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Founder of Clemson-Oconee Airport inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame
Greenville News
At 77, Reid Garrison still flies in airshows. He still operates an airport, and he still teaches people how to fly helicopters. Garrison still loves flying. "It's the best thing you can do with your boots on," he says. After a 54-year career that included serving as the command helicopter pilot for a four-star general and piloting every Clemson University president and football coach since 1965, Garrison, who lists among the highlights of his career the establishment of the Clemson-Oconee Airport, has earned his due.
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Frank's fly boys keep Bandon Aviation friendly, buzzing with business
The World
From the outside, Bandon Aviation appears to be a standard-looking warehouse sitting on a small airstrip, its only distinguishing characteristics the building's blue exterior and basic block-lettered awning. But inside exists enough characters and interesting craftsmanship to land the next restoration reality television show. The craftsmanship comes in the form of the repair and restoration of vintage airplanes of all varieties. The characters incarnate are the Crook brothers, Wayne and Brady, and their right-hand man, Guy Guernsey.
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MRO firms could lose out even as global market grows
Disruptive technologies such as predictive analytics and aircraft health monitoring systems could cost existing commercial-aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul companies 15 to 20 percent of their business by 2020 even as the global MRO market grows by more than $3 billion annually, according to consulting firm Oliver Wyman. "The use of big data in the aviation industry will become pervasive, with the rise of aircraft health monitoring and predictive maintenance systems," said Oliver Wyman in its recently published 2015 MRO Survey.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
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Continental Motors Group to assemble diesel kits in US
Continental Motors Group announced it received a Production Certificate from the FAA to assemble its CD-135 and CD-155 diesel engine retrofit kits in North America. The diesel engines will continue to be manufactured at Continental Motors' plant in St. Egidien, Germany, the company said. Meanwhile, Continental has selected its Continental Motors Services division in Fairhope, Alabama, for the final assembly and installation of the engine retrofits. The kits will be stocked at CMS and listed on the company’s website by the second quarter of this year.
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Pioneering aviator put Arizona town on the map
Payson Roundup
Rich Henry and John King in their Cessna 210 skimmed the treetops near Milk Ranch Point on the Mogollon Rim. "Can you see those white-flecked rocks?" asked Rich, pointing to the meadow below. Fascinated, he and his friend later hiked into the Coconino National Forest to investigate. They discovered a forgotten piece of history — airway markers that helped win World War II. In the 1940s, Arizona served as one of the prime training grounds for pilots.
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Should Allegiant's mechanical problems set off alarms?
Tampa Bay Times
An Allegiant Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 took off from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport bound for Ohio — and never made it. Instead, the crew reported "smoke in the cockpit" and headed back to the airport. That was one of more than three dozen mechanical issues reported by Allegiant pilots across the country from September to March. Nine of the incidents involved St. Pete-Clearwater International. Do the mechanical issues indicate that Allegiant — one of the nation's top low-cost airlines — is having problems safely maintaining its planes?
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Thomas Global Systems Launches cost effective LCD retrofit solution for Boeing 757 and 767
Aviation Pros
Thomas Global Systems, a leader in the design, production and support of avionic display systems technology, launches its TFD-7000 Series plug-and-play LCD replacements for the Rockwell Collins EDU-776D and EDU-766D CRT displays installed in Boeing 757 and 767 cockpits. The innovations are form, fit, function replacements for EFIS-700 CRT system displays, providing a total CRT-to-LCD replacement solution: including EADI, EHSI and EICAS displays. This pioneering development for B757 and B767 flight decks follows the successful certification of the Company's TFD-8601 LCD retrofit for corporate and regional aircraft.
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Hartzell composite prop comes to Cirrus SR22
Cirrus SR22 owners can now upgrade their performance capabilities by replacing their metal propellers with Hartzell's three-blade composite prop. The replacement is made with Hartzell's second-generation Advance Structural Composite construction, consisting of carbon fiber laminates integrated into a co-molded stainless steel shank. A nickel erosion shield protects the outboard half of the leading edge of each blade.
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1 rule to fly them all
According to author Mary Grady: In a first visit to Aero, it's hard to escape this harsh reality — around every corner, there is another beautiful, stunning, interesting aircraft — but it's difficult or next to impossible for an American to buy one. On my first day here, I visited the Risen sport plane, developed by Swiss Excellence Airplanes. For Alberto Porto, the company president, the brand-new aircraft is clearly a labor of love.
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April 27-29 Cessna Operators Conference Wichita, Kansas
April 28-30 ALEA Regional Safety Seminar - Northeast Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 5-7 NBAA Maintenence Managers Conference Portland, Oregon
May 11-14 Regional Airline Association (RAA) Cleveland, Ohio; Booth #307
May 13-14 Business Aviation Safety Seminar (BASS) Weston, FL
May 19-21 European Business Aircraft Assn (EBACE) Geneva Switzerland
June 25 NBAA Regional Forum in Teterboro Teterboro, NJ
Aug. 12-14 OBAP (Organization for Black Aerospace) Washington, DC
Sept. 17 NBAA Regional Forum in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
Oct. 6-8 Helitech London, United Kingdom; Booth #K30
Oct. 13-15 ERAA General Assembly Berlin, Germany; Booth #B24
Nov. 8-12 Dubai Air Show Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Booth #1642


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