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2009 CESSNA 400SLX

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2011 GULFSTREAM G550

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1972 PIPER PA-28-180

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2012 CESSNA 172SP
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POTUS TFRs Paralyze Florida Flight Ops

Airport operators and flight schools in the Palm Beach, Florida, area are bracing for long-term economic loss and disruption due to the presidential TFR covering President Trump's visits to his Mar-a-Lago resort. For the third weekend in a row, the presidential TFR covering Trump's visit has shut down busy Palm Beach Country/Lantana airport and disrupted flight training and other prohibited general aviation activities. Although local authorities and advocacy groups have approached the Secret Service requesting a cutout or procedural relief, none has been forthcoming.

Suit Follows Power Line Collision

An Aspen, Colorado, man is suing the pilot and passenger in an L-39 that hit power lines over a highway in 2015, saying he gripped the steering wheel of his car so tightly he's had chronic pain in his hands ever since.

Sonic Booms Announce TFR Intercept

Sonic booms rattled the southeast coast of Florida Friday evening as two F-15s were scrambled to intercept an aircraft that violated presidential restricted airspace over West Palm Beach.

Trump Claims $1 Billion Saving On Air Force One

President Donald Trump said Saturday he'd personally negotiated a $1 billion reduction in the $4.2 billion cost of the replacement aircraft for Air Force One and accomplished it in less than an hour. He also told a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, that the 25 percent discount is "not good enough. We're still not going to do it. The price is still too high."

Navy Lukewarm On Substituting Upgraded F/A-18s For F-35C

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. DeWolf Miller showed little enthusiasm for trading Super Hornets for F-35s, as has been proposed by President Trump in an effort to reduce the total program cost of the F-35 Lightning. Testifying at a House Subcommittee hearing on the F-35 program, Miller said, "The F-35C provides unique capabilities that cannot be matched by modernizing fourth-generation aircraft."

FAA Doesn't Do Most Aircraft Certification Work

More than 90% percent of certification work on new aircraft and aircraft parts is outsourced by the FAA to the manufacturers themselves, according to a GAO report. Similar to the FAA delegation of airman certification authority to Designated Pilot Examiners, the FAA has been authorizing most certification work to be performed by employees of the manufacturers themselves through the Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) program.

ExpressJet Leads In Lost Bags And Bumped Passengers

ExpressJet Airlines led major U.S. carriers for 2016 in highest percentage of bags lost. According to Department of Transportation statistics, ExpressJet received reports of mishandled baggage from 0.43% of all passengers--91,383 bags--which was down from their 2015, also industry-leading, loss rate of 0.51% of passengers reporting bags mishandled.

Stratos 714 Flight Testing Continues

The Stratos 714 VLJ prototype, designed as a 400 knot, 4-6 place jet, made its second test flight late last month from its home base of Redmond, Oregon, in anticipation of a public debut later this year. Carsten Sundin, Engineering Manager at Stratos told AVweb of the flight test performance, "We are continuing with expected minor aerodynamic adjustments to dial in the stick control forces. The Stratos 714 is controlled by a side stick and it has a relatively large flight envelope in terms."

NBAA Challenges Santa Monica Deal

NBAA and four businesses have petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals to review the FAA's deal with the City of Santa Monica to shorten the airport's runway. Under the deal, the runway would be cut immediately to 3,500 feet from almost 5,000, limiting its use and likely forcing some of the current tenants to immediately find other accommodation.

Regional Jet Strikes Deer During Takeoff

A CRJ-700 operated by PSA Airlines struck a deer during takeoff from Charlotte's Douglas International Airport on Wednesday morning. In an air traffic control recording (full audio from LiveATC.net below), the pilot and the tower controller discuss an unidentified "loud bang" heard by the pilots, which the pilot of another aircraft reported as a deer strike. PSA 5320 (call sign, Blue Streak 5320), operating as American Eagle, circled once for a low approach to confirm the extent of any damage to the landing gear, then returned for landing.

Next Air Force One Shouldn't Be A 747, Report Proposes

The next Air Force One should be anything other than a Boeing 747; even Northrop Grumman's next-generation stealth bomber would be a better choice, says a report by Wright Williams & Kelly (WWK). The report by WWK, a cost-reduction consultancy based in Northern California, focused on the Boeing 737 and the Northrop Grumman B-21 Raider, winner of the Air Force Long-Range Strike Bomber development contract, as possible alternatives to the heavy Boeing jet.

Pilot Training Cited In Military Crashes

Military pilots aren't flying often enough to be as proficient as they need to be, Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, the head of Marine Corps aviation, told reporters in Washington, D.C., recently. "We're about three hours per pilot per month better than we were [in May 2015], but that's not good enough," Davis said, according to military.com. "We're still shy of our target." In the last year, 11 Marine Corps aircraft have been lost in crashes, with 14 crew members killed.

NBC: Harrison Ford Lands On Taxiway

NBC News reported on Tuesday that Harrison Ford mistakenly landed his Husky on a taxiway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, on Monday, after flying above an American Airlines 737 full of 110 passengers. The FAA told NBC that Ford was given correct landing instructions by ATC, and he read them back. But he then flew above the 737 and asked controllers, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?"

Lancair Brand Under New Ownership

Lancair International announced last summer it would sell off its older designs and focus on its newer Evolution aircraft, and recently the company, now known as Evolution Aircraft Company, said it has found a buyer. Mark Huffstutler, founder of the aircraft modification firm Sierra Industries, based in Texas, and his son Conrad Huffstutler will assume all assets, intellectual designs and ongoing support for all of the older Lancair kit models, including the 320/360, IV, IV-P, ES and Legacy aircraft.

FAA: Helicopter Accidents Decline

The accident rate for helicopters has fallen for the third year in a row, the FAA said on Monday. In raw numbers, there were 106 helicopter accidents in 2016, including 17 fatal accidents, a 12 percent decrease compared to the previous year and a 27 percent decrease compared to 2013. "The FAA and the helicopter industry have worked together to educate the civil helicopter community about safe practices, to drive these improved results," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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