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Mooney is officially back in the aircraft production business thanks to a cash infusion from its new Chinese owners. Mooney International, as it is now called, hopes to begin delivery of new Acclaims by the third quarter of 2014. "The last time we restarted the line, it took a year but I want to do it in six months," Bill Eldred, director of engineering, told AVweb in an exclusive interview at the Kerrville, Texas, plant on Jan. 3. Read More
There are cars in the parking lot and 46 employees working at the Mooney International plant in Kerrville, Texas as of Jan. 3, thanks to fresh investment from its new Chinese owners. AVweb's Russ Niles was there and talked to Director of Engineering Bill Eldred about getting the production line going again. Read More
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While most airlines blamed winter weather for delays and tie-ups over the weekend, JetBlue also cited the FAA's new pilot rest rules as a factor. The carrier took the unusual step of canceling all flights at New York and Boston airports Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Read More
Bombardier will furlough about 300 of its Learjet workers in Wichita, Kan., for six weeks during the first half of this year, according to the Wichita Eagle. Bombardier cited challenges in the jet market as the impetus for the change. A memo sent to workers last week said the layoffs would affect Learjet 70 and 75 production, but not the Learjet 85. "Market conditions remain quite difficult, especially in that lighter aircraft segment," Bombardier spokeswoman Annie Cossette told the Montreal Gazette. Read More
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AOPA on Monday announced the dates and locations of the regional fly-ins that will replace its annual Summit event. Each fly-in will feature a pancake breakfast and pilot town hall hosted by AOPA President Mark Baker, exhibits, static aircraft displays, flying activities, safety clinics, a "Learn to Fly" area, and a chance to visit with AOPA staff and program specialists. The events are open to all, but non-AOPA members will pay a fee. The regional events will be held in Texas, Indiana, Massachusetts, Washington, California, Maryland, and Georgia, between April and November. Read More
Beginning next week, AVweb will switch to three-times-a-week publication, with new features, expanded business coverage and additional blogs and commentary. Read More
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In this week's Cub Theatre installment, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli provides a video examination of the runway turnback or the so-called "impossible turn." Well, it's not impossible at all, although it's not necessarily easy. If you want to try it, you'll need to practice it first. And think about making the turnback decision before you take off, not when the engine crumps at 500 feet. Read More
With the average age of the light aircraft fleet north of 40 years, it's a challenge to keep older aircraft maintained. In this video, Cub owner Paul Bertorelli shows how the shop uses a borescope to see deep inside the aircraft to detect any issues before they become serious. Read More