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May 13, 2013

Senators Raise Concerns About Abu Dhabi Preclearance Center

Letter To DHS Secretary Napolitano Questions Agency's Authority To Make The Agreement

A bipartisan group of 11 U.S. Senators has sent a letter to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for an explanation of the department's decision to establish a preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport, going against recent direction from Congress and enabling a foreign government to pay for core security functions.

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NASA Curiosity Team Selects Second Drilling Target On Mars

Rover Will Have To Travel Only About Nine Feet To Second Site

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Mars has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling. The rover will set course to the drilling location in coming days. This second drilling target, called "Cumberland," lies about nine feet west of the rock where Curiosity's drill first touched Martian stone in February.

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House Subcommittees Review Search For Earth-like Planets

Witnesses Outline Exoplanet Surveying And Research Conducted By NASA, NSF

The Subcommittees on Space and Research on Thursday explored current efforts to search for life-sustaining planets.  Witnesses discussed the recent discovery by NASA’s Kepler space telescope of three super-Earth sized planets that have the potential to contain life.

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Australian MoD, Eurocopter Reach Agreement On Helicopter Fix

Will Re-Set The Delivery Schedule, Correct Technical Problems With The Aircraft

The Australian Ministry of Defense and Eurocopter are working to resolve issues with the MRH-90 transport helicopter that has seen a raft of problems during its development. In an agreement worked out between the government and the manufacturer, Eurocopter will provide one additional aircraft at no cost to the government, as well as re-setting the six-year-old program's delivery schedule.

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Rolls-Royce Awarded $35 M Contract To Repair US Navy T56 Engines

Engines Installed On P-3, C-130, C-2 Aircraft

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a $35 million contract extension for repair and overhaul of T56 engines on US Navy aircraft. The services contract covers depot-level repair of the T56 Series III engine modules to support fielded P-3 and derivative aircraft, as well as T56-powered C-130 and C-2 aircraft.

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Hubble Space Telescope Finds Dead Stars 'Polluted' With Planet Debris

Discovery Made About 150 Light-Years From Earth

The Hubble Space Telescope has found the building blocks for Earth-sized planets in an unlikely place -- the atmospheres of a pair of burned-out stars called white dwarfs. These dead stars are located 150 light-years from Earth in a relatively young star cluster, Hyades, in the constellation Taurus. The star cluster is only 625 million years old. The white dwarfs are being polluted by asteroid-like debris falling onto them.

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NASA Partners With Ohio Non-profit On Unmanned Air Challenge

Half-Million Dollar Prize For Technology That Will Allow Integration Of UAS In Domestic Airspace

NASA has selected Development Projects Inc. of Dayton, Ohio, to manage a new Centennial Challenge prize competition involving unmanned aircraft systems in 2014. NASA's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airspace Operations Challenge is focused on developing and demonstrating key technologies, particularly the ability to sense and avoid other air traffic.

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L-3 Selects Rockwell Collins For USAF EC-130H Avionics Upgrade Program

Modifications To Be Made To Legacy 'Compass Call' Airplanes

L-3 Platform Integration has selected Rockwell Collins as the avionics solution provider for a communication, navigation and surveillance/air traffic management (CNS/ATM) avionics upgrade for the U.S. Air Force EC-130H aircraft.

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Astronomy Enthusiasts Invited To Meet with Professional Counterparts

Public Is welcome To Interact With Astronomers At AAS Meeting In Indianapolis.

The Indy 500 happens twice this year: once in late May, when the world's elite auto racers converge on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and again a week later, when more than 500 professional astronomers, educators, journalists, and guests converge on downtown Indianapolis for the 222nd meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), June 2-6, at the Indiana Convention Center.

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Airbus And Dell Computer Launch Electronic Flight Bag Service

Will Source, Configure, And Support The Solution For Airbus’ Single-Aisle Aircraft In Both Forward-Fit And Retrofit Scenarios

Dell OEM Solutions has partnered with Airbus to support A320 Family airliner operators worldwide by providing an end-to-end Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) solution supported by Dell Latitude solutions. Dell laptops, which adhere to strict regulatory standards, will be pre-loaded with FlySmart with Airbus software and installed as Class-2 EFB equipment. This initial announcement will cover EFB Class-2 solutions for Airbus’ Single Aisle aircraft, though the agreement includes scope to extend application to other aircraft types.

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Report: Commercial Aircraft MRO Market To Be Worth $49.2 Billion In 2013

London Firm Visiongain Sees Growing Global Demand For Maintenance Services

Visiongain's analysis indicates that the world commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market will reach a value of $49.2 billion in 2013 because of growing demand for maintenance services to handle the global fleet of commercial aircraft. The commercial aircraft MRO market is forecast by Visiongain to experience growth over the next decade providing numerous business opportunities.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-13 R1

PRODUCT: All Boeing Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.  

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Airborne 05.10.13: Small A/C Revitalization Act, AirVenture Cup, X47B 'Arrested'

Also: Saving A B-25, Canada Not Happy With Qatar ICAO Grab, S-92 Rig Approach, FutureCub and the TomorrowHawk

In a move that would cut regulations on the general aviation industry and thereby improve safety, decrease costs, and free private-sector innovation, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), has introduced the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act. The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, This year’s course will start at Mount Vernon Airport (KMVN) in Illinois, include two turn points, and end at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh. Officials are also adding several new classes of aircraft

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Maverick LSA/Flying Car Suffers Setback

Aircraft Downed and Totaled... With Only Minor Injuries

One of the developmental prototypes of the Maverick LSA/Flying Car went down this weekend after its parachute canopy suffered some mode of malfunction (as yet unexplained) and went down with minor injuries to pilot Ray Siebring and his passenger. The aircraft, which mates a small jeep-like ground vehicle with a pusher prop and a ram-air parachute canopy, for lift, experienced an uncommanded turn less than 10 minutes into the Friday flight requiring full opposite corrective control to maintain directional authority... but also produced an excessive sink rate which could not be arrested before the aircraft impacted the ground.

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Blue Angels Pilots Have Tours Extended

Additional Experience Will Help In Training New Pilots

A normal tour for a Blue Angels pilot is two years. But this year, with sequestration, is anything but normal. So some of the team's pilots will have their tours extended by a year, under a program announced recently by the U.S. Navy.

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Klyde Morris (05.13.13)

Our Buddy, Klyde, Does Drone On...


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NTSB Releases Factual Report From Kingfisher, OK EMS Helo Accident

Pilot Had Been Taking Medications For a Sleep Disorder Not Reported To The FAA

The NTSB has released a factual report from an accident near Kingfisher, OK, involving an EagleMed Eurocopter AS350 B2 helicopter that was on its way to pick up a patient. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of the pilot, Al Harrison, and nurse Ryan duke. A paramedic who was also on board the aircraft survived, and initiated a 911 call after the accident.

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Enhanced Search And Rescue Service For GA Released By LMC

Flight Services Can Automatically Monitor GA Flights, Initiate SAR Efforts Sooner

New updates to the Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS) automation system and Pilot Web Portal will make general aviation safer and more convenient - at no cost to pilots.  The Surveillance-Enhanced Search and Rescue service (SE-SAR) allows LMFS to automatically monitor flights and determine if aircraft stop moving, stop reporting their position, or transmit an emergency signal.

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Pilot Disputing FAA Suspension

Was Involved In A Runway Excursion In October

The FAA said pilot Keith George violated four FARs during a flight that ended with the Beach B90 he was flying overshooting a runway and landing on an Interstate highway in Surtevant, Wisconsin in October of last year. The FAA notified George that it plans to suspend his Commercial Pilot privileges as a result of the accident, but he is challenging that decision.

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Model Airplane Club To Stage Replacement Air Show

Rockford, IL, Canceled Its 'Airfest' After Losing The Blue Angels

Even though organizers decided that it would not go on with the Rockford Airfest in Rockford, IL, once it was learned that the Blue Angels would not be able to perform, it doesn't mean that there will be NO air show in the city this summer.

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Video Shows Italian Airline Workers Stealing From Luggage

Hidden Camera Sting Caught Dozens Involved In Thefts

Police in Italy have released a video showing baggage handlers rifling through passenger's luggage in the cargo holds of airplanes and stealing cash and other valuables. In all, 29 baggage handlers were arrested in the sting, according to the Associated Press, with another 57 taken in for questioning, according to UPI and the London newspapers The Telegraph and the Daily Mail.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.13.13): Oceanic Airspace

Oceanic Airspace Airspace over the oceans of the world, considered international airspace, where oceanic separation and procedures per the International Civil Aviation Organization are applied. Responsibility for the provisions of air traffic control service in this airspace is delegated to various countries, based generally upon geographic proximity and the availability of the required resources.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.13.13)

Aero Linx: Civil Aviation Authority The Civil Aviation Authority is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. Through its skills and expertise it is recognised as a world leader in its field. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which is a public corporation, was established by Parliament in 1972 as an independent specialist aviation regulator and provider of air traffic services. The UK Government requires that the CAA’s costs are met entirely from its charges on those whom it regulates. Unlike many other countries, there is no direct Government funding of the CAA’s work.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.13.13)

"Lockheed Martin is committed to improving safety, efficiency, and convenience for the general aviation community. Look for more features later this year including our Next Generation Briefing capability that includes automatic summarization of text-intensive information and enhanced graphics that help pilots understand their briefings faster." Source: Jim Derr, director of Lockheed Martin Flight Services, in comments associated with new updates made to the Lockheed Martin Flight Services (LMFS) automation system and Pilot Web Portal that will make general aviation safer and more convenient - at no cost to pilots.

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