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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Airborne 12.19.14: Falcon 8X Unveiled, Sporty's 172LITE, Bizarre CA AvGas Lawsuit Settled

Also: ANN/Airborne's Crystal Ball, Lear70/75 Mexico Cert, Carnegie Mellon's Lunar Rover, Dragon Delays

Dassault Aviation rolled back the curtains earlier this week on the ultra-long range Falcon 8X, the company's latest addition to the growing Falcon business jet family. The 8X will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin in the Falcon line, along with the most extensive selection of cabin configurations available on any executive jet. Sporty’s Academy flight school goes back to the basic trainer concept of World War II. They are acquiring Cessna 172s and equipping them with basic flight instruments along with significant interior and exterior enhancements. The only avionics are a communications radio and a transponder. The 172LITE will be rented for $99 per hour. Last week, California Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors settled a 2011 lawsuit regarding the sale of leaded aviation gasoline brought by the Center for Environmental Health, known as th

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Phoenix City Council To FAA: Restore Sky Harbor Traffic Patterns

Unanimous Vote Directs City Officials To 'Do Whatever It Takes', Lawsuit May Be Filed

The Phoenix, AZ city council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to demand that the FAA reverse changes in traffic patterns at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after numerous complaints from citizens about noise and other issues.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Judge Orders Coast Guard To Maintain Oregon Helicopter Station

South Carolina Station Also To Remain Open Another Year

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter station in Newport, OR will remain open following a hearing in a lawsuit brought by Newport Fishermen's Wives. A Coast Guard station in Charleston, SC is also off the chopping block, at least for another year.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

San Diego Fire Department Authorized For Night Firefighting Flights

City's Two Aircraft Can Fight Fires At Night Outside The City Limits

The City of San Diego has authorized the use of its two firefighting helicopters at night outside the city limits.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Alaska Airlines Flight Attendants Ratify New Contract

Five Year Deal Includes Some Of The Best Pay In The Industry

Alaska Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO, voted to accept a tentative contract agreement on Wednesday that offers significant improvements for the 3,400 Flight Attendants at Alaska. Assistance was provided through mediation by the National Mediation Board.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Aviation Veteran William Ayer Named To NBAA Board Of Directors

Has Worked For More Than Three Decades In The Aviation Industry

The NBAA has named William S. “Bill” Ayer, a long-time general aviation pilot and aviation industry leader, to its Board of Directors. Ayer also serves on the Board of Directors for Honeywell, an NBAA Member Company.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

MQ-8B Fire Scout Flies Off Coast Guard Ship For The First Time

NGC, USCG, U.S. Navy Partner To Demonstrate Unmanned Mission Flexibility

The U.S. Coast Guard, in conjunction with Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy, flew the MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned helicopter off the national security cutter (NSC), USCGC Bertholf  Dec. 5 off the coast of Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, CA.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Etihad Airways Receives First Airbus A380

150th Of The Type Delivered By The Planemaker

At a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, welcomed the first of its ten new Airbus A380 aircraft. Etihad Airways is the thirteenth airline to operate the A380, and the aircraft is the 150th A380 delivered by Airbus.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Final Flight: The A-7 Corsair

Last Airplane Was In Service With The Hellenic Air Force In Greece

The last U.S. Navy A-7 Corsair aircraft retired from service in Greece on Oct. 17, after 39 years of flying with the Hellenic Air Force (HAF) – the final operator of the aircraft.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

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