Lockheed Martin's Airship Nets $480 Million Order

Lockheed Martin’s hybrid airship, expected to be FAA-certified in 2018, will be used to carry cargo for energy company operations around the world under a $480 million deal with British company Straightline Aviation Ltd. According to a Wall Street Journal report this week, Straightline plans to buy 12 of the 20-ton airships and market them as an economical way to take equipment and other cargo in and out of remote areas such as Alaskan oilfields.
Source: avwebLockheed Martin's Airship Nets 0 Million Order

New Student Pilot Rules Take Effect Today

New FAA rules affecting how student pilots are certified took effect today. The new rules require all applicants to be vetted through the FAA’s Airmen Certification Branch, a process the FAA says will take about three weeks. Currently, the FAA completes the same vetting process, but not until after a student certificate has been issued, usually by an aviation medical examiner. Students will still need a certificate from an AME in addition to the new certificate, which will be in the form of a plastic card with no expiration date.
Source: avwebNew Student Pilot Rules Take Effect Today

Icon's Buyer Contract Restricts Liability

Icon has recently started to ask buyers with deposits on the A5 light sport aircraft to sign a sales contract before taking delivery of their airplanes, and the length of that contract — 41 pages — is unusual for general aviation, as are a number of Icon’s stipulations. The contract requires that every pilot who flies the A5 must receive training from Icon-approved instructors or the company itself, and the aircraft must be maintained by Icon-approved mechanics.
Source: avwebIcon's Buyer Contract Restricts Liability

Pictures of the day: A Stearman in flight

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Annemarie Bain, a frequent contributor to this site, recently sent in these photos, taken during a flight in a Stearman, of another Stearman, flying out of Bayport Aerodrome in New York, where the Antique Airplane Club of Greater New York (AACGNY) is based. Making the flight over Fire Island, The Great South Bay and Long Island were pilots Nick Ziroli and John Bianco.

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Source: http://generalaviationnews.comPictures of the day: A Stearman in flight