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Volume 25, Number 24c
June 15, 2018
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Court Denies Santa Monica Petition
Kate O'Connor
Efforts to save the embattled Santa Monica Airport suffered a setback this week when a court denied an NBAA petition claiming the FAA exceeded its authority when it agreed to allow the city to shorten the airport’s single runway last year. NBAA had petitioned the court to vacate the 2017 agreement, arguing that the FAA defied requirements set by Congress as well as the agency’s own responsibility to support aviation. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the petition on procedural grounds.
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International 'Checklist for JPI
SubSonex Jet Approved For Reno Air Races
Kate O'Connor
Sonex Aircraft announced that its SubSonex Personal Jet has been approved for the Reno National Championship Air Races this September.
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Pole to Pole (in a Lancair) - Part 2
Bill Harrelson
What about an around-the-world flight? After years of work and planning, a pole-to-pole Lancair flight heads north on a record-setting journey.
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Rolls-Royce To Cut 4,600 Jobs
Kate O'Connor
Rolls-Royce announced on Thursday that it will be eliminating 4,600 jobs—nearly 10 percent of the positions at the company—over the next 24 months as part of a company-wide restructuring plan.
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Dowling Aviation College To Reopen Under New Owner
Paul Bertorelli
A Canadian company has bought the bankrupt Dowling College at Long Island’s Brookhaven Airport and plans to rebuild the school’s aviation academic and technical offerings with a focus on aeronautical engineering.
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Spitfire Movie To Debut In U.K.
Mary Grady
Few classic designs are as beloved as the British Spitfire, and this month, a new documentary film about the airplane will debut to celebrate the centenary year of the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force. “Spitfire” is the story of a fighter that was “forged in competition, shaped as the war clouds gathered, and refined in the white heat of combat,” according to the filmmakers’ website. Veterans of World War II who flew the airplanes tell their personal stories in the film. Flying scenes were shot by Seattle-based aviation photographer John Dibbs, who describes the Spitfire as “a sculpture that takes flight – it is a machine as art!”
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Picture of the Week, June 14, 2018
This photo was taken on a C-182 flight from Alabama to El Paso. All in all, it was a 10.1 hrs adventure. We skirted just south of Guadelupe Peak, entering ELP from the east at 12,500 feet. Copyrighted photo by Robert Wannenburg.
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UND And United Partner For New Career Pathway Program
Kate O'Connor
The University of North Dakota (UND) has partnered with United Airlines to create a career pipeline program for its flight students. Through the Career Pathway Program (CPP), graduates of UND’s Professional Flight Program now have a direct path to United’s regional partners.
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Short Final: Ludicrous Speed
Approach: There’s a Pilatus about 50 miles ahead of you, same altitude, and we need to maintain separation while I hand you off to the next sector. You’d have to go really fast to get ahead of him before the hand-off.
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EAA Announces OSH Innovations Day Events
Kate O'Connor
EAA has announced the lineup for its annual Innovations Day at Oshkosh 2018. This year, the organization says, topics will include electric and hybrid powerplant technology, artificial intelligence in the cockpit, future avionics and the uses of unmanned aircraft. Innovations Day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, July 24, will feature new technology displays by more than 20 exhibitors, a roundtable discussion on trends in GA avionics and a forum with participants from Uber, Boeing, Embry-Riddle and other aviation organizations.
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