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Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Peter Neffenger Stepping Down From TSA

Will Leave The Agency On Inauguration Day

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger will step down from his post in January 20th, according to an agency spokesman.

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Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Santa Monica Airport Supporter Says City Cannot Close Airport

Holds That City Does Not Have Complete Control Over The Land Despite Ownership

In a letter to the editor to the Santa Monica Lookout News newspaper, writer Bill Worden says that the city cannot close the airport due to agreements made with the U.S. Government in 1948 and beyond.

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Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Aero-TV: True Blue Power - A Natural Evolution for Lithium-Ion

As Battery Technology Becomes More Sophisticated, True Blue Power Is At the Tip of the Spear…
 
It seems like we’ve heard a lot of negativity about lithium-ion batteries as it relates to exploding telephones and other electrical appliances being carried onboard an airplane. However, when the technology is applied correctly, True Blue Power has demonstrated that it can be a primary battery power source for an aircraft that has numerous advantages.

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Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Red Cross And Citizens Highlight Santa Monica Airport’s Emergency-Response Role

Ten Aircraft Participate In Simulated Natural Disaster Exercise

On the otherwise unremarkable morning of Jan. 14, 10 airplanes from five airports across Los Angeles County landed at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO), to demonstrate the importance of the historic airfield in serving the community during times of crisis.

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Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Tommy Allsup, Former Buddy Holly Guitarist, Dies At Age 85

Coin Toss Kept Him Off The Airplane That Went Down On 'The Day The Music Died'

By losing a coin toss, Tommy Allsup had a long life. The former guitarist for Buddy Holly passed away last week at a hospital in Springfield, MO due to complications from a hernia operation. He was 85.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Disorganized/Combative Santa Monica Anti-Airport Foes Threaten Av-Businesses

February 4th 'Protest' Promises Disruptions Of Law-Abiding Aero-Businesses

The foes of aviation surrounding Santa Monica are making threats to further disrupt aviation business at the Santa Monica airport. Though quite disorganized and fighting amongst themselves, publicly, they vow that a February 4th protest targeting Atlantic Aviation, in particular, will take place. Using faulty rhetoric and some twisted facts, what has been determined to be a vocal minority of the SMO community is planning to disrupt airport operations by occupying the right of way near the largest airport FBO and targeting both the FBO and its clientele (tortious interference, anyone?). But, all is not right in NIMBYville... the internal infighting among the foes of the airport has become quite public and quite vicious. Anti-airport NIMBYs are accusing the city government of failing to act aggressively enough against the airport and the FAA of waging an illegal battle to keep the airport open.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere With ATC, According To ARRL

American Radio Relay League Files Complaint With The FCC

In what it calls an “extremely urgent complaint” to the FCC, The American Radio Relay League ARRL has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

NTSB Releases Prelim In Arizona Fatal Accident

Four Fatally Injured When Aircraft Impacted Mountainous Terrain

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred on January 2 that resulted in the fatal injury of a pilot and three passengers aboard a Cessna 210.

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Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Lawsuit Against Pilot In MD Midair Collision Dropped

Suit Against Contract ATC Company Is Still Pending

A lawsuit filed against the pilot of an aircraft which collided with a helicopter near Frederick, MD has been dropped by the families of the people aboard the helicopter who were fatally injured in the accident.

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Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Coast Flight Training Announces New Facility In San Marcos, TX

U. S. Military Helicopter Pilots Train For Careers With Envoy/American Airlines

Coast Flight Training is expanding from its San Diego headquarters to establish a second location for its airline flight training program in San Marcos, TX. The new training facilities in San Marcos will focus on training U. S. Military helicopter pilots who are transitioning to in-demand careers as civilian airline pilots for the nation's top airlines.

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