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Aircraft makers seek lithium-ion battery shipment ban
The Associated Press via USA TODAY
Aircraft makers are urging a ban on bulk lithium battery shipments on passenger planes, calling the threat of fires "an unacceptable risk," according to an industry position paper obtained by The Associated Press. The International Coordination Council of Aerospace Industry Associations, which represents aircraft companies such as Boeing and Airbus, also is calling for stronger packaging and handling regulations for batteries shipped on cargo planes. The International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations, an umbrella group for pilot unions, joined the aircraft makers in issuing the paper.
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GE announces plans to start new plane engine line in Kansas
GE announces plans to start production on a new line of plane engines at its Strother Field facility in Arkansas City, Kansas. The Passport 20 engine will be manufactured by the company. The engines will go on Bombardier's Global Express jets. GE Hopes the expansion will bring new jobs to Kansas.
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MTU Maintenance wins VECA Airlines for V2500 maintenance
MTU Aero Engines GmbH via Aviation Pros
MTU Maintenance, one of the leading maintenance providers for commercial aircraft engines worldwide, can count Vuelos Economicos de Centro America Airlines, a start-up carrier from El Salvador, as a new customer for the maintenance of its V2500 engines. Under the exclusive agreement, MTU Maintenance will be responsible for the airline's engine MRO as well as on-wing services and engine trend monitoring.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
BASF Aerospace Materials responds to rising demands for improved noise reduction with the easy to install lightweight Basotect® UL melamine foam for thermal and acoustic insulation in sidewall panels and bulkhead structures. Basotect is a flexible, open cell foam with high sound absorbing capacity, good thermal insulation properties and an ultra-low density of 6 g/l (0.37 lb/ft3).
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American Aero acquires additional hangars, land at FTW
General Aviation News
FBO American Aero FTW has purchased 64,000 square feet of additional hangar space and 2.3 acres of land at Meacham International Airport (FTW). American Aero is also building three hangars and a two-story office complex. Slated for completion later this year, the new hangars will accommodate any aircraft up to a Gulfstream G650.
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Hexcel pushes for more growth in Civil Aerostructures
Composites specialist Hexcel is looking to boost revenues by more than 66 percent over the next decade, growing from the $1.8 billion it achieved in 2014 — 10 percent up on 2013 — to $3 billion in 2020. At the JEC trade show in Paris, the U.S. group's president and CEO, Nick Stanage, told reporters that the growth will be driven by acquisitions and the expanded use of new aerostructures manufacturing technology.
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NTSB could reopen Buddy Holly crash probe
The case of the storied 1959 Beech Bonanza crash that killed Buddy Holly, two fellow singers and the pilot could reopen at the request of a New England man who has his own theories about what happened on that February night. L. J. Coon, who describes himself as a retired pilot and aircraft dispatcher, has petitioned the NTSB to reopen the case based on his research indicating that something other than pilot inexperience and disorientation in IMC caused the crash. "You have gotten our attention," the NTSB emailed Coon, with a promise to make a decision on reopening the case in the coming weeks.
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Actor's plane crash brings back memories for Alabama man
The Anniston Star
Images of the battered airplane, crash-landed onto a California golf course, brought back memories for Piedmont, Alabama, resident Dan Freeman. Freeman's father, Charlie Freeman, once narrowly escaped crashing his own plane, just like the WWII-era Ryan PT-22 Recruit that actor Harrison Ford crashed into the greens. Ford had attempted to return to the Santa Monica Municipal Airport after after the 73-year-old plane's engine cut out shortly after takeoff. Ford, an experienced pilot, broke an arm and cut his forehead, but Han Solo will live on.
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