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Friday, 30 May 2014 11:21

altNEW YORK — On May 18, five Red Bull Air Force Wingsuit Flyers accomplished their dream of skydiving from above one of the world’s most recognizable skylines, Manhattan, in anticipation of the 2014 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island, over Memorial Day Weekend.

The aerial athletes of the Red Bull Air Force propelled at 7,500 feet, traveling 120 mph

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After seven years, exactly one person gets off the gov’t no-fly list
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 11:19

no flyNew report on terrorism "blacklists" suggests it won't be easier the next time.

A hearing in federal court Tuesday has apparently marked the conclusion of a drawn-out, costly, and, to use the judge’s own term, “Kafkaesque” legal battle over the government no-fly list. Malaysian college professor Rahinah Ibrahim sued the government back in 2006, after Dr. Ibrahim’s name mistakenly ended up on a federal government no-fly list.

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Anglo-French UCAV Program Gets Green Light
Monday, 03 February 2014 12:42

combat air systemDuring the Anglo-French summit held January 31 in the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President François Hollande, together with their respective defense ministers Philip Hammond and Jean-Yves Le Drian, announced a series of new defense deals, building on the greater co-operation between the countries outlined in the 2010 Lancaster House agreement.

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Airbus Helicopters EC175 Nears EASA Nod
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:36

EC175 Airbus Helicopters (née Eurocopter) CEO Guillaume Faury announced today that the EC175 medium twin “successfully completed the EASA certification process yesterday” and the type certificate is to be issued in the coming days.

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Mexico Mandates eAPIS for Private Aircraft Operators
Friday, 10 January 2014 14:48

private aircraft Mexico implemented rules this week requiring private aircraft operators flying into or out of the country to submit advance passenger information (API) data.

This mandate follows previously established API requirements for commercial operations under Mexico’s National Institute of Immigration agency.

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Government Shutdown Halts Aircraft Sales Transactions
Monday, 07 October 2013 16:35

capitolThe “partial” U.S. government shutdown that began on Tuesday as a result of a congressional budget impasse has had a more profound effect on business aviation than initially anticipated by industry watchers.

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US plane in 1961 'nuclear bomb near-miss'
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 10:58

hydrogen bombA 24-megaton nuclear bomb was one switch away from exploding over the US in 1961, a newly declassified US document confirms.

Two bombs were on board a B-52 plane that went into an uncontrolled spin over North Carolina - both bombs fell and one began the detonation process.

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NextGen Committee Recommends Modernization Priorities
Monday, 23 September 2013 13:01

repricklarsenThe RTCA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC) has recommended a list of priorities for the Federal Aviation Administration as it rolls out the NextGen ATC modernization in the U.S. against increasing budgetary pressure.

The high-level committee, chaired by Alaska Air Group chairman Bill Ayer, approved the NextGen priorities on September 19 in Washington, D.C., responding to a July tasking from the FAA. The FAA generally follows the committee’s recommendations.

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Airport officials aim to ground skydivers until flap settled
Sunday, 04 August 2013 00:00

skydiversClaiming that Skydive Greater, operating out of the Greater Kankakee Airport since late April, is working outside of its lease, airport officials are trying to ground the endeavor.

A notice to quit, authored by Kankakee Valley Airport Authority board attorney L. Patrick Power, was sent earlier this month to Larry Knipper and Brad Vancina, the owners of the skydiving business.

Airport officials said the business only has a storage lease, not the needed lease to operate a commercial business.

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Braden Airpark closure would break local pilots' hearts
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 15:10

rich-lengel-stands-with-his-plane-that-is-kept-in-a-hanger-at-braden-airparkFor more than 70 years, amateur pilots and hobbyists have flown from Braden Airpark in Forks Township. Children learn to fly there. Scouts sleep overnight there.

All of that will disappear if the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority goes ahead with a recommendation to close Northampton County’s only airport and sell its 80 acres.

Plenty of adolescents who learned to fly at Braden are now professional pilots, according to Jody Pysher, a member of Braden-based Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 70.

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