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New 6-cylinder diesel from Continental to debut at AirVenture
AVweb
Continental Motors says it will take the wraps off a new 300-hp aircraft V-6 diesel engine at AirVenture in July, according to CEO Rhett Ross. Like the Centurion 2.0 and 2.0S diesels, the new engine leverages automotive technology from Mercedes Benz and is aimed at the high-performance single- and twin-engine segment not yet served by a high-horsepower production diesel engine. Ross said the company is hoping the engine will fly before AirVenture opens on July 28. He declined to reveal what aircraft the engine will fly in, other than to say it's a "generic composite low wing." Given the horsepower, a Cirrus SR22 seems to be the most likely test bed.
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American's tentative agreement with ground workers, machinists union
Aviation Pros
American Airlines Group has reached a tentative agreement with mechanics and ground workers at merger partner US Airways. The airline said the three-year contract agreements are subject to member ratification and cover 11,000 workers who are represented by the International Association of Machinists. The union was the only labor group at US Airways and American that did not publicly support their merger, saying US Airways managers negotiated deals with American's unions while neglecting contract negotiations with their airline's own mechanics and fleet service workers.
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Boeing's stretched 787 certified
AVweb
Boeing's stretched version of the 787 Dreamliner is now certified by the FAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency, Boeing announced. The 787-9 adds an extra 20 feet to the fuselage length and has proved popular with customers, Boeing said. Twenty-six operators have ordered 413 of the airplanes, accounting for 40 percent of all 787 orders.
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Fuel cells increase airplane efficiency
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Washington State University researchers have developed the first fuel cell that can directly convert fuels, such as jet fuel or gasoline, to electricity, providing a dramatically more energy-efficient way to create electric power for planes or cars. Led by professors Su Ha and M. Norton in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, the researchers have published the results of their work in Energy Technology. A second paper on using their fuel cell with gasoline has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Power Sources.
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FL Technics Jets signs major agreement for support of over 30 Hawker jets
Aviation Pros
FL Technics Jets — a global provider of tailor-made maintenance, repair and overhaul services for business aviation — is proud to announce the signing of a three-year long aircraft maintenance agreement with one of the European private aviation carriers. According to the agreement, FL Technics Jets will provide Base and Line Maintenance as well as Spare Parts support for the carrier's Hawker 750/800XP fleet.
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Gulfstream Brazil service center relocating facility
AINonline
Gulfstream Aerospace will move its maintenance operations at Bertram Luiz Leupolz Airport in Sorocaba, Brazil, to a more centrally located, larger and more modern hangar at the same airport. The new 34,768-sq-ft facility is expected to be fully operational by mid-July. The new hangar has a 1,077-sq-ft bonded parts warehouse, seven customer offices, a conference room and secure parking under the hangar.
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Court rules for union in picketing case at Cascade Aerospace
The Vancouver Sun
Striking employees at Cascade Aerospace are maintaining their picket lines at the company's Abbotsford hangar after a British Columbia supreme court judge rejected its application for an injunction to limit the activity. "This judgment confirms workers have a legal right to establish picket lines across driveways at their job site and peacefully communicate the issues of the dispute," said Gavin McGarrigle, British Columbia, area director for Unifor, the union that represents the striking employees.

Related story: Workers who conduct repair and overhaul on RCAF Hercules aircraft off the job
(Ottawa Citizen)

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