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  • The City of Detroit is considering closing Coleman A. Young Municipal Airport saying the financial drain isn't sustainable. The airport is on Detroit's east side and has long been eyed for redevelopment. Its current financial status has city officials thinking it might not be a bad idea.
  • After first demoing the concept in 2015, Innovation Solutions and Support (IS&S) announced they're one step closer to bringing an autothrottle to the single-engine turbine PC-12. IS&S says the FAA has granted the Supplemental Type Certificate for their integrated PC-12 flight deck and that new avionics package includes compatibility with the IS&S autothrottle system. The FAA says, if approved, the IS&S PT6 autothrottle will be the first certified autothrottle system in a turboprop airplane.
  • Austro's 180-HP diesel and Jet-A burning AE330 has received EASA approval to extend time between overhaul to 1,800 hours based on the engine's operating history. Jurgen Heinrich, Managing Director of Austro Engine and Diamond Aircraft Austria, said, "Austro Engine products have proven their outstanding capabilities in versatile operation profiles all over the globe, generating countless stories of success for our partners. On a retrospective view, we are certainly proud of having set entirely new standards in engine reliability, quality and operational efficiency for our customers, whose appreciated involvement in continuous product and service improvements have been vital and the key to success."
  • Boeing is keeping pace with its aggressive rollout and test flight schedule, taking the slightly stretched 737 MAX 9 for its first flight on Tuesday morning under the command of Boeing Production Test Pilot Christine Walsh, who is also the Deputy Chief Pilot for the 737 MAX program. N7379E departed Renton, Washington, just under an hour after Boeing's scheduled 10 a.m. departure for a scheduled two-hour test flight ending at Moses Lake, where additional testing will likely be carried out by Boeing's regular certification consultants, AeroTEC.
  • A new Airworthiness Directive (AD) for the American Champion Aircraft (ACA) 8KCAB Super Decathlon, effective immediately, will require inspection of the aileron hinge rib and support in accordance with ACA's Feb. 17 service letter. The service letter and this AD were prompted by an incident in which a Super Decathlon with aileron hinge rib cracks experienced partial binding of the ailerons in flight.
  • Stemme AG, best known for its high-end motor gliders, the S10 and S12, has announced its merger with Remos AG, the German maker of the GX light sport aircraft. Remos has been making structural components for the Stemme motor gliders since 2014.
  • Sun 'n Fun's event last week "was the highest-attended show we've ever had," spokesperson Jackie Jenkins told AVweb on Tuesday. "There are still figures coming in, so I don't have specific figures for you yet," she added. The 25th Aero show, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, also was a success, the organizers said. "The show set two new records: 34,200 trade visitors from Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and around the world set a new attendance record at the industry expo," said spokesman Wolfgang Köhle.
  • GE Aviation has created a new modified version of its H series turboprop engine especially for aerobatic airplanes, the company said last week at Aero Friedrichshafen, in Germany, and is working with EASA to certify it by next year. Diamond Aircraft is among the manufacturers interested in the engine, for its Dart 450, GE's Nick Hurm told AVweb this week.
  • Electric-powered aircraft will gather for a fly-in at the Grenchen airport in Switzerland, Sept. 9-10, the first event of its kind in Europe. The organizers of the SmartFlyer Challenge say they expect a range of aircraft to attend, including the Hamilton aEro Twister single-seat aerobatic composite airplane, an Antares electric self-launching glider by Lange Aviation, the Siemens E-Fusion two-seater, a Pipistrel Alpha Electro, and Ruppert Composite's new Archaeopteryx W/N-3 single-seat motor glider.
  • Military officials plan to meet with airline executives next month to find ways to prevent the exodus of too many military-trained pilots to civilian jobs -- and one option may be to impose a "stop-loss" order that would force pilots to stay, Air Force Gen. Carlton Everhart, chief of the Air Mobility Command, told a Roll Call reporter.
  • I heard this on my scanner and almost fell out of my chair ... Jet Blue: "Jet Blue 123 climbing to eight thousand" ... No response ... Jet Blue: "Jet Blue 123 how do you hear? ... Bradley Approach: "With my ears: turn left direct Norwich VOR" .... Stephen Fogarty
  • When the crew of a full United flight from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, couldn't find any volunteers to give up their seats to accommodate the last-minute travel needs of company employees on Sunday, four random passengers were taken off the airplane by three uniformed officers -- and one man was dragged down the aisle on his back, with his glasses knocked askew, blood on his face and a horrified expression. The incidents were recorded by other passengers on their cellphones.
  • Quest Aircraft now has EASA certification for the Kodiak 100, the company announced last week at Aero Friedrichshafen. The single-engine turboprop, built in Sandpoint, Idaho, now is certified in more than 50 countries, the company said. "With its STOL capabilities, the Kodiak will allow European operators with large payloads to access many airstrips and locations that would previously have proven difficult," said Rob Wells, CEO of Quest.
  • Breitling's DC-3, which first flew in 1940, is now engaged in a round-the-world tour, with a summertime trip across the U.S. in the flight plan. The airplane, which once flew for American Airlines and the U.S. Army, was bought by Breitling in 2008 and fully restored. At 77 years old, it's the oldest airplane ever to undertake a round-the-world tour, according to Breitling.
  • If the idea of drones flying day and night through your neighborhood to deliver lattes and tacos is unsettling, a company in California offers a new option -- their drone can fly part of the way, but then land and drive itself quietly up to your doorstep. The VTOL Air/Ground Robot recently completed a delivery test near the headquarters of Advanced Tactics, in Torrance. It can carry payloads up to 15 pounds, and can handle rough terrain as well as sidewalks, the company said.
  • Eighty-two hot-air balloonists launched from England on Friday morning and flew 26 miles across the English Channel to land in France, in an attempt to set a new Guinness world record. The previous record was 49, set in 2011. Steve Mabbutt, one of the organizers of the effort, said, "Everybody is absolutely delighted," according to the UK Telegraph.
  • German aviation authorities created new regulations late last year that allow for the certification of ultralight helicopters, and at Aero Friedrichshafen this week, RotorSchmiede said it has a design in the works for the new category. The VA115 single-seat helicopter is targeted for the global "sports leisure" market, the company said, and will provide stable flight characteristics and "combine safety, fun, and cost-effectiveness."
  • A new company announced plans at Sun 'n Fun to build a Finnish LSA amphib in Maine. The Atol Avion will be built in Brunswick Landing.
  • Along with showing off its P2012 twin-prop commuter plane, Tecnam unveiled a slew of new features and updates for its fleet at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany this week. The P2006T twin, the company's top-selling airplane with 200 flying, now comes with the Garmin G1000 Nxi next-generation flight deck, ADS-B Out as a standard feature, and a new seat design.
  • New options are now available for the Piper M600, the company announced at Sun 'n Fun. Buyers now can choose to add the five-blade composite Hartzell prop, and also can select an interior/exterior upgrade package with a range of design choices. The five-blade prop reduces vibration, the company says, and comes with an unlimited life certification. It's available as a factory option on new aircraft.

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