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April 17, 2013

USDA, DOT Renew Agreement To Promote Renewable Fuels In The Aviation Industry

Resolution With The FAA And Private-Sector Partners Will Continue The Work To Develop A Robust Aviation Biofuels Industry

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that USDA is extending its agreement to work with the FAA and other partners to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry for an additional five years. The Secretary signed the agreement, called "Farm to Fly 2.0", with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Advanced Biofuels Summit at Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland.

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Air Ambulance Conversion For 400XT Unveiled At ABACE

Southeast Asia Identified As Key Market For Air Ambulance Aircraft

An air  ambulance conversion module for the 400XT remanufactured aircraft has been unveiled by Nextant Aerospace. The equipment, based on a platform by Spectrum Aeromed, enables the Nextant 400XT to be converted from a VIP configuration to a fully ACLS capable critical care room with self-contained ambulance bed in less than 30 minutes.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Hawker 4000 Aileron Controls

Disbonded Or Missing Cable Guards Cited In The Bulletin

The FAA has issued an SAIB (Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin) concerning the degradation of normal aileron control of Hawker 4000 airplanes due to disbonded or missing cable guards.

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Dassault Begins 50th Anniversary Celebration

Presents Restored Mystère 20 s/n 1 For Public Display

The first Mystère 20 ...  the ancestor of today's Falcon business jet line ... is set to return to public view following an extensive facelift that lasted three years. The restored Mystère 20 s/n 1 was unveiled last week at the third annual Air & Space Museum Airshow, held at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris. It will next be shown at this year's Paris Air Show, scheduled for June 17-23, before returning to its permanent home at the French Air & Space Museum.

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Eurocopter Marks 45-Year Presence In China

Overall Fleet In The Region Has Topped 100 Aircraft

Eurocopter is celebrating its 45-year presence in the Chinese helicopter market this week at ABACE in Shanghai. The company says that its Eurocopter’s China subsidiary has been multiplying its support and services offerings to meet the increasing helicopter needs in the country while maintaining strong product sales.

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Embraer Executive Jets Lineage 1000 Reaches 10,000-Hour Mark

Milestone Reached On March 13, Planemaker Says

Embraer Executive Jets Lineage 1000 reached a milestone on March 13 when the ultra-large jet reached the 10,000-hour mark. “This is an important milestone for our largest business jet,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets.

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Ryanair Pilot Rewarded For Outstanding Contribution

Airline's Longest-Serving Pilot Receives Presidential Citation From IFALPA

Ryanair’s longest-serving pilot Captain John Goss has been awarded the Presidential Citation for his outstanding contribution to the pilot profession by the International Federation of Airline Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). This highest award by IFALPA acknowledges Capt. Goss’ professionalism as an airline pilot and recognises his exceptional commitment to the Ryanair pilot community.

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Bombardier Expands Support Network For Business Aircraft Customers In Russia

Appoints Tulpar Technic Of Kazan As Line Maintenance Facility For Challenger 300, Challenger 850 Business Aircraft

Bombardier has reaffirmed its commitment to supporting operators in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and to expanding its customer services network in key emerging markets. The company today announced the appointment of Tulpar Technic of Kazan, in the Republic of Tatarstan, as a Line Maintenance Facility (LMF) for the growing number of Challenger 300 and Challenger 850 business aircraft operating in the region.

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Bell Helicopter Updates Military Officials On OH-58 Kiowa Warrior

Aircraft Has Flown More Than 820,000 Combat Hours

In a program update presented last week at the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America’s (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition, Bell Helicopter officials noted several key accomplishments in the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior program.

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Boeing Business Jets Celebrates Completion Of Nanshan Jet's First BBJ

China Is Key Market For Business Jets

Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) celebrated the completion of the first BBJ for China's Nanshan Jet at a ceremony held at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai. 

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.  

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-07-11

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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Aero-TV: AEA’s Paula Derks -– ‘Let’s Get To Work!’

One of GA's True Leaders Sets A Course For Her Constituency's Survival

Like each year before it, the 2013 AEA Convention and trade show had much to boast about... great news, exciting product unveilings and no end of interesting products and people to feature. However; it was the force and reason of some of the political messaging put forth by AEA Leadership that had many of the attendees talking for much of the event.

Aero-TV: AEA’s Paula Derks -– ‘Let’s Get To Work!’

One of GA's True Leaders Sets A Course For Her Constituency's Survival

Like each year before it, the 2013 AEA Convention and trade show had much to boast about... great news, exciting product unveilings and no end of interesting products and people to feature. However; it was the force and reason of some of the political messaging put forth by AEA Leadership that had many of the attendees talking for much of the event.

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Huerta Gives No Dreamliner Timeline To Senate Transportation Committee

Committee Questions Tower Closures, Other Budget Cuts

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing Tuesday titled “Aviation Safety: FAA’s Progress on Key Safety Initiatives”. The hearing was called to examine the consequences of sequestration on the FAA, the agency’s efforts to implement safety provisions in recent FAA reauthorizations, and the status of the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board’s ongoing investigation of the Boeing 787.

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Bipartisan 'Protect Our Skies Act' Proving Popular In The U.S. Senate

Bill To Stop FAA Contract Control Towers From Closing, Preserve Aviation Safety Draws 30 Cosponsors

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said that their "Protect Our Skies Act" – legislation to protect air traffic control towers and preserve aviation safety across America – has been cosponsored by a bipartisan group of 30 Senators, and the list continues to grow. The Protect Our Skies Act would prohibit the DOT from closing any air traffic control towers during FY 2013 or 2014, including those that are operated by the FAA.

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Distinguished Warfare Medal Cancelled

Citation Honoring Drone Pilots And Other Cyber Warriors Will Become A 'Device' To Be Affixed To Previous Medals

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced Monday. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards.

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Missouri Senator Blunt Introduces 'Essential Services Act of 2013'

Some Federal Jobs, Such As Air Traffic Controllers, Would Be Shielded From Furloughs Due To Sequestration

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has introduced a bill he calls the “Essential Services Act of 2013” ... legislation he says will "protect American jobs and public safety by ensuring 'essential' federal employees continue to provide vital services" in the wake of sequestration. Those would include air traffic control tower operations, food inspections, border security, and others.

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New Citation X First Production Unit Makes Debut

Airplane Rolled Out Of Cessna's Wichita, KS, Production Facility

The first production unit of the new Citation X has been rolled out at Cessna's Wichita, KS, manufacturing facility. First announced at NBAA in 2010, the new airplane is best known for its top speed of Mach 0.935, which Cessna says makes it the fastest civilian aircraft in the world.

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Industry’s Largest Training Conference Focuses On Future Aviators

Boeing-Sponsored High School Students Explore Aviation Careers At World Aviation Training Symposium

Tomorrow’s aviation leaders gathered in Orlando, FL, Tuesday at the largest gathering of flight training professionals in the United States, in the hopes that the groups will inspire each other. Boeing Flight Services, a business unit of Commercial Aviation Services, invited two Washington state high school students to attend the World Aviation Training Symposium (WATS) which is underway this week in Orlando.

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Authorities Remove Two People From United Airlines Flight In Boston

No Known Connection With Boston Marathon Bombing

A day after the tragic bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, two people and their luggage were removed from a United Airlines flight at Boston Logan International Airport, according to sources familiar with the situation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.17.13)

“I know airplanes will be a large part of my future. From pretending to fly miniature 747 airplane models in my bedroom when I was eight years old, opportunities such as this will allow me to one day be a pilot and fly a real 747 in the skies.” Source: Navid Azodi, a junior at Kentwood High School in Covington, WA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.17.13): National Beacon Code Allocation Plan Airspace

Airspace over United States territory located within the North American continent between Canada and Mexico, including adjacent territorial waters outward to about boundaries of oceanic control areas (CTA)/Flight Information Regions (FIR).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.17.13)

The National WASP WWII Museum

The National WASP WWII Museum seeks to educate and inspire every generation with the history of the WASP: Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII.

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