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Global Flight Following In The Works

Aireon LLC, a private company based in McLean, Va., announced a plan over the weekend to offer global emergency tracking as a public service to the aviation community, free-of-charge, by 2017. The Aireon Alert service will allow rescue agencies to request the location and last flight track of any 1090 MHz ADS-B equipped aircraft flying in airspace currently without surveillance, the company said in a news release. "A comprehensive, global aircraft tracking solution is essential in emergency situations, as evidenced by MH370 earlier this year and Air France 447 in 2009," said Aireon CEO Don Thoma.

FAA Calls ADS-B 'Summit'

The FAA says it's done its part and now it's up to the aviation industry to meet the 2020 deadline for mandatory ADS-B equipage. To that end the agency will hold a "call to action summit" to discuss how to bring tens of thousands of aircraft into compliance in a little more than six years.

FAA Changes Certification Process

While there is currently no backlog of certification applications at the FAA, the agency says it's changing the way it processes those applications. The new process replaces "project sequencing" with a system the FAA says "offers applicants increased predictability and a commitment to a response time for the review of the applicant's compliance data."

Congressmen Want Controller Hiring Scheme Scrapped

Two Illinois congressmen have introduced legislation that would force the FAA to abandon a controversial new recruitment process to fill an anticipated 10,000 air traffic controller openings over the next 10 years. Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren and Democrat Dan Lipinski introduced the Safe Towers Act on Friday.

AOPA Says Homebuilding An Aeronautical Use

AOPA says pretty much anything to do with aircraft storage and active maintenance and construction should be considered an "aeronautical use" and be permitted in hangars on federally funded airports. In comments to the FAA on its proposed policy on the definition of aeronautical uses, AOPA says it wants the FAA's policy to use "common sense" and reflect "the practical realities of general aviation flying and ownership." In a news release the organization was to the point.

Baseball Cap A Factor In Midair

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board yesterday released its finding on a 2013 multiple-fatality midair collision between a Cessna 150 and a motor glider with an analysis that said the 150 pilot was probably wearing a baseball cap that affected his ability to see the glider.

Nation's First Aerospace Engineering Program Celebrated

As part of the 100th anniversary celebration for its first-in-the-nation Aeronautical (now Aerospace) Engineering Department, the University of Michigan is staging a flyover of a fleet of historic aircraft before Saturday's football game at the Big House.

New This Week

It hasn't been a quiet week in aviation news--our survey uncovered certification testing of the Falcon 7X at the world's highest airport, SAFE Teacher Grant Awards, a big sale of Embraer E175 jets and a company that's developing a way to surf behind an airplane.

JetBlue Engine Failure Prompts Evacuation

An engine failure and a proliferation of cellphones resulted in the dramatic and well-covered return of a JetBlue flight to Long Beach Thursday morning. Flight 1416 was reportedly 25 minutes into the flight to Austin when alarms went off in the cockpit and smoke filled the cabin.

Boeing To Ramp Up 737 Production

At an investor conference hosted by Morgan Stanley this week, Boeing's CEO Ray Conner announced that Boeing is looking to increase 737 production to a whopping 52 a month as soon as 2018.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Given An Su-35 Fighter

In an ironic turn, nearly 80 years after Stalin derided the Pope of the Catholic Church by asking how many divisions he had, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, now owns one of the most advanced combat jets in the world.

The Weekender: Mountains, Seashores, Camping Adventures Await

Fall is on its way in the Northeast, bringing the promise of great flying weather, and pilots will find plenty of interesting destinations to explore via SocialFlight's website and app. At the Goodspeed Airport, near East Haddam, Connecticut, the 5th Annual Helicopter Gathering is set for this weekend. The field is right on the edge of the Connecticut River, and seaplanes are welcome.

Air Force Changes Oath Instructions

In response to what was becoming a stalemate over an airman who was trying to reenlist, the U.S. Air Force has directed its support offices to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words "So help me God" from oaths for enlistment and officer appointments if an Airman chooses.

One More U.S. Stop For Red Bull Racers

If you missed the Red Bull Air Races in Texas earlier this month, you have one more chance to catch them in the U.S.A. -- next stop in the global series will be Las Vegas, Oct. 11 and 12. After that, the racers will wrap up this year's season with the final race, in Austria.

Boeing, SpaceX Win NASA Crew Contract

Within a few years, U.S. astronauts will be able to launch to the International Space Station from the U.S., instead of traveling to Russia as they've been doing since the end of the space-shuttle program in 2011, NASA said on Tuesday. NASA said it has chosen Boeing and SpaceX to develop crew-carrying spacecraft by 2017.

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