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Sixteen years after the first aerobatic pilot dropped in between the unmistakable inflatable pylons that mark the exhilarating Red Bull Air Race course, the competition is over.

As part of continued humanitarian efforts the Boca Raton Airport Authority will continue to waive Customs clearing fees for arrivals from the Bahamas until Sunday, November 17th.

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the first relief flights made by general aviation aircraft to the most devastated regions of the Bahamas were life sustaining. Relief organizations are still mobilizing to help the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian devastated the island chain.

Due to the overwhelming amount of donations and support, many of the FBO locations are FULL to capacity. Food and water has been extensively taken care of, but there are still certain supplies that are desperately needed. Please check the latest updates and call the location prior to dropping off.

At the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, over 100 small aircraft zoom around in races at hundreds of miles per hour over the high desert floor, maneuvering around giant courses. These aircraft range from tiny, home-built planes in the “sport” category, to full-on jets, to biplanes. All told, there are six different types of planes that compete.

The dangers posed by lead’s carcinogenic toxicity, whether it’s inhaled or absorbed into the bloodstream, have been well-known for decades. Lead is particularly harmful to children during their developmental years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began discussing a total ban on lead in automobile gasoline back in the mid-1980s and outlawed the heavy metal in all fuel sold in the United States nearly 25 years ago, with one exception: aviation gasoline, or avgas.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is seeking a $514,558 civil penalty against Aerospace Support International, LLC, of Doral, Fla., for allegedly selling ball bearings without the proper airworthiness documentation. The bearings are used in a component that ensures that the aircraft generator provides a steady stream of electrical power to the aircraft.

Industry leaders provide a roadmap for younger women who are pursuing careers in business aviation. The past 75 years have seen an evolution in the roles of women in aviation. From the formation of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in 1943 to today, women have gone from being an important but underrated element of aviation in World War II, to now holding key leadership positions.

The destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Dorian – particularly in the island nation of the Bahamas – has prompted a huge, and what undoubtedly will be a long-lasting, humanitarian response from the business aviation community. Volunteers are gearing up at airports across Florida and elsewhere, ready to start flying supplies and relief missions as early as Friday to the Bahamas.

In the wake of a pair of deadly helicopter crashes in Hawaii, U.S. Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) has introduced a bill designed to impose more stringent restrictions on aircrafts flying lower than 1,500 feet above ground level. 

The National Weather Service, which launched the Graphical Forecasts for Aviation tool for the continental U.S. in October 2017, recently expanded the coverage area to include the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the New York Oceanic region, including Bermuda.

Flight Design, maker of the bestselling CTLS series of Light Sport aircraft, mounted a Siemens motor on the new F2 to create an electric edition for certification. The F2e made its public flight debut in Germany in June.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a security alert (ICS-ALERT-19-211-01 CAN Bus Network Implementation in Avionics) warning of cyber vulnerability in general aviation aircraft that could allow nefarious entities to alter an aircraft’s altitude, airspeed and angle of attack by manipulating the aircraft’s Controller Area Network (CAN) bus system.

Although hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30, the vast majority of storms form from mid-August to late October. The peak is Sept. 10. Two weeks early of peak season, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 26 Florida counties on Wednesday, including all of South Florida, as Hurricane Dorian approaches.

The 5th Annual International GIAD will be held October 5, 2019, at locations around the world, hosted by both WAI chapters and corporate members.

On Aug. 9 at the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, a Cessna 206 under robotic control flew a first solo that lasted for two hours. Alas, there were no shirttails to cut.

An 18-month-long study attempts to find out. The vision of a drone-filled future involves tiny buzzing pieces of plastic and lithium-ion filling the skies above us. 

In business aviation, sales slumps are usually broken by the arrival of new products – and the latest shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) shows that rule still holds true.

NOAA has awarded contracts to two U.S. manufacturers for the purchase of new aircraft that will augment the agency’s environmental data-gathering capabilities.

In the 100-plus years since man first slipped the surly bonds of earth, aviation has transformed our world, providing travelers with unparalleled mobility, creating millions of jobs, enabling global economic growth and bringing people together.

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