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March 23, 2013

Airborne 03.22.13: Eclipse Revs Up, AEA Live Next Week!, Saturn V Engines Found

Also: Harrison Ford, Boeing Sells Big, Falcon 2000S, Falcon 2000LXS, ABC News Embarrasses Itself, More Airshow Damage

Eclipse Aerospace celebrated a major production milestone Monday ... the first power up of the new production Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet. The first production Eclipse 550 aircraft successfully powered up its two Pratt & Whitney PW610F engines, and the aircraft systems came on line at the company’s facility in Albuquerque, NM. With the onset of Spring it's time once again for the annual AEA Convention and this time we're going west to the city of Las Vegas! Once again ANN will be on hand with two days of LIVE coverage on Aero

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NTSB Unhappy With Boeing Over Dreamliner Comments

Says Planemaker Did Not Inform Investigators About What It Intended To Say

The NTSB is reportedly unhappy with Boeing officials over the planemakers' March 15 briefing held in Japan outlining plans to get the airplane flying again. In a letter dated Thursday, NTSB General Counsel David Tochen told Boeing officials that the plans discussed at the briefing were "inconsistent with our expectations" about the potential fix.

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AirVenture Adds Second Night Air Show

Wednesday Night Performance Added Due To Popular Demand

The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Night Air Show, one of the most popular additions to The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration lineup over the past quarter-century, will be even bigger in 2013 with the addition of a second night show scheduled for Wednesday, July 31.

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NBAA's Bolen Responds To FAA Decision To Close Contract Towers

'We Are Frustrated' By Agency's Move To Close Nearly 150 Towers

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen released a statement in response to the FAA's decision to proceed with the closure of 149 contract air traffic control towers and other facilities across the United States, to comply with "sequestration," or mandatory budget curtailments required of federal agencies.

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Sporty’s Eastern Cincinnati Aviation Partners With Robinson Helicopter

FBO At I-69 Now A Robinson Sales And Service Center

Eastern Cincinnati Aviation, the FBO affiliate of Sporty’s Pilot Shop, is now an authorized sales and service center for Robinson Helicopters. Adding the Robinson sales and service center is another step toward the effort to create a general aviation hub at Sporty's/Clermont County Airport.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Fort Lauderdale, FL, Accident

Pilot, Passenger Fatally Injured When Piper Cheyenne Went Down During Departure

The NTSB's preliminary report from an accident in Fort Lauderdale, FL, involving a Piper Cheyenne indicates that the pilot of the airplane declared an emergency just after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE), but did not indicate the nature of the emergency. The pilot and two passengers aboard the aircraft were fatally injured when the airplane wend down in an auto impound lot near the airport.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Circuit Breaker Switches

Components Used In Some Cessna, Beechcraft, Homebuilt Airplanes

The FAA has issued an SAIB (Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin) that will affect airplanes equipped with W31 series switch style circuit breakers (SSCB) manufactured by Tyco or Potter Brumfield. There have been known continued failures of these SSCBs on Cessna Aircraft Company airplanes and Beechcraft Corporation (formerly known as Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) airplanes. These circuit breaker switches may also be installed on other type certificated airplanes as well as homebuilt airplanes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.23.13)

"The additional night show is being scheduled this year in response to those EAA members and AirVenture attendees who said they missed this phenomenal event." Source: Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.23.13): Blind Speed

The rate of departure or closing of a target relative to the radar antenna at which cancellation of the primary radar target by moving target indicator (MTI) circuits in the radar equipment causes a reduction or complete loss of signal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.23.13)

The Center for Space Standards & Innovation (CSSI), a research arm of Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI), fosters mutually acceptable astrodynamic standards, enables data exchange, and creates innovative technical solutions that serve public interests.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-18

PRODUCT: All Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211 Trent 500 series turbofan engines.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (777)

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-05

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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