as a commitment to the pursuit of professionalism. The Code of Conduct has seven sections, each presenting Principles and Sample Recommended Practices.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.16): Security Notice (SECNOT)

Security Notice (SECNOT) A SECNOT is a request originated by the Air Traffic Security Coordinator (ATSC) for an extensive communications search for aircraft involved, or suspected of being involved, in a security violation, or are considered a security risk. A SECNOT will include the aircraft identification, search area, and expiration time. The search area, as defined by the ATSC, could be a single airport, multiple airports, a radius of an airport or fix, or a route of flight. Once the expiration time has been reached, the SECNOT is considered to be cancelled.
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ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.
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Bell Helicopter To Feature A Trio Of Aircraft At LABACE 2016

Event Being Held Beginning August 30 In São Paulo, Brazil Bell Helicopter, along with sister company Textron Aviation will be exhibiting at the 13th annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE) held August 30 through September 1 at Aeroporto de Congonhas at São Paulo, Brazil.
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EASA Revises STC For MT-Propeller Installation On Vulcanair

Second Revision Adds New Aircraft Model EASA has issued a second revision of its STC for the installation of next generation 3-blade scimitar composite propellers on the Vulcanair P.68C-TC, P.68TC Observer, P.68, P.68B, P.68C, P.68 Observer, P.68 Observer 2 and P.68R.
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XOJET Names Lyft As Official Rideshare Partner For Pilots

Partnership Continues Company's Legacy As A 'Disruptor' In The Private Aviation Industry Private jet charter sercvice XOJET has formed a corporate partnership with the rideshare platform Lyft, and its adoption of Lyft Mobility Solutions as an added benefit to XOJET pilots and employees.
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Associated Aircraft Group Donates Helicopter Flights To Patient AirLift Services

Services Extended To Military Veterans Throughout The Northeast Sikorsky's Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has partnered with Patient AirLift Services (PALS), a nonprofit organization that arranges for free volunteer aircraft flights for needy medical patients including military veterans throughout the northeast.
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Fly A Project To The Moon For The First Time In 45 Years

Students Have The Opportunity To Place An Experiment On Board The TeamIndus Spacecraft TeamIndus, an Indian aerospace startup and one of the front-runners for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, has announced an international jury for Lab2Moon, a competition to challenge the brightest young minds globally to think beyond our planet and create an experiment to fly on board the TeamIndus spacecraft to the Moon in 2017.
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USAF, LMC And NGC Celebrate 100 (Combined) Years Of Protected Sat Communications

Critical Resource For Troops, National Leaders When it comes to transmitting sensitive information in highly contested areas, the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) system and Milstar satellites are proving their value, achieving 100 years of combined successful operations.
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Airborne 08.25.16: Airlander 10 Accident, M500 EASA Cert, Flying Car Frenzy

Also: Veterans Against Airshows, Redbird Migration 2016, Rocket Debris, Charles Taylor Award, Wayward Satellite, Norfolk International, Hawaiian Airlines It was only last week that we reported about the first flight of the Airlander-10 Hybrid Air Vehicle. Now, we’re sorry to say that we must report that the supersized airship suffered a mishap on its second test flight. In a statement posted on its website, Hybrid Air Vehicles said that the aircraft undertook its second test flight on Wednesday and flew for 100 minutes, completing all the planned tasks before returning to Cardington to land. According to the statement from the company, the Airlander experienced a heavy, nose first, landing and the front of the flight deck has sustained some damage which is currently being assessed. Both pilots and the ground crew are reported to be safe and well, and the aircraft is secured and stable at its normal mooring location. The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified Piper's M500, clearing the way for the aircraft to enter into service on the European registry. Piper says the five-place M500 features the latest advances in Garmin G1000 technology, with safety features unique to this class of aircraft. These features include Electronic Stability Protection, Underspeed Protection, Coupled Go-Round, Synthetic Vision Technology, and Automatic Level Mode.According to a report, the glamour and allure of seeing the world's first flying car being delivered to a client is garnering a lot of attention, and it’s said that Google is seeing over 135,000 monthly searches for the term "Flying Car" in North America alone. That is why CEO of PAL-V, Robert Dingemanse says he is so excited that a magazine recently selected PAL-V as the most likely company to deliver a real flying car. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 08.26.16: Citation Longitude Update, Falcon 9 Display, N Shore Heli Rte

Also: Aerosim Scholarship, Santa Monica Nonsense, Marine One, UAV Developer Kit, FAA Penalty, F-35 Weapons Test, Coastal Helicopters The Cessna Citation Longitude moves closer to its first flight as initial ground engine tests on its Honeywell HTF7700L turbofan engines have been completed. This paves the way for the prototype aircraft to take its first flight in the coming weeks. The engine tests verified the functionality of the engine start, fuel system and auto-throttle as well as interfaces with the avionics, electrical and hydraulic systems. Elon Musk has made good on his promise to memorialize the first recovery of a Falcon 9 booster by having the rocket placed on permanent display outside the company's California headquarters. The booster was placed upright outside the building over the weekend. The booster was recovered at Cape Canaveral on December 21, 2015, after delivering 11 satellites to orbit. It was the first time a booster had been recovered after an orbital insertion mission. The FAA has extended the life of the controversial north shore helicopter corridor by four years, according to a final rule posted in the Federal Register. The final rule extends through August 6, 2020 the requirement for pilots of civil helicopters to use the North Shore Helicopter Route when transiting along the north shore of Long Island. The FAA expects that four years will be sufficient time to consider results of the described research efforts in determining appropriate future actions on the rule. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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