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Gifted Warbird Restorer Flies West
Monday, 29 January 2018 14:14

Dave Hansen’s quiet contribution to aviation should not go unnoticed.

One of the country’s foremost warbird restorers passed away last week in Heber City, Utah, after a long battle with cancer. The reason you might never have heard of Dave Hansen is because, despite his talents, he was exceptionally humble. He was described by his friends as a remarkably gifted aircraft restorer who would do anything to help others.

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BendixKing AeroVue Certified in King Air B200
Monday, 22 January 2018 09:41

0728_aerovueThe retrofit cockpit, in development since 2014, brings bizjet functionality to more of general aviation.

BendixKing has received FAA certification for the AeroVue integrated flight deck in the Beechcraft King Air B200, the first STC for the retrofit cockpit and one of a number of planned certification programs in general aviation airplanes. The new flight deck is available now, BendixKing notes, adding “business jet technology and functionality” to the GA cockpit.

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Workhorse SureFly First Flight at CES Scrubbed
Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:36

Related imageCompany creates new aviation business unit.

Ohio-based Workhorse planned a spectacular way to open the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, when the company intended to fly its two-seat SureFly electric hybrid helicopter for the first time. Unfortunately the weather in Vegas didn’t cooperate and the maiden flight was scrubbed.

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Tecnam Makes Progress on P2012 Traveller Program
Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:37

altEleven-seat airplane is on track for certification this year.

Italian light airplane maker Tecnam is making quick progress on what is the largest airplane it has produced to date — the P2012 Traveller. The second prototype of the 11-seat piston twin (CHECK), which is the first fully conforming test platform, recently took its first flight. The first test airplane has accumulated more than 250 hours since it first flew in July of 2016.

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One Week Wonder plane returns to Oshkosh
Monday, 04 December 2017 09:27

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — The One Week Wonder project, where a complete airplane is built over a seven-day period, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2018.

The 66th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention will be at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh July 23-29, 2018.

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Cirrus Launches New Generation of SR-Series Piston Singles
Thursday, 16 November 2017 14:49

G6 models for 2017 bring added capabilities to the SR22T, SR22 and SR20 centered on the new Perspective+ by Garmin avionics system.

Cirrus today officially introduced the new generation of SR-series piston singles — known as G6 — that add a long list of capabilities and features to the 2017 model year airplanes, including the new Perspective+ avionics system that is based on Garmin’s just-launched G1000 NXi platform.

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Bombardier’s Global 7000 Debuts in Vegas
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 15:51

Bombardier's new Global 7000The test aircraft dubbed “The Architect” offered a glimpse at the bizjet’s four living spaces and complete kitchen.

After a successful maiden flight in September, the fourth test vehicle for Bombardier’s green Global 7000 business jet made its Vegas debut by arriving at NBAA-BACE this week. Outfitted with a full cabin, FTV4, or “The Architect” as the company calls it, took its place the event’s static display and showed off what the “largest purpose-built business jet in the industry” has to offer.

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Cape Air Signs Contract for 100 Tecnam P2012s
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 10:17

Regional airline aims to service small communities with affordable air service.

As Tecnam is closing in on certification of it’s 11-seat multipurpose P2012 Traveller high-wing airplane, the company scored a big win last week as Cape Air committed to an order for 100 Travellers. The east coast commuter airline plans to put the first 20 P2012s in operation beginning in early 2019.

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Privatization Remains a Front Burner Issue
Monday, 18 September 2017 15:13

Alphabet groups support ATC modernization.

Despite the lack of any discussion this week about the inevitable march toward an FAA reauthorization extension, six of the nation’s major aviation associations today voiced their continued collective concerns over the move to “hand over control of the nation’s air traffic control system to the airlines and other special interest groups.”

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ASI’s Nall Report Shows Accident Numbers Headed in the Right Direction
Tuesday, 29 August 2017 14:13

JetAirways Boeing737Fully 75 percent of accidents are still pilot induced.

The trends detailed in the 26th Joseph T. Nall review of GA accidents published yesterday showed some numbers that weren’t going to make people jump for joy, while the GA scorecard, a less detailed, supplemental look at more recent data did show numbers headed in the right direction. For instance, the scorecard showed a very positive increase in fixed-wing flight time, up five percent in 2015 versus a decrease in the GA accident rate while the Nall spoke to slightly older data that showed an increase in fatalities.

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