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GA Groups Press Case for Lower-Cost ADS-B Gear
Thursday, 29 January 2015 10:32

general aviationThe leaders of 14 aviation organizations sent a dire warning to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, telling him in a joint letter to do something now to bring down the costs of ADS-B compliance or risk seeing a "significant reduction" in general aviation activity when the ADS-B Out mandate takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020.

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Turbine-Powered Diamond DA50 Takes Flight
Friday, 23 January 2015 10:00

diamond da50-jp7This week, less than two years after Diamond Aircraft announced its intent to bring a turbine powered DA50 to market, the Austrian company embarked on the first flight of the airplane that has been named the DA50-JP7. Diamond Aircraft CEO Christian Dries was one of two test pilots on the first flight, which launched from the company's headquarters at the Wiener Neustadt East airport south of Vienna. "This aircraft with this turbine engine almost flies like a rocket," Dries said.

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AOPA Announces 2015 Fly-In Schedule
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:42

aopa fly in groundsAfter wrapping up a year of several successful regional fly-ins, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association has announced it will be continuing its focus on smaller, local events in 2015.

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United Airlines sues 22-year-old who found way to get cheaper plane tickets
Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:32

United AirlinesNEW YORK — A young computer whiz from New York City has launched a site to help people buy cheap plane tickets. But an airline company and its travel partner want to shut him down.

United Airlines and Orbitz filed a civil lawsuit last month against 22-year-old Aktarer Zaman, who founded the website Skiplagged.com last year.

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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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