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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Airborne 10.01.14: Sierra Nevada v NASA, A-29 Goes To Work, Be-200 Rebirth?

Also: PPC Bird's Eye View, Spitfires Return?, Cessna Sued Over 1981 Accident, Santa Monica Sues Pilot's Estate, Phase 1 Flight Testing Update

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a legal challenge to the award of contracts to Boeing and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability, referred to as the CCtCap program. The CCtCap program will restore U.S. transportation capability to the International Space Station. The first of twenty A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to be produced in Jacksonville, Florida arrived at Georgia's Moody Air Force Base on September 26th, in preparation for the Afghanistan pilot and maintenance training mission. USA Firefighting Air Corps (USAFAC) has announced that Russia has signed a collaboration agreement with an American company to develop a US-built Beriev Be-200 multipurpose amphibious aerial firefighting jet, and that the collaboration would be headquartered in Colorado. All this... and MORE in today

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

FAA To Require Replacement Of Honeywell Avionics In Boeing Airplanes

Testing Shows Some Units Can Be Affected By Onboard WiFi Systems

The FAA has posted an Airworthiness Directive (AD 2014-20-06) dated October 1 for all Boeing 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes, and Model 777 airplanes. The AD was prompted by testing reports on certain Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs).

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Cessna Citation Latitude Flight Test Demonstrates Increased Performance

Range Now Projected To Be 2,700 nm, Takeoff Distance Shortened

Cessna ways the Citation Latitude flight test program has yielded improvements in expected aircraft range and runway performance, promising even greater value for operators than originally envisioned. Certification of the Citation Latitude is expected in the second quarter of 2015.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

SNC Develops Design For Stratolaunch Air Launch System

Integrated System To Deliver Smaller Payloads To Low Earth Orbit

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced a design for an integrated system for human spaceflight that can be launched to low Earth orbit (LEO) using Stratolaunch System’s air launch architecture and a scale version of SNC’s Dream Chaser spacecraft.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Reps Shuster, LoBiondo Issue Joint Statement On IG NextGen Report

Leaders Of The House Transportation Committee And Aviation Subcommittee Say Congress Must Be Involved

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) released a statement reacting to the U.S. DOT Inspector General’s report, entitled “ADS-B Benefits Are Limited Due to a Lack of Advanced Capabilities and Delays in User Equipage.”

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell To Speak At NBAA's 2014 Convention

Governor Considered A 'Leading Advocate' For Aviation

The NBAA has confirmed that Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D), a leading advocate for aviation in his state, will speak at the second day Opening General Session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), which runs Oct. 21 to 23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

AeroSports Update: The Dreaded Ramp Check

Professional Pilots Are Usually Ready For Ramp Checks But Recreational Flyers Sometimes Fall Short Because They Are Not Clear On The Rules

Most Federal Aviation Regulations make sense because they are aimed at aviation safety. Some of the safety related rules may seem arbitrary, but they are intended to establish minimum safety standards. Other rules may not be safety related are usually rules that require pilots to show compliance with the regulations. This is what a ramp check is all about.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Indiana’s Marsha Fulton Wins Fairchild 24H

Grand Prize Winner Of EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes

Who could forget the beautifully-restored Fairchild 24H Deluxe that sat for the week of AirVenture near the tower ... and the lines of people signing small slips of paper with hopes of winning the airplane as part of EAA's annual Aircraft Sweepstakes. Well, if you're wondering who won the airplane, wonder no more.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

Aurora Awarded Funding To Continue Development Of DARPA VTOL X-Plane

Should Bring The Company To A Preliminary Design Review Of Its Proposed Aircraft

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded the Phase 1B funding to Aurora Flight Sciences to continue participation in the DARPA Vertical Take Off and Landing Experiment Plane (VTOL X-Plane) program. The award is intended to carry Aurora's participation in the project through a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) milestone in October 2015.

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Thu, Oct 02, 2014

easyJet Orders Additional CFM56-5B Engines

Brings Total CFM56 Fleet To 630 Engines

easyJet has announced an additional order with CFM International for 54 CFM56-5B engines to power the 27 Airbus A320 ceo (current engine option) aircraft scheduled to begin delivery between 2015 and 2018. The aircraft order was previously announced; the airline is exercising 27 existing purchase rights. CFM values the firm engine order at more than $560 million at list prices.

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