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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Airborne 11.26.14: Island Air Scrooges Pilots, DC's NextGen, EAA On Stadium Flts

Also: F35C Pilots Build Time, A Sea Of Yellow Cubs, Lycoming's Dual Fuel Husky, CAP's Gold Medal, Boeing SC's First 787-9

This report could be called the story of the Grinch who stole the Christmas bonus. About 45 pilots flying for Hawaii-based Island Air were given Christmas bonuses ... only to have the company ask for them to be returned. The regional airline paid out bonuses of $4,000 each to its pilots in October, but then notified those pilots that the payout was "premature" ... and told them to return the money. It’s reported the company plans to take a payroll action to recover the premature payments. The FAA announced that the Washington, D.C. Metroplex is the first in the nation to have three, state-of-the-art, satellite-based "highways in the sky" running side by side by side, each dedicated to one of the three major airports in the region. Flyovers are always an exciting part of pre-game

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Aero-TV: SyberJet Update -- A Whole New Program

Fast and Agile -- The Latest Updates To The SyberJet Program Show Promise

While at NBAA2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, visited with Mark Fairchild, the general manager and director of sales and customer service for SyberJet Aircraft. Their SJ30 corporate jet promises to be the hot rod of the light corporate jets, and Campbell wanted to know how the development program is coming along. Fairchild said they are planning to fly their flight test airplane with the new SyberVision and other cockpit improvements addressing form, fit, and feel for the cockpit crew. First flight of this test airplane is planned for early next year with certification planned for the year 2016. In this video you’ll see a detailed mockup of the cockpit in its new luxurious configuration.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

FAA Releases 30-Day Review Of Chicago Center Fire

Underscores Need For Funding, Flexibility And NextGen, Agency Says

After reviewing contingency plans and security protocols in the wake of a fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, the FAA is planning a series of changes that will lead to faster disaster recovery and more secure facilities and equipment.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Boeing South Carolina Begins Final Assembly Of Its First 787-9

North Charleston Site Joins Everett, WA Team In Building The Newest Dreamliner

Boeing has started final assembly of the 787-9 Dreamliner at its South Carolina facility. The team began joining large fuselage sections of the newest 787 Nov. 22 on schedule, a proud milestone for the South Carolina team and another sign of stability for the program.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Obama Taps NTSB's Rosekind For National Highway Traffic Safety Post

Departure Will Leave NTSB At Just Three Members

President Obama has nominated Dr. Mark R. Rosekind as the next Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Contract Signed For U.K.s 1st Production Batch Of F-35Bs

MoD Places Order For Four Lightning II Combat Aircraft

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has signed a contract for the first production batch of 4 Lightning II stealth combat aircraft – which will operate from both the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers and Royal Air Force (RAF) land bases.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

Endeavor Pilots Reach Tentative Agreement With Company

Pact Would Boost Pilot Retention, Address Economic Concerns

The pilots of Endeavor Air, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), announced a tentative agreement with Endeavor management that addresses the pilots’ immediate economic concerns and also represents an attempt to stem pilot attrition in order to help secure a more promising future for the airline.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

AeroSports Update: Lycoming Dual Fuel Engine Powers Aviat Husky

While Everyone Is Talking About Electric Airplanes, Let’s Not Forget The Research Going On For A Dual Fuel Engine Using Gasoline And CNG

Earlier this month, Lycoming Engines hosted Stu Horn, President of Aviat Aircraft Inc., who flew the company’s Aviat Husky CNG to Williamsport, PA. This innovative aircraft is powered by a Lycoming IO-360-A1D6, which has been modified to be the world’s first dual-fuel compressed natural gas (CNG) aircraft, and can be powered by CNG or 100LL aviation gasoline with the flip of a switch.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

WestJet Tentative Flight Attendant Agreement Not Ratified

Current Agreement Remains In Place As Carrier, FAAB Continue To Work Together

WestJet announced Monday that the tentative agreement with its flight attendants was not ratified. Turnout for the vote was very strong; of the 90 per cent voter turnout, 57 per cent voted against the tentative agreement.

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Wed, Nov 26, 2014

FAA SAIB Focuses On Boeing Controls

One Instance Of Inadvertent Activation Of Rudder Trim Switch Noted

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB)  regarding inadvertent actuation of certain flight deck controls on Boeing transport category airplanes.

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