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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Airborne 11.24.14: FAA Ready To Restrict UAVs?, Sonex's 500th!, Trig TT31 AML

Also: SWAPA Files For NMB, XCOR Milestone, RV Video Tips, Levil's New APP, Ready For AirVenture?

In breaking news, ANN has learned that the upcoming regs for UAVs are likely to be highly restrictive. The rules would require commercial UAV operators to have a licence, and flights would be limited to under 400 feet during daylight hours only within sight of the person operating the aircraft. Additionally, all UAVs that weigh less than 55 pounds would be covered by the same set of rules. Sonex Aircraft, passed a major benchmark last week, as news was received from Christopher Madsen of Huntsville, Alabama that his AeroVee powered, Standard Gear Sonex flew for the first time on September 23rd. The addition of Chris's aircraft brings the company's database of completed and flown aircraft to 500 reported first flights! In order to facilitate movement in contract negotiations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Asso

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

United States, Mexico Reach Agreement On Air Transport

Removes Barriers To Market Access For Passenger And Cargo Airlines

U.S. government officials led by the Department of State’s Economic and Business Affairs Bureau reached agreement, ad referendum, on a new civil aviation agreement between the United States and Mexico. The agreement will enter into force on January 1, 2016, after both parties have completed their necessary routine internal processes.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

FAA Announces NextGen Upgrade For Washington, D.C. Airspace

Improvements Will Benefit Holiday Travelers, Agency Says

Just in time for the busy holiday travel season, the FAA announced that the Washington, D.C. Metroplex is the first in the nation to have three, state-of-the-art, satellite-based "highways in the sky" running side by side by side, each dedicated to one of the three major airports in the region.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

DOT IG Rips FAA At House Hearing

Says Budget Continues To Grow Despite Drop In Air Traffic

The DOT's Inspector General Calvin Scovel III offered a less-than-flattering assessment of the FAA during a hearing last week before the House Transportation Committee, which will write the agency's next reauthorization bill.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

New Crew Arrives At Space Station

Expedition 42 Crew Made Six-Hour Journey To ISS

Three new crew members representing the United States, Russia and Italy are at the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz TMA-15M vehicle docked to the International Space Station at 9:48 p.m. EST, above the Pacific Ocean, approaching the coast of Ecuador.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Eight Fatally Injured In Romanian Helicopter Accident

Two Survived When The IAR-330 Puma Went Down

Eight NATO service members were fatally injured Friday when the Romanian-build IAR-330 Puma helicopter they were aboard went down during a training exercise.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

AeroSports Update: Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Customers Chip In

Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Has Made Lots Of Friends, And When Paul Remde Asked For Help, Good Friends And Good Business Paid Off

A couple of months ago we reported that Paul Remde, the owner of Cumulus Soaring, Inc. posted the following message on his website: “I love my job. I enjoy supporting the soaring community and helping soaring pilots. I am very thankful for all the soaring friends I have made and the trust placed in me by soaring pilots from around the world. But I have come to a crossroads in my life and business and I need your help to be able to continue. I want to continue to support the gliding community for many more years.”

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Airbus Helicopters Looks To Reduce Mississippi, Texas Staffs

Offered Severance Packages As Helo Sales Slow Worldwide

Airbus Helicopters has offered its employees working in Lowndes County, MS voluntary severance packages as sales of helicopters slow worldwide.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Teamsters Win Midwest Seniority Case For Flight Attendants

Arbitrator Found Union Proposal 'Most Fair And Equitable'

The Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 135 prevailed in the Midwest Seniority Integration Arbitration on November 18, when labor arbitrator Homer C. La Rue found the Teamsters' proposal to be the most "fair and equitable" method to integrate Republic and former Midwest flight attendants.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

EAA Seeks Path Forward On Stadium Overflights

Flights Became More Common, Popular Following Sequestration In 2013

This week, EAA representatives met with FAA officials to explore possibilities to continue popular stadium overflights in experimental category aircraft, including those prior to NFL games, NASCAR races, and other major public events.

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