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California crew getting the Hercules to fly again
Over the three years that he has worked at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility north of Visalia, California, Stephen Fagundes frequently has noticed the C-130A Hercules airplane parked on the tarmac at neighboring Sequoia Field Airport.
In that time, Fagundes said he hasn't seen the plane move, except for once a couple of months ago when it was turned so its nose faced the northeast.
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South Carolina adopts GA maintenance sales tax exemption
General Aviation News
South Carolina has taken an important step in attracting general aviation activity to the state, with passage of a sales tax exemption on parts and supplies used in repairing or reconditioning aircraft. Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to sign the bill in the coming days.
"We commend the South Carolina legislature and Rep. Gary Smith for their efforts to pass this bill, which is sound tax policy and will lead to increased aircraft repair business for South Carolina," said Scott O'Brien, NBAA's senior manager of finance and tax policy.
Newly discovered footage of Amelia Earhart surfaces
Almost 80 years after Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937, we are getting what appears to be one final look at the famous aviator. The three-and-a-half minute film that was found is said to be shot by John Bresnik, the brother of Al Bresnik, Earhart's personal photographer. It was discovered by John's son and went unseen while it sat in his father's office until his death in 1992, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The box that the film was kept in was labeled "Amelia Earhart, Burbank Airport, 1937" and suggested it was taken before her final departure.
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Boeing auctioning Long Beach aircraft factory equipment
Over the last decade, California has lost half of the 35,000 Boeing employees who were working at very good jobs at very good wages. Despite labor troubles, there was always hope that another military spending cycle would eventually fill Boeing's cavernous aircraft assembly plant in Long Beach. But the dream is about to expire, as Boeing starts auctioning off all the plant's equipment. For over seven decades, the 1.1-million-square-foot aircraft assembly plant in Long Beach dominated the city's landscape and economy.
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EPS wraps up phase one flight testing, applies for patents
General Aviation News
With Phase One flight testing completed on its new engine, the folks at Engineered Propulsion Systems continue analyzing the data collected from the two concept engines.
Company officials note that a number of refinements have already been incorporated in the group of pre-production engines currently in assembly. At the same time, the company has applied for a number of patents.
Small-town airports close as fewer pilots take to skies
La Crosse Tribune
For the first time in 60 years, airplanes won't be roaring down the runway at the airstrip in Onawa, Iowa, this summer. Racing dragsters will.
Like many small cities across the country, Onawa is closing its airfield largely because of the steady decline in the number of pilots, especially in rural areas. After June 30, dragsters will be using the 3,400-foot-long concrete runway.
"It was a very hard decision for our council, but they decided, it's just not working," said Bradley Hanson, administrator of the western Iowa city, tucked between the Missouri River and scenic Loess Hills.
These plane wings can repair themselves
Being high in the air at high speeds all the time can take a toll on airplane wings. But for the tiny breaks that can add up over time, University of Bristol researches have come up with a solution: a liquid carbon capsule that releases when wings are damaged and fills in the gaps.
The researches took inspiration from how humans scab when cut. A catalyzing agent in the wings interacts with the temperature-sensitive carbon, causing it to coagulate.
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