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North Carolina man sentenced for impersonation as A&P mechanic
A U.S. District Court in Charlotte, North Carolina, sentenced Paul Douglas Tharp to 60 days in jail, in addition to three years' probation and a $5,000 fine for operating an aircraft without an appropriate pilot rating. Tharp was also accused of making false statements to the FAA. In or around 2011, according to the FAA, Tharp was hired as an aircraft mechanic by Warriors and Warbirds to repair and refurbish a multi-engine C-46. He never held an A & P certificate.
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New York passes GA sales tax exemptions
General aviation aircraft and installed equipment will be exempt from New York's sales and use tax starting Sept. 1, under reforms passed Wednesday by the state legislature. The measure was approved in the wee hours as part of New York's state budget and is expected to be signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The tax exemption drew applause from GA organizations.
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Year after Beechcraft acquisition, Textron Aviation isn't sitting still
Aviation Week
Exactly one year has passed since Textron closed the $1.4 billion deal to acquire Beechcraft Corp. and formed Textron Aviation, bringing together two iconic companies. Although more than 80 percent of the work integrating Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft Corp. is behind it, there's more to be done, officials say.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
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What's causing a constant roughness in my engine?
General Aviation News
According to author Paul McBride: Aging aircraft are notorious for having cockpit instrumentation that can be inaccurate. So, my question to you is have you had your tachometer calibrated recently? We may have a condition here where the tach is reading a couple hundred rpm low which, in turn, means the engine is drawing more horsepower and not getting the proper amount of fuel to support that extra power.
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World War II ace, mechanic to speak at aviation museum
Dayton Daily News
A World War II ace and a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame will visit Urbana, Ohio, and discuss his career in a speech at the Champaign Aviation Museum. After serving in World War II and briefly in Vietnam, Clarence "Bud" Anderson also spent time at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where he took part in some of the first flights to test whether planes could be refueled in mid-air. Anderson, who destroyed at least 16 enemy aircraft in World War II, said flying planes was all he was interested in for as long as he could remember.
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PPG Aerospace solar-control coatings use tech for cooler planes
PPG Aerospace via Aviation Pros
A new solar-heat-management coating system by PPG Industries' aerospace business helps keep aircraft passenger cabins cooler. A novel PPG Aerospace solar-heat-management coating system can reduce external aircraft skin temperatures up to 25 degrees F, helping keep interior cabin temperatures cooler by 5 to 7 degrees.
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FAA testing fuel after plane stalls
Valley News Live
When you hear that a plane hit a vehicle driving down the highway, the thoughts that come to mind tend to be grim. "When we get a call of a plane crash over the radio, my instinct is to think of the worst one I have been to," explains Cass County Sheriff's Lt. Steve Todd. "And when you get out here and everyone is up and around and talking, we are grateful for that." Authorities say the crash ended the best way it could — no injuries and only property damage.
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We Fly: Piper Meridian M500
Piper recently announced the latest iteration of its Meridian turboprop single, which it now calls the M500. I'll admit up front that my initial reaction upon hearing the news was this: Whenever a company makes a name change to a product and that new name includes a number — in this case, the number 500 — I have to wonder what number is about to come next. OK, end of speculation.
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