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Airbus and Bombardier announced today that the European aerospace giant will assume a 50.01% interest in the Bombardier C-Series jet program. To keep it afloat, the C-Series program required a $1.25 billion investment last year by the province of Quebec, which will continue to own 19%, with Bombardier owning the remaining 31%. Read More
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WACO Aircraft announced the debut of the amphibious version of their radial engine biplane yesterday—the YMF-5F. The company says the “F” designation is for both “float and fun,” not to suggest that the tailwheel gear version isn’t fun. Read More
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A commercial balloon pilot’s “pattern of poor decision-making” led to his balloon striking power lines and then crashing to the ground in Texas last July, killing all 16 on board, the NTSB concluded in its final report, issued on Tuesday. It was the deadliest balloon crash in U.S. history. Contributing to the accident were the pilot’s medical conditions and medications that likely affected his decision-making, the board said. Alfred “Skip” Nichols, 49, the owner of Heart of Texas Balloons and the pilot on the day of the accident, had Valium, oxycodone and the antihistamine Benadryl in his system on the day of the crash, the board said. Read More
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American Airlines is taking their turn in the hot seat over an incident last week where a pilot intervened to have a passenger removed. Prior to boarding her flight from Miami to New York, Tamika Mallory had a disagreement with the gate agent over whether she was to be seated in a middle or aisle seat, but thought the dispute was behind her as she walked down the jetway with her boarding pass in hand. Read More
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It was Saturday afternoon some years ago at our mid-sized, midwestern airport.Things were hopping. Air Guard jets were shooting landings on the long runway, airliners were arriving and departing, two or three aircraft were in the pattern practicing, transients were coming and going, and then there was my friend and me in a 1945 65-HP J-3 Cub doing touch and goes.   After four landings, blissfully unaware of the consternation our extremely slow speed was causing, we asked the tower on our handheld radio: ...”Cub 843 would like a right turn out of the pattern.” ... Controller (exasperated): “Right turn, left turn or straight out approved. I don't care.  Just please, please get out of my way!" Read More
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Two years ago, GE's Business and General Aviation group announced a clean-sheet engine called the Advanced Turboprop or ATP. The engine will run later this year and GE is already building the manufacturing technology. In this AVweb video shot at NBAA-BACE 2017, GE's Paul Corkery explains how many of the engine's major components will be laser printed, potentially radically resetting manufacturing economics. Read More
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