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 SAFE Executive Director To Retire

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators announced Friday that Executive Director Doug Stewart will retire when his contract expires in February. Stewart was among the founding members of the organization, which formed in 2009. Stewart was SAFE's first chair and was named executive director in November 2011.

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 Diamond's First DA42 on Display in Austrian Museum

Diamond Aircraft's first DA42 Twin Star has a new home in Austria's science and industry museum, the Technisches Museum Wien in Vienna. The twin-engine diesel airplane had its first flight in December 2002 in Austria with Diamond CEO Christian Dries as test pilot. A year and a half later, the DA42 made the first non-stop Atlantic crossing by a diesel engine-powered GA airplane. The airplane received FAA certification in 2005.

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 New This Week

AVweb's search of new developments in aviation uncovered the latest test flight of CIrrus Aircraft's jet, a first flight for Airbus' latest military helicopter, and acquisitions announced by Continental Motors and Momentum Aviation Holdings.

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 Red Bull Air Race Schedule for 2015 Announced

The 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship will feature two new stops in Japan and Russia, organizers announced this week. Red Bull will hold eight races and start its tour on Feb. 13 in Abu Dhabi, where the series launched its 2014 season. New venues will be in Chiba, Japan, May 16-17 and Sochi, Russia, May 30-31. From there, the tour will race in Hungary, Great Britain and Austria before arriving in the U.S. for two stops, Fort Worth in September and Las Vegas in October.

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