The Senate released a draft Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill Thursday, the day after a controversial bill to continue FAA operations was introduced in the House of Representatives. Unlike the proposed House bill, the Senate version would keep air traffic control in the hands of the FAA.
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An aviation startup based in Denver called Boom said at the Paris Air Show that it plans to build a supersonic passenger airliner capable of flying from New York to London in 2.5 hours. The plane could be in service within six years, the company said.
California's Willows-Glenn County Airport is home to Nancy's Airport Cafe, an eatery that draws pilots from across the state for a piece of pie. Pilot Marty Blaker said the restaurant is a popular meeting place for recreational pilots: "Sometimes there may be a rendezvous of two, four, 18 planes that all coordinate and descend on an airport cafe, and Nancy's is a very popular Northern California destination for just such thing."
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Metal parts up to 35 cubic feet will be 3D printed with what GE plans as the world's largest laser-powder additive-manufacturing device. GE sees applications in aviation, including structural components for jet engines, and other industries, because the machine will be able to print in a variety of metals, including aluminum and titanium.
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Luke Closson of Valdosta, Ga., received the Federal Aviation Administration's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, which recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft. Closson graduated from the Air Force Academy and went on to fly for Delta Air Lines before becoming a lawyer, sometimes representing pilots and mechanics in matters involving the Federal Aviation Administration.
ATC privatization bill opposed; Cuba still an option
Legislation introduced June 21 that would privatize air traffic control was not welcomed by AOPA or other general aviation groups. Also this week, travel to Cuba remains an option, firefighters bring drones to the rescue, and a venerable air race gets under way with AOPA in the thick of the action. Watch AOPA Live This Week.
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