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US sues Southwest over maintenance issues
The Associated Press via Aviation Pros
The federal government is suing Southwest Airlines Co. after failing to reach a settlement with the carrier over allegations that repairs to dozens of planes didn't meet safety standards. The Justice Department sued Southwest in federal district court in Washington state. The lawsuit seeks to enforce $12 million in civil penalties that the Federal Aviation Administration announced in late July.
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Disruptive technology the new norm?
A new generation of "digital natives" will fill the pilot seats of the future and the technology they embrace is becoming the new norm in the cockpit, according to comments made by industry leaders. The forum on "disruptive technology" at the Flying Aviation Expo in Palm Springs, California, heard from four people who have been at the forefront of some major technological shifts in aviation.
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GAMA releases Q3 general aviation aircraft shipment report
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association released the 2014 third quarter general aviation aircraft shipment report. Total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments increased 5.7 percent to 1,678, and billings rose to $16.0 billion, up 4.0 percent. Piston-engine airplane shipments increased 9.2 percent to 806 units in the first nine months of 2014, compared to 738 airplane shipments in the same period last year. Turboprop airplane shipments were down 3.7 percent to 412 units this year. Business jet shipments were up over last year, from 421 units to 460 units in 2014.
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Liquip Aviation and Beta Fluid Systems become BETA Fueling Systems
Beta Fueling Systems via Aviation Pros
U.S.-based Liquip Aviation and Beta Fluid Systems are now BETA Fueling Systems, a global leader in aviation refueling equipment for commercial and military aviation. The former Liquip Aviation management as well as German manufacturer Alfons Haar are managing partners in the company. Liquip Aviation's Beta Fluid Systems was formerly owned by Australia-based McAleese Group. Representatives from the respective companies completed the sale transaction on Oct. 31.
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NTSB: SpaceShip Two's tail boom deployed early
Investigators probing the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo are focusing on a potential uncommanded deployment of the vehicles' unique feathering tail structure designed to create drag and control speed during atmospheric entry. In a press conference, NTSB Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said that early data indicated the crew activated one of two controls designed to deploy the feathering mechanism but that the tail surfaces appeared to have moved into the entry position before the second control was activated.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
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The daring Virginia teen and his flying machine created plenty of memories
The Daily Progress
It's amazing what some people can do when they don't realize they shouldn't be able to do it. Robert Tucker Belew serves as a classic example. A few weeks before Christmas 1955, he sat down with Boyce Loving, a reporter with The Daily Progress, and told him a remarkable story. Belew was 14 years old in 1923, when he came down with a severe case of flying fever. Like many people at the time, the Crozet, Virginia, youngster had become fascinated by the notion of flight.
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