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Tue, May 24, 2016

FAA Deems B-29 Doc Airworthy

First Flight Imminent, Restoration Team Says

The FAA has deemed the B-29 known as Doc airworthy by officially presenting the restoration crew with an FAA airworthiness certificate.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

Boeing, Vietjet Finalize Vietnam’s Largest Ever Commercial Airplane Purchase

Order includes 100 737 MAX 200s

VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company and Boeing have finalized an order for 100 737 MAX 200 airplanes, the largest ever single commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam aviation. His Excellency Mr. Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and U.S. President Barack Obama, witnessed the historic agreement.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

Cessna Citation Longitude Achieves Wing And Fuselage Mate Milestone

Program On Schedule For First Flight This Summer

Cessna Aircraft Company announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) that it has successfully completed the wing and fuselage mate of the first Cessna Citation Longitude just six months after revealing the new aircraft. This is a significant milestone in the production of this aircraft, which is on track for first flight this summer and entry into service in 2017.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

Flexjet Is 'Previously Undisclosed Buyer' Of 20 Challenger 350 Aircraft

Has Ordered A Total Of 40 Challenger 350 Aircraft To Date

Bombardier has confirmed that Flexjet, LLC is the previously undisclosed customer that purchased 20 Challenger 350 jets. Bombardier and Flexjet, LLC celebrated the news with a special ceremony at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

AeroSports Update: NKET Audits Sonex B-Models And Xenos

Evaluation By The FAA Assures A Quick Build Kit Can Be Certified As Amateur Built

Sonex Aircraft has been hosting the FAA's National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) as they audit the new Sonex and Waiex B-Model kits, and the new Xenos Motorglider Quick Build Kits.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

India Conducts Successful First Flight Of Mini-Shuttle

Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) Flown Monday

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully flight tested India’s first winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime.  

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Tue, May 24, 2016

Canada Proposed Changes To Seaplane Regulations

Transport Minister Says Revised Regs Respond To TSB Safety Recommendations

The Honorable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, has proposed changes to the Canadian Aviation Regulations to enhance the safety of seaplane operations. The proposed regulations respond to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s recommendations following the 2009 seaplane accident in Lyall Harbour, British Columbia and the 2012 accident in Lillabelle Lake, Ontario.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

U.S. Rep. McSally Wins Fight For Female Vets

WASP Legislation Becomes Rep. McSally’s Second Bill To Be Signed Into Law

U.S. Representative Martha McSally’s legislation, the Women Airforce Service Pilots Arlington Inurnment Restoration (WASP AIR) Act, was signed into law Friday by President Obama. The bill signing caps off a 20-week fight led by Rep. McSally to restore the eligibility of women World War II pilots at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

NTSB Releases Prelim In Greg Connell Accident

Initial Investigation Establishes Control Continuity

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from the accident May 14th during an airshow at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK) which fatally injured airshow pilot Greg Connell.

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Tue, May 24, 2016

Airborne 05.24.16: Cessna S/E Turbo-Prop, GE’s H75 Turboprop, Sonex B-Models

Also: B-29 Doc Airworthy, Aero-Calendar, Charles Taylor, Boeing-Vietjet, Flexjet Buy, Indian Mini-Shuttle, 777X Composite Wing Center
 
Textron Aviation has finally revealed further program details around the development of its Cessna single engine turboprop aircraft. 
They say it will be designed to have cruise speeds of up to 285 knots and full fuel payload of 1,100 pounds. The planned range is 1,600 nautical miles at high speed cruise with one pilot and four passengers on board. Textron claims the aircraft will incorporate technology specifically designed to reduce pilot workload. The G3000 avionics suite planned for the aircraft includes weather radar, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems and ADS-B capabilities. The Turbine Venom will be marketed as a kit built airplane. It is the next-generation version of the Turbine Legend, which began production in 1998. Produced entirely of carbon fiber and graphite, it’s projected

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