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August 23, 2013

Scientific Group Questions Autopilot Safety

Redesign For Sudden Autopilot Disconnection Needed, Say Flight Safety Experts

Flight safety experts associated with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society studying recent high-profile aviation accidents found sudden autopilot disconnection to be a design flaw that creates unnecessary emergencies by surprising pilots during critical, high-workload episodes.

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Medical Equipment And Personnel Shipped To Jordan On Airbus Test A340-600

Airbus Corporate Foundation, Red Cross Red Crescent Send Aid To Syrian Refugees

An Airbus flight on behalf of the Red Cross Red Crescent landed Tuesday in Amman, Jordan, transporting medical equipment and supplies as well as medical and logistics personnel.

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Gone West: Retired NASA Astronaut, Research Test Pilot Gordon Fullerton

Logged 382 Hours In Space On Two Shuttle Missions

C. Gordon Fullerton, who compiled a distinguished career as a NASA astronaut, research pilot and Air Force test pilot spanning almost 50 years, died Aug. 21. He was 76. Fullerton had sustained a severe stroke in late 2009, and had been confined to a long-term care facility in Lancaster, CA, for most of the past three and a half years.

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FAA Recommends Specific Tie-Down Procedures For Heavy Cargo Loads

Follows May Recommendation For Weight And Balance Control Program

The FAA has released a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) to recommend tie-down procedures for restraint of special cargo loads.

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NASA To Drop Helicopter In Safety Study

Tests Conducted In Collaboration With The FAA, Army, Navy

NASA researchers will drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet to test improved seat belts and seats and advance experimental techniques and crashworthiness data. NASA is collaborating with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and Federal Aviation Administration on the Transport Rotorcraft Airframe Crash Test Bed full-scale crash tests at Langley's Landing and Impact Research Facility.  

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Gone West: Last Original Blue Angel Al Taddeo

Had Shot Down Three Japanese Airplanes Before Joining The Demonstration Squadron Following WWII

The last of the original Blue Angels, Cdr. Al Taddeo, passed away August 19 at the age of 94.

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Welsh TV Host Hopes To Follow Amelia Earhart Around The World

Flew First Solo Flight, Which Was Broadcast On Live TV, Wednesday

The host of the television program "Loose Women" in Wales, U.K., has an ambitious goal; retrace the flight of Amelia Earhart around the world ... solo.

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Texas Man Indicted For Trying To Cause Airliner Accident

Reportedly Attempted To Open Emergency Door In Flight

An Austin, TX man has been indicted on charges that he tried to cause an airliner to crash by attempting to open one of the airplane's emergency exits in flight.

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MS Non-Profit Hopes To Preserve WWII Airplane Hangar

One Of The Last Such Remaining Structures In The Country At Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport

A non-profit group in Gulfport, MS, known as The Brown Condor Association hopes to be able to save an historic structure at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and is working to raise some $7 million for the effort.

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NASA Spacecraft Reactivated To Hunt For Asteroids

Probe Will Assist Agency In Search For Candidates To Explore

A NASA spacecraft that discovered and characterized tens of thousands of asteroids throughout the solar system before being placed in hibernation will return to service for three more years starting in September, assisting the agency in its effort to identify the population of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, as well as those suitable for asteroid exploration missions.

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RAF Tornado, Civilian Helicopter Involved In Near Collision

Tornado Pilot Reported He Did Not See The Helo

The UK Airprox Board reports that an RAF Tornado on a low-level training mission came within about 150 feet of a civilian AS350 helicopter that was hovering at about 400 feet.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.23.13

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny Has Passed Away…

Lawsuits Filed Seeking TWA 800 Information…

Nex-Gen Takes a Big Step Forward…

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Airborne 08.23.13: Paul Poberezny Passes Away, AOPA's Names New Boss, UPS A300 Prelim

Also: AT-6 Flies, Ryanair Fires Whistleblower, FAA SAFO On Rwy Use, Outta Control UAV, CSeries Update

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after a battle with cancer. He was 91. The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EAA. We also thank you for respecting our family’s privacy during this time.” As ANN reported earlier, Mark R. Baker, d

NextGen Time-Based Metering Tool Initially Deployed

TBFM Allows Controllers To Better Manage Aircraft In Congested Airspace

The FAA is now one significant step closer to better optimizing the flow of aircraft into busy airspace thanks to the initial deployment of a new system called Time-Based Flow Management (TBFM). TBFM, which was recently installed in all 20 en route centers, will replace Traffic Management Advisor (TMA) as a time-based scheduling tool that meters aircraft through all phases of flight.

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Casa Grande Municipal Will Be Non-Towered Airport During Copperstate Fly-In

Decision Made To Avoid Paying FAA User Fees For Controllers

Each October, pilots arriving for the Copperstate Fly-In at the Casa Grande Municipal Airport (KCGZ) in Casa Grande, AZ, have been greeted by an enthusiastic crew of FAA air traffic controllers, drawn from facilities throughout the western United States, all proud to have been selected to staff the temporary Copperstate Control Tower. This year, however, things will be different.

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Klyde Morris 08.23.13

If You Can't Dazzle 'Em With Data, Baffle 'Em With .....


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A4A: U.S. Airlines Achieve 2 Percent Net Profit Margin In First Half Of 2013

Deliver Solid Operational Performance Despite Challenging Weather And Economic Conditions

At Thursday's Quarterly Media Briefing, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, reported the airlines achieved a 2 percent profit margin during the first half of 2013, invested in the travel experience for customers and delivered strong operational results despite challenging weather and economic conditions.

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FAA Extending AD On Piper Fuel Selectors

Nearly 7,000 Airplanes Affected By The New AD

The FAA plans to supersede an existing AD that applies to certain Piper Aircraft Models PA-28-140, PA-28-150, PA-28-160, PA-28-180, PA-28R-180, and PA-28R-200 airplanes. AD 71-21-08, Amendment 39-1312 (36 FR 19572, October 8, 1971) currently requires replacement of the fuel selector valve cover.

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Pentagon Cuts F-35 Operating Cost Estimates

New Calculations Put 55-Year Expenditures Under $1 Trillion

The Pentagon has reduced its estimated cost for operation of the F-35 Lightning II airplanes to under $1 trillion over its 55-year expected service life.

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Pilot May Have Throttled Back Southwest 737 At LaGuardia

Airplane Landed Nose Low, Collapsing Nose Landing Gear

The pilot of a Southwest 737 that suffered a collapsed nose gear on landing at LaGuardia last month was concerned about landing long, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

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Additional Lawsuits Filed For TWA Flight 800 Information

Documentary Producer Looking For Release Of Military Records

One of the producers of a documentary presenting an alternate theory about TWA Flight 800 has filed multiple federal lawsuits in an effort to obtain military records from the day in question.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.23.13)

“While the airline industry is making the transition from razor-thin to paper-thin margins, keeping just 2.1 pennies per dollar of revenue generated in the first half of 2013, it is reinvesting in the product and travel experience for customers at a rate not seen in 12 years – to the tune of $1 billion per month.” Source: John Heimlich, Vice President and Chief Economist for A4A.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.13): Charted VFR Flyways

Flight paths recommended for use to bypass areas heavily traversed by large turbine-powered aircraft. Pilot compliance with recommended flyways and associated altitudes is strictly voluntary. VFR Flyway Planning charts are published on the back of existing VFR Terminal Area charts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.13)

Sport Pilot Requirements

What does it take to become a 'sport pilot'? The FAA has posted this reference for those interested in this category of pilot certificate.

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