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September 17, 2013

Foreseeable Tragedy: Aero-Crook David Riggs Killed In China Lancair Crash

Riggs' US License Recently Revoked For Illegal and Dangerous Operations -- But Was Killed Flying For A Chinese Airshow

OK... details are REALLY sketchy, but ANN has received confirmation of the report that Aero-Crook David Riggs is dead after going down in his Lancair while in China for an airshow. Xinhua reports that the accident occured outside Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province, when Riggs Experimental Amateur-Built Lancair 320 went down in a lake. Tragically, Riggs was flying with a young Chinese translator, who also perished in the crash. The accident took place, Tuesday, at 1300 local time and reports indicate that Riggs was seen flying low over the water before the accident took place.

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Google And Solar Impulse Enter Into A High Level Partnership

Companies Tout 'Shared Values' In Announcing The Agreement

Google has become the official Internet Technology Partner for Solar Impulse. It is hoped that this formal partnership will be an important step in bringing Solar Impulse closer to its ultimate goal of flying around the world using only solar energy (2015).

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Boeing Forecasts Growing Need For New Pilots In Asia Pacific Region

Nearly 200,000 New Commercial Airline Pilots Required Over 20 Years, Large Demand Also Seen For Airline Maintenance Technicians

The Asia Pacific region will continue to lead the globe in demand for hundreds of thousands of new commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians to support expanding demand for new airplane deliveries over the next two decades, according to a new, recently-released forecast.

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NASA Partner Boeing Completes Mission Control Center Interface Test

First Time To Test Communications With A Crew-Capable Commercial Spacecraft

For the first time, the Mission Control Center (MCC) at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston has tested communications with a commercial, crew-capable spacecraft, as The Boeing Company conducted an interface test between the MCC and software planned for the company's CST-100 spacecraft.

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Embraer Delivers 1,000th E-Jet

Republic Airlines Accepts The Milestone Aircraft, Will Fly For American Eagle

Embraer delivered the 1,000th E-Jet production aircraft today during a ceremony held at the Company’s headquarters in São José dos Campos. The E175 was handed over to Republic Airlines, a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings Inc., which will operate the aircraft on behalf of American Eagle.

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BAE Systems Regional Aircraft Assists Aerial Firefighter Conversions

Provides Design Engineering Expertise To BAe 146/Avro RJ Airtanker (Aerial Firefighter) Conversion Programs In North America

BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is making specialist engineering contributions to a number of Airtanker (aerial firefighter) aircraft conversion programs underway in North America.

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Harbin Composite Manufacturing Center Delivers 1st Major A350 Component

Airbus’ Newest Joint Venture In China Said To Be Progressing Well On A350 Work Packages

Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Center (HMC), a joint venture between Airbus and its Chinese partners, has started to deliver elevators for the Airbus A350 XWB program. A ceremony was held Monday in Harbin for the delivery of the first ship set of elevators.

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Embraer On Schedule With Jacksonville A-29 Super Tucano Assembly Facility

Hiring Is Underway With 40 Positions Already Filled

Embraer Defense & Security Inc. announced that the company is on schedule with its Jacksonville, Florida, assembly facility to begin deliveries in mid-2014 of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the U.S. Air Force for the Light Air Support (LAS) program.

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First Flight For Aeroscraft Lighter-Than-Air Aircraft

Tethered Flight Of The Carbon-And-Aluminum Frame Fully Rigid Airship

The Aeroscraft, which has been under development by Aeros Corp. since 1996, made its first tethered flight September 7, though shifting winds at the former military base in Tustin, CA, where the project is being developed, prevented an untethered flight test.

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California Outdoorsman Fatally Injured In Fall From Helicopter

Volunteer Assisted Authorities In Cleaning Up Marijuana Grow Sites

The director of the High Sierra Trail Crew in California was fatally injured last Thursday when he fell 50 feet from a hovering helicopter while being lowered to a marijuana grow site he was going to help clean up.

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Beechcraft Appoints Arrow Aircraft Sales Distributor In India

Company Identifies India As Key To Its Global Market Expansion Plans

As part of its increased focus on the Indian market, Beechcraft Corporation has announced that it has appointed a new sales distributor for the country. Arrow Aircraft Sales and Charters Private Limited (ARROW) has been named Beechcraft’s sales distributor in India, promoting its range of piston-engine aircraft and King Air turboprops across the country.

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Prop Blade Reportedly Came Off Stearman Bipe In Canada

Two On Board The Aircraft Injured In The Accident

Two people on board a Stearman PT-27 biplane were injured when one blade of the propeller reportedly came off the airplane at Brandon Municipal Airport in Brandon, Canada last Tuesday.

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UAV Operator 'Lands' Quadcopter Just In Front Of German Chancellor Merkel

Had Been Photographing Campaign Event When Police Told Him To Land The Aircraft

The operator of a quadcopter found himself being breifly detained by German police after he flew his aircraft over a campaign event in Dresden for German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.17.13

It Was a Successful First Test Flight for Bombardier’s CSeries…

It’s Five in a Row for Steve Hinton in Reno…

Introducing t

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Airborne 09.17.13: CSeries Flies!!!, Cluster Balloon Goes Bust, Big Cessna Order

Also: Google Fuel Goof, New Bird From Belite, Restored Cobra, SAFE Going To Redbird, Another TSA Agent Busted, NASA's Flaming Frog....

The CSeries Flight Test Vehicle has completed its first flight. “During its maiden flight, CSeries FTV1 reached an altitude of 12,500 feet and an air speed of 230 knots," said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager of the CSeries Program. Jonathan Trappe’s dream of floating across the Atlantic Ocean beneath of cluster of helium balloons ended in a safe landing, but on the wrong side of the ocean. Trappe landed his cluster balloon in a remote area of Newfoundland at approximately 1830 EDT Thursday, September 12, 2013. He had launched at about 0800 EDT from Caribou, Maine and had been airborne for only about 12 hours on a fl

Airborne 09.17.13: CSeries Flies!!!, Cluster Balloon Goes Bust, Big Cessna Order

Also: Google's Fuel Gig, New Bird From Belite, Restored Cobra, SAFE Going To Redbird, Another TSA Agent Busted, NASA's Flaming Frog....

The CSeries Flight Test Vehicle has completed its first flight. “During its maiden flight, CSeries FTV1 reached an altitude of 12,500 feet and an air speed of 230 knots," said Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager of the CSeries Program. Jonathan Trappe’s dream of floating across the Atlantic Ocean beneath of cluster of helium balloons ended in a safe landing, but on the wrong side of the ocean. Trappe landed his cluster balloon in a remote area of Newfoundland at approximately 1830 EDT Thursday, Se

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Bombardier’s CSeries Aircraft Completes Historic First Flight

Pilot Said The Airplane Was 'Very Impressive'

Under perfect weather conditions, Bombardier Aerospace celebrated the successful first flight of its CSeries aircraft Monday, a major milestone in the company’s highly anticipated development program. The maiden flight marks the start of the CSeries aircraft’s flight test program leading up to the first customer delivery, and was also the first flight for Pratt & Whitney’s new Geared Turbofan PurePower engine as part of an aircraft certification program.  

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Textron, AirLand Introduce Scorpion ISR/Strike Aircraft

Commercially Developed, Affordable Platform To Satisfy Broad Range Of U.S. And Partner Nations' Defense Needs

Textron AirLand, LLC, a joint venture between Textron and AirLand Enterprises, LLC, unveiled its Scorpion prototype, a versatile Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR)/Strike aircraft platform on Monday. The aircraft was introduced during a press conference at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland.

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50th National Championship Air Races Wraps Up Historic Week

Steve Hinton Becomes Five-Time Defending Champion During 50th Annual Event

The National Championship Air Races wrapped up its historic 50th event on Sunday afternoon with a thrilling Breitling Unlimited Gold championship race that ended with four-time defending champion Steve Hinton edging out one of the best racing fields in the event’s history for his fifth straight victory.

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Cessna Announces Major Order For Skyhawk Aircraft

Seventy-Nine Airplanes To Be Delivered In Western Russia Over The Next 12 Months

Cessna has received an order for 79 Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft, one of the largest orders on record for the aircraft, at Moscow’s JetExpo 2013.

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Jetman Makes First Appearance At National Championship Air Races

World's First Jet-Powered Man Flies For The First Time Above Famed Aerial Race Track On The Event's 50 Anniversary

The Nevada sky was the backdrop for a new kind of flying this weekend as Yves "Jetman" Rossy took to the air with his custom-designed jet wing, flying for the first time during the National Championship Air Races in Reno.

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Swift Fuels LLC Opens Aviation Gasoline Blending Facility

Ribbon-Cutting Held Friday At $2.5 Million Plant

More than 100 people attended an event Friday to unveil two facilities in Greater Lafayette that could bolster the process to commercialize an unleaded high-octane gasoline called 100SF. Officials from Swift Fuels LLC, based in the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open their new aviation fuel blending facility in Lafayette, IN. They also broke ground on their new pilot plant operations.

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Colorado Governor's Helo Becomes Rescue Aircraft

Landed To Save Two Groups Of People Stranded By Floodwaters

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper was touring an area of the state inundated by floodwaters in a state-owned helicopter Saturday when the flight became a rescue mission.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.17.13)

"We are transitioning from several years of research and development to the start-up of this fuel blending and pilot scale production facility, which will strengthen our commercialization efforts in various fuels markets." Source: Chris D'Acosta, CEO of Swift Fuels.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.17.13): Call Up

Initial voice contact between a facility and an aircraft, using the identification of the unit being called and the unit initiating the call.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.13)

FAA Centers of Excellence

In 1990 Public Law 101-508 (49 USC Section 44513) directed the Administrator of the FAA to create the Air Transportation Centers of Excellence (COE) program. Since its inception, the COE program has made a major commitment on the part of the FAA to support multi-year and multi-million dollar research efforts.

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