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SETS SPEED RECORD TO NEW ZEALAND
A Boeing BBJ set a new world
speed record over the weekend, the company said, flying from Los Angeles
to New Zealand nonstop -- a distance of 5,658 nautical miles -- in 13
hours, 7 minutes and 54 seconds. The airplane landed with 7,800 pounds
of fuel still in the tanks. The jet, a modified 737-700 that is owned by
Samsung Electronics, is equipped with seven auxiliary fuel tanks, Boeing
said. It was flown to New Zealand for installation of a VIP interior.
Steve Taylor, BBJ president, said the airplane was 21,000 pounds below
max takeoff weight when it left California. "This means the customer can
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RACES: ATTENDANCE DOWN, SAFETY PREVAILS
The Reno Air Races
have concluded a week of safe racing. Organizers hosted a ceremony on
Sunday afternoon to remember the 11 who died in last year's crash
of Jimmy Leeward's P-51 Galloping Ghost. "We wanted to have an event
that appropriately remembered last year," Mike Draper, spokesman for the
Reno Air Races, told the local KOLO news. Balloons were released as each victim's
name was read. Attendance was down about 8 percent compared to last
year. "It wasn't until mid-August that we were able to say this event is
happening with absolute certainty," Draper said. "And I think people
held off on making reservations." Ticket prices for attendees also were
raised to help cover higher insurance costs, Draper said. The show
policy rose from $300,000 last year to $2 million this year. Draper
added that robust attendance is expected next year for the event's 50th
GERMANY TO COOPERATE ON ALTERNATIVE AVIATION FUELS
and the German government have agreed to work together to promote and
develop sustainable alternative jet fuels, the FAA said last week.
Representatives from Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport, Building
and Urban Development and the FAA signed an agreement during a ceremony
at the ILA Berlin Air Show. "Together, we can leverage our research, our
knowledge and our greatest resource -- our experts -- to work toward
creating new sustainable alternative jet fuels," said Philip Murphy,
U.S. ambassador. More...
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DIRECTIVES AFFECT PIPER FLEET
The FAA published two
airworthiness directives this week that affect the Piper general
aviation fleet. A final rule published on Monday affects 3,100 Piper
Comanches (models PA-24, PA-24-250, and PA-24-260), requiring
inspections of the stabilator horn assembly, at a cost of about $1,000
per airplane. If the assembly needs to be replaced, it would cost
another $1,600. Failure of the stabilator horn could lead to a loss of
pitch control in flight, the FAA said. A proposed rule published on Tuesday affects about
1,000 Piper twins, models PA-31, PA-31-325, and PA-31-350. The rule
would supersede an existing AD that requires repetitive inspections of
the exhaust system. More...
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FAA BEHIND SCHEDULE ON DRONE INTEGRATION
Many obstacles must
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performance standards and regulations. "Concerns about national
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resolved and may influence acceptance of routine access for UAS in the
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