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August 28, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.29.13

France Wins the Gordon Bennett Balloon Race!

AvGas for A Buck A Gallon??

UK Union Workers Want Safety Improvements on the Super Pumas...

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BTS Releases June Passenger Airline Employment Data

June 2013 Employment Down 2.4 Percent From June 2012

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 381,441 workers in June 2013, 2.4 percent fewer than in June 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday. June was the 10th consecutive month that full-time equivalent (FTE) employment for U.S. scheduled passenger carriers was below that of the same month of the previous year.

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Gust Lock Apparently Not Removed Prior To Fatal Aeronca 7AC Flight

Two Fatally Injured In Sunday Accident

Failure to remove a rudder gust lock from an Aeronca 7AC airplane may have resulted in a fatal accident, the NTSB said Monday.

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The Aviation Alliance Announces GIII Re-Engining, Remanufacturing Program

Will Result In A 'Like New' Airplane That Is Stage-3 Compliant

The Aviation Alliance, LLC, says it has secured a commitment to finance and move forward on its second program, a Gulfstream III conversion and modernization initiative, which will be called the FanStream Project.

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Cessna 150 Pilot Told To 'Go Around' Before Fatal Alaska Accident

NTSB Investigators Gathered Information From ATC Transcriptions

An air traffic controller told the pilot of a Cessna 150L to "go around" prior to an accident Saturday in Anchorage, AK Saturday which fatally injured the two people on board the airplane.

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ATR Approved For Unpaved Runway Operations In Russia's Siberia And Far East

Planemaker Is Eager To Further Contribute To Country's Local And Regional Development

ATR obtained the company's receipt of fleet-wide approval for new generation ATR aircraft to operate from three more unpaved runways in the remote parts of Russia. Russian Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) delivered the approval in late June this year.

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Retired NASA 905 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft Prepares For Move To TX Museum

Boeing Sponsors Relocation Of Historic Aircraft As Part Of A New Six-Story Attraction And Educational Experience At Space Center Houston

Executives from The Boeing Company and Space Center Houston, the official visitor’s center for NASA-Johnson Space Center, recently announced plans to permanently relocate NASA 905, a retired Boeing 747 airplane known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA).

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NASA Commemorates Neil Armstrong With Music Video

'Tranquility Base' Composed By Grammy Winner Eric Brace

NASA released a tribute video on its website remembering Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, the first human to set foot on another world, on the first anniversary of his death August 25.

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First China-Assembled Legacy 650 Completes Maiden Flight

First Delivery Scheduled For The End Of 2013

Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry Co., Ltd, Embraer’s joint venture with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), announced that the first Legacy 650 large executive jet assembled in China successfully completed its maiden flight Tuesday. Delivery of the first Legacy 650 is scheduled for the end of 2013.

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Jeppesen To Optimize Crew Pairing For JetBlue Airways

New Service Agreement To Increase Crew Management Efficiency For The Airline

Jeppesen and JetBlue Airways recently agreed to a new five-year service contract. Through the agreement, Jeppesen will provide its Crew Pairing solution to optimize JetBlue's monthly crew pairings for all pilot and in-flight crewmembers.

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FAA: No Wingsuit Flights Near St. Louis Cardinals Game

Cites Safety Concerns In Disallowing The Stunt

An experienced wingsuit flyer was denied permission by the FAA to make a jump over St. Louis last week as a publicity stunt for a mobile app promoting nightlife in the city.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.28.13

More Super Pumas Grounded…

A DC-3 Is Down In Alaska…

UAV’s Taking Wing Over the Arctic Ocean...



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Classic Aero-TV: Team Aerodynamix -- RVs More Exciting by the Dozen

Come Along For A Grass-Roots Demonstration Of Sport Aviation At Its Best

Pity ANN's 'poor' Tom Patton... he has to cover all manner of exciting aero-news, meet all kinds of aero-folks and every now and then, have one hell of an aero-adventure. And this year, Sebring's LSA event provided yet another such opportunity. Tom was assigned to fly with Mike "Kahuna" Stewart, the flight lead and founder of Team Aerodynamix. "Kahuna" finished his RV-Super 8 in 2006. Prior to that airplane, he flew an RV-6. Stewart has over 4,000 hours in his logbook, is an FFI (Formation Flying Incorporated) check pilot and has served as Chief Instructor for hundreds of formatio

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$1 AvGas? Industry Partnership Uses One-Dollar Avgas To Fuel Research

Skyport Aviation Laboratory To Explore How Price Influences Aviation Activity

"Psssssst. Hey Buddy ... wanna buy some cheap avgas?" Most of us would answer an emphatic "yes" to that question, and this October, a group of companies will use the Skyport aviation laboratory, in San Marcos, Texas, to find out how the price of fuel influences aviation activity by selling avgas for a scant $1 per gallon.

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Bristow Group Suspends Flights By Some Super Puma Helicopters

Move Follows North Sea Ditching Accident Involving CHC Helicopters Aircraft

Bristow Group says it plans to suspend operations of some of its Super Puma helicopters following an accident Friday involving a similar aircraft belonging to CHC Helicopters which resulted in four fatal injuries.

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NWS Upgrades Could Improve Aviation Forecasts Within The Year

Computing Power Increased To One-Thousand-Trillion Calculations Per Second

In less than a year, U.S. aviation weather forecasts could start improving significantly. In two or three years, today’s preflight weather planning products may be remembered as inefficient or sluggish.

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UT Accepts Responsibility For Dreamliner Fire Extinguisher Faults

'Assembly Error' Blamed For Issues On Three ANA 787s

United Technologies has accepted responsibility for assembly errors that led to problems with fire extinguishers aboard three All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliners.

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Oil Company Gains Approval For UAV Use In Alaska

FAA Grants Permission For Flights Over The Alaskan Arctic Ocean

The FAA has granted approval for ConocoPhillips oil company to operate UAVs over the Arctic Ocean in Alaska. The company says the aircraft will be used to survey ice floes and whale migrations in areas where they wish to conduct oil exploration.

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Buffalo Airways DC-3 Makes Emergency Landing, All Aboard Safe

Pilot Credited With Preventing Serious Or Fatal Injury

A DC-3 belonging to Canada's Buffalo Airways experienced an engine fire shortly after takeoff Monday, and executed a near-perfect emergency landing in a field near Yellowknife Airport.

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Ariane 5 Ready For Thursday Liftoff

Will Boost EUTELSAT 25B/Es'hail 1, GSAT-7 Into Orbit

The finishing touches are being completed for Arianespace’s heavy-lift Ariane 5 mission from French Guiana this Thursday, with the logos of its EUTELSAT 25B/Es’hail 1 and GSAT-7 passengers now affixed to the launcher’s payload fairing. Logo placement on the fairing – which protects Ariane 5’s satellites during climb-out through the atmosphere’s dense layers – occurred in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.28.13)

“This huge increase in computing power will be revolutionary in predicting critical nuances of aviation weather vital to pilots and other aviation users.” Source: Bob Maxson, director of the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, MO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.13): Magneto

A self-contained, engine-driven unit that supplies electrical current to the spark plugs; completely independent of the airplane s electrical system. Normally there are two magnetos per engine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.28.13)

The AMARC Experience

Recently updated, the purpose of this site is to provide a comprehensive source of information to all those interested in aviation and the important job that AMARC carries out in support of the various branches of the US Military and other Government agencies.

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