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The Weekender: Omelets to Tuskegee Airmen »

Our weekly review of SocialFlight revealed fly-ins ranging from the standard pancake breakfast through one with an omelet bar, a bring-a-dish-to-share social and a Tuskegee Airmen exhibit. More

Boeing Closes $56 Billion Order for 777X »

Dubai airline Emirates finalized a $56 billion order to buy 150 Boeing 777X jets today, firming up a commitment made last year, just weeks after scrapping an order with rival Airbus. More

FAA: ADS-B 2020 Deadline Won’t Change »

In testimony regarding the progress of NextGen before the Senate Subcommittee on Aviation, FAA Deputy Administrator Michael G. Whitaker said unequivocally that the 2020 deadline for installation of mandated ADS-B equipment in general aviation aircraft is hard and fast. More

ERAU ATP Gets FAA OK »

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University said this week it has become the first training provider in the country to receive approval from the FAA for an Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program that complies with new FAA rules that take effect August 1. The new rules require at least 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of training in a Level C or higher full flight simulator. More

Drone Operators Arrested »

Two New York men have been arrested after the quadcopter they were flying allegedly almost collided with a police helicopter over the George Washington Bridge. NYPD sources told the New York Daily News that officers on the helicopter followed the drone to its landing zone. More

System Predicts Valve Failure »

Master aircraft mechanic Mike Busch says he's found a reliable way to predict exhaust valve failures using data from engine monitors. More

Spruce Offers AirVenture Pickup Option »

Aircraft Spruce customers who need merchandise and will be attending AirVenture can save the shipping costs by picking up their orders at the show. More

SkyCraft Ready To Fly, Expanding In Utah »

SkyCraft Airplanes said this week it has completed its SD-1 Minisport S-LSA design, and is awaiting an official FAA audit before deliveries can start. The FAA has told the company it will complete the audit in September. Meanwhile, the company has bought a factory and hangar at Provo Municipal Airport in Utah, and will be displaying a flying aircraft publicly for the first time later this month at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. More

ERAU Survey Needs Input From Airline Workers »

A graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is looking for employees of Part 121 air carriers to take an anonymous online survey. Steve Roe said he hopes to gather opinions about participation in the Advanced Qualification Program, a voluntary program for pilot training and checking overseen by the FAA. The study is designed to reveal any barriers that may be preventing air carriers from fully participating in the AQP. More

GA Loan Market Opening Up »

AirFleet Capital says it marked a significant milestone in its business that bodes well for the future of GA. The lender, which only operates in the GA market, wrote its 5,000th aircraft loan in June. More