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2 corporate jets donated to California mechanics school
Los Angeles Times
Clay Lacy, a legendary pilot and pioneer in aviation-related businesses, donated two retired corporate jets to the aircraft mechanics school at Van Nuys Airport. The 1968 Learjet and a 1979 Gulfstream represent the largest gifts received by the North Valley Occupational Center-Aviation — a Los Angeles Unified School District facility that was spared from closure last year. School officials said the two aircraft are valuable additions to the course of study and will provide students an opportunity to work on larger, more modern jets.
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CSeries engine failure originated in low-pressure turbine
The engine failure that occurred during ground testing of the first Bombardier CSeries flight test airplane on May 29 originated in the low-pressure turbine, according to the airframe maker. Confirming a research report issued by UBS, a Bombardier spokesman also noted that the incident did not involve the gear system in the Pratt & Whitney PW1500G and that the damage appears to indicate a manufacturing defect rather than a design flaw.
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Agilent Technologies, Nippon Avionics develop enhanced thermal imager
Intelligent Aerospace
Agilent Technologies Inc. and Nippon Avionics — collaborating on the development of enhanced thermal imager solutions — introduce the Agilent U5855A TrueIR thermal imager, a handheld device jointly developed by the companies and "fusing the best of each company's technology and expertise," officials say. The U5855A TrueIR thermal imager is designed to provide clear and sharp thermal images. Its Fine Resolution capability enhances the quality of thermal images by reconstructing the image based on multiple continuously captured infrared frames.
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AV8 MRO offering flat rate fee on Hawker Landing Gear overhaul
Aviation Pros
AV8 MRO LLC. recently announced they now offer flat rate pricing as a part of their new "123 GO" program. The program offers operators choices in pricing methods and turn times when having their Hawker Landing Gear repaired, overhauled or exchanged. Operators who choose to have their landing gear serviced at AV8 MRO can now simply pick the service needed, repair, overhaul or exchange and then select their preferred pricing method.
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GE Aviation breaks ground for expansion
Jefferson Post via Aviation Pros
Community and regional leaders gathered at the GE Aviation factory in West Jefferson, North Carolina, to celebrate an expansion of the facility, which will bring an additional 105 jobs to Ashe County by 2017. "This is GE's commitment to the community that we made eight years ago," said Tim Tucker, the plant manager for the West Jefferson facility. "Last June, we decided to bring 250 jobs to the state of North Carolina. Of those 250 jobs, over 100 will come right here in West Jefferson."
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Why a Boeing 737 costs up to $110 million
24/7 Wall St.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration ordered Boeing Co. to modify the technology included on its current models of the 737 single-aisle, narrow-body passenger jet that has been the company's bread-and-butter product since going into service in February of 1968. The order is effective immediately and is aimed at preventing computer criminals from causing damage to the planes. The order applies to the 737-700, -700C, -800, -900ER and the three versions of the still-to-be-built 737 MAX products, the -7, -8 and -9.
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New materials promise self-healing airplanes
A team of scientists at the University of Illinois has developed materials that can immediately respond to damage and self-repair large cracks and holes. "We have demonstrated repair of a nonliving, synthetic materials system in a way that is reminiscent of repair-by-regrowth as seen in some living systems," said chemist Jeffrey Moore. The technology comprises two adjoining, parallel capillaries that are filled with regenerative chemicals that flow out when damage occurs. The two liquids mix to form a gel, which spans the gap caused by damage, filling in cracks and holes. The gel then hardens into a strong polymer.
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The rise of radical new rotorcraft
Popular Mechanics
The building doesn't look like much — one of several nondescript hangars alongside an airstrip on the edge of the Everglades, baking in the eternal monotony of the central Florida sun. This is the home of Sikorsky Aircraft's Area 31, where the company works on its most advanced rotorcraft projects. Like Area 51, the famously clandestine Air Force base in the Nevada desert, this airfield is home to experimental aircraft being built and tested. The mystery projects here need to be kept not only from other nations but from other aviation companies too.
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