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July 22, 2014, Burbank, CA. USA: Think Global Flight, in partnership with Ardwin Freight will depart from Burbank, CA for completion of its around the world flight to promote and inspire students in a Citation Mustang under Captain Judy Rice's command. Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin Sahakain.

This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ and Baton Rouge, LA. The national tour was completed in a Cirrus SR22T, donated by Ascension Aircraft at Peachtree DeKalb airport in Atlanta. The addition of Ardwin Freight's Citation Mustang broadens a greater representation of general aviation completing the flight in various aircraft.

Captain Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer recently completed Think Global Flight's national tour across the nation interacting with students discussing careers in aviation and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) education.

VIP supporters present during the Think Global Flight official launch at SUN 'n FUN included Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee. Supporters and endorsers include some of the following: Ascension Aircraft, Air Journey, AOPA, AVweb, Jeppesen, Spidertracks, Sennheiser, and Signature Flight Support. For a complete list of donors, visit: www.thinkglobalflight.org/sponsors

In support of the effort, Buzz Aldrin will join the Crew on its global journey. Buzz shares his support, "Back when I was privileged to be a part of the Apollo program no one had ever heard of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). S.T.E.M. is exactly the focus of Think Global Flight (TGF) reaching over 20,000 students and why I strongly support Captain Judy and TGF."

Think Global Flight has set up Student Command Centers around the world, allowing teachers, students, and others to participate with the flight through the Think Global Flight APP for iPhone, Androids, and iPads. Currently, there are 20,000 participants in 25 countries and 31 U.S. States.

To follow the around the world flight in real time, download the Think Global Flight APP for iOS and Android devices by searching "Think Global Flight App" on your mobile device and download for free.

For more information, registrations, donations, and a complete list of donors go to: www.thinkglobalflight.org or contact

July 22, 2014, Burbank, CA. USA:  Think Global Flight, in  partnership with Ardwin Freight will depart from Burbank, CA for completion of its around the world flight to promote and inspire students in a Citation Mustang under Captain Judy Rice’s command.  Second Officer will be Ardwin Freight president and owner, Edwin Sahakain.

This effort was launched in a Cirrus SR20 donated by Guidance Aviation of Prescott, AZ and Baton Rouge, LA.  The national tour was completed in a Cirrus SR22T, donated by Ascension Aircraft at Peachtree DeKalb airport in Atlanta.  The addition of Ardwin Freight’s Citation Mustang broadens a greater representation of general aviation completing the flight in various aircraft. 

Captain Rice and Navigator Fred Nauer recently completed Think Global Flight’s national tour across the nation interacting with students discussing careers in aviation and the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) education.

VIP supporters present during the Think Global Flight official launch at SUN ‘n FUN included Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, and Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee.  Supporters and endorsers include some of the following: Ascension Aircraft, Air Journey, AOPA, AVweb, Jeppesen, Spidertracks, Sennheiser, and Signature Flight Support.  For a complete list of donors, visit: www.thinkglobalflight.org/sponsors

In support of the effort, Buzz Aldrin will join the Crew on its global journey.  Buzz shares his support, “Back when I was privileged to be a part of the Apollo program no one had ever heard of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  S.T.E.M. is exactly the focus of Think Global Flight (TGF) reaching over 20,000 students and why I strongly support Captain Judy and TGF.”

Think Global Flight has set up Student Command Centers around the world, allowing teachers, students, and others to participate with the flight through the Think Global Flight APP for iPhone, Androids, and iPads.  Currently, there are 20,000 participants in 25 countries and 31 U.S. States.

To follow the around the world flight in real time, download the Think Global Flight APP for iOS and Android devices by searching "Think Global Flight App" on your mobile device and download for free.

For more information, registrations, donations, and a complete list of donors go to: www.thinkglobalflight.org or contact

July 9, 2014- Sporty's welcomes showgoers to its big tent

Sporty's will provide a shopping experience for showgoers who enter Sporty's big tent. Even larger than last year, Sporty's will show pilots what's new and what they need now in a 16,000-square foot display.

"Sporty's has relocated its pilot shop to Oshkosh for the week," says Sporty's Vice President John Zimmerman. "We want showgoers to get up close, try out, hold, and examine the array of products we have."

In addition to some exciting new products on display, the interactive pilot shop will have a headset demo station where pilots can compare comfort and fit of a variety of headsets side by side. Another area is set aside to demonstrate cockpit video cameras from GoPro and Garmin. Book signings will take place, and Sporty's staff, including flight instructors, will be on hand to demonstrate the Stratus ADS-B receiver, new online training courses and apps, and help customers make just the right purchase.

For those interested in services at Sporty's Flight Center at Clermont County Airport in Cincinnati, representatives will also be on hand from Sporty's Flight School, Sporty's Cincinnati Avionics and Sandy's Airpark at Sporty's.

Sporty's tent is located in #260 outside of Exhibit Hangar B.

Sporty's Hosts Forums, Too

Sporty's staff will present forums on ADS-B, iPad flying and Young Eagles at the following dates and times:

Tuesday, July 29 8:30 A.M. - 9:45 A.M.
Advanced iPad Flying Tips
Forum 7
John Zimmerman

Thursday, July 31 1:00 P.M. - 2:15 P.M.
ADS-B and the iPad
Forum 8
John Zimmerman

Thursday, July 31 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Advanced iPad
AOPA Tent
Bret Koebbe

Saturday, August 2 11:30 A.M. - 12:45 P.M.
iPad 101
Forum 11
Bret Koebbe

"Like most aviation companies, a year of planning goes into our presence in Oshkosh," says Zimmerman. "Anyone who is anyone is aviation will be there. It's the place to be."

About Sporty's
Now in its 52nd year, Sporty's has grown from a one-man operation launched by Hal Shevers to the world's largest pilot shop and an iconic general aviation brand. Sporty's operations extend to airport management, avionics installation and repair, aircraft maintenance, a residential airport community, new aircraft sales and flight training, including for the University of Cincinnati's professional pilot program. Located at Clermont County/Sporty's Airport (I69), Sporty's is philanthropically dedicated to expanding the general aviation community with both pilots and skilled technicians.

Contact Information
Mark Wiesenhahn
513.735.9100 ext. 338
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WICHITA, Kan., June 10, 2014 – Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. company (NYSE:TXT) today kicked off of the third annual Discover Flying Challenge (DFC) during a launch event in Wichita, Kan. Eight DFC participants will take part in this unique internship promoting interest in general aviation and engaging aviation enthusiasts across the country.

Six of the interns will pilot Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft for summer-long excursions across the United States. The other two interns will assist in scheduling and dispatching the pilot interns during the program.

"The Discover Flying Challenge continues to be a coveted opportunity for the participants and we have another strong group ready to continue the tradition of sharing our passion for flying," said Joe Hepburn, senior vice president, Piston Aircraft. "The enthusiasm of our interns is contagious, and we're thrilled to get them in the air in their customized Cessna 172 Skyhawks."

The DFC participants helped kick off this year's Discover Flying Challenge with a launch event at Textron Aviation. After individual introductions, the pilots performed a synchronized engine start before departing for their respective regions around the U.S.

The pilots' progress and scheduled events can be followed at dfc.openairplane.com, which provides detailed itineraries and a map of appearances.

"OpenAirplane is proud to be part of the Discover Flying Challenge. Pilots use our mapping tool to ind available airplanes across the country. Now everyone can use the same technology to find these events. It's a great way bring the experience a new audience," said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane.

Past Discover Flying Challenge participants have continued their careers in aviation after the internship, including many who have accepted positions with Cessna.

For more information on the Discover Flying Challenge participants, you may read their biographies at cessnadfc.com or follow them through the Discover Flying Challenge Facebook page. You may also learn more about the Discover Flying Challenge by following @Cessna with the "#DFC14" hashtag on Cessna's Twitter page.

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) informs the aviation industry of potential non-conforming Military Specifications (MS), Army Navy Standards (AN) and National Aerospace Standards (NAS) fasteners. The SAIB applies to manufacturers, owners, operators, and maintenance personnel of airplanes, rotorcraft, engines and appliances. This SAIB also asks the aviation industry to report fastener failures and other non-conformities. This bulletin focuses on MS 21042 nuts due to their wide usage in aviation, but is relevant to all other standard fasteners.
At this time, the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition and does not warrant an airworthiness directive (AD) action under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 39. However, a significant number of past ADs noted possible unsafe conditions caused by non-conforming fasteners.

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to alert owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Model 177RG and Reims Model F177RG airplanes of an airworthiness concern, specifically the need to inspect the MLG actuator rod end bearing to ensure that cracks are not present.

This Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin is to alert owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of Cessna 300 and 400 Models and Series of an airworthiness concern, specifically the need to inspect the main landing gear (MLG) torque link assembly to ensure the correct thickness washers are installed and to ensure the washers are installed in the correct position.

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EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (May 30, 2014) — The 70th anniversary of the massive D-Day invasion of World War II will be commemorated at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh on June 6-7, including programs with veterans of the Allied offensive that began on June 6, 1944.

Friday, June 6, marks 70 years after 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. According to the U.S. Army archives, General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foothold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high: More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but more than 100,000 soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

“We feel it’s important to honor these veterans for their service at Normandy and throughout the war,” said Bob Campbell, EAA AirVenture Museum director. “Time is taking these members of ‘The Greatest Generation’ from our midst, so this anniversary is a fitting time to mark this historic moment in our history.”

The June 6 activities will begin at 11 a.m. in EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar, which honors the men and women who served and the aircraft of the World War II era. Included in the event are:

11 a.m.: Brief program commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
12:30-3 p.m.: Various D-Day and World War II veterans at Eagle Hangar to recall their wartime experiences. Visitors may also climb inside the cockpits of several World War II-era aircraft
7 p.m.: Free presentation in the Eagle Hangar with World War II veteran Eugene Schultz of Milwaukee, a member of Gen. George Patton’s Third Army headquarters staff
On Saturday, June 7, World War II-era aircraft, military vehicles, and re-enactors will be on display outside the museum and its Pioneer Airport. These activities include a 1 p.m. flyover by an iconic P-51 Mustang fighter aircraft.

All activities are included with regular museum admission, except the free Eagle Hangar presentation on Friday evening, June 6.

Coppell, TX, May 20, 2014 — Keith Chatten, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the FAA has approved a Global Alternative Method of Compliance (Global AMOC) for the recent revision of FAA AD 2014-05-29. The original AD was issued for certain Continental Motors, Inc., (CMI) (IO-520, TSIO-520, and IO-550 series reciprocating engines with certain Superior Air Parts investment cast cylinder assemblies installed.
“Under the guidelines of this new Global AMOC, owners of aircraft who have over 12-years on their affected Millennium Cylinders, but have not yet reached TBO, will be able to alternately comply with the AD through ongoing inspections of their cylinders,” Chatten said. “These tests include visual inspection, compression check, leak check, and a borescope inspection every 50-flight hours or during an annual. Whichever comes first.”
Chatten also explained that cylinders that pass the tests could continue to fly until the aircraft reaches hourly or the mandated 17-year time-in-service limit. “Owners whose engines fall outside of the AMOC’s guidelines will still have to adhere to the AD as it was initially published,” he stated.


Here is a summary of the FAA approved compliance guidelines for the Superior Global AMOC: Upon reaching 12 years TIS, but less than the published engine model Time in Service (TIS), perform the following tests and inspections at 50-hour intervals or annually, whichever comes first. Upon reaching 17 years TIS, the remaining affected cylinders must be replaced.


1: Visually inspect each affected cylinder.
2: Compression check.
3: Leak check.
4: Borescope inspection.


NOTE: For more detailed information regarding the actual Global AMOC compliance procedures, please refer to Superior Air Parts Service Bulletin B14-01, dated May 19, 2014 or call Brent Henman, Customer Service Manager, Superior Air Parts at: 972.829.4635.
“We estimate that by approving our Global AMOC procedures, the FAA has safely eased a considerable immediate financial burden from upwards of 1,000 affected aircraft owners,” Chatten said. “It took a combined effort by representatives from the AOPA, FAA, and Superior’s engineering team to develop and approve this AMOC in such a short time.”
“Superior Air Parts remains committed to serving the flying public for the long haul,” he continued. “Although others in the industry are trying to capitalize on an unfortunate situation, this AMOC just one example of how our industry and the FAA can work together to reach a solution that mitigates a problem, while minimizing the cost to owners.”
“On behalf of all everyone at Superior Air Parts, our distributors and our many customers, I would like to personally thank the representatives from the AOPA and the FAA’s Fort Worth ACO (Aircraft Certification Office) and the FAA’s Boston AEG (Aircraft Evaluation Group) for their efforts to reach a positive solution,” he added. “We will continue to work with the FAA and AOPA to find ways to reduce the burden of this AD on aircraft owners.”
About Superior Air Parts, Inc.
Superior Air Parts, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Superior Aviation Beijing, is a leading manufacturer of FAA approved aftermarket replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. In addition, the company manufactures the FAA certified Vantage Engine and the XP-Series Engine family for experimental and sport aircraft builders. For more information, visit: www.superiorairparts.com

Contact:
Dale Smith
Media Relations Representative
Superior Air Parts, Inc.
904.400.1000


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San Antonio, TX May 15, 2014 Danbury Aerospace, the parent for ECI Inc., submitted comments to the docket for the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) regarding a proposed Airworthiness Directive (AD) to address certain types of manufacturer-approved cylinder assemblies.

 

Danbury's comments addressed both the rulemaking procedures utilized by the FAA and also sought to assist the agency in clarifying the figures contained in its economic analysis. By working with regulators to accurately define overall cost of compliance, the company will ensure the proposed rule receives the thorough scrutiny it deserves.

 

Over the past decade, aircraft have enjoyed a period of unsurpassed reliability from ECI's cylinder assemblies. Improvements in production resources and procedures have had a remarkable impact on continued operational safety. Additionally, the installation of engine monitoring equipment in a large number of general aviation airplanes has enhanced reliability and safety for all engine component manufacturers. The data that is available from the monitoring systems will prove to be a powerful tool for improving safety in the years to come.

 

The general aviation community has taken notice of this success, and they have been very outspoken in opposition to the proposed regulatory action. More than 560 comments were submitted to the FAA's docket from members of the public, pilots, industry groups and aviation experts, with the vast majority strongly arguing that the regulatory action proposed should not be implemented.

 

"We look forward to working with the FAA to guarantee world-class products for our customers and the flying public," said Bob Rasmussen, president of Danbury Aerospace."We applaud the agency for wanting to make rules that enhance safety through a process that accepts public inputs which are essential to a fair and balanced approach to the regulatory decision."   

 

For more information concerning this release:

Idalia Herrera

media direct line: 210-820-2407

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