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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Gone West: Former Astronaut And U.S. Senator John Glenn

American Hero And Icon Was The First American To Orbit The Earth, And Became The Oldest Person To Travele In Space

The first American to orbit the Earth, and the oldest person to travel in space, has slipped into the history books. John Glenn, by any measure a true American hero and icon, passed away Thursday at the age of 95.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Santa Monica Puts Brakes On FBO Eviction

Judge Has Not Yet Ruled On Injunction Against Ousting The Businesses

The Santa Monica City Council has decided to put its fight to oust two FBOs from Santa Monica Airport (KSMO) until after the holidays, which has airport opponents concerned.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Airborne 12.08.16: Trump v AF1, Gordon Bennett Cup '17, Skydiving At Casa Grande

Also: Intoxicated Pilot, Seaplane Pilots, AEA/EASA, Drones As Lifesavers, ISS Update, T-50A Flight Ops, Safran

President-elect, Donald Trump set the world of aviation and the media slightly off center when he tweeted the following: “Boeing is building a brand-new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Then, during an impromptu television interview following his tweet, Mr. Trump said "Well, the plane is totally out of control. It's gonna be over 4 billion dollars - and, I think it's ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money but not that much money." Here’s a report for our aviation minded friends who are looking for an excuse to travel to a beautiful location. From September 7 through the 16th, 2017, Gruyères, Switzerland will h

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Search Continues For Missing Marine In Japan

Ejected From F/A-18 Hornet Off The Coast Of Japan Wednesday

The Marine Corps is continuing its search for a pilot who went missing after ejecting from his F/A-18 Hornet Wednesday off the coast of Japan.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Justice Department Clears Alaska Air Group's Acquisition Of Virgin America

Alaska Was Not Required To Divest Any Assets To Win DOJ Approval

The Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has completed its review and approved Alaska Air Group's acquisition of Virgin America. Alaska Air Group is the parent company of Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

DOT IG: FAA Lacks A Risk-Based Oversight Process For Civil UAS

Self-Initiated Audit Resulted In Six Recommendations To The Agency

Recognizing that the growing demand for civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations presents new safety oversight challenges for the FAA, and given the significant and complex challenges of safely integrating UAS into the National Airspace System and the increasing number of UAS operations, the DOT Inspector General's office initiated an audit of FAA’s processes for approving civil UAS operations and overseeing the safe operation of UAS.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Electric-Flight Record Heralds New Era Of Aviation

Walter Extra Sets Record For Time To Climb To 3,000 Meters

Walter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set an FAI world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

APFA President Calls On Chao To Reverse NAI Approval

Calls 'Lame Duck' Decision A 'Potential Disaster For America's Airlines'

Bob Ross, National President of APFA, the world's largest independent Flight Attendant union, has called on Secretary of Transportation nominee Elaine Chao to reverse the Obama administration’s eleventh-hour approval of Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) application to begin US operations.

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

AeroSports Update: The Issue Of Running Out Of Fuel

Running An Airplane Out Of Fuel Is An Inexcusable Error, But It Still Happens

The loss of LaMia Airline flight 2933 in Columbia late last month has once again raised the specter of an aircraft running out of fuel. At this time, no official finding has been published, but initial evidence is leading to speculation that fuel starvation led to this crash. Despite the fact that recreational flyers are operating small aircraft, both small aircraft and airline operating rules address minimum fuel planning criteria.    

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Thu, Dec 08, 2016

Yuneec Releases Breeze First-Person View Controller For Immersive Flying Experie

Breeze First-Person View Controller Enhances Flying Accuracy And Turns Smart Device Into Display Screen

Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, has announced the availability of its all-new Breeze First-Person View Controller, creating a new means to pilot the "ultimate flying camera."

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