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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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Sikorsky's S-97 Raider Makes First Flight
Thursday, 28 May 2015 08:16

S97-raider-flightNearly a year ago, Sikorsky's S-97 Raider helicopter powered up for the first time; now the first prototype is air-bound. 

The Raider successfully completed its first flight at Sikorsky's Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 22. During the hour-long flight, pilot Bill Fell and co-pilot Kevin Bredenbeck tested the helicopter's hover and low-speed capabilities.

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AOPA Kicks Off Fly-In Season in Salinas
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:17

aopa fly in salinas.Despite the clouds and moisture in southern California last week, AOPA had a good turn out for its first 2015 fly-in in Salinas, California. Nearly 300 airplanes flew in and about 2,600 people attended the event, which featured educational seminars, a pancake breakfast and more than 100 exhibits and aircraft displays. This year's inaugural fly-in also included a few new additions to the schedule, such as a sold-out Barnstormers party and an airshow performance.

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FAA to Release B4UFLY App
Friday, 08 May 2015 08:02

b4ufly2In an effort to make drone operators more aware of where they can and cannot take their flying machines, the FAA is in the process of releasing an iOS app called B4UFLY. The app will tell its users whether there are any restrictions or requirements pertaining to UAS flights in the area of intended flight.

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Solar-Electric Sun Flyer Gets Avidyne Cockpit
Thursday, 23 April 2015 08:19

Sun-FlyerGeorge Bye, the developer a two-seat solar-electric trainer called the Sun Flyer, said yesterday that the airplane will fly with a touchscreen cockpit from Avidyne based around the all-important assumptions that the avionics be bright enough to read in full sunlight but not so powerful that they drain the batteries down to nothing.

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FAA Plans to Eliminate 736 Approaches
Friday, 17 April 2015 08:13

instrument approachThe FAA has announced it plans to cancel 736 instrument approach procedures around the country that the agency has found to be underutilized or redundant. The list was developed based on the FAA's criteria for canceling instrument approach procedures, a policy that was established on June 27 of last year. The policy was developed through recommendations from the Flight Safety Institute, which received a grant in 2010 to develop such a process. 

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