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F-35 test jets to undergo 'burn in' for F135 engine fix
Aviation Week
The Pentagon's long-awaited deal with Pratt & Whitney to build the seventh low-rate production lot of F135 engines for the multinational F-35 fighter has finally been signed, though officials have not yet outlined a clear path forward to address the design issue that led to an engine fire that grounded the fleet of single-engine aircraft this summer. Program officials have, however, approved a workaround to an engine retrofit that will get the test fleet back to unrestricted flight soon, according to a government source.
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AAR: This MRO is the right investment fix
Aircraft fleets are racking up a growing number of passenger miles as the global economy recovers. Travel demand is booming, especially among the rising middle class in Asia, which increasingly is getting the urge to travel. At the same time, these aging aircraft are in pressing need of maintenance that has been put off for years. These trends spell blue skies for AAR Corp., which provides maintenance, repair and overhaul to civilian and defense aircraft operators.
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Corporate pilots and CEOs alike heed the call of airpark living
According to author Amy Laboda: For me, living in an airpark just makes sense. As an aviation journalist it allows me to commute via airplane when I head off in pursuit of stories. I leave from my driveway and return to my driveway, just as if I'd take my automobile. Except the round trip en route time is ever so much shorter. Across the lake from me in Pine Shadows Airpark in North Fort Myers, Florida, my neighbor Mike Whitty commutes to work, too.
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Fewer new narrowbodies prompt more MRO
Aviation Week
Despite a slight drop in narrowbody business jet deliveries over the past year, demand for their completion and refurbishment appears to continue keeping the independent centers occupied. If demand for narrowbody green completion work is in decline, it isn't readily apparent at the independent completion center shops, and demand for refurbishment work in parallel with required maintenance appears to be steady.
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GAO releases aviation fuel price increase study
The U.S. Government Accountability Office last month issued a report that examined the effect that rising fuel prices have had on civil aviation in the U.S. The government's interest lies in the excise taxes imposed on the sale of aviation fuel and their contribution to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which was created in 1970 as a dedicated source of funding for the nation's aviation system including the FAA's capital improvement programs and a sizable portion of the agency's operating budget.
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$200,000 Gulfstream grant boosts Westfield aviation program toward funding goal
Gulfstream awarded $200,000 in grant funding last week to the emerging aviation technology program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School, which has gained steam during the past few months and may start as early as next fall. The school aims for about $3.5 million to get the aviation technology program up and running, said principal Stefan Czaporowski. The project has been in full gear for only a few months, and already organizers have their sights on about $2.26 million in city, state and grant funding.
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Jet Aviation Basel highlights MRO and completions
The primary business arms of Jet Aviation Basel, maintenance and completions, celebrated their achievements last month. On the MRO side, the Swiss company, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, signed an amendment to its Bombardier authorized service center agreement to include the Challenger 350 and is therefore now authorized to perform line maintenance on the CL350 models.
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Veteran recalls flying days
Ocala Star-Banner
John Grimshaw, born May 14, 1921, grew up dreaming of flying during an era when aviation pioneers like Charles Lindbergh were making headline news. Grimshaw, now 93 and resident in On Top of the World, went on to live out part of that dream during World War II. As a boy, he said, "I made balsa wood models and used gas engines and even rubber bands to power them." He's a Philadelphia native who grew up in Glenolden, Pennsylvania.
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