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The possible pending sale of the assets of the jet business of the former Hawker Beechcraft Corporation likely means the end of the jet line according to a published report. CEO Bill Boisture told the Wichita Eagle sale of the jet assets, which were orphaned by the bankruptcy restructuring of the previous company, is "dangerously close" but the interested party doesn't want to build airplanes. Read More
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NBAA President Ed Bolen and Carey Matthews, general manager of Shanghai Hawker Pacific told the NBAA convention in Las Vegas that business aviation in China is progressing but still in its infancy, and baby steps are serving as important milestones for future growth. Read More
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Singapore Airlines holds the distinction of flying the world's two longest nonstop flights, but that's about to change. On Tuesday, the airline flew its last nonstop to Los Angeles, which takes about 17 hours to fly 8,800 miles across the Pacific. The longest route, 9,500 miles to Newark, a 19-hour flight via the polar regions, will end November 25. The airline is selling off its fleet of five long-range Airbus A340-500 four-engine aircraft that served the routes, as it upgrades to the more fuel-efficient new A350. The older airplanes are fitted with just 100 wide, fully reclining business-class seats, a configuration that was popular with travelers, even at a cost of $8,000 and up for the round trip. The nonstop routes, which have been operating since 2004, saved about five to six hours of travel time. Read More
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AeroVironment, which manufactures more unmanned aircraft systems than anyone else, has signed an agreement to work with Eurocopter, the two companies announced this week. They plan to cooperate to create new products for both military and commercial customers. "This agreement creates the opportunity for both companies to explore expanding into new markets and developing new capabilities," said Roy Minson, a spokesman for AeroVironment. Eurocopter completed its first unmanned flights with the EC145 helicopter earlier this year. Read More
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A new company this week announced its plans to offer high-altitude rides to about 98,425 feet in a pressurized capsule suspended beneath a helium balloon, for $75,000 per seat. The company, World View Experience, is based in Tucson, Ariz., and plans to launch the flights from Spaceport America, in New Mexico, no sooner than 2016. The capsule would carry up to six passengers and two pilots high enough to view the curvature of the Earth and the black sky of space. The ascent will take about two hours, and the travelers can then spend about two hours at altitude. To return to Earth, the capsule separates from the balloon and lands a half-hour later beneath a steerable parafoil. Read More
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The office that creates over a thousand nautical charts turned some heads in aviation when it announced on October 22 that the end will come for paper nautical charts on April 13 and thereafter nautical charts will only be available through various methods of electronic distribution and print on demand. In response to the announcement, Tyson Weihs, co-founder and CEO of ForeFlight, LLC, tweeted, “the future is electronic. NOAA to discontinue paper charts.” And if what is happening to nautical charts is a glimpse into the future of aeronautical charts, that may be true. As recently as September the FAA said there are no plans to stop printing paper charts. That doesn’t mean changes won’t come. Some already have. Read More
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