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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Airborne 06.27.16: Blue Angels Return, LI UAV Ban, NJ Jet Fuel Tax

Also: Gone West-Thomas Wathen, Boeing 747-8, FAR 107 Course, Teamster Pilots, C Series, Yuneec Typhoon H, Embraer

We are happy to announce that the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will return to their 2016 demonstration schedule July 2-4 in Traverse City, Michigan. The Blue Angels temporarily stood down, canceling three weekend shows following a crash on June 2 during a practice in Smyrna, Tennessee, in which Marine Captain, Jeff Kuss, lost his life. The Team will fly a modified five-jet demonstration in Traverse City, along with Fat Albert, the Blue Angels C-130 transport plane. The town of Hempstead, New York on Long Island has voted to prohibit the operation of unmanned aircraft over town-owned property, including public beaches, parks and golf courses. Town officials said that the ban was necessary to protect the privacy of people using those areas. UAV owners, civil liberties attorneys,

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

NextGen Benefits At Los Angeles International

FAA Says Data Comm 'Revolutionizes Communications' Between Pilots And Controllers

NextGen is bringing new benefits to Los Angeles International Airport through a technology called Data Comm. Data Comm revolutionizes communications between air traffic controllers and pilots by replacing some traditional voice communications with digital information exchanges – like texting versus talking over the phone.  

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

DOD Gives Doc's Friends Permission To Use McConnell AFB Runway

Clears The Way For Ground Tests And Eventual Flight Operations

The United States Department of Defense has granted B-29 Doc approval to use the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita for final ground testing and eventual first flight operations.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Transportation Department, NASA, Partners Visit Charlotte

Open Test Lab To Streamline Air Travel

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden were joined Friday by representatives from the FAA, National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), American Airlines, and the Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) to celebrate the official opening of a new airspace technology demonstration (ATD-2) laboratory. This laboratory is part of a five-year test project aimed to streamline the arrival and departure of aircraft and improve surface operations to increase safety and efficiency and reduce fuel use in our nation’s aviation system.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Southwest Delays Delivery Of Nearly 70 737 MAX Airplanes

Will Still Become Launch Customer Next Year

Southwest Airlines has delayed the delivery of 67 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, while it has plans to accelerate the delivery of six 737-800s to 2017 rather than 2018.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

AeroSports Update: Snowbirds Need Modified Airspace At AirVenture

Temporary Crowd Line And Enlarged Airshow Box Is Established For The Snowbirds Performances at AirVenture 2016

We have recently published reports of aerial demonstrations being canceled in the UK because of increased concerns for safety on the ground during an airshow performance. These concerns also apply at EAA AirVenture, and this has required changes in the approved aerobatic performance area.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Drone Journalism May Be Coming Soon To A Newsroom Near You

Part 107 Rules Will Open The Doors To Use Of UAVs In Newsgathering

The FAA's Part 107 rules for UAVs could mean newsrooms will start using the small aircraft for news gathering, and doing so legally.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Airline Industry Opposes New Jersey Tax Hike Proposal

Plan Would Boost Tax On Aviation Fuel From Four To Seven Percent

A major airline industry trade association has come out strongly opposed to a proposal by the New Jersey State Legislature to increase aviation fuel taxes by three percent to fund infrastructure projects in the state.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

Flight-Sharing Startup Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Case

Hopes Court Will Overrule FAA Decision Preventing Private Pilots From Communicating Flight Plans On The Internet

The Goldwater Institute has asked the United States Supreme Court to hear its case against the FAA for shutting down Flytenow Inc., an innovative start-up business that uses the Internet to connect private pilots with passengers wishing to share flight expenses.

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Tue, Jun 28, 2016

United, AFA Reach Agreement For Flight Attendants

Brings All FAs Into A Single Work Group For Collective Bargaining

An agreement on terms of a joint contract that would bring the airline’s more than 25,000 flight attendants together into a single work group, has been reached between United Airlines and the AFA.

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