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June 13, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.14.13

The EAA Inks a Deal with the FAA – Under Protest!

NTSB Chair Hersman Says the Public Needs the NTSB… 

Solar Impulse Will Short Hop

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Wisconsin Air Show Takes A Financial Hit

Organizers Say Missing Military Presence Cost Them $100,000

Organizers of the Thunder on the Lakeshore airshow in Manitowoc, WI, say the lack of military participation in the show wound up setting them back $100,000.

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TIGHAR Denies It Has Found Earhart's Airplane

Wyoming Man Has Filed Suit Charging The Group With Fundraising Fraud

A Wyoming man has filed a lawsuit claiming that The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) has solicited money from him to search for an airplane he says they have already found.

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Marks On Martian Dunes May Reveal Tracks Of Dry Ice Sleds

Possible Explanation For Gullies Seen On The Martian Surface

NASA research indicates  hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go. Researchers deduced  this process could explain one enigmatic class of gullies seen on Martian sand dunes by examining images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and performing experiments on sand dunes in Utah and California.

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Electric Ducted Lift Fan Completes High Powered Thrust Tests

Project Funded By DARPA And The Air Force Research Lab

Aurora Flight Sciences along with partners ThinGap and Trust Automation are developing safe, high power density electric lift fans, with specific interest in vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) air vehicle applications. The team's unique approach utilizes a DC brushless ring motor, high switching rate controller, and ducted fan.

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Pilot In Georgia Accident Reported Engine Failure

Two Fatally Injured When Airplane Went Down Near Warner Robins AFB

The pilot of a Piper PA-32 which went down while attempting an emergency landing at Warner Robins AFB in central Georgia said his engine had stopped, and he would be unable to make it to Middle Georgia Regional Airport, the nearest civilian airfield.

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Chinese-Built MA60 Down In Myanmar

Two People Injured, Several Aircraft Grounded By Indonesian Government

A Chinese-built MA60 turboprop made what was described as a "crash landing" in Myanmar on Tuesday, prompting the government of Indonesia to completely write off the airplane and ground several others pending safety inspections.

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Boeing Schedules 787 Dreamliner Pair For Paris Air Show

Two Of The Composite Airliners On Display In Airbus' Back Yard

A pair of 787 Dreamliners will be the featured Boeing products on display at the Paris Air Show, which begins June 17 at the Le Bourget exhibition center. One 787 will perform daily flying displays from Monday through Friday, while the other – a Qatar Airways 787 – will be on static display.

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First Woman In Space Would Take One-Way Trip To Mars

Valentina Tereshkova Calls Mars Her 'Favorite Planet'

It was 50 years ago on June 16th that Valentina Tereshkova become the first woman to fly in space, and now the 76-year-old Russian says she's ready to go back ... on a one-way trip to Mars.

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NASA Awards Johnson Safety And Mission Assurance Contract

Company To Support Orion Crew Vehicle, Manage Extravehicular Activity Office

NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) of McLean, VA, to provide safety and mission assurance engineering support services for the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a three-year base period beginning Oct. 1, and a pair of one-year options that would extend the contract through September 2018.

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Advanced Drone And Aerospace Business Remains In South Africa

One Of That Country's Oldest Aerospace Companies Acquired By African Defense Contractor

One of Africa's oldest aerospace companies, ATE (Advanced Technology and Engineering Company (Pty) Ltd), manufacturers of high-tech products for the global defense industry, has been saved from liquidation with vital technology and skills now staying in Africa, thanks to the acquisition by Africa's largest privately owned defense and aerospace business, Paramount Group.

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Elbit Systems To Launch A Self Protection System For UAS

The System Is Based On Elbit Systems EW And SIGINT

Elbit Systems EW and Sigint – Elisra plan to introduce a self protection Electronic Warfare (EW) system, well suited for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), at the Paris Air Show. Improving the UAS’ survivability, the SPS-65V5 system is based on Elbit Systems EW and SIGINT – Elisra's experience in the development of systems installed onboard other platforms such as fighters, helicopters and utility aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: L-3 Avionics's GH-3900 -- A Whole New Attitude

L-3 Continues Pushing The Envelope For Standby Instrumentation

First Webcast on 05.23.12: During ANN's amazing sweep through all the news that came about as a result of the extraordinary week that was AEA's 2012 Convention and trade Show, we saw some truly amazing gear. One of the more intriguing introductions came with L-3 Avionics Systems announcement of their updated and enhanced GH-3900 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS). With added features and a new/lower price, the GH-3900 ESIS is "capable of satisfying airworthiness requirements for almost any transport category fixed- or rotary-wing aircraft. Rendering all the importa

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Getting Closer ... Airbus Confirms Timing For A350 XWB First Flight

Planemaker Says Program Schedule Is 'On Track' For June 14 Flight

Airbus confirms that the A350 XWB first flight is planned for this Friday, based on current visibility of the program and the flight test status. Weather conditions permitting, the A350 XWB “MSN1” will take off from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at around 10:00 am local time.

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House Aviation Subcommittee Holds Hearing On Dreamliner Incidents

Full Committee Chair Bill Shuster (R-PA) Says Valuable Lessons Were Learned

The U.S. House Transportation subcommittee on Aviation held a hearing Tuesday to examine the "Lessons Learned" from the battery incidents aboard Boeing's Dreamliner. The airplanes were recently returned to service after Boeing engineers re-worked the battery enclosure, and added insulation between the lithium-ion cells of the units.

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SMC Enters into Cooperative Research And Development Agreement With SpaceX

Enables The USAF To Evaluate The Falcon 9 Booster For National Security Missions

The Space and Missile Systems Center has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, as part of the company's effort to certify its Falcon 9 v1.1 Launch System for National Security Space (NSS) missions.

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NBAA: FAA Plans Changes to Colorado Mountain Winter Holiday Procedures

Will Discontinue Legacy Air Traffic Slot Reservations For Three Airports

The NBAA has learned that the FAA plans changes to some traditional procedures for flights into three Colorado airports for the 2013-2014 holiday season. Specifically, the FAA will discontinue use of a legacy air-traffic slot-reservation program for Aspen Colorado Airport (ASE), Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE) and Garfield County “Rifle” (RIL) airports during the 2013-2014 holiday season.

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California Officials Demand Action From FAA On LA Helicopter Noise

Delegation Says Agency's Proposed Voluntary Guidelines Will Be Ineffective

A group of California lawmakers held a public hearing in Griffith Park in the Los Angeles, CA, area to demand that the FAA establish restrictive helicopter corridors over the city to deal with what they say is excessive noise from the aircraft.

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Boeing Receives US Army Contract For Up To 215 Chinook Helicopters

Five-Year Contract Will Save More Than $800 Million, Company Says

In an agreement that is estimated to save the U.S. government more than $800 million, the Army and Boeing have signed a $4 billion multi-year contract for 177 CH-47F Chinook helicopters, with the Army holding options that could increase its total buy to 215 aircraft. Deliveries from the agreement, which is a cost-effective alternative to annually contracting for the aircraft, begin in 2015.

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One Fatally Injured In Pipistrel Alpha Accident

Pilot Was Reportedly Attempting An Emergency Landing In Texas

An Indiana man who was flying a Pipistrel Alpha Trainer from Indiana to Hutchison County Airport in Texas was fatally injured when the plane went down north of Pampa, TX Tuesday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.13.13)

"This hearing is not about laying blame. Instead, today we will take a constructive look at what has been learned from these incidents." Source: House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Frank LoBiondo, at a hearing on "Lessons Learned" from the Dreamliner battery incident.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.13.13): Directional Shear

The component of wind shear which is due to a change in wind direction with height, e.g., southeasterly winds at the surface and southwesterly winds aloft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.13.13)

The Aircraft Engine Historical Society

The Aircraft Engine Historical Society is a non-profit educational and historical society that fosters an appreciation of the people, art, and science associated with aircraft engine development, manufacture, and use.

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