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April 16, 2015

Airborne 04.16.15: Record-Setting AEA15, 9000 RVs!!!, ULA's 'Vulcan'

Also: DJI Phantom 3, API Update, Skyhawks In China, Air Methods Fined, Naming Pluto Features, Era Group Sale

The 58th annual Aviation Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show, which took place April 8 through the 11th in Dallas, Texas, attracted 1,897 attendees with more than 350 avionics repair shops and more than 20 countries represented. The attendance figure breaks the event's previous high mark set in 2005. In addition, more than 135 companies displayed their products and services in the AEA Exhibit Hall, which sold out for the first time since 2005. Just in case you weren’t already aware of this fact, Van’s Aircraft is highly successful in the kit-built aircraft market, and they have just reported that kit number 9,000 has been complete

GAMA Hails Progress Toward New Era Of European Airplane Certification

EASA Has Provided Draft Regulations To Shape The Designs For GA Aircraft Of The Future

GAMA welcomes the progress achieved by the global general aviation community during AERO Friedrichshafen toward a more dynamic path to bring new aeroplanes and technologies to market, the association said in a statement released Wednesday.

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Cessna Opens ABACE With Citation XLS+ Order

Hosts First Chinese Citation XLS+ Operator Conference

Cessna opened its participation in the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition by announcing a new order for the Citation XLS+ business jet in China.

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TSB’s Bearskin 311 Investigation Report Highlights Importance Of Pilot Training

Loss Of Power In The Airplane's Left Engine Contributed To The Accident, TSB Says In Report

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has released its final report on Bearskin Airlines Flight 311, making it clear that multiple factors were responsible for the November 10, 2013, accident.

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Mooney International Delivers Three New M20TN Acclaims

New Owners In Louisiana, Florida, And New York

Mooney International delivered three new M20TN Acclaims to their owners last week. The deliveries were made at Mooney’s Kerrville, Texas, facility on Thursday and Friday.

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Gogo Business Aviation Selected By NetJets

Will Participate In A Major In-flight Connectivity And Entertainment Program

Gogo Business Aviation has been selected by NetJets for a new program that will bring a minimum of 650 Gogo in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems to the NetJets fleet.

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Air Canada Teamsters Ratify New Contract

U.S.-Based Air Canada Teamster Vote More Than 65 Percent In Favor Of New Agreement

A new contract covering more than 500 U.S.-based Air Canada employees was ratified by Teamster members who voted 200-to-101 in favor of the agreement. Voting was conducted electronically beginning on March 17, and when the ballots were tallied, they showed overwhelming support for the new seven-year contract.

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Textron Aviation Focuses On Piston Power At AERO Friedrichshafen

From Alternative-Fuel Skyhawks To Piston Twins, Attention Is On Reciprocating Engines

Textron is showcasing its extensive range of piston powered aircraft with a display of its Beechcraft and Cessna models during the annual Aero Friedrichshafen, taking place this week in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

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Parkland College Offers Flight Training, AA Degree Program

Director Of Aviation Says Program Can Save Students Up To $50,000

The Parkland College Institute of Aviation at the University of Illinois is offering very special opportunities for students who wish to pursue aviation as a career.

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Saudi Geological Survey Takes Delivery Of New Bell 429

Configured For Utility Work In The Region

Bell Helicopter has delivered a Bell 429 to Saudi Geological Survey (SGS). The aircraft is configured to perform utility roles in the Middle East.

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Continental Motors, CAUC Enter Into Cooperative Agreement

Will Expand And Enhance General Aviation Training In China

The Continental Motors Group recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Civil Aviation University of China to support the growing demand of general aviation in China. The scope of the MOU is to establish a close partnership and cooperation in the field of piston engines used to power general aviation aircraft.

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AD: BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2015-07-05

PRODUCT: All BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model BAe 146 series airplanes, and Model Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.

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AD: Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2015-05-52

PRODUCT: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109, A109A, A109A II, A109C, A109K2, A109E, A119, A109S, AW119 MKII, and AW109SP helicopters, which was sent previously to all known U.S. owners and operators of these helicopters.

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Huerta: FAA Needs Stability In Funding To Implement NextGen

Testifies Before Senate Commerce Committee

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday that one of the primary concerns about the implementation of NextGen is the lack of stable funding against a "very challenging fiscal backdrop."

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GAO Report Indicates Airliner Cockpit Avionics May Be Vulnerable To Cyber Attack

Experts Tell GAO On-Board Wi-Fi Could Provide Access Point For Passenger- Or Ground-Based Attack

A Government Accountability Office report says that some aircraft, such as Boeing's Dreamliner and the Airbus A350 and A380, may be vulnerable to cyber attacks because their cockpits are connected to the same Wi-Fi routers accessible by passengers.

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NTSB: Pilot In BD-22L Accident Was Operating Airplane For First Time

Witnesses Said Airplane Was Flying "Unstable" And "Fast"

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident in Ft. Pierce, FL which fatally injured the commercial-rated pilot on board the airplane.

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AEA Convention Shatters Attendance Record

Nearly 1,900 Attendees And A Sold-Out Exhibit Hall In Dallas

The 58th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show, which took place April 8-11 in Dallas, Texas, attracted 1,897 attendees with more than 350 avionics repair shops and more than 20 countries represented. The attendance figure breaks the event's previous high mark of 1,873 attendees back in 2005, a year in which the event also took place in Dallas.

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SpaceX Nearly Recovered Its Falcon 9 Booster In The Atlantic

Video Shows Landing Sequence ... And How Near They Came To Landing On The Floating Platform

A video released by SpaceX shows how close the company came to making a good landing on its Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship (ASDS) after Tuesday's launch of a Dragon supply ship to ISS.

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AeroSports Update: Now…An Easy Way To Find An Airshow

Air Shows Calendar Features Nearly 230 Local Entertainment Options That Won't Break Your Budget

The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), a trade association representing the air show industry, has announced the launch of its 2015 air shows calendar in a new format. The calendar features quick and comprehensive access to up-to-the-minute air show dates, locations, and performer appearances in multiple formats.

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NBAA Gains Clarification On FAA Cockpit Voice Recorder Interpretations

Would Only Be Necessary Under Certain Conditions

The FAA has issued a clarification regarding an opinion that would have required installation of a cockpit voice recorder (CVR) in aircraft with six or more passenger seats, operated by a single pilot, with an autopilot installed, under 14 CFR Part 135.

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Airborne 04.15.15: Eclipse/Kestrel Game-Changer!, SpaceX Launches, Flight Design

Also: Papillon's 50th Anniversary, Recrafting Paul’s Game-Changing Baby Ace, Beechcraft Fined, FreeFlight Software, Rotorcraft Safety Conference, NexNav Intro's

Call it the Aero-Marriage of the decade... It has just been announced that Alan Klapmeier will lead the integration and growth of a new multiple-product aviation company incorporating two of our favorite aircraft -- and people. ONE Aviation Corporation has been formed to design, develop, and manufacture a family of aircraft, each of which will be a market leader in its category and class. ONE Aviation’s core products include the Eclip

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.16.15)

"What the FAA needs in reauthorization is stability and predictable funding." Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, in prepared testimony delivered to the Senate Commerce Committee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.15): Absolutely Stable Air

An atmospheric condition that exists when the environmental lapse rate is less than the moist adiabatic lapse rate.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.15)

Aircraft InFormation

Aircraft InFormation says it is a website aimed at serious aviation enthusiasts who are looking for comprehensive information on a variety of civil and military aircraft.

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