FAA certifies aerobatic airplane | Cessna 195s gathered in Ky. for annual meeting | Historic hangar to be restored by Conn. museum
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November 19, 2012
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FAA certifies aerobatic airplane
The Federal Aviation Administration has issued a certification for the XA42 aerobatic airplane built by the German-based company XtremeAir GmbH. The aircraft's fuselage and structural design are made entirely of carbon fiber composite. The two-seater and its single-seat counterpart the XA41 are equipped with a 315hp Lycoming AEIO-580-B1A piston engine, said company officials. General Aviation News (11/18)
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Cessna 195s gathered in Ky. for annual meeting
Members of the International Cessna 195 Club gathered in Frankfort, Ky., for the 42nd annual meeting on the last weekend of September. Participants enjoyed each other's company in the air and on the ground, and enjoyed a dinner sponsored by the Kentucky Institute of Aerospace Education. General Aviation News (11/18)
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Historic hangar to be restored by Conn. museum
Members of the Connecticut Air & Space Center museum are restoring the historic Curtiss Hangar at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. The hangar once hosted aviation greats Charles Lindbergh, Igor Sikorsky, Amelia Earhart and Howard Hughes. Patch.com/Stratford, CT (11/19)
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Fla. airport opens self-service fueling
Tallahassee Regional Airport in Florida is now offering a self-service fueling option for owners and operators of general aviation aircraft. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Tuesday and will also show off the airport's completed north-south runway extension. Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (11/17)
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UAVs could help with future hurricane relief
Regulators say they have a potential solution to the havoc a hurricane can wreak on telecommunications networks: Wi-Fi provided by unmanned aerial vehicles. The Federal Communications Commission is researching the use of airborne technology to aid disaster relief efforts. The Huffington Post (11/15)
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EU aims to postpone auctions of airline carbon allowances for 2012
The European Commission has requested the suspension of auctions that would sell 2012 carbon allowances for airlines. "The commission will provide more information about the volume and timing of 2012 aviation allowance auctions in due course, so as to ensure that the appropriate volume is auctioned by April 2013," said a statement on the EC's website. Bloomberg Businessweek (11/16), Airwise/Reuters (11/19)
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New flight plan requirements in effect
A Nov. 15 transition to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) flight plans triggered confusion, with AOPA Pilot Information Center staff fielding calls from members concerned that a major shift in flight plan filing procedures had taken effect. AOPA Online.
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AOPA seeks events coordinator
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