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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
DARPA, Boeing To Build Spaceplane

Boeing's Phantom Works will partner with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to design, build and test a technology demonstration vehicle for the Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program, DARPA announced this week. Boeing will develop an autonomous, reusable, hypersonic spaceplane, called Phantom Express, capable of deploying small satellites of up to 3,000 pounds into low Earth orbit. Boeing and DARPA will jointly invest in the development.
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Administration Wants Drone Shoot Down Authority

As the drone industry gears up to produce technology to knock down their own products, they may find a big customer in the U.S. government. The Trump administration is circulating draft legislation that would give the government sweeping pilots to track and destroy drones over the U.S., according to the New York Times.
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London City Switching To Remote Tower

London City Airport, a general aviation field popular with business travelers, will become the first airport in the U.K. to install a digital control tower, the airport has announced. The tower will be equipped with 16 high-definition cameras that will transmit data to a control center in Swanwick, Hampshire, about 100 miles away, where air traffic controllers will do their job off-site.
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One-Ton Cargo Drone In The Works

An online retailer in China, JD.com, announced this week it plans to develop heavy-duty drones that can deliver one ton or more of cargo. The drones could also be used to ferry goods out of the rural areas, such as fruits and vegetables headed for urban markets, according to the company. JD chairman Richard Liu said he plans to build 150 drone delivery sites in China's rural districts within the next three years, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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Garmin Announces New VIRB 360-Degree Action Camera

Putting even more pressure on GoPro, Garmin announced the new VIRB 360 fully spherical action camera to its lineup--the latest to its growing line of camera models.
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Ag And Helicopter Pilots Decry Drone Rule Change

A recent federal court decision that the FAA has no authority to require drone users to register is not sitting well with many aviators. Helicopter Association International issued a statement this week saying it "strongly disagrees" with the ruling, adding that helicopter pilots "are deeply concerned about our ability to fly safely in airspace where pilots could encounter any unmanned aircraft, be it commercial or otherwise." The National Agricultural Aviation Association also issued a statement.
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First Flight For New K-Max

The newly in-production K-Max helicopter, built by Kaman Aerosystems, flew for the first time on May 12, the company announced last week. The aircraft performed "flawlessly," said test pilot Bill Hart. "I look forward to successfully completing our production flight-test schedule over the coming weeks." The single-seat K-Max features a counter-rotating rotor system and is designed to be rugged and low-maintenance. It's optimized for external-load operations and vertical-reference flight.
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EBACE: Airbus Launches Private Jet, Corporate Helicopters

Airbus Corporate Jets is now offering a corporate-jet version of its A330neo widebody airliner, the company announced at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, being held this week in Geneva. The ACJ330neo can carry up to 25 passengers in a customized cabin, with room for conference/dining areas, a private office, bedrooms, bathrooms and guest seating. The company also announced the launch of Airbus Corporate Helicopters, a high-end, custom brand for the VIP private and business aviation market.
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NBAA, NATA Decry Trump Budget Proposal

Budget details released by the White House on Tuesday show an apparent commitment by the Trump administration to privatize the air traffic control system, according to NBAA. "The president's budget takes the public's elected representatives out of the equation and leaves it to a private board to ensure the public's interest is being well served," said NBAA President Ed Bolen in a news release late on Tuesday. "We are troubled and concerned by this proposal and will review it closely as the legislative process moves forward."
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EBACE: GE Joins Aerion SST Effort

GE Aviation says it will work with Aerion Corp. to look at what would be needed to develop an engine for a supersonic jet. "We have thoroughly evaluated over two dozen civil and military engines from all leading engine producers over the past two years," said Aerion CEO Doug Nichols. That research, he said, led him to conclude that "working with GE Aviation will help us meet the challenging specifications needed to meet our performance objectives."
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EBACE: Cirrus, Piper Models Now EASA-Certified

Several U.S. manufacturers announced models that now are certified for sales in Europe this week at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, being held in Geneva. Piper said it has been awarded approval for its top-of-the-line single-engine turboprop, the M600, which was FAA-certified in June last year. The six-seat aircraft sells for about $3 million. Cirrus said it has received EASA certification for its $2 million Vision jet and has made its first delivery in Europe.
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Aviation Expo Canceled

The Flying Aviation Expo scheduled for October in Palm Springs has been canceled but organizers are holding out hope it may be back in the future. Jeff and Vivienne Herold, who own Scheyden Eyewear, took over the show in its third year in 2016 and moved it from the Palm Springs Convention Center to the airport. Although the show got good reviews for organization and content, it was sparsely attended.
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Nextant Announces Challenger Upgrade

The European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) opens May 22 in Geneva and as usual, companies are making announcements in advance of the formal opening. Nextant has announced that it's dipping a toe in the large cabin market with an avionics upgrade for Challenger 604 bizjets.
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Short Final

Heard recently one morning on JFK tower frequency … JetBlue: Tower, is our speed compatible with the aircraft ahead of us? … Tower:  As long as you don't go to warp factor 6, you should be fine ... Marty Twersky
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Bahamas Allows BasicMed

The Bahamas is the first neighboring country to the U.S. to accept BasicMed as a medical qualification for U.S. pilots flying in its airspace. BasicMed went into effect on May 1 and allows pilots to fly up to five passengers on day or night VFR or IFR pleasure flights (not for compensation or hire) in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds without a Third Class medical.
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News from Aero-News Network
AMA Drone Report 05.18.17: Drone-Jumping!, AMA Sightings Report, King Schools

Also: DJI Smart TV App, Huerta: Unmanned Aircraft 'Good News Story', XPONENTIAL Innovation Preview Ya had to see it to believe it... An ingenious Latvian UAS operation has pulled off an exercise in which a skydiver used one of their massive 28 rotor multi-copters to make an eye-popping skydive. On May 12, a 28-propeller drone built by Aerones lifted skydiver, Ingus Augstkalns, to a height of nearly 1100 feet, from where he accomplished the planned jump. The company, Aerones, has already demonstrated a number of dramatic heavy lift missions and solutions. Janis Putrams, Aerones' chief engineer, and the drone pilot on this mission, added, "Already in the near future, our technology will save human lives, will help to fight fires and carry out other challenging and significant work. With this project, we show that we are ready for serious tasks in the field of civil defence and sports." AMA has reviewed 1,270 new UAS sightings reported by the FAA, and finds that the vast majority of these sightings are just that – sightings. Additionally; the FAA specifically stated that no collision between civilian aircraft and a civilian drone operator has been confirmed. “In comparison to the growing number of drone sales and operators, the total number of UAS reports in the FAA’s data is just a small fraction,” said Rich Hanson, President of AMA. “Safety has always been our number one priority. That’s why we’re encouraged to see that most of the reports are mere drone sightings and do not appear to pose serious safety risks.” Drone pilots who want to fly their drones in furtherance of a business have a fun and quick way to prepare to pass the required Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate written test with Version 2.0 of the King Schools Drone Pilot License Test Prep Course. The Course can be purchased at an introductory price of $99 until July 1, 2017. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne-Unmanned 05.23.17: Courts Nix Model Regs, Autonymous Flt, WATT 300

Also: King Schools Update, Kittyhawk APP, Robird And Integrated Drone Solutions, ICAO Drone Tracking The unmanned community got a bit of a jolt late last week when the US Court of Appeals shot down the FAA’s regulation of recreational unmanned aircraft systems... Industry reaction has been swift... AUVSI has some concerns with the aftermath of the ruling, as President and CEO, Brian Wynne clearly expressed, “AUVSI is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. Court of Appeals to reject the FAA’s rule for registering recreational unmanned aircraft systems. A UAS registration system is important to promote accountability and responsibility by users of the national airspace, and helps create a culture of safety that deters careless and reckless behavior. We plan to work with Congress on a legislative solution that will ensure continued accountability across the entire aviation community, both manned and unmanned." Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe earned serious bragging rights as he became the first sitting governor to fly in a fully automated aircraft during an 8-minute flight that took place last Thursday following the opening of NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Research Center UAS runway. Drone Aviation unveiled the new WATT 300 heavy-lift tethered multirotor drone and an upgraded military WASP aerostat platform at the 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC). All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne-Unmanned!!!
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Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonstration team decided to put its airshow season on hold and return to practice after an incident at an air show in Fort Lauderdale, FL May 6th. But now we know why... The team was reportedly performing a maneuver called the "Double Take", in which for aircraft fly in formation with two inverted at about 300 feet above the ground. One of the aircraft encountered turbulence from the jet in front of it, causing control issues. The pilot of that aircraft managed to recover, but at a very low altitude, according to team commander Lt.-Colonel Brad Wintrup. A successful first flight of a NEW K-MAX helicopter from the reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks. “Thanks to the expertise and hard work of the men and women working on the aircraft the first flight went extremely smoothly,” said Bill Hart, Kaman Chief Pilot. “This new aircraft performed flawlessly and I look forward to successfully completing our production flight test schedule over the coming weeks.” ALPA has issued a statement expressing regret for the disruption of service experienced by passengers on Spirit Airlines prior to the issuance of a TRO, last week. In the statement, ALPA said: "Each day, the professional pilots of Spirit Airlines provide safe and reliable transportation to tens of thousands of passengers..." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 05.23.17: Icon A5 NTSB Report, Product Certification, GE9X Testing

Also: UAL Cockpit Doors, NAHI 2017, Drone Database, Manual Flying Skills, Heli-Theft, Runway Extension, New SecAF The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident involving an Icon A5 airplane that resulted in the fatal injury of the two people on board the aircraft. According to the report, on May 8, 2017, about 0908 Pacific daylight time, the Icon Aircraft Inc. A5, N184BA, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Lake Berryessa, California. Representatives from Icon Aircraft reported that the pilot was conducting a new employee familiarization flight with the passenger, who was recently hired by the company. A witness observed the accident airplane flying over the lake about 30 to 50 feet above the water, at what seemed to be a low speed. AEA, AIA and GAMA have announced the approval of an updated United States FAA Industry Guide to Product Certification. The last version of the guide was published in 2004. The updated guide will help institutionalize best practices and a new operating norm for FAA, companies and applicants that will prove to be foundational in reaching the next level of safety and certification process effectiveness and efficiency. Recently, GE Aviation began GE9X engine certification tests at its Peebles Test Operation (PTO) in Ohio. The GE9X will power Boeing's new 777X aircraft. The first round of GE9X certification tests are being conducted on the second GE9X production-configured powerplant built by GE. To prepare for the certification program, trials of the first full engine to test (FETT) GE9X engine commenced in March 2016, generating critical data on the full engine system and aerodynamic performance, mechanical verification, and aero thermal system validation. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Airborne 05.24.17: Snowbird Update, New K-MAX, Spirit Pilots Express 'Regret'

Also: Kyle Franklin, FAA’s Earl Lawrence, SpaceX, Citation Longitude, ACSS ODA, Embraer JetWave, Boeing-Saudi As previously reported, the Canadian Snowbirds precision demonstration team decided to put its airshow season on hold and return to practice after an incident at an air show in Fort Lauderdale, FL May 6th. But now we know why... The team was reportedly performing a maneuver called the "Double Take", in which for aircraft fly in formation with two inverted at about 300 feet above the ground. One of the aircraft encountered turbulence from the jet in front of it, causing control issues. The pilot of that aircraft managed to recover, but at a very low altitude, according to team commander Lt.-Colonel Brad Wintrup. A successful first flight of a NEW K-MAX helicopter from the reopened commercial production line took place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Delivery of the first two production aircraft to customer Lectern Aviation of China for a firefighting mission is scheduled to occur in the next few weeks. “Thanks to the expertise and hard work of the men and women working on the aircraft the first flight went extremely smoothly,” said Bill Hart, Kaman Chief Pilot. “This new aircraft performed flawlessly and I look forward to successfully completing our production flight test schedule over the coming weeks.” ALPA has issued a statement expressing regret for the disruption of service experienced by passengers on Spirit Airlines prior to the issuance of a TRO, last week. In the statement, ALPA said: "Each day, the professional pilots of Spirit Airlines provide safe and reliable transportation to tens of thousands of passengers..." All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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AD: Textron Aviation Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-10-09 PRODUCT: Certain Textron Aviation Inc. Models 402C and 414A airplanes (type certificate previously held by Cessna Aircraft Company).
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AD: ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-09-12 PRODUCT: Certain ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional Model ATR42-500 airplanes and Model ATR72-102, -202, -212, and -212A airplanes.
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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.25.17)

Professional Pilots Rumor Network This moderated forum covers topics from all aspects of aviation with a focus on professional pilots. You never know where a rumor may lead ...
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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.25.17): Airport Surface Detection Equipment (ASDE)

Surveillance equipment specifically designed to detect aircraft, vehicular traffic, and other objects, on the surface of an airport, and to present the image on a tower display.
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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (05.25.17)

“With this budget, the President has made clear his administration’s plan to pursue a concept that has raised a host of concerns, not just among aviation stakeholders, but also among congressional lawmakers from both political parties, mayors from across the country, organizations from the political left and right, consumer groups and a majority of Americans.” Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
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ANN FAQ: The Airborne Partnership Initiative; Engaging The Industry

Growing The Audience For Your News The goal of the Airborne Partnership Initiative 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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Jet Collides With Truck At LAX

Eight In The Truck Suffered Non-Life-Threatening Injuries A passenger jet that had just landed at KLAX Saturday struck a supply truck on a taxiway at the airport, resulting in injuries to the eight people in the truck.
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Gogo Business Aviation Launches SCS Smart Cabin Systems

New System To Become Factory Option From Embraer Gogo Business Aviation has unveiled a new suite of smart cabin systems – SCS Elite and SCS Media – which are highly integrated cabin, inflight entertainment (IFE) and voice solutions that can be personalized to fit the specific needs of passengers on board a given flight.
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Raytheon Launches New Payload To Improve GPS Accuracy

New Satellite Will Make For Safer, More Efficient Air Travel Raytheon has launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12 year mission. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration's Wide Area Augmentation System which enhances the reliability and accuracy of Global Positioning System signals for directing air travel.
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Microdrones Are The Latest Craze In FPV Drone Racing

DR1 Racing And Air Hogs Team Up For First Series DR1 Racing and Air Hogs announced last year that they would be partnering to launch a drone racing series using aircraft that measure just two inches in diameter. Earlier this month, the first microdrone race was staged on the preserved set of the early 2000s Sci-Fi cult classic television show Firefly.
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