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Airborne 06.15.18: 100LL Replacement Held, B-1 Stand-Down, Missing USAF Officer

Also: Sichuan Airlines Pilot Feted, Emirates Parks 20 Birds, Air Paris Academy Orders Tecnams, Two A380s Scrapped

The FAA continues to be committed to evaluating suitable replacement unleaded fuels to support GA.

Phase Two testing of unleaded avgas continues, having completed two and a half years of testing and evaluation since the FAA's selection of the two finalists in the Piston Aviation Fuels Initiative (PAFI) replacement unleaded fuels program. To date, the flight test program is approximately one-third complete, while the engine test program is about halfway complete. Gen. Robin Rand, the Air Force Global Strike Command commander, ordered a safety stand-down of the B-1B Lancer fleet June 7, 2018. During the safety investigation process following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, Texas, an issue with ejection seat components was discovered that necessitated the stand-down. As issues are resolved, aircraft will return to flight. On June 6, 2018, Air Force Office of Special Investigations Detachment 303 Special Agents at Travis Air Force Base, CA apprehended Air Force fugitive Capt. William Howard Hughes, Jr. at his California residence without incident. On June 5, during a passport fraud investigation, the Department of State's Diplomatic Security Service interviewed an individual claiming to be Barry O'Beirne. After being confronted with inconsistencies about his identity, the individual admitted his true name was William Howard Hughes Jr., and that he deserted from the U.S. Air Force in 1983. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 06.15.18 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Friday, June 15th, 2018... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Hosts Brianne Cross, Christopher Odom, and Laura Hutson, and is supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalist Tom Patton, this episode covers:

  • FAA Puts 100LL Replacement Testing On Hold
  • Air Force Orders B-1 Safety Stand-Down
  • Missing USAF Officer Found 35 Years After Deserting
  • Sichuan Airlines Pilot Feted For Emergency Landing
  • Emirates Parks 20 Airplanes For The Summer
  • Air Paris Academy Orders Fleet Of Tecnam P2010s
  • Two A380s Are Apparently Headed For The Scrapyard

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