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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
Top Letters And Comments, February 22, 2019

This week's letters brought comments from readers about Meigs Field, drone noise, registration trusts, the Garmin GPS 155, and EASA's competency-based instrument rating opinion.


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Bombardier Investing In Aerospace Research

Bombardier has announced that it will be investing approximately $22 million CAD in Aéro21 and SA²GE, two Québec-based aerospace research projects. The projects will concentrate on bringing new aerospace products to market at a faster pace, reducing development costs, developing smarter, more efficient technologies, and reducing the environmental footprint of the aerospace industry.


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Short Final: Job Well Done

About a year ago I was training a student pilot. The college student was very intense and strived to be perfect at all her training....


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Virgin Galactic Flies Third Crew Member

Virgin Galactic sent its first passenger to the edge of space Friday although it wasn?t a paying customer. The company?s astronaut trainer Beth Moses rode in the passenger cabin of the spacecraft Unity on the flight Friday morning from the company?s base at Mojave, California.


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Delta Opens Jet Engine Test Cell

Delta officially opened its new state-of-the-art jet engine test cell at the airline?s TechOps facility in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday. The test cell is capable of running a mounted, stationary engine at full power with 150,000 pounds of thrust, allowing it to test engines more powerful than anything yet built.


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Aerion Announces AS2 Fuselage Partner

Aerion Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems have announced that they will be collaborating on the preliminary design of the forward, pressurized fuselage for Aerion's AS2 supersonic business jet. Spirit joins a growing list of Aerion partners including Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin, Honeywell and GE Aviation.


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Honeywell Sponsoring Space Camp Students

Honeywell will be sponsoring 292 high school students to attend its annual Leadership Challenge Academy at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama. The Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy is a series of two one-week-long space camps run for children of the company?s employees.


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Got a Cirrus? Tell Us About It

AVweb is teaming up with our sister publication, Aviation Consumer, for a retrospective safety analysis of how Cirrus aircraft are doing at the quarter century mark. That's right, the company came out of the ground in 1994, although first deliveries weren't until 1999. If you own and fly one, we would like to hear from you.


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2018 Aircraft Shipments Show All-Around Increase

From rotorcraft to business jets, aircraft shipments rose shallowly across the board in 2018, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) year-end report released on Wednesday. Billings also increased in every segment except for rotorcraft.


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EASA Publishes Competency-Based Instrument Rating Opinion

EASA has published its opinion on proposed regulatory easements that will help EASA-rated private pilots gain their instrument rating faster, cheaper and more easily. By clearing the path for the "Basic Instrument Rating," EASA is combining various regulatory frameworks, allowing private pilots to gain access to instrument flying directly upon passing their EASA private pilot examinations.


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NASA Announces Urban Drone Traffic Management Tests

NASA has selected the hosts for the final phase of its four-year series of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS/drones) technical demonstrations. According to NASA, the demonstrations are designed to confirm that NASA?s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system can safely and effectively manage drone traffic in urban areas and ?aim to help the commercial drone industry understand the challenges posed by flying in an urban environment.?


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Surya Kiran Aerobatic Jets Collide In India (with Video)

One Indian air force pilot was killed after two BAE Hawk aircraft collided midair. The Surya Kiran aerobatics team was preparing for an airshow at Aero India when the accident occurred.


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Jetstream Pushes Boeing 787 Past 800 MPH

Around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night, as the Virgin 787 cruised along at 35,000 feet, it posted an 801-MPH groundspeed, according to radar tracks posted on FlightAware.


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BRS Releases Parachute For Van's RV-10

After 18 months of development, BRS Aerospace says it?s ready to accept orders for the Van's RV-10 ballistic parachute. BRS already offers a kit for the Van?s RV-7 and RV-9 aircraft as well as other experimentals.


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Garmin GPS 155 TSO Turns 25

We take it for granted today, but 25 years ago a GPS navigator approved for non-precision instrument approaches was big thing?and Garmin's GPS 155 TSO was the first.


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AMA Drone Report 02.14.19: AMA Expo East, Altitude Angel, Sun ‘n Fun Drone Show

Also: Oklahoma Legislature, Corona CA PD Deploys, National Model Aviation Museum Finally! This year’s rendition of AMA’s Expo East is right around the corner. Despite the dreary winter weather surrounding many of us, there is much to look forward to a month from now... including AMA Expo East, the second year that AMA has run this special event. This three-day expo provides a world-class display of the latest and greatest products for the modeling enthusiast and fun activities the whole family can enjoy, including flying demonstrations, model rocket and plane build-and-fly stations – as well as interactive displays, static model competitions and guest speakers. With 100+ exhibitors and expert modelers on hand, the expo will be entertaining for the novice and experienced modeler alike. Taking place at Secaucus New Jersey’s Meadowlands Exposition Center, this year’s rendition is set for February 22-24 with Friday, February 22, 2019 scheduled for 1100–1700, Saturday, February 23, 2019 for 1000-1700 and Sunday, February 24, 2019 for 1000-1600. Altitude Angel has partnered with DJI to improve safety and open up more of the skies to its customers. Replacing AirMap for Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM platform, which enables any drone manufacturer or software developer to get access to accurate drone safety data, DJI reports that it has been able to extend the functionality of its geofencing solution (GEO 2.0) so it now more accurately reflects the highest safety risks around particular facilities. One of the sport aviation world’s premier events has added a drone show to their impressive airshow roster. You may have seen them at the Olympics, and most recently at the Super Bowl. Now, airshow fans at the annual SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland can look forward to something special – the first public drone light show performance at a Florida airshow. Over 60 of the specialized aerial robots will lift off together, taking flight twice during the week-long event. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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AMA Drone Report 02.21.19: Drone ID, Reg Changes, DOJ/DOD Restrictions

Also: Another Airport Closure, K-State Student Partnership, Dog/Drone Rescue, AMA Expo East 2019! The FAA has posted a rule in the Federal Register requiring small drone owners to display the FAA-issued registration number on an outside surface of the aircraft. Owners and operators may no longer place or write registration numbers in an interior compartment. The rule is effective on February 23. The markings must be in place for any flight after that date. The FAA has issued an NPRM that would allow operations of small unmanned aircraft over people in certain conditions and operations of small UAS at night without obtaining a waiver. It would also require remote pilots in command to present their remote pilot in command certificate as well as identification to certain Federal, State, or local officials, upon request, and proposes to amend the knowledge testing requirements in the rules that apply to small UAS operations to require training every 24 calendar months. At the request of its federal security partners, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is using its existing authority under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions” – to address concerns about drone operations over national security sensitive facilities by establishing temporary unmanned aircraft system (UAS) specific flight restrictions. Information on the FAA NOTAM, which defines these restrictions, and all of the currently covered locations, can be found at the UAS Data Display System, which provides an interactive map, downloadable geospatial data, and other important details. A link to these restrictions is also included in the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile app. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of the AMA Drone Report!!!
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Airborne 02.20.19: Kotnik Relieved, FAA Enforcement, Aero Charting

Also: Major Gift From Clay Lacy, Golden Knights Accident, A380 Deliveries To End, Blue Angels Suspension The first female pilot to lead the F-16 Viper demonstration team has been relieved of command just two weeks after being named to the post. Air Combat Command (ACC), director of public affairs Col. Allen Herritage said Capt. Kotnik was relieved on February 11, "due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team. The Viper demonstration team is working to minimize impacts on scheduled performances and looks forward to inspiring crowds around the country during the upcoming season as soon as a new commander is selected.” The FAA has proposed revisions to the procedural rules governing its investigations and enforcement actions. The proposed revisions include updates to statutory and regulatory references, updates to agency organizational structure, elimination of inconsistencies, clarification of ambiguity, increases in efficiency, and improved readability. According to the document, the majority of the rules in part 13 were last amended a decade or more ago, such that part 13 requires updating. Eagle Cap Software has introduced Aerocharting; its solution for the hobbyist flier, the pilot who enjoys the hundred-dollar hamburger but doesn't like getting too techie. Aero Charting works on an iPad and provides a moving map with vector aeronautical charts. It also allows custom route creation and integration with a well-known Flight Planner. "We felt there was the need for a simple, easy-to-use situational awareness tool for pilots," said Brian Leutschaft, Product Manager for Aero Charting at Eagle Cap. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Counting Down! ANN's Infamous April 1st Edition Is Back--With A Vengeance!

Send Us Your Wacky Ideas NOW! ANN E-I-C Note: Folks... we gotta warn you... our Annual April 1st Editions are LEGENDARY -- and after a break last year (due to a death in the family) we intend that this WILL be our best April 1st Edition yet. Based on all the nonsense we've had to endure over the years (which we are duty-bound to lampoon), we certainly have good reason for that... so if you have any ideas of your own as to how to heighten the insanity, this is your CHANCE. We need YOUR ideas for how we might step up the insanity for 2019! I kid you not... as I look over all the stories we've already prepped, we are going to cause serious keyboard damage as people snort their soft drinks all over the place when they start reading this year's edition. This COULD BE OUR BEST YET! As always... NO ONE IS SAFE. We're going to have some fun with EVERYONE... Icon Aircraft (just 'cause it's an easy target doesn't mean it's immune to being lampooned), the FAA, USA Today, Drones, Congress, TSA, NBAA, EAA, AOPA, Sun 'n Fun, Dale Klapmeier, Garmin, every UAV ever flown, every UAV-phobe in the known universe, every self-appointed aviation expert who can't spell aileron, the USAF, Cessna, Cirrus, NASA, you name it. If you want to be a part of the foolishness, get your ideas and submissions into us ASAP!
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Airborne 02.20.19: Kotnik Relieved, FAA Enforcement, Aero Charting

Also: Major Gift From Clay Lacy, Golden Knights Accident, A380 Deliveries To End, Blue Angels Suspension The first female pilot to lead the F-16 Viper demonstration team has been relieved of command just two weeks after being named to the post. Air Combat Command (ACC), director of public affairs Col. Allen Herritage said Capt. Kotnik was relieved on February 11, "due to a loss of confidence in her ability to lead and command the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper demonstration team. The Viper demonstration team is working to minimize impacts on scheduled performances and looks forward to inspiring crowds around the country during the upcoming season as soon as a new commander is selected.” The FAA has proposed revisions to the procedural rules governing its investigations and enforcement actions. The proposed revisions include updates to statutory and regulatory references, updates to agency organizational structure, elimination of inconsistencies, clarification of ambiguity, increases in efficiency, and improved readability. According to the document, the majority of the rules in part 13 were last amended a decade or more ago, such that part 13 requires updating. Eagle Cap Software has introduced Aerocharting; its solution for the hobbyist flier, the pilot who enjoys the hundred-dollar hamburger but doesn't like getting too techie. Aero Charting works on an iPad and provides a moving map with vector aeronautical charts. It also allows custom route creation and integration with a well-known Flight Planner. "We felt there was the need for a simple, easy-to-use situational awareness tool for pilots," said Brian Leutschaft, Product Manager for Aero Charting at Eagle Cap. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!
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Klyde Morris 02.22.19

Well, That Makes At Least As Much Sense At Trains To Hawaii FMI: www.klydemorris.com
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The HondaJet Is Again The Most Delivered Aircraft In Its Class

Company Delivered 37 Aircraft In 2018 The HondaJet was the most delivered aircraft in its class in 2018, based on numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Last year, 37 HondaJets were delivered around the globe, marking the second consecutive year the HondaJet has been the most delivered very light jet.
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Heligo Receives Its First Airbus H145 Helicopter From Milestone Aviation

Configured To Perform A Variety Of Missions Milestone Aviation Group Limited (Milestone), the GECAS helicopter leasing company, and Airbus Helicopters have announced that Heligo Charters Private Limited (HCPL), a Mumbai-based non-scheduled helicopter operator has taken delivery of its first H145 helicopter. The helicopter’s configuration will allow it to perform a variety of missions. The aircraft taken on lease from Milestone will start operations soon in the state of Jharkhand.
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Drone Delivery Canada Unveils Its Largest And Longest-Range Cargo Delivery Drone

The ‘Condor’ Has A Payload Of 400 pounds, Can Fly More Than 100 NM The Condor has been in development for the past year and is the next generation in DDC’s drone delivery cargo aircraft. With a payload capacity of 400 pounds, and a potential travel distance of up to 108 nautical miles, the Condor pushes the limits in both cargo capacity and distances. The Condor is powered by a next generation gas propulsion engine.
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SpaceX Plans Crew Dragon Test Flight On March 2

Will Carry Supplies To ISS On Initial Flight NASA and commercial crew provider SpaceX are targeting 2:48 a.m. EST Saturday, March 2, for the launch of the Demo-1 uncrewed flight test to the International Space Station. The uncrewed test flights will be the first time a commercially-built and operated American rocket and spacecraft designed for humans will launch to the space station.
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Jurors Shown Cockpit Footage From Shoreham Airshow Accident

Eleven People Were Fatally Injured When The Hawker Hunter Went Down During A Performance A jury has been shown cockpit footage from the 1950s era Hawker Hunter airplane which went down during the 2015 Shoreham Airshow, resulting in the fatal injury of 11 people on a highway near the base.
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Demo Pilot Agrees To Stop Landing Amphib Near St. Louis Arch

Landings Are Legal, But Have Raised Concerns The demo pilot for Icon aircraft in St. Louis has run afoul of somewhat ignorant local authorities, even though his flights, and landings on the Mississippi River in front of the Gateway Arch, are entirely legal.
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Aviation Technical Services (ATS) Announces Launch Of Apprenticeship Program

Initiative Designed To Attract Talent And Grow The Pipeline Of Industry-Leading Professional Aviation Mechanics Aviation Technical Services (ATS) has launched an innovative approach to the recruiting, hiring and training of entry-level mechanics called the ATS Apprenticeship Program. It is designed to build the next generation of talent, as ATS along with the entire MRO industry, faces a skilled labor shortage. The idea is to attract new recruits to the aerospace industry and encourage them to consider new career pathways in order to provide a sustainable and engaged workforce.
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Cyient - BlueBird Joint Venture Launches its New Unmanned Aerial System

Introduces Versatile WanderB VTOL At Aero India 2019 Cyient Solutions & Systems Pvt. Ltd. (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd. and BlueBird Aero Systems, Israel, has launched its latest offering, the WanderB Vertical Take-Off & Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Aerial System. The WanderB VTOL is a technologically advanced solution for military, peacekeeping, low-intensity conflict resolution, law enforcement, disaster management, and commercial applications. The system is being showcased at Cyient's booth at Aero India 2019 through February 24.
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Kopter Group Announces Heli-Expo Plans

Will Exhibit Its SH09 Helicopter In Passenger Transport Configuration And Unveil An Innovative Flight Training Solution Kopter Group will have a high-profile participation at this year’s Heli-Expo show in Atlanta, GA displaying a full-scale mock-up of its new SH09 helicopter outfitted with a seven-seat transport configuration (five passengers and two pilots) engineered and manufactured by Metro Aviation. After developing SH09 law enforcement and EMS interiors, Metro Aviation has extended its cooperation with Kopter Group to feature this new cabin layout – once again emphasizing the SH09’s versatility and attributes.
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