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May 31, 2013

Boeing Celebrates Delivery Of 50th 747-8

Launch Customer Lufthansa Takes Delivery Of Milestone Airplane

Boeing on Wednesday celebrated the 50th delivery of a 747-8. Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the launch customer of the passenger version, took delivery of the milestone aircraft almost one year after the first revenue flight of the 747-8 Intercontinental. It is the airline's seventh 747-8 and its 82nd 747.

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European Competition Commission Eyes Ryanair Stake In Aer Lingus

Said The Arrangement May Block Aer Lingus From Merging With Another Airline

The European Competition Commission is considering whether to force budget carrier Ryanair to reduce its share of rival Air Lingus because the arrangement could reduce competition on flights between the Ireland and the U.K.

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Teams Prepare For NASA $1.5 Million Robot Challenge

Event Held As Part Of The 'Touch Tomorrow' Festival

Eleven U.S. and international teams are preparing to compete for $1.5 million during NASA's 2013 Sample Return Robot Challenge, June 5-7 at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA. Teams will demonstrate a robot that can locate and collect geologic samples from a wide and varied terrain, operating without human control.

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Demand For Air Travel Stays Firm, But With Regional Variations

IATA Analysis Shows April Demand Up Nearly Five Percent

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced global passenger traffic results for April showing a 3.2% increase in demand over the previous April. Emerging markets are continuing to lead air travel growth, with all regions reporting year-over-year gains.

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Southern Illinois University Operating New Flight Training Devices

Cessna 172, CRJ-200 Sims Purchased From Frasca International

Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale has taken delivery of three new Flight Training Devices (FTDs) from Frasca International. The new FTDs include two Cessna 172R FTDs and a CRJ-200 Level 5 FTD. SIU also had their their existing Frasca 172R FTD upgraded to have the same features as the two new 172R devices.

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Airborne Test Directorate Puts New Parachute Through Its Paces

Evaluating Replacement For 20-Year-Old Design Used By All Branches Of The Service

The Airborne and Special Operations Test Directorate conducted a rigorous operational test recently on the new Military Free Fall Advanced Ram-Air Parachute System, a non-developmental item that is about to replace the nearly 20-year-old MC-4 parachute system for all service branches, according to the test officer.  

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First Privately Sponsored Lunar Telescope Makes Public Debut

International Lunar Observatory Association, Moon Express Plan To Launch ILO-X In 2015

The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA), based in Hawaii and led by American businessman and educator Steve Durst, has unveiled flight test hardware for the first private telescope that will be launched to the Moon in 2015. Designed and built under contract from ILOA by Silicon Valley-based Moon Express, Inc., the International Lunar Observatory precursor (ILO-X) will capture never-before-seen images of the Galaxies, Stars, Planets, Moon and Earth.

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World's First Crowdfunded Space Telescope Campaign Underway

Providing Access To An Advanced Space Telescope For Students, Scientists And A New Generation Of Citizen Explorers

Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources has launched a campaign for the world's first crowdfunded space telescope to provide unprecedented public access to space and place the most advanced exploration technology into the hands of students, scientists and a new generation of citizen explorers.

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Pilatus Introduces Connected Flight Deck For PC-12 NG

Wireless iPad Interface Applications 'Enhance Operational Experience'

A series of wireless aircraft interface applications was recently introduced by Pilatus Aircraft to "enhance the operational experience of PC-12 NG operators." The new Connected Flight Deck and Wireless FastLoad System is a set of four innovative iPad applications that interface with a wireless gateway system onboard the PC-12 NG.

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Marine Helicopter Makes Unscheduled Landing Near A New Jersey School

Aircraft Was Returning To Quantico, VA, From Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

A Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter made an unscheduled landing Wednesday on the baseball field of a school in Medford, NJ. The aircraft had taken off from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst at about 1000 EDT Wednesday, and developed a mechanical problem shortly after takeoff.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-09-11

PRODUCT:  Certain Cessna Aircraft Company Model 500, 501, 550, 551, S550, 560, 560XL, and 650 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.31.13

GAMA Supports New Draft Airman Certification Standards…

Chinese Cyberspies Hacked US Weapons Systems…

Has TIGHAR Found Amelia Earhart?

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Airborne 05.31.13: Breitling Boosts Reno, Chinese Spy On DoD Projects, Pipistrel's Academy

Also:  EBACE Closes Strong, A4A Says Fees Too High... REALLY?, Near-MIss at KDCA, AOPA Smoke and Mirrors, ICAO Stays Put...

The National Championship Air Races has confirmed that longtime sponsor, Breitling, has significantly increased its sponsorship over the next three years and will also be bringing the world famous Jetman to Reno this fall for a rare North American performance.  A confidential Pentagon report shows that Chinese cyberspies have collected data on more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems, including the F-35, the V-22 Osprey, and the Black Hawk helicopter. Online university degree programs have been all the rage for several years now, so why not an online Learn-to-Fly Academy? Apparently Pipistrel thinks the idea is a good one as they've just announced

Airborne 05.31.13: Breitling Boosts Reno, Chinese Spy On DoD, Pipistrel Academy

Also:  EBACE Closes Strong, A4A Says Fees Too High... REALLY?, Near-MIss at KDCA, AOPA Smoke and Mirrors, ICAO Stays Put...

The National Championship Air Races has confirmed that longtime sponsor, Breitling, has significantly increased its sponsorship over the next three years and will also be bringing the world famous Jetman to Reno this fall for a rare North American performance. A confidential Pentagon report shows that Chinese cyberspies have collected data on more than two dozen U.S. weapons systems, including the F-35, the V-22 Osprey, and the Black Hawk helicopter. Online university degree programs have been all the rage for several ye

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GAMA Files Comments On FAA Airman Certification Standards For Pilot Training

One Of Three Joint Industry/FAA Programs Focusing On GA Safety

GAMA filed comments Wednesday on the draft Airman Certification Standards (ACS) for private pilot and instrument ratings. The comments strongly support the FAA's efforts to continue modernizing how pilots are trained and certified by implementing the ACS for all pilot certificates.

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FAA Expands Size Of Protected Airspace For Circling Approaches

Result Of Nearly 20 Years Of Advocacy On The Part Of The Aviation Industry

For nearly 20 years, the aviation industry has expressed to the FAA its concern over spatial limitations of circle-to-land approaches. These safety concerns have been raised by industry representatives who suggest that the amount of protected airspace allowed for aircraft maneuvering throughout a circling approach is insufficient.

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WI Leaders Celebrate General Aviation Manufacturing At Jobs Rally

Hundreds Of Manufacturing Workers Attended The Event At Gulfstream's Appleton Facility

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, U.S. Representatives Tom Petri and Reid Ribble, and Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson joined GAMA and hundreds of manufacturing workers, local officials, business leaders and aviation enthusiasts Thursday at Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. for a GA jobs rally.

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Heathrow Publishes Commitments On Noise Reduction Measures

Airlines To Be Ranked On Noise Performance

Heathrow airport has published "A Quieter Heathrow", a report setting out the airport's commitments to reducing aircraft noise while safeguarding the UK’s connectivity. In the report, Heathrow makes a range of new commitments on noise which include publicly ranking airlines on ‘noise performance’.

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Klyde Morris 05.31.2013

It's All Really A Matter Of Perspective, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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TIGHAR Analyzing Sonar Data Recorded Off Nikumaroro Coast

Shadows On The Ocean Floor May Point To Amelia Earhart's Electra

Sonar data recorded last summer by the research vessel Niku VII being operated by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) may point to the remains of Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Electra on the bottom of the ocean near Gardner Island, which is now known as Nikumaroro.

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Asteroid 1998 QE2 Flies Close To Earth On Friday

Body Is About Nine Times The Size Of A Cruise Ship, No Threat To Earth

On Friday, May 31 at 1359 PDT (1659 EDT), Asteroid 1998 QE2 will cruise 3.6 million miles from Earth, approximately 15 times the distance between the moon and Earth. The distance of the asteroid is not particularly impressive as it will not be especially close. But what it lacks in distance it compensates for in size. At about 1.6 miles across, Asteroid 1998 QE2 is roughly the length of nine Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.31.13)

"The creation of the Airman Certification Standards framework addresses concerns raised from across the aviation training community that the existing practical test and knowledge test are outdated and need to better focus on safety priorities." Source: Jens Hennig, GAMA's Vice President of Operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.31.13): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning. Briefing items may include weather information, NOTAMS, military activities, flow control information, and other items as requested.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.31.13)

Flying Heritage Collection

The planes within the Flying Heritage Collection were created at a time when aeronautical discovery had evolved to aviation mastery. Finely crafted by distinguished design bureaus with leading technologies of the 1930s and 1940s, the main emphasis of the collection includes combat aircraft from World War II.

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