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April 30, 2013

Piper Receives FAA TC For G1000 In Archer Models

Will Be Available In Airplanes Delivered This Year

Piper Aircraft has received Type Certificate approval from the FAA to incorporate the Garmin G1000 avionics suite into new single-engine Piper Archer aircraft models available in 2013. Initial fleet customers for the new Garmin G1000-equipped Piper Archers include the Florida Institute of Technology and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.

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With Four New CAMs, List Of Certified Aviation Managers Passes 200

Accreditation Requires Training, Testing, And Certification

The total number of Certified Aviation Managers (CAMs) working in business aviation passed 200 this month with the certification of four new CAMs, according to the NBAA. Established by NBAA in 2003, the CAM credential recognizes professionals qualified for leadership roles in aviation through experience and training requirements, independent testing and certification.

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Nepal Airlines Selects Airbus A320

MoU Signed For Two Aircraft For Fleet Modernization

Nepal’s national flag carrier, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to buy two Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with "Sharklet" fuel saving wing tip devices, which the airline says will be a cornerstone of its fleet modernization.

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New Release Of ForeFlight Mobile Available For Download

Three New Features Included In The Latest Package

The fourth major update of the year of ForeFlight Mobile is now available for download from App Store. The release of version 5.1 brings three new features.

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Gamera II Still In Pursuit Of Sikorsky Prize

Another Flight Over The Weekend Falls Two Seconds Short

University of Maryland engineering students are still doggedly working to win the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize for human-powered helicopter flight, making another attempt over the weekend that fell just short of the 60 second flight needed to claim the prize.

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Four Missions Being Prepared For Ariane 5, Soyuz, Vega

Arianespace's Launcher Pace Continues

The Spaceport in French Guiana currently has four parallel mission campaigns underway for the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega vehicles.

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Indiana Balloonist Wins Great Ballooning Race

Pilot From French Lick, Indiana Takes Kentucky Derby Festival Race

An Indiana pilot took first place Saturday at the Kentucky Derby Festival's 41st annual U.S. Bank Great Balloon Race. Jerry Copas dropped his bag full of grass seed from his French Lick Resort Balloon closest to an "X" on the ground to claim the title.

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WingX Offers Tips For Map Overlays

New Feature Allows Pilots To Place Additional Weather Items On Moving Map

The recent WingX Pro 6.9.2 update added a new feature that now allows users to select and overlay additional weather items on the moving map, expanding on the options of fuel prices and METAR circles. In the past users would select weather overlay items from the Options list at the bottom of the screen, but the latest release adds a new button in the upper right of the screen with additional options.

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U.K Pilot Flying WWI Replica Airplane Fatally Injured

One Of Several Replica Vintage Airplanes Practicing For An Aerial Display

A replica of a WWI era Fokker airplane went down Saturday at the Army Aviation Center in Middle Wallop, U.K., during practice for a aerial display. The pilot, the only person on board the aircraft, was fatally injured in the accident.

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Balloon Down Off The Coast Of Peru

Five Women Rescued, Two Men Still Missing

A balloon carrying seven people has reportedly gone down in the Pacific ocean off the coast of Peru. Five women were rescued from the water, but two men, including the pilot, are still missing.

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D.B. Cooper Parachute Packer Connected To Seattle Homicide

Body Found At Home Owned By Earl Cossey

A woman checking on her father discovered him dead in a house owned by the man who had packed a parachute used by D.B. Cooper, who famously hijacked an airliner some 40 years ago and parachuted from the airplane with $200,000.

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Airborne 04.30.13: SpaceShipTwo Breaks Mach, Furloughs Canceled, 787 Flies Again

Also: Boeing Debris From 9/11, Glasair SB, Tecnam's Astore, Nasty PPG Pilot, More Legal Excess

After a number of unpowered test flights, in which SpaceShipTwo was dropped from beneath its WhiteKnightTwo “Mothership,” to evaluate its flying qualities, SS2 has finally had the chance to fly under power. The vehicle utilizes a rubber-based solid fuel and nitrous oxide to power its single engine propulsion system. In the wake of growing consumer anger over airline flight delays, Congress worked quickly last week to pass legislation that will provide the FAA with funding to eliminate air traffic controller furloughs. The FAA on Thursday said that as soon as U.S. airlines make the necessary changes to the Dreamliner's battery system, it is cleared to return to revenue servi

Airborne 04.30.13: SpaceShipTwo Breaks Mach, Furloughs Canceled, 787 Flies Again

Also: Boeing Debris From 9/11, Glasair SB, Tecnam's Astore, Nasty PPG Pilot, More Legal Excess

After a number of unpowered test flights, in which SpaceShipTwo was dropped from beneath its WhiteKnightTwo “Mothership,” to evaluate its flying qualities, SS2 has finally had the chance to fly under power. The vehicle utilizes a rubber-based solid fuel and nitrous oxide to power its single engine propulsion system. In the wake of growing consumer anger over airline flight delays, Congress worked quickly last week to pass legislation that will provide the FAA with funding to eliminate air traffic controller furloughs. The FAA on Thursday said that

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SecAF Announces Departure

Michael Donley Will Step Down June 21

Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley has announced his plan to step down June 21 as the Air Force's top civilian after serving for nearly five years. "It's been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force's great Airmen," Donley said.

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Shuster Issues Statement On Resolution Of FAA Furlough Situation

Says FAA Had The Needed Flexibility All Along

The FAA already had the necessary flexibility to keep controllers on the job and contract towers open, but chose not to do so, according to House Transportation  Committee chair Bill Shuster (R-PA). His remarks came in a statement following Friday's passage of the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013 (H.R. 1765), which passed the House by a vote of 361 to 41.

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ANA Flies Dreamliner For The First Time Since Grounding

Test Flight Conducted Sunday Carrying Engineers, Boeing Officials

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has conducted its first flight with a Boeing Dreamliner since the fleet was grounded in January. The flight departed Tokyo's Haneda Airport Sunday morning with ANA engineers and as well as airline and Boeing officials including airline chairman Shinichiro Ito and Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Ray Conner on board.

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FAA Certifies ATR-600

Covers Both The 42 And 72 Models Of The Turboprop

Turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR is pleased to announce that the newest ATR '-600 series' aircraft have just received their certification from the FAA. This certification, for both the ATR 42-600 and the ATR 72-600, will enable the entry into service of these new aircraft in countries requiring FAA rather than EASA certification.

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ATK SRBs Complete Major Space Launch System Program Milestone

Solid Rocket Boosters Designed For NASA SLS

ATK has successfully completed its solid rocket booster Preliminary Design Review (PDR) with NASA for the new Space Launch System (SLS). The PDR milestone indicates the booster design is on track to support first flight of the SLS in 2017. The SLS vehicle will support NASA’s human spaceflight exploration to all destinations beyond low-earth orbit.

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Civilian 747-400 Supporting Military Operations Down In Afghanistan

Plane Went Down Shortly After Takeoff From Bagram Air Field

A Boeing 747-400 belonging to National Air Cargo went down Monday afternoon at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. The plane reportedly had eight crew members and five military vehicles on board. There was no immediate word on casualties.

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GBTA Praises Applauds Congressional Action On FAA Furloughs

Praises Passage Of The 'Reducing Flight Delays Act Of 2013'

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) says Congress did the right thing by passing the Reducing Flight Delays Act of 2013.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.30.13)

"It's been an honor and a privilege to serve with our Air Force's great Airmen. Their accomplishments have been nothing short of impressive and I'm humbled to be a part of this team." Source: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley announcing his planned retirement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.13): Flight Management System (FMS)

Provides pilot and crew with highly accurate and automatic long-range navigation capability, blending available inputs from long- and short-range sensors.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.30.13)

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Astronomy for children, students, and kids of all ages. A free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space. Packed with games, activities, fun facts, and resources to help teachers, parents, and students of all ages reach out and touch our universe.

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