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Last flying Electra 10 lands at Warplane Heritage for maintenance
Don't let its shiny exterior and newly refurbished interior fool you. This is a plane that's been around the block a few times — and it's nearly 80 years old.
It's a stunning, newly refurbished 1937 Lockheed 10A Electra, much like the Electra 10E flown by Amelia Earhart in her ill-fated, around-the-world expedition in July of that same year.
The plane is one of the last of its kind still flying in the world, and it arrived with two pilots and a mechanic at the Canadian Warplane Heritage museum for some maintenance work.
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Arkansas now more competitive for aerospace business
Arkansas Aerospace & Defense Alliance
The Arkansas Aerospace and Defense Alliance welcomed legislation passed by the 90th Arkansas General Assembly and signed by Governor Asa Hutchinson that will work to keep and attract aviation business to the state.
Sponsored by Rep. Joe Jett (Success), Act 1182 works to address two barriers of growth for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Arkansas. The first was a change regarding the sales and use tax exemption on repair parts and labor. It is now clear that in Arkansas, aircraft at 12,500 lbs. and above are exempt from taxes on repair parts and associated labor.
American Airlines shows inside the Boeing 787 Dreamliner
Dallas Business Journal
Capt. Bruce Johnson shows off the cockpit of the Boeing 787-8 like a proud child showing off toys on Christmas Day.
American Airlines let the media tour it's new Dreamliner from nose to tail, giving me my first look at what makes this airplane different.
For Johnson, there's a heads-up display that shows the Dreamliner's orientation. It's a technology he first used in his Air Force pilot days flying F-16s.
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Flyboys keep Bandon Aviation friendly, buzzing with business
Lexington Herald Leader
From the outside, Bandon Aviation appears to be a standard-looking warehouse sitting on a small airstrip, its only distinguishing characteristics the building's blue exterior and basic block-lettered awning.
But inside are enough characters and interesting craftsmanship to land the next restoration reality television show.
The craftsmanship comes in the form of the repair and restoration of vintage airplanes of all varieties. The characters incarnate are the Crook brothers, Wayne and Brady, and their right-hand man, Guy Guernsey.
FAA unions reject privatization suggestion
The heads of all seven unions representing FAA employees have jointly condemned Congress's exploration of privatization of the air traffic operation, saying what's needed is reliable funding for the agency. "On behalf of the thousands of Federal Aviation Administration employees represented by our organizations, we are writing to express our viewpoint regarding recent discussions related to reform of the FAA, specifically the opinions brought forth at the March 24, 2015, House Aviation Subcommittee hearing titled 'Options for FAA Air Traffic Control Reform,'" said a jointly-issued letter quoted by Air Traffic Management News.
Federal auditors rate reliability of F-35 engine 'very poor'
The Hartford Courant via Aviation Pros
A federal report has slammed the reliability of Pratt & Whitney's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter engine.
"Program data show that the reliability of the engine is very poor," less than half of where it should be according to the Government Accountability Office, "and has limited the program's progress toward its overall reliability targets."
Company executives said they were surprised by the strong language, and responded by holding briefings with policy groups and reporters.
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Wichita connection leads former NFL kicker Tynes to a career in aviation
The Wichita Eagle
Former National Football League kicker Lawrence Tynes says he's found his next career: aviation.
And he credits a Wichita company and its executives for the introduction.
Tynes, whose 10-year NFL career included stints at the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, is a business consultant for Wheels Up, a New York-based private aviation membership company.
Pilot takes off from belly of plane without landing gear
Eighty-five-year-old pilot Chris Georgaklis pulled off a breathtaking feat when things didn't go as planned during a landing.
Georgaklis was coming in for a landing in Fort Pierce, Florida, in his small plane with his dog, Buddy, when he realized he was coming in too fast.
He quickly raised the landing gear as the plane descended and began skidding down the runway. He explained, "I lifted them right up, but it also caused the plane to drop quite a bit, so I'd say the plane dropped maybe six to eight feet."
Frugal pilots KISS: Keep it safe and simple
General Aviation News
It is great to be a part of the general aviation community where pilots share their ideas to help each other with knowledge and kindness. I especially like to see the many helpful frugal tips offered online from readers of my column. They add their own proven experiences that helped them fly more while spending less.
For example, many readers have responded with information on their own tax laws after last month's tip on Reducing Taxes.
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