Las Vegas high school wins Build A Plane competition

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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane announced today that the Formula X team from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the winner of the second Aviation Design Challenge to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills among U.S. high school students.

Four students, a teacher, and a chaperone from the high school will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington, to build a real Glasair Sportsman airplane from June 16-28.

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GAMA and Build A Plane launch second design challenge

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and Build A Plane, a non-profit organization to encourage aviation and aerospace education, are partnering for a second year to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in high schools across the United States through an aviation design competition. The team from the winning high school will receive an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip for four students, one teacher and one chaperone to help build a Glasair Sportsman (pictured) through Glasair Aviation’s Two Weeks to Taxi program at its facilities in Arlington, Wash., in June 2014.

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Government shutdown stops aircraft sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FAA’s decision on Oct. 7 to recall approximately 800 furloughed employees will not affect the FAA Aircraft Registry office. The office remains closed under the U.S. federal government shutdown, which means virtually all aircraft sales have been stopped.

The 800 FAA employees are being recalled to focus on Airworthiness Directives to ensure safety of aircraft in the fleet as well as safety oversight activities, including air carriers, repair stations and production facilities, according to officials.

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Deliveries, billings up for GA in first quarter

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WASHINGTON, DC — General aviation airplane shipments increased 9.6% in the first quarter of this year, according to figures just released by the The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Shipments increased from 418 in 2012 to 458 this year. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $4.6 billion in the first three months, up 32% from the same period last year.

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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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