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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

AeroSports Update: ASI Runway Incursion Course Helps GA Pilots

AOPA Air Safety Institute Releases New Course To Help Pilots Avoid Runway Incursions

Runway and taxiway incursions by general aviation aircraft continue to be a top priority safety issue with the FAA. It’s easy to think that, “It will never happen to me,” but the fact is, it can happen and it does happen.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Thune And Nelson Send Joint Letter On FAA Vulnerabilities

Asks Huerta For 'Full Accounting" On Status Of GAO Recommendations

U.S. Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Bill Nelson (D-FL), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, have sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta and the DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx regarding a recent GAO report that identified vulnerabilities to FAA information systems.

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Thu, Mar 05, 2015

Airborne 03.05.15: AW609 Milestone, EASA Cert: S-76D, UAVs Coming To Oshkosh!

Also: SAFE, PC-12 Theft Thwarted, MyGoFlight Heli Solutions, Updated: Bell 412EPI, Big Bell 'Relentless' Deal

The AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor program has achieved a key milestone which is the initiation of the production phase in anticipation of the first customer deliveries. The company has expanded the AW609 TiltRotor program to include the AgustaWestland Philadelphia facility through its designation as the first final assembly line for the only civil tiltrotor in development to date.  This represents the anticipated progression towards assembly and certification with the FAA as the main certification authority. EASA approved the Type Certificate for the VIP variant of the S-76D helicopter over two years after the FAA certified the baseline model of the aircraft, allowing the aircraft to be operated in Europe. The announcement was made at the 2015 Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show. The latest innovations, unmanned aircraft demonstrations, and a wo

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Wed, Mar 04, 2015

GAO Finds U.S. Air Traffic System Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

Finds Weaknesses In Controls Designed To Prevent Unauthorized Network Access

In a recent report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that while the FAA has taken steps to protect its air traffic control systems from cyber-based and other threats, significant security control weaknesses remain, threatening the agency's ability to ensure the safe and uninterrupted operation of the national airspace system (NAS).

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Wed, Mar 04, 2015

WAI Announces Pioneer Hall Of Fame Inductees For 2015

Mother Daughter Team From Waco, Texas Among Those To Be Honored At Annual Conference

Women in Aviation International has announced the induction of mother daughter team, Deanie and Nancy Parrish of Wings Across America; Priscilla (Pat) Blum, founder of the Corporate Angel Network;  and Phoebe Omlie, extraordinary aviation trailblazer, into the Women in Aviation International’s prestigious Pioneer Hall of Fame.

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Wed, Mar 04, 2015

Redbird Names Michael Clifford COO

Former CIO At Whole Foods To Join Redbird Management Team

Redbird Flight Simulations of Austin, Texas announced today a key addition to its executive leadership team with the hiring of Michael Clifford as Chief Operating Officer.

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