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Business aircraft operators are seeing sharp hikes to their insurance premiums when it comes time to renew their coverage or insure a new aircraft. However, there are steps they can take to minimize those increases.

Worldwide sales of avionics to the business and general aviation segments surpassed $2.28 billion for the first nine months of 2019, a 14.3-percent increase over the comparable 2018 period that continues a trend of steady growth, said an industry report.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a warning today that holiday laser-light displays aimed at houses become potentially dangerous when aimed into the sky.

The dirt runway is much nicer than anticipated. It’s 4,200 feet long, well-groomed, and flanked by an asphalt shoulder and ramp. Even the restroom buildings are remarkable—two well-built and nicely appointed bathrooms that seem incongruous in this dusty brown desert environment.

The world of aerospace increasingly relies on carbon fiber reinforced polymer composites to build the structures of satellites, rockets and jet aircraft. But the life of those materials is limited by how they handle heat. Engineers are now developing a design for a heat shield that better protects those extremely fast machines.

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published a nine-month industry update with the release of its third quarter general aviation aircraft shipments and billings report. Aggregate business jet and piston airplane deliveries continued experiencing increases through the first nine months of 2019 compared to last year, whereas the number of turboprops and rotorcraft deliveries declined.

A President of the United States (POTUS) TFR for Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and the surrounding area will be in effect any time President Donald Trump is at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, FL. The TFR will be activated via NOTAM.

The family that has owned and published Trade-A-Plane since Cosby Harrison launched the publication from a kitchen table in 1937 has pulled the plug on print to focus on a digital future.

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is pleased to announce that it has submitted proposed changes to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 409: Standard on Aircraft Hangars addressing the issue of foam fire suppression systems in aircraft hangars. NATA’s comments were developed through a collaboration with its members and the aviation industry. The Association’s comments were also based on the University of Maryland’s research report, "Review of Foam Fire Suppression System Discharges in Aircraft Hangars," written by Dr. James Milke and undergraduate students from the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, of which Dr. Milke serves as Chair.

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today congratulated Joan Sullivan Garrett – a former NBAA Board member and NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award recipient – as an inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) Class of 2020, in recognition of her visionary work as the founder of MedAire, the first aviation global medical emergency response company. Garrett will be formally enshrined at a September 2020, ceremony in Dayton, OH.

United hosts AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium. Young people can do anything they set out to do as long as they have encouragement and a good support team, said former U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration squadron commander Kevin Robbins in a keynote during the fifth annual AOPA High School Aviation STEM Symposium November 10 through 12 in Denver.

The Florida Aviation Business Association (FABA) was pleased to present Martin (Marty) Hiller with his recognition as the 2019 FABA Hall of Fame Inductee at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

On October 24th, students from the Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) visited the Boca Raton Airport to tour the facilities and to learn about the diverse career opportunities available in the aviation field.

ProJet Aviation leader Shye Gilad told a hangar packed with young people how a cadre of college friends pooled $400 to help him pursue flight training when he was working in a restaurant and scraping coins together to make ends meet. “That was my first scholarship,” Gilad told them as he paid it forward and helped award $354,441 during the fourteenth annual Aviation Education and Career Expo in Leesburg, Virginia, November 1.

After two days of brutal, back-to-back grilling in Washington that, among other things, focused on the size of CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s compensation, the Boeing boss told the board of directors he would not be taking a bonus this year. But, then, neither are Boeing’s other managers. 

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