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April 12, 2013

Aspen Announces New Investment From CIRA

Adds Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Executive Pasquale Schiano To Board Of Directors

Aspen Avionics and Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA) have entered into a formal strategic partnership in which both companies will work together to develop products based on Aspen and CIRA technologies. CIRA has a world-class aeronautical research facility located in Capua, Italy. Pasquale Schiano, On-Board Systems and ATM Division Head at CIRA Italian Aerospace Research Center, will take a seat on Aspen’s board of directors.

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Jeppesen Distribution Manager App Now Available For Mac

Former Jeppesen Services Update Manager (JSUM) Now Offered For Garmin And Avidyne Avionics

General aviation pilots with a subscription to Jeppesen digital avionics data now have a new update service platform; Jeppesen Distribution Manager (JDM) for Macintosh computers. The former Jeppesen Services Update Manager (JSUM) is now available as JDM for Mac and is currently available to support multiple avionics systems from Garmin and Avidyne.

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Lycoming 'Likely' To Appeal Massive Verdict In WA CFIT Accident

Details Emerge To Make the Verdict Seem Even More Questionable Than Before

News/Analysis/Commentary By James R. Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief In a statement released to ANN, Lycoming has signaled that it is likely to appeal the massive $26 million verdict reported previously.  The Cessna 172 involved, an airframe with nearly ten thousand hours and several hundred hours on the engine in excess of TBO, showed no evidence that the O-320 failed prior to impact. The NTSB found that the ATP-rated pilot appeared to have been at fault in its Probable Cause report, blaming, "The p

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Three Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Restore Tower Funding

Two Republicans And One Democrat Co-Sponsoring The Bill In The U.S. House

Congressmen Tom Cotton (R-AR-04), Bruce Braley (D-IA-01), and Richard Hudson (R-NC-08)  have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to restore funding for contractor-operated air traffic control towers in the U.S.

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GAO Finds FAA Has Made Some Progress In NextGen Midterm Implementation

But Ongoing Challenges Continue To Limit Expected Benefits

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this week finds that the FAA is pursuing key operational improvements to implement the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the "midterm," which is 2013 through 2018. These improvements focus on establishing Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures at key airports, but benefits could be limited in the midterm.

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AAAA Responds To The Administration’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget

Says User Fees, Tax Changes Will Damage The Industry

The Alliance for Aviation Across America issued the statement in response to the release of President Obama's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Plan, which the organization says contains a number of harmful proposals, including a 100 per flight “user fee” tax on operators and businesses that use general aviation, as well as an adjustment of the depreciation schedule that applies to business aircraft, which the Administration has referred to as a “loophole.”

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Diamond Aircraft Introduces the DA40 XLT

New Interior Makes Airplane More Comfortable, Looks Sharp

Diamond Aircraft has announced the introduction of the DA40 XLT configuration to further enhance the cabin interior and comfort of its strong selling DA40 product line. The new XLT interior improves on the previous XLS premium interior with several detail enhancements.

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