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June 03, 2014

Two Recovered From Yellowstone Accident Site

Wreckage Was Discovered May 12, But Conditions Were Deemed Too Dangerous For Recovery Attempt

The bodies of two men, both in their 80s and both licensed pilots, have been recovered from the wreckage of an airplane that impacted the side of a mountain in Yellowstone National Park May 6th.

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Woman Seriously Injured When Struck By Airplane Prop

Incident Occurred At A Business Adjacent To Middletown Regional Airport In Ohio

A woman on a ramp at a business adjacent to Middletown Regional Airport near Cincinnati, OH was seriously injured Sunday when she was struck by the moving propeller of an airplane. 

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Airbus A350XWB Embarks On Early Long Flights

Airline Crew And Airbus Employees Serving As passengers On The Flights In 'Typical Operating Conditions'

The Airbus A350 XWB has started a campaign of Early Long Flights with cabin crew and passengers. The A350 (MSN 002) test aircraft equipped with cabin, took off Monday on the first of two Early Long Flights from Toulouse-Blagnac airport at 0920 local time.

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FAA SAIB Focuses On Cessna 300, 400 Landing Gear

Recommends Inspection Of Torque Link Assembly

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to owners, operators, and maintenance technicians of Cessna 300 and 400 Models and Series of an airworthiness concern, specifically the need to inspect the main landing gear (MLG) torque link assembly to ensure the correct thickness washers are installed and to ensure the washers are installed in the correct position.

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Air Lease Eyes A330 Re-Vamp

May Ask Airbus For An Upgrade Of The Widebody Airliner

Air Lease Corp says it would like to discuss a new version of the widebody A330 airliner with Airbus, according to a senior company executive.

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Sixteen Feared Fatally Injured In Russian Helicopter Accident

Aircraft Went Down In A Lake With 'Top Regional Officials', Others On Board

A Russian Mi-8 helicopter went down in a remote region near Munozero Lake on the northwestern Kola peninsula on Saturday with 18 people on board. Seven are confirmed to have been fatally injured in the accident.

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NASA, Industry Complete First Phase Towards CTS Certification

Development Is Major Step Toward Resuming Human Space Launches In The U.S.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program and industry have completed the first step in the certification process that will enable American-made commercial spacecraft safely to ferry astronauts from U.S. soil to and from the International Space Station by 2017.

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UTC Aerospace Systems Contributes To Collier Award Winner X-47B

Several Key Components Provided By The Subcontractor For The Landmark Aircraft

The U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman and its supplier team - including UTC Aerospace Systems - have been honored with the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy for the development of the X-47B, the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier. The National Aeronautic Association presented the award on May 29 in Washington, D.C.

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Delta Flight Cancelled When Pilot Times Out While Taxiing To Runway

First Pilot For The Morning Flight Did Not Arrive At The Airport

Passengers on a Delta flight set to depart from JFK Airport Friday were understandably frustrated when one pilot failed to show up for his 8:15 am flight, and a second pilot who happened to show up at the ticket counter and offered to take the flight timed out under new federal crew rest regulations while he was taxiing to the runway.

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Glendale, CA Lawsuit Meeting Postponed Indefinitely

City Had Filed The Suit Against A Pilot Who Went Down In A Residential Neighborhood

The Glendale, CA City Council has postponed a closed-door discussion of a lawsuit it has filed against the pilot of a plane that went down in a residential neighborhood two years ago.

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Eglin AFB F-35s Surpass 5,000 Combined Sorties

Part Of Over 15,000 Sorties Flown By All Variants Of The Aircraft

The 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB in Florida etched another mark on the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program by logging its 5,000th combined sortie, May 28. 

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Challenger Center Excites Communities About Space Exploration

Learning Centers Around The Country Hold Special Events To Engage Children With Space-Themed Activities

Challenger Center for Space Science Education (Challenger Center) in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and the NASA Planetary Science Division are hosting a series of events in support of NASA's journey of scientific discovery of our Solar System's content, origin, evolution and the potential for life elsewhere.

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Airborne 06.02.14: NORAD Nonsense, Boeing's Glasair, ConciAir 'Defender'

Also: Cessna CJ3+ Progress, ISS EXP 40, Velocity V-Twin, SD-1 MiniSport

NORAD says that it is going out to intercept pilots who have violated restricted airspace more than once per week, and it is costing the taxpayers millions of dollars. Most intercepts are violations of TFRs, which can crop up on short notice. Steven Armstrong, a NORAD official, said that many pilots are not aware of a TFR being posted, particularly when flying from uncontrolled airports on a flight that requires no flight plan. A unique Glasair S2 kitplane being built by a team of Boeing engineers in Everett, Washington, was rolled out last week sporting a fresh Boeing paint scheme

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President Signs CAP Congressional Gold Medal Bill

Founding Members Honored For World War II Service 

President Barack Obama has signed into law S. 309, the bill awarding a Congressional Gold Medal to Civil Air Patrol for its service during World War II. The legislation, approved in May 2013 by the Senate and in May by the House, recognizes the volunteer service of more than 120,000 men, women and teenagers who joined CAP immediately before and during the war.

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Transport Canada Introduces New GA Regulatory Amendments

Provides For The Oversight Of Private Operators

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Minister of Transport, late last week announced new regulatory amendments for the oversight of private air operators.

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Boeing, Japan Transocean Air Finalize Agreement For Next Generation 737s

Airplanes To Be Used For Fleet Renewal Program, Offers Flexibility To Transition To 737 MAX

Boeing and Japan Transocean Air (JTA) have finalized an agreement for 12 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes. The arrival of the new 737-800s in 2016 will mark the start of the airline's fleet renewal program.

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Delta To Add 15 Airbus A321 Aircraft

New Aircraft Will Replace Retiring Jets

Delta Air Lines has reached an agreement with Airbus to purchase 15 A321 aircraft for delivery beginning in 2018. The economically efficient, proven-technology A321s will replace similar, less-efficient domestic aircraft that are being retired from Delta's fleet.

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Air New Zealand Selects A320neo Family To Modernize Single Aisle Fleet

A321neo, A320neo Maximize Flexibility, Efficiency And Range

Following Air New Zealand’s 2009 order for A320 Family aircraft, the airline has ordered three A321neo, 10 A320neo and one additional A320ceo aircraft. The agreement marks the first time Air New Zealand has ordered the larger A321 aircraft and the neo. Engine selection and cabin configuration will be made at a later date.

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Three Receive Master Instructor Designation In May

Designation Recognized By The FAA For CFI Renewal

Three flight instructors completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in the month of May. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 CFIs currently active in the country. The last 19 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs.

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Bombardier Begins Investigation Of CSeries Engine Failure

Company Says Entry Into Service Still On Track

Bombardier began tearing down the engine that failed during ground maintenance of its first flight test CSeries airplane late last week. The airplane suffered what Bombardier described as an "engine-related incident" on Thursday during stationary maintenance testing in Canada.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.03.14)

“CAP is proud of the service our founding members provided in protecting the homeland, and we thank Congress for this recognition of their contributions to the war effort.” Source: Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr, CAP national commander.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.03.14): Gross Navigation Error (GNE)

Gross Navigation Error (GNE) A lateral deviation from a cleared track, normally in excess of 25 Nautical Miles (NM).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.03.14)

Boarding Area

Boarding Area was developed by the same people who founded some of the most popular business travel and frequent flyer Web sites on the Internet, including FlyerTalk, WebFlyer, FlyerGuide, MileageManager and InsideFlyer.

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