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Lycoming issued a Mandatory Service Bulletin on Monday that requires owners and operators of its engines to check them for connecting rods that contain bushings that do not meet Lycoming Engine’s specifications, and if the bushings are found, to take follow-up corrective action. This inspection must be completed within the next 10 hours of engine operation. Read More
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While two other autopilot manufacturers—TruTrak and Trio—have been racing to earn STCs for their experimental autopilots before AirVenture, Garmin introduced not one but two new systems of its own. The $6995 GFC500 is aimed at basic aircraft while the GFC600 caters to high-performance singles, twins and turboprops. Both systems are loaded with functions that trickle down from Garmin's integrated GFC700. Read More
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The Global Super Tanker, a converted 747 designed to fight wildfires, has been grounded in California even as fires rage, and its operators say it’s because of “red tape” imposed by the U.S. Forest Service. “We just happen to be the biggest, fastest fire truck in the air,” said Jim Wheeler, CEO of Global SuperTanker Services, which owns and operates the airplane. But the company said in a news release on Friday the U.S. Forest Service said its contract limits firefighting aircraft to 5,000 gallons of fire suppressant. The 747 carries up to 19,000 gallons. Read More
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Pilot Vlado Lenoch, 64, of Illinois, and his passenger, Bethany Root, 34, of Kansas, died about 10:30 Sunday morning when the P-51 Mustang “Baby Duck” they were flying crashed in Kansas, news outlets have reported. Lenoch had flown the classic airplane on Saturday night at the Atchison airport, in an airshow that was held as part of the Amelia Earhart Festival. The airplane was owned by the Warbird Heritage Foundation. Read More
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