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Airborne 02.15.17: Aviation Fights For KSMO, Lancair Sale, Red Bull Air Races

Also: EAA’s Sport Pilot Academy, Abingdon Watches, Gone West: 'Hal' Moore, Boeing Deferrals, Advanced Hawkeye, Flying Art, Hawaiian Air

Many of the aviation community’s ‘alphabet associations’ are gathering to fight the FAA’s recent controversial decision to throw the Santa Monica Airport under the bus.

NBAA has joined with five additional airport stakeholders, including the Santa Monica Airport Association, to petition the US Court of Appeals, asking the court to review the recent decision by the FAA that negatively affects the future of KSMO. Last month, the FAA announced it had reached a settlement with the city of Santa Monica, which, in addition to permitting closure of the historic airfield at the end of 2028, would also allow the city to immediately begin the process of reducing the length of KSMO's sole runway from 4,973 feet to 3,500 feet. Lancair International has announced the sale of all of its out-of-production Assets, Lancair brand, and Kit Components support assets to new ownership based out of Uvalde, Texas. All Non-Evolution Aircraft assets are now the property of Mark Huffstutler, founder of the Texas-based aircraft modification firm Sierra Industries and his son Conrad Huffstutler. The sale includes all assets, intellectual designs, and ongoing support business opportunities for all “out of production” Lancair aircraft kit models, including 320/360, IV, IV-P, ES and Legacy aircraft. What a way to start the Red Bull Air Race 2017 season -- with Martin Sonka storming to victory. The day had all the thrills and excitement to welcome back the World Championship in the UAE capital. Juan Velarde took second in the season opener, and Canadian Pete McLeod finished on the podium in third. "I'm super happy, the whole race week went very well and the team was a perfect machine, I couldn't be happier," Sonka said of his victory. All this -- and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Airborne 02.15.17 is chock full of info in this Daily News Episode, Wednesday, February 15th, 2017... 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:

  • Aviation Stakeholders Request Appeals Court Review Of KSMO Settlement Agreement
  • Lancair International Asset Sale Completed 
  • Martin Sonka Wins Red Bull Air Race Opener In Abu Dhabi 
  • EAA’s Sport Pilot Academy Announces 2017 Dates 
  • Classic Aero-TV: Timely and Uncompromising – The Abingdon Company Watches
  • Gone West: Harold Gregory 'Hal' Moore, Jr. 
  • Boeing Deferrals At An Historic Low
  • E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Arrives In Japan
  • Delta, Coca-Cola Create Flying Art Gallery 
  • Hawaiian Airlines Pilots To Vote On Tentative Agreement 

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