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A new $1.1 trillion federal budget bill passed last week includes $140 million to ensure all 252 contract towers will stay open -- at least through Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year. The tower staffing became uncertain during last year's budget battles, but a planned shutdown of 149 of the towers was averted when the FAA was allowed to shift funds from other programs. The funding for next year remains uncertain. "Some people may say it's case closed, but in the back of our minds, we're always thinking ahead," said Peter Moll, director of the Wittman Regional Airport, in Oshkosh, Wis. Read More
Rockwell Collins says it doesn't expect significant recovery in the business jet sector until 2016 and it has scaled its operations to reflect that. Rockwell Collins CEO Kelly Ortberg told Bloomberg that aircraft sales won't rebound until companies start making more money. Read More
Bombardier is laying off 1,700 aerospace workers, 1,100 in Montreal and 600 in Wichita, because of slow sales and delays in the CSeries airliner and Learjet 85 programs. Read More
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Infrared security camera video obtained by Aspen Journalism, a non-profit citizen journalism group in Aspen, CO shows the crash of a Challenger 601 business jet at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport on Jan. 5 that killed the co-pilot and sent the other two pilots aboard to hospital in critical condition. Read More
The Canadian government is considering law changes that could give local and provincial jurisdictions a say in airport construction or expansion projects, according to the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association President Kevin Psutka. Read More
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Beechcraft has been through a lot in the last few years, emerging from bankruptcy and now under new ownership, but its long heritage remains intact -- a fact that was celebrated this week, when the company marked the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the King Air Model 90. Several three-ship passes of the company’s current production King Air models flew above Beech Field, in Wichita, Kan., on Monday afternoon, before an audience of employees and guests. Read More
A new system to project images through glass using nanotechnology could lead to inexpensive, effective head-up displays for aircraft, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said this week. The new approach combines a wide viewing angle, simplicity of manufacture, potentially low cost, and scalability. The system uses nanoparticles embedded in a thin transparent plastic coating that can be applied to glass, much as tinting is applied to car windows. Read More
Garmin has added attitude display to a portable ADS-B in receiver that works with its Garmin Pilot application for iOS and Android portable device applications. Read More
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After three-quarters of a century of progress, new highwing taildraggers ought to be better than Mr. Piper's creation. And they are. A lot. Read More
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World Aircraft is starting production of two light sport aircraft at its base in Paris, Tennessee. The company exhibited at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read More
RANS Designs is out with a model called the S-20 Raven, an evolution of its popular Coyote series. At the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring on Thursday, AVweb's Paul Bertorelli took the Raven for a demo flight, and here's his report on the airplane. Read More
In the 1950s there were various designs for flying platforms, but the technology wasn't quite good enough for a practical design. Flying Platform, LLC displayed the beginnings of an updated version of the Hiller Flying Platform at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida and hope to have it flying by June. After that, they'll be offering kits for sale. Read More
Before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the former Eastern Bloc countries supplied the Soviets with sophisticated aerospace products and services. Now those industries have turned to civil aircraft manufacture. One of those companies, Skyleader, showed off a new LSA at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring this week. Here's a brief video report on the new Skyleader 600. Read More
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Faced with steady north winds and a cool airmass, those who attended the first day of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida were bundled up but engaged in the various displays and forums. The show continues through Sunday at the central Florida airport, next to the famed Sebring car-racing track. Read More
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The north wind died down, and the temperatures rose in time for the busy weekend at U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida. Read More