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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Airborne 04.16.14: Red Bull Race Results, BFA v FAA, B-29's New Home

Also: Aero-TV Classic-Ballooning, Dassault UCAV Formation, Black Knight Transformer, Save Jane Wicker's Aurora!

It was a day full of surprises in Rovinj, Croatia, as Hannes Arch won a very narrow victory over Paul Bonhomme. The winning margin was just eight-hundredths of a second. Japan's Yoshi Muroya made the podium for the first time in his race career after pushing Canada's Pete McLeod into fourth place. The Balloon Federation of America (BFA) Board of Directors has released an official statement regarding the NTSB's recommendation to the FAA that balloon tour ride operators be required to obtain and comply with a Letter of Authorization. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed driving tests in December 2013 and completed its first flight tests last month. The Black Knight Transformer is the world’s largest multicopter that is controlled and stabilized with propeller speed. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 lb. All thi

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

NASA Signs Agreement With SpaceX For Use Of Historic Launch Pad

SpaceX Will Maintain The Facility At Its Own Expense Under The 20-Year Deal

NASA Kennedy Space Center's historic Launch Complex 39A, the site from which numerous Apollo and space shuttle missions began, is beginning a new mission as a commercial launch site.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

European Council Extends 'Stop The Clock' On EU-ETS

Delay Had Been Set To Expire This Month

The European Council has decided to continue to “stop the clock” on further implementation of the controversial European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), while representatives to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) continue their work on a plan for addressing aircraft emissions.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

BA Enters Deal To Turn Solid Waste Into Fuel

Airline Partners With Solena Fuels To Build Conversion Facility

Solena Fuels in partnership with British Airways has committed to building the world’s first facility to convert landfill waste into jet fuel. The move comes just two weeks before the global aviation community joins forces to discuss ways to reduce the industry’s environmental impact at the 2014 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit in Geneva. 

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Minsheng Financial Leasing Confirmed As Challenger 350 Jet Buyer

Had Previously Been Listed As 'Undisclosed'

Bombardier Aerospace today confirmed Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. as the customer who placed an order for 10 Challenger 350 jets on December 30, 2013. The announcement was marked by a special ceremony attended by Bombardier and Minsheng Financial Leasing executives at the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China, on April 15.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Kaman New Zealand SH-2G(I) Achieves First Flight

First Aircraft To Eventually Be Tasked With Maintenance And Aircrew Training

The first NZ SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite helicopter for the government of New Zealand began production flight testing this week at Kaman Aerospace's Bloomfield, Connecticut facility.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

SpaceX Launch Reset For Friday

Monday Launch Attempt Scrubbed Due To Helium Leak

The International Space Station Program and SpaceX have selected Friday, April 18 for the next launch attempt for the Falcon 9 rocket to send the Dragon cargo craft on the company's third commercial resupply mission to the space station. Launch is scheduled for 1525 EDT.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Gulfstream G280 Arrived At ABACE With New City-Pair Records

Super Mid-Size Aircraft Links Europe, Middle East And Asia

Gulfstream’s G280 continues to set speed records, with the latest en route to the 2014 Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai. The super mid-size aircraft established two city-pair records between Germany, Dubai and Hong Kong, bringing the total record number to 47.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

Jeppesen, Peters Software Team To Provide EASA Private Pilot Training Materials

Available In E-Book, PC And Printed Formats, Training Material Content Is Continuously Updated

Jeppesen has teamed with training and test preparation software program provider Peters Software to provide private pilot training courseware and materials in Europe.

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Thu, Apr 17, 2014

X-56A Testbed Arrives At NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

Test Flights With A Flexible Wing To Be Conducted This Summer

The latest in a long series of experimental research aircraft, or X-planes, recently arrived at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center. Lockheed Martin, developer of the X-56A Multi-Utility Technology Testbed, is currently using the aircraft to explore technologies for active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Multi-utility Aeroelastic Demonstration program.

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