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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 Invites Comments On Lycoming Engine AD

If you have comments, questions or suggestions regarding the FAA?s recent Emergency Airworthiness Directive now in effect for hundreds of Lycoming engines, the FAA is ready to hear from you. The AD, which was published on Aug. 10 and officially took effect Aug. 15, went straight to Final Rule, meaning there was no prior public discussion. But aircraft owners and other interested parties still are welcome to weigh in. ?We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this final rule,? the FAA says.


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Lisa Rolls Out Second Akoya Prototype

Lisa Aeronautics has started flying the second-generation prototype of its sleek Akoya, a multi-surface, would-be LSA. The Akoya is designed to take off and land on runways, water or snow. The most visible change to the new airplane, PS1?for Pre-Series 1, replacing the Pre-Series 0 aircraft?is in the seafoils, which are two canard-like wings extending downward near the cockpit for water stability.


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Generally Safe Eclipse For GA

The aviation event that was the eclipse of Aug. 21 appears to have gone off with barely a hitch and so far our inexhaustive search for mayhem has found but one relatively minor incident possibly related to eclipse flights.


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Mostly Orderly GA Onslaught In Oregon

Pilots from across the West Coast flocked to central Oregon Monday to watch the first solar eclipse to cross the continental United States since 1979. At Albany Municipal Airport, the approximately 50 aircraft normally based there were joined by roughly 65 more, from single-seat homebuilts to big piston twins. The local FBO, Infinite Air Center, was perhaps over-prepared.


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One Killed Traveling To Eclipse Viewing

The pilot of a homebuilt Wheeler Express was killed when the engine reportedly ?sputtered? in the traffic pattern, and the aircraft subsequently crashed in rugged terrain about a mile from Madras airport. The San Carlos, California-based aircraft was traveling to Madras, Oregon, for Monday?s solar eclipse. News reports originally stated that two people had been killed in the crash based on parking reservations made at the airport, but family members confirmed that the pilot was the sole person on board.


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How Pilots, Passengers Are Viewing The Eclipse

Aug. 21 will likely go down in history as one of the most interesting for pilots, the FAA and airports across a middle swath of the country that will include the path of totality for a solar eclipse. The level of activity expected at airports along the path is pretty well documented but what is not know is how many aircraft are going to launch in the near darkness to experience the phenomenon from an airborne perch.


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Short Final

My daughter and I flew back from AirVenture on the last day of the show.  While flying over eastern Iowa and monitoring 122.80 we heard the following conversation that we assumed was between a couple of crop dusters ? Pilot 1: "Hey XXX did you make it to Oshkosh this year?? ? Pilot 2: "Yeah, we got over there on Tuesday.  The weather was perfect!? ? Pilot 1: "Yeah, I was talking to YYY and he said he ?had so much fun there that if he died and went to heaven it would be a lateral move!"


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FAA Provides Safety Tips For Eclipse Travels

If you?re planning to fly toward the path of totality to view Monday?s coming solar eclipse, you won?t be alone. The FAA says several airports located in the path said they are expecting ?a significant increase? in traffic before and during the eclipse. Many of these airports are non-towered and have limited capacity to accommodate an increase in traffic, the FAA says. The FAA offers some tips to fly safe in the path of the eclipse.


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Changes Made At SFO After Taxiway Incident

The FAA has made operational changes at San Francisco International Airport in response to last month?s aborted landing by an Air Canada A320, the Bay Area News Group reported on Tuesday. The FAA no longer allows visual approaches for aircraft approaching SFO at night with an adjacent parallel runway closed, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told the News Group. ?When these conditions prevail, our controllers issue pilots Instrument Landing System approaches or satellite-based approaches, which help pilots line up for the correct runway,? Gregor said.


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Newspaper Questions FAA’s Air Canada Response

The San Jose Mercury News, one of the first news outlets to report on the story of the Air Canada near-miss in San Francisco last month, said in an editorial this week that the FAA has ?hindered the investigation? of the event by ?dragging their feet in the aftermath.? As a result, ?key evidence from the cockpit voice recorder was erased and the pilots were never tested for drugs or alcohol,? wrote the newspaper?s editorial board.


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Doc’s Friends Launch Kickstarter Campaign

Doc, the beautifully restored B-29 based in Wichita, made a lot of new friends last month with a full week of appearances and flights at EAA AirVenture ? so Doc?s Friends, the nonprofit group that supports the project, is making the most of that, with the launch this week of a new Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the airplane?s permanent hangar, which will also serve as an exhibition and education space. The team has about 30 days to raise $100,000.


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NASA Offers Free Aviation E-books

August is traditionally vacation month for many U.S. families, so in case you find yourself with some extra time or maybe a rainy day at the beach, you can be prepared by downloading a broad selection of aviation-themed e-books for free, courtesy of NASA. The books include historical accounts of the development of unique aircraft like the U-2 spy plane and the F-16XL fighter jet; a comprehensive history of NASA research planes; the X-31 experimental aircraft; or the F-18, which was flown to test ?aeroelastic? wings.


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Piston Aircraft Sales Surge

Piston airplane sales are up for the second quarter of 2017, compared to the previous year, ending a three-year slide, according to General Aviation Manufacturers Association data. In the first half of the year, airframers delivered 468 piston airplanes?265 in the second quarter alone?up 5.6% from the first half of 2016 during which 443 piston airplanes were delivered to customers.


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No Recess For ATC Lobbying Effort

Members of Congress are back in their home districts this month, leaving Washington quiet and empty, but that doesn?t mean the efforts of general aviation lobbyists who oppose ATC privatization are on hold. ?The GA community can?t let its guard down,? said Mark Baker, president of AOPA. Baker and other GA leaders said the August recess provides an opportunity for pilots to contact their representatives while they?re at home and let them know how they feel about efforts to privatize the air traffic control system.


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Canadians 'Satisfied' With Private ATC

AOPA will back off on using Canada as a flawed example of privatized air traffic control after its Canadian counterpart protested AOPA's "lack of understanding of the situation in Canada."


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News from Aero-News Network
RFP: ANN Seeking New Site/Facility For Major Studio Upgrade

It's Official: Aggressive Upgrades For New Airborne Programs WILL Require New Digs It's been in development for years, but we're getting to a point where we think we can pull off something TRULY REMARKABLE - which will require us to make BIG CHANGES. So... ANN is officially looking for a new home for a major new initiative... hopefully, a permanent one. We are now in the implementation phases of THE most significant upgrades we've ever undertaken and preparing to make significant operational modifications to accomodate them. As a result, we're currently inviting proposals for a NEW airport/office studio facility to serve as a home base and studio for new programming about to be introduced by the Aero-News Network, Inc., the Aviation World's Real-Time News and Information Service, our Daily Airborne Unlimited programming, our new 'Aero-Doc' documentary division, as well as other Aero-TV/Aero-Verse productions.
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AMA Drone Report 08.17.17: MULTI-GP Int'l Open, Drone v Chicago, Reno Drone Race

Also: Yuneec Extended Service Plan, UAV on A/C Carrier, Blue Angels Incident, Drone Operator Safety Act MultiGP’s 2017 MultiGP International Open, conducted on the grounds of AMA HQ turned out to be a recordsetter! The AMA crew has reported that some 300 quadcopter pilots inundated Muncie, Indiana, August 8-13 for the much-anticipated Riot-MultiGP International Open. The races were held at AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center and in addition to plenty of opportunities to simply fly for the fun of it, pilots competed at eleven tracks spread out across nearly 1,100 acres. Racers came from all over the globe... A drone operator with a Part 107 license was recently cited by the City of Chicago for flying his aircraft over people without consent... except that it didn't happen. Attorney Jeffrey Antonelli represented Jerrick Hakim, who made one flight on Chicago's lakefront. Stopped by the police, he pointed to the section of Chicago's drone law showing it does not apply to those flying with FAA licensing. However; the police reportedly assumed that, because of the people on the waterfront, he must have violated an ordinance by flying over them without permission. But, again, that didn’t happen... And if the FPV’S Largest Fun Fly Festival wasn’t enough racing for you, get this... MultiGP is heading to the Reno Air Races! The Reno Air Racing Association and the MultiGP Drone Racing League have agreed to host the National Drone Racing Championship during this year’s National Championship Air Races. The races will be held in the Reno’s on-site drone zone. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 08.22.17: Flightwave, Robotic Skies, Sky Hopper Cargo Drone

Also: Kratos Mako, Dronecode's Meier, Virginia Tech, Edwards AFB, Department Of The Interior A California-based startup company plans to introduce a new, long-range, high-endurance, vertical take-off aircraft, designed and manufactured in the US. FlightWave Aerospace Systems says that the aircraft is designed to bring new capabilities to customers who need a sustained aerial presence in high-wind, maritime, or terrestrial missions. FlightWave’s FlightWave Edge UAS, requires no nets, no catapults, and no cumbersome ground equipment, according to the company. The Edge’s quick, tool-free assembly, payload swapping, and click-to-fly touchscreen tablet controller mean users are flying, vertically or horizontally, in a few minutes. Robotic Skies, LLC, has raised a round of venture capital financing. The capital will accelerate the expansion of the Robotic Skies maintenance network for high-end commercial unmanned aircraft systems. Robotic Skies is a brokered global network of more than 150 independently-owned and operated repair stations that have the aviation expertise to provide maintenance and repairs on commercial unmanned systems. A group of entrepreneurial UK engineers has plans to build a mid-mass logistics drone for global markets. The system will be aimed initially at remote and isolated communities, but is planned to be fully capable of near urban operations in due course. Sky Hopper is an electrically powered tri fan design to be constructed at Prestwick in the West of Scotland. Its avionics are being developed in Hampshire in South Central England. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne 08.22.17: Privatization $$$, A Hangar for Doc, Wingsuit Jet

Also: Next X-37B Mission, Aero-Calendar, Ryanair, Citation X, Aurora, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, A&P Designation ATC Privatization will be even costlier than thought... The Congressional Budget Office has released a revised scoring of the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997), and the news is not good for supporters of the bill and its plan to separate ATC from the FAA. In the latest cost estimate released last week, the CBO says that the AIRR Act would increase the deficit by nearly $100 billion. That's $80 billion more than their previous estimate. According to the CBO, after taking into account lost tax revenue and new or increased taxes and fees, the net outcome is an increase in the deficit of $98.5 billion. A crowdfunding campaign is underway on Kickstarter to raise money towards the construction of a new hangar for Doc, the recently-restored B-29 that appeared at AirVenture last month. The new home for Doc will be an interactive B-29 Hangar and Education Center. Generations to come would have the opportunity to enjoy and experience this prominent figure in our nation's history. B-29 Doc will act as a backdrop inside the center for the public to enjoy bits of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that go hand-in-hand with aviation. For most of us, the notion of a wingsuit flight is a pretty abstract concept. While we've watched ... sometimes in awe ... videos of human flying squirrels zooming over the ground, sometimes at treetop level or lower, it's not something we'd actually do. But there are obviously those that thrive on the adrenaline produced by such an extreme sport. One such person is Jarno Cordia, an experienced skydiver with over 5,000 skydives, 4,000 wingsuit jumps and 400 BASE jumps to his credit. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 08.21.17: CAF's Brown Resigns, EA700 Prototype, Heli Sales Report

Also: KSFO Night Landings, Kitfox S7 Speedster, USGS, Spirit Pilots, Kratos Mako, NASA Flight Suits, CAW Five Stephan C. Brown has resigned from his post as president/CEO of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) effective August 17, 2017. Brown provided 10 years of dedicated service, leading the CAF through a transitional period and is responsible for significant accomplishments, including establishing the CAF headquarters in Dallas and initiating a campaign to construct an aviation attraction museum to be built at Dallas Executive Airport. Former CAF vice-president of safety, maintenance and operations, Robert Stenevik will serve as CAF president/CEO until a permanent president is identified. The ONE Aviation 'Canada' program, which ANN exclusively detailed last year for the first time, is about to kick into high gear. A re-winged Eclipse airframe, which will be used to document various aerodynamic aspects of the design upgrade has been shown off publicly prior to a test program that will eventually involved at least three escalating airframe programs. Following the earlier fixed wing stats, GAMA has published the second quarter rotorcraft shipment report. The rotorcraft industry delivered 465 aircraft in the first six months of 2017, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to the same period of last year. The value of the deliveries was $1.9 billion compared to $1.5 billion in 2016. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 08.22.17: Privatization $$$, A Hangar for Doc, Wingsuit Jet

Also: Next X-37B Mission, Aero-Calendar, Ryanair, Citation X, Aurora, Commercial Spaceflight Federation, A&P Designation ATC Privatization will be even costlier than thought... The Congressional Budget Office has released a revised scoring of the 21st Century AIRR Act (H.R. 2997), and the news is not good for supporters of the bill and its plan to separate ATC from the FAA. In the latest cost estimate released last week, the CBO says that the AIRR Act would increase the deficit by nearly $100 billion. That's $80 billion more than their previous estimate. According to the CBO, after taking into account lost tax revenue and new or increased taxes and fees, the net outcome is an increase in the deficit of $98.5 billion. A crowdfunding campaign is underway on Kickstarter to raise money towards the construction of a new hangar for Doc, the recently-restored B-29 that appeared at AirVenture last month. The new home for Doc will be an interactive B-29 Hangar and Education Center. Generations to come would have the opportunity to enjoy and experience this prominent figure in our nation's history. B-29 Doc will act as a backdrop inside the center for the public to enjoy bits of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that go hand-in-hand with aviation. For most of us, the notion of a wingsuit flight is a pretty abstract concept. While we've watched ... sometimes in awe ... videos of human flying squirrels zooming over the ground, sometimes at treetop level or lower, it's not something we'd actually do. But there are obviously those that thrive on the adrenaline produced by such an extreme sport. One such person is Jarno Cordia, an experienced skydiver with over 5,000 skydives, 4,000 wingsuit jumps and 400 BASE jumps to his credit. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AD: Airbus Helicopters

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

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AD: MD Helicopters, Inc., Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2017-17-03 PRODUCT: MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), Model MD900 helicopters.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.17)

American Association of Airport Executives The mission of the AAAE Operations, Safety, Planning and Emergency Management Committee is to provide member views, analyses, and comments used by AAAE staff in the development of AAAE positions and formal correspondence with federal agencies.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.17): Delay Assignment (DAS)

Delays are distributed to aircraft based on the traffic management program parameters. The delay assignment is calculated in 15−minute increments and appears as a table in Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS).
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.23.17)

“The City of Santa Monica is fully committed to doing its part to preserve and celebrate our rich aviation history.” Source: Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis.
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Public Support Grows for New Single-Terminal KCI

Second Round Of Polling Shows Continued Preference For Private Financing Option And Selection Of Local Firm A new second round of polling shows a majority of likely Kansas City, Missouri, voters now support a new single-terminal KCI airport. The survey of more than 1,300 Kansas City registered voters conducted Aug. 13-14 across all Kansas City Council Districts showed that 44 percent now support a new terminal while 35 percent oppose and 21 percent are unsure.
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RAF Grounds Many WWII Aircraft Due To Possible Engine Problem

Has Caused Interruption In Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Summer Air Show Season The U.K. Royal Air Force has grounded several WWII aircraft over concerns about the engines installed on the airplanes.
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Boeing-Built Satellite Completes NASA's Space Communications Network

TDRS-M Satellite Enables Continued Communication With International Space Station, Hubble Telescope The sixth and final Boeing Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) launched late last week will enhance NASA’s space communications network when the satellite becomes fully operational early next year.
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