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Worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales were up 13 percent in the first quarter, according to the Aircraft Electronics Association's first-quarter 2018 Avionics Market Report.
In the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to more than $639 million as reported by the participating companies.
You've had your instrument rating for a couple of years by now. The first year you didn't have any trouble keeping current to fly IFR — you were out there just about every week "flying in the system" as you called it. The new hadn't worn off your rating; you knew that you were just a baby instrument pilot. You were determined to get some seasoning and experience.
By Ryan Clark
On April 27, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) by a vote of 393-20-13, funding the FAA for another five years. The welcomed bipartisan move was widely lauded and celebrated by a general aviation industry that had coalesced for progress. Additionally, the privatization of air traffic control (ATC) was abandoned in the final bill, another win for general aviation groups.
Lufthansa Technik launched an innovation bay at its Malta facility to test and trial new technologies that could improve base maintenance processes there — and then be quickly implemented across the MRO's network.
So far it is testing three things from start-up and established technology companies: drone-based inspections, mobile 3D scanners and exoskeletons.
A new aviation training facility on the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center campus will soon be put to use by future aircraft technicians to meet high demands in the public and private sectors.
Upstate leaders and South Carolina aerospace officials celebrated the grand opening of the 95,225 square foot facility, which will be shared by Greenville Technical College and the South Carolina Army National Guard.
Last December the International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the biggest challenge for airlines in 2018 would be the increasing costs of fuel and labor, which make up more than half of carriers’ operating expenses. Now, there are signs that the pressure on the bottom line won’t end there: Operators may face higher costs for maintenance as well, with both wages for aircraft technicians and the prices on aircraft parts and replacements on the rise.
According to author John Goglia: Like many of you, I, too, celebrate—albeit cautiously — aviation's accident record; or rather the lack-of-accidents record. This past year saw zero fatalities worldwide in commercial passenger jet travel, causing many to laud it as "the safest year in aviation ever." It's important to note that this statistic includes only "passenger," "commercial," and "jet" flights. There were 10 other airliner accidents (including cargo and turboprop aircraft) that resulted in 79 fatalities, involving crewmembers, passengers, and people on the ground.
Avocet Aviation Services, the Orlando, Florida-based MRO operating close to the city's Sanford Airport, has signed the industry's first passenger-to-freighter (PTF) modifications work on narrowbodies involving the development of the first cargo door prototype.
Announced in early April following an agreement being reached in late 2017, Avocet will partner with 321 Precision Conversions on the project for the Airbus A321 aircraft.
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The town of East Hampton, New York, cannot divert airport revenue to pay for legal fees stemming from its unsuccessful effort to impose restrictions at East Hampton Airport (KHTO), the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) claims in an appeal to the FAA.
The appeal comes in response to a preliminary FAA decision that declined to address the misappropriation of airport funds, a course of action that NBAA maintains is contrary to precedent, is bad policy, and is plainly at odds with congressional instructions.
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|April 15-18, 2018
||90th Annual AAAE Conference & Exposition — American Association Of Airport Executives
||San Diego, California|
|April 25-27, 2018
||2018 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit
|April 30-May 3, 2018
||AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 — Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
|May 1-3, 2018
||Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|May 06-10, 2018
||AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting 2018 — Aerospace Medical Association
|May 14-18, 2018
||2018 NHA Symposium
|May 16-17, 2018
||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|June 4-29, 2018
Aviation English for Flight
||ERAU Miami Campus|
|June 21, 2018
||Regional Forum in White Plains, NY
||White Plains, New York|
|June 25-29, 2018
AIAA Aviation 2018 - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
|July 9-14, 2018
APSCON 2018 — Airborne Public Safety Association
|July 16-22, 2018
||2018 Farnborough Airshow
||Farnborough Airport, United Kingdom|
|Aug. 14-16, 2018
Latin American Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (LABACE2018)
||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Sept. 11-12, 2018
||Preparing Together: Aviation Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery Conference
|Sept. 26-28, 2018
||UAA's Collegiate Aviation Education Conference & Expo
|Oct. 1-4, 2018
||Public Safety Drone Expo 2018
|Oct. 2-4, 2018
||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
||Punta Gorda, Florida|
|Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2018
||NBAA2018 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition — National Business Aviation Association
||MRO Latin America
|Feb. 10, 2019
||MRO Middle East Summit
|Feb. 11-12, 2018
||MRO Middle East
||MRO East Asia
||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|April 9-11, 2019
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