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The FAA published Airworthiness Directives this week that affect certain Piper Cherokees and turbo Bonanza airplanes. The proposed Piper AD was prompted by reports of corrosion found in an area of the main wing spar that’s not easily accessible for inspection. The turbo Bonanza AD is a revision of an earlier proposal published in April, adding more models to the list of airplanes affected and adding a visual inspection of the exhaust tailpipe. Read More
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The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum opened 41 years ago on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and is the most popular museum in the U.S., with about 8 million visitors a year. Now the NASM is due for its first major upgrade, the museum has announced. The seven-year, billion-dollar project, which begins next summer, will transform the exterior of the building, and all 23 galleries will get a makeover. The museum will remain open through the entire effort. Read More
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A restored C-97G Stratofreighter, owned by the Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation, made its first flight in more than 15 years on Tuesday. The aircraft was restored by the foundation at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn. On its first flight, the crew flew the aircraft to Ocean County Airport in New Jersey and back. The aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Air Force in 1954, so it didn’t participate in the Berlin Airlift. But it now is painted as YC-97A 45–9595, which flew in the airlift in April 1949, working with the 1st Strategic Support Squadron. Read More
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The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will return to a U.S. venue next year, with an event to be held Oct. 6-7 in Indianapolis, the organizers announced this week. The popular series will also make a stop in France for the first time, with a race at the seaside resort of Cannes, April 21-22. "The 2017 title went down to the wire,” said Erich Wolf, Red Bull’s general manager of the races. “And now the teams are using the off-season to make their raceplanes even faster." Read More
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As winter looms on the horizon in the Northeast, hundreds of endangered and threatened turtles are expected to be stranded along the beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, stunned by the cold waters, and in need of medical care to survive. For the last few years, general aviation pilots have volunteered to transport the turtles from the Cape to sites around the country where they can be cared for. The effort, now branded as Turtles Fly Too, is recruiting more GA pilots who can pitch in for the coming cold season. Read More

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