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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Delta Confirms Airbus Buy

Adds 25 A350-900, 25 A330-900neo To Its Fleet Plan

Delta Air Lines has confirmed its order for  Airbus A350-900 and A330-900neo airplanes to replace older generation Boeing 747 and 767 aircraft starting in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

FAA Proposes $238,000 Civil Penalty Against McCauley Propeller Systems

Alleges Prop Maker Shipped Hazardous Materials Via FedEx

The FAA is proposing a $238,000 civil penalty against McCauley Propeller Systems, of Wichita, KS for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Southwest Pilots File For NMB Mediation

SWAPA: Union, Airline 'Far Apart' After Two Years Of Negotiations

In order to facilitate movement in contract negotiations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) today officially filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), the federal agency that oversees contract negotiations in the airline industry.  After two-plus years of negotiations both sides are currently too far apart to realistically expect an agreement outside of a mediated process.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

FAA Grants STC For 3-Blade MT Propeller On Beech Duchess 76

Company Says Prop Offers Multiple Gains In Performance

The FAA has issued an STC to MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH for installation of the next generation 3-blade scimitar composite propeller on Beech Duchess 76 airplanes powered by Lycoming IO-360 and other TC/STC approved piston engines which do not exceed the propeller TCDS.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

ForeFlight Mobile Releases New Version

Firmware Update Allows For Data Recording Capability

ForeFlight Mobile has rolled out yet another update to its popular flight planning app, and already is looking ahead to 2015.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Reno Air Race Champion Steve Hinton Jr And His Airplane Voodoo

Hinton’s Days Of Watching, Working On, And Flying The Fastest Airplanes In The World.

For someone who is capable of so many flying feats at a relatively young age, Stevo is quite humble. His victories at Reno rarely, if ever, appear in a conversation unless the other person brings it up. He introduces himself as an airplane mechanic, the flying that he does being his “hobby”. And he, like other aviation enthusiasts, watches airshows and events. Much of his attendance can be accredited to his or his family’s involvement in the show itself. However, when Steve does have time to watch the acts, there are some that catch his eye.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Levil Introduces New Flight Recording App

GAARD Graphs Aircraft Performance During Flight

A new app designed to enhance flight safety has been introduced by Florida-based Levil Technology, a designer of aviation instrumentation, among other things.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

ANN FAQ: Like Us On Facebook

There's A Lot To Like On ANN's Latest Social Media Site

We all know how important Social Media is to a lot of people, particularly those under 30. We also know how important those folks are to the future of aviation. In so many forums and at so many events, we talk about how to attract the next generation of pilots, mechanics, and enthusiasts to our industry, and social media is certainly critical to getting the message out to those who practically live online.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.22.14)

"Delta always approaches fleet decisions with a balance of economic efficiency, customer experience enhancements, network integration and total cost of ownership. The A350 and A330neo support our long-haul, transoceanic strategy." Source: Nat Pieper, Delta's Vice President – Fleet Strategy and Transactions, on Delta's purchase of Airbus airplanes.

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Sat, Nov 22, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.22.14): CDI – Course Deviation Indicator

A Navigation Instrument that indicates the course and direction to a tuned VOR station.

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