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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

U.S. House Hearing Will Examine State Of U.S. Aviation Manufacturing

Witness List Includes AEA's Blakey, GAMA's Bunce

The Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, chaired by Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing Wednesday to review the state of American aviation manufacturing, including economic health and challenges facing the industry.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Five To Receive $1,000 Toward An ADS-B Upgrade

AEA Making Awards Through Random Drawings At Oshkosh

To help incentivize owners of GA aircraft to meet the FAA's ADS-B Out mandate, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Appeals Court Says FAA May Not Prevent Texas EquuSearch From Using Drones

Once Again, A Federal Judges Has Ruled That The FAA Cannot Stop The Use Of Commercial Drones Unless They Are Enforcing Published Regulations ... The FAA Has A Differing Opinion

Earlier this year ANN published a story about Texas EquuSearch, a nonprofit organization that helps local authorities search for missing persons. Texas EquuSearch had begun using drones to enhance their search ability in remote areas and rough terrain. The FAA had notified Texas EquuSearch by e-mail that their use of a drone was in fact a commercial operation and they were not allowed to do it under the threat of fines levied by the FAA.

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Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Garmin Releases GTN’s Fifth Major Update

Adds Capability With Connext Cockpit Connectivity, WireAware, Additional Features

Garmin has introduced additional enhancements and new features for the GTN touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan transfer between the GTN 750/650 series navigators and Garmin Pilot.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

FAA Attempting To Regulate Model Aviation Through Rules Interpretation

Model Aircraft Flyers And Pilots Of Full Scale Aircraft Are Running Into Similar Problems With FAA Rules Application

Model aviation is the foundation of many of the aviation advances we enjoy today. In the history of aviation, early experiments started with miniature aircraft and, even today, sophisticated aircraft are commonly first produced in a scaled-down version for initial testing. Modelers call the big guys “full scale” and they are now running into some of the same “full scale” concerns with the FAA rulemaking process as the full scale flyers.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

Garmin Introduces The New Flight Stream 110/210

Enhances Connext With Wireless Cockpit Connectivity To Mobile Devices

Garmin has unveiled an expanded Connext portfolio of products and features, to include wireless connectivity between select Garmin avionics and Garmin Pilot on an iPad/iPhone and certain Android mobile devices. When paired with compatible Garmin avionics, the Flight Stream 110 can share weather, traffic, GPS information, SiriusXM Aviation weather and SiriusXM satellite radio on mobile devices operating Garmin Pilot.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

General Aviation Engine Technology: The Next Big Thing

Analyst Brian Foley Says More Diesel Options Likely To Come To Market

Every industry has periodic innovation leaps that markedly differentiates its new products from legacy ones. Advances in cockpit electronics were a recent example for small general aviation aircraft, with pilots offered flat panel screens instead of gauges, precise GPS navigation, graphical depictions of weather and traffic and even synthetic vision that portrays the outside world even when it’s obscured.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report From 2012 SR22 Accident

Two Florida Residents Fatally Injured When Plane Went Down In Indiana

The NTSB has released a probable cause report for an accident which occurred in October, 2012 that resulted in the fatal injury of two people on board a Cirrus SR22. The report cites both the pilot and Air Traffic Control as contributing to the accident.

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Tue, Jul 22, 2014

City Of Kissimmee, FL Welcomes New Aviation College

Aviator College Of Aeronautical Science & Technology To Open At Kissimmee Gateway Airport

The City of Kissimmee’s Economic Development Office has announced that Aviator College of Aeronautical Science & Technology, will open a new campus at Kissimmee Gateway Airport in central Florida in early 2015. This Kissimmee facility will offer airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics classes that go towards preparation of FAA A&P certifications.

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Mon, Jul 21, 2014

UK CAA To Shift To Performance-Based Safety Regulations

Process Will Take Up To Two Years, Officials Say

The Civil Aviation Authority in the UK will become a performance-based regulator in the wake of a series of reports on North Sea helicopter accidents, according to Mark Swan, the Authority's director of Safety and Airspace Regulation.

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