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May 07, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.08.13

There’s a New Starting Point for the Airventure Cup Race…

Finding a New Ride for the Prez…

The X-47B Makes Its First Trap&hellip

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Department Of The Navy Issues RFP For VXX Program

Seeks To Replace Current 'Marine One' Aircraft

The Navy has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) in the Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program (VXX).  Proposals are due in 90 days with a goal to award a fixed-price incentive engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract, with production options, by mid-calendar year 2014.

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FreeFlight Systems Selected To Participate In Capstone Project

Will Provide Upgraded ADS-B Avionics In Up To 600 Aircraft

The FAA has selected FreeFlight Systems to provide upgraded ADS-B avionics for as many as 600 aircraft that were instrumental in the development of ADS-B in the Capstone Program. The FAA chose FreeFlight Systems for the ADS-B upgrade program after an industry-wide, open competitive bidding process. The program fulfills an FAA commitment to aircraft owners who installed the earlier “Version 1” ADS-B avionics during the Capstone Program in Alaska and in several locations in the lower 48 states.

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New Report Suggests Mechanical Failure Contributed To 2010 New Zealand Accident

Nine People Fatally Injured When Skydiving Plane Went Down Near Fox Glacier

A coroner's report indicates that an accident involving a skydiving plane near Fox Glacier in New Zealand may have been affected by a mechanical failure, removing some of the blame for the accident from the pilot.

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Canada Miffed By Attempt To Move ICAO From Montreal To Qatar

?Accused The Emirate Of Trying To 'Buy' The Agency

The Emirate of Qatar last month reportedly presented the ICAO with an unsolicited offer to move the agency's headquarters from Montreal to a new permanent home in Doha, which has Canadian officials somewhat miffed. And Canada's politicians are uniting to do everything they can to prevent the move.

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The Last F-4 Departs Davis-Monthan

To Be Converted Into A QRF-4C Drone

The final F-4 regenerated from storage at the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group performed its last flight over Tucson, AZ, April 17, before heading to Mojave, CA. Aircraft 68-0599, an RF-4C Phantom, arrived at AMARG for storage on January 18, 1989 and had not flown since.

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NASA Invites Public To Send Names And Messages To Mars

Will Be Included On A DVD Placed On An Upcoming Mars Orbital Mission

NASA is inviting members of the public to submit their names and a personal message online for a DVD to be carried aboard a spacecraft that will study the Martian upper atmosphere. The DVD will be in NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch in November.

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Egyptian Pilot Involved In Luxor Balloon Fire Arrested

Was One Of Two Survivors From The Accident Which Fatally Injured 19 Tourists

The pilot of a balloon which caught fire and went down while on a sightseeing flight over Luxor, Egypt has been arrested and detained for questioning. Momin Murad was one of only two survivors of the accident, which fatally injured 19 tourists.

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Wreckage Of An-2 Found In The Ural Mountains

Aircraft Went Down Last June With At Least 12 People Reportedly On Board

The wreckage of an Antonov An-2 that went down last June with at least 12 people on board was discovered Saturday by two hunters in the Ural mountains. The debris was found about five miles from the town of Serov.

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Pilots Reportedly Allowed FAs To Monitor Flight During Break

One Accidentally Disengaged The Autopilot While Pilots Were Napping

Two pilots on an Air India flight are reportedly in hot water after they allowed flight attendants to monitor the cockpit while they took a 40 minute break, during which time one of the FAs switched off the plane's autopilot.

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Photographer's Drone Stuck For A Time On Courthouse Statue

Volunteer Finally Managed To Liberate The Aircraft From The Clutches Of 'Lady Justice'

A remote-controlled quadcopter being operated by a photographer working on a promotional video for the city of Marion, OH, Saturday evening was caught in a wind gust and blown into the arms of a statue called "Lady Justice" which stands atop the Marion County Courthouse. The aircraft lodged in the statue's arms about 100 feet above the ground, and photographer Terry Cline had no way to retrieve his expensive equipment.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-08-01

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Powered Gliders (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 2013-04-08 R1

PRODUCT: Certain Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models HK 36 R, HK 36 TS, and HK 36 TTS powered gliders.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.07.13

Pressure to Keep the Towers Open is Growing…

Solar Impulse to Carry Over 14,000 Friends…

Saving the Last of Its Type WWII German Bombe

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Airborne 05.07.13: Solar Impulse, Terrafugia's Next Step, FAA Questions ICON

Also: 777X Looking Good, Jetman At OSH2013!, Hexcopter Engagement, C-206 SAIB, Historic X-51A Flight

The Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane began its trek across the United States on Friday by completing the first leg of its planned transcontinental flight. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, Solar Impulse launched Friday morning at 06:12 Pacific Daylight Time  from Moffett Field in San Francisco, California and landed successfully after a 18 hour flight at 12:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona. Terrafugia, currently in development of the Transition street-legal airplane, has begun feasibility studies of a four-seat, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) plug-in hybrid-electric flying car, the TF-X. Incorporating the state-of-the-art in intellige

Airborne 05.07.13: Solar Impulse, Terrafugia's Next Step, FAA Questions ICON

Also: 777X Looking Good, Jetman At OSH2013!, Hexcopter Engagement, C-206 SAIB, Historic X-51A Flight

The Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane began its trek across the United States on Friday by completing the first leg of its planned transcontinental flight. With Bertrand Piccard at the controls, Solar Impulse launched Friday morning at 06:12 Pacific Daylight Time  from Moffett Field in San Francisco, California and landed successfully after a 18 hour flight at 12:30 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona. Terrafugia, currently in development of the Transition street-legal airplane, has begun feasibility studies of a four-seat,

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SportPlane Resource Guide Update -- Massive Revision Proceeding Well

3rd Edition of Industry's Most Comprehensive SportPlane Compendium Will Concentrate on LSA's and Affordable Aircraft

It's been a number of years since the Latest Edition of Jim Campbell's HUGE SportPlane Resource Guide first saw the light of day. The 1100 page book last featured over 740 exciting sport aircraft from all over the SportPlane universe... at a time when the SportPlane industry was still a healthy, thriving enterprise (those were the days...). While there has been some consideration, off and on, toward updating the nearly 5 pound book, the near implosion of the SportPlane and kit industry over the last decade has made such a pursuit an unwieldy one... until now.

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NBAA Welcomes Forceful Calls From House, Senate For Keeping ATC Towers Open

Bipartisan Coalition Of Lawmakers Say 149 Contract Towers Should Not Close

The NBAA said in a news release Monday that it welcomes renewed calls to the FAA from a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for using authority provided for in recently approved legislation to preserve 149 federal contract air traffic control (ATC) towers slated for closure next month under mandatory budget sequestration.

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Over 14 Thousand Names Carried By Solar Impulse On Flight Across America

Virtually Traveled From San Francisco To Phoenix On A USB Stick

Solar Impulse, the solar airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, successfully launched the “Clean Generation” initiative by completing the first leg of the 2013 Across America mission – the first crossing of the United States by a solar-powered airplane capable of flying day and night.

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German Bomber To Be Salvaged From The English Channel

Royal Air Force Museum In London Undertaking The Effort

The Royal Air Force Museum in London is set to begin a salvage operation that could bring a Dornier Do-17 bomber up from the bottom of the English Channel for eventual display at the museum.

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FAA Approves New Platform Approach System For S-92

Automated Procedure Reduces Cockpit Workload Up To 60 Percent, Sikorsky Says

The FAA has approved a new functionality on the S-92 helicopter to provide offshore oil operators with an automated approach that reduces cockpit workload by 60 percent and allows safer operations under challenging weather and operating conditions. Sikorsky developed the new safety feature in close collaboration with PHI, Inc.

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Vintage Jet Down During Madrid, Spain Air Show

Aircraft Exploded In A Fireball After Impact

An accident at the Madrid Air Show Sunday resulted in the fatal injury of the pilot of an HA-200 Saeta aircraft which went down during its demonstration. The pilot had initially survived the accident but was severely burned and died of his injuries at a Madrid hospital.

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Recovery Effort Planned For B-25 Down In Alaska

The Mitchell Went Down In 1969 After A Double Engine Failure

A 30-year old Michigan man is organizing a recovery team to rescue a downed B-25 from Alaska. This June, Patrick Mihalek from Brighton, MI, is planning to attempt to recover a nearly 70-year old North American B-25J Mitchell bomber (USAAF # 44-30733) from her remote crash site.

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AUVSI To Participate Forum On The Future Of UAS

New America Foundation Hosting Event In Washington, D.C.

Michael Toscano, president & CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), will participate in a Washington D.C. forum focusing on the future domestic use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) being held Tuesday, May 7.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.07.13)

“Our acquisition approach includes a full and open competition to select a prime contractor that can best integrate mature subsystems into an air vehicle currently in production for an affordable solution that meets mission requirements. We’re seeking a technically viable, cost-effective vertical lift aircraft to replace the current fleet.” Source: Captain Dean Peters, the program manager charged with development of the replacement aircraft. The Navy has issued an RFP for a replacement Presidential transport helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.07.13): Emergency Locator Transmitter

Emergency Locator Transmitter A radio transmitter attached to the aircraft structure which operates from its own power source on 121.5 MHz and 243.0 MHz. It aids in locating downed aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.07.13)

NOAA's Aviation Weather Center -- METARS

NOAA's METAR Page -- To check the latest METAR texts: Enter 4-letter ICAO station identifier. If more than one, be sure to insert one or more spaces between stations. (Example: KDEN KCOS @WY).

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