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The AOPA Air Safety Institute released its annual Joseph T. Nall Report on Wednesday, detailing the accident rate for GA aircraft, providing an analysis and outlining plans to seek improvements. Richard McSpadden, executive director of the ASI, said the new report, which analyzes data from 2014, shows a decline in the overall number of accidents for non-commercial fixed-wing aircraft, even as flight activity increased. There were 952 accidents in 2014, nine fewer than the year before. Read More
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A seaplane business in Sausalito, California, in operation since 1945, has been growing since new owners took over in 2012, and that’s starting to cause some problems with the neighbors, who have requested a hearing with the County Planning Commission, set for next Monday, Aug. 28. Seaplane Magazine has taken up the cause on the operator’s side, and has asked readers to send letters of support for the operation to local officials. Read More
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The Airbus team A^3, or A-cubed, based in Silicon Valley, plans to start flight tests of a prototype of its full-scale VTOL air-taxi, Vahana, in November, according to a report this week by KUOW. The flight tests will be conducted from the Eastern Oregon Regional Airport, in Pendleton, where the company recently occupied a new 9,600-square-foot hangar. It was also announced this week that the aircraft will maneuver autonomously using a technology called Peregrine. Read More
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An engine upgrade for the King Air 350 by Blackhawk Modifications, based in Waco, Texas, is now certified by the FAA, the company announced this week. The upgrade package includes two factory-new Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engines, plus two new five-blade composite propeller assemblies and spinners from MT Propellers. Training, support and a warranty also are included. The modified aircraft gains 40 knots for a maximum cruise speed of 340 knots at 28,000 feet, the company said. Read More
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A Global 7000, a Bombardier large-cabin business jet currently undergoing test flights, lost an engine last week while flying at 41,000 feet, according to a report in the Wichita Eagle this week. A report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the jet “experienced an inflight flameout of the right engine following high vibration and high Inter Turbine Temperature (ITT) readings.” The crew declared an emergency and landed safely at Wichita. Read More
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