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Diamond DA62 To Debut at NBAA Convention
Monday, 09 November 2015 10:58

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Diamond Aircraft's DA62 diesel twin will make its North American debut later this month at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, where the Austrian light plane maker is also planning a "relaunch" party of sorts for the brand after a few relatively quiet years with a somewhat diminished U.S. profile.

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Icon A5 Draws Emergency Crews Near Beach Community
Friday, 30 October 2015 09:14

Icon-Aircraft-A5An Icon A5 amphibian landed in the water near the Los Angeles area beach community Hermosa Beach on Monday, causing a major commotion in the area. Emergency crews were dispatched as the airplane was thought to have crashed in the water. But instead, two people emerged and climbed up on top of the wing of the A5 to enjoy a cup of coffee, according to reports from local news outlet The Daily Breeze.

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Quicksilver Aircraft Ceases Production
Friday, 23 October 2015 09:36

Quicksilver-AircraftQuicksilver Aircraft, which recently launched the LSA qualified Sport 2SE, is shutting down its production facility in Temecula, California. Quicksilver's president Will Escutia told Flying sales have dropped 25 percent in the past year from a level he described as already being at a "breaking point."

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Drone Company Could Face Nearly $2 Million in Fines
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 08:05

media-dronesDespite the lack of finalized rules governing the operation of unmanned aircraft systems, the FAA is getting serious about managing the operations of UAS. The agency has proposed a fine of $1.9 million to a company in Chicago called SkyPan International, Inc.

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Burt Rutan Wins 2015 Wright Trophy
Friday, 09 October 2015 15:12

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This week, the National Aeronautic Association announced renowned aerospace engineer, Burt Rutan, as this year's recipient of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.

Since 1948, the NAA award has honored one recipient annually for "…significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States."

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Diamond Launches Hybrid-Electric Tiltrotor
Monday, 05 October 2015 13:09

diamond-tiltrotorDiamond Aircraft has shared exclusive details with Flying of a hybrid-electric tiltrotor project it is embarking on with an unnamed major industrial partner, which the Austrian light aircraft maker says could become a certified reality within seven years.

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Government Considers Mandatory Insurance for GA
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:07

GA-InsuranceUnless you are required by a lender to carry liability insurance for your airplane, you likely don't have to pay for such a policy. Only 11 states require some form of liability insurance for general aviation aircraft operators, according to the Government Accountability Office, unlike automobile owners and commercial airlines, which are federally obligated to be insured.

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Reno Air Race Gets Ready for Action
Friday, 18 September 2015 08:14

2015-Reno-Rare-BearIf you are an air race fan, it's time to make the annual migration to Reno for the National Championship Air Races. The competition starts today at Reno Stead Airport, 10 miles northwest of the city. In addition to the promise of adrenaline-pumping races from buzzing miniature sport airplanes to roaring unlimiteds, the weekend promises exciting aerial performances including the Breitling Jet Team formation demonstration, David Martin flying his seemingly impossible aerobatic routine, a Tora, Tora, Tora display, and much more.

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FAA Appoints Two To Head UAS Safety Office
Monday, 07 September 2015 11:04

FLY0315-Jumpseat-DronesAs the FAA gets serious about stemming the threat of UAVs mixing in airspace with general aviation and airline traffic, the agency has appointed two new executives to head its UAS Integration Office.

Retired U.S. Air Force major general Marke "Hoot" Gibson has been tapped to become the senior advisor on UAS integration, reporting to FAA deputy administrator Michael Whitaker.

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FAA Investigating Reported UAV Collision with Piper Twin
Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:58

UAV-midairSo far it's unconfirmed, but the FAA is taking seriously a report that a Piper twin was involved in a midair collision with a UAV over northern Illinois on August 27.

Maybe we should be calling it a UFO, since the FAA's incident report refers to a collision between the Piper Apache and an "unidentified object" over Romeoville, Illinois, under Chicago's Class B airspace about 20 nm southwest of O'Hare International.

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