AEA Praises Congressional Passage of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013 – AEA

Legislation Reflects Part 23 ARC Efforts

AEA LogoLEE’S SUMMIT, MO., Nov. 15, 2013 — On Thursday, Nov. 14, the U.S. House of Representatives gave final approval to the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013.

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced H.R. 1848 May 7, which passed unanimously by a 411-0 vote in July. A similar bill, S. 1072, was introduced by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), which passed the Senate in October.

The Senate version of the bill included a few changes, and House sponsors agreed. The bill now heads to President Obama for his signature.

With the passage of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act, it appears the collaborative effort in recent months by the Federal Aviation Administration Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) has paid off and resulted in the approved legislation. The bipartisan-supported bill updates and streamlines burdensome regulations on the general aviation industry and thereby improves safety, decreases costs and encourages private-sector innovation.

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Southeast Aerospace | Rotorcraft Pro – Article and Video Feature

“A League of Their Own Southeast Aerospace” an article in the November 2013 edition of ROTORCRAFT PRO magazine. Article and video by Lyn Burks.

SEA had the privilege of being interviewed by Lyn Burks, Editor in Chief of Rotorcraft Pro. The article appears in this month’s edition, November 2013. You can read the full article on the Rotorcraft Pro, Online Issue website.

Here’s a short excerpt from the article:

Back in 2011, an interesting movie was released name Moneyball. The movie was based on the story of Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane. His former General Manager (GM), Sandy Anderson, mentored him in the art of sabermetrics (statistical analysis). In turn, Beane successfully assembled a lower-budget team based on emerging prospects and undervalued veterans that consistently performed. Most other Major League Baseball teams during this time were interested in high-priced superstars that may or may not have consistently produced. One theme I noticed throughout the movie was consistent, well-placed singles beat a few home runs every time.

Recently Rotorcraft Pro had the opportunity to visit Southeast Aerospace (SEA) in Melbourne, Florida. During our time with company Vice President Joe Braddock and the SEA employees, one could not help but notice the overwhelming presence of the values and traditions this great country was founded on: integrity, ingenuity, hard work and craftsmanship.

When asked about their business philosophy, Joe was eager to share they are there for their customers whether the job is big or small. He related it to baseball, “We don’t mind hitting lots of singles along with an occasional home run.”

Now, let’s round the bases for the rest of the story……..
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Happy Veterans Day! | SEA

Happy Veterans Day

Southeast Aerospace would like to say a huge thank you to all the veterans! Thank you to all the brave men and women who have served our country and protected our freedoms. Your many sacrifices past and present are appreciated. – Thank you for your service, Sincerely SEA

Beechcraft Said to Attract Interest From Embraer, Mahindra – Businessweek

Beechcraft Said to Attract Interest From Embraer, Mahindra 2 – Businessweek.

Beechcraft Corp., the U.S. planembeechcraft-interestaker that exited bankruptcy protection in February, has drawn takeover interest from at least three suitors, including Brazil’s Embraer SA (EMBR3) and India’s Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., said people familiar with the matter.

Cessna parent Textron Inc. (TXT:US) also is looking, said the people, who asked not to be named since the process is private. First-round bids are in and Beechcraft’s management team is scheduling talks with potential bidders, one of the people said. It isn’t clear which companies submitted offers.

Beechcraft is reviving the auction process a year after its deal to sell itself to a Chinese jetmaker collapsed. The sale may fetch about $1.5 billion, a person with knowledge of the process said last week. Buying the company would provide either Mahindra or Embraer with an easy way to expand in the North American aerospace industry, said Richard Aboulafia, an analyst at the Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia.

Going with Mahindra’s “own indigenous development program, which is what they’ve been looking at, has a much higher risk than acquiring Beechcraft,” Aboulafia said in an interview. “If you can get a good deal on an existing family of planes, that’s definitely an easier way.”

Centerbridge Partners LP, Sankaty Advisors LLC and Angelo Gordon & Co. are among the firms that own about 90 percent of Wichita, Kansas-based Beechcraft. Credit Suisse Group AG was contacting suitors about conducting due diligence on Beechcraft as of last week, people with knowledge of the matter said then.

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FAA to Allow iPhones, Kindles, PEDs During Takeoff and Landing – Condé Nast Traveler

It’s official after months of waiting, and a delay caused by the government shutdown, the FAA is giving fliers an early holiday gift: They’ll likely be able to read an e-book or listen to music in their iPod without having to power down before takeoff—probably by the end of the year.

The much anticipated announcement however, comes with some caveats. It’ll depend on the type of plane, type of device, and ultimately, the responsibility falls to the individual airline to make sure they’re in compliance.

Some of the details:

•Airlines can allow ‘gate to gate’ use of handheld, lightweight devices like Kindles, iPads and other tablets, and smartphones in airplane mode

•To prevent injuries passengers must hold onto, or stow, devices during take-off or landing. Heavier ones—including most laptops—will need to be stashed under seats or in overhead bins.

•Check with your airline on what devices they will allow and when: it’s up to the carrier to certify their planes can tolerate interference from devices. Delta and JetBlue are already scrambling to be the first to give you this perk

•Don’t expect to use cell phones for calls or other communications—that one wasn’t even on the table

Courtesy of the FAA

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