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Airborne 05.14.18: GA Sales Report, Oshkosh Update, Helio Courier

Also: Robinson Safety Alert, Latitude DL150, F-16 Life Extension, Aviation Tech Shortage

GAMA has published the first quarter 2018 aircraft shipment report. The overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft rose compared to the same quarter of 2017, but with some mixed performance within the types.

“We are pleased to see the industry is, overall, trending positively,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce (pictured). “Training needs are driving the demands in the rotorcraft segment, while a stabilizing used market, overall global economic growth and aviation innovation are driving the other segment increases. We expect the introduction of new products to drive future growth, which underscores just how important it is for the U.S. Congress to pass a long-term FAA Reauthorization bill...” The preliminary schedule for this year’s AirVenture Theater in the Woods programming has been released... and it looks interesting! The FAA says there have been several instances of cracking at drag brace attachment location within the MLG of the Helio Courier Models H-391B, H-395, H-395A, H-250, and H-295 airplanes. While the current maintenance procedures include a visual inspection in the MLG leg for cracks, there have been instances where the cracks remained undetected and have led to landing gear failures. An improved inspection technique will improve the success rate of crack detection. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 05.14.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Monday, May 14th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • GAMA Publishes 2018 First Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data
  • EAA Releases Theater in the Woods Preliminary Schedule
  • FAA Issues SAIB For Helio Courier Aircraft 
  • Robinson Helicopter Issues Safety Alert For MRB Maintenance 
  • Latitude DL150 Now Certified On Gulfstream G450, G550 
  • F-16 Service Life Extension Program A ‘Great Deal’ For DoD, Taxpayers 
  • Proposed House Bill Aims To Address Aviation Technician Shortage In U.S.

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