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Mon, May 02, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 En Route To Phoenix

Flight Expected To Take About 16 Hours

Solar Impulse 2 departed Moffett Field in San Francisco at at 12:03 UTC (0803 EDT) en route to Phoenix, the next stop on its around-the-world attempt using only solar energy.

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Mon, May 02, 2016

Airborne 05.02.16: Delta Buys CSeries, Tecnam P2010, Skydiving Competition

Also: Small UAS Rules, Blue Angels/Sully, SpaceX, LOC Accidents, F-35 Program, FlexJet-Flight Options, Airplane Rescue

The Bombardier C-Series aircraft program received a major boost when Delta Airlines executed a firm agreement for the purchase of seventy five CS100 aircraft with an option for an additional fifty CS100’s. Delta may elect to convert a number of these aircraft into CS300’s at a later date. Based on the list price of the CS100 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $5.6 billion. Even though Tecnam’s P 2010 four-place aircraft only recently received its EASA and FAA type certification, Tecnam has now received approval for level I major changes that will enhance the aircraft. The revision validates the use of the GFC 700 autopilot, fully integrated with the G1000 glass flight deck. The GFC 700 is an AHRS-based automatic flight control sys

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Mon, May 02, 2016

Classic Aero-TV: Honoring Our Nation’s Bravest - VAC’s ‘Total Eclipse'

A Very Generous Donation...

At EAA AirVenture 2012 Eclipse Aerospace CEO and Chairman, Mason Holland, speaks before a gathered crowd about the involvement of Eclipse Aerospace in a charitable venture known as the Veterans Airlift Command. In the video, Holland stands in front of an Eclipse 500 that has been refurbished, brought up to current standards, and donated to the Veterans Airlift Command.

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Mon, May 02, 2016

SpaceX Wins National Security Launch Contract

SpaceX Wins The Contract From Competitor ULA Because They Were The Only Bidder

SpaceX has been looking to obtain a national security launch contract but United Launch Alliance (ULA), which is a joint venture by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, has been the preferred provider. This time, ULA elected not to bid and SpaceX was awarded the contract by default.

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Mon, May 02, 2016

ALPA Hails Congressional Opposition To Norwegian Air International

Lawmakers Direct DOT To Enforce U.S.-EU Air Transport Agreement

Bipartisan legislation (H.R. 5090) was introduced in the U.S. House Thursday that directs the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to require foreign airlines to meet the standards agreed to in U.S. air transport agreements before allowing them to fly to the United States––a clear signal of strong congressional opposition to Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) foreign air carrier permit application.  

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Mon, May 02, 2016

AeroSports Update: Innovators Wanted At Aviation Gateway Park

The EAA AirVenture Aviation Gateway Park Has Something Of Interest For Everyone

EAA tells us that the AirVenture Aviation Gateway Park, a popular destination at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 as it combined technology, innovation, education, and drones, will be bigger and better than ever this year with expanded programs and activities. The 2016 version will offer more ways to engage with aviation ranging from hands-on experiences to career exploration.

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Mon, May 02, 2016

JetBlue To Boost Competition On The East Coast

Airline To Launch New Service Between LaGuardia And Logan, With Fares Starting At $49

JetBlue announced new service that will enhance options in the New York metropolitan area and bring Boston customers increased choices for travel to New York. Starting on Monday, October 31, of this year, JetBlue will offer six-times weekday service between LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Logan International Airport (BOS).

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Mon, May 02, 2016

Delta Orders Additional Airbus A321 Jets

Order For 37 More A321s Brings The Total Order Book To 82 Of The Large Narrowbody Aircraft

Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with Airbus to acquire 37 additional A321s as part of its efforts to renew its narrowbody fleet. The fuel-efficient A321s will replace older-generation jets, including the MD-88.

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Mon, May 02, 2016

Machinists Union Applauds Congress For Acting To Stop NAI Scheme

The IAM Rejects The Approval For Norwegian Air International To Serve The U.S. Market

Since the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an order proposing to grant a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International, both Congress and U.S. unions have not been happy. More than 200 members of Congress have sent letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx, calling for him to deny the NAI application.

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Mon, May 02, 2016

FAA Small UAS Rules Getting Closer

Proposed Regulations For Small UAS Operation Have Been Forwarded To The OMB For A Final Look

After waiting for an extended time, the FAA has finally forwarded its proposed regulations for small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to the White House for a final review. According to a report on ‘hlregulation.com,’ this move presents the final opportunity for interested parties to have an effect on the outcome of the regulation.

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