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T&M Aviation, West Coast Wings mechanics repairing planes
Ukiah Daily Journal News
Only the tail end of a Cessna 208 Caravan is visible outside the shed doors of T&M Aviation. It is a small plane operated by UPS for overnight packages, and it is in the shop for a regular inspection, every six months, every 200 flight-hours. It flew in from Oakland in the morning, and owner Mike Whetzel and employees will have it serviced and ready to be flown out soon. The front end of the plane is open, from the engine fire wall forward, and the mechanics are performing an oil analysis and a soap sample, checking the chip detectors, cleaning the filter, checking the propeller, fuel filters and engine igniters and changing the aileron trim actuator under the right wing tip.
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Air BP debuts unleaded Avgas in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome
Aviation Pros
Leading international aviation fuel supplier, Air BP, in conjunction with Goodwood Aerodrome has announced it has successfully started trials supplying unleaded Avgas (91UL) for customers flying general aviation light aircraft into Goodwood Aerodrome in West Sussex, United Kingdom. The debut coincides with what will be a busy weekend of general aviation flying with the Goodwood Festival of Speed set to welcome some 1,200 movements. In its trial launch of its 91UL fuel grade, Air BP has emphasized the importance of the customer having a full infrastructure in place for acceptance of an additional grade of aviation fuel.
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Avanti's range increased with auxiliary tank approval
AINonline
The European Aviation Safety Agency granted certification for a new auxiliary fuel tank to be installed on the Piaggio Aero Avanti II and Avanti Evo. The tank, which replaces half a closet in the twin pusherprop's lav and involves no changes to the airframe, increases fuel capacity to 3,226 pounds from 2,826 pounds. This will boost maximum range — four passengers with IFR NBAA reserves — by 17 percent to 1,720 nm from 1,470 nm, allowing nonstop flights between city pairs such as Milan and Reykjavik, Abu Dhabi and Istanbul, Beijing and Hainan, Miami to Phoenix and Los Angeles to Detroit.
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Teens building a future in aerospace
Herald Business Journal
It's not every day high school students get to brag that they built an airplane from start to finish in two weeks. But that's what four teenagers from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas get to do. And Glasair Aviation in Arlington is a large part of that. Alberto Carlos Alvarado, Joshua Carlson, Kenneth Ellis and Jose Rodriguez Jr. were the winners of an aviation-based competition. The prize was the opportunity to build a Glasair Sportsman over two weeks, lodging and tours of local aviation companies.
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Love of airplanes took Ontario man to new heights
The Kitchener Record
On the day of Mancel Waugh's funeral, emotions were already running high but when four vintage Harvard aircraft did a fly over for the man who had meant so much to so many, sobs were audible over the roar of the engines. Mancel had been a volunteer with the Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association in Tillsonburg, Ontario, and on the day of his interment, as the pilots flew over Parkview Cemetery one of the planes backed off, shot a stream of white smoke from its tail and veered out of formation.
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Airbus plans to revamp A330 with Rolls-Royce engines
Gulf Business
Airbus is set to upgrade its A330 with engines provided exclusively by Rolls-Royce, setting the stage for a bitter new phase in a battle for wide-body jet orders with Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, people familiar with the matter said. The move accelerates a growing interdependence between the European firms on large jets, with General Electric — the main alternative A330 engine supplier — no longer in the running for the $2 billion "A330neo" revamp, they said. The people, asking not to be named, said the provisional selection of Rolls as sole supplier for the revamped A330neo, offering up to 14-15 percent in fuel savings with the help of new wingtips, remains subject to Airbus Group board approval.
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Alcoa to spend $2.85 billion on jet engine parts maker Firth Rixson
Aviation Pros
Alcoa Inc. moved further into the aerospace industry, spending nearly $3 billion for a leading jet-engine component company and advancing its focus on higher profit-margin products. The aluminum manufacturer said that the deal for U.K.-based Firth Rixson Ltd. will boost annual aerospace revenue by $800 million, or 20 percent, to about $4.8 billion, as the company continues to turn its focus away from its mining and aluminum smelting roots. Alcoa shares jumped 2.7 percent, up 39 cents to $14.94, within reach of a three-year high. The New York-based company employs about 2,000 in the Pittsburgh area — at its corporate operations center on the North Shore, the Alcoa Technical Center in Upper Burrell, and Traco Co., a window manufacturer in Cranberry.
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