American And US Airways Merge, Boeing Introduces The 777X, Airbus Flies The A350XWB
The year was filled with ups and downs for the American Airlines/US Airways merger, as the two companies had to not only come to terms with their labor unions but also fight a challenge from the U.S. Justice Department. In spite of the challenges, the merger went through as American emerged from bankruptcy. Boeing, meanwhile, introduced the latest version of its 777 long-haul workhorse, and the FAA finally finalized rules concerning how many hours a pilot needs to have before graduating to the right seat of an airliner. First flights included the A350WB, Bombardier's CSeries, and Boeing's 787-9. Here are some of the airline stories from our archives for 2013.
Multi-Format E-Book Will Be Released Shortly After Sebring Sport Aviation Expo
While the Aero-News and Kindred Spirit Press crews are working diligently on both the upcoming 3rd Edition of the SportPlane Resource Guide and the all-new AeroSports Guide books, we are well aware of the need for some introductory information to provide guidance RIGHT NOW to those looking at the many offerings available to the LSA and SportPlane enthusiast. The SportPlane Resource Guide, a book that energized the Sport Aviation community and reportedly was involved in the decision-making process that aided thousands of people in flying and buying/building their own personal flying machines, is being aggressively researched for the upcoming next edition… which will be made available in
New Airplanes Announced, First Flights Completed, And Some Significant Shifts In The Biz-Av Landscape
One of the year’s biggest business aviation stories came late in the year, as Textron bought Beechcraft, keeping the legacy U.S. planemaker under U.S. control. China got Enstrom helicopters, and AgustaWestland showed off its new, innovative tiltrotor aircraft. A bevy of new bizjets were announced, made first flights, or were certified in the past year. Here are some of the stories from the realm of business aviation during 2013.
Focus On Seat Restraints, ELTs, Carb Ice, Securing Cargo, And Self-Locking Nuts
As the year drew to a close, the NTSB issued five new Safety Alerts that provide general aviation (GA) pilots with mitigating strategies for preventing accidents. These Safety Alerts follow five that were issued in March at a Board Meeting that focused on the most frequent types of general aviation accidents.
State Pressing On Despite Being Passed Over As An FAA Testing Site
The state of Florida will continue to work to attract companies that develop Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) despite being passed over by the FAA as one of six sites where the aircraft will be tested and evaluated for integration into the National Airspace System (NAS).
Zhejiang Loong Airlines, based in Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang province in Eastern China, has signed its first purchase agreement with Airbus, for 20 A320 Family aircraft, including 11 A320ceo and nine A320neo, becoming the latest Airbus customer. The agreement follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in September at the Beijing Airshow.
"At a time when many people are putting together their list of resolutions for the coming year, these five Safety Alerts remind pilots, mechanics and passengers of basic safety precautions to add to their checklists to ensure a safe flight for all on board." Source: NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman.