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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Experimental SpaceX Vehicle Lost In TX Test Flight

As SpaceX Knows, That's Why They Call Them 'Test Flights'

Initial Report by ANN Space Correspondent, Wes Oleszewski "So we're 5-for-5 testing on this Grasshopper. Wahoo! But, but that means we're not pushin' hard enough. We've gotta' tunnel one of those vehicles into the ground by trying somethin' really hard. We haven't done that yet. So now our challenge to our test team is that you've gotta push hard enough that we're gonna to see somethin' happen. A spectacular video… failures make spectacular video" That was SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, in mid -June 2013 in a TEDx Talk at Chapman University. On the evening of August 22nd, 2014, Shotwell and SpaceX got their wish as a Falcon 9R veered off of its planned flight profile and was automatically destroyed by the Flight Termination System at their McGregor, Texas test facility.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Airborne 08.22.14: Russians Nix Global Gyro, Alphabets Fight FAA, F-16s Cracking

Also: Ferguson TFR, Soaring Company's S.O.S., High Altitude Balloons, Remembering Vicki Cruse

An attempt to fly the first gyrocopter around the world by Norman Surplus has been foiled after traveling thousands of miles flying consecutively through 18 of the 24 countries needed to achieve this Fédération Aéronautique Internationale World Record Circumnavigation. Seven GA groups have sent a letter to the U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx urging him to complete the review of the FAA’s NPRM regarding third-class medical certification reform within the next 30 days and then open it to public comment. U.S. Air Force officials recently removed Eighty Two, two-seat, F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats. The cracks were discovered following an immediate action time compliance technical order, or TCTO, to inspect all F-16D’s

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

JSSI: Business Aviation Rebounds In Second Quarter

Cites Gains In Manufacturing, Other Sectors As Reasons For Upturn

Following a tepid performance in the first quarter of 2014, business aviation made a strong comeback in the second quarter of the year. According to JSSI's Business Aviation Index, Q2 2014 global business aviation activity grew by 8 percent QoQ and by 3 percent year-over-year.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Electroflight Signs MOU With Williams Advanced Engineering

Company Is Bidding To Set A World Speed Record For Electric Aircraft

Electroflight Ltd (Electroflight) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with Williams Advanced Engineering on the design, development and manufacture of an electric aircraft with the objective of setting the world speed record for electric aircraft.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Annual GA Activity Survey Enters Round 3

Survey Results Help Determine Infrastructure Funding, Service Needs, Regulatory Impact

The third batch of annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey postcards were mailed this week according to Tetra Tech, a third-party research firm conducting the survey on behalf of the FAA. The GA Survey will report on calendar year 2013 activities and is the only source of information on the GA fleet, including the number of hours flown and the various ways people use general aviation aircraft.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Garmin Pilot Expands Coverage Into Canada

App Available Now In The iTunes Store

Just last month, Garmin Pilot announced worldwide coverage for iPad and iPhone so pilots around the globe can access all of the exciting features Garmin Pilot has to offer. These features included flight planning capabilities, comprehensive weather coverage and feature-rich navigation. With a lot of momentum behind us, Garmin is continuing to add even more coverage for pilots around the world ... this time, in Canada.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

SC Governor Nikki Haley Designates Aug 17-23 'Aviation Week'

GA Adds $417 Million To The State's Economy Annually

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently declared August 17-23 as "South Carolina Aviation Week with a proclamation recognizing the contributions of general aviation to the state's economy.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Inhofe Campaign Ad Features RV-8

Oklahoma Senator Uses The Airplane To Stay In Touch With Constituents

U.S. Senator James Inhofe makes no apologies for his airplane, a Van's RV-8 that was in Oshkosh this summer.

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Planning Underway For 42nd Copperstate Fly-In

Offering Expanded Youth Programs, Expecting More Vendors

Preparations are underway for the 42nd annual Copperstate Fly-In & Aviation Expo scheduled for October 23-25, 2014, at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona. The theme for this year’s event is “Keeping the Dream Alive.”

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Sat, Aug 23, 2014

Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For

Had Been Part Of B-26B Crew On A Bombing Mission

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that two U.S. servicemen, missing from World War II, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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