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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Airborne 12.17.14: Evergreen Woes, Foolish Pilot Tricks, No 757 Replacement--Yet

Also: $1M Aero-Photo, Draken Gets A-4s, 'Super Dell' Acts Super Dumb, Legendary Bell 47, Osprey Hours

Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, LLC, the company that owns many of the aircraft on view in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Has filed for bankruptcy. Aircraft on display at the museum include the giant Hughes H-4 Hercules airplane, commonly referred to as the “Spruce Goose,” and other classic and vintage aircraft. On a recent Magnicharters airline flight between Cancun and Mexico City, an unnamed pilot allowed 23-year-old singer Esmeralda Ugalde and her 19-year-old actress friend Samadhi Zendejas to sit in the left cockpit seat of the airplane wearing the pilot's hat. It might have gone unnoticed, but as many people do nowadays, a photo was taken and posted on Twitter by Ugalde, and the photo quickly went viral. To make matters worse, the plane was in the air, and full of passengers. A woma

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Senate Passes House Bill Extending Bonus Depreciation

Industry Groups Call On President Obama To Sign The Bill

On December 16th, the Senate approved H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.”  The legislation extends for one year, retroactive to January 1st, over 50 tax provisions including accelerated (bonus) depreciation and section 179 expensing. 

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

CA Proposition 65 Lawsuit Regarding Leaded Avgas Settled

FBOs Required To Post Warnings About Exposure To Lead Near Airports, Pay Small Penalty

Last week, California Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors settled a 2011 lawsuit regarding the sale of leaded aviation gasoline brought by the Center for Environmental Health (CEH).

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Dassault Aviation Reveals First Falcon 8X

Next Step: Maiden Flight In First Quarter 2015

Dassault Aviation on Wednesday rolled back the curtains on the ultra long range Falcon 8X, the company's new flagship and the latest addition to the growing Falcon business jet family.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

SpaceX Plans To Land Falcon 9 Booster On Floating Platform

Will Attempt The Recovery On Its Next Space Flight

SpaceX says that on its next flight, it will attempt to recover the Falcon 9 booster on a floating platform in the ocean called an "autonomous spaceport drone ship".

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

EASA Certifies Embraer Legacy 500

Clears Way For Entry Into Service In Europe

EASA has certified Embraer’s Legacy 500 executive jet during a ceremony at its headquarters, in Cologne, Germany. This approval enables entry into service of the aircraft in the Member States of the European Union as well as in EASA associated countries.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

AeroSports Update: Belite Fuel Gauge Perfect For Experimental Aircraft

One Advantage To Home Building An Airplane Is That Innovation Is Possible

Belite is providing an enhanced solution for pilots seeking real time display of fuel or liquid levels in their experimental aircraft. The Liquid Level Computer Display (L2CD) unit simultaneously shows liquid (fuel) level in gallons and also in pounds. It also shows calculated liquid (fuel) flow rate without requiring a fuel flow sensor.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Carnegie Mellon Lunar Rover Impresses XPRIZE Judges

Wins First Milestone Prize For Development Toward Flight Readiness

A four-wheeled lunar rover designed and built by Carnegie Mellon University and dubbed "Andy" is the winner of a Milestone Prize for mobility after judges concluded it is thus far the only robot among the competing teams to meet development benchmarks for flight readiness.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Evergreen Museum Says Its 'Business As Usual'

Some Of Its Aircraft Are On Loan From Company Reorganizing Under Bankruptcy Laws

The Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, OR says that it is doing just fine, thank you, even though some of the airplanes it has on display belong to Evergreen Vintage Aircraft LLC, which recently filed for reorganization under Chapter 11.

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Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Boeing Breaks Ground In St. Louis For New Composites Center

Facility To Support 777X Work And Future Opportunities

Construction is underway in St. Louis for a new 367,000-square-foot facility in which Boeing will build parts for the newest member of its 777 commercial airplanes family, the 777X.

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