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Tecnam Makes Progress on P2012 Program
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 08:19

Economical passenger airplane is on track for certification this year.

Tecnam is making great progress on the certification program for the 11-passenger P2012. The Italian airplane maker expects to get the sign off from the FAA and EASA later this year and start delivering airplanes next year. Dan Wolf, founder and CEO of Cape Air, the launch customer for the P2012, recently visited the factory in Capua to see the progress on its airplane. Located about 27 miles north of Naples, the Capua factory opened its doors in 2015 and is one of three production locations for Tecnam.

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Boeing Inks Deal to Take Over Embraer’s Commercial Jetliner Business
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 08:09

The deal mirrors a similar move by Airbus with recent deal to take control of Bombardier’s CSeries program.

A mega deal that some wondered whether it would ever come to fruition is now a done deal. Boeing is taking control of Embraer’s commercial jetliner business, agreeing on Thursday to pay $3.8 billion for a larger slice of the global plane making pie that puts the world’s biggest plane makers on a collision course after rival Airbus inked a similar deal to take over Bombardier’s CSeries jet program.

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Simcom Acquires TBM Training Provider
Friday, 29 June 2018 08:25

Acquisition allows customers to train in simulators and aircraft.

Simcom Aviation Training announced in a press release on Tuesday that it has acquired a training provider for TBM aircraft to expand training opportunities available to TBM operators. Simcom took over Turbine Solutions, Inc. (TSI), based at Camarillo Airport, in California. “Simcom is a recognized leader in general aviation training and together we can deliver a more comprehensive training solution to all TBM operators,” said co-owner and founder of TSI, Walt Adair.

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FAA Publishes Details of Part 23 Compliance
Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:18

Public comment period open until July 10.

The final rule overhauling Part 23 Airworthiness Standards for GA aircraft officially took effect last summer. Recently the FAA issued 63 means of compliance (MOCs) for Part 23 intended to ease installation of innovative, safety-enhancing technologies into small airplanes while keeping costs down.

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MooneyShares Aims to Lower the Cost of Airplane Ownership
Tuesday, 05 June 2018 08:29

The program seeks to match co-owners in new Mooney Ovation or Acclaim Ultra models.

Shared-ownership arrangements are nothing new in aviation, but it’s rare for an aircraft manufacturer to offer such programs to buyers of new airplanes. Mooney International is testing the sharing-economy waters by teaming up with Partners in Aviation (PIA) to offer a program for new Mooney Acclaim and Ovation Ultras.

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Bombardier Launches Two New Business Jets at EBACE
Wednesday, 30 May 2018 08:20

Aircraft will use new Rolls-Royce Pearl powerplants.

The Global 5500 and 6500 announced just before the opening of the European Business Aviation Convention and Exposition will soon fly as far as 5,700 nm and 6,600 nm respectively. Announcement of these two new aircraft Bombardier aircraft that effectively fit between the Global 5000 and 7500 surprised EBACE attendees in Geneva. The new large-cabin fleet offerings will offer a top speed of Mach 0.90 and a significant 13 percent fuel burn advantage when measured against competing aircraft.

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BRS Aerospace Introduces Vehicle Recovery Systems for eVTOLs
Monday, 21 May 2018 08:08

Plans unveiled at the recent Uber Elevate summit.

Much talk about future eVTOL aircraft has focused around the electric propulsion systems these aircraft will demand to effectively scoot around heavily populated urban landscapes, places that most pilots understand offer few safe landing options in the event of a power failure.

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Historic Biplanes Recreate First Airmail Flight
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 08:42

Only seven of the original 41 Stearman Speedmail aircraft are still flying.

Unless you’re a stamp collector, word that the U.S. Postal Service recently began selling stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first scheduled airmail service in the United States might well have flown right past you.

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No More Trouble at Planes of Fame Air Show
Monday, 07 May 2018 08:31

Living history airshow with warbirds and veterans will proceed this weekend.

After a few years of harassment by local Chino airport tenants, the legal troubles for Planes of Fame have been resolved. The annual show will proceed this weekend, May 5 and 6, and a representative from Planes of Fame said all parties that were a part of the lawsuit are now participating in the Planes of Fame Airshow.

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Airbus Beluga XL’s First Flight Approaching
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 08:46

Airbus Beluga XL’s First Flight Approaching

True whale of an aircraft offers improved odd-size cargo operations.

The first time I spied that chunky Beluga on the ramp at Toulouse France as I taxied out for takeoff, it was clear the converted Airbus A300 was created for a very special task, carrying large, oddly-shaped cargo. But there’s little denying the Beluga is also one of the homeliest airplanes I’ve ever seen, reminding me of a creature with a huge body matched with a tiny head. Ugly or exotic, Airbus found a market for the airplane 20 years ago, transporting some fuselage parts for the massive A380.

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