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StandardAero signs contract to provide PW126 engine MRO services for West Atlantic
StandardAero via Aviation Pros
StandardAero signed an exclusive five year contract, with a five year renewal option on Jan. 1, 2015, to maintain, repair and overhaul West Altantic Cargo Airline's PW126 engines, modules, components and parts. The agreement will cover West Atlantic's owned fleet of 41 BAE ATP aircraft powered by PW126 engines serving the cargo mail and express industries. Services will be provided predominantly at StandardAero's Tilburg, Netherlands European Service Center.
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Iberia completes overhaul of 1st V2500 engine
Aviation Pros
Iberia Maintenance has completed the overhaul and bench testing of its first V2500 aircraft engine in its Engine Workshop facilities after it was licensed last year to repair them. The turbo-fan engine belongs to Vueling, the low-cost Barcelona-based carrier which, like Iberia and British Airways, part of the International Airlines Group. Another seven V2500 engines are currently undergoing inspection and repair in Iberia Maintenance facilities.
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Under-construction hangar collapses at New Jersey airport
AINonline
An approximately 40,000-sq-ft corporate hangar under construction at New Jersey's Morristown Municipal Airport collapsed Friday morning, injuring two workers, one seriously. According to an airport spokeswoman, the collapse of the new structure, which was being built on the site of a previously demolished hangar near Taxiway Lima, prompted the airport to shut off power to some areas as a precautionary measure because a steel girder was leaning against electrical equipment. However, the incident did not interrupt operations at the general aviation airport.
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Gogo gets FCC approval for faster Wi-Fi on aircraft
Chicago Tribune via Aviation Pros
Gogo, the Itasca, Illinois-based provider of Wi-Fi service on aircraft, said it cleared a "major hurdle" when it received federal approval for its new, faster Internet connection technology. The service called 2Ku is several times faster than existing technology and is satellite-based so it offers connections over water. It received approval from the Federal Communications Commission. The company's other technology is air-to-ground, using cellular towers.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
BASF Aerospace Materials responds to rising demands for improved noise reduction with the easy to install lightweight Basotect® UL melamine foam for thermal and acoustic insulation in sidewall panels and bulkhead structures. Basotect is a flexible, open cell foam with high sound absorbing capacity, good thermal insulation properties and an ultra-low density of 6 g/l (0.37 lb/ft3).
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Spirit of St. Louis descends to floor for upkeep
The Associated Press via Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, one of the most treasured aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum, has been lowered to the floor for its first conservation treatment in 22 years. For decades the single-engine aircraft has been suspended from the ceiling and seen from afar. Early Thursday it was carefully lowered to the floor. Now visitors are getting a close look at the historic plane and can better imagine what it must have been like to fly.
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In a fight between a pilot and aircraft, sometimes the plane wins
Popular Science
When Mike Adams called from the X-15 that he was in a spin, no one listening on the ground could believe it. The rocket-powered airplane was traveling around four times the speed of sound in the thin upper atmosphere. How could it be spinning? His wife and mother, both at Edwards that day, were quietly led out of the viewing area adjacent to the control room while ground crews tried to figure out what was going on.
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Building an ADS-B ground station is easy as Pi
AINonline
For less than $100, you can build a tiny receiver called PiAware that gives you a front-row seat to the automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast — ADS-B — landscape. The PiAware ground station setup employs a Raspberry Pi computer running the Linux operating system. On its website FlightAware has published complete build instructions with the parts needed, and once hooked into the FlightAware network, participating users have free access to the company's Enterprise account, which normally costs $89.95 per month.
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Thrush 510G receives EASA Certification
FLYING
Crop dusters and firefighter pilots in Europe now have a new airplane option as Thrush Aircraft Company has received the sign off from the European Aviation Safety Agency for its Thrush 510G. With a price tag of around $900,000, the turboprop single received FAA certification in 2012 and has also been approved in Canada, Argentina and Brazil. The airplane is powered by the GE Aviation H80 turboshaft engine, which produces 800 horsepower.
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