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"In its ongoing effort to revise and evolve its organizational structure and business model to ensure long-term sustainability, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today the departure of its president & CEO Mike Houghton...." In releases issued as most of America was still scarfing up leftover turkey and stuffing (with extra gravy), GA's remaining All-American powerhouse, Textron -- the parent to Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft and Lycoming Engines -- has officially commented on and confirmed their purchase of Beech. That could be the
Huerta Is Confirmed As Administrator, Congress Passes The Small Aircraft Revitalization Act, And Textron Buys Beechcraft For Christmas
There were some significant developments in the world of General Aviation in the year just past. Congress finally made it easier to have airplanes and parts certified, and the last stand-alone legacy American aircraft manufacturer was bought up by a corporate conglomerate ... but it will stay in U.S. hands. Along the way, there was a new FAA administrator and new DOT Secretary confirmed by the Senate, and auto gas made the trip to Oshkosh, where the EAA was forced to pay a hefty fee for air traffic control services. Here are just a few of the stories that were significant to GA in 2013.
First Flights, Electric Aircraft, World's Records Topped The Category This Year
Sport Aviation saw several world's records as well as some real innovations in the areas of new propulsion systems and new aircraft in 2013. There were also significant developments with aircraft in progress, such as a weight waiver from the FAA for the ICON A5 LSA which had some other LSA companies asking "what about us?" Here are some of the top stories from the world of Sport Aviation in 2013.
They just ran out of time. A group building a replica of the Benoist XIV Flying Boat for a re-enactment of the first scheduled "airline" flight on January 1st was not able to get the airplane ready for the flight Wednesday morning, so a Hoffman X-4 mullet skiff was scheduled to make the flight instead.
Analysts Say Boeing Is The Most Likely Winner In Union 'Civil War'
The national leader of the International Association of Machinists is urging members of Local 751 to approve a new contract offer from Boeing when it comes to a vote January 3, but the local's leaders are urging that the contract be defeated because it is too similar to a deal they had rejected in November.
Challenges Assertion That The Pilot Flew The E190 Into The Ground On Purpose
An aviation accident investigator in Mozambique has challenged the official preliminary report from an accident November 29 that asserts the pilot flew a Mozambique Airlines (LAM) E190 into the ground to commit suicide.
Space Florida Seeks Launch Site Operators License For The Facility
The FAA has published in the Federal Register a notice that it plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the issuance of a Launch Site Operator License to Space Florida.
Cessna Conquest Makes The First Commercial Passenger Flight After Receiving CBP Approval
In a sign that relations between the U.S. and Cuba may be thawing, the first commercial passenger flight between Key West in Florida and Havana, Cuba in 50 years made the 90 mile trip Monday with nine passengers on board.
"Since the previous vote taken on November 13, 2013, the Boeing Company sought Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from several other potential sites to locate the 777X program. Your union ... must take the threat seriously." Source: Letter from IAM International president Tom Buffenbarger to members of the IAM Local 751.