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June 04, 2013

Aviation Community Urged To Sign Online Petition Against FAA Event Fees

But Time Is Short, The Deadline For Signing Electronically Is 2:30 PM EDT Tuesday

In recent weeks the FAA notified the EAA that they would be responsible for some of the costs incurred for using FAA air traffic controllers at Oshkosh this year, and the price tag was pushing half a million dollars.

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Air Force Establishes F-35 Initial Operational Capability Target

Says The Aircraft Will Be Operational In December, 2016

The U.S. Air Force says it expects to declare F-35A Lightning II initial operation capability in December 2016. The announcement was included in a joint report detailing service-specific IOC requirements and dates for each of the F-35 variants that was delivered to Congress last week.

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Luxury BizJet Would Mimic Military Styling And Performance

Saker Aircraft Corp. Plans .99 Mach Two-Place Business Aircraft

Emerging luxury jet aircraft manufacturer Saker Aircraft Corporation has opened its order book for what it says is the aviation industry’s most advanced personal jet, the Saker S-1. If it reaches production, the company says it will be one of the world’s fastest and most efficient civilian aircraft available for purchase.

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Sandbar Mitchell Salvage Effort Reaches Kickstarter Goal

B-25J Went Down On Alaska River Beach In 1969

The crowdfunding effort to raise money for the salvage of a B-25J Mitchell airplane which went down on a firefighting mission in 1969 has surpassed its $20,000 initial target, giving the entrepreneurs hoping to restore the airplane a boost towards their goal.

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New Dreamliner Problem Traced To Tape Left On Battery Enclosure

JAL Says No Safety Risk To Passengers Or The Aircraft

A piece of tape covering two small holes in a Dreamliner battery encasement caused an anomalous reading aboard a JAL Dreamliner Sunday, but the airline said that the incident posed no safety risk to any passengers or the airplane.

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Another American High Frontier First: 3-D Manufacturing In Space

Hardware Scheduled For Launch Next Year

In preparation for a future where parts and tools can be printed on demand in space, NASA and Made in Space Inc. of Mountain View, CA, have joined to launch equipment for the first 3-D microgravity printing experiment to the International Space Station. If successful, the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (3-D Print) will be the first device to manufacture parts in space.

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Northrop Grumman Delivers 8,000th LN-100 Inertial Navigation System

System Flying On A Number Of USAF And Navy Platforms

Northrop Grumman Corporation has delivered its 8,000th LN-100 inertial navigation system (INS), which provides primary and backup navigation information for a variety of airborne and shipboard platforms.

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Modular Space Vehicle Nears End Of Manufacturing Phase

Functional Testing On Northrop Grumman-Built Spacecraft Completed

A Northrop Grumman Corporation-led team recently completed the third gate review of its first Modular Space Vehicle (MSV) bus assembly, integration and test, marking completion of functional testing. The team will conduct comprehensive "day in the life" testing next for the Operationally Responsive Space-2 (ORS-2) bus, leading to hardware acceptance by the Air Force's ORS program office.

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Cri-Cri Pilot Fatally Injured When Plane Hit Power Lines

Tail Of The Light Twin Was Left Suspended From The Wires

The pilot of a single-seat homebuilt twin engine airplane was seriously injured when he struck power lines near Doylestown Airport (KDYL) in Bucks County, PA, Saturday. The accident reportedly occurred shortly after takeoff from the airport located just north of the Philadelphia metro area.

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Jet Aviation Adds 23 Aircraft To Aircraft Management And Charter Fleet In 2013

European And U.S.-Based Planes Available For Charter

Jet Aviation has added 23 aircraft to its global management fleet to date this year, three of which are available for charter. Jet Aviation continues to grow its service offerings to meet and exceed its clients’ demands. Since January, the company has grown its global aircraft management and charter fleet by 23 aircraft.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-03

PRODUCT: certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-215-1A10 and CL-215-6B11 (CL-215T Variant) airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-10-06

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A330-200 Freighter, A330-200, A330-300, A340-200, A340-300, A340-500, and A340-600 series airplanes.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-09

PRODUCT: Turbomeca S.A. Arrius 2B, 2B1, and 2F turboshaft engines.

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Airborne 06.04.13: R66 Canada Cert, EAA Transition Costs, More Eclipse Progress

Also: Skip Stewart Wins, TIGHAR Still Looking For Amelia, Mount Everest BASE Jump, Trig Aerobatic Team, 50th 747-8

The R66 light turbine helicopter is now certified in Canada. The approval came last Week (May 31st). Canadian certification reached a standstill until the FAA's ELOS (Equivalent Level of Safety) finding that effectively removed an exemption in the R66's original type certificate. With the recent public publication of EAA's 2011-2012 IRS Form 990s, details are emerging that show that their first major leadership transition in recent years (in 2011), was a costly one. All told, for the period ending February 29th, 2012, EAA expended some $2,250,395 for the top eight management positions specified in their IRS documentation. Eclipse Aerospace has received a Type Certif

Airborne 06.04.13: R66 Canada Cert, EAA Transition Costs, More Eclipse Progress

Also: Skip Stewart Wins, TIGHAR Still Looking For Amelia, Mount Everest BASE Jump, Trig Aerobatic Team, 50th 747-8

The R66 light turbine helicopter is now certified in Canada. The approval came last Week (May 31st). Canadian certification reached a standstill until the FAA's ELOS (Equivalent Level of Safety) finding that effectively removed an exemption in the R66's original type certificate. With the recent public publication of EAA's 2011-2012 IRS Form 990s, details are emerging that show that their first major leadership transition in recent years (in 2011), was a costly one. All told, for the period ending February 29th, 2012, EAA expended some $2,

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FAA Report Does Not Support Helicopter Corridors In Los Angeles

California Congressman Questions Effectiveness Of Voluntary Measures

A report released Friday by the FAA does not support additional regulations to address helicopter noise concerns of some Los Angeles residents, as well as the local Congressional delegation. The report, prepared at the request of the two Senators from California plus five House of Representative members from the affected communities, states that "(t)here is no single remedy that can be implemented on a large-scale basis throughout the Los Angeles Basin."

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St. Louis Airport Buildings Damaged In Storm

Solar Impulse To Arrive As Scheduled, But Exhibit Plans Change Because Of Storm

The severe storms that rocked the St. Louis region Friday caused extensive damage to several airport support buildings and hangars at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport based on an initial assessments by the airport on Saturday.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes Engineering Plans Realignment

Establishes New Centers For Engineering Design, Propulsion, And Out-Of-Production Support

Boeing has establishing new centers for engineering design, propulsion and out-of-production airplane support for Commercial Airplanes as it continues to lay the foundation for increased competitiveness and profitable growth in its second century. The company, which marks its 100-year anniversary in 2016, will establish engineering design centers in Washington state, South Carolina and Southern California.

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State Department Cancels UAV RFP

Says None Of The Companies In The Competition Met Minimum Requirements

The U.S. State Department has cancelled an RFP it had posted for a contract to produce UAVs for domestic surveillance. In 2011, the DoS had posted the Request for Proposals for the aircraft to provide real-time air surveillance of fixed installations, proposed movement routes and movement operations, and special events thereby improving security in high threat or potentially high threat environments.

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First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Begins Final Assembly

Newest 787 Complements, Extends The Line

Final assembly of the first 787-9 Dreamliner is underway, according to a Boeing news release. The newest member of the 787 family began taking shape on schedule May 30 in Everett, WA, when Boeing started joining large sections of the jet.

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Arizona Mid-Air Collision Results In Four Fatal Injuries

One Of The Aircraft Was Registered To A Phoenix Flight School

A mid-air collision involving two general aviation airplanes Friday has resulted in the fatal injury of the four people who were aboard the aircraft.

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Flight Instructor Fatally Injured In New Jersey Accident

Student Pilot Survives, Hospitalized With Serious Injuries

A 58-year-old flight instructor was fatally injured Friday when the airplane in which he was conducting a lesson failed to gain sufficient altitude and went down on the site of an abandoned General Motors factory in Linden, NJ.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.04.13)

"There is no single remedy that can be implemented on a large-scale basis throughout the Los Angeles Basin." Source: FAA report on helicopter noise in Los Angeles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.04.13)

Airborne Weather Radar

While Nexrad and Nowrad are becoming more common in aircraft cockpits, many airplanes still carry radar equipment on board. Here's a site explaining how airborne weather radar works.

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