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Sat, Feb 13, 2016

GA, Airline Associations Differ On AIRR Passage

Bill Cleared The House Transportation Committee Thursday

While AOPA expressed disappointment in the passage of the AIRR act by the House Transportation Committee Thursday, the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) welcomed what it said were important safety measures included in the bill.

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Sat, Feb 13, 2016

GAMA Welcomes Four New Companies

First Associate Members For Electric And Hybrid Propulsion Aircraft Also Approved

The Board of Directors of GAMA has approved Astronautics Corporation of America, Bloomington Corporate Holdings, Click Bond, and HondaJet as new members, and eight companies and organizations—Aero Electric Aircraft Corp, Airbus Group, Inc.—E-Fan, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, ICON Aircraft, Joby Aviation, Siemens AG, Terrafugia, and Zee.Aero—as its first associate members for electric and hybrid propulsion aircraft. GAMA announced the new associate member category last fall.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

House Transportation Committee Passes AIRR Act

Establishes Not-For-Profit Corporation To Operate Air Traffic Control

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Thursday approved legislation that establishes an independent, not-for-profit corporation outside of the federal government to modernize America’s air traffic control (ATC) system and provide air traffic services.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

House Science Committee Approves Aviation R&D Bill

Authorizes Funding For The FAA's Research, Engineering, And Development Account Through 2019

The Science, Space, and Technology Committee on Thursday approved the FAA Leadership in Groundbreaking High-Tech R&D Act, or FLIGHT R&D Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Steve Knight (R-CA).

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

NATA Clarifies Treatment Of GA Under AIRR Act

Legislation Leaves Wide Inconsistencies In GA User Fee Exemption

In a letter late Wednesday to House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) clarified how user fees will be applied to segments of general aviation under H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Electronic Stability And Protection System Now Standard On DA40 XLT

Garmin System To Help Prevent LOC Accidents

Diamond’s Lycoming IO360 powered 2016 DA40XLT is equipped with a long list of standard features and equipment that now also includes Garmin’s Electronic Stability & Protection System and Garmin’s new ADS-B.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Family Of Jeff Pino Says Memorial Service Will Be Private

Others Planning Public Remembrance Of Pilot Fatally Injured Last Week

The family of Jeff Pino, who was fatally injured last Friday when the P-51D "Big Beautiful Doll" he was piloting went down in Arizona, said that they will hold a private memorial service honoring the aviator.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Sinkhole Has Kept Packwood, WA Airport Closed Since October

Airplane Was Damaged After Hitting The Hole Last Year

The Packwood, WA airport (55S) has been closed since an accident in October of last year in which a homebuilt airplane hit a sinkhole in the runway.

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Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Mooney Acclaim Gets Update For 2016

Pilot-Side Door, Upgraded Avionics Mark M20V Acclaim Ultra

The engineers and designers at Mooney Aircraft have apparently been busy. In a special evening event, Mooney International Corporation unveiled the latest generation of its legendary M20 aircraft for 2016. The aircraft has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra.

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Thu, Feb 11, 2016

ADS-B In/Out Now Standard On All Diamond Aircraft Models

Garmin GTX Transponders To Be Standard Equipment

Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. (Canada) will be equipping all newly ordered US registered DA20, DA40, DA42 and DA62 aircraft with standard ADS-B IN /OUT Garmin 345 series transponders.

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