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September 18, 2013
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FAA may consider furloughing controllers again
Sources say the Federal Aviation Administration may again consider furloughing some employees, including air-traffic controllers, due to ongoing budget cuts. AOPA is urging the FAA to minimize cuts to weather stations and other services used by general aviation. "We’re in for some pretty tough times," said Melissa Rudinger, AOPA's senior vice president for government affairs. "Certainly we anticipate something similar to earlier this year." Bloomberg (9/18)
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Cessna to develop light attack jet
Cessna parent Textron announced it has partnered with AirLand Enterprises, a small startup, to develop the Scorpion, a new light attack jet. The aircraft is supposed to be inexpensive to build and operate with a surveillance platform and strike capability. Many in the industry are asking why the company is spending money on the development of such an aircraft, when unmanned aerial vehicles are already serving that purpose. AVweb (9/17), Flying online (9/17), AOPA Online (9/17)
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JetCharters.com aims to stop illegal charters
JetCharters.com, an Atlanta-based air charter marketplace, hopes to combat illegal charter operators with a new common industry audit standard. The company has recently teamed up with The Air Charter Safety Foundation. Financial News Online (U.K.) (free content) (9/18)
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Learjet looks at autonomous refueling possibilities
Learjet is researching the possibilities of using unmanned aerial vehicles for autonomous aerial refueling. The program run at Navy Pax River is designed to demonstrate that UAVs can safely approach and maneuver around tanker aircraft. Jetwhine.com (9/16)
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FAA: Budget cuts threaten transition to NextGen
Leaders of the Department of Transportation plan to meet on Thursday to create different budget scenarios for the Federal Aviation Administration, which could affect NextGen funding. "This uncertainty undermines the roadmap that the FAA and Congress laid out for NextGen," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in July. Government Executive (9/13)
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