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Air Show Legend Sean Tucker Will Retire from Solo Flying after 2018
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 10:48

sean-tuckerThe 65-year-old icon isn’t closing the hangar door for good, though, as he plans to create a formation flying team.

Having just wrapped up another wild and exciting performance with Team Oracle at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio, Sean Tucker will spend the next month, like most of us, preparing for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. And while Tucker has been electrifying fans with his aerobatic routines for more than 40 years, these performances will become a little more exciting in the coming months, because of the news that Tucker will retire from solo flying after the 2018 season.

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NATCA Supports AIRR Act
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:27

atc_supportBill Shuster's bill gets a strong endorsement from the air traffic control group.

After weeks of wondering which way front line controllers might lean in the recently energized air traffic control debate, NATCA President Paul Rinaldi said this afternoon that the National Air Traffic Controllers Association stands behind the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act originally published by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA). Rinaldi said support came in part, because “…The bill fully aligns with NATCA’s policies, practices, and core principles … [and] protects our workforce, including pay, benefits, retirement, and collective bargaining rights.”

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FlyHonda Program Allows Owners to Fly Their Fractional Jets
Monday, 19 June 2017 15:51

hondajetThe unique program based in Europe offers 25 percent ownership stakes in the HondaJet.

One of the unique selling points of Europe’s new FlyHonda fractional ownership company is the opportunity for properly certified owners to climb into the left seat of a new aircraft when they book a trip. FlyHonda is the only fractional ownership company that allows owners to actually fly the aircraft.

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AeroMobil Will Exhibit Its Flying Car at the Paris Air Show
Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

aeromobil flying carThe unique flight-capable road vehicle will be featured as part of the first-ever Paris Air Lab dedicated to research and innovation.

Aeromobil, the flying car hopeful out of Slovakia, will exhibit at the upcoming Paris Air Show in the brand new 9,000-square-foot Paris Air Lab at Le Bourget Airport focused on the very latest in research and innovation. The company hopes to convince the aerospace world that its idea for the future mobility is possible.

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Arizona Fighter Wing Grounds F-35s
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

f35 usaf photoThe action follows five reports of pilot oxygen deprivation.

The U.S. Air Force’s 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona said yesterday that F-35 training flights will remain grounded until further notice due to five separate incidents highlighting “irregularities” in the pilots’ oxygen supplies.

The grounding was initially planned to be only short-term when it was first announced last Friday. The Air Force said the five incidents occurred at Luke between May 2 to June 8 with symptoms that resembled hypoxia. In each case the aircraft's backup oxygen system worked as designed and the aircraft landed safely. Luke’s fighter contingent includes 55 F-35A Lightning IIs and typically operates 25 training flights a day.

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Aerion Teams with GE for Supersonic Propulsion
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:31

aerion-hangarNew partnership advances the development of the engine configuration for Aerion’s AS2 trijet.

Aerion’s supersonic jet project is beginning to pick up speed as the company is completing its evaluation of engine makers for its 12-passenger AS2 jet. After assessing more than a dozen military and civilian engine makers for the past two years, Aerion has teamed with GE to define and evaluate the final configuration for the three engines that will power the sleek speedster.

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Court Orders Review of FAA Deal To Close Santa Monica Airport
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:26

smoA court-appointed panel will decide whether the FAA’s agreement with the city was legal.

The outlook for the fate of Santa Monica Airport remains grim, but all hope is not lost. The U.S. Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit has referred a controversial agreement between the FAA and the city of Santa Monica, California, to close Santa Monica Airport to a “merits panel” for further review regarding the legality of the settlement agreement.

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Cirrus Receives Vision Jet Production Certificate
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 11:39

cirrusThe FAA approval allows the manufacturer to accelerate deliveries of the world’s first single-engine personal jet.

The FAA today awarded Cirrus Aircraft the production certificate for the SF50 Vision, the world’s first single-engine “personal” jet aimed at pilots who want to fly themselves at turbine speeds in the flight levels.

The approval will allow Cirrus to accelerate aircraft deliveries as Vision jets move down the production line at the company’s headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. Cirrus currently holds around 600 orders for the jet, which earned FAA certification last October and is expected to receive European approval from EASA soon.

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Boeing and JetBlue Invest in Zunum Aero’s Quest to Build Hybrid-Electric Aircraft
Monday, 24 April 2017 09:31

zunum-aeroThe Seattle-based aviation startup believes it can revolutionize regional air travel.

At a time when the government wants to eliminate the Essential Air Services program, Zunum Aero has an idea that might increase GA airport traffic by leaps and bounds. Specifically, hybrid-electric aircraft that will provide cheap short-range flights. Billing itself as a “pioneer in electric aviation,” the Seattle-based company recently announced backing from Boeing’s HorizonX innovation cell and JetBlue Technology Ventures, declaring that both companies “believe that regional travel is ripe for transformation.”

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FAA Allows Harrison Ford to Keep Flying without Restriction
Thursday, 06 April 2017 11:09

harrison-ford-landingThe actor has already completed awareness training following his February runway incident at John Wayne Airport.

The FAA has concluded that no further “enforcement action was warranted” in regard to Harrison Ford’s recent landing incident at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California. According to a statement from Stephen Hofer, the attorney for the 74-year-old actor and pilot, the agency conducted a full interview with Ford, and ultimately it was determined that the actor would retain his pilot’s license “without restriction.”

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