PAMA Mx News Watch
Mar. 18, 2015

GAO calls on FAA to step up cyber security
Aviation Today
The FAA is lacking in measures to prevent cyber-based threats to the increasingly automated Air Traffic Control system, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office. The "Information Security: FAA Needs to Address Weaknesses in Air Traffic Control Systems" report, published recently, finds that while the FAA has taken measures to protect the systems from cyber attacks, significant vulnerabilities remain. These vulnerabilities threaten the agency's ability to ensure secure, orderly and efficient operation of the National Airspace System.More

Honda engine gets certification
Winston-Salem Journal
The HondaJet, with its unique design, is ready to make a statement in the skies. But that sleek "sportscar" of a plane, as Honda Aircraft of Greensboro calls it, goes nowhere without the old-school guts of a powerful jet engine. Sister company Honda Aero began in 2014 building those engines in a pristine Burlington factory under the oversight of the Federal Aviation Administration. But recently, the company celebrated its independence. More

Plane donated to Washington's Big Bend aviation maintenance
Columbia Basin Herald
A single-engine aircraft popular with bush pilots around the world was donated to Washington's Big Bend Community College aviation maintenance technology program. The Helio Courier hit the runway at the Grant County International Airport, said college spokesperson Doug Sly. It was donated by the Boeing Corporation, and under the company's rules for aircraft donation, is permanently grounded, Sly said. The aircraft will be used in the aviation maintenance curriculum, Sly said.More

Delta TechOps MRO, Hawaiian Airlines agree to 5-year deal to include Airbus A330 'C Checks'
Delta TechOps via Aviation Pros
Delta TechOps, Delta Air Lines' maintenance division and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul provider business, is strengthening its long-standing relationship with Hawaiian Airlines to a new 5-year agreement. This new agreement is to provide MRO services that include comprehensive, long-term heavy maintenance support for Hawaiian's Airbus A330 fleet, which currently stands at 20 aircraft, growing to 22 aircraft by the end of 2015.More

Rutan's next airplane in the works
It's no secret that legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan has been at work on a seaplane during his retirement in Idaho, but now the airplane is getting close to first flight and new details have been released about the design. The amphibious airplane, called a SkiGull, will be equipped with retractable skis, and will be able to land on water or snow. The skis also will be equipped with small wheels for runway landings.More

Here's the incredible flying car you can buy in 2017
This high-tech car could be flying off the showroom floor by 2017. At SXSW, AeroMobil CEO Juraj Vaculik unveiled plans for a flying car for the "wealthy supercar buyer" that will likely cost a couple of hundred thousand euros, The Verge reports. "We need another revolution, we need a revolution in personal transportation," Vaculik said. More

Garmin brings stability protection to G3X
Garmin has announced the release of a product for the experimental market that automatically brings airplanes back to a safe flight attitude if they go beyond certain pitch, bank and airspeed limits. The Electronic Stability and Protection concept has already been available in certified airplanes for some time, but now is also available for aircraft equipped with G3X or G3X Touch avionics with autopilot servos. More

Air Boss: Keeping airshows and fly-ins safe
General Aviation News
According to author Amelia Reiheld: Ever flown into AirVenture at Oshkosh? SUN 'n FUN in Lakeland, Florida? Any of the major fly-ins around the country? If so, you'll know it's true: Air bosses rock! I'd flown into the two big events several times, and marveled at the Air Traffic Control at both places. People wearing bright pink polo shirts, armed only with binoculars, headsets, and quick wits, were standing on flat-bed trailers, calmly directing more traffic than O'Hare sees on a bad day. I was impressed. More