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May 31, 2014

Bombardier Confirms Engine-Related Incident On CSeries FTV1 Aircraft

Engine Failed During Ground Testing In Mirabel, Quebec

Bombardier has confirmed that late Thursday there was an engine-related incident during stationary ground maintenance testing involving the CSeries FTV1 aircraft at its facility in Mirabel, Quebec.

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Virgin Galactic Cleared For Flight From Spaceport America

Key Agreement Signed With The FAA

A key agreement has been reached between the FAA, Virgin Galactic, and Spaceport America that will allow commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo. The historic agreement sets out the parameters for how routine space missions launched from Spaceport America will be integrated into the National Airspace System.

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House Ways And Means Committee Approves Bonus Depreciation

Makes Accelerated Investment Expensing Schedule Permanent In The Tax Code

The House Ways and Means Committee has approved H.R. 4718, legislation to make permanent the immediate expensing of 50% of new investments in equipment and software. The change, if it makes it through the entire legislative process, is expected to have a significant impact on the sale of business aircraft by providing tax incentives for companies to do so.

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Flight Testing Completed For SD-1 Minisport

Shows Compliance With ASTM Standards

After a long winter and spring dodging the Utah weather, SkyCraft’s SD-1 Minisport has completed flight testing successfully, meeting all the performance requirements needed for S-LSA Certification. The plane was found to have good longitudinal and latitudinal stability and exhibited no issues with flutter, vibrations, or dangerous stall/spin tendencies.

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ALPA: U.S. Airlines In 'Survival Mode' Against Unfair Foreign Competition

New White Paper Reveals How U.S. Government Must Act To Restore Fair Market

U.S. airlines and their workers are in “survival mode” in their fight to compete against foreign airlines that do business with unfair economic advantages, warns the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) in a new white paper issued Thursday.

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DOT Fines Southwest For Violating Price Advertising Rule

Assesses Additional Penalties For Violating Previous Cease And Desist Provisions

The U.S. Department of Transportation has fined Southwest Airlines $200,000 for violating the Department’s full-fare advertising rules and ordered the carrier to cease and desist from further violations.  By violating the full-fare advertising rule in this case, Southwest Airlines also violated the cease and desist provision of a previous order.  In doing so, the carrier was required to pay an additional $100,000, which was suspended from an order issued in July 2013.

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F-35 Achieves Three Major Flight Test Milestones In One Day

All Demonstrate Airplane's Combat Capability, Lockheed Martin Says

In three separate flight tests on May 27th, Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft demonstrated air-to-air combat capability, completed the first flight test with the next level software load and accomplished a landing at the maximum test speed and drop rate.

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U.S. Cautions China About ADIZ Designation

Tensions Growing Over Disputed Area Over The East China Sea

The United States has told China it needs to "work with other countries to establish confidence-building measures, including emergency communications channels, which can address dangers and lower tensions," in response to recent incidents in disputed airspace over the South China Sea.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.31.14)

"Our team is working hard to begin routine and affordable space launches from Spaceport America and this agreement brings us another step closer to that goal." Source: Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.31.14): Dynamic Stability

The property of an aircraft that causes it, when disturbed from straight-and-level flight, to develop forces or moments that restore the original condition of straight and level.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.31.14)

Griffon Aerospace

Griffon Aerospace is an innovative small business specializing in the design, development, and operations of aerospace systems including manned and unmanned aircraft, UAV ground support systems, and advanced composite structures.

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