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September 11, 2014, 3:03 PM

As concerns grow over whether recent accidents involved hypoxia, including the TBM900 crash on Friday, pilots might wonder about simple tools to help them detect when hypoxia is imminent or occurring. Though pressurized aircraft have alarms that warn when cabin altitude climbs too high, the ubiquitous mobile devices that most pilots carry can also pitch in to help.

September 11, 2014, 2:57 PM

Business aircraft management and charter company Hangar8 Aviation has launched a new repaint facility at its headquarters at London Oxford Airport to help sellers refresh their aircraft’s paint to make it more attractive to buyers. According to Hangar8, 16.5 percent of the 381 private jets in the UK are currently up for sale, making it a buyer’s market.

September 11, 2014, 2:53 PM

The NTSB is calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to work with the Interior Department to mitigate methane discharges from offshore energy platforms in the Gulf of Mexico when helicopters are present. The recommendation follows two power-loss incidents in helicopters that led to accidents, one in 2011 and the other last year, on or near offshore oil platforms.

September 11, 2014, 2:50 PM

USAIG has added aviation training company Aircare International to its Performance Vector safety initiative. The addition broadens the program’s options to include Aircare’s Facts Training aircrew emergency procedures courses, as well as mission safety and telemedical support services. This supplements Aircare’s one-day pilot emergency procedures course, which uses cabin egress and firefighting simulators and in-pool drills.

September 11, 2014, 2:45 PM

The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) presented its 2014 Award for Innovation in Aeronautics to Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino earlier this week at the 29th ICAS Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fujino was recognized by ICAS for his “pioneering contributions” in the design and development of the HondaJet and its over-the-wing engine-mount configuration. According to ICAS, “The award acknowledges accomplishments in the development and introduction of innovative concepts in major aircraft programs.”

September 11, 2014, 2:40 PM

The FAA extended until October 6 the comment period for its proposal to clarify the agency’s policy that hangars are to be used only for storage or maintenance of aircraft. Compliance inspections have found that some hangars are “routinely used” to store vehicles and large household items. “In some cases, this storage interferes with, or entirely displaces, aeronautical use of the hangar,” the FAA said.

September 11, 2014, 2:35 PM

Bombardier Aerospace said there is still a “small window of time” to register for its 2014 U.S. Safety Standdown, a free four-day aviation safety seminar that will be held in Wichita from October 6 to 9. This year’s theme is “attention control techniques.” Space is limited and workshops are filling up fast, Bombardier said, with several already showing a wait list. This year, the seminar will be split between interactive break-out and general sessions.

September 11, 2014, 2:30 PM

Former NBAA staffers Kathleen Blouin and William “Bill” Stine II will each receive NBAA’s Pillar of the Association Award, formerly known as the Staff Lifetime Achievement Award, next month at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

September 11, 2014, 11:33 AM
ShinMaywa US-2 amphibian

With a clear mandate from India’s 100-day-old government to make aerospace manufacturing a focus area for domestic and export markets, there is renewed interest by manufacturers to be in the forefront.

September 11, 2014, 9:47 AM
Lockheed Martin UClass

The U.S. Navy is advancing supporting elements of the planned Unmanned Carrier-Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike (UClass) program as it awaits direction on the air vehicle component of the system.

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