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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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Piper Introduces Diesel Seminole DX
Tuesday, 24 April 2018 09:46

The Garmin G1000 NXi-equipped twin announced at Aero Friedrichshafen is targeted at the growing market for trainers in Europe and Asia.

Piper announced at Aero Friedrichshafen in Germany this week that it will offer a diesel version of its PA-44 called the Seminole DX. It is the second Piper trainer to receive jet-A-burning diesel power after the Archer DX model emerged in 2014.

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A Fresh Take on Professional Flight Training Sprouts in Lakeland
Monday, 16 April 2018 08:23

International Aero Academy promises a reduced-cost, fast track professional pilot program with Tecnam training airplanes.

As the pilot shortage becomes an increasing reality with a large percentage of the professional pilot population reaching retirement age, the country is begging for fast-track programs for budding professional pilots. A new program at the International Aero Academy in Lakeland, Florida, promises a lower total cost to achieve the degree program and flight hours required to become a professional pilot.

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2018 Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In Opens its Gates
Wednesday, 11 April 2018 09:21

The skies over Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL) opened up with a torrential downpour as Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo began this morning. But the gray skies didn’t stop Sun ‘n Fun president John “Lites” Leenhouts from smiling. Leenhouts said presale tickets are at the highest they’ve ever been and the organization was forced to open a new area for camping as the main area was filled to capacity. The showgrounds have been improved, giving it a cleaner look.

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Stihl Extends Reno Air Race Title Sponsorship
Friday, 06 April 2018 00:00

The exhilarating National Championship Air Races live on thanks to partnership.

Outdoor power equipment specialist Stihl Inc. has extended its commitment as title sponsor of the Reno Air Race Association, securing the future of the National Championship Air Races at least through 2019. The contract also includes an extension of NBC Sport’s television coverage of the races for 2019 and 2020.

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Fly a P-51 Mustang for $20?
Monday, 02 April 2018 10:02

Stallion 51 and Mercy Flight Southeast team up on fundraiser raffle.

Have you ever dreamt of flying a P-51 Mustang? Now there is an opportunity to do so while supporting a good cause. Mustang training specialists Stallion 51 at the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (KISM) in Kissimmee, Florida, has teamed up with Mercy Flight Southeast for a raffle that provides the winner with a complete flight experience in the legendary warbird.

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FAA Streamlines Airspace Authorizations for Drones
Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:30

Low-altitude authorizations will allow for nearly instantaneous approvals for UAS operations.

Under the FAA’s Part 107 rule, operators of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are required to obtain approval to enter airspace controlled by an air traffic control facility. Airspace authorization is based on data from UAS Facility Maps, which generally allow for operations below 400 feet, and currently involves a 19-step manual application process, which has made it challenging at best for operators to conduct their UAS work.

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