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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Business & General Aviation News North America) Jun 16, 2013

Frank Lautenberg Dies: New Jersey Senator Banned Smoking on Domestic Flights Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) died on May 30 of viral pneumonia. The 89-year-old five-term senator was well known by travelers as the public advocate that banned smoking on domestic flights. Lautenberg told the Senate in 1989, when the ban was passed, OWith this legislation, nonsmokers, including children and infants, will be free from secondhand smoke. Working flight attendants will avoid a hazard that has jeopardized their health and their jobs.O Lautenberg was also a frequent and fierce advocate for Amtrak. U.S. Department of Transportation, Ray LaHood paid tribute to Lautenberg and his legecy in transportation by saying: "Today, the people of New Jersey and the nation as a whole lost a true champion with the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg. FrankOs tireless advocacy for transportation safety saved many lives [ETH] he truly was the Safety Senator. His commitment to public transit also helped provide millions of working Americans with affordable transportation options in their communities, evident in the success of NJ Transit, Amtrak and many of the ways that people move around America today. As a friend, colleague, and leader, he will be missed." Lautenberg was also remembered by The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), which said in a statement: OOur hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a great leader who has been instrumental in bettering the lives of all Americans through his lifetime of dedicated service. For nearly thirty years as an elected leader, Senator Lautenberg has been a champion of numerous Flight Attendant issues that have had tremendous impact on our profession." OIn 1989, AFA worked closely with the Senator to pass legislation that banned smoking on all domestic flights. His foresight and leadership were invaluable in pioneering the trend of smoke-free workplaces, and safer skies for passengers and crews. AFAOs long history on working together with the Senator on vital issues continued recently when last week, Senator Lautenberg co-sponsored legislation to OKeep Knives Out of Our Skies.O Senator LautenbergOs contributions to our industry have been innumerable. OOur condolences go out to the entire Lautenberg family. We are so grateful to his loved ones for their generosity in sharing such a great leader with New Jersey and our entire country. It has been an incredible honor to work alongside such an inspirational figure for three decades. We are grateful for the opportunity to have Senator Lautenberg as a key ally and will keep his spirit of service with us always.O Jun 15, 2013

Helicopter Day at Ga. museum gives guests close look at aircraft Marietta Museum of History in Georgia hosted Helicopter Day on Sunday. The museum's Aviation Wing featured a number of retired helicopters, offering guests the chance to get up close to the aircraft. Jun 15, 2013

Surf Air Receives FAA Approval; Private Air Travel Service Ready to Embark on a Revolution The highly anticipated membership-based private air service, Surf Air, today announced the receipt of its FAA Operating Certificate and a B round of funding led by Velos Partners and Base Ventures. Funding will enable Surf Air to grow its expanding team of industry-leading pilots and customer care associates and scale for future growth. "The current airline industry is flawed and bogged down by bureaucracy and red tape -- it's begging for disruption and innovation, especially when it comes to business or commuter-style air travel," said Jared Reitzin, CEO of MobileStorm, Inc., and potential Member. "Surf Air is the first emerging company I've seen that truly gets and marries simplified travel and an enhanced customer-centric experience." Starting June 12, Surf Air will introduce its Founding Members to a new, convenient and affordable way of air travel between the Los Angeles metro area and San Francisco Bay Area. For a nominal monthly fee, Members will have access to unlimited monthly intrastate flights and guest passes, exclusive member events and access to the first-class members-only concierge service. "As investors we try to back smart founders pursuing bold ideas," said Erik Moore, early investor in Zappos and founder and managing director of Base Ventures. "It's clear that people are craving a service like Surf Air based on the number of people who have signed up for membership at the concept stage and well before the service was available." Surf Air plans to expand its routes in the coming months. For more information visit us at, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Jun 15, 2013

FAA report on L.A. helicopter noise draws fire A new Federal Aviation Administration report recommended taking a cooperative approach to reducing noise from helicopters flying over Los Angeles, rather than imposing new regulations. The report drew fire from lawmakers. "Voluntary measures in the past have provided little relief for residents, and I am skeptical that without a determined effort to oversee them by the FAA that they will do so now," said Democratic U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, a co-sponsor of legislation to regulate helicopter flights in Los Angeles County. Jun 13, 2013

Teen-owned company organizes flights on vintage jets The Calif.-based company Classic Jet Tours organizes charter flights aboard vintage jets for aviation enthusiasts. Sean Burris, the 18-year-old founder, said the idea for the company was born during his childhood love of aviation. Passengers get the flight, plus the chance to explore the aircraft and meet the pilots. Jun 13, 2013

Researchers hope to adapt mind-controlled heli technology to medicine

Researchers at the University of Minnesota say they have developed a model helicopter that can be flown through an obstacle course by thought alone. The "pilot" wears a cap of electrodes, which convert brainwaves into commands. The research team says it hopes to adapt the technology for neural prosthetics. Jun 12, 2013

Teen pilot completes first solo in grandfather's biplane Flying is in 17-year-old Cormac Siegfried's blood. He recently completed his first solo flight in his grandfather's World War II-era Stearman PT 17 biplane. "It went smoothly. The second two landings weren't my best landings ever, but I made it to the ground without breaking anything, which is all right," Siegfried said. Jun 12, 2013

FAA Approves Eclipse Jet Extended Service Life Eclipse Aerospace announced at the Eclipse Aerospace Customer Event, held at the Albuquerque production facility, that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the extension of the service life of the Eclipse 500 & 550 aircraft to 20,000 hours / 20,000 cycles with unlimited calendar life. This provides the typical Eclipse Jet owner with over 50 years of safe operation and improved airframe residual value. "Once again, Eclipse has delivered on our commitment to our customers. To reach this goal, Eclipse invested hundreds of hours and several million dollars into this project. An actual Eclipse Jet was subject to the movements, loads, and fatigue that would normally be experienced over more than 60,000 flight operations. This testing also validated the strength and superiority of our patented Friction Stir Welding process," said Cary Winter, SVP of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Technical Operations. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) is the cornerstone of Eclipse's success in improving airframe strength. The FSW process, which is unique in aviation to Eclipse Aerospace, replaces the requirement to manually drill holes and install over 7,000 rivets in the airframe. Because rivet holes create opportunities for stress cracks to form, the elimination of rivet holes and the strength provided by the FSW welded joint provides an airframe that is three times stronger than a traditional riveted airframe. This added structural strength in the Eclipse Jet airframe results in a longer life and safer aircraft for EAI customers. An aircraft's service life is based on a combination of pressurization cycles, the aerodynamic loads experienced in flight, and landing loads. Each time an aircraft is flown, its fuselage and wings are subject to various stresses. Aircraft manufacturers anticipate these loads and design the aircraft to safely operate well beyond its established service life. This approach assures that the aircraft will provide safe, carefree service throughout its life. While every Eclipse 550 will be delivered with a 20,000 hour / 20,000 cycle airframe, this life extension will also apply to the previously manufactured Eclipse 500 aircraft. "When we started Eclipse Aerospace, we made a commitment to support our customers. This airframe life extension is yet another fulfillment of that commitment," said Mason Holland, CEO of Eclipse Aerospace. "We have great customers who have been very loyal and supportive of EAI and we want to thank them for sharing this journey back to production by offering them the opportunity to have their Eclipse aircraft participate in this life extension program at no additional cost." Jun 11, 2013 AirGuideBusiness ISSN 1939-666X Copyright [c] 2013 AirGuide Business / Pyramid Media Group. All rights reserved.


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