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June 25, 2014

Airborne 06.25.14: NTSB Rules On Asiana 214, A350XWB Fleet, Princely Chopper

Also: Breezys to Flock To Oshkosh, Green Flight Challenge, TSA Gouging Us Again, Electric A/C Record

This report summary is only a synopsis of the NTSB findings on the crash of Asiana flight 214 while executing a visual approach and to San Francisco International Airport on June 16, 2013. The summary contains almost 5000 words and is testimony to the scope of the investigation. Flight testing and certifying a new airliner is a tough job and it takes more than one of the new models to finish the job in a reasonable amount of time. For certification of the new Airbus A350 XWB, the 5th test airplane has now joined in the certification process. The next ti

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Airborne 06.25.14: NTSB Rules On Asiana 214, A350XWB Fleet Complete, Princely Chopper

Also: Breezys to Flock To Oshkosh, Green Flight Challenge, TSA Gouging Us Again, Electric A/C Record

This report summary is only a synopsis of the NTSB findings on the crash of Asiana flight 214 while executing a visual approach and to San Francisco International Airport on June 16, 2013. The summary contains almost 5000 words and is testimony to the scope of the investigation. Flight testing and certifying a new airliner is a tough job and it takes more than one of the new models to finish the job in a reasonable amount of time. For certification of the new Airbus A350 XWB, the 5th test airplane has now joined in the certification process. The next time your mother asks what you want for a gift-giving occasion, you might remind her that the Queen of England got Prince William a

NTSB Determines Cause Of Asiana Flight 214 Accident

Board Cites Mismanagement Of Approach, Inadequate Monitoring Of Airspeed, Other Factors

In a Board meeting held Tuesday, the NTSB determined that Asiana flight 214 crashed when the airplane descended below the visual glidepath due to the flight crew's mismanagement of the approach and inadequate monitoring of airspeed. The Board also found that the complexities of the autothrottle and autopilot flight director systems, and the crew's misunderstanding of those systems, contributed to the accident.

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Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year With Mission Successes

Main Goal Accomplished - Mars Could Have At One Time Harbored Life

NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover completed a Martian year ... 687 Earth days ... on June 24, having accomplished the mission's main goal of determining whether Mars once offered environmental conditions favorable for microbial life.

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UAS Demonstration Highlights Benefits Of Technology To North Dakota

Economic Impact In The State Expected To Be $83 Million Over 10 Years Following Integration

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will have important benefits for North Dakota’s farmers, first responders and overall economy, according to elected officials and industry leaders speaking at a press conference today. In advance of the 8th Annual UAS Action Summit, the Red River Valley Research Corridor, the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) and Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department hosted a media briefing and flight demonstration highlighting the many benefits UAS offer to public safety agencies.

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Engine Made Entirely With Through Additive Manufacturing Tested

Company Says '3D Printing' Can Make Engine Construction More Cost Effective

Aerojet Rocketdyne Aerojet recently successfully completed a series of hot-fire tests on a Bantam demonstration engine built entirely with additive manufacturing. The tests were a key step in the development of a more cost-effective engine family for booster, upper-stage and in-space propulsion.

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Gulfstream Donates BizJet To Savannah Technical College

Aviation Students Will Benefit From Unique Training Tool

Gulfstream recently donated a Gulfstream G100 aircraft and several other items to Savannah Technical College. The aircraft, which was retired from the company fleet in May 2013, will be used as a training tool in the college’s aviation programs.

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Final Schedule Announced For Theater In The Woods

Nightly Events Range From A Tribute To Paul To The 10th Anniversary Of The X PRIZE

The Theater in the Woods evening program schedule for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 is finalized and will feature presentations, speakers, and stories covering a variety of topics and interest areas. The Theater in the Woods is located just south of the Plaza and the schedule lineup begins with a pre-AirVenture Night of Champions program on Sunday, July 27, and wraps up Saturday, August 2.

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Envoy Air FAs Call On Management To Honor Aircraft Commitments

Open Letter Issued After Industry Competitor Receives New Aircraft Pledge From American Airlines

Envoy Air flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), issued a statement after American Airlines management announced the placement of 20 new Embraer 175 regional jets with an industry competitor.

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Gone West: Legendary Airshow Pilot Mira Slovak

Mira Slovak Was A Great American Who Beat The Odds On Many Fronts; He Trumped The Russians, Flew Airliners And Airshows, Raced Airplanes And Boats, And He Loved The Little Town Of Santa Paula, CA.

Mira Slovak succumbed to cancer at age 84 last week, and there are a lot of us in aviation that feel the loss. A pioneer of airshow performances in various airplanes, he hasn’t been on the circuit for quite a few years and his name may not be at the top of your list for airshow performers… but it should be.

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Hartzell, Daher-Socata Achieve Extend Partnership Agreement

Five-Blade Prop To Be Supplied For Five Years Under The Deal

Hartzell Propeller and Daher-Socata have extended their long-term partnership with a five-year agreement, under which Hartzell will supply the recently introduced TBM 900 with advanced swept airfoil structural composite five-blade propellers and spinners.

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NHI Delivers 200th NH90 Helicopter

Aircraft Delivered At German Army Aviation School

The 200th NH90 has been delivered to Belgian Defense in a ceremony which took place during the annual NH90 Product Conference being held this year at the German Army Aviation School in Bückeburg.

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FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Begins Trading On OTCQX

Change Will Increase Accessibility For Investors, Company Says

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd ... a provider of products and services to the aviation industry ... has been approved to trade on OTCQX, which is operated by OTC Markets Group Inc.

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Quadcopter Flyer Threatened With Confiscation Of His Aircraft

Kensington Metro Park Police In Michigan Try To Thwart Flight

A quadcopter pilot who wanted to take some video of his friend riding a bicycle in Kensington Metropark west of Detroit, MI, found himself face to face with law enforcement officers ... and held his ground.

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PRODUCT: Bell Model 407 helicopters.

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Aero-TV: Yamaha Remotely Piloted Helos -- Precision Agricultural Application

Stunning Application of RPV Helo Tech By Yamaha

During his visit at the 2014 convention of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell talked with Steve Markofski who is with the New Business Planning division of Yamaha Motor USA. If you have ever shown any interest in the operation of a model helicopters, you’ve got to see these big brother variations.

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FAA Offers Guidance To Model Aircraft Operators

Agency Issues Interpretation Of 2012 Reauthorization Law, Restates Enforcement Authority

The FAA on Monday published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the statutory special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The guidance comes after recent incidents involving what some have called reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds of people.

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Cessna Citation M2 Receives EASA Certification

Deliveries Expected To Begin Immediately

EASA has certified the Citation M2 business jet, paving the way for deliveries to begin immediately. This latest certification comes just two weeks after Cessna’s receipt of EASA certification for its Citation Sovereign+.

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SpaceX Pushes Satellite Launch To July

Delay Will Give Engineers Time To Iron Out Technical Issues

SpaceX has pushed its pending multi-payload launch until early July, according to the company.

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Embraer Concludes Preliminary Design Review Of The E190-E2

Wind Tunnel Tests Also Completed

Embraer concluded the Joint Definition Phase (JDP) of the E190-E2 jet at the end of May, by conducting the preliminary design review. The Company has also completed the wind tunnel tests of the E190-E2, which will be the first model of the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial jets for the 70 to 130-seat segment, the E-Jets E2, which are planned to enter service in 2018.

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Career Eagles Aviation Initiative Takes Off

Major Collaboration Formed To Address Global Pilot Shortage, Inspire Careers In Aviation

The Ohio State University Center for Aviation Studies, the EAA and The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation have launched the Career Eagles Aviation Initiative. Career Eagles engages and encourages today's youth to pursue careers in aviation through academic and extracurricular programs, scholarships and hands-on experiences.

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AeroSports Update: Flying And Videos Go Together, But Be Safe

New Miniaturized Video Recorders Provide A Cool Way To Share Recreational Aviation With Others, But Let’s Make Sure We’re Using Them Safely

When it comes to the sport and recreational side of aviation, having fun in the sky is even better when you can share it with others. Now we have a new way to share…it’s called the miniature video recorder. These little gadgets seem to be a perfect combination of technology and fun in our aviation activities. However, there is a dark side to this sharing tool that we need to take a look at.

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LAN, TAM Airline Workers Taking Strike And Support Action

Labor Actions Taking Place In Chile, Colombia, Ecuador And Argentina In Support Of Strikes By Mechanics, FAs

This week, the aviation unions of the ITF (International Transport Workers' Federation) Network of LATAM Unions in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia will be taking action to support the mechanics of LAN Peru and the flight attendants of LAN Argentina. The workers will inform passengers in the airport about the actions.

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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

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.25.14)

“We want people who fly model aircraft for recreation to enjoy their hobby – but to enjoy it safely.” Source: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in an FAA news release.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.25.14): Abnormal Runway Contact

Any landing or takeoff involving abnormal runway or landing surface contact.  Abnormal runway contact is an occurrence category.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.25.14)

Colorado Space Grant Consortium

The COSGC is funded by NASA and is a state-wide organization involving 17 colleges, universities and institutions around Colorado. The organization provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world hands-on telescope and satellite programs, and interactive outreach programs.

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