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June 17, 2014

NTSB Prelim Released In Vans RV-10 Accident In Oregon

Two Fatally Injured, Including 4-Year-Old Child. One Survives

The survivor of a Vans RV-10 accident which occurred on May 31 told the NTSB that the airplane suffered a "total loss of engine power" before going down, resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot and a 4-year-old girl.

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Hearing To Examine Airport Financing And Development

House Aviation Subcommittee To Discuss Issue June 18

The House Transportation Committee Aviation Subcommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), will hold a hearing this week on airport financing and development.

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ACSF Recognizes Cessna As A Sustaining Member

Has Made 'Generous' Contributions To The Foundation

The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is pleased to recognize Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation as a sustaining member. Cessna has shown its commitment to the foundation’s vision of enhancing and improving safety through its generous financial support.

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SPEEA Seeks Information On Spirit Aerosystem Rumors

Letter To Labor Relations Director Asks About Potential Fabrication Unit Sale

The profession aerospace union SPEEA has sent a letter to Jeff Clark, Director Labor Relations & Workforce Strategies at Spirit AeroSystems, concerning rumors of the sale of Spirit's parts manufacturing unit.

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DOD, AF Leaders Look To F-35 Maintainers For Help

Asking For Suggestions To Reduce Operating And Sustainment Costs By Up To 20 Percent

The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said June 12, in a conference call with reporters.

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Pentagon Looks For Alternatives To Russian Rocket Motors

No Concrete Decisions Made By U.S. Defense Officials

The U.S. Department of Defense is apparently feeling a bit squeamish about using rocket motors built in Russia to launch U.S. satellites ... but it doesn't have a good alternative for the immediate future.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Order For 15 Additional 737 MAX 8s

Turkish Flag Carrier Now Has 65 Orders For The 737 MAX

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have finalized an order for 15 additional 737 MAX 8s, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices. The order follows the announcement in May 2013 when the Turkish flag carrier placed the largest Boeing order in the airline's history for 50 737 MAXs and 20 Next-Generation 737s.

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Greenville, SC County Resident To Attempt World Altitude Record

Will Fly Electric Trike For Record Attempt On June 21

Weather permitting, at 1100 EDT on Saturday, June 21st, Gary Davis will attempt to set a world altitude record for a particular class of electric aircraft. Gary Davis has been in love with aviation ever since he was a Boy Scout progressing towards Eagle Scout. That was a time when he, like most boys his age, liked cars and girls. In one day that changed. Well, at least the “cars” part.

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Ukrainian Transport Plane Shot Down By Rebels

All 49 On Board Fatally Injured

Pro-Russian separatists have shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane with 49 people on board, quashing any thoughts about a reduction of tensions in the conflict.

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Space Access Society Calls For Help From The Public

Says Congress Is Trying To Change Acquisition Language That Could Significantly Delay Commercial Crew Program

The Space Access Society has posted information on its website that relates to changes proposed by Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) which the group says could significantly delay the Commercial Crew program.

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Pilot Makes First Skydive ... Out Of Damaged Plane

Another Skydiver Hit The 182s Elevator While Exiting The Aircraft

A pilot for a skydiving company became one of the jumpers recently when the Cessna 182 he was flying was damaged by one of the skydivers exiting the airplane.

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Hockey Crowd In LA Damages LAPD Quadcopter

Occurred During A 'Melee' Outside The Staples Center In Los Angeles

LA Kings hockey fans were understandably happy that their team had won the Stanley Cup Friday night, but as often happens in such situations, the crowd got unruly, and the LAPD lost one of its UAVs in what was described as a "melee" outside the arena after the game.

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Aero-TV: Float ‘em, If You Got ‘em – Mead Floats For SportPlanes

Mead Floats Adds Incredible Capability and Adventure to Today's SportPlanes

While at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, ANN News Editor Tom Patton does more than look at airplanes and engines. In this interview, Tom talks with John Moreland, a Managing Partner with SWT Floatplanes. SWT Floatplanes markets the MeadFloats line of high technology carbon fiber floats for light sport aircraft. The floats being shown are mounted on a Sport Cub and are designed for operation on water or land.

Airborne 06.16.14: Google 'n Virgin?, TBirds At Oshkosh, Another Airport At Risk

Also: Harrier Dumped From Airshow, A350 XWB All Wet, Cessna/Beech at Special Olympics, President Bush Skydives Again

Google is reportedly talking with Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic about purchasing a share of the space tourism company ... a move which observers say could give the Internet behemoth a way to easily and quickly launch satellites. This news broke one day after it was announced that Google was buying the startup satellite venture Skybox Imaging for $500 million. A common question asked about EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is, why have they never had the US Air Force Thunderbirds or Navy Blue Angels perform at the event? The answer has alw

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U.S. House Passes $15.7 Billion FAA Funding Bill

Bill Prohibits User Fees And Fees For Nav Charts

The U.S. House of Representatives last week voted to provide $15.7 billion in fiscal year 2015 to the FAA. The FAA is currently at a funding level of $15.6 billion. In addition, the bill prohibits aviation user fees and fees for navigational charts.

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Europe Secures Future Of Air Traffic Management

SESAR Joint Undertaking Extended By The EU

The Council of Ministers of the European Union adopted the extension of the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking (SJU) Monday. This decision was taken in recognition of the need to foster Research and Innovation (R&I) on Air Traffic Management (ATM) beyond the organization’s original mandate of 2016, as well as in appreciation of the SESAR partnership’s ability to respond to evolving business needs and fast track technological and operational improvements in Europe’s ATM system.

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Boeing Gets 80-Airplane Order From China Eastern Airlines

Planemaker's Biggest Order Ever From A Chinese Carrier

China Eastern Airlines will buy 80 737s from Boeing, a deal reportedly worth over $8 billion. In a statement posted on its website, Boeing said that China Eastern Airlines has committed to purchase 80 737s, including Next-Generation 737 and 737 MAX airplanes.

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Dream Chaser Expected To Fly Again Before Year's End

Testing Stopped Following Landing Gear Malfunctioned During Drop Test

Sierra Nevada Corp. says its Dream Chaser prototype will resume flight testing before the end of 2014.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Bedford, MA Gulfstream Accident

FDR Did Not Indicate Control Movements Consistent With Pre-Takeoff Flight Control Check

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in a runway excursion accident involving a Gulfstream G-IV which resulted in the fatal injury of all seven people on board the aircraft.

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GAMA/Build A Plane Winners Start Airplane Construction

Four Students From Sunrise Mountain High School In Las Vegas Have Project Underway

Four students, a teacher, and two advisors from Sunrise Mountain High School in Las Vegas, Nevada—which won the second General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)/Build A Plane Aviation Design Challenge—began building a Glasair Sportsman airplane today at Glasair Aviation in Arlington, Washington. The school, which was announced as the winner of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) competition last month, will assemble the aircraft over the next two weeks.

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AeroSports Update: FAA Clears Oklahoma Company In Teenage Skydiver Accident

The 16-Year-Old Girl Injured In A Skydiving Accident Was Not The Fault Of The Oklahoma-Based Skydive Company, So Says The FAA

In January of this year news reports abounded about a skydive accident in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Most of the news reports seemed to focus on the fact that the Mackenzie Wethington was only 16 years old. But was the age really a key factor in what went wrong?

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.17.14)

“This story is exactly why GAMA and Build A Plane started this competition and why we are so passionate about it." Source: GAMA president Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.17.14): Performance-Based Navigation

Area navigation based on performance requirements for aircraft operating along an ATS route, on an instrument approach procedure or in a designated airspace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.17.14)

The National Aircraft Finance Association

A non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft.

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