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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Airborne 11.17.17: Cabri G2 Heli-Upgrade, NBAA/KSMO, USAF Pilot Shortage

Also: Electronic Flight Bags, SNC's Dream Chaser, flydubai Buys 225 737 MAX, Scottish Airshow Nixed

The FAA has approved Service Bulletin 17-009 for the Guimbal Cabri G2 that allows the pilot to use additional horsepower from the aircraft’s Lycoming 0360-J2A engine. Previously the allowed power had been 145 horsepower. The new rating allows the pilot to utilize 160 horsepower without any negative implications to operating costs or additional inspections. NBAA has filed its final brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit challenging the legality of the unprecedented settlement agreement reached earlier this year between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, CA over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport (SMO). The U.S. Air Force is short nearly 2,000 pilots, and is facing a potential readiness challenge, according to the Secretary of the Air Force. Secr

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Aero-TV: Pondering The Pilot Shortage - Phoenix East Aviation Provides Details

The Current Infrastructure Is Not Adequate To Meet The Demand…

There is undoubtedly a pilot shortage. That is the assessment of John Michael Bingham, President and CEO of Phoenix East Aviation, one of the nation's largest flight schools headquartered in Daytona Beach, FL. At NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas, Bingham told Aero-News CEO and Editor in Chief Jim Campbell that becoming a pilot is a great career choice for young people right now, because every airline sees what's coming in the future over the next few years, and that is an "acute shortage of pilots."...

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Barnstorming: Where Do We Go from Here? And How Do We Get There?

After 20+ Years of Shaking Things Up, There Is Still So Much More to Do

Have you ever believed in something so strongly that you’re willing to throw ‘common sense’ out of the window? To throw caution to the wind… to pursue that which you feel is one of the most important things you can do… even when there are other more conventional pursuits to follow? Welcome to the thought, passion and mission behind Aero-News… where what we’ve done may not have always made the most sense, in terms of the health and welfare of our business, but it came from the heart, and it came about because we believed (above all else) that it was the right thing to do. But doing the right thing has a price--one that has grown over the years… And by and large, we’ve been paying that price all by ourselves...  as the industry slowly eroded… fading away due to neglect, ignorance, and a woeful lack of passionate response to its enemies and all those who threatened its future… to where we stand

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Say What? AOPA Says Halladay Accident May Unfairly Taint Icon...

Executive Director Of The AOPA Air Safety Institute Says The Accident Could Give The Airplane An 'Unfair Reputation'

E-I-C Note: OK... I'm a little stunned by this... not only does it appear that AOPA has appointed itself an apologist for all things 'Icon' -- but it also seems to have no problem suggesting a probable cause for the tragic Roy Halladay accident LONG before the facts are in and a proper investigation can be completed. This piece lauds Icon and their errant CEO, Kirk Hawkins, despite the fact that the company has proven itself incompetent on a number of levels, has engaged in fraudulent statements and conduct, has acted wildly and recklessly through its promo and demo programs, it's over a half decade behind original schedules, has over-priced the aircraft to a point where it is now twice to three times the price of a competitive product and well over 250% of what was originally promised, has played all kinds of games with various media entities in order to project an image that is both false and misleading... and so much more.

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

FAA Fields Prototype UAS Airspace Authorization System

Designed To Automatically Approve Most Requests To Operate UAVs In Specific Areas Of Airspace

The FAA is evaluating a prototype system that the agency expects will ultimately provide near real-time processing of airspace authorization requests for unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators nationwide. The system is designed to automatically approve most requests to operate in specific areas of airspace below designated altitudes.

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Airborne-Unmanned 11.14.17: Drone Registration, AT&T's Flying COW, Pilot Charged

Also: Boeing Completes Acquisition, Drones For LAFD, DJI Seeks Transport Canada’s Help, Uber and NASA

A defense authorization bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been approved by a House/Senate conference committee, and is expected to be passed by both chambers and signed by President Trump. The language is included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018. It would again require the registration of drones weighing more than about half a pound with the federal government. AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne has expressed support for the policy, saying a drone registration system "promotes responsibility by all users of the national airspace." This COW might not be able to jump over the Moon, but it is helping residents of hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico make phone calls. COW is an acronym for Cell On Wings, It is a helicopter drone that is being used by AT&a

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

AMA Drone Report 11.16.17: Drone Registration, Drone Journalists Jailed

Also: Terror Advisory, DRL Sim, SureFly Octocopter, Space Needle Drone Pilot, FAI-ASFC World Fly-In Expo

A bill that includes a return to civilian drone registration has been included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018. It would again require the registration of drones weighing more than about half a pound with the federal government. "Congress finalized legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restore the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members," said the AMA. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has issued an updated National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terrorism threat to the U.S. homeland. “After careful consideration of the current terror threat environment—and with input from intelligence and law enforcement partners, I have made the decision to update

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Senate Tax Reform Bill Includes Incentives For Business Aviation

Would Lower Taxes On Some Payments Made To Management Companies

The tax reform bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate would reduce some taxes paid by companies that manage private jets. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a provision that would decrease the amount of tax owed by such companies on fees collected for maintenance, storage and staffing for the aircraft.

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

AUVSI Announces LiquidPiston As Winner Of Novus Unmanned 2017

Winner Of Selected Group Of Innovative Startups Impressed Industry’s Leading Venture Capitalists With State-Of-The-Art Engine Designs

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced LiquidPiston as this year’s winner of Novus Unmanned, a conference of premier innovators and investors in unmanned systems technology from around the world. The event took place in San Francisco on Nov. 1.

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Mon, Nov 20, 2017

Textron Aviation Announces 2018 University Partners For Top Hawk Program

Five Schools Selected To Receive New Skyhawks For Flight Training

Textron Aviation has selected the following universities for the 2018 Top Hawk program: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Dubuque, Lewis University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott and California Aeronautical University. Each university will take delivery of a new, custom branded Cessna Skyhawk 172 to support flight training, university recruiting efforts and promotional activities throughout the year.

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