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General Aviation News
More than 100 aviation professionals, representing government, industry, advocacy groups and other aspects of aviation, gathered in Washington, D.C., Sept. 13, 2018, to discuss the shortage of pilots and mechanics facing the industry.
"The aviation community has always come together to tackle its most pressing challenges, and today we need to do it again," FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell said at the start of the agency's Aviation Workforce Symposium: Ensuring America's Pilot & Mechanic Supply.
The combination of the ADS-B upgrade and an Airworthiness Directive (AD) affecting certain Honeywell TFE731 engines is threatening to force the retirement of a large number of older Dassault Falcon, Hawker, and Cessna Citation business jets that are not currently enrolled in hourly engine programs, warned Dallas-based hourly maintenance specialist Engine Assurance Program (EAP, Booth 1881).
Transport Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
House and Senate Committee leaders tonight announced that they have reached a bipartisan final agreement on legislation that provides long-term stability and critical reforms to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and transforms federal disaster programs to better prepare communities for disaster. The agreement also includes a reauthorizations and reforms of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
The House and Senate could vote next week on a compromise FAA Reauthorization bill that was released recently. The proposed bill eliminates the most contentious clause (allowing states to regulate rest and meal breaks for truck drivers) and has a few other changes that the House and Senate members reviewing it believe will pass both chambers.
The Embry Riddle Newsroom
Smart composite materials now under development in Embry-Riddle's John Mica Engineering and Aerospace Innovation Complex show promise for improving aviation safety by continuously monitoring aircraft for structural failures — even in flight.
StandardAero Component Services has opened its new component repair facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 206,000 sq. ft. facility, which is located next to an existing 236,000 sq. ft. component repair facility, will accommodate growth on new and legacy platforms, commercial and military engines and larger components.
Scattered among accident reports is the occasional hand prop attempt that goes wrong but not many concern high-performance aircraft. The accompanying video illustrates that it is indeed possible to spark up a Cirrus SR22's IO-550 from the front but it needs to be done with an abundance of forethought and caution. It's not clear who shot the video but it was posted by What You Haven't Seen.
The Norwegian Air Shuttle Group and Lufthansa Technik have signed a contract extending an existing Total Engine Support contract. The agreement, signed on 17 September at the airline's headquarters in Oslo, covers all-inclusive services for the CFM56-7B engines powering the airline's current fleet of 115 Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
Mauro Atalla, vice president, engineering and technology, sensors and integrated systems at UTC Aerospace Systems, and Tom Wiegele, senior fellow in intelligence systems at UTAS, spoke about the company's new laboratory in Rockford, Illinois, which aims to develop advancements in intelligent and connected aircraft.
Pratt & Whitney
Robert Mathews is a military engine instructor at the Pratt & Whitney Customer Training Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in professional aeronautics through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Stuttgart, Germany. Before beginning his current role in 2012, he spent 25 years in the United States Air Force — from 1986 to 2011 — as an aerospace propulsion technician.
Boeing and Cathay Pacific announced today that they are donating the first-ever Boeing 777 airplane to the Pima Air & Space Museum in Arizona, one of the world's largest facilities devoted to celebrating aerospace.
The iconic airplane (line number WA001 and registered B-HNL) flew from Cathay Pacific's home airport in Hong Kong to Tucson, Arizona on September 18.
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||30th Annual Ed Furst Sr. Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing
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|Sept. 26-28, 2018
||UAA's Collegiate Aviation Education Conference & Expo
|Oct. 1-3, 2018
||Incorporating Drone World Expo
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||Public Safety Drone Expo 2018
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||2018 CHC Safety & Quality Summit
||Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas|
|Oct. 16-18, 2018
||NBAA-BACE 2018 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition - National Business Aviation Association
|Oct. 19, 2018
||2018 Florida International Air Show
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|Oct. 23-25, 2018
||2018 Rotorcraft Safety Conference
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||IAWA 30th Annual Conference
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|Nov. 1, 2018
||7th Asian/Australian Rotorcraft Forum
||Jeju Island, Korea|
|Nov. 1-2, 2018
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|Nov. 9-10, 2018
US Aircraft Expo
|Nov. 12-14, 2018
||71st International Air Safety Summit
|Jan. 16-17 2019
||MRO Latin America
|Feb. 10, 2019
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|Feb. 11-12, 2019
||MRO Middle East Summit
|March 6-7 2019
||MRO East Asia
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