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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Gatwick’s Investment Program Increases To £2.5 Billion

Airport Calls For Consultants To Deliver A Second Runway

Gatwick Airport has announced the acceleration and expansion of its investment program, totalling £2.5 billion (approx. $3.6 billion), to cope with rapid passenger growth, and has opened discussions with contractors about building its second runway.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Airborne 02.12.16: NEW Mooney!, Not-So-Good GAMA Stats, DA40 Upgrades

Also: A350-1000 Final Assembly, Barnstorming: ATC Privatization, Lithium Issue, Boeing Cuts, Tillamook C-27, Sywell Aerodrome, Massive Airship 
 
Mooney International Corporation unveiled the latest generation of its legendary M20 aircraft for 2016. The aircraft has been designated the M20V Acclaim Ultra. The new Acclaim Ultra features detail improvements to the overall fuselage – including a first-ever pilot door and composite-wrapped cabin, a clean-sheet interior design, and instrument panel enhancements. The Ultra is powered by the Continental TSIO-550-G, 280 horsepower engine, and Mooney claims a speed of 242 knots. GAMA has released the 2015 worldwide year-end aircraft shipment and billing numbers at its annual “State of the Industry” press conference, and the news was pretty dismal for much of the industry. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s Chairman, Aaron Hilkemann, announced that total worldwide gener

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Airborne 02.11.16: Drone #s Increase, Fokker D. VIII Replica, Gulfstream G500

Also: Albania Auction, Aero-Community: AEA!, 500 F-35 Hours, SeaPort Airlines, Maxcraft Avionics, Air Power Museum, Webb Space Telescope

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a UAV conference Monday that the number of drones now in its registry has surpassed the number of manned aircraft registered by the agency. Huerta said that more than 325,000 people have registered their unmanned aircraft since the program launched on December 21. If you’re looking for an exquisite Fokker D8, we know where there’s one available. A project to build an authentic replica of a World War One Fokker D8 begun by Neil Good in Rhinebeck, New York in the 1970s has recently been completed, and is being offered for sale. The project was finished by noted World War One aircraft builder Fred Murrin in Pennsylvania for New York aviation enthusiast Brian Caughlin. It is thought to be th

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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

F-35 Program Moving Forward, Addressing Challenges, Official Says

Bogdan: Program 'Is Accelerating, Growing, And Changing'

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program is moving forward while addressing various challenges, according to the program's executive officer.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Airbus Starts A350-1000 Final Assembly

Largest Member Of A350 XWB Family Becomes Reality

Airbus has started final assembly of the first A350-1000 on schedule at the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. This A350-1000, one of three flight test aircraft to be built, will take to the skies for its maiden flight before the end of 2016. A350-1000 deliveries will start in mid-2017.

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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

JetBlue Launches JetBlue Technology Ventures In Silicon Valley

Goal Is To Shape The Future Travel Experience

On the day JetBlue celebrated the 16th anniversary of its first flight, the airline announced the launch of JetBlue Technology Ventures, a wholly owned subsidiary that will invest in, incubate and partner with early stage startups at the intersection of technology, travel and hospitality.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Southwest Airlines Reports Record Profit Sharing

Gives Employees Record $620 Million For 2015

Southwest Airlines will share $620 million through its ProfitSharing Plan with its Employees for 2015—equaling approximately 15.6 percent of each eligible Employee's eligible compensation, or the equivalent of eight weeks' pay.

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Fri, Feb 12, 2016

World Fuel Services Corporation To Acquire ExxonMobil Affiliates

Deal Includes Fueling Operations At 83 International Airport Locations

A wholly-owned subsidiary of World Fuel Services Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire from certain ExxonMobil affiliates their aviation fueling operations at 83 airports in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Further, an additional three locations in France are expected to be added to the definitive agreement subject to certain required reviews associated with such transaction.

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