Taylorcraft Wing Fuel Tanks redesigned

Aero Fabricators, a division of Wag-Aero, has redesigned the Taylorcraft Wing Fuel Tank for ease of fuel line installation.

The redesign includes a relocated fuel outlet to bring the outlet more in line with the original fuel tanks.

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Sporty’s says have a bit of fun in the cockpit

New from Sporty’s are humorous placards that will amuse your passengers. Designed to look just like their real counterparts, these signs will keep nervous flyers relaxed.

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The cost of certification

Since AirVenture 2012, I’ve been part of several discussions about the way — and reasons why — aircraft become certified. Sound boring? Yes and no.

One way this might get your interest is to consider if Icon Aircraft, which is developing the A5, could join Cessna in going Primary Category instead of Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA). (Disclaimer: I have no information about any such decision from Icon — this is merely a discussion.) Perhaps even more to the point is the price of airplanes based on their certification cost.

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Airplane shipments increase

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Airplane shipments increased 5.9% in the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011,  while the accompanying value of the airplane deliveries rose 13.2%, according to figures released today by  the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

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Texas pilot wins aircraft covering system

Brad Harman of Texas was named winner of Bruce’s Custom Covers custom-fitted aircraft cover awarded to a Gateway To Oshkosh Fly-in participant.

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Hawker Beechcraft gets court nod to negotiate with Chinese company

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has approved Hawker Beechcraft’s motion to enter into exclusive negotiations with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. Approval give Hawker Beechcraft up to 45 days to exclusively negotiate with the Chinese company to buy its general aviation line for $1.79 billion. The Wichita-based company’s defense line is not included in the deal.

As part of the agreement, Superior will make payments over the next month to sustain Hawker Beechcraft’s jet business. An initial deposit of $25 million is payable before the end of the week and a second $25 million deposit is payable within 30 days, company officials said.

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Pipistrel’s Alpha Trainer takes off

After the successful conclusion of its test flight program, Pipistrel has released its newest aircraft, the Pipistrel Alpha Trainer.

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New Bonanza G36 interior debuts

Hawker Beechcraft, which featured its entire Beechcraft product lineup at last week’s Sun ’n Fun, including Premier IA, King Air 350i, King Air 250, King Air C90GTx, and Baron G58, as well as a Bonanza G36 debuting the new interior package announced last fall.

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Quest to team with Northrop Grumman on special mission Kodiak

Quest Aircraft Company, manufacturer of the Kokiak, will team with Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop the Air Claw special mission demonstrator based on the Kodiak airframe.

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BOLO: Protecting our GA community

At last count there are more than 627,000 active pilots in the United States. That comes out to over 2.5 million eyes and ears. It’s the power of that number of eyes and ears that makes what I’m about to introduce an extremely powerful tool for general aviation security.

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