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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Airborne 11.24.14: FAA Ready To Restrict UAVs?, Sonex's 500th!, Trig TT31 AML

Also: SWAPA Files For NMB, XCOR Milestone, RV Video Tips, Levil's New APP, Ready For AirVenture?

In breaking news, ANN has learned that the upcoming regs for UAVs are likely to be highly restrictive. The rules would require commercial UAV operators to have a licence, and flights would be limited to under 400 feet during daylight hours only within sight of the person operating the aircraft. Additionally, all UAVs that weigh less than 55 pounds would be covered by the same set of rules. Sonex Aircraft, passed a major benchmark last week, as news was received from Christopher Madsen of Huntsville, Alabama that his AeroVee powered, Standard Gear Sonex flew for the first time on September 23rd. The addition of Chris's aircraft brings the company's database of completed and flown aircraft to 500 reported first flights! In order to facilitate movement in contract negotiations, the Southwest Airlines Pilots' Asso

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Teamsters Win Midwest Seniority Case For Flight Attendants

Arbitrator Found Union Proposal 'Most Fair And Equitable'

The Teamsters Airline Division and Teamsters Local 135 prevailed in the Midwest Seniority Integration Arbitration on November 18, when labor arbitrator Homer C. La Rue found the Teamsters' proposal to be the most "fair and equitable" method to integrate Republic and former Midwest flight attendants.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

EAA Seeks Path Forward On Stadium Overflights

Flights Became More Common, Popular Following Sequestration In 2013

This week, EAA representatives met with FAA officials to explore possibilities to continue popular stadium overflights in experimental category aircraft, including those prior to NFL games, NASCAR races, and other major public events.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Idaho Hangar Home Developer Faces Uphill Legal Battle

Judge Rules That County Must Follow FAA Regulations For Separation, Through-The-Fence Access

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed three of four lawsuits filed against Bonner County, ID by SilverWing at Sandpoint ... a hangar home development at Sandpoint Airport (KSZT) in Sandpoint, Idaho ... over through-the-fence access to the airport as well as the proximity of a new taxiway to a proposed extended runway.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Frontier Airlines Orders Nine A321ceo Aircraft

Deal Marks Carrier's First Order For Largest A320 Family Member

Frontier Airlines has placed a firm order for nine Airbus A321ceo (current engine option) aircraft. This is the first time Frontier has ordered the largest member of the Airbus A320 Family. The airline currently flies a fleet of 35 A319ceo, and 20 A320ceo aircraft. In addition, Frontier has on its order backlog 80 A320neo (new engine option) family aircraft.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

SoCal Police Agencies Welcome New MD 520N Helicopter

Burbank And Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit To Operate The Aircraft

A new MD 520N helicopter has been delivered to the Burbank and Glendale Police Joint Air Support Unit located in the state of California. With this delivery, Burbank and Glendale will own four of the aircraft.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Key Orion Avionics Provided By Ball Aerospace

Company Also Supplying Antenna Hardware For The New Spacecraft

Phased array antennas and flight test cameras for the first flight of NASA's Orion spacecraft planned for next month have been provided to prime contractor Lockheed Martin by Ball Aerospace.  Orion's Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), which is an unmanned test flight scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 4.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Trans States Airlines Selected To Operate 15 Aircraft Owned By AA

Deliveries Expected To Begin In April 2015 At A Rate Of Two Aircraft Per Month

Trans States Airlines has finalized an agreement with American Airlines to operate at least 15 Embraer E145 aircraft under the American Eagle brand. Deliveries are slated to begin in April of 2015 at a rate of two per month until all aircraft are in place.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

EASA Certifies New ATR-600 Avionics Developments

LPV, RNP-AR, V-NAV Functionalities All Approved By The Agency

EASA has certified innovations developed for the avionics of the ATR 42-600s and ATR 72-600, according to the manufacturer. The new certification concerns the LPV (Localizer Performance with Vertical guidance), RNP-AR 0.3 (Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required) and V-NAV (Vertical Navigation) approach functionalities coupled to the autopilot.

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Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Japanese Military To Acquire V-22 Osprey Tilt-Rotor Aircraft

Purchase Controversial, May Have Political Consequences

The Japanese Ministry of Defense has officially agreed to acquire an undetermined number of V-22 Osprey aircraft, as well as E-2D Hawkeye airplanes and Global Hawk unmanned systems.

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