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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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Boom Technology Raises Additional Capital to Support Supersonic Demonstrator

Centennial Airport based Boom Technology, would-be maker of the first supersonic airliner since the Concorde, has raised an additional $33 million to fund development of its 1/3 scale demonstration aircraft, the XB-1, according to a company press release. An SEC filing on Tuesday reported that the company had raised $41.9 million, though $7.9 million of that probably reflects a restructuring of amounts previously raised. Boom CEO and founder Blake Scholl says "our mission is to make supersonic flight a reality," and expects to see the XB-1 close to ready to fly in the next year.
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Vintage Wings Selling Hawk One

One of the best flying examples of an F-86 Sabre is for sale by its Canadian owner for the seemingly bargain price of $795,000 USD. Vintage Wings of Canada is selling its Canadair MK-V Sabre, named Hawk One, which has been used as an air demonstration aircraft since 2009.
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Vintage Air Rally Completes Trip from Greece to South Africa; Gears Up for Tour of Americas

Of the 19 aircraft that set out from Crete, Greece on November 12, 14 survivors of the Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally arrived in Cape Town, South Africa after 8,000 miles and over a month of flying. The pre-WWII aircraft were the first to land at the Egyptian Pyramids at Giza in 80 years and the first to receive permission for level overflight of Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Those failing to complete included a Boeing Stearman, piloted by John Ordway and his daughter Isabella, which was destroyed in a forced landing 80 miles from Nairobi following a total engine failure.
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Big Birthday Celebration For Baby Boeing

The Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a 50th birthday party for the littlest Boeing commercial airplane, the 737, on April 9. Brien Wygle, pilot-in-command for the maiden flight, is expected to attend, along with 737 engineers Bob Bogash and Peter Morton and Boeing historian Mike Lombardi. Bob Bogash was also Crew Chief for the restoration of the original aircraft, registered as N73700, which is a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Flight. Boeing will be providing a new 737 MAX for viewing during the celebration, which is scheduled to take off at 1:15 p.m., 50 years to the minute from N73700's maiden flight.
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FAA 20-Year Forecast Predicts Gradual Decline In Light GA

Piston-single fleet size and hours flown are expected to decrease roughly 0.8% annually over the next 20 years, says the FAA in its annual Aerospace Forecast. The Aerospace Forecast predicts that general aviation hours flown for all aircraft types will grow slowly, possibly eclipsing 2007 levels by the end of the next decade, with the overwhelming majority of that growth in the fixed-wing turbine sector. Rotorcraft, LSA and experimental usage are forecast to grow modestly over that time period.
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NTSB Finds Elevator Malfunction In Michigan Overrun

NTSB investigators have found that the right elevator was jammed on the chartered Ameristar Boeing MD-83 that ran off the runway on March 8 at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with the Michigan men's basketball team, the Wolverines, on board. In an update released on Tuesday, the safety board said their post-accident examination revealed that movement of the control column in the cockpit appeared normal -- the control columns were free to move, and the elevator control tabs moved as commanded.
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NASA Confirms Biofuels Cut Jet Pollution

Using a biofuel mix to power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent compared to conventional fuels, according to a recent NASA study. The new research results, which were published in the scientific journal Nature last week, were derived from a test series using a DC-8 flying at altitudes up to 40,000 feet while its four engines burned a 50-50 blend of aviation fuel and a renewable fuel produced from camelina plant oil.
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B-29 'Doc' To Fly At Oshkosh, And More

Fans of the restored B-29 "Doc," which flew last July after 16 years of effort by scores of volunteers in Wichita, have long yearned for the chance to see the airplane fly at EAA AirVenture, hopefully in formation with the only other flying B-29, the CAF's FiFi. Doc's Friends aren't saying yet if that historic meet-up will happen, but they do plan to fly at Oshkosh, July 24-30. Three more stops are planned, with more to come.
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Aviation Advocates Press Case Against Privatizing ATC

Sixteen general aviation advocacy groups joined forces on Tuesday to express their concerns to leaders in the House and Senate about efforts to privatize air traffic control. The organizations cited a proposal promoted by some big airlines for the creation of a new governance and funding model for our nation's aviation system. "The general aviation community has very real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees," the letter states.
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Textron Starts Longitude Production

Cessna has started assembly-line production of its Cessna Citation Longitude, in Wichita, Textron said on Monday in a news release. Also, the third jet in the flight-test program has completed its first flight. It will be used mainly to develop avionics and systems, as well as to collect flight-simulator data. The first aircraft flew in October, and the second in November, and two more will join the test program soon. So far the two aircraft have completed 125 flights, logging more than 250 hours.
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NTSB: FAA Shares Blame In Fatal Crash

The FAA's decision to issue a Part 135 certificate to a charter operator in Alaska, despite the pilot's history of accidents, incidents, re-examinations and checkride failures, was a factor that contributed to a 2014 accident that seriously injured all four on board, according the NTSB's final report, which was released this month. One passenger died from his injuries about five weeks after the crash. Despite concerns voiced by numerous FAA personnel during the certification process, the NTSB said, the FAA issued the certificate to the pilot in 2012.
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Ann Arbor Ghost 172 Crashes In Ontario

Authorities on both sides of the border are investigating the apparent ghost plane crash of a Michigan-based Cessna 172 in a remote area of Northern Ontario. According to the Wawa News (Wawa is about midway between Sault St. Marie and Thunder Bay, Ontario, just north of Lake Superior) the plane crashed about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday 60 miles east of Wawa and there was no sign of a pilot.
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'Balloonatic' Assessed $26,500

A man who rode a lawn chair suspended by 100 large helium balloons into the approaches of Calgary International Airport in a 2015 publicity stunt was described as "unconscionably stupid" by a judge who assessed $26,500 CAD in financial penalties but no jail time. Daniel Boria, 27, of Calgary, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of an aircraft last December and was before Judge Bruce Fraser for sentencing and a tongue lashing on Friday.
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Short Final

Regional Approach: Citation 123, please give a cloud description on your descent ...Citation 123: They're white ... Regional Approach: ... Citation 123: Just kidding. Tops were jagged 5,000 down to 4,500 ... Regional Approach: I literally had nothing to say to that.
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School Aircraft Collide, One Dead

Officials at a Montreal flight school say they are at a loss to explain how two Chinese students flying school-owned Cessna 152s collided above a busy shopping mall and crashed on Friday, killing one of the students and severely injuring the other. One of the aircraft went through the roof of the mall; the other crumpled in the parking lot and the pilot flying died at the scene.
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News from Aero-News Network
Airborne-Unmanned 03.21.17: Heron 1 FOC, Canadian UAVs BVLOS, Quad Inspects C17

Also: Terra Drone, senseFly partners with MicaSense, Quadcopter Topology Optimization The Heron 1 UAV has attained Full Operational Capability (FOC), allowing two Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) squadrons to operate, maintain, and deploy the UAV. The UAV will be operated by a team that is compiled of UAV Pilots, Air Imagery Intelligence Experts and Air Force Engineers. The Heron 1 UAV, which Singapore received in 2012, will provide Singapore’s Armed Forces with stronger situational awareness and enhanced mission effectiveness on the battlefield. The UAV is capable of performing a plethora of missions thanks to a multi-mission sensor installed upon it. Regular Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations saw significant advancement, recently, as Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin CDL Systems completed their first BVLOS pipeline, well site and power line inspections using the Transport Canada Compliant Lockheed Martin Indago 2 at the Foremost Testing Range. At their UAV Testing Facility in Foremost, Alberta, Canadian UAVs successfully performed multiple BVLOS operations to inspect several pipelines, wellheads and powerlines. The 412th Test Wing’s Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force used a quadcopter to conduct a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III. The C-17 was on loan from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and was the first time they flew a small UAS on the flightline and the second time the CTF has used a sUAS in a new application. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. In July of 2015, Calgary, Canada business owner Daniel Boria tied 100 industrial-grade helium balloons to a lawn chair and took off over the city in a stunt that he said was intended to promote his cleaning business. Last week, however, provincial court Judge Bruce Fraser assessed a hefty fine against Boria, calling the stunt "dumb and dangerous" and "unconscionably stupid." Boria pleaded guilty in December to charges of dangerous operation of an aircraft. In an agreement worked out with prosecutors, he will pay a $5,000 direct fine and contribute $20,000 to the charity of his choice, according to the report. Here’s proof positive that bad times can come to just about anyone... including a major high-flyer in the hobby drone market. An undisclosed number of employees of Yuneec USA will be losing their jobs as confirmed by the company late last week. The company issued a statement saying it was planning to "scale back our business structure to secure a balance between operational costs and revenue. We concluded that we upsized operations faster than our growth required." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives! The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles of a forest fire, or anywhere the aircraft could interfere with police or first responders. Positing that we need anti-drone instruments, the folks of the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will host the first ever anti-drone competition, DroneClash, before the end of the year. During this competition, participants use their own drones to take down as many other drones as possible. But... they also need to avoid a whole series of anti-drone interventions. A company operating out of a basement in Fort Collins, CO is making what may be some of the smallest FPV drones available. The Tiny Whoop quadcopters were born of the mini-drone-racing trend. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne 03.22.17: Canada Drone Regs, Fuller On ATC, Harrier For Sale

Also: Affordable ADS-B, Mars Beer, Best Tugs, Collins TXP, CAE 70th, Historic WWII Tour, RARA Design Contest The Canadian government had released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters (about 295 feet) above the ground; closer than 75 meters (about 245 feet) from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from the center of any "aerodrome" ... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The apparent support for privatizing Air Traffic Control in the FY2018 budget has brought strong reaction from both sides of the issue. Writing in The Hill, former AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller, now a consultant on aviation issues, says that spinning off ATC to a private, non-profit entity could considerably slow the implementation of Nextgen. Rumor has it that ANN’s Jim Campbell is already cashing in his piggy bank for this one... A Harrier GR3 Jump Jet has been restored in the U.K. and is being offered for sale by Jet Art Aviation. The company calls the aircraft (XZ130) a "very complete" jump jet that first flew in 1976 and operated with several squadrons. The aircraft served in the Falklands war in 1982 before returning to England and becoming an instructional aircraft. It last flew for the RAF in 1990, and has a total of 3,336 hours on the airframe. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AMA Drone Report 03.23.17: New Canada Drone Regs, 'Anti-Drone' Race, Tiny Whoop

Also: SELFLY Camera-Kickstarter, Turtle Tracking Drones, Drones Save Lives! The Canadian government has recently released new regulations for recreational drone operators that carry hefty penalties for violators... Even more so than those here in the US. The new rules apply to aircraft weighing between about half a pound and 77 pounds being flown non-commercially. Under the rules, recreational drones may not be flown higher than 90 meters above the ground; closer than 75 meters from buildings, vehicles, vessels, animals, people/crowds; and closer than 9 kilometers from the center of any "aerodrome"... defined as anywhere that aircraft take off and land. The rules also prohibit flight in controlled or restricted airspace, within about 5.6 miles of a forest fire, or anywhere the aircraft could interfere with police or first responders. Positing that we need anti-drone instruments, the folks of the TU Delft Micro Air Vehicle Lab (MAVLab) will host the first ever anti-drone competition, DroneClash, before the end of the year. During this competition, participants use their own drones to take down as many other drones as possible. But... they also need to avoid a whole series of anti-drone interventions. A company operating out of a basement in Fort Collins, CO is making what may be some of the smallest FPV drones available. The Tiny Whoop quadcopters were born of the mini-drone-racing trend. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne 03.23.17: Citation Longitude Update, Lawn-Chair Balloonacy, Yuneec

Also: Sea Vixen, FAA-UAS Symposium, Boeing Layoffs, Evada Aircraft, OneWeb, Legacy 450, MS A/C Sale The third aircraft in the Cessna Citation Longitude flight test program recently completed its first flight. Test pilots Corey Eckhart and UJ Pesonen, along with flight test engineer Mike Bradfield, successfully tested various systems throughout the one-hour and 40-minute flight. The aircraft will be used in the program for avionics and systems development, as well as collecting flight simulator data. The company has started assembly line flow in the company’s east campus Plant IV manufacturing facility, with the first four production Longitude aircraft currently in progress. In July of 2015, Calgary, Canada business owner Daniel Boria tied 100 industrial-grade helium balloons to a lawn chair and took off over the city in a stunt that he said was intended to promote his cleaning business. Last week, however, provincial court Judge Bruce Fraser assessed a hefty fine against Boria, calling the stunt "dumb and dangerous" and "unconscionably stupid." Boria pleaded guilty in December to charges of dangerous operation of an aircraft. In an agreement worked out with prosecutors, he will pay a $5,000 direct fine and contribute $20,000 to the charity of his choice, according to the report. Here’s proof positive that bad times can come to just about anyone... including a major high-flyer in the hobby drone market. An undisclosed number of employees of Yuneec USA will be losing their jobs as confirmed by the company late last week. The company issued a statement saying it was planning to "scale back our business structure to secure a balance between operational costs and revenue. We concluded that we upsized operations faster than our growth required." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.17)

FAA Aircraft Evaluation Groups (AEG) A listing of aircraft handbooks and manuals published by the FAA. Any reproduction or modification of this material from original FAA source material is solely the responsibility of the publisher.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.17): Aircraft Conflict

Predicted conflict, within EDST of two aircraft, or between aircraft and airspace. A Red alert is used for conflicts when the predicted minimum separation is 5 nautical miles or less.
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (03.24.17)

“A good idea can be squandered if the implementation of that solution is not timely.” Source: GAMA Board Member and Sabreliner Aviation President and Innova Aerospace Executive Vice President of Corporate Development Greg Fedele.
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ANN FAQ: What Does The API Mean To You

Engaging The Aviation World's Pivotal Organizations, Interests And Viewpoints The Airborne Partnership Initiative, we call it the API, is a plan developed by ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, to build a synergistic, industry-wide, aviation/aerospace news program. Our aim is to grow this program to include a significant portion, if not a majority, of the aviation world’s pivotal organizations, interests, and viewpoints.
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Alaska Airlines, Virgin America Share Vision For The Future

Virgin America Brand Will Be Retired In 2019 Alaska Airlines and Virgin America have shared their vision for the future of the combined carrier. After careful consideration, the combined company will adopt Alaska's name and logo, retiring the Virgin America name likely sometime in 2019.
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CALC Delivers Two Airbus A320 To AirAsia Group

Leasing Company Delivered A Total Of 18 Aircraft In 2016 China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Limited has completed the deliveries of one Airbus A320 each to AirAsia Berhad and Thai AirAsia.
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UAV Market Takes Off For Intelligent Energy

Signs Deal To Deliver Fuel Cell Systems For Unmanned Aircraft Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology.
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Southeast Aerospace Partners With Wisetouch Interiors

Will Provide Aircraft Interior Design, Refurbishment, Other Services Central Florida-based Southeast Aerospace has announced the formation of a partnership with Wisetouch Interiors to provide aircraft interior design, refurbishment, and manufacturing for its diverse customer base.
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F-16 Production To Move To Greenville, SC

Lockheed Martin Will Concentrate On F-35s In Texas The production line for Lockheed Martin's F-16 fighter jets will be moved from Ft. Worth, TX to Greenville, SC, according to company officials.
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