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NTSB recommends changes In battery certification
Shortcomings in design and certification ultimately led to the fire in a lithium-ion battery installed on a Boeing 787 in January 2013, the NTSB said. In the board's final report on the incident, investigators said Boeing's safety assessment of the battery, which was part of the data used to demonstrate FAA compliance, was insufficient. Boeing's analysis had ruled out the possibility of cell-to-cell propagation of thermal runaway, which occurred in the fire.
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FAA testing of 100LL replacement fuels begins
The FAA has launched Phase I testing of four unleaded aviation fuels at its William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, officially beginning aviation's much heralded transition away from low lead avgas. Two fuels developed by Swift Fuels and one fuel each developed by Shell and Total are now undergoing laboratory and rig testing, which is expected to continue for the next year as the FAA seeks to start phasing out 100LL avgas as early as 2018.
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ABS Jets receives Russian aircraft maintenance approval
ABS Jets via Aviation Pros
ABS Jets is certified to perform maintenance on Russian RA registered aircraft. By complying with requirements of the Russians aviation authorities, the Prague-headquartered company is empowered to perform maintenance and other technical services the Russian registered Embraer Legacy 600 and Legacy 650, Phenom 300 and Phenom 100.
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Nebraska program offers students an introduction to careers in aviation
Omaha World-Herald
Wide-eyed, Omaha, Nebraska, high school sophomores Kegan Cullen and Chris Coleman stepped into the cockpit of a multimillion-dollar full-motion flight simulator on Offutt Air Force Base during a tour last week. Cullen strapped himself into one of the pilot positions, next to retired Col. Michael J. Cook. Cook started to ramp up the flight tester, bumping up the audio system to mimic the dull roar of a plane's engine.
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GAMA, Build-A-Plane accepting design-challenge entries
GAMA and Build-A-Plane have opened up their 2015 design competition, and high-school teams are invited to apply before the Feb. 13 deadline. The call for entries may close earlier if the limit of 100 entries is reached. Each school will receive a free "Fly To Learn" curriculum that includes flight simulation software from X-Plane. The teams will spend four to six weeks designing their own virtual airplane, and then will compete in a nationwide virtual fly-off, which will be scored on performance while flying a specified mission profile.
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IBS' MRO software gains traction in Japan
IBS Software Services Pvt Ltd. via Aviation Pros
All Nippon Airways, Japan's largest airline by passenger numbers, has inked a deal with IBS Software for the implementation of its cloud based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul software, iFlight MRO for maintenance of flight training related equipment. The deal widens IBS' MRO footprint in APAC, with China Southern and Gameco as the other major customers in the region. The solution will allow ANA to ensure that the various aircraft training equipments including the simulators are maintained and kept ready for operational training of its staff.
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Florida aviation business acquires Carpenter Avionics
The Tennessean
A Florida-based aviation service business has acquired a Middle Tennessee-based award-winning avionics shop. Momentum Aviation Holdings Inc., announced its acquisition of Carpenter Avionics, a company founded by Air Force veteran Bob Carpenter in Nashville in 1981. "After an extensive nationwide search, we concluded that Carpenter Avionics would be the ideal foundation upon which to build and grow our business and serve customers," Mark Lee, president of Momentum Aviation Holdings.
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BASF provides light weight solution for noise reduction in aircraft
BASF Corporation America
BASF Aerospace Materials responds to rising demands for improved noise reduction with the easy to install lightweight Basotect® UL melamine foam for thermal and acoustic insulation in sidewall panels and bulkhead structures. Basotect is a flexible, open cell foam with high sound absorbing capacity, good thermal insulation properties and an ultra-low density of 6 g/l (0.37 lb/ft3).
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