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Fri, May 22, 2015

Florida Man Indicted On Federal Charges For Flying Gyrocopter To U.S. Capitol

Defendant Faces Up To 9 1/2 Years In Prison For Six Felony And Misdemeanor Offenses

Douglas Hughes, 61, of Ruskin, FL, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges stemming from the April 15, 2015 incident in which he flew a gyrocopter into Washington, D.C., and landed on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

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Fri, May 22, 2015

Hartzell Top Props Now Available For Various Mooney Models

Receives STCs For Aluminum And Composite Props

Hartzell’s Top Prop program has acquired two propeller Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for late model Mooney aircraft, including the M20R Ovation, Ovation II, Ovation III, M20S Eagle, and M20TN Acclaim. Hartzell Propeller upgrade installation kits are available for all horsepower and horsepower upgrades, including 244 hp, 280 hp, and 310 hp.

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Fri, May 22, 2015

FlightSafety International Instructors Receive FAA Gold Seal Certification

Sixteen Instructors Recognized With The Prestigious Designation

Sixteen flight instructors with FlightSafety International recently received the prestigious gold seal instructor certificate from the FAA.

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Thu, May 21, 2015

FAA Issues Emergency AD For Avidyne

Avidyne IFDs Found To Have Displayed Incorrect Course Deviation Indication Information During GPS Approaches

The latest Emergency AD to be issued by the FAA has involved the new generation avionics systems introduced by Avidyne. According to the Emergency AD, the action was prompted by "...reports of Avidyne IFDs displaying incorrect course deviation indication information during GPS approaches (incorrect display of lateral deviations). This condition occurs when the airplane is flying in certain approaches, the leg to the Final Approach Fix (FAF) is active, and the leg to the FAF is not aligned with the final approach course (i.e., an angled entry to the FAF...

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Thu, May 21, 2015

Senate Commerce Committee Delves Into ATC Reform

Panel Heard Tuesday From FAA, Industry

The Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday held a hearing on possible reforms for the U.S. Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. The hearing took place as Congress prepares new FAA reauthorization legislation. The legislation will determine the FAA’s funding and priorities in the coming years, including work to continue to evolve the nation’s aviation traffic system to a Next Generation, or “NextGen” system. The agency’s current authorizing legislation, passed by Congress and signed into law in 2012, is set to expire in September.

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Thu, May 21, 2015

East Hampton Airport Restrictions Enforcement Delayed

Airport Given A Three-Week Reprieve In Response To Request For A Temporary Restraining Order

In a positive development for operators at embattled East Hampton Airport (KHTO) on New York’s Long Island, the town of East Hampton said May 18 it would not enforce the noise and access restrictions that it adopted last month for at least three more weeks.

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Thu, May 21, 2015

Piper Aircraft Announces EASA Approved Flight Training Courses

Authorization Covers Instruction In Meridian, M500, M350 Aircraft

Piper Aircraft has announced European OK Aviation Group to establish a Piper authorized training center, offering EASA approved, specific flight training services for current Meridian, M500, and M350 production aircraft.

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Thu, May 21, 2015

First Cessna Citation Enters Commercial Airline Service In Europe

German Carrier First To Fly CJ4 As A Commercial Airliner

German carrier Hahn Air Lines, is operating a fleet of Cessna Citation CJ4s for scheduled airline service, making the CJ4 the first Citation business jet to be used for commercial airline service. The German scheduled and charter airline operator uses the CJ4 for its Dusseldorf / Luxembourg route, giving Hahn Air the efficiency and performance of a Citation and its passengers the comfort and amenities of the spacious business jet cabin.

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Thu, May 21, 2015

Law Firm Unable To Prevent NTSB From Posting Probable Cause Report

 Lawyers Had Said The Report Would Be 'Irreparably Harmful' To A Plaintiff In A Wrongful Death Suit

A Philadelphia law firm has been unsuccessful in an attempt to have an NTSB probable cause report pulled from its website for 30 days.

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