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Just Aircraft Cofounder Unhurt in SuperSTOL Crash
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 14:19

SuperSTOL-crashJust Aircraft cofounder Troy Woodland and a passenger were unhurt in a serious crash of Woodland's SuperSTOL demonstrator after an apparent engine failure over hilly terrain near the company's factory in Walhalla, South Carolina.

Woodland attempted to land the airplane on a newly built residential street where homes have yet to be constructed, but the rugged terrain made it impossible to put the SuperSTOL down in one piece despite it's remarkable short takeoff and landing capabilities, which allow it to touch down in as little as 100 feet.

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ALPA Moves To Block Medical Reform Bill
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:16

ga plane runwayJust when it appeared third-class medical reform might finally be within legislative reach, airline pilots have held up their hands to say not so fast.

The Air Line Pilots Association is staging an 11th-hour p.r. campaign aimed at derailing the key provisions of the Pilots' Bill of Rights 2, legislation aimed at eliminating third-class medicals for most private pilots in favor of self-health assessments.

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Quest Expanding Under New Japanese Owners
Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:38

Quest AircraftQuest Aircraft is wasting no time planning for the future after being acquired earlier this year by Japan's Setouchi Holdings. The manufacturer is nearly doubling the size of its Kodiak production facility in Standpoint, Idaho, where it has been building the rugged utility single-engine turboprops for nearly a decade.

Construction of the new factory is slated to begin in August, with completion targeted by the end of the year.

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Airbus E-Fan Makes Successful English Channel Flight
Monday, 13 July 2015 12:47

airbus efan english channelAirbus Group's E-Fan demonstrator was able to successfully cross the English Channel on Friday morning, mirroring Louis Blériot’s historical flight nearly 106 years ago. But the record flight is already proving controversial.

Taking off from Lydd Airport in southern England, the twin-fan electric airplane completed the flight in 38 minutes, reaching a cruise altitude of 3,500 feet. Pilot and E-Fan designer Didier Esteyne was at the controls for the flight.

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Solar Impulse Breaks Record for Longest Flight
Tuesday, 07 July 2015 10:23

Solar Impulse Hawaii LandingA feat that many thought unachievable with today’s technology has been done. Last week, André Borschberg completed the most arduous leg in the planned round-the-world flight of the all-solar-powered Solar Impulse Si2, crossing the Pacific Ocean from Nagoya, Japan to Kalaeloa Airport just west of Honolulu, Hawaii. The marathon flight took nearly 117 hours and 52 minutes to complete, going down in the record books as the longest solo flight in the history of flight.

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AOPA, NBAA Warn of 'Troubling' ATC User Fee Bill
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:18

atc workstationThe leaders of two of aviation's most powerful lobbying associations are aligning in vocal opposition to a plan by the head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to introduce legislation aimed at paying for future ATC services through user fees.

Mark Baker, president of AOPA, and Ed Bolen, head of the National Business Aviation Association, warned that legislation about to be introduced by Committee head Rep. Bill Shuster (R.-Pa.) threatens to stifle general aviation and restrict access to airports and airspace by imposing user fees.

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Icon A5 First Delivery Slated for AirVenture 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015 08:17

ICON takeoffThe highly anticipated Icon A5 has completed an FAA audit that will allow the start of full production of the sleek amphibian. Icon plans to deliver its first customer airplane next month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

This week, Flying had the opportunity to fly the A5. Look for the full report in an upcoming issue of Flying.

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EPA Moves To Limit Airline Emissions
Monday, 15 June 2015 09:40

boeing 737 takeoffThe Environmental Protection Agency yesterday began the formal process of regulating the emissions of U.S. aircraft, saying the airline industry is one of the biggest remaining contributors to global warming.

The EPA issued what's known as an "endangerment finding" under the Clean Air Act as a precursor to regulations to limit heat-trapping emissions from airplane exhaust.

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NASA Issues Grants for Supersonic Research
Tuesday, 09 June 2015 09:53

NASA Supersonic ResearchWith a new era of supersonic flight in the horizon as Aerion makes progress on its AS2 and other players are expected to tap into the high speed commercial flight market, NASA is putting a strong focus on the study of sonic booms in hopes of eliminating the restrictions of supersonic flight over populated areas. 

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Dassault Rolls Out First Falcon 5X
Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:53

Falcon5X-rolloutIn a ceremony at its Bordeaux production plant attended by hundreds of customers, suppliers and employees, French business jet maker Dassault rolled out the first Falcon 5X, the latest in its family of fly-by-wire luxury airplanes.

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