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Air Capital Interiors receives FAA repair station
General Aviation News
Air Capital Interiors received its FAA repair station certificate July 1 for maintenance, repair and refurbishment of aircraft interior panels, cabinets, seats, floor coverings and interior-related components.
"This represents a major milestone for Air Capital Interiors," stated President Rodney Wilson. "Having the repair station certificate and the FAA's approval to sign our own work back into service is a huge step forward."
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Why NASA is crashing Cessna 172s on purpose
Wichita Business Journal
NASA is working to improve emergency locator transmitters for aircraft, and some Model 172s from Cessna Aircraft Co. are biting the dust to help the agency do it.
NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia is crashing the aircraft to simulate controlled emergency landings as a way to study how to make locators better able to handle such events.
According to the agency, NASA has three 172s secured from private owners for the testing.
Gulfstream opens additional maintenance hangar in Georgia
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced it has officially expanded its service center in Brunswick, Georgia, with the opening of a newly constructed hangar. The hangar has been fully operational since May 29, 2015. The nearly 110,000-square-foot/9,290 square-meter hangar at Brunswick Golden Isles Airport complements an adjacent Gulfstream maintenance facility and completions center. The new building accommodates all Gulfstream aircraft models and more than doubles the site's under-roof capacity from a mixture of seven large-cabin aircraft to as many as 16.
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Constant Aviation receives Top 5 Dealer Award
Constant Aviation LLC, a Directional Aviation Capital company offering full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul with a nationwide network, announced they were named one of the top five highest-performing dealers with Gogo Business Aviation.
"We are extremely excited and proud to receive the Gogo Business Aviation's Leading Edge Award twice in the last three years. Our continued success is possible through Gogo's personnel, who are top notch, and align perfectly with our organization," said Jay Rizzo, vice president sales constant aviation.
Did Duval beat Airbus across the English Channel?
Just as Airbus was completing plans for its successful crossing of the English Channel in an electric airplane, it appears as though it got beat to the punch by Hugues Duval flying an electric powered CRI-CRI Cristaline twin. Duval completed the flight recently, even though authorities attempted to block it, according to Pipistrel's Ivo Bocarol.
Edwards engineer, aviatrix competes in historic air race
Edwards Air Force Base
Female aviators and air races in the U.S. have a rich history dating back to 1929, which originally started as the Women's Air Derby and included a field of 20 female pilots that included renowned aviatresses such as Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes and Louise Thaden.
For one 461st Flight Test Squadron engineer working on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and Edwards Aero Club member and pilot, Nancy Bradshaw decided to become part of that legacy by competing in the 39th Annual Air Race Classic, an all-women air race, which took place June 22-25, 2015.
The surprising zen of a 5-day flight over the Pacific
You'd think anyone who spent 118 hours alone in a space the size of a refrigerator would go absolutely crazy. Not André Borschberg. The Swiss pilot just crossed the Pacific in a solar plane with a cockpit so small he couldn't stand, let alone walk around. And he loved it.
Flying over so vast an expanse of sea, with no landmarks, was oddly soothing, he said. He felt utterly at peace. Everything — flying, sleeping, preparing his meals — was contemplative.
Opinion: Does glazing mean cylinders must be honed?
General Aviation News
According to author Paul McBride: One of the first places to start in checking the condition of a plane's engine would be by conducting a close inspection of the internal condition of the cylinders. A very thorough borescope inspection of each cylinder by a knowledgeable aircraft maintenance technician would provide information needed to make further decisions as to what additional work may be required.
Depending on what type cylinders are installed on the engine — chrome, plain steel or a nitride type — the borescope inspection will provide you with the information you need.
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Couple gets wed in plane
General Aviation News
"My husband and I decided that since we were involved in general aviation so much while we were dating, it would only be fitting to get married doing what we truly love," started Aliece Dice's email to me in response to her reading about the couple who used SocialFlight to invite guests to their wedding. "We decided early on in our engagement to either get married in an airplane hangar or in the air."
GAMA applauds EASA's move to simplify standard changes and repairs
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association praised the European Aviation Safety Agency’s decision to adopt Certification Specifications for Standard Changes & Standard Repairs. The long-awaited approach will simplify the process of making standard changes and repairs to a broad swath of general aviation aircraft in Europe.
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