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ICAO Celebrates 70th Anniversary
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

icao facadeThis month marks the 70th anniversary of a major international agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO consists of 119 member states and works together with global aviation organizations to develop Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). These SARPs are used by the member states when developing their own national civil regulations.

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FAA Allows More Simulator Time for Instrument Rating
Friday, 05 December 2014 09:14

training device rulesThe FAA yesterday issued long-awaited rules that increase the number of hours pilots may log toward an instrument rating using approved aviation training devices, raising the limit to 20 hours in advanced training devices versus 10 hours under the old rules.

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FAA Testing of 100LL Replacement Fuels Begins
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:14

T100ll fuelhe FAA has launched Phase I testing of four unleaded aviation fuels at its William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, officially beginning aviation's much heralded transition away from low lead avgas.

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Solar Flight Announces Modular SunStar
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 17:16

One of the pioneers of solar flight sunstar bigsolar-powered flight, a company aptly named Solar Flight, which has been developing solar airplanes for the last 28 years, announced a new solar-powered aircraft, which appears to be a real-life Lego-version of an airplane with interchangeable components. Named the SunStar, the aircraft is chiefly designed for High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) missions.

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NASA Tests Flexible Flap Design
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:52

nasa flap bigNASA has started flight testing a new flap design that has the potential to make flying quieter and more fuel-efficient. The Adaptive Compliant Trailing Edge (ACTE) project is a collaborative effort between NASA as part of its green aviation project and the U.S.

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Pilot Error Suspected in SpaceShipTwo Crash
Friday, 07 November 2014 10:11

The test pilot who was killed in last Friday's crash of Virgin Galactic's spaceshiptwo crashSpaceShipTwo prematurely unlocked the craft's feathering tail structure, most likely leading to a catastrophic inflight breakup high over the Mojave Desert, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.

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NBAA14 also highlights utility GA, innovation
Monday, 03 November 2014 09:55

HondaThe National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Orlando Oct. 21-23 was termed a “massive success” by NBAA President Ed Bolen. Always is. Despite some down years, corporate aviation is booming (comparatively) and attention and spending follow the money. But there’s always more to NBAA than corporate jets.

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OpenAirplane partners with Cirrus
Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:04

Cirrus AircraftCirrus Aircraft is collaborating with OpenAirplane. Pilots who participate in the Cirrus factory approved initial and proficiency training will be offered rental credentials through OpenAirplane for the same model of Cirrus, without the hassle and expense of another checkout.

With its universal checkout, OpenAirplane makes renting an airplane as easy as renting a car. Once pilots pass the checkout, they can go to OpenAirplane-affiliated flight schools and FBOs and rent an airplane.

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Citation Latitude debuts at NBAA
Monday, 27 October 2014 09:57

The Citation latitudeLatitude, Cessna’s newest midsize business jet, made its public debut this week at the annual National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition.

The aircraft on display is one of four Citation Latitudes flying in the company’s certification flight test program, which has logged more than 600 flight hours in 260 flights.

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Virgin Australia buys out Tiger Airways for A$1
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:09

Virgin Australia will buy out loss-making budget carrier tigerTiger Airways Australia for A$1 (£0.54).

Virgin already has a 60% stake in Tiger but will take full control in an effort to speed up a turnaround, it said.

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