Tag: Aviation

White House budget contains user fees despite opposition from, well, everyone except the guy in the White House

Wednesday morning, the White House released it’s requested budget for the 2015 Fiscal Year. The epic tome is almost 250 pages, and was delivered to Congress considerably later than any other time in the history of the United States. Once again, user fees for aviation were part of the president’s new budget proposal, even though …

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Today in 1939 the XP-38 Lightning prototype flew for the first time

It all started for the twin boom aircraft called “der Gabelschwanz-Teufel” (“fork-tailed devil”) by the Luftwaffe and known by American pilots as the “Lightning” on June 23, 1937 when Lockheed won a design competition with their Model 22.  They were received a USAAC government contract for $163,000 to build a prototype XP-38 – an airplane that …

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Seawind expects commercial lift off

Francois Shalom, reporting for the Montreal Gazette writes that one of the more innovative designs and a downright beautiful aircraft – the Seawind – is about to receive certification from Transport Canada!  Congratulations to Richard Silva! From the article: St-Jean-sur-Richelieu — It’s been a long, hard road, but Richard Silva truly believes he’s just about there. “You can’t …

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