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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Airborne 04.27.17: HondaJet Records, More UAL Fallout, Avenger Gathering

Also: Peggy Whitson!, AUVSI 2017 Live, Air Medical Group, Canadian Airports, GLO Bankrupt, WestJet, Second T-X

A HondaJet has officially secured its first speed records over two recognized courses from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. In setting the record between New Jersey and Florida, the HondaJet departed Teterboro Airport at 2:15 p.m. EST on April 9, 2016 and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 5:06 p.m. Despite average headwinds of 60 knots, the flight took two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet with the HondaJet surpassing the existing record from Teterboro to Fort Lauderdale. The HondaJet achieved a maximum ground speed of 414 knots. The leadership of the House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee has announced that it will look into the incident in which a passenger was dragged bod

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

AMA Drone Report 04.27.17: Kitty Hawk Flyer, College Drones, DJI VR Goggles

Also: Airborne at XPONENTIAL, AMA On Mil-Airspace, Canadian Drones, AMA Legislative Efforts

With an appearance not all that different than many of the multi-copters we’re all flying these days, Google’s Larry Page, has entered the aviation arena with a personal flying machine that is supposed to operate in the 'ultralight' category. The 'Kitty Hawk Flyer' is an all-electric aircraft. Page's effort claims the aircraft to be "safe, tested and legal to operate in the United States in uncongested areas under the Ultralight category of FAA regulations. We’ve designed our first version specifically to fly over water. You don’t need a pilot’s license and you’ll learn to fly it in minutes. We publicly revealed the working prototype in April 2017. The official Flyer will be available by the end of the year." Racing is all the rage among the drone community, of late... an

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

U.S. House Passes Aviation Employee Screening Legislation

Designed To Enhance Screening, Eliminate Insider Threats

Following a multi-year investigation into insider threats facing our nation’s airports, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. John Katko (R-NY) unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday.  The bipartisan Aviation Employee Screening and Security Enhancement Act will help mitigate an increasingly disturbing threat to the safety of the traveling public by enhancing screening of airport and aviation employees.

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

GAO: FAA Could Improve How It Develops Its R&D Portfolio And Reports Activities

Makes Three Recommendations To The Agency For Improvements

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has concluded that the FAA's actions are not fully consistent with requirements, agency guidance, and leading practices related to the management of its research and development (R&D) portfolio. 

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

NTSB: Decision-Making, Company Culture, Cause Fatal Crash Of Sightseeing Plane

Board Determines Probable Cause In June, 2015 Accident

A pilot’s decision to continue flying under visual flight rules in weather conditions warranting instrument flight rules, coupled with a company’s culture and lack of a formal safety program, caused a 2015, Ketchikan, Alaska, plane crash, according to a determination made Tuesday by the NTSB.

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

EASA Launches A Consultation For New Certification Specifications For Airports

Will Take Into Account Evolution Of Precision Guidance Systems

EASA has proposed new certification specifications (CS) for aerodrome design in order to facilitate the operations of modern large aeroplanes at existing aerodromes. Modern aircraft have very precise guidance systems for landing / take-off and taxiing; this means that the current international and European provisions for designing runway, taxiway and other areas can be lightened without compromising safety. The new proposal is meant to take this technological evolution into account.

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

PM&E, Inc. Accepts Purchase Offer For Evada Aircraft

Evada Will Continue To Operate As A Separate And Independent Operation, CEO Says

Aircraft manufacturer PM&E has agreed to the purchase of Evada Aircraft by publicly traded, Seilon, Inc. 

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

U.S. Senators Introduce Legislation in Response to United Airlines Incident

Transparency, Improvements, And Compensation To Keep Every Ticketholder Safe (Tickets) Act Would Strengthen Consumer Protections For Flying Public

U.S. Senators Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced legislation to strengthen consumer protections for the flying public and help prevent future incidents like the one that occurred on United Flight 3411 when a ticketed passenger was forcibly removed from the aircraft. The Transparency, Improvements, and Compensation to Keep Every Ticketholder Safe (TICKETS) Act will guarantee that a boarded passenger has the right to fly, address compensation limits for ticket-holding travelers, improve transparency, review ticket over-selling practices, and require flight crews seeking accommodations to provide more advanced notice.

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Airbus Perlan Mission II Kicks Off Second Season

Continuing To Explore The Skies Above The Sierra Nevada

Airbus Perlan Mission II, an initiative to fly a glider without an engine to the edge of space to collect ground-breaking insights on high-altitude flight, weather, and climate change, returned to flight this week at its U.S. headquarters at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. Perlan Project Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi soared the pressurized glider to its highest altitude to date, reaching 30,615 feet.

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Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Transport Canada, EASA Award Steep Approach Certifications To Bombardier CS100

Certifications Follow The Completion Of Steep Approach Demonstration Flights At London City Airport In March

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the CS100 aircraft its steep approach certifications. The CS100 aircraft's capability to operate at challenging airports such as London City (LCY) Airport was validated by Bombardier's comprehensive flight test program. Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) will be the first airline to operate the C Series at LCY Airport.

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