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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Airborne 08.20.14: Unstable FAA Software, Pilots Can't Share, Hurricane Hunters

Also: New CAP Boss, Eclipse Fights Slow Economy, Skyport, MGL Upgrades, Lee Bottom Fly-In

The Department of Transportation Inspector General has issued a memo to the FAA Administrator pointing out weaknesses in the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) being deployed at 11 major airports around the country. The concept seems fairly simple. Private pilots would offer extra seats in their airplanes through the AirPooler app and website, and the passengers would help offset some of the expenses of making the trip. AirPooler would calculate the shared cost, bill the passenger, and collect a small transaction fee for offering the service. However, the FAA said that by posting specific flights and costs on its website, AirPooler was helping the pilot advertise a trip, which requires an air carrier certificate. Two Lockheed Orion P-3 airplanes based at McDill AFB in Tampa, Florida are the backbone of the hurricane hunters and they&rsqu

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Longeron Cracks Ground 82 F-16D Airplanes

Remaining 75 Aircraft Returned To Flight Status After Inspection

U.S. Air Force officials recently removed 82 two-seat F-16D Fighting Falcons from flight status due to the discovery of canopy sill longeron cracks found between the front and rear pilot seats.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Russian Security Service Stops World Record Global Flight Completion

Norman Surplus Was Unable To Get Clearance From The Russian Federal Security Bureau After Years Of Attempts

An attempt to fly the first autogyro / gyrocopter around the world has been forced to quit after traveling thousands of miles flying consecutively through 18 of the 24 countries needed to achieve this Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record Circumnavigation.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

NAI Calls On DOT To Approve Norwegian Air International's Application

But Aviation-Related Unions Remain Strongly Opposed

Norwegian Air International (NAI) has filed comments with the U.S. DOT confirming its support for the European Commission's (Commission) views that parties to the US-EU Open Skies Agreement cannot unilaterally deny NAI's application to serve the U.S. on the basis of Article 17 bis.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

NGC Developing XS-1 Experimental Spaceplane Design For DARPA

Scaled Composites, Virgin Galactic Participating In The Effort

Northrop Grumman Corporation with Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic is developing a preliminary design and flight demonstration plan for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Experimental Spaceplane XS-1 program.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Wichita Is Not The Next Detroit, Analyst Says

But Growth Will Be Slow, Cautions Rolland Vincent

Aviation Analyst Rolland Vincent, president of Rolland Vincent Associates, says he is "very optimistic about Wichita," but that the recovery in the business jet market will continue to be slow.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

AeroSports Update: Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Asks Customers For Help

Through Good Service And The Willingness To Help Glider Soaring Enthusiasts, Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Has Made Lots Of Friends; But Now Help Is Needed

Aviation is full of entrepreneurs that are in the business because they love it. Such is the case with Paul Remde, the owner of Cumulus Soaring, Inc. Remde is renowned for his support of the sport of soaring and his willingness to provide services far beyond his business model. However, his company is facing financial hurdles and he is looking for help.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

NASA Flight Test Preparations Draw On Launch Services Program's Expertise

Support Staff Ramping Up As Launch Day Nears

The upcoming flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft will be a mission of firsts. This new crew vehicle, making its debut on Exploration Flight Test-1, will become the first of its kind in four decades to venture beyond low-Earth orbit. The mission also marks the first time a spacecraft designed to carry humans will be lofted to orbit by a modern-day expendable launch vehicle.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Still Hopeful MH370 Can Be Found

Says New Underwater Search Has A 'Reasonable Chance' Of Success

A renewed effort to locate Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 is being prepared, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Wednesday that he feels it has a "reasonable chance" of success.

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Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Lisa Airplanes Will Showcase Akoya At Lac du Bourget Airshow

Prototype Airplane To Be On Display At The Show

Lisa Airplanes, a French company developing a unique amphibious airplane called Akoya, will showcase the aircraft at an event it says is tailor-made for the plane.

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