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June 23, 2014

Airborne 06.23.14: NY Town Gouges GA, 1000 Planes Retiring, Oshkosh Innovation

Also: Wright B Flyer, U2 SpyPlane Vid, New Carrier Launch System, Worst Way To Be Stuck At Airport...

The Town Board in East Hampton, New York has proposed a 100% increase in a "fuel flowage fee" charged to FBOs when they purchase fuel from the town. Under the proposal, the fee would go from 15 cents to 30 cents per gallon. Such an increase would put FBO Sound Aircraft Services out of business "in the next few years" according to a spokesperson for the business. Richard Brown ICF International Principal told delegates attending the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association's (AFRA's) Annual Meeting, taking place in Washington, that airliner retirements will

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Airborne 06.23.14: NY Town Gouges GA, 1000 Planes Retiring, Oshkosh Innovation

Also: Wright B Flyer, U2 SpyPlane Vid, New Carrier Launch System, Worst Way To Be Stuck At Airport...

The Town Board in East Hampton, New York has proposed a 100% increase in a "fuel flowage fee" charged to FBOs when they purchase fuel from the town. Under the proposal, the fee would go from 15 cents to 30 cents per gallon. Such an increase would put FBO Sound Aircraft Services out of business "in the next few years" according to a spokesperson for the business. Richard Brown ICF International Principal told delegates attending the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association's (AFRA's) Annual Meeting, taking place in Washington, that airliner retirements will reach a stunning 1000 aircraft a year within a decade. Seven emerging tech companies will be showcasing thei

NASA Announces Latest Progress In Asteroid Hunt

Will Award $4.9 Million For Concept Studies For The ARM

NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s -- all on the agency's human Path to Mars. Agency officials announced on Thursday recent progress to identify candidate asteroids for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), increase public participation in the search for asteroids, and advance the mission's design.

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NASA Astronauts David Leestma And Andrew Thomas Retire

Pair Had A Combined 66 Years Of Government Service

NASA has bid farewell to two veteran astronauts who have retired after a combined 66 years of federal service.

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Bell 429 Completing Successful EMS Missions In Russia

Aircraft Customized By Heli-Drive For HEMS Operations

Bell Helicopter says the Bell 429 is successfully completing key Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) missions for new Russian customers. Heli-Drive, one of Bell Helicopter’s independent representatives in the region has customized a Bell 429 and constructed the first six of 16 total helipads at regional hospitals to support HEMS operations in the Saint-Petersburg region.

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NASA Silver Achievement Medal Presented To Walter Ulrich

President And CEO Of The Houston Technology Center (HTC) Honored For Making Outstanding Contributions To The Agency's Mission

Walter Ulrich was recognized with the NASA Silver Achievement Medal for his leadership and vision in seeding and growing the Entrepreneurial ecosystem in the NASA/JSC community. Most notable in attendance included Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Director NASA Johnson Space Center, ex-officio and current Houston Technology Board Member who presented the award.

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Renewable Jet Fuel Ready For Commercial Aviation Use

Fuel Developed by Total And Amyris Meets Newly Updated ASTM Standard For Jet A/A1

With the newly revised ASTM standard for jet fuel, Amyris and Total are preparing to prepare to market a drop-in jet fuel that contains up to 10% blends of renewable farnesane.

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Kissimmee Gateway Hangar Recognized As Aviation Project Of The Year

Award Presented By The Southeast Chapter Of The American Association Of Airport Executives

An airport hangar, constructed jointly between Kissimmee Gateway Airport and SunState Aviation, recently received the award for Aviation Project of the Year for Architecture, given by the Southeast Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives (SEC-AAAE).

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WestJet Makes First Scheduled Transatlantic Flight

Airline Launches Same-Plane Service From Toronto To Dublin

WestJet has marked a key milestone in its 18-year history with the launch of its first scheduled transatlantic service between Toronto and Dublin, Ireland, with a brief stop in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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Dynamic Airways Launches New Service Under New Brand

Carrier To Fly A B767 From Kennedy Airport In New York To Guyana

Dynamic Airways has announced the start of its non-stop service between New York, NY John F Kennedy Airport (JFK) and Georgetown, Guyana Cheddi Jagan International Airport (GEO) beginning June 26th, 2014. Dynamic Airways' Boeing 767 will depart JFK every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

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Ducommun Signs Agreement With AgustaWestland For AW139 Helicopter

Joplin Missouri Company Extends Its Agreement To Provide Complex Wiring Harnesses For The Aircraft

This is an example of; if you help the team win you get to stay in the game. Ducommun Incorporated reported that it has received a long-term agreement from AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation to continue producing specialized, complex wiring harnesses for the AW139 multi-mission helicopter.

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2014: Espresso Goes To Space

First Capsule-Based Expresso System For Space Produced By Two Italian Companies

Even in space, an astronaut needs his or her morning cup of coffee. And over the past 13 years, the Italian astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) frequently remarked that the thing they miss most while aboard is espresso coffee. Today, Lavazza and Argotec, in conjunction with the Italian Space Agency (ASI), announce the launch of ISSpresso: the first capsule-based espresso system specifically designed to work in space, bringing Lavazza's authentic Italian coffee to the ISS. 

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PRODUCT: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB412 and AB412EP helicopters with a certain rotor brake pinion installed.

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Academy of Model Aeronautics Responds To NPS Unmanned Aircraft Interim Policy

Counters "Unfortunate" NPS Decision

AMA recognizes the difficult circumstances the National Park Service (NPS) is faced with and understand their concern over the growing occurrence of inappropriate and disruptive personal use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS, commonly referred to as 'drones') in our national parks. And, we understand the need to take corrective action to manage this situation. However, it's unfortunate that the NPS finds it necessary to extensively ban the personal use of this technology in our national parks and on 84 million acres of public land. We're hopeful the proposed follow-on Servicewide regulation regarding the use of unmanned aircraft is promulgated in a timely fashion and will provide a means by which park visitors will be allowed to

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Klyde Morris (06.23.14)

Klyde Feels SO Used...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AeroSports Update: What Is An LSA, And What Are My Choices?

The Term Light Sport Aircraft, Also Simply Called An LSA, Gets Thrown Around So Much That It Can Get A Bit Confusing And It Brings Up The Question Of, What Is An LSA?

Anyone that holds a sport pilot certificate, or anyone that is exercising sport pilot privileges, is limited to flying a light sport aircraft. If a pilot is not limited to sport pilot privileges, an LSA may be a perfect choice for an aircraft, but it’s not a required choice. LSA is a definition of an aircraft; it is not a specific certification type.

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Air Shows Still Feeling The Effects Of Defense Cuts

Only A Few Get Major Jet Teams, Other Military Aircraft Making Limited Appearances

Air shows around the country are continuing to feel the effects of cuts to the defense budget, as appearances by military aircraft are becoming more and more rare.

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Airborne 06.20.14: USA Today Mispresents GA, Feinstein v Burbank, Sebring Update

Also: New Mooney Nearly Ready, How Bad Was USA Today Piece? -- REALLY Bad, Cessnas 2 Oshkosh, One Week Wonder

In case you’ve been numbed into the assumption that you can believe what you read in a major newspaper, USA Today has proved that yellow journalism is alive, well, and thriving in its so-called “report” on general aviation safety. Of course, that’s our opinion, but we aren’t alone. California Senator Diane Feinstein is attempting to use a mini appropriations bill that includes funding for the Department of Transportation to curtail nighttime operations at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. The Feinstein amendment would impo

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Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro Available For Windows 8 Devices

Delta Air Lines First To Implement Across Its Fleet

Jeppesen has introduced its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) solution for Microsoft Windows 8 tablets. Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro helps streamline the use of navigational information for airlines, fractional business jet operators and military fleet programs. Delta Air Lines is equipping 11,000 pilots with FliteDeck Pro on Surface 2 tablets across its fleet to increase operational efficiency.

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NASA Announces $500,000 Research Award

Five Recipients Will Receive $100,000 Each To Develop Space Station Research Proposals

NASA has awarded $500,000 and payload flight opportunities for research and technology development onboard the International Space Station to academic institutions across the U.S. The awards are through NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

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FAA Says Airport Land Purchased Inappropriately

Rutherford County, NC Told To Pay Back Part Of AIP Grant

Following an investigation that lasted some five months, the FAA has directed Rutherford County, NC to return $131,500 of an AIP grant used to purchase 10 acres of land owned by a former County Commissioner.

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Man Spends Last Hour Of A 15 Hour Flight In The Lavatory

Finger Got Stuck In The Trash Bin, Had To Be Freed After Landing

A man on a Cathay Pacific flight from Newark, NJ to Hong Kong spent the last hour of the 15-hour flight in rather uncomfortable conditions ... standing up in one of the airplane's lavatories.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.23.14)

Aero Linx: PBY Catalina International Association In 1987, to our knowledge, there was no existing universal PBY organization. A few of us decided to put a notice in various military magazines calling for an “ALL HANDS PBY” reunion. To our surprise, we had just under a hundred men and their spouses show up and we felt we were well underway. With six from New Zealand, it was deemed appropriate that the fledging group be designated as being “international”; thus the name PBY Catalina International Association came about. The PBY CIA is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to promote enjoyable camaraderie within the Catalina flying-boat international community and within the purview of non-politi

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.23.14): Ground Delay Program

Ground Delay Program Ground Delay Programs are implemented to control air traffic volume to airports where the projected traffic demand is expected to exceed the airport's acceptance rate for a lengthy period of time. Lengthy periods of demand exceeding acceptance rate are normally a result of the airport's acceptance rate being reduced for some reason. The most common reason for a reduction in acceptance rate is adverse weather such as low ceilings and visibility. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.23.14)

"Anyone that holds a sport pilot certificate, or anyone that is exercising sport pilot privileges, is limited to flying a light sport aircraft. If a pilot is not limited to sport pilot privileges, an LSA may be a perfect choice for an aircraft, but it’s not a required choice. LSA is a definition of an aircraft; it is not a specific certification type." Source: Part of a primer on the LSA category (written by our own Earl Downs... one of the true experts on the LSA biz). Information like this and MUCH more is part of our forthcoming SportPlane Resource Guide--which is being massively redesigned and upgraded for current and furture sport flyers.

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