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  1. With Airline Cancellations, There is Too Much Jet Fuel

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused airlines to cancel large numbers of flights. This has dramatically lowered the consumption of jet fuel in the United States (and elsewhere) and fuel production can't…

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  2. Thunderbirds Fly Over Las Vegas to Honor First Responders

    The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" performed a flyover across the Las Vegas valley to say Thank You to all of the people on the front lines fighting Covid-19. It was…

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  3. Free Aviation Training

    As many as 5,000 aviation industry workers (as well as those who want to be) will be able to take online training courses for free from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as part of…

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  4. First Pilot with Insulin-Treated Diabetes is Cleared to Fly by FAA

    The Diabetes Organization is thrilled to share that the first pilots with insulin-treated diabetes have been cleared by the FAA for commercial flight. Introducing Pietro Marsala, diabetes warrior…

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  5. Virginia Site Selected for Unmanned Aircraft Management Pilot Program

    The FAA's NextGen program has selected Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Partnership in Blacksburg, Virginia as a test site participant for Phase 2 of the Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management Pilot Program…

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  6. Flying Prohibited If Taking Certain Medications

    The FAA is reminding pilots that – under most circumstances – they are prohibited from flying while taking chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine, and that the restriction continues for 48…

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  7. Duncan Aviation’s Interior and Upholstery Teams Make Masks and Gowns

    Duncan Aviation, an aircraft service provider, recently found that they needed face masks for their team members. When they began searching for masks they found that supplies were depleted, not only…

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  8. Cirrus Aircraft is Creating Powered Air Purifying Respirators

    The Cirrus Aircraft Company, headquartered in Duluth, Minnesota, began looking for ways that they could support healthcare workers in their communities. After inventorying their supplies and…

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  9. Airports in Virginia Awarded $310 Million in CARES Act Funding

    Richmond, Va. – Senators Mark Warner and Timothy Kaine announced that nearly $310 million in federal funding will be shared by 47 of Virginia's 66 public-use airports through the CARES Act of…

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  10. Renewal Aviation Fuel Demand Expected to Grow

    By 2025, the market for renewable aviation fuel is expected to grow by more than 56 percent due to government policies around the world. Unless airline operators expand their aviation fuel…

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  11. NIFA Competition is Cancelled for 2020

    The National Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON has cancelled for the summer of 2020. COVID-19 precipitated limitations on and closures of colleges and universities required that this…

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  12. First Onboard Detect and Avoid System Launched on a UAS

    Iris Automation has launched Casia 360, the first onboard detect-and-avoid (DAA) system with a 360-degree radial field of view to enable commercial beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for…

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  13. Boeing Resumes Some Operations

    Approximately 2,500 of Boeing's 30,000 furloughed employees are heading back to work today. Many of the workers are involved in Department of Defense projects, such as the KC-49 tankers and the P-8…

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  14. Aviation Fuel Hose Maker Devises Ventilator Concept

    Engineers at Husky Corp., a manufacturer of fuel nozzles and accessories (including aviation fueling hoses), have come up with a rapid-manufacture ventilator design. Husky engineering manager Zach…

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  15. 2020 EAA Air Academy Cancelled

    The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), based at Wittman Field in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, has announced that the 2020 EAA Air Academy has been cancelled. The decision to cancel was based on concern…

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  16. Some Parked Jets May Not Fly Again for Airlines

    As passenger traffic declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, airlines are parking some of their jets. While most of these aircraft will come back online when needed, others may not fly with their…

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  17. 2020 American Rocketry Challenge Cancelled

    The 2020 American Rocketry Challenge, including the finals scheduled to be held in May in The Plains, Virginia, has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, for high school…

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  18. Plane-Free Skies Spur Research into Warming Impact of Aviation

    Scientists with NASA and European research groups hope to use clear skies to narrow down massive uncertainties about the warming effect of condensation trails. With a significant number of planes…

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  19. Henry Ogrodzinski Scholarship

    Henry Ogrodzinski was President and CEO of the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) for over seventeen years. He passed away in January of 2012 but his lifetime spent as an…

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  20. EAA Young Eagles Announces Milestone in Sporty’s Online Course

    More than 75,000 youth have taken Sporty's online course called Learn to Fly. The online course is a follow-up to their initial introductory flight and is a comprehensive online ground school, test…

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  21. Aviation Job Loss Prediction is Staggering

    As many as 25 million aviation jobs worldwide could be lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the International Air Transport Association. Because of decreased travel demands, the IATA…

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  22. Wing Makes Deliveries in Christianburg

    Input Magazine interviews a senior couple in Christiansburg who were the recipients of the first-ever commercial drone delivery to a customer's doorstep in the United States. Wing, a subsidiary of…

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  23. Private Jet Business is helping with transport of supplies and people

    The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reports that the COVID-19 crisis is having a significant impact on business aircraft flights. On March 30 business jet and turboprop activity in the…

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  24. Large Aircraft Manufacturing Halted in the South

    Boeing has ceased manufacturing at its 787 plant in South Carolina, and Airbus has done the same with its A220 and A330 plant in Alabama. Boeing's initial shutdown of its Washington state operations…

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  25. Aviation School opens classes to Norfolk and Hampton high school students

    High school students in Norfolk and Hampton will soon have the chance to get on the fast track to a good-paying job as an aircraft mechanic as part of a new partnership program. The students will be…

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