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August 07, 2013

Piper’s First Half Performance Continues 3-Year Rise

First-Half Of The Year Saw 86 Airplanes Delivered By The GA Manufacturer

Piper Aircraft continued to deliver more new aircraft and increase new airplane revenue during the first half of 2013, continuing a steady improved performance trend.

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Tornado Pilot Narrowly Avoids Mid-Air With Glider

Military Jet Was On A Low-Level Training Mission

The pilot of a Tornado fighter jet reportedly avoided colliding with a glider by a vertical separation of 100 feet in Aviemore in Scotland last week.

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Year's Sixth Significant Update Of ForeFlight Lands In App Store

Plates On Maps, Flight Alerts, And Aerial Satellite Imagery Included In Version 5.3

The sixth significant release of ForeFlight Mobile this year is now available for download from App Store. ForeFlight Mobile 5.3 will allow users to view plate and taxi diagram map overlays on any of ForeFlight’s own 13,000+ geo-referenced diagrams and 700+ geo-referenced airport diagrams on the moving map.

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It's Not You, It's Me

The (Temporary) Break-up From Airventure

One day to go to the end of AirVenture and I start to get that empty feeling in my stomach. I remember a similar feeling when I was 15 and breaking up with my first serious girlfriend. My mother said I was too young to get upset but I'm 57 now.

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Build A Plane To Present 'Teachers' Day' At NBAA 2013

College Roundtables And High School Session Also Offered At Event's 'Careers In Business Aviation Day'

The NBAA has announced it will for the first time host a Build A Plane Teachers’ Day in conjunction with the annual “Careers in Business Aviation Day,” held each year at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013), which takes place this year in Las Vegas, NV.

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B-17 Bomber: In The War And Now

The Legacy Of TheFlying Fortress

Without the B-17 bomber, the world today would be very different. Many more lives and aircraft would have been lost, perhaps even World War II itself. Luckily, 12,731 of these amazing aircraft were manufactured, and some survive today.

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NASA Begins Launch Preparations For Next Mars Mission

MAVEN Spacecraft Arrived Last Friday At Kennedy Space Center

NASA's next spacecraft going to Mars arrived Friday, Aug. 2, at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is now perched in a cleanroom to begin final preparations for its November launch. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is undergoing detailed testing and fueling prior to being moved to its launch pad.

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NTSB Investigates Air-Crash-Chasing Attorneys

U.S. Law Prohibits Solicitation For 45 Days After A Crash

As if the fallout from the recent crash of an Asiana Boeing 777 in San Francisco has not been politically charged enough, now the NTSB says it is investigating complaints of what it calls "air crash chasing" attorneys. In the automotive world the term is "ambulance chaser" and it is not a compliment to any attorney.

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Senate Passes 'Helping Heroes Fly' Act

TSA Union Praises The Action

The U.S. Senate last week passed the "Helping Heroes Fly Act," introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor and Kelly Ayotte. This bill, spearheaded by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, had wide bipartisan support in both the House and Senate. AFGE supported the bill since its inception.

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AirCam Sports New Rear-Cockpit Enclosure

Now The Passengers (Spouses) Can Fly In Comfort

One of the most enjoyable, and certainly one of the safest aircraft to fly, is the AirCam. The AirCam is a kit-built, twin-engine, tandem seat, open cockpit aircraft. Currently there are 180 of them flying, and approximately 25 being built.

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Disabled Man Sues Delta

Alleges He Was 'Forced to Crawl' As Airline Staff Refused To Assist Him

Hawaiian resident D. Baraka Kanaan has filed suit against Delta Airlines after he says he was "forced to crawl" while both boarding and disembarking on a round trip flight from his island home to Nantucket in 2012. Kanaan alleges the airline violated his rights under the American with Disabilities Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Hawaii.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-15-02

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron Helicopters (Bell) Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, 210, 212, 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.07.13

Is AOPA Looking for “Miracle Growth”?

The NTSB Reports – General Aviation Accidents Rise Again…

A Dramatic Near Miss in the

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OSH2013, Day Three, Revisited: EAA Biz, Lycoming, Kestrel

Also: Jetman!, PAR200, Pelton Intvw Part Three, Sights and Sounds of Oshkosh!

EAA held its annual membership meeting Wednesday morning at Theater in the Woods, a change from previous years that chairman Jack Pelton said would give more members an opportunity to attend the meeting. Lycoming Engines press conference was heavy on preparations for future industry changes. Kestrel Aircraft announced that the GARMIN G3000 avionics suite has been chosen as the launch avionics platform for the Kestrel Aircraft, currently in development. The Jetman … Yves Rossy … made his public US debut at Oshkosh. After the flight, he answered questions from rep

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GAMA Releases 2013 Second Quarter Airplane Shipments

Total Shipments Worldwide Up 8.9 Percent

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) has released the industry’s airplane shipment and billing figures for the second quarter, and the numbers show an industry that is improving, but which still has challenges to overcome.

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Second Name Connected With Scotts Miracle-Gro Emerges In AOPA CEO Search

Mark Baker Had Been President And COO Of The Company

There seems to be something of a theme here. A second name associated with the Scotts Miracle-Gro company is being circulated by a very reliable source as being on the short list for the position of president and CEO of AOPA.

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Annual Aviation Statistics For 2012 Released By NTSB

General Aviation Accidents Continue Upward Trend, No Fatalities On U.S. Airlines Or Commuters

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released preliminary aviation accident statistics showing U.S. civil aviation accidents fell from 1,550 in 2011 to 1,539 in 2012.

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Five Earn Master Instructor Designation In July

National Accreditation Recognized By The FAA

Five flight instructors completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in the month of July. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 CFIs currently active in the country. The last 17 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs.

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Space Technologies Featured Center Stage At AirVenture

Innovation Happens With A Healthy Disregard For The Impossible

Anyone who has made fun of the value of analyzing moon rocks better think twice. There are new careers and “astronomical” economies expected to emerge from commercialization of space travel and the innovation that happens when failures are programmed as a cost of doing business.

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NTSB Issues Second Investigative Update On SWA Accident In New York

Factual Information Released Concerning Crew, Weather Conditions

In its continuing investigation of the July 22 accident in which Southwest Airlines flight 345, a B-737-700, landed hard at New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA), the National Transportation Safety Board has developed and released factual information concerning the crew of the airplane and weather at LaGuardia at the time of the accident.

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Japan Asks U.S. To Ground HH-60 Helos

Request Follows An Accident In Okinawa Monday

The Japanese government has requested that the U.S. military ground its Japanese-based fleet of HH-60 helicopters following an accident on the island of Okinawa Monday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.07.13)

"We are encouraged to see a strong increase in billings this quarter, but the mixed results in shipments--and the differences in performance among sectors--demonstrate that GA airplane manufacturers still face some strong headwinds as the global economy recovers." Source: GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.07.13): How Do You Hear Me?

A question relating to the quality of the transmission or to determine how well the transmission is being received.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.07.13)

Aviation Museums

Looking for someplace to beat the summer heat but still be around airplanes? Visit one of the many aviation museums around the country.

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