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April 26, 2013

FAA Clears Dreamliner For Flight After Battery Upgrades

Japanese Regulators Follow FAA's Lead In Lifting The Grounding

The FAA on Thursday said that as soon as U.S. airlines make the necessary changes to the Dreamliner's battery system, it is cleared to return to revenue service. The Dreamliners have been grounded since mid-January following a battery fire that occurred while one of JAL's airplanes sat at a gate at Boston Logan International Airport.

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Senate Passes Bill To Provide FAA With Sequester Flexibility

Bill Goes To The House For Consideration There

Senate Commerce Committee chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Ranking Member John Thune (R-SD), and Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced and passed legislation (S. 853)late Thursday that would provide the FAA the authority to utilize unspent Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds and additional flexibility to transfer other funding within the FAA, up to $253 million.

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FAA Proposes $4 Million Civil Penalty Against UPS

Agency Says Package Company Failed To Properly Maintain Aircraft

The FAA has proposed a $4 million civil penalty against United Parcel Service (UPS) of Louisville, KY, for allegedly maintaining four cargo aircraft improperly and then operating them when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

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PASS Updates Statement On FAA Furloughs

Perrone: 'Minor Equipment Outages ... Can Turn Into Hours Of Delays'

Mike Perrone, national president of the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists, AFL-CIO (PASS), which represents over 11,000 FAA employees, including systems specialists and aviation safety inspectors, said in a statement Wednesday that the furloughing of FAA employees is having an impact on the aviation system and the flying public is noticing.

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China Agrees To 60 Plane Purchase From Airbus

Aircraft Will Be Primarily Manufactured At Airbus' Tainjin Plant

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) has signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) with Airbus for the purchase of 60 Airbus aircraft, which includes 42 A320 Family aircraft and 18 A330 aircraft. The GTA was signed Thursday at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by Li Hai, President and CEO of CAS and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus.

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Milestone Reached In Development Of Next Rocket Engine For Human Spaceflight

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Completes J-2X Hot Fire Testing

The last in a series of hot-fire tests on a J-2X engine with a stub-nozzle extension at simulated altitude conditions has been completed by Pratt &Whitney Rocketdyne. This latest chapter in the development of America's next rocket engine paves the way toward full-motion testing of the J-2X engine, which is designed to power humans to Mars.  NASA has selected the J-2X as the upper-stage propulsion for the evolved 143-ton Space Launch System (SLS), an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle.

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Cessna Brings New Single Engine Products To Aero Friedrichshafen

TTX, Grand Caravan EX In The Static Display Area

Cessna has taken their newest single-engine products to showcase to the European market at this week's AERO Friedrichshafen general aviation trade show. The TTx and the Grand Caravan EX are on display in the show's exhibit hall for the duration of the 21st annual trade show. The TTx is billed as the world's fastest certified single engine fixed-gear aircraft.

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NASA Announces 2012 Small Business Industry Awards

Highlights Outstanding Contractor Support For The Agency

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Tuesday recognized three companies as winners of the agency's 2012 Small Business Industry Awards (SBIA).

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Pilot Bails Out Of Acro-Sport After Control Failure

Plane Destroyed By Impact With The Ground, Pilot Slightly Injured

A pilot flying an Acro-Sport I near Midland, LA earlier this month suddenly found himself unable to control the airplane after feeling something snap in his control stick. According to the NTSB's preliminary report, the pilot was able to parachute safely to the ground, but the airplane suffered a much worse fate.

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Jeppesen Training E-Books For Offered For Apple, Android, PC, And Mac

Multiple Device Availability Provides Customers With Choice Of E-Learning Options

Jeppesen now offers customers delivery of its popular e-book training textbooks and materials directly through its JeppDirect.com site for use with Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as for PC and Mac computers.

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Airline Ticket Changes Will Hit Passengers In The Wallet

United Announced Increase Of At Least $200 For Changes On Domestic Flights

Passengers on United Airlines who need to make adjustments to their schedules will be hit with a fee of at least $200 for domestic flights under a new structure announced by the airline this week. The carrier has raised fees on some of its international routes as well.

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Florida Homeowner Waiting For Insurance Decision On House Damaged By An Airplane

Accident Happened Over Three Months Ago, But No Progress Has Been Made

Homeowner Susan Crockett was in one of the bedrooms in her Palm Coast, FL, home January 4 when an airplane came through the roof of the house. Crockett managed to escape the house through a back window. The three occupants of the airplane were fatally injured.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.26.13

New Legislation Seeks to Halt ATC Furloughs…

EASA Proposes Relaxed Instrument Ratings…

Changing Flight Plans? Break Out Your Wallet&he

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Airborne 04.26.13: SpaceX Climbs, Will You Go To Mars?, Pipistrel Goes Polar

Also: Huerta Under The Gun, Leap Frogs Leap No More, Beech Looses LAS--Again, Prince William Hanging Up his Rotors?, Yet Another Reason To Avoid SnF

Grasshopper continues to grow its space legs. SpaceX has released a new video showing another successful flight of its Grasshopper VTOL vehicle. And every time the fly the rocket, they go exponentially higher. On March 7, the Grasshopper flew to 262 feet. So how would you like to live out the rest of your life… on Mars? Dutch Entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, has set a very ambitious goal; to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023. But you have to really, really want to go ... because the colonists will not be returning to Earth. Experienced long distance pilot, biologist and photographer Matevž Lenarcic is off again on another ad

NBAA Responds To Proposal Targeting Business Aircraft Tax Policies

Senator From New York Proposes Changes Only In Aircraft Depreciation Schedule

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen has responded to legislation offered by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), which would single out one industry, general aviation (GA), for a change in its established depreciation schedule.

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NBAA Welcomes Legislation To Halt Contract Tower Closings

Bills Introduced In Both Houses Of Congress To Keep Towers Open

The NBAA said Thursday it welcomes legislation recently introduced in the House and Senate barring the FAA)from closing contract air traffic control towers.

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Bipartisan Group Of Senators Introduce The Dependable Air Service Act

Bill Gives DOT Funding Flexibility To Avert Airport Delays

Senators John Hoeven (R-ND), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday introduced the Dependable Air Service Act. The legislation would give the FAA the flexibility to transfer funds between accounts in order to abate air traffic controller furloughs and avert mounting passenger delays and flight cancellations at America’s airports.

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House Science Committee Members Question NASA Budget Priorities

Raise Concerns About Proposed Asteroid Mission

In a House Space Subcommittee hearing held Wednesday to review NASA’s fiscal year 2014 (FY14) budget request, Members expressed numerous concerns to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden over the Obama administration’s priorities for the agency.

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EASA Publishes New Rules For Pilots Flying IFR

Agency Puts Forward New And More Accessible Instrument Rating For GA Pilots

The European Aviation Safety Agency has published a proposal to the European Commission containing rules on qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). In the document, called an opinion, the Agency puts forward new and more accessible instrument ratings focused on General Aviation pilots.

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Klyde Morris 04.26.2013

Just Another Typical Day At 800 Independence Ave NW In Washington, DC

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AEA Elects New Chairman, Vice Chairman, Board Members

Gary Harpster Begins New Role As Chairman

Members of the Aircraft Electronics Association recently elected new representatives to its board of directors, and the AEA board of directors elected a new chairman and new vice chairman. The new AEA chairman is Gary Harpster, a senior avionics sales representative for Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, Neb. A long-time AEA member who has served as vice chairman since 2010, Harpster was first elected to the AEA board of directors in 2005.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.26.13)

“I am disheartened by the administration’s ever-changing goals and their lack of justifications and details. The goal of NASA’s human spaceflight program is to go to Mars and beyond on a path that includes returning to the Moon or asteroids as necessary.” Source: House Science Committee chair Lamar Smith (R-TX), to NASA administrator Charles Bolden during a hearing Wednesday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.26.13): Make Short Approach

Used by ATC to inform a pilot to alter his/her traffic pattern so as to make a short final approach.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.26.13)

World War II Glider Pilots Association

The CG-4A glider, (C-for cargo, G-for glider) was the mainstay of the US Army Air Forces glider arsenal. It was designed by the Waco Aircraft Company of Troy, Ohio, whose personnel followed specifications given to them by the US Army Air Corps.

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