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May 06, 2013

Seventy Mayors Address Letter To FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

City Leaders Express Concerns About The Potential Closure Of Contract Towers

Seventy Mayors and community leaders from around the country whose communities would be affected by the FAA’s potential, scheduled closure of contract air traffic control towers have written a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The letter expresses concern over the impact of these potential closures on their communities, and highlights the vital role of local airports to businesses, organizations, emergency services, and the economy as a whole.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna 206 Exhaust Systems

Bulletin Applies To T206H Airplanes

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-13-07R1) concerning potential in-flight fires on Cessna T206H airplanes associated with an exhaust system issue. The agency says that there is the potential for in-flight fire as a result of failure of the V-band coupling (V-band clamp) securing the tailpipe to the turbocharger or the wastegate elbow to the wastegate valve.

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Pilots Increasingly Turn To Distance Learning For Aviation Studies

FAA Expresses 'Concern' About Virtual Learning Options

With more online classes emerging for aviation students, an increasing number of student pilots are reportedly turning to distance learning to help gain their aviation qualifications. U.K.-based pilot supply shop Flightstore says distance learning is proving to be a popular choice for aviation students looking to achieve their qualifications in their own time, however the FAA has expressed some concerns about the amount of students choosing virtual learning options.

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FAA Delays Layoff Of Contract Weather Observers

Extends Contract Through The End Of The Fiscal Year

Saying it needs to get "more stakeholder input" on contract weather monitoring at 121 airports, the FAA said Wednesday that it plans to delay cancelling contracts with weather observers at those facilities and transferring the duties to air traffic controllers. The contracts have been extended through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

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Military Out At Dayton Air Show

Organizers Expect A 30 Percent Drop In Attendance

Organizers of the Dayton Air Show say that attendance could be down as much as 30 percent because there will be no military presence at the show this year. The show normally draws about 70,000 people over a weekend.

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