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SUGGESTS CHANGES FOR RENO RACES
The NTSB is still working to
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Hersman announced a half dozen safety recommendations that she hopes the
race organizers will implement before the races resume in September. "We
believe these recommendations can go a long way toward preventing future
accidents," she said at a news conference at the Reno airport. The
suggestions to race organizers include changes to the course design and
layout, improvements to the methods used to track and resolve
discrepancies found during pre-race aircraft inspections, required pilot
training in G-force tolerance, and better ramp safety, such as keeping
fuel trucks farther from the race area and improving the placement of
barriers. Hersman also emphasized that pilots should document that
highly modified aircraft have been exposed to realistic race conditions
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INTERCEPT KOREAN AIRLINER
As North Korea gets ready to launch
a rocket generally acknowledged to be an ICBM, NORAD was taking no
chances Tuesday when a bomb threat involving a South Korean airliner in
the air off the west coast of Canada was phoned in. F-15 fighters from
Portland intercepted the Korean Airlines Boeing 777 off British Columbia
and escorted the plane to a Royal Canadian Air Force base at Comox on
Vancouver Island. The aircraft, carrying 149 passengers, took off from
Vancouver for Seoul at 2:35 p.m. PDT and was on the ground in Comox at
5:23 p.m. Comox is about 50 miles from Vancouver. "Wing emergency
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BRAZIL SIGN AVIATION DEAL
that Boeing and Embraer will cooperate on future unspecified development
projects is part of a much larger package of cooperation between Brazil
and the U.S. to help the emerging South American country modernize and
expand its air transportation system. The U.S. Trade and Development
Agency announced Monday an interagency effort that will
allow U.S. businesses to create new opportunities in Brazil's burgeoning
aviation sector. Embraer and Boeing are among the six initial
participants in the U.S.-Brazil Aviation Partnership. "We are excited to
work together to support the growth of Brazil's dynamic aviation sector
and deepen our commercial engagement with Brazil," said USTDA Director
Leocadia Zak. Other government departments taking part in the project
are the State Department, TSA and FAA, and Brazilian opportunities will
be on display later this year. More...
EMBRAER TO COLLABORATE
Boeing and Embraer will "work together
to benefit their customers, their companies and the global aviation
industry," the two companies announced on Monday. The companies didn't
offer any details about what this cooperation would produce, but said
they will work together to develop commercial aircraft features that
enhance safety and efficiency and to develop sustainable aviation
biofuels. They will also look for other areas to work together "to bring
mutual benefit and value to customers." The announcement was made on the
same day that the governments of Brazil and the U.S. agreed to expand
cooperation on civil aviation matters. More...
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MATCHMAKING FOR CHARTERS
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search through the database and find passengers for their aircraft,"
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Michelle Fawcett has joined TAS Aircraft
Sales. She was most recently program manager for Cirrus Certified
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Tom Huff is the new aviation safety officer
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