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August 16, 2012

Skydiving Company Owner Disputes New Zealand Accident Report

Accident Resulted In The Fatal Injury Of All Nine On Board

The director of Glacier Skydive Air Services has disputed the official report from New Zealand's Transport Accident Investigation Commission that the Fletcher FU24 crop-duster which was being used in the skydiving operation was outside its weight and balance envelope when the accident occurred.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report In 2010 Arkansas Accident

Probable Cause Report Expected Later This Week

The NTSB has released a factual report from a September, 2010 accident near Mountain View, AR, which resulted in the fatal injury of two people after the airplane, a Cessna 210, reportedly broke up in flight. Witnesses told the board that one wing of the airplane "folded" as the airplane spun towards the ground.

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Boeing Delivers First Ethiopian Airlines' 787-8

First Africa-Based Operator Receives The Dreamliner

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the delivery of the carrier's first 787 Dreamliner on Tuesday. After taking delivery, Ethiopian will fly its Dreamliner to Washington D.C. where the aircraft will be on display and is expected to be visited by VIP guests and media.

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Orbiter Captures NASA's New Mars Rover In Color Photo

Image Taken By MRO HiRISE Camera

The first color image taken from orbit showing NASA's rover Curiosity on Mars includes details of the layered bedrock on the floor of Gale Crater that the rover is beginning to investigate.  Operators of the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter added the color view to earlier observations of Curiosity descending on its parachute, and one day after landing.

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Gulfstream G650, G280 Closing In On Certification

G650 Test Fleet Has Completed Aircraft-Level Testing

FAA pilots have completed all the scheduled flying required for the certification program for Gulfstream’s Gulfstream G650. In addition, the European Aviation Safety Agency test team finished the flight testing required for its validation of the FAA’s type certification.

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Navy, Marine, Air Force Jet Fighters Headline Wings Over Wine Country Air Show

Strong Lineup Of Civilian Acts Also Scheduled To Perform

The Pacific Coast Air Museum (PCAM) will welcome Navy, Marine and Air Force front line fighter jets to its air show line-up of performers.  The air show will be held at the Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa, CA on August 18-19.

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History Flies Into West Chicago During DuPage Airport’s Community Days Weekend

Residents Enjoy Rides On Vintage Bombers And More During Annual Weekend Of Family Fun

Living history graced the skies above the DuPage Airport during Community Days last weekend, as a vintage Boeing B-29 Superfortress soared overhead, dazzling all those in attendance at the annual celebration. The two-day celebration held last weekend drew a crowd of thousands composed of families, veterans, and aviation enthusiasts of all ages.

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Cobham Wins Contract For KC-390 Tanker Aircraft AFFT

Contract Worth Up To $30 Million

Cobham has been awarded a contract by Embraer Defense and Security worth some $30 million, to develop and supply the Auxiliary Fuselage Fuel Tank (AFFT) for the KC-390 tanker aircraft. Cobham’s AFFT will enable the aircraft’s core mission capabilities, including increased range for search and rescue operations and maximised fuel offload for air-to-air refuelling.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-10

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-07

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 737-500 series airplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: Comet FK-12 -- An LSA Bi-Plane with Great Potential

A Bipe With Folding Wings, Convertible Cockpit and Aerobatic Goodness!

Sometimes its enough just to be cute... but it doesn't hurt to have a whole lot of other attributes to with one's cuteness... and the Comet FK-12 has that game down pat. A two seat tandem bird, the FK-12 is distributed in the USA by Hansen Air Group. The aircraft is currently available, as a non-aerobatic mount with a Rotax 912S, while an aerobatic version, using a Lycoming AEIO-233 is in development. A taildragger, the aircraft boasts conventional stick and rudder controls and cruise speeds in the 90-100 knot range. A magnificently designed convertible enclosure system allows one to choose a two pi

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Sequestration Could Cost Aviation Industry 123,000 Jobs

Report: Budget Cuts Could Close Air Traffic Control Towers, Reduce Passenger And Cargo Capacity

A study released Monday by the Aerospace Industries Association and Econsult Corporation estimates that budget cuts to FAA operations as a result of sequestration could cost up to 132,000 aviation jobs, drain $80 billion a year from the nation’s gross domestic product and strip almost two billion pounds of freight capacity out of an air cargo system that is already buckling at the seams.  

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Alleged Conspiracy To Falsify Aircraft Inspections

Flying Tigers, Inc. Of Marietta, PA Charged With Fraud And Obstruction Of Justice

A federal indictment was unsealed Tuesday charging a former airplane mechanical repair business in Marietta, PA, its president and two others in a fraud scheme involving aircraft inspections, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

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FAA Delays 'Climb Via' Implementation

Agency Still Plans On The Phraseology Change, But No Date Set

The FAA decided to delay the implementation of "Climb Via" phraseology it had planned to use in Standard Instrument Departure procedures (SID), and cancel the "Descend Via" procedures it has had in place.

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Waverider Breaks Apart About A Half-Minute Into Test Flight

USAF Officials Point To A Faulty Control Fin On The Aircraft

The X-51 Waverider hypersonic aircraft failed fairly spectacularly during a test flight Tuesday. The experimental unmanned aircraft reportedly broke apart over the Pacific ocean just 31 seconds after it launched from the wing of a B-52.

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LA City Council Backs Helo Flight Restrictions

Votes To Support Legislation Allowing FAA To Tighten Controls For Helicopter Operations Over The City

The Los Angeles, CA, City Council on Tuesday night gave its blessing to legislation sponsored by Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) that could mean tighter flight path and altitude restrictions for helicopters operating over the city.

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Gulfstream’s Flynn Sees Long-Term Strength In Latin American Market

Gulfstream 'Investing For Future' With New Aircraft, New Facilities

At São Paulo’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) 2012, Gulfstream President Larry Flynn reaffirmed the company's commitment to expanding support for its growing Latin American fleet, especially with two new models nearing entry-into-service.

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NTSB: Pilot In July 18 Accident In Alaska Continued VFR Into IFR Conditions

Preliminary Report Shows Group Flying Together Encountered Deteriorating Weather On Their Route Of Flight

While the probable cause has not been established, the language of the NTSB's preliminary report concerning an accident which occurred July 18th near Fairbanks, AK sounds a familiar theme. The flight was a VFR cross-country trip, and the weather went to IFR as the flight progressed.

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Airplanes Involved In Ramp Collision In Nashville

G550 Was Being Towed By A Tug When It Broke Loose

A Gulfstream G550 and a Beach King Air were involved in an accident on the ramp at Nashville International Airport (KBNA) in Tennessee Tuesday afternoon. The collision caused damage to both airplanes, but no one was injured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.16.12)

“The FAA is a critical safety organization that regulates our national air transportation system. Putting it at risk is folly beyond comparison.” Source: Former Secretary of Transportation and Congressman Norman Mineta, now vice chair of public policies at Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.12): Overcast (OVC)

An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, when the sky is completely covered by an obscuring phenomenon.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.16.12)

IMC Club

IMC Club is dedicated to mitigating the issue of lack of instrument proficiency by providing a means to reengage pilots with other pilots and instructors.

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