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  1. Private Jet Travel Seeing Tremendous Growth

    While the nation's biggest and most profitable airline (Delta) just posted its first quarterly loss in five years – and other U.S. air carriers are expected to follow suit, private aviation…

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  2. New Part 107 Waiver Report – Operations Granted by FAA

    On August 29, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration implemented Part 107 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, also known as the small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) rule. It created…

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  3. FAA to accelerate VFR chart publications

    The FAA plans to put visual navigation and planning charts on a 56-day publication cycle early next year, a much shorter time frame than the 168 days to two years cycle the chart updates are now…

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  4. Air Traffic Control Tower Operating Hour Reductions Expected

    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has dramatically cut the number of flights in the U.S. In response to this change, beginning early next week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is…

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  5. Weight and Balance Changes

    Inspector guidance on approval of aircraft weight and balance (W&B) control programs for aircraft operated under Parts 91, 91K, 121, 125, and 135 is being extensively revised by the FAA. The…

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  6. Project Airbridge Transports Urgently Needed Medical Supplies

    The Supply Chain Task Force continues to execute a strategy maximizing the availability of critical protective and lifesaving resources through FEMA in response to COVID-19. Project Air Bridge was…

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  7. ForeFlight, Jeppesen and AOPA team up on new webinar series

    The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is joining with Boeing to produce a new educational webinar series offered to AOPA members. Boeing's Jeppesen and ForeFlight teams will provide free monthly…

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  8. NTSB Issues Substance Dependence Recommendation for Pilots

    The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has investigated a number of aircraft accidents in which the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had information to indicate, and was or should have…

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  9. GA Airports in ‘Survival Mode,’ but Ready to Support Business Aviation

    National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) hosted a webinar that included participants from the FAA as well as several directors of medium and large GA facilities around the country. The webinar…

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  10. Biplane Tours Over Civil War Battlefield Proposed

    Planning to fly out of Shannon Airport in Spotsylvania County, air tour company Helmet and Goggles Adventures has reached a tentative agreement with the FAA and the National Park Service (NPS) to…

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  11. Aviation Institute of Maintenance Student Receives Award

    Nicole Cain, a student at Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Norfolk has been selected as the James Rardon Aviation Maintenance Technician Student of the Year Award recipient for 2020. The…

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  12. Washington Airports Shine in Blue to Honor Health Care Workers

    The terminal lights at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport shine in bright blue to honor health care workers.

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  13. VA Tech/Montgomery Executive Airport Closes for Construction

    During the April 14, 2020 Airport Authority Board meeting, the Board took action to close the runway to all aircraft operations for a period of approximately 60-75 days to complete the runway…

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  14. United Airlines Reports Loss

    United Airlines reported that it lost $2.1 billion in pretax profits over the most recent period as a result of historically low air travel precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic. It was noted…

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  15. Grounded Airliners Could Be Used for Oxygen Therapy

    A growing number of physicians, scientists and engineers who use pressurized oxygen chambers to treat patients with severe wounds and infections as well as other conditions are urging the government…

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  16. Creative Airplane Building Challenge

    Aerobility, an aviation charity that offers disabled people the opportunity to fly and participate in aviation-based activities, has launched the Spirit of Aviation Challenge to support disabled…

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  17. UAS Road Map Developed By NASA and FAA

    NASA and its industry partners are taking unmanned aircraft systems closer to operating in harmony with other aircraft in the national airspace. The technology and procedures developed during a…

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  18. Flight Training and Flight Operations under Executive Orders 53 & 55

    17 April 2020 The Department of Aviation, in consultation with the Governor's Policy Office, offers to the aviation community advice on what kinds of pilot training operations are consistent with…

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  19. Efficiency Challenges Tied To Aerodynamics, Propulsion, Weight

    With an eye toward 2030, NASA is focusing on the four E's. No, it's not a small but very wide shoe size. It about designing the next generation of passenger-carrying airplanes – suitable…

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  20. Airlines Turn to Flying Cargo Missions

    As passenger levels drop, airlines have turned to repurposing some passenger aircraft to flying cargo missions. Since air freight demand has fallen very little and the need to transport medical…

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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