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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

House Transportation Committee Passes AIRR Act

Establishes Not-For-Profit Corporation To Operate Air Traffic Control

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday approved legislation that establishes an independent, not-for-profit corporation outside of the federal government to modernize America’s air traffic control (ATC) system and provide air traffic services.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Airborne 02.12.16: NEW Mooney!, Not-So-Good GAMA Stats, DA40 Upgrades

Also: A350-1000 Final Assembly, Barnstorming: ATC Privatization, Lithium Issue, Boeing Cuts, Tillamook C-27, Sywell Aerodrome, Massive Airship

Mooney International Corporation unveiled the latest generation of its legendary M20 aircraft for 2016. The aircraft has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra. The new Acclaim Ultra features detail improvements to the overall fuselage – including a first-ever pilot door and composite-wrapped cabin, a clean-sheet interior design, and instrument panel enhancements. The Ultra is powered by the Continental TSIO-550-G, 280 horsepower engine, and Mooney claims a speed of 242 knots. GAMA has released the 2015 worldwide year-end aircraft shipment and billing numbers at its annual “State of the Industry” press conference, and the news was pretty dismal for much of the industry. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Aero-TV: SAM’s New Uncle - Zenith Acquires The SAM LSA

Looks Like Zenith Will Be Expanding It's Product Offerings...

The SAM Aircraft is unique in the world of light sport aviation, but it seems to have been slow from the starting block in marketing and sales. Now, things may change as Zenith/Zenair Aircraft Companies have joined together to acquire the assets of SAM Aircraft. While at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo 2016, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, talks with Sebastien Heintz, the president and owner of the Zenith Aircraft Company. While there's lots to talk about regarding Zenith products, this conversation deals with the acquisition of SAM Aircraft.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

House Science Committee Approves Aviation R&D Bill

Authorizes Funidng For The FAA's Research, Engineering, And Development Account Through 2019

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Thursday approved the FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High-Tech R&D Act, or FLIGHT R&D Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA).

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

NATA Clarifies Treatment Of GA Under AIRR Act

Legislation Leaves Wide Inconsistencies In GA User Fee Exemption

In a letter late Wednesday to House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) clarified how user fees will be applied to segments of general aviation under H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

A4A Opposes White House Proposal To Hike Taxes On Air Travelers

Obama Budget Proposes An Additional $7.9 Billion In Annual Taxes On Airlines And Their Customers

Airlines for America (A4A), an industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, has issued a statement opposing the FY 2017 White House budget proposal, which would drive up the federal tax burden on airlines and their customers by an additional $7.9 billion per year, up from the more than $22.6 billion they pay today.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Southwest Airlines Pilots Picket Outside Orleans Casino In Las Vegas

Hold Employee Event After Four Years Of Negotiations

Hundreds of uniformed pilots from the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) lined the streets near the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday in protest of the lack of progress toward a new contract after four years of negotiations. Southwest Airlines held an employee rally inside the Orleans Arena today to discuss company performance, business plans and future goals.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

AeroSports Update: The Weather Will Get Better, But Are You Legal To Fly

After You And Your Plane Have Been Parked For A Couple Of Months, Be Sure To Check Your Recent Experience Requirements

Being current doesn’t only relate to pilot skills. By current we can also mean meeting the requirements to be legal to act in a pilot-in-command (PIC) capacity and be able to carry passengers. With the general aviation pilots, it’s up to the individual pilot to maintain the requirements for recent experience.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Job Cuts Announced At Boeing

Commercial Airplane Division To Be Hardest Hit

Boeing has announced plans to reduce its workforce, primarily in the Commercial Airplane division, beginning with management.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Klyde Morris 02.12.16

'Reality Leaves A Lot To The Imagination.' - John Lennon

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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