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A pair of Swiss explorers have begun a mission to circumnavigate the globe via air and sun. A take-off twelve years in the making, the experimental Solar Impulse 2 plane left Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. local time, bound for Muscat, Oman, on the first leg in a journey that will require 25 days in the air spread over a period of roughly 5 months.
Andrew Loder wants to be an airline pilot. But the 23-year-old Kansas State University senior, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical technology from the school’s Salina campus, will have to wait before he can sit in the right seat as a co-pilot of a regional airliner. That’s because of a rule implemented by the Federal Aviation Administration in July 2013. It requires pilots to have a minimum of 1,500 flying hours – up from 250 hours – before they can sit in the cockpit of a regional jet as a first officer.
Regional pilots working for low wages finally get their chance to move quickly up to the big leagues of heavy metal and significantly higher salaries—and college and flight school graduates gain access to the right seats of regional jets.
The Hank Hilsmann Memorial Scholarship was announced Jan. 15 by NBAA Charities in coordination with Dassault Falcon Jet Corp., CAE, and Flight Safety International, and will award two courses conducted at CAE maintenance training locations in Morristown, New Jersey; Dallas; or Little Rock, Arkansas; and at Flight Safety International in Dallas or Wilmington, Delaware, as well as travel expenses.
The Federal Aviation Administration has granted eight more regulatory exemptions for commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations, bringing the total number of exemption grants to 24. The agency has issued new exemptions to Total Safety U.S. Inc. for flare stack inspections, to Slugwear, Inc. (dba LikeonaTree Aerial) for aerial photography and surveys, and to Team 5, LLC; Shotover Camera Systems LP; Helinet Aviation Services, LLC; and Alan D. Purwin for film and television production.
DFW AIRPORT – The future of American Airlines flew into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just after 7 p.m. Friday.
The new generation jet is going to take air travel to a new level for American Airlines. The carrier plans to add 41 more of the aircraft to its fleet, with the possibility of dozens beyond that.
Much to the delight of aviation enthusiasts, the first passenger flight of the Airbus 350 lifted off Thursday from Frankfurt Germany bound for Doha Qatar. On board were two very special passengers, Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier and Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker.
The skies over North Texas will be a bit more crowded over the next few days as a bevy of private planes descend ahead of Monday’s first-ever College Football Playoff national championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Local transportation and aviation officials expect several hundred smaller planes — carrying Oregon and Ohio State boosters, corporate sponsors and fans — to head into the area’s regional airports.
FORT WORTH —
Garros’ adventure would mark the first-ever powered flight in Fort Worth, helping to eventually build North Texas as into a major aviation center.
On Saturday, members of the aviation community and public will gather at First Flight Park, 2700 Mercedes Ave., behind Montgomery Plaza, to celebrate the 104th anniversary of that flight.
The FAA released guidance to the law enforcement community explaining the legal framework for the agency’s oversight of aviation safety in the U.S., including UAS operations. The guidance describes how UAS and model aircraft can be operated legally, and the options for legal enforcement actions against unauthorized or unsafe UAS operators. The document also discusses the law enforcement community’s vital role in deterring, detecting and investigating unsafe operations.