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Avfuel Branded Base Ops At Page Field Debuts Brand New FBO

August 31, 2011 - Pilots and passengers flying into Lee County Port Authority?s Page Field may not recognize the FBO formerly known as The Aviation Center. Renamed Base Ops at Page Field, a new terminal complex has been constructed to reflect Page Field?s rich military history as a World War II training base. ?The whole concept, from the architecture to the  Read More

DAI And HAV To Launch A Commercial Heavy Lift Air Vehicle Program

August 31, 2011 - Discovery Air Innovations Inc. (DAI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Discovery Air Inc. and Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited (HAV) have entered into a commercial agreement which identifies DAI as the launch customer for HAV?s Commercial Heavy Lift program. HAV is a pioneer and world leader in the design, manufacture and support of  Read More


FAA Approves Production Of Boeing 787 Dreamliner

August 30, 2011 - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt announced that the FAA has approved production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. At an event at Boeing?s facility in Everett, Washington, Administrator Babbitt presented Boeing executives with two certificates for the design and production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce Read More


FAA Fines Capital Cargo International Airlines

August 30, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $298,500 civil penalty against Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc. (CCIA) of Orlando, Florida, for allegedly operating eight Boeing 727 aircraft when the aircraft were not in compliance with federal aviation regulations. Specifically, the FAA alleges that CCIA permitted an unqualified mechanic to perform certain aircraft inspections and to sign airworthiness releases on the  Read More


Owner And Chief Inspector Of AES Sentenced On Aircraft Parts Fraud

August 29, 2011 - Guillermo Galvan, president and owner of Aviation Engine Services (AES), an FAA Approved Repair Station, and Jorge Gomez, AES' Chief Inspector were sentenced in U.S. District Court Miami, Florida, for making false representations. The representation was mad to a customer of AES concerning the  Read More


WACO Classic Aircraft Offer Garmin's GTN Series On All New Aircraft

August 29, 2011 - The WACO Classic Aircraft system combines GPS, COMM and NAV functions with powerful multifunction display capabilities like high-resolution terrain mapping, graphical flight planning, optional satellite weather and traffic display. With the GTN 650?s revolutionary new touchscreen interface, you?re rarely more than two taps away from  Read More


United And Continental Airlines Launches Paperless Flight Deck With iPad

August 24, 2011 - United Continental Holdings, Inc. announced that it is converting to paperless flight decks and deploying 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. The electronic flight bags (EFB) replace paper flight manuals, and as a first for major network carriers, provide pilots with paperless aeronautical navigational Read More


Fedex Express Donates Two Aid Supply To Famine In Somalia

August 24, 2011 - In response to the famine in Somalia, FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world?s largest express transportation company, delivered yesterday approximately 91 metric tons (200,000 pounds) of high-nutrient food to Nairobi, Kenya. The charitable initiative was organized in collaboration with UNICEF with  Read More


FAA Finalizes New Ice Protection Rule

August 22, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a new rule to enhance aviation safety by requiring scheduled airlines to install ice detection equipment in their existing fleets or to update their flight manuals to make sure crews know when they should activate their ice protection systems. This comes after the deadly crash of Colgan Air Flight  Read More


Japan Coast Guard To Boost Its Helicopter Fleet After Tsunami

August 22, 2011 ? Following intensive relief operations after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, the Japan Coast Guard, Eurocopter Group and Eurocopter Japan have signed a tripartite contract for the supply of three additional EC225 helicopters to the Japan Coast Guard. These aircraft will be the first civilian helicopters to be equipped with the most  Read More


FAA Places Restrictions On Former Aviation Safety Inspectors

August 21, 2011 - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a final rule that prohibits air carriers and other certificate holders from employing certain former FAA aviation safety inspectors as company representatives to the agency for a period of two years after they have left the agency. ?The flying public can rest assured that our aviation safety inspectors will   Read More


ATR Delivers Its First ATR 72-600s To Royal Air Maroc

August 21, 2011 - Turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR has celebrated in Toulouse the delivery of the first two ATR 72-600s in the presence of a Royal Air Maroc delegation. Royal Air Maroc will be the first operator of the new ATR ?-600? series. The 70-seater aircraft will allow the Moroccan national airline to reinforce its domestic and its nearest international network. In 2009 the airline ordered four  Read More


100th Anniversary Of Naval Aviation Included In Final NASA Shuttle Mission

August 19, 2011 - 2011 marks the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation. This momentous anniversary is being celebrated across the country throughout the course of the year by paying tribute to the amazing progress and achievements of United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Aviation. In recognition of the enormous contributions made by all  Read More


Eurocopter Begins Largest Helicopter Delivery To Russia?s Utair Aviation

August 19, 2011 - Eurocopter has delivered the first of 20 Ecureuil family helicopters contracted last autumn by Russia?s UTair Aviation in the largest acquisition of its kind for the Russian and CIS market in the lightweight helicopter segment. The initial helicopter provided in this order which was signed with the Eurocopter Vostok subsidiary is a single  Read More


Northrop Delivers 50th Center Fuselage For F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

August 18, 2011 - Northrop Grumman Corporation marked the completion of the 50th center fuselage for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter during a ceremony at the company's Palmdale Manufacturing Center. Company officials praised employees for delivering the center fuselages on time and on budget achieving a significant  Read More


First A380 For China Southern Airlines Takes Off For Final Round Of Tests

August 18, 2011 - On Tuesday, the first A380 for China Southern Airlines took to the skies for the start of a final phase of flight and ground tests. The tests are being carried out from Airbus' facilities in Hamburg, where the aircraft has undergone painting and full cabin furnishing. During the upcoming program of flights, all cabin  Read More


Australia?s Tiger Airways Back In The Sky

August 16, 2011 - Australia?s Tiger Airways was suspended from flying by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority back in July due to various safety concerns. The grounding coincided with school holidays in New South Wales and Victoria. News agencies estimated that 35,000 people may have been affected. It is estimated that Tiger will lose AU$4.2 million for every week of  Read More


U.S. Navy, Air Force, Northrop Grumman Recognized For X-47B Flight Test

August 16, 2011 - The U.S. Navy/Northrop Grumman U.S. Air Force flight test team tasked with evaluating the performance of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) carrier demonstration aircraft has been awarded the 2011 James S. McDonnell Award for Outstanding Team Achievement in the Field of Flight Test Engineering by the Society of  Read More


Omni Air Pilots Announce Tentative Agreement With Company

August 14, 2011 ? Negotiators of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division and the Executive Council of Omni Air, Teamsters Local 1224, announced the conclusion of a tentative agreement with Omni management. The agreement, which is the first contract for the pilots, was reached after years of negotiations  Read More


Gulfstream G280 Arrives In Dallas For Completions

August 14, 2011 ? The first production Gulfstream G280 recently arrived at the Gulfstream Mid-Cabin Completions Center of Excellence in Dallas, where it is being outfitted and painted for delivery later this year. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) experimental test pilots flew the super midsized aircraft, Serial Number 2004, from IAI in Tel Aviv, where the airframe is manufactured, to  Read More


SubSonex Prototype Jet JSX-1 Makes First Flight

August 11, 2011 - Sonex Aircraft, announce that the SubSonex jet aircraft prototype, JSX-1, made its maiden flight on Wednesday at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. The SubSonex was piloted by air show performer and owner of Desert Aerospace LLC, Bob Carlton. The flight lasted approximately 14 minutes and  Read More


Caucasian Flight Engineers Pursue Employment Discrimination

August 11, 2011 - A federal court in Brooklyn, New York, ruled that Caucasian flight engineers, based at John F. Kennedy International Airport (?JFK?), can pursue their employment discrimination claims in New York, against a Japanese air cargo carrier. In Bakeer v. Nippon Cargo Airlines, 09-CV-3374 (RRM), four former flight engineers sued for  Read More


US Airways Pilots Alarmed With Delay In Flight And Duty Time Rules

August 10, 2011 - The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots at US Airways, is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to issue new Flight Time/Duty Time Regulations without further delay. The latest deadline for publication, August 1st has passed, and the process for receiving input was concluded  Read More


Enhanced Airline Pilot Security Screening Takes Off At Chicago O?Hare

August 10, 2011 - The Air Line Pilots Association, Int?l (ALPA) and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) on Tuesday began operating the first test site for the Known Crewmember program at Chicago O?Hare International Airport. Known Crewmember, a new enhanced security-screening program for airline crew members, positively verifies  Read More


MH-60S Helicopters Headed To Thailand In First International Delivery

August 9, 2011 - Two MH-60S SEAHAWK helicopters flew into the Port of Baltimore headed to the Royal Thai Navy, marking the first delivery of the MH-60 to an international customer. The U.S. Navy flew the aircraft from Owego, N.Y., to the Port of Baltimore, Md., ahead of their ocean voyage to Thailand. The aircraft were acquired via the U.S.  Read More


Cebu Pacific Finalizes Order For 30 A321neo Aircraft

August 9, 2011 - Cebu Pacific of the Philippines has finalized a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of 30 A321neo aircraft. The contract firms up a previously announced MOU signed in June. With this latest purchase agreement the fast-growing carrier has increased its total firm orders for the A320 Family to 71, of which 16 have already been  Read More


The First Boeing 787 Dreamliner To Enter Into Service In September

August 8, 2011 - The first Boeing 787 Dreamliner that will enter into service with launch customer ANA rolled out of the paint hangar Saturday. The airplane bears a special livery signifying the core element's of ANA's service brand ? innovation, uniqueness and the inspiration of Japan. "Our teams are making outstanding progress  Read More


First Six Months Of Year Prove Difficult For GA Manufacturers

August 8, 2011 ? The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the shipment and billings figures for the first half of the year.  In the first six months of 2011, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments worldwide fell 15.5 percent, from 936 in 2010 to 791 this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $7.3 billion  Read More


The First Transcontinental Flight In Aviation History To Use Biofuel

August 7, 2011 - The Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT) along with the Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA), in coordination with Aeromexico and the aircraft manufacturer Boeing, launch this unprecedented first transcontinental flight on Friday using biofuel which flew over 250 passengers from Mexico City to Madrid. The flight was on a Boeing  Read More


Not The Way To Operate On ?Final Approach?

August 7, 2011 - On Friday the Senate reached a breakthrough on FAA extension, this means that tens of thousands of workers can go back to their jobs. ?I am thrilled this morning that the Senate has approved an FAA bill. It is a tremendous victory for American workers everywhere? said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. ?I'm thrilled for our dedicated FAA employees who will be able to go back to work on Monday. And I'm  Read More


AirTran Airways Confirms Plans To Shut Down Operations At Four Airports

August 7, 2011 - AirTran Airways, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southwest Airlines, Co. (NYSE: LUV), told its Employees that operations will cease early next year at the following four airports: Asheville (N.C.) Regional (AVL), Atlantic City International (ACY), Quad City (Moline, Ill.) International (MIL), and Newport News Williamsburg  Read More


OSHA Announces Measures To Improve Whistleblower Protection Program

August 7, 2011 - In a continuing effort to improve the Whistleblower Protection Program, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is implementing additional measures to strengthen the program and is releasing an internal report detailing a recent top-to-bottom review of the program.  Read More


FedEx Donates $5 Million And MD-10 Aircraft To Flying Eye Hospital

August 4, 2011 - FedEx and ORBIS International, a leading global organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide, kicked off a North American Good Will Tour in Los Angeles with the announcement of a new 5-year, $5.375 million commitment in the form of cash and in-kind contributions from FedEx. In addition, FedEx Express will donate  Read More


Missing World War II B-24D Pilots And Crew Have Been Identified

August 4, 2011 - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains 12 U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. The remains representing the entire crew will be buried as a group, in Read More


BEA Report, Air France Flight 447 Crash - Pilots Lacked Proper Training

August 1, 2011 - Air France Flight 447, a Airbus A330-203 registered F-GZCP was a scheduled airline flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that took off about 10:29 PM on May 31, 2009, with 216 passengers and 12 flight crew (3 flight crew, 9 cabin crew) that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, 2009, killing all onboard. This  Read More


?Volantor? A Documentary Film About Paul Moller And The Skycar

August 1, 2011 - Volantor is a film about Paul Moller, a modern day Wright Brother, who may revolutionize personal aviation forever when he pilots his M-400 Volantor "Skycar" for the first time and achieves a 70 year old childhood dream. Over the past century America has developed the strongest car culture in the world. We go everywhere by car Read More


Raytheon Develops Miniature Antenna For Unmanned Aircraft Systems

August 1, 2011 - Raytheon has developed a miniaturized interrogation antenna capability to extend use of its Cooperative Target ID technology to soldiers and unmanned aircraft to help prevent fratricide. This effort builds upon an existing Raytheon antenna design  Read More


Philippines Man Illegally Sells Military Drone On Ebay

August 1, 2011 - A 47-year-old man pleaded guilty on Thursday to a violation of the Arms Export Control Act following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE's) Office of Homeland Security Investigations investigation. According to the plea agreement, Henson Chua, of Read More

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