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August 18, 2014, 10:55 AM

The FAA on August 14 released its final solicitation for a new Center of Excellence (COE) for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) tasked with identifying current and future issues critical to the safe integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. These issues include detect-and-avoid technology, control and communications, low-altitude operations safety, compatibility with ATC operations and training and certification of UAS pilots and other crewmembers. The agency will support this new COE with at least $500,000 per year over the next 10 years.

August 18, 2014, 10:50 AM

The NTSB’s August 13 factual report of the Nov. 20, 2013 crash of a Mitsubishi MU-2B while on approach to Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma offered only a single potential clue into anything unusual by mentioning that the left engine’s fuel shutoff valve was in the closed position. Investigators added that they did not detect any other anomalies with either engine. The accident claimed the life of Dr. Perry Inhofe, son of U.S. Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.). Dr.

August 18, 2014, 10:45 AM

Priester Aviation has been awarded both Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) and Wyvern Wingman certification. The ACSF certification uses accredited, independent auditors to evaluate aircraft management and jet charter companies’ compliance and safety protocols. Priester Aviation, based at Chicago Executive Airport (KPWK), also carries an Argus Platinum rating, as well as IS-BAO certification.

August 18, 2014, 10:40 AM

EagleMed has installed an automated weather observing system at Eagle Pass, Texas, that will allow the air medical operator’s fixed-wing aircraft to serve patients in the San Antonio region during inclement weather. EagleMed bases a King Air C90 at San Marcos, Texas, to serve the Eagle Pass area. The new weather system will also serve EagleMed’s sister companies, AirEvac Lifeteam and Reach, which base medically outfitted helicopters at Eagle Pass, Pearsall, Carrizo Springs and Laredo.

August 14, 2014, 3:57 PM

Brazil’s regional development plan calls for 270 new regional airports. But that’s a number many see as unrealistically high. Passenger numbers have been growing 10 percent per year, but much of the Brazilian population still has no easy access to airports.

August 14, 2014, 3:50 PM

Textron Aviation confirmed to AIN that it will terminate flight operations at its former fractional and charter/management operation, CitationAir, on October 31. The move comes 2.5 years after CitationAir stopped selling fractional shares in new aircraft and ceased renewals for current fractional-share customers in February 2012, saying at that time it would instead focus on its jet card and aircraft management products. The company is now abandoning even that modest plan.

August 14, 2014, 3:40 PM

The crisis in Ukraine “undermined” business aircraft flying in Europe last month, with European flights to the CIS down 24 percent and East-West European connections down by 15 percent, according to the latest data from business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Overall, there were 68,048 business aviation flight departures in Europe last month, a 2.7-percent year-over-year decline, with July 11 percent below its 2008 peak and the least active July on record since 2005. Year to date, activity in the region is 0.7 percent below the 2013 trend.

August 14, 2014, 3:35 PM

Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos was among seven people killed aboard a Cessna Citation XLS+ that crashed around 10 a.m. yesterday while trying to land at Guaruja military air base, near the city of Santos. The Santos fire department confirmed that 11 people on the ground were injured when the aircraft crashed into the Boqueirão residential area, damaging five properties. The twinjet was destroyed by impact and a post-crash fire.

August 14, 2014, 3:25 PM

World Fuel Services’ Air Elite Network launched a new loyalty reward program, Diamond Dividends, this week at LABACE 2014. The program awards members a total of 10,000 FlyBuys Rewards bonus points with a qualified purchase at any five different Air Elite FBOs. Qualifying purchases are chronicled on an Air Elite Diamond Dividends Card, available at any of the 31 Air Elite locations.

August 14, 2014, 3:20 PM

The FAA announced it will formally re-examine the certification standards for helicopters under FAR Parts 27 and 29. Currently Part 27 helicopters must weigh 7,000 pounds or less and have no more than nine passenger seats. Helicopters that weigh more than 7,000 pounds and have 10 or more seats fall under the more stringent Part 29.

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