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April 06, 2013

FAA Extends Tower Closure Date

Contract Towers Now To Close June 15

The FAA said Friday it will delay the closures of all 149 federal contract air traffic control towers until June 15. Last month, the FAA announced it would eliminate funding for these towers as part of the agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration.

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Alabama Limits Liability On Large Aircraft Manufacturers, Suppliers

Law Passed In Anticipation Of Airbus Assembly Facility In Mobile

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday signed legislation aimed at attracting thousands of additional jobs to the state. The Alabama Commercial Aviation Business Improvement Act will help the state recruit more aerospace industry suppliers. Those suppliers are expected to locate in the region as Airbus builds its first U.S.-based production facility in Mobile. Groundbreaking for the Airbus facility is scheduled for next week.

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F-22 Resumes Normal Flight Operations

USAF Says Modifications To Oxygen Systems Have Been Completed Across The Fleet

The F-22 Raptor has resumed normal flight operations after modifications to aircrew life-support equipment were completed across the fleet, including the upper pressure garment and related hoses, valves and connectors. Completion of this task eliminates the need to restrict flight operations to remain within a 30-minute flying distance from an airfield suitable for landing.

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Boeing Says Half Of Its Dreamliner Testing Completed

Resolving The Battery Issue Taking Longer Than Originally Anticipated

Boeing says that it is half way through the testing process that it hopes will return the world's 787 fleet to service, with the rest of the ground and flight tests coming in the next week or so.

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New Regional Distributor Appointed By Flight Design USA

Stanton Sport Aviation Will Service The Upper Midwest

Stanton Sport Aviation at Stanton Airfield (KSYN) in Stanton, MN, has been named by Flight Design USA as its newest distributor servicing the upper Midwest region.As a distributor, Stanton will place orders for aircraft commonly arriving in overseas shipping containers. They will reassemble these aircraft under the quality control system of the manufacturer following an extensive pre-delivery checklist and fly the aircraft before declaring them suitable to turn over to a new owner.

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TSA Seeks Comments On Imaging Technology NPRM

Comment Period Open Until June 24

The TSA is proposing to revise its civil aviation security regulations to clarify that it may use advanced imaging technology (AIT) to screen individuals at security screening checkpoints. This proposed rule is issued to comply with a decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which ordered TSA to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking on the use of AIT for screening.

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Washington’s New 'Unfair Competition Law' Used To Protect Microsoft

Embraer, World’s 4th Largest Aircraft Manufacturer, Now 'In Full Compliance'

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson shared news Wednesday that Microsoft recently used a new Washington unfair competition law to resolve a dispute over software licensing issues with the world’s fourth largest aircraft manufacturer, Embraer. The Attorney General’s Office helped pass the new law aimed at protecting both IP and fair competition in Washington and exchanged several letters with the Brazilian company in an effort to resolve this matter before taking more formal steps. 

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Exact Replica WWI Aircraft Flying Saturday In Central Florida

Fokker, Albatros, Snipe Replicas Part Of Legends & Legacies Symposium Series

Exceptionally rare aircraft seldom seen in the last 100 years will buzz through the Polk County skies for live, aerial demonstrations and flybys, as Fantasy of Flight will take guests on an extraordinary journey through the gallant aerial history of World War I on Saturday. Some of the vintage WWI replica aircraft are exact replicas the attraction purchased from a collection built by the New Zealand team of award-winning Hollywood director and producer Peter Jackson.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.06.13)

“Without this bill, suppliers could very easily choose to build in Florida or Mississippi, which already have similar laws. With this legislation, Alabama is now on a level playing field, and we can recruit more supplier jobs for people in our state.” Source: Alabama Governor Robert Bentley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.06.13): Go Around

An event where an aircraft has begun its decent for landing, discontinues that decent, and does not land from that approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.06.13)

Airplane Ear

You've just settled in for a long, relaxing flight. But then you start to feel pressure and discomfort in your ears. Then there's some pain.

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