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What Are Non-Citizen Trusts? A Routine, Well-Regulated Way to Register Aircraft


Recently, a German newspaper published a set of documents leaked in a data breach at Appleby, an international law firm. In news coverage of the documents, now known as the "Paradise Papers," some media outlets have focused on a common structure for registering aircraft: non-citizen trusts. Although portrayed in some articles as exotic arrangements, non-citizen trusts have been used for decades by many well-known companies, including major airlines and leasing companies, to register aircraft with the FAA. Read more here:: What Are Non-Citizen Trusts? A Routine, Well-Regulated Way to Register Aircraft… Read more ...

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Textron Aviation’s Play On Amazon’s Boom


Textron Aviation is betting a boom in online deliveries will help boost the business aviation market's nascent recovery—and it is teaming with FedEx to hedge that bet. read more Read more here:: Textron Aviation’s Play On Amazon’s Boom… Read more ...

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Textron Aviation’s Play On Amazon’s Boom


Textron Aviation is betting a boom in online deliveries will help boost the business aviation market's nascent recovery—and it is teaming with FedEx to hedge that bet. read more Read more here:: Textron Aviation’s Play On Amazon’s Boom… Read more ...

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What to buy an iPad Pilot this Christmas


By Bret Koebbe Whether you're a pilot shopping for another aviation enthusiast or you're a non-pilot desperately trying to figure out what to buy the (slightly weird?) aviator on your list, iPad apps and... ... Read more here:: What to buy an iPad Pilot this Christmas… Read more ...

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Trump Administration Policies Impact Business Aircraft Operations to Cuba


The Trump administration recently announced new restrictions on travel to and trade with Cuba. Policies created under the Obama administration allowed Americans to travel to Cuba for a number of reasons, including the "people-to-people" category of educational travel. The Trump administration rolled back the "people-to-people" category, but is still allowing certain humanitarian and business development trips. "Operators should work with their flight planning providers and their passengers to ensure any flights to Cuba are operated in accordance with policies current at the time of the flights," said Doug Carr, NBAA's vice president of regulatory and international affairs. Read more here:: Trump Administration Policies Impact Business Aircraft Operations to Cuba… Read more ...

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SITAOnAir, Rockwell Collins Upgrade ACARS


Two key providers of ACARS are at the forefront of rendering it capable of taking advantage of greater internet capacity. read more Read more here:: SITAOnAir, Rockwell Collins Upgrade ACARS… Read more ...

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NBAA, Others Oppose Capping Veterans' Flight Training Benefits


NBAA and other aviation associations are urging key lawmakers to make changes to legislation that would cap payments to veterans' flight-training programs. At issue is H.R. 4149, legislation aimed at improving the delivery of veterans' flight-training benefits. "While the current bill contains numerous provisions to improve the program's efficiency, the proposed capping of program payments undermines the important goal of helping our nation's veterans enter a field where they are desperately needed," the associations wrote. Read more here:: NBAA, Others Oppose Capping Veterans' Flight Training Benefits… Read more ...

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Retiring CBAA CEO Receives NBAA Silk Scarf Award


NBAA presented its Silk Scarf Award to Rudy Toering, retiring president and CEO of the Canadian Business Aviation Association. Read more here:: Retiring CBAA CEO Receives NBAA Silk Scarf Award… Read more ...

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Researchers Release Report on Drone Airborne Collisions


A research team from the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) today released a report that concludes that drones that collide with large manned aircraft can cause more structural damage than birds of the same weight for a given impact speed. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will use the research results to help develop operational and collision risk mitigation requirements for drones. ASSURE conducted its research with two different types of drones on two types of aircraft through computer modeling and physical validation testing. Unlike the soft mass and tissue of birds, most drones are made of more rigid materials. The testing showed that the stiffest components of the drone such as the motor, battery and payload can cause the most damage. Concentrating those masses on the drone can also cause greater damage, the researchers found. The research team evaluated the potential impacts of a 2.7-lb. quadcopter and 4 lb. quadcopter; and a 4-lb. and 8-lb. fixed wing drone on a single-aisle commercial transport jet and a business jet. They examined impacts to the wing leading edge, the windshield, and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers. The windshields generally sustained the least damage and the horizontal stabilizers suffered the most serious damage. The structural damage severity levels ranged from no damage to failure of the primary structure and penetration of the drone into the airframe. However, the research specifically did not explore the risk to flight imposed by that damage. The researchers concluded that unmanned aircraft system manufacturers should adopt detect and avoid or geo-fencing capabilities to reduce the probability of collisions with other aircraft. The team conducted a preliminary computer simulation to evaluate the potential damage to engine components if a drone is ingested into an aircraft engine, including damage to fan blades, the nacelle and the nosecone.… Read more ...

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Textron Launches New SkyCourier Turboprop With Cargo, Pax Versions


Textron Aviation has launched a new twin-engine, utility turboprop called the Cessna SkyCourier 408, with entry-into-service scheduled for 2020. read more Read more here:: Textron Launches New SkyCourier Turboprop With Cargo, Pax Versions… Read more ...

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Rural Citizens Rally To Keep Federal Oversight Of ATC


Legislative threat to a way of life? The Alliance for Aviation Across America is impelling farmers, cattlemen, rural voters and others to oppose federal divestiture of the ATC system. read more Read more here:: Rural Citizens Rally To Keep Federal Oversight Of ATC… Read more ...

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Top 12 tips for flying with Stratus


By John Zimmerman The Stratus ADS-B receiver has become the most popular weather receiver for the iPad. While the basics of operation are pretty simple, there are a few tips that can help you get the most out of your... ... Read more here:: Top 12 tips for flying with Stratus… Read more ...

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NBAA Update, 17-48


NBAA, AOPA Remind Washington Examiner Readers: ATC Privatization Is an 'Airline Power Grab' Pending Defense Bill Would Reinstate Hobbyist Drone Registration Santa Monica Airport to Close Dec. 12 for 10 Days; Will Reopen With Shorter Runway Read more here:: NBAA Update, 17-48… Read more ...

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Business Aviation Insider: Resolving EASA's Minimum Equipment List Concerns


Part 91 operators with Letter of Authorization (LOA) D095 to use an MEL need to be diligent when conducting international operations, particularly in Europe, as the European Aviation Safety Agency puts extra focus on three separate areas, especially during SAFA ramp inspections. Read more here:: Business Aviation Insider: Resolving EASA's Minimum Equipment List Concerns… Read more ...

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Set a Course for Sim City!


The November/December 2017 Sim City issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores the exciting world of flight simulation technology and its evolving impact on aviation safety. Feature articles focus on the many flight simulation options now available to pilots, as well as how simulation can improve flight training efficiency. Feature articles include: In Celebration of Simulation Improving Flight Safety One Byte at a TimeThe A to Z of ATDs Sorting the Lot of Flight Simulation DevicesLink Trainer to Desktop to Redbird The Evolving Role of Flight SimulationNavigation Know-How Using Simulation to Try It Before You Fly It Do You Suffer from Push-To-Talk Phobia? Improve Your Aviation Communication with Virtual RealityA Virtual Plan for the Real World How Simulation Can Help You Mitigate RiskThe Future is Now Flight Standards Service Realigns The link to the online edition is www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter@FAASafetyBrief FAA Safety Briefingis the safety policy voice for the non-commercial general aviation community.The magazine's objective is to improve safety by: making the community aware of FAA resourceshelping readers understand safety and regulatory issues, andencouraging continued training Read more here:: Set a Course for Sim City!… Read more ...

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Esterline, NovAtel Team On GNSS Technology


Esterline CMC Electronics and NovAtel have formed a partnership to extend their collaboration in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology. read more Read more here:: Esterline, NovAtel Team On GNSS Technology… Read more ...

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Opinion: How Activist Investors Are Influencing Aerospace


How investor influence is changing aerospace Conglomerates are prime targets because they have disparate business units—some with unrealized value—as well as redundant cost structures and excess fat. read more Read more here:: Opinion: How Activist Investors Are Influencing Aerospace… Read more ...

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Opinion: How Activist Investors Are Influencing Aerospace


How investor influence is changing aerospace Conglomerates are prime targets because they have disparate business units—some with unrealized value—as well as redundant cost structures and excess fat. read more Read more here:: Opinion: How Activist Investors Are Influencing Aerospace… Read more ...

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Plane Finder 3D app adds augmented reality aircraft view


By Bret Koebbe Plane Finder recently released a new 3D version of their popular flight tracking app that takes advantage of Apple's new ARKit technology. This allows you to use your iPhone or iPad to move around... ... Read more here:: Plane Finder 3D app adds augmented reality aircraft view… Read more ...

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Manufacturers, Operators May Benefit from New Aspect of U.S./China Bilateral Agreement


A new bilateral agreement between the U.S. and China promises to benefit aircraft manufacturers and operators alike. The FAA recently announced the signing of a new agreement, under the existing Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement between the U.S. agency and the Civil Aviation Administration of China, which serves as formal recognition of each other's regulatory systems, in regard to the airworthiness of aviation products and articles. Read more here:: Manufacturers, Operators May Benefit from New Aspect of U.S./China Bilateral Agreement… Read more ...

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