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Epic Aircraft Wants to Expand in Oregon

Dec 09, 2012 No Comments

A kit-plane manufacturer is eyeing a vacant manufacturing plant to expand its operations in Bend, Ore. The City Council voted last week to transfer a lease of airport land from Cessna Aircraft to Epic Aircraft, and officials say the two companies are negotiating on a sale of the building. Epic wanted Cessna’s vacant building to expand production beyond kit planes [...]

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Plane Believed to be Singer’s Found in Mexico

Dec 09, 2012 No Comments

The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Mexican-American music superstar Jenni Rivera was found in northern Mexico on Sunday and there are no apparent survivors, authorities said. Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said “everything points toward” it being the U.S.-registered Learjet 25 carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca, outside [...]

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Influential Double-Ace Fighter Pilot Dies at 88

Dec 09, 2012 1 Comment

Ralph Sherman Parr Jr., one of the most decorated military pilots in U.S. history, died Friday, joining the ranks of other legendary aviators who shaped today’s Air Force. Parr, a double ace in the Korean War, had undergone treatment for cancer in recent weeks at an assisted living facility in New Braunfels, Texas, where he died at [...]

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‘Smoke & Noise’ Highlights Harvard Aerobatic Team

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments

Dave, Pete, and Kent are three of the world’s most respected and talented low-altitude civilian pilots. “Smoke & Noise,” a new video produced by Lyte, brings you as close to the Canadian Harvard Aerobatics Team experience as possible without actually getting into their wartime aircraft. Following the team from rehearsal to the air show, we [...]

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Wildcat to Be Raised From Lake Michigan Friday

Dec 06, 2012 2 Comments

A submerged World War II fighter is scheduled to be raised from Lake Michigan Friday at the Waukegan, Ill., harbor. The plane, a Grumman (Eastern Aircraft) FM-2 Wildcat, had been sitting at the bottom of the lake off the Chicago shoreline for more than 65 years after crashing during a carrier operations training flight. The [...]

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Texas Warbird Group to Hold Christmas Night at the Museum

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments

The sights and sounds of warbirds will be featured  at the Greatest Generation Aircraft’s Christmas Night at the Museum tonight at the Vintage Flying Museum at Fort Worth’s Meacham Field at 505 NW 38th St. The stars of the event, the non-profit group’s holiday fundraiser, will be the GGA’s North American B-25 “Pacific Prowler,” Douglas C-47 “Southern [...]

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First U.S.-Built Phenom 300 Makes Inaugural Flight

Dec 06, 2012 No Comments

Embraer Executive Jets’ first made-in-the-USA Phenom 300 was rolled out and made its first flight yesterday. The aircraft joined the production line in September and Wednesday’s flight marks the anniversary of the maiden flight of the first Phenom 100 to be produced in the U.S. Delivery of the light Phenom 300, which seats up to [...]

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Boeing 787 Makes Emergency Landing as Inspections Ordered

Dec 05, 2012 No Comments

On the same day one of its new Dreamliners made an emergency landing because of a mechanical problem, Boeing said U.S. regulators had ordered the entire fleet of 787 jets to be inspected for a possible fuel line problem. The twin mechanical issues, while not necessarily uncommon, were yet another headache for Boeing, a company still [...]

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