Archive | November, 2012

New Aircraft Certification Regulations

Interview with Earl Lawrence, FAA Manager, Small Aircraft Directorate, on an industry initiative to re-write Part 23 certification regulations to reduce the cost and improve the safety of general aviation aircraft. Source: AOPA

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Bombardier Deal with VistaJet Makes Aviation History

Order worth as much as $7.8 billion Thomas Flohr may deserve the hefty discounts he undoubtedly got from Bombardier Inc. for placing the biggest order in business aviation history, a firm 56-plane order worth $3.1 billion at list prices — before discounts. With options, the deal could reach $7.8 billion for 142 Global aircraft. Flohr […]

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Pratt & Whitney to Develop Advanced Variable Speed Power Turbine for Army Rotorcraft

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., won a U.S. Army contract to research and develop an Advanced Variable-Speed Power Turbine (AVSPOT) able to meet the range and lift requirements for current and future force rotorcraft. The goal of the AVSPOT program, an initiative of the U.S. Army's Aviation Applied Technology Directorate in […]

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Sandel Avionics Receives AS9100 & ISO9001 Certification

Sandel Avionics Inc., a global leader in wire, terrain and obstacle avoidance, has received its AS9100, Rev C and ISO 9001:2008 certification from NSF International. The Quality Management System (QMS) for the Aerospace Industry standard (AS9100) is designed to meet stringent, complex and unique demands of the defense and commercial Aerospace industry. With nearly a […]

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Northrop Grumman Selects Garmin® Integrated Flight Deck for New Optionally-Piloted Aircraft

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today that Northrop Grumman Corporation has selected Garmin to supply the avionics suite for the new Firebird, an optionally-piloted vehicle (OPV) designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The Firebird is equipped with a tailored version of […]

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Trade-A-Plane: Legendary and Rare Airplanes You Wish You Could Fly Legendary and Rare Airplanes You Wish You Could Fly Since the moment man took flight, there have been a number of airplane models to come and go, however, there’s only a select few that have made a lasting mark on aviation. Below is a look at a few legendary airplanes that have graced the […]

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Piper Selects Garmin® G1000® Integrated Flight Deck for Archer, Seminole

 Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced that Piper Aircraft has selected the G1000 all-glass, integrated flight deck for its new Archer and Seminole models, introduced Saturday at Piper Aircraft’s 75th  anniversary celebration and fly-in in Vero Beach, Fla. The Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics is […]

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Piper Incorporates Garmin G1000 in Seminole and Archer Models

Piper Aircraft, Inc. is incorporating the Garmin G1000 avionics suite into new twin-engine Piper Seminole and single-engine Piper Archer aircraft models available in 2013.Launch customer for the new Garmin G1000-equipped Pipers is the Florida Institute of Technology. Piper made the announcement at the company’s 75th anniversary celebration and fly-in. Garmin’s G1000 is a seamlessly integrated […]

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Trade-A-Plane at 75: An Aviation Treasure

In 1935, when Cosby Harrison crashed his airplane in stormy weather he could not have realized the lasting impact of his adventure. His slight misfortune would give rise to a shoestring operation that would become a great entrepreneurial success–and play a significant role in aviation history. (Excerpt from the history of Trade-A-Plane.) This week in […]

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Tempest® PowerFlite® Alternator Now Available!

Tempest is pleased to announce the immediate availability of their new PowerFlite alternator for the newer model Cessna aircraft. The 28 volt, 60 amp alternator is the latest product innovation from Tempest.  The alternator, part number 9910591-11AC is a collaborative effort from Tempest and Aerospace Components, the designers and manufacturers of the popular Tempest PowerFlite […]

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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.: Your Holiday Buying Source

Aircraft Spruce has an excellent selection of portable GPS, pilot supplies, headsets, avionics, instruments, wheels, tires, oil, filters, books, DVDs, and aviation software.  With more than 80,000 different products, it’s easy to find just about anything relating to aviation. Visit for your holiday buying.  Within the pilot supply section of their website, a gift […]

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Airbus A320NEO

CFM To Release A320NEO Leap Engine Final Design Drawings By Year-End

CFM is on track to complete by the end December the final design drawings for the first Leap-1A engine for the Airbus A320NEO, maintaining a plan that will culminate with entry-into-service in mid-2016. The General Electric (GE) and Snecma joint venture is developing three versions of the Leap engine in parallel. In conjunction with the […]

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Canada's National Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency have used the Falcon 20 jet, with modified hydraulic and aircraft fuel systems, for performing parabolic flight maneuvers in microgravity experiments.
(Source: Canadian Space Agency)

First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel

The first civil jet to fly on 100 percent biofuel that meets petroleum jet fuel specifications took to the skies Oct. 29 in Ottawa, Ontario. Other commercial jets, such as Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, have flown using biofuel blended with petroleum-based jet fuel. But this flight, engineered by the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada, is […]

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Pratt & Whitney Canada and Viking Air Limited Sign 10-year Agreement; Two Aviation Icons Continue to Make History

NBAA - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and Viking Air Limited today announced they have entered into a 10-year General Terms Agreement to supply PT6 engines, including the PT6A-34 for the Twin Otter aircraft. The announcement was made during the National Business Aviation Association's 65th annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida. P&WC is a […]

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Aircraft Spruce Announces Launch of New Website

Aircraft Spruce is excited to announce that they will be launching their entirely redesigned website this Tuesday, November 6th, 2012! While most of you have become accustomed to the current website, Aircraft Spruce has identified some areas that needed improvement. Aircraft Spruce believes they have addressed these concerns and incorporated the solutions into their […]

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