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Airborne 03.07.18: F-104 Flt Training!, Boeing-Embraer?, RW Pilot/Mech Shortage

Also: Airport Noise Zealot Files 800+ Complaints, Embraer E190-E2, Pre-Owned P&Ws, AAL v Chicago

American businessman John Rost has become the first to complete a new FAA-approved F-104 flight training program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.

The adventurer, pilot and CEO of Fiesta Insurance completed four training flights in the Mach 2+ Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, the same supersonic plane used to prepare Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts for space travel. His ground school and flight training was completed at NASA’s Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF), providing an opportunity to use the same runway the Space Shuttle returned to after coming back from its space missions. Negotiations are continuing between Boeing and Embraer for the possible formation of a partnership that would be focused on commercial aviation. The negotiations are seen by the industry as at least partly a response to a recent deal between Airbus and Bombardier, in which the European planmaker acquired a majority stake in the Canadian company's CSeries airliners. The results of a study forecasting the U.S. supply of rotorcraft pilots and mechanics over the next 18 years has been released, confirming what many in our industry suspected. Unless there are some fundamental changes in policy, outreach, scholarships, and access to financing, the helicopter industry faces large-scale deficits in the amount of available and qualified licensed and certificated pilots and mechanics. The study projects a shortage of 7,469 helicopter pilots in the United States between 2018 and 2036. For maintenance technicians, the numbers are even more concerning. The industry is projected to be short 40,613 certificated aviation mechanics in the United States between 2018 and 2036. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 03.07.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Wednesday, March 7th, 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:

  • F-104 Flight Training Launches At Florida’s Kennedy Space Center 
  • Boeing Reportedly Close To A Deal With Embraer 
  • Rotorcraft Pilot And Mechanic Shortage Verified 
  • One Man Files Nearly 900 Complaints About Noise At Longmont, CO Airport 
  • FAA, Others Certify Embraer E190-E2
  • Pratt & Whitney Canada Introduces A Certified Pre-Owned Engine Program
  • American Airlines Takes Chicago Mayor To Task Over Airport Expansion Plans

Get Comprehensive, Real-Time, 24/7 coverage of the latest aviation and aerospace stories anytime, at And be sure to join us again tomorrow, LIVE from Oshkosh 2017, for the next edition of "Airborne Unlimited" here on Aero-TV. Thanks for watching. See you, again, tomorrow!

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