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Volume 30, Number 49e, December 8, 2023
Van's Expects 70 Percent Buy-In On Price Increase
Representatives of Van’s Aircraft told an Oregon bankruptcy court they expect about 70 percent of existing customers to accept a price increase (reported to be 30 percent) on the parts they have on order with the company. Company officials and[…]   Read this article
U.S. Military Grounds All Services' V-22 Ospreys
The U.S. military announced yesterday (Dec. 6) that all V-22 Osprey tiltrotors are grounded as a result of the preliminary investigation into the U.S. Air Force aircraft that crashed off the coast of Japan last week, killing all eight crew[…]   Read this article
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NTSB Preliminary Report On Lancair Overrun Paints A Complex Picture
According to the just-released National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) preliminary report (Accident Number CEN24LA037), the pilot of a pressurized Lancair LX7 was having a Wile E. Coyote-kind of day on Nov. 11, 2023. At 25,000 feet on a flight from[…] Read this article

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New FAA-Backed Regulations Threaten Air Tour Operators In National Parks
In conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Park Service (NPS) has introduced strict new rules for air tour operators conducting sightseeing within national parks. The new restrictions stem from the National Park Air Tour Management Act of 2000—legislation[…] Read this article

FAA Promotes Rule Requiring Drug Testing At Non-U.S. Repair Stations
In a move under consideration for “decades,” the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced yesterday (Dec. 6) it plans to mandate that aviation repair stations in foreign countries require their employees to submit to drug and alcohol testing if they[…] Read this article

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This Month In Aviation Consumer: Panel Planner 101 Live: Garmin Big-Screen Glass
High-end avionics upgrades require real planning—from deciding where to place backup instruments to keeping tabs on the shop doing the work. A misstep in the project can send an otherwise good upgrade in the wrong direction. One recent flagship Garmin[…] Read this article

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