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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Aero-TV: Wipaire At NBAA17 - More Than Just Floats

Caravan Floats Updated With Oil Bath Wheels For Reduced Maintenance…
 
Wipaire Floats was founded in the 1960s, and over the years has come to offer a line of products for everything from small recreational airplanes to large commercial aircraft, including firefighting airplanes.

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Ethiopian Airlines Orders GE90 Engines For Boeing 777 Freighters

Engines And Additional Services Valued At More Than $450 Million

Ethiopian Airlines ordered eight GE90-115B engines to power its four Boeing 777 Freighters. The engines will be added to an existing 12-year TrueChoice Flight Hour agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Ethiopian Airlines' GE90 engine fleet. The engine order and expanded services agreement are valued at more than $450 million list price and over the life of the service agreement.

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Fri, Nov 17, 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. Secretary Heather Wilson said that the current pilot shortage has climbed to 1,926

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Airborne 11.15.17: XCOR BK, V-22 Osprey Milestone, GAMA 3rd Quarter Stats

Also: UK Airport Cancellation, Gone West: Robert Wagstaff, EASA Certifies Bell 505, USN's 1st MQ-4C Triton

This is a heartbreaker, as we were big fans of XCOR Aerospace -- which filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to federal court documents filed last week. The 18-year-old company will be liquidated in an effort to satisfy its creditors. According to the court filing, XCOR has assets valued at between $1 million and $10 million, against liabilities estimated between $10 million and $50 million. Bell Helicopter and Boeing have marked a milestone for the Bell Boeing V-22 fleet of tiltrotor aircraft, including both CV-22 and MV-22 variants. The aircraft has surpassed 400,000-flight hours. The V-22 Osprey has been continuously deployed since entering service in 2007 with the US Marine Corps (USMC) and the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) in 2009. GAMA has published the 2017 third qua

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Boeing, Ethiopian Airlines Announce Order For Four 777 Freighters

Order Boosts Carrier's 777 Freighter Fleet From Six To 10

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines have announced an order for four Boeing 777 Freighters in a deal valued at more than $1.3 billion at list prices. The deal includes a new order for two freighters. It also includes two freighters the airline announced as a commitment in June that finalized into a firm order and posted on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website this month.

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

CAE, Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Center Launch ERJ145 Pilot Training

Falcon Aviation Is Launch Customer

CAE and Abu Dhabi Aviation Training Center (ADATC) have announced the launch of the new Embraer ERJ145 pilot training program with Falcon Aviation at the 2017 Dubai Airshow. Together, CAE and ADA will be delivering training to Falcon Aviation's pilots and other regional operators at ADA's brand-new training facility in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, starting in the first half of 2018.

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Wright Eyes Indefinite Enlistment, Awards Program Changes For Enlisted Force

Remarks Come At 2017 Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium

The Air Force’s top enlisted Airman provided updates on the status of issues affecting the enlisted force Oct. 27, 2017, at the 2017 Airlift/Tanker Association Symposium in Orlando, Florida.

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Garmin Pilot Grows Feature Set For iOS And Android Mobile Devices

Multiple Features Added For Both Platforms

Garmin has announced the addition of new features for the Garmin Pilot application for Android and iOS mobile devices. Garmin Pilot 6.2 for Android incorporates approach chart overlays on the moving map, enhancements to stadium TFR’s, glide range ring, logbook tracks and more, while the 9.1 version of Garmin Pilot for iOS adds a new high resolution basemap, worldwide gridded winds and a streamlined Connext devices page. Within the iOS version, pilots can also access aircraft performance profiles, checklists and weight and balance data for additional aircraft types.

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

Boeing, Royal Jordanian Airlines Announce Strategic Training Agreement

Five-Year Contract Will Provide Comprehensive 787 Pilot Training

Boeing and Royal Jordanian Airlines announced at the 2017 Dubai Air Show the carrier has selected Boeing to provide its 787 flight training. Under the five-year strategic agreement, Boeing will provide Royal Jordanian with a comprehensive training solution, including pilot type-rating and recurrent training at its London Gatwick training campus.

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Fri, Nov 17, 2017

New Calidus B-250 Aircraft To Feature Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion Avionics

New Light Attack Aircraft With Multi-Role Capabilities From Calidus Launched At Dubai Airshow

Rockwell Collins has been selected by Calidus, a new aircraft manufacturer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide Pro Line Fusion on the new B-250 light attack aircraft with multi-role capabilities. Launched at the Dubai Airshow, the aircraft is designed for combat and asymmetric warfare.

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