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AAR: Mechanic Shortage Could Increase Airline MRO Costs

Labor challenges prevalent, the aftermarket specialist says. AAR Corp. is facing staffing pressure and could increase wages to help retain and attract enough mechanics at its MRO shops—a move that would increase costs for customers. “We experienced some labor pressure” at two MRO facilities “as the market is tightening for skilled technicians,” AAR President John Holmes said

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ANA Inks Deal with HondaJet to Support Airline Flying with Business Aircraft

Bizjets will shorten travel times for connecting passengers. ANA Holdings Inc., parent company of ANA, Japan’s largest airline and Honda Aircraft Company have signed a memorandum of understanding for a strategic partnership to expand the business jet market by using Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet. ANA will use the HondaJet for its charter and feeder flights to connect

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Harrison Ford Among Dozens Honored at R.A. Bob Hoover Ceremony

AOPA also celebrated Dick VanGrunsven and several Congressional members for their efforts in promoting general aviation. If R.A. Bob Hoover was still with us, he’d be proud to see the long list of notable people who gathered in Washington last week for the third annual award ceremony named in honor of the late aviation master.

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Pilots say they spotted UFOs while flying over Arizona

Two commercial pilots flying over the Arizona desert claim they saw an unidentified flying object pass overhead, according to a radio broadcast released by the Federal Aviation Administration. A Learjet pilot and an American Airlines pilot saw the object on February 24 and radioed the regional air traffic controller in Albuquerque. “Was anybody, uh, above

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Aspen Avionics Unveils Non-TSO’d Evolution E5 Display

The electronic flight instrument is intended to compete with lower-cost, non-TSO-certified products from Garmin and Dynon. When Garmin and Dynon Avionics in 2016 received FAA approval to sell non-TSO’d electronic flight instruments to owners of Part 23 certified airplanes, Aspen Avionics – already a company known for producing low-cost avionics – grappled with how to

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Copa Plans To Expand Fleet in 2018

Flag carrier of Panama plans to grow fleet by 25% by 2020. Copa Airlines is in a growth mode—it plans to increase its fleet by 25% by 2020—with the first of 71 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft arriving in August. This year it should receive five 737 MAX aircraft, followed by 10 in 2019 and 22

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Baron App Adds Global Turbulence and Icing Forecasts

Turbulence forecasts can be created for specific times. Baron, a worldwide creator of meteorological hardware, software and data, has added a 36-hour global turbulence and icing forecast data to its Baron Weather API allowing customers to create a vertical profile of both clear-air and in-cloud turbulence, icing and winds and temperature aloft, along their entire

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Boeing delivers first 737 Max 9 to Thai Lion Air

Ten months after handing over the first 737 Max 8, Boeing has now delivered the second major variant in re-engined single-aisle family with Thai Lion Air taking the first 737-9 in a 21 March ceremony in Renton, Washington. The stretched single-aisle powered by CFM International Leap-1B engines completed a 10-month certification effort in January, clearing

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Super Star Lockheed Constellation Project Moving to Germany

Lufthansa Technik will jump start major restoration effort after settling class action lawsuit. About 70 mechanics at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport in Auburn, Maine, will soon be out of a job. The mechanics were hired to work on a major restoration project of a Lockheed L-1649A Constellation Starliner named Super Star, which has been in

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‘No big technology push’ required for NMA: Boeing

Boeing intends to employ “proven and understood” technologies, rather than radical new ones, on its proposed New Mid-market Airplane (NMA). Randy Tinseth, marketing vice-president for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Industrials Conference in London today that the airframer envisioned, at present, an aircraft that would be “a little

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