July 23 hearing to examine state of aviation manufacturing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The House Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing July 23 to review the state of American aviation manufacturing, including economic health and challenges facing the industry.

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Volunteers help reopen L88 runway

Volunteers from Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Santa Maria and Shafter in California worked hard this past Saturday to assist the airport owner re-open the runway in New Cuyama, California.

The group of 20 pilots and aviation enthusiasts were brought together by a common theme: Roll up your sleeves and help save an airport.

The airport remains on the Los Angeles Sectional but is listed as “indefinitely closed” in the California AFD.   It is listed as a privately owned, public use airport. [Read more...]

All-metal folding-wing Groppo Trail now available in U.S.

The Italian Groppo Trail is now available in the U.S. The high-wing light-sport or amateur-built kit features tandem seating, all-metal construction, and wings that are foldable in less than five minutes by one person.

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John McLain flies west

Sad news: We just found out that long-time CFI John McLain, who wrote a column for General Aviation News’ former sister paper The Southern Aviator, passed away in April after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A very nice tribute written by John Hesse was posted on the Empire Aviation website. The website also has a catalog of John’s past columns.

AEA to award $1,000 toward ADS-B upgrade to five aircraft owners

To help owners of general aviation aircraft meet the FAA’s ADS-B Out mandate, the Aircraft Electronics Association will randomly award five aircraft owners with $1,000 toward an ADS-B compliant upgrade.

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Lockheed Martin adds inflight electronic PIREP capabilities

Lockheed Martin Flight Services has launched its 9.1 release, which includes several enhancements, including inflight electronic PIREP submission.

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MT-Propeller receives EASA STC for PA-46

MT-Propeller has received an EASA STC for the next generation Quiet Fan Jet 5-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-27-1-E-C-F-R(P)/CFR203-58d on the PA-46-500TP. The FAA STC also has been received, company officials said.

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Pilot hearing protection focus of Wednesday webinar

A webinar will be held Wednesday, July 23, at 8 pm (Eastern Time Zone) on noise-induced hearing loss and how to prevent it.

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Lighting system for wind farms tested

Laufer Wind has successfully demonstrated its Aircraft Detection Sight Solution (ADSS), the first-ever trial against a radar-activated obstruction lighting system on a wind farm in the U.S.

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First aviation mechanic display added to Air Force Museum

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force honored the first aviation mechanic, Charles E. Taylor, by unveiling a bronze bust of his likeness for permanent display during a ceremony in the museum’s Early Years Gallery July 21.

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