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April 23, 2013

Florida Governor Urges President Obama To Avoid FAA Furloughs

Letter To The President Expresses Concern For State's Tourism Industry

It's no secret that Florida depends on tourism for a great deal of its state revenue, and millions of those tourists arrive and depart on commercial airliners. So when the President of the United States, the Secretary of Transportation, and the FAA administrator warn of "significant delays" and other problems in air travel due to the furloughs of air traffic controllers, it only makes sense that the Governor of the state would push back.

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Pipistrel Virus-SW Making Flight Over The North Pole

Matevž Lenarcic Recording Black Carbon Readings Over The Arctic Region

Experienced long distance pilot, biologist and photographer Matevž Lenarcic is off again on another adventure. Flying a Pipistrel Virus SW aircraft he plans to record black carbon readings over the Arctic. Matevž  departed Monday, and his route of flight will take him from Slovenia to the North Pole, crossing from Europe to Canada and back.

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NATA Elects Three New Board Of Directors Members

Announces New Chair, Vice Chair For The Organization

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the selection of Michael Scheeringa, President and CEO of Flight Support, BBA Aviation, as Chair of the NATA Board of Directors. The association named Gary Dempsey, President, Flight Services – The Americas, Jet Aviation Holdings USA, Inc., board Vice-Chair at its annual membership meeting Monday.

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Federal Judge Denies Beechcraft Challenge In LAS Lawsuit

Would Not Enforce Stop-Work Order While GAO Reviews The Contract

Beechcraft was handed another loss in its effort to legally challenge the award of an Air Force LAS contract to Embraer and its U.S. partner Sierra Nevada Corp (SNC). Friday, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied the Kansas planemaker's attempt force the USAF to stop work on 20 A-29 Super Tucanos set to be built by Embraer and SNC in Jacksonville, FL.

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Space Florida Sets Spaceport Master Plan Public Workshop, Call For Projects

Plan Is Compiled Every Two-Three Years To Provide Information To The Organization

Space Florida will hold a public workshop Friday to determine projects that will be named in the organization’s Spaceport Master Plan. The plan, compiled every two to three years, provides information to guide Space Florida in its efforts to modernize and expand infrastructure at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport. The workshop will take place on Friday, April 26 at the Cape Canaveral Port Authority Chambers.

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Two Students Earn EAA/Daher-Socata Scholarships

Recipients Will Work Overseas At Daher-Socata Facility In France

Kalena Glover of Prescott, AZ, and William McAleer of Birmingham, AL, will receive the work internships of a lifetime, as they have been named recipients of this year’s EAA/Daher-Socata International Scholarships.

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Luxor, Egypt Balloonists Back In Businesses

Began Offering Rides Again Sunday For The First Time Since February

Tourists can once again drink in the sights of the pyramids from hot air balloons, as the government there has lifted a ban on such rides put into effect in February. Tourists from multiple countries, along with the provincial governor Ezzat Saad, took off Sunday morning aboard six balloons for the first sightseeing trips allowed since a balloon caught fire and went down in February.

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FAI Releases Annual Report

Reference For Anyone Interested In Sport Aviation Events And Achievements

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, has just released its 2012 annual report, and made it available for download over the Internet. FAI sais the document is meant to be a reference book for all those who are interested in air sports events and the FAI.

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Space Shuttle Astronauts Inducted Into U.S. Astronaut Hall Of Fame

Curt Brown, Eileen Collins And Bonnie Dunbar Enshrined In Ceremonies Saturday

Space Shuttle astronauts Curt Brown, Eileen Collins and Bonnie Dunbar, Ph.D., today joined an elite group of American space heroes with their induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The three astronauts join the ranks of legendary space pioneers in the Hall of Fame such as Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Jim Lovell, Sally Ride and John Young.

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EASA Grants STC For Lithium Emergency Power Supply

True Blue Power Unit Approved For Installation Into King Air 200, 300 Models

EASA has awarded True Blue Power the Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the TS835 Series Lithium Emergency Power Supply (EPS) for Beechcraft King Air 200 and 300 models. The TS835 Series Emergency Power Supply is the first lithium iron phosphate battery to gain STC approval by EASA for Beechcraft King Air 200/300 aircraft.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (737)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.23.13

Furloughs or Not? Air Travelers See Delays…

Antares Makes A Successful Test Flight…

Boeing Begins Battery Modifications to the 787&hel

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Airborne 04.23.13: 787 Approvals, Antares Lifts Off, New Citation X

Also: Dayton Nixes Hiroshima Reenactment, Boeing Adjusts 747-8 Production, Idaho Hang-Gliders, USPA Opposes User Fees

The FAA took the next step in returning the Boeing 787 to flight last Friday by approving Boeing's design modifications for the 787 battery system. This week, the FAA will issue instructions to operators for making those changes and will publish in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service. Sunday evening saw Orbital Sciences Corporation achieve another significant milestone in NASA's plan to rely on American companies to launch supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station, with the successful first launch of the Antares rocket. The first production unit of the new Citation X (TEN) has been rolled out at C

Airborne 04.23.13: 787 Approvals, Antares Lifts Off, New Citation X

Also: Dayton Nixes Hiroshima Reenactment, Boeing Adjusts 747-8 Production, Idaho Hang-Gliders, USPA Opposes User Fees

The FAA took the next step in returning the Boeing 787 to flight last Friday by approving Boeing's design modifications for the 787 battery system. This week, the FAA will issue instructions to operators for making those changes and will publish in the Federal Register the final directive that will allow the 787 to return to service. Sunday evening saw Orbital Sciences Corporation achieve another significant milestone in NASA's plan to rely on American companies to launch supplies and astronauts to the International Space Station, with

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House Transportation Committee Chair Blasts FAA Cuts

Says Agency's Management Of Sequestration Cuts Is Politically Motivated

The announced breakdown of the five percent cut in the budget of the FAA due to sequestration hasn't been particularly well accepted by several people, among them the chair of the House Transportation Committee which oversees the agency.

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A4A, Pilots' Unions Seeks To Halt FAA Furloughs

Legal Action Filed To Force A 30-Day Implementation Delay

Airlines for America (A4A) has filed legal action to prevent the FAA from furloughing air traffic controllers and from implementing widespread ground stops that the agency reported would cause delays of up to four hours at major hub airports, impact up to 6,700 flights a day and affect one out of every three passengers.

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Fear Of Travel Delays Realized On First Day Of Furloughs In Some Areas

Some Passengers Waited More Than An Hour In The Northeast Corridor Sunday

The delays predicted by President Obama, Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood, and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta became a reality Sunday, as planes stacked up at airports and passengers stewed at their gates and on aircraft.

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With FAA Approval Of Battery Improvements, Boeing To Begin Modifying 787s

Planemaker Says Deliveries Of New Airplanes To Resume "Soon"

The approval of battery system improvements for the 787 Dreamliner by the FAA clears the way for Boeing and its customers to install the approved modifications and will lead to a return to service and resumption of new production deliveries. "FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane," said Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney.

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USAF General, Wife Fatally Injured In Private Plane Accident

Cessna 210 Went Down On Approach In Williamsburg, VA

Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV and his wife, Sue S. Brown, were fatally injured April 19, when the Cessna 210 he was piloting went down in Williamsburg, VA. General Brown has been the commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington D.C. since October 2010.

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Rockwell Collins' Clay Jones To Retire On July 31

Kelly Ortberg To Be Named CEO

The Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Collins told his board Friday that he plans to retire as CEO effective July 31, after almost 34 years of service. Rockwell Collins President Kelly Ortberg, 52, is expected to succeed Jones as CEO at that time. Jones will remain on the company’s board of directors as non-executive chairman.

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Lufthansa Hit With One-Day Strike By Ground Staff

Second Such Strike In Two Months Against The European Legacy Carrier

Ground workers upset with the progress of contract negotiations with Lufthansa called a one-day strike against the airline Monday, nearly grounding the airline for a day. The BBC reports that only 32 of a scheduled 1,700 scheduled Lufthansa flights operated Monday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.23.13)

“This disregard for the American public is indicative that the Administration views the sequester as an attempt to score political points rather than address real issues and find real savings in a bloated federal bureaucracy.” Source: Statement from House Transportation Committee chair Bill Shuster (R-PA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.23.13): Land As Soon As Practical

The landing site and duration of flight are at the discretion of the pilot. Extended flight beyond the nearest approved landing area is not recommended.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.23.13)

U.S. Hang Gliding And Paragliding Association

The stated mission of the USHGPA is to promote the growth of sport flying in foot-launchable soaring aircraft.

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