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US Army develops composite repairs
Aerospace Manufacturing and Design
In the future, Army aircraft may be made of all composite materials, and the Prototype Integration Facility Advanced Composites Laboratory is ready. Part of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center's Engineering Directorate, the PIF's Advanced Composites Lab has successfully designed and made repairs on damaged composite aircraft components for several years now.
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Atlantic Air Industries joins the ATR maintenance network
AviationPros.com
ATR, the European manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, and Atlantic Air Industries, a French company specializing in aircraft maintenance, have signed a collaboration agreement making AAI a new member of ATR's network of partner maintenance centers.
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Abertis offloads 2 European airports and significant US airport interests
By Matt Falcus
Spanish transport infrastructure company Abertis Infraestructuras announced that it will sell airports in Sweden and Northern Ireland, as well as interests in U.S. airports. In a deal worth 284 million euros, Abertis will sell off ownership of Stockholm Skavsta Airport and Belfast International Airport, along with terminal concessions at Orlando Sanford International Airport, and its airport management business TBI. While the implications of the sale for each of the airports involved is not yet known, day-to-day operations will continue unchanged for the immediate future, with the new owners no doubt keen to assess the viability of the current model at each airport.
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iPad apps are the key to Honeywell avionics functionality
AIN Online
In aircraft equipped with Epic avionics, hardware upgrades built into the aircraft's avionics will facilitate wireless data loading, but a common interface for all Honeywell avionics suites will be a database loading application installed on Apple's iPad. Such functionality will also be a feature on the new Pilatus PC-24 twinjet when it enters service in 2017.
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Avionics designers for C-130 transport aircraft choose AR Modular RF amplifiers for communications upgrade
Avionics Intelligence
Avionics designers for the Lockheed Martin C-130 four-engine turboprop military aircraft needed new RF amplifiers for onboard airborne communications systems. They found their solution from AR Modular RF in Bothell, Wash.
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New York City airport fully reopens after jet's hard landing
The Associated Press via AviationPros.com
LaGuardia Airport in New York City was temporarily closed recently due to a plane's front landing gear collapsing during a landing, causing the aircraft to go skidding on the runway. It reopened recently, a full day after the incident.
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Boeing switches to repair mode after 787 fire
Aviation Week
As investigations continue into the transmitter fire which severely damaged an Ethiopian Airlines 787 at London Heathrow Airport July 12, Boeing is gearing up for the most challenging aircraft repair and recovery operation it has yet faced on the new twinjet — and perhaps one of the most complex ever undertaken on a commercial composite aerostructure.
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Piedmont Aircraft promotes Strack to vice president
AviationPros.com
Piedmont Aircraft has promoted company veteran Paul Strack to the newly created position of vice president of acquisitions. Strack was previously aircraft sales director and has been with Piedmont for more than 20 years. The promotion — together with Piedmont's solid financial standing — means that the company is now in a position to build aircraft inventory.
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Too fat to fly: Effect of weight on air medical transport
By Mark Huber
When is a medevac crewmember simply too fat to fly? In the age of discrimination lawsuits and the Americans with Disabilities Act, it's a sensitive topic. Weight is a very bad thing when it comes to aircraft, particularly helicopters. Transporting overweight patients presents its own challenges, but the problems created by overweight pilots and paramedics are readily apparent.
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