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June 29, 2013

Airborne 06.28.13: Sikorsky Prize, CSeries 1st Flt Delay, Cessna TTx Gets FIKI

Also: Warbirds, Round Engines, Delta Loves Virgin, Lawn Chair Balloonacy, Roddenberry's Journey

Will the Sikorsky Prize for human powered flight in a helicopter be going to a Canadian team? An announcement could be imminent. AeroVelo, a Canadian team that is competing to win the $250,000 award said on its blog earlier this month that it has unofficially satisfied all of the requirements set out to win the prize. It will be at least a month before the Bombardier CS Series Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) makes its first test flight, According to a statement released Wednesday by the Canadian planemaker. This is the second delay announcement for the CS Serie

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NASA, Space Florida Begin Partnership Discussions

Space Florida Proposes To Operate Shuttle Landing Facility

NASA has selected Space Florida, the aerospace economic development agency for the state of Florida, for negotiations toward a partnership agreement to maintain and operate the historic Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and the director of NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Robert Cabana, announced the selection during a news conference Friday at Kennedy's Visitor Complex in Florida.

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State Of Indiana Proclaims August 17 As Model Aviation Day

Celebration Planned For Academy Of Model Aeronautics National Headquarters In Muncie, IN

The Academy of Model Aeronautics is pleased to announce that the state of Indiana, led by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, has declared August 17, 2013, as Model Aviation Day.

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AEA, FAA Complete Productive AML-STC Workshop

Session Addresses Cost Barriers To Avionics Product Certification

In cooperation with the FAA, the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) played host to more than 50 attendees at this week's AML-STC Avionics Product Certification Workshop, which took place June 25-26 in the Dan Derby Center for Professional Development at the AEA's international headquarters in Lee's Summit, MO.

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NASA Launches Satellite to Study How Sun's Atmosphere is Energized

IRIS Spacecraft Launched From Orbital Sciences Corp Aircraft

NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) spacecraft launched Thursday at 1927 PDT from Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA. The mission to study the solar atmosphere was placed in orbit by an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL rocket.

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Plane That Went Down Off Venezuela January 4 Found

The Aircraft Had Been Transporting Fashion Executive Vittorio Missoni

The airplane that went down off the coast of Venezuela January 4 with fashion executive Vittorio Missoni on board has reportedly been discovered north of the Los Roques Archipelago in the Caribbean.

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Airlines For America Commends Confirmation Of Anthony Foxx

Calio Says Former Charlotte Mayor Understands The Importance Of Air Travel To The Economy

Airlines for America (A4A) commended the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to serve as the next Secretary of Transportation following the body's unanimous vote Thursday.

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Strong Opportunity Seen For Midwest Aviation Biofuels Industry

Report From Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI) Shows Demand For New Fuel Sources, Recommends Actions

The commercial aviation industry has a clear path toward cleaner, more economical and more secure energy alternatives through the increased use of advanced biofuels developed in the Midwest, according to a report issued Thursday by the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative (MASBI).

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Navy Closes In On Making Landing On Aircraft Carrier Safer

Joint Precision Approach And Landing System Trials Conducted Aboard USS George H.W. Bush

Landing on an aircraft carrier is now safer thanks to the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) team from the Naval Air Traffic Management Systems Program Office (PMA-213). JPALS is an all-weather landing system that uses a Global Positioning System and navigation systems to safely land both land- and sea-based aircraft. JPALS completed its latest round of testing aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in late May.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.29.13)

"This simply is a continuum of the AEA's efforts to bring both the avionics industry and the regulatory agencies together to focus on continuous improvements of the certification processes for avionics systems." Source: Ric Peri, AEA vice president of government and industry affairs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.13): Taxi Patterns

Patterns established to illustrate the desired flow of ground traffic for the different runways or airport areas available for use.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.13)

Scholarship Flight Training

High school teens from across the country train to be pilots and learn about careers in aviation.

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