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Court Orders Review of FAA Deal To Close Santa Monica Airport
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:26

smoA court-appointed panel will decide whether the FAA’s agreement with the city was legal.

The outlook for the fate of Santa Monica Airport remains grim, but all hope is not lost. The U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit has referred a controversial agreement between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, California, to close Santa Monica Airport to a “merits panel” for further review regarding the legality of the settlement agreement.

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Cirrus Receives Vision Jet Production Certificate
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:39

cirrusThe FAA approval allows the manufacturer to accelerate deliveries of the world’s first single-engine personal jet.

The FAA today awarded Cirrus Aircraft the production certificate for the SF50 Vision, the world’s first single-engine “personal” jet aimed at pilots who want to fly themselves at turbine speeds in the flight levels.

The approval will allow Cirrus to accelerate aircraft deliveries as Vision jets move down the production line at the company’s headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. Cirrus currently holds around 600 orders for the jet, which earned FAA certification last October and is expected to receive European approval from EASA soon.

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Boeing and JetBlue Invest in Zunum Aero’s Quest to Build Hybrid-Electric Aircraft
Monday, 24 April 2017 09:31

zunum-aeroThe Seattle-based aviation startup believes it can revolutionize regional air travel.

At a time when the government wants to eliminate the Essential Air Services program, Zunum Aero has an idea that might increase GA airport traffic by leaps and bounds. Specifically, hybrid-electric aircraft that will provide cheap short-range flights. Billing itself as a “pioneer in electric aviation,” the Seattle-based company recently announced backing from Boeing’s HorizonX innovation cell and JetBlue Technology Ventures, declaring that both companies “believe that regional travel is ripe for transformation.”

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FAA Allows Harrison Ford to Keep Flying without Restriction
Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:09

harrison-ford-landingThe actor has already completed awareness training following his February runway incident at John Wayne Airport.

The FAA has concluded that no further “enforcement action was warranted” in regard to Harrison Ford’s recent landing incident at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. According to a statement from Stephen Hofer, the attorney for the 74-year-old actor and pilot, the agency conducted a full interview with Ford, and ultimately it was determined that the actor would retain his pilot’s license “without restriction.”

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Leidos Flight Service Tests Drone Deconfliction Program
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 09:11

dronetamuccTest program aims to ease conflict prevention between UAS and manned aircraft.

With an exponential increase in the number of unmanned aircraft flying in U.S. airspace, Leidos Flight Service is in the process of testing its Leidos UAS Notification Service, which was launched in September.

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With Innovation in Mind, Embraer Turns to the Tech Industry
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 17:32

embraer-legacy-450The next generation of aircraft from the Brazilian company could be created with help from partners in Silicon Valley and Boston's tech corridor.

Embraer says it is forming “innovation teams” in Silicon Valley and in Boston to explore business collaborations with tech startups, investors, academia and corporations, as it looks to develop its next generation of airliners, business jets and perhaps new types of aircraft that we can only guess at.

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Extreme Weather Event Causes Destruction at Kansas City Airport
Friday, 10 March 2017 16:12

ojc_damage_credit_dianne_whiteMultiple hangars and dozens of airplanes were damaged or destroyed at KOJC.

Johnson County Executive Airport (KOJC) in Olathe, Kansas, suffered major damage after a severe weather event tore through the area on Monday night. An entire row of T-hangars was completely demolished and the airplanes that were parked inside were piled randomly near the site where the hangar used to protect them. Around a dozen other hangars at the airport suffered major and minor damage.

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Cirrus Calls 2016 Another Year of Progress
Monday, 27 February 2017 17:30

Company out-delivered its nearest rival by 30 percent.

When 2016’s billing numbers were released this week by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Cirrus Aircraft easily captured the top slot, having delivered 317 aircraft, fully a third more airframes than its nearest rival, Textron Aviation’s Cessna Aircraft Company.

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Bombardier Receives $282 Million Investment from Canada
Monday, 13 February 2017 09:49

bombardier_c_seriesInterest-free loans will fund C Series and Global 7000 jet programs.

Bombardier is poised to receive a boost in funding for its C Series and Global 7000 jet programs.

The Montreal-based jet maker announced this week it will receive roughly $282 million ($372.5 million in Canadian dollars) in interest-free loans over the next four years from the Canadian government.

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Garmin Gains EASA Approval of G5 Flight Display
Wednesday, 08 February 2017 09:27

garmin_g5_grumman_tigerSTC covers installation of low-cost unit in hundreds of certified light airplane models in Europe.

Garmin today announced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval of the G5 electronic flight instrument for installation in certified general aviation airplanes in Europe. The approval covers light airplanes weighing less than 2,700 kilograms (5,952 pounds), and follows a similar STC for the non-TSO’d display approved by the FAA last summer.

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