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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Reps Shuster, LoBiondo Issue Joint Statement On IG NextGen Report

Leaders Of The House Transportation Committee And Aviation Subcommittee Say Congress Must Be Involved

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) released a statement reacting to the U.S. DOT Inspector General’s report, entitled “ADS-B Benefits Are Limited Due to a Lack of Advanced Capabilities and Delays in User Equipage.”

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

AeroSports Update: The Dreaded Ramp Check

Professional Pilots Are Usually Ready For Ramp Checks But Recreational Flyers Sometimes Fall Short Because They Are Not Clear On The Rules

Most Federal Aviation Regulations make sense because they are aimed at aviation safety. Some of the safety related rules may seem arbitrary, but they are intended to establish minimum safety standards. Other rules may not be safety related are usually rules that require pilots to show compliance with the regulations. This is what a ramp check is all about.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Indiana’s Marsha Fulton Wins Fairchild 24H

Grand Prize Winner Of EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes

Who could forget the beautifully-restored Fairchild 24H Deluxe that sat for the week of AirVenture near the tower ... and the lines of people signing small slips of paper with hopes of winning the airplane as part of EAA's annual Aircraft Sweepstakes. Well, if you're wondering who won the airplane, wonder no more.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Huerta Calls For Full Review Of FAA Contingency Plans, Security Protocols

Follows Incident At Aurora, IL Air Traffic Facility

FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta has announced that the agency is conducting a 30-day review of contingency plans and security protocols for its major facilities, after a criminal action by a contractor on Friday knocked out communications equipment at an FAA high-altitude air traffic facility in Aurora, IL.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

AOPA Medical Advisory Board Supports Third Class Medical Reform

Addresses Letter To DOT And OMB Calling For Expedited Review

The AOPA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Sun Flyer Enters Next Development Phase

Initial Flight Tests Underway In Colorado

Aero Electric Aircraft Corp. (AEAC) has entered the next phase of development for its Sun Flyer solar-electric training aircraft. AEAC, in conjunction with its development partner Bye Aerospace, is performing initial R&D flight-test operations with the solar-electric technology demonstrator at Centennial Airport near Denver, CO.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

FAA SAIB Issued For Some de Havilland Moth Series Airplanes

Focus Is On Maintenance Of Wood Structures

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to alert operators and owners of de Havilland Models DH60, DH82, DH83, and other Moth series airplanes that utilize wooden structure of an airworthiness concern, specifically maintenance practices with respect to wood structure.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

UK Flying Club Hopes To Build 12 Spitfire Replicas

First Is Already Completed And Should Fly Next Week

A flight instructor with the Enstone Flying Club in Oxfordshire, UK, has embarked on an ambitious project to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The club hopes to build a dozen 90-percent-scale Supermarine Mk 26B Spitfires by the anniversary date.

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Wed, Oct 01, 2014

Avidyne Extends Relationship With Duncan Aviation

Becomes Exclusive Worldwide Repair Center For EX500 Display Systems

Avidyne has  extended their repair service agreement with Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Nebraska, to include Avidyne’s EX500 series of multi-function displays (MFD).  Duncan Aviation will now be the exclusive provider of repair services for Avidyne customers that are using the EX500, as well as its first-generation Flight Situation Displays (FSD) and early-model FlightMax Multi-Function Displays (MFD).

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Colorado Company Designs 'Dream Chaser' Airplane

Described As An 'Affordable High Altitude Long Endurance' Aircraft

A company in Colorado is designing an aircraft it is calling the "Dream Chaser" .. and no, it's not Sierra Nevada Corp's space system.

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