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July 29, 2014, 5:30 PM

Can a glider fly to more than 90,000 feet? That’s the question the Perlan Project, a nonprofit aeronautical and atmospheric research organization, hopes to answer in a partnership with Airbus Group that was announced this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis.

July 29, 2014, 5:00 PM

Safran’s SMA general aviation engine unit plans to deliver 90 of its SR305-230E four-cylinder general aviation diesel engines this year for Cessna’s 182 JT-A and other aircraft such as the OAP Delfin, company CEO Thierry Hurtes said today at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. The engine, which has a TBO of 2,400 hours, has already received EASA and FAA certification.

July 29, 2014, 4:42 PM

The International Civil Aviation Organization has agreed to establish a task force early next week to identify “gaps” in the system used by the airline industry to assess risk of flying over conflict zones.

July 29, 2014, 4:30 PM

Czech airframer Aero Vodochody has confirmed two customers for most, possibly all, of the L-159 advanced light combat aircraft (ALCA) that were surplus to Czech air force requirements. American tactical flight support contractor Draken International will acquire up to 28 aircraft, redesignated L-159E. Meanwhile, a deal with Iraq finally reached the contract stage last month, an Aero Vodochody spokesman told AIN at the Farnborough Air Show.

July 29, 2014, 3:45 PM

The Embraer Phenom 300 handed over to NetJets on Friday at Embraer Executive Jets’ Melbourne, Fla. facility marked three major milestones for the light jet program. It not only was the 25th Phenom 300 delivered to the fractional aircraft provider, it was also the 200th Phenom 300 and the 75th U.S.-assembled Phenom.

July 29, 2014, 3:45 PM

Fledgling airframer Icon is showing off the first production version of its A5 light sport aircraft this week at EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis. Unveiled at the show, engineering serial number 1 (ESN-1), is the first of the company’s aircraft to be built from the production design, using production tooling, methods and components.

July 29, 2014, 3:40 PM

The first production HondaJet–N420EX, which has a “deep-green-pearl” paint scheme–made its public debut yesterday at EAA AirVenture 2014 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis., just one month after the aircraft first flew from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Following a celebratory event at AirVenture’s Boeing Square, the HondaJet concluded the day with a flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.

July 29, 2014, 3:35 PM

Dassault Aviation received orders for 38 Falcons in the first half of this year while delivering 25, CEO Eric Trappier announced on Friday in Paris. The orders were worth €1.6 billion ($2.2 billion), a 29-percent increase over the same period in 2013 and a continuous improvement since the first half of 2011.

July 29, 2014, 3:30 PM

Concorde Battery announced it has received TSO approval for its RG-641, the latest addition to its RG series of valve-regulated sealed lead-acid aircraft batteries. Designed specifically to meet demanding turbine engine starting applications, the new battery passed rigorous TSO C-173 testing for duty cycle, electrical performance, temperature extremes, shock/vibration and environmental conditions. This latest approval brings the total of the West Covina, Calif.-based company’s TSO-authorized part numbers to 87.

July 29, 2014, 3:30 PM

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), an avid pilot and co-chair of the House Aviation Caucus, again pressed FAA Administrator Michael Huerta today to set up a loan-guarantee program for owners and operators to finance NextGen avionics upgrades. In a letter to Huerta, Graves reiterated that the 2012 FAA reauthorization bill gave the agency the “authority to, via a partnership with a private intermediary, provide loan guarantees of up to 90 percent of the principal amount…to assist commercial and general aviation aircraft seeking to purchase and install the necessary equipment.”

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