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May 21, 2014

EASA Certifies Grand Caravan EX

Deliveries To Begin 'Immediately'

EASA has certified the Grand Caravan EX, paving the way for deliveries to begin immediately, the company announced Tuesday at EBACE.

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Sikorsky, UT Pledge $1 Million To UMD's Clark School Of Engineering

Endowment To Support Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship In Rotorcraft

A $1 million endowment has been made to the The University of Maryland (UMD) by Sikorsky and its parent company, United Technologies, to create the Igor Sikorsky Distinguished Professorship in Rotorcraft at UMD's A. James Clark School of Engineering.

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United Airlines Launches Service With New Embraer 175 Aircraft

Expects To Have 70 Of The Regional Jets Operating By 2015

United Airlines has introduced the Embraer 175 aircraft to the United Express fleet, with service operating between Chicago and top business markets Washington and Boston.

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Beechcraft King Air Fleet Tops 825 In Europe, Middle East,Africa

Business Turboprops Becoming More Popular With EMEA Operators

The fleet of Beechcraft King Air twin-engine turboprops registered in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) has surpassed 825 aircraft.

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Gone West: SyberJet SJ30 Designer Ed Swearingen

'Helped Define The Light Jet Market In the Late 1980s'

SyberJet Aircraft (SJA) is saddened by the passing of Ed Swearingen - designer of the SJ30, aviation legend, and friend to many in the aviation world. Mr. Swearingen passed away on Thursday, May 15th due to complications from hip surgery that were compounded by Parkinson’s disease. 

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Boeing 737 MAX Tops 2000 Orders

Now The Fastest-Selling Airplane In Boeing History

Boeing celebrated a milestone achievement Monday on the 737 MAX program, surpassing the 2000th order for the airplane. With the addition of 30 orders from unidentified customers this week, the 737 MAX now has a total of 2,010 orders from 39 customers worldwide, valued at $209 billion at list prices. The 737 MAX also has commitments for more than 250 additional airplanes.

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GAMA Announces Winners Of Edward W. Stimpson, Dr. Harold S. Wood Scholarships

Each Scholarship Is Worth $2,000

GAMA has announced the winners of two leading scholarships awarded annually to students who have demonstrated excellence in pursuing aviation studies. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.

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FANS STC For Gulfstream Aircraft Expected Second Quarter 2014

Clay Lacy Aviation On A Clear Path To Certifying A FANS Solution For The GIV, GIVSP And GV 

Universal Avionics announces that its Authorized Dealer, Clay Lacy Aviation (CLA), is on a clear path to installation and certification of the UniLink UL-801 Communications Management Unit (CMU) to provide Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ capabilities for the Gulfstream GIV and GIVSP aircraft.

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Gliders Collide During Competition In Britain

Pilot And Passenger Of One Glider Managed To Land Safely; The Pilot Of A Second Glider Bails Out

When glider pilots join up for competition, they not only compete with each other for the best performance, they also compete to find the best lift. As pilots begin to see where the most productive lift can be found, that little piece of airspace can get pretty busy.

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Two Lives Lost In Mooney Accident Near Yellowstone Park

Plane Impacted Terrain At An Elevation Of About 9,900 Feet On A 60 Degree Slope; Recovery Is Precluded Due To Avalanche Danger

A 1963 Mooney M20 disappeared last week after departing from Yellowstone Regional Airport. According to reports from Seattle-based King5 News and the Associated Press, two brothers were planning a flight from Cody to Seattle. When the airplane did not arrive at its destination the search was started and the wreckage of the aircraft was found.

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Runway Construction Nearly Complete At Kissimmee, FL Gateway Airport

Normal Operations Expected To Resume By June 6

The City of Kissimmee Gateway Airport announces that the construction on Runway 06/24 is coming to a close.  The construction is coming into its final phase, which will include cutting grooves into the new asphalt to improve braking action. While this work will take place during normal business hours during the week of May 29 thru June 1, there is a potential for noise and vibration to be encountered by those in close proximity to the airport. 

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Max-Viz 1500 Enhanced Vision Approved For Pilatus PC-12s

FAA Issues STC For Aircraft Equipped With Video-Capable MFDs

The FAA recently issued a Supplemental Type Certificate to allow installation of Astronics Corporation’s Max-Viz 1500 Enhanced Vision System (EVS) on single-engine Pilatus PC-12 aircraft equipped with video-capable Multi Function Displays.

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Aero-TV: Comparison Shopping LSAs -- Tips On Approaching Your Buying Decision

An ANN Editor Assumes The Role Of Potential LSA Buyer/Pilot

In the LSA arena, there are literally dozens of choices. So many, in fact, that just getting started can be a little daunting. This January at the U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, the models and types ran the gamut from flexible-wing trikes and autogyros to kitplanes of nearly every description and factory-built models that can hold their own against production aircraft costing thousands of dollars more.

Aero-TV: Comparison Shopping LSAs -- Tips On Approaching Your Buying Decision

An ANN Editor Assumes The Role Of Potential LSA Buyer/Pilot

In the LSA arena, there are literally dozens of choices. So many, in fact, that just getting started can be a little daunting. This January at the U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, the models and types ran the gamut from flexible-wing trikes and autogyros to kitplanes of nearly every description and factory-built models that can hold their own against production aircraft costing thousands of dollars more. So once you've made a decision to dip your toe into that pool, where should you start? News Editor Tom Patton took the opportunity at Sebring to fly three different examples of the low-wing,

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Pilatus Signs First PC-24 Sales Contracts

Initial Airplanes Will Be Delivered To Well-Known Fleet Operators

On the opening day of the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Pilatus Aircraft Ltd signed fleet sales contracts with a first group of customers planning to operate their PC-24s in typical segments of the target market for which the new Pilatus jet has been designed. Sales went ahead on the basis of binding contracts and non-refundable deposits.

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FAA Issues Cessna Citation Latitude Type Inspection Authorization

Hearne: 'All Systems Are Performing As Expected'

The FAA has granted a Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for the Citation Latitude,and the first production  has joined the flight test program, Textron announced Tuesday at EBACE.

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Aerion Unveils Larger, Three-Engine Supersonic Business Jet

Company Says The Plane Is 'Tailored To Emerging Global Demand'

Aerion Corporation on Monday introduced a larger configuration for the first in a family of supersonic business jets. The company is growing its technical organization and preparing to enter into industrial collaborations aimed at launching a new era of supersonic flight.

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SyberJet Receives Parts Production Certificate

Company Can Now Manufacture, Certify, And Deliver Articles For New Bizjets

Representatives of the FAA’s San Antonio Manufacturing District Office (MIDO) awarded SJA a Production Certificate (PC) (articles only) on May 12th 2014.  SJA has worked diligently to develop quality assurance, manufacturing, and inspection processes that meet the FAA’s stringent requirements. It now joins a select group of aircraft manufacturing companies.

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SNC Completes Critical Dream Chaser Wind Tunnel Tests

Passes NASA CCiCap Program Milestone

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) says it has hit the latest milestone in its NASA Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) agreement. NASA awarded SNC full value of $20 million for the passage of CCiCap Milestone 8, Wind Tunnel Testing. To date, SNC has received over 80 percent of the total award value under the CCiCap agreement and is on track to complete the program later this year.

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In Historic Vote, House Approves Congressional Gold Medal For Civil Air Patrol

Medal To Honor Founding Members’ World War II Service

When the founding members of Civil Air Patrol, the U.S. Air Force auxiliary, risked life and limb to help protect the home front during the early days of World War II, they weren’t looking for recognition.

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CO Governor Signs Aerospace Industry Growth Bill

Law Creates Special Tax Exemption For Property Used In Space Flight

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed into law a bill that will help expand aerospace industry growth in Colorado.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.21.14)

“All systems are performing as expected on the Citation Latitude prototype and first production aircraft, and we’re eager to continue the progress in this next stage of flight testing.” Source: Chris Hearne, Cessna vice president, Business Jets, speaking at EBACE.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.21.14): Derecho

(Pronounced day-RAY-cho), a widespread and usually fast-moving windstorm associated with convection.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.21.14)

ARSA

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association is the only association devoted to the unique needs of the $58 billion worldwide civil aviation maintenance industry.

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