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New Eclipse Jet To Debut At NBAA
The first all-new Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet to roll off the production line in Albuquerque will be on display at the 2013 NBAA convention in Las Vegas next month, Eclipse Aerospace announced on Tuesday. CEO Mason Holland said the jet represents an "amazing accomplishment" for the company, which bought up the remnants of the original Eclipse just four years ago. The jet is based on the original Eclipse design, but with updated features such as dual WAAS (LPV) GPS receivers, XM weather, and a dual and redundant channel FMS. Read More
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FAA Furloughs, Tower Closures, ATC Privatization Back On The Table
With a new federal fiscal year about to launch on Oct. 1, FAA officials are facing a $700 million budget gap, according to Bloomberg News. A new round of automatic cuts will take effect in the new budget year and may have more impact than they did this year, sources told Bloomberg, citing briefings with FAA officials. The FAA also may revisit its proposal to close many contract towers, which was shelved last year, Bloomberg said. Bell Helicopter also blamed the federal budget cuts this week in announcing it cut 290 jobs in Fort Worth, Texas. "Sequestration is having an adverse impact on our industry, making the future for defense spending more uncertain than ever," Bell CEO Jim Garrison said on Monday. The recurring budget issues also have revived discussion about privatizing the air-traffic-control system. Read More
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F-16 Flies Pilot-Free (With Video)
Boeing flew an F-16 without a pilot for the first time last week, the company said on Tuesday. The Air Force plans to use the modified aircraft as a target drone for weapons testing and other aerial training. So far, six of the retired airplanes have been modified into the Full Scale Aerial Target, or QF-16, mode, and another 120 from the fleet are expected to follow. "Now we have a 9G-capable, highly sustainable aerial target," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ryan Inman, commander of the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron. The aircraft provides "a replication of current, real-world situations and aircraft platforms," Inman said. Read More
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Blakey Gets Wright Trophy
Former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has been awarded one of aviation's most prestigious prizes. Blakey is the 2013 Wright Trophy winner bestowed annually by the National Aeronautic Association to a living American who has given “...significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States.” Since ending her five year term as FAA administrator in 2007, Blakey has been the President of the Aerospace Industries Association, a Washington group that represents defence and aerospace industry companies. Read More
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Video: Calle Hedberg -- The Flying Hobo
Many round-the-world pilots are in a hurry to get the trip done, but Calle Hedberg of Capetown, South Africa is taking a different route. He has eight months to do the trip in his kit-built Ravin 500, and he plans to savor every moment. AVweb's Russ Niles flew with him after he got a float endorsement in Kelowna, British Columbia. Read More
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