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To virtually no one's surprise, the Veterans Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday ramrodded through a provision that will severely curtail veterans' ability to pursue a flight training degree. Ranking Member Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) noted that much work remains to be done on the bill and secured a commitment from Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) to continue the work. A substantial portion of that work needs to be done by flight schools and veterans — pressuring Congress to ensure vets who want a career in aviation are treated fairly. Read more for points to consider when contacting congressional representatives.

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Valencia, Spain (euroweeklynews.com) - Two pilots who survived a dramatic helicopter crash into the sea five miles southeast of Pinedo, Valencia, May 20, have spoken about their ordeal.

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Alexandria, Va. - The 2nd Great American Safety Drive, featuring two separate routes, officially gets underway in June of 2015. The Drive is the MedEvac Foundation's major fundraising initiative for 2015.

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The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters (previously Eurocopter France) Model AS365N3, EC155B, and EC155B1 helicopters with an external life raft in the footsteps with certain part-numbered junction units. This AD requires inspecting the junction units of the external life raft deployment system for corrosion, removing any corrosion, and performing certain measurements to determine whether the junction unit must be replaced.

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London – A trio of British technology companies comprising Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems have combined forces to develop a powerful, highly effective, and fully integrated defence system to combat the threat of UAV- and drone-related security breaches.

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Tucson, Ariz. – Universal Avionics is offering aircraft operators two new upgrade incentive programs for the SBAS-Flight Management System and UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit.

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Abu Dhabi – H+S Aviation, a BBA Aviation company, announces that its H+S Aviation Middle East facility in Abu Dhabi received General Civil Aviation Authority CAR 145 approval for PW200 and PT6C-67C engines in the United Arab Emirates.

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Mesa, Ariz. – Able Aerospace, Inc. has received FAA approval on five new rotor-wing PMAs, further expanding one of the industry's most inclusive menus of rotor-wing PMA solutions.

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Wichita, Kan. – EagleMed critical care air medical transport company has appointed Robin Welch as Program Manager for the Wichita area.

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Auburn Hills, Mich. — Monroe Engineering LLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of ECAS, INC., a stocking distributor of aerospace, defense, and government hardware and electrical products. The transaction is the fourth add-on acquisition for Monroe since June 2011.

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