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Volume 25, Number 47b
November 21, 2018
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GAMA: All Aircraft Shipments Are Up
Mary Grady
In its third-quarter shipment report, GAMA has found the overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft increased in the first nine months of this year compared to the same period in 2017. Piston airplane deliveries increased by 8.3 percent, to 784 units, compared to the same period last year.
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Sure, You Voted. But Can You Renew Yourself?
Paul Berge
For CFIs, flight reviews are mere bagatelles. It's the biennial renewal that makes a root canal look a better way to spend a Friday afternoon.
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Three Dead In Air Ambulance Accident
Kate O'Connor
A Cessna 441 crashed near Bismarck, North Dakota, late Sunday night, killing all three people on board. The aircraft, which was owned by Bismarck Air Medical and used as an air ambulance, was enroute from Bismarck to Williston, North Dakota, to pick up a patient.
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The Pilot’s Lounge #140: Ready For Winter
Rick Durden
As he does from time to time, Dave, the proprietor of the flight school here at the virtual airport, sent out a mass email to his aircraft rental customers—students and certificated pilots—asking them to come to an evening gathering to socialize and discuss an issue of interest to all of us. The evening’s theme was getting ready for winter flying.
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Boeing Schedules, Cancels Call On Max 8
Mary Grady
Boeing officials scheduled a conference call Tuesday morning with operators to address their questions about the flight-control system on the 737 Max 8, and whether the manuals provided enough information to operate the aircraft safely, but the call was later cancelled.
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JETcopter Reveals VTOL Concept
Mary Grady
JETcopter, a startup company based in Germany, said this week it has completed tests that confirmed the feasibility of its concept to power its seven-seat VTOL design.
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NASA Announces Flight Date For Supersonic X-Plane
Kate O'Connor
NASA now has an official development timeline for its Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) X-plane that, according to the administration, will lead to the X-59’s first flight in the next three years. NASA committed to the timeline after a Key Decision Point-C (KDP-C) review confirming funding and achievability of the project.
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Leaked Images Show Superfast Russian Helicopter
Mary Grady
Helicopters are ideal for lots of useful tasks, but speed over the ground has never been their strong suit. That could change if a new Russian design in development lives up to its promise.
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Picture of the Week, November 15, 2018
Flying over Lower Otay Lake in Chula Vista, CA, headed for home at John Nichols Field (0CL3) in my Avenger UL. Photo by Peter Sigrist.
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