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June 27, 2014

Airborne 06.27.14: World View Test Flight, TTx FIKI Cert, SpaceX Holds Launch

Also: Citation M2 EASA Cert, XPRIZE 10th Anniversary, Police Threaten Quadcopter Confiscation, Greenpeace Flight Faux Pas

The commercial balloon spaceflight company, World View, has successfully completed a scaled test flight of its high-altitude balloon spaceflight system, and claims it has broken the world record for highest parafoil flight in the process. Cessna reported that it has certified the flight into known icing system, referred to as FIKI, for their high performance TTx single-engine airplane. It can provide up to two-and-a-half hours of protection from most ice attaching to the airframe, with minimal impact on the performance. Now for some

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Airborne 06.27.14: World View Test Flight, TTx FIKI Cert, SpaceX Holds Launch

Also: Citation M2 EASA Cert, XPRIZE 10th Anniversary, Police Threaten Quadcopter Confiscation, Greenpeace Flight Faux Pas

The commercial balloon spaceflight company, World View, has successfully completed a scaled test flight of its high-altitude balloon spaceflight system, and claims it has broken the world record for highest parafoil flight in the process. Cessna reported that it has certified the flight into known icing system, referred to as FIKI, for their high performance TTx single-engine airplane. It can provide up to two-and-a-half hours of protection from most ice attaching to the airframe, with minimal impact on the performance. Now for some more news from Cessna. The company announced that EASA has certified the Citation M2 business jet, paving the way for deliveries

Boeing, Belavia Airlines Announce Order For Three Next-Generation 737-800s

Airline's First Direct Purchase Of Boeing Airplanes

Belarus flag carrier Belavia Airlines has ordered three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, marking the first direct purchase of Boeing airplanes for Belavia. The deal is valued at $272 million at current list prices.  

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Canada's Minister Raitt Launches Review Of Transportation Legislation

Required Assessment Begun A Year Ahead Of Schedule

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Transport, has launched a statutory review of Canada's transportation legislation a year ahead of schedule, fulfilling the government's promise made this spring to accelerate the review.

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New NGC Cockpit Technology Fits Multiple Platforms

Open Architecture Design Functions Across Fixed- And Rotary-Wing Aircraft

Northrop Grumman Corporation is incorporating the newest cockpit technology and open architecture design in both fixed- and rotary-wing platforms.

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NASA, Partners Announce Top Achievements In Space Station Research

Awards Presented At The International Space Station Research And Development Conference In Chicago

NASA, the American Astronautical Society and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) have announced 14 awards for the top research and technology achievements of 2013 made possible by the International Space Station.

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NTSB: Non-Instrument-Rated Pilot Flew In IMC Conditions

Ensuing Accident During Missed Approach Resulted In The Pilot's Fatal Injury

The NTSB has released a probable cause report from an accident that occurred last November 11th in which a non-instrument-rated private pilot filed an instrument flight plan to an airport that was reporting night instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

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U.S. Army Places Blimp-Borne Radar In Strategic Readiness

Preparations For Contingency Deployment Of JLENS Radar Complete

Should the U.S. or its allies need enhanced protection against cruise missiles, hostile airplanes, sea-borne threats or unmanned aircraft, military commanders will have a new system at their disposal. Raytheon Company has finished preparing a blimp-borne radar system previously used for testing, for use as a rapidly deployable strategic asset.

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Fully Operational Lone Star UAS Center Conducts UAV Test Flights

First Missions Flown This Week Over South Texas Ranchland

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center is conducting a series of flight missions this week, the first since becoming fully operational as a federally-designated test site. Researchers conducted missions Wednesday and scheduled additional flights Thursday with the University’s RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Florida Tech-Led Team To Test Camera Aboard ISS

Experiments Funded By The Center For The Advancement Of Science In Space (CASIS)

A proposal from Florida Institute of Technology to test a special camera on the International Space Station was selected for funding by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

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Bell Helicopter To Distribute NORTH Flight Data Systems

Allows EMS Operators To Meet FAA Safety Rules

Bell Helicopter is now a distributor for NORTH Flight Data Systems' (NORTH FDS) voice, video and flight data recorders, through Bell Helicopter's Aeronautical Accessories brand. The flight data recording system allows Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) operators to meet the omnibus helicopter safety rule recently issued by the FAA.

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Aerial Power Lines Pioneers Aerial Power Grid Service In Malaysia

Newly-Delivered AS350 B3e And EC135 T2e To 'Kick-Start' Operations

The delivery of Airbus Helicopters' initial two rotorcraft to Aerial Power Lines (APL) will enable this Malaysian operator to offer competitive solutions for electrical power line construction, maintenance and surveillance – furthering the country's evolution as a developed nation.

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Linear Air Expands Air Taxi Service Along East Coast

New Partners FlyADVANCED, OpenAir Join Linear Air’s Online Air-Taxi Marketplace

Linear Air has announced two new partners that are joining its growing Air Taxi marketplace, resulting in an expanded national service area. As FlyADVANCED, with its base of operations in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and OpenAir based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, bring more aircraft into the network, Linear Air will augment its Northeast service by offering regional air taxi flights throughout the Philadelphia and Washington D.C. areas.

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Quadcopter Carrying Drugs Crashes At Irish Prison

Inmate That Collected The Contraband Placed In Solitary Confinement

The wires that are strung over Wheatfield Prison in Ireland to prevent the landing of a full-sized helicopter that might be used in an escape attempt thwarted an attempt to smuggle drugs into the facility using a quadcopter. And it might have worked except the UAV hit one of the wires and went down in the prison yard.

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Classic Aero-TV: Upgrading and Innovating – Developing The Rotax 912iS

A Thoroughly Modern Engine For The Next Generation SportPlane

Aviation has been dealing with a number of problems over the last few decades... one of which is the utter lack of progress and innovation we've seen in way too many segments of the aviation business. SO... when a truly new and innovative powerplant hits the market, that's HUGE news... as is the process by which that engine got into the this new generation of sport aircraft. The Rotax 912 iS engine delivers 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable competitive engines in the light sport, ultra-light aircraft and the general aviation industry. Enhancements include a modern fuel inject

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South Shore Air Show Canceled

Organizers Cite Flooding, 'Unforeseeable Circumstances'

After all the controversy about moving the show off the beach at Lake Michigan to a nearby inland attraction ... Fair Oaks Farms and the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority have announced the cancellation of the 2014 South Shore Air Show.

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Parachutes For NASA's Orion Spacecraft Hit No Snags In Latest Test

Most Recent Test Considered Most Complex And 'Flight-Like'

NASA completed the most complex and flight-like test of the parachute system for the agency's Orion spacecraft on Wednesday.

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World View Claims New Record For Highest Parafoil Flight

Completes Successful Test For 2016 Journey By Balloon To The Edge Of Space

Commercial balloon spaceflight company World View has successfully completed a scaled test flight of its high-altitude balloon spaceflight system, and claims it has broken the world record for highest parafoil flight in the process.

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AeroSports Update: S-LSA Transition Training

Jumping Out Of A Bonanza Into An S-LSA Seems Like It Should Be A Snap, But In Reality, You’ll Find A New Definition For The Term, ‘High Performance’ In An S-LSA

As an already certificated pilot, when we hear the term, “transition training,” we commonly associate it with moving from a familiar airplane to a more complex airplane. Because special-light sport aircraft (S-LSA) have simplicity regulated into their design, it’s easy to not correlate them with the need for transition training. After all, aren’t they just little two-place planes like a Cessna 152?

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Department Of The Interior Sees Potential Conflicts With Civilian UAVs

Private Citizen Operated DJI Phantom Near Wildfire Area

The Department of the Interior has released an Interagency Aviation Safety Alert related to the operation of UAVs by hobbyists and other civilians.

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Klyde Morris 06.27.2014

Not Even The FAA Is Pro-Zombie, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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California Amends Recreational Use Law To Include Aircraft

Protects Private Airstrip Owners From Liability

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law Senate Bill 1072, which amends the California Recreational Use Statute (RUS) to include recreational aviation. Since the RUS now protects landowners from liability arising from recreational use of their property, airstrip owners will likely be more receptive to transient pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.27.14)

“It is a win for both airport owners and for pilots who now have more recreational opportunities in the state.” Source: RAF California state liaison John Kounis.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.27.14): Acknowledge

FAA: “Let me know that you have received my message."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.27.14)

Build A Plane

One of the ways to build the aviation and pilot community is to get 'em while they're young. That's the theory behind Build a Plane, which gets high school students involved in building a real, flying airplane.

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