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August 30, 2013

Pilot In August, 2012 Fatal Accident Knew Aircraft Had Problems

Probable Cause Report Issued By NTSB In Shirley, NY Accident

The probable cause report issued by the NTSB in an accident which fatally injured the pilot of a Socata TB 10 on August 19, 2012 indicates that the pilot flew the airplane knowing it had mechanical issues.

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Aircell Introduces In-Flight Calling And Texting For Personal Smartphones

Gogo Text & Talk Service Allows Passengers To Call And Text Via Wi-Fi In Flight

Aircell plans to expand its Gogo Biz service to include voice capabilities, beginning October 1st. Gogo Biz was originally launched in 2009 as an Internet-only service in the business aviation market.

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NASA To Preview Orbital Sciences Flight To Space Station

Event To Be Held Following Flight Readiness Meeting Next Week

NASA will host an event to preview the upcoming test flight of Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station. The event will originate from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston at the conclusion of a meeting in which senior NASA managers, space station partners and Orbital Sciences officials will evaluate the spacecraft's readiness for flight and be shown on NASA TV. Cygnus is scheduled for launch Tuesday, Sept. 17, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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NRO Mission Successfully Launches On ULA Delta IV Heavy

Payload To Support National Defense Interests

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-6 at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base at 1103 PDT Wednesday. Designated NROL-65, the mission is in support of national defense.

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Dual 1,000th 'Traps' Achieved Aboard USS Nimitz

Two Pilots Reach Milestone The Same Day On The Same Ship At Sea

Two aviators reached career milestones by achieving their 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or "trap," on the same day, while serving aboard the same aircraft carrier, USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Aug. 28. It's a rare event that two aviators would reach the career milestone of achieving their 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or "trap," on the same day, while serving aboard the same aircraft carrier

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Airplane In 2012 Nepal Fatal Accident Was Overloaded, According To Officials

Nineteen People Fatally Injured When Dornier Airplane Went Down Just After Takeoff

Nepalese civil aviation officials have released their final report from an accident in Bhaktapur in which a Dornier 228 aircraft went down shortly after takeoff, resulting in the fatal injury of all 19 people on board.

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Rostec And Airbus Launch Russian Sustainable Aviation Fuels

The Companies To Become Pioneers In Sustainable Fuels In Russia

Airbus and RT-Biotekhprom (Rostec Group) have signed a cooperation agreement to launch a large-scale analysis of Russian feedstock, and to evaluate how to speed up the development and commercialization of Sustainable Fuels for aviation. This breakthrough agreement was signed at the International Aviation and Space Salon MAKS-2013.

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Jeppesen Teams With GosNIIAS Research Institute Of Russia

Will Evaluate Prototype Integrated Navigation Solution To Be Tested With MC-21 Aircraft And IMA Avionics

Jeppesen has signed a five year agreement with GosNIIAS, the leading research center of the Russian aviation industry. Through the agreement, GosNIIAS will test and evaluate integration of a comprehensive, prototype Jeppesen navigation information solution with Irkut Corporation MC-21 passenger aircraft and related GosNIIAS integrated modular avionics (IMA).

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Last Traditional Airplane Leaves North Dakota Air National Guard Base

Wing Segues To All-UAV Unit After 50 Years Of Flying Fighters And Transport Aircraft

The 119th wing of the Air National Guard based in Fargo, North Dakota saw the last departure of a traditionally-piloted airplane Tuesday, ending a mission of manned flying that lasted more than 65 years.

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ANG, Singapore Fighters Dogfight Over Idaho

Republic Of Singapore Pilots Being Trained In Air-To-Air Combat Techniques

F-16 Fighting Falcons returned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, recently, and could be seen screaming across the skies above base as red- and blue-force aircraft. Guardsmen from the 162nd Fighter Wing, Arizona Air National Guard, located at Tucson International Airport, are currently visiting Idaho to train Republic of Singapore pilots on air-to-air maneuvers in the F-16.

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Teamsters At Air Express International Approve One-Year Contract Extension

Agreement Protects Employee Benefits And Provides $750 Bonus

Teamsters employed by Air Express International (AEI) have overwhelmingly approved a one-year contract extension that protects health, welfare and pension benefits and provides a $750 bonus. The contract-extension, which covers 800 workers, was approved by a margin of 84-16 percent.

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AgustaWestland, UTair Sign Service Center Agreement

Handshake Ceremony Held At MAKS 2013

AgustaWestland has signed a Service Center Agreement with UTair Aviation of Russia during an official ceremony held at MAKS 2013 today. Under the agreement UTair will act as an authorized service station, providing a comprehensive range of support and maintenance services as well as an extensive spare parts inventory for AW139 twin engine helicopters in Russia.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.30.13

Water on the Moon…

DOJ in No Rush to Go To Court ...

The Super Pumas Are Cleared To Fly…Conditionally…

 

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Airborne 08.30.13: $1 AvGas!!!, Super Puma Problems, France Wins Gordon Bennett

Also: FAA Pulls Pugs On Media UAVs, Music Video For Neil, Citation M2 Progress UND To Certify Pilots Faster, Retiring NASA 905

Does the price of fuel keep you from flying? The folks at Redbird's Skyport in San Marcos, Texas want to know - and to find out - they’re offering avgas at $1 a gallon for the month of October! You heard right, $1 a gallon! The cheap fuel will be available to any piston aircraft that can fly in and then out of the airport BUT - as the pilot you'll have to participate in a survey about how your flying habits and how - if at all - the cost of fuel impacts your decisions. A number of Eurocopter Super Puma helicopters have been grounded following the recommendation of the UK’s Helicopter Safety Steering Group in the wake of last week’s fata

LONG OVERDUE! Bob Hoover Nominated For NAA's Wright Brothers Trophy

Nominating Letter Signed By An Astounding Group Of 19 Leaders From The Aviation Industry

A veritable "Who's Who" in the aviation community has banded together to nominate legendary aviator Bob Hoover for the National Aeronautic Association's (NAA) Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy -- an honor that many think is LONG overdue (and yes, we quite agree with that sentiment -- ANN E-I-C). As a matter of fact, the big question is simply this... why did it take so long for the legendary (in every meaning of the word) Bob Hoover to be even considered for an honor that he is so clearly suited for? This can't possible be the first time his name has come up...

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Airborne 08.30.13: $1 AvGas!!!, Super Puma Problems, France Wins Gordon Bennett

Also: FAA Pulls Pugs On Media UAVs, Music Video For Neil, Citation M2 Progress UND To Certify Pilots Faster, Retiring NASA 905

Does the price of fuel keep you from flying? The folks at Redbird's Skyport in San Marcos, Texas want to know - and to find out - they’re offering avgas at $1 a gallon for the month of October! You heard right, $1 a gallon! The cheap fuel will be available to any piston aircraft that can fly in and then out of the airport BUT - as the pilot you'll have to participate in a survey about how your flying habits and how - if at all - the cost of fuel impacts your decisions. A number of Eurocopter Super Puma helicopters have be

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AAIB Says CHC Super Puma Lost Airspeed Prior To Ditching

First Report Issued By The Agency Indicates Wreckage Has Been Broken Up By The Shore

In its first report from an accident involving a CHC Helicopters Super Puma which resulted in the fatal injury of four of the 18 people on board the aircraft, the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch says the aircraft appeared to be operating normally until it was on its approach to Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands.

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Department Of Justice In No Rush To Hold US Airways, AA Merger Trial

Would Delay The Proceedings Until March, 2014

While American Airlines and US Airways continue to call for a quick resolution to the Department of Justice's challenge to their merger, the DOJ appears to be in no rush to go to court.

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UK Union Calls For Grounding Of All Eurocopter Super Puma Aircraft

Unite Says Helicopter Safety Meeting Is ‘A Critical Moment’ For UK Offshore Industry

At a meeting Wednesday of the Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) held in Aberdeen, Scotland Wednesday, the U.K. union Unite called for the grounding of all Eurocopter Super Puma flights until a cause of the most recent accident is identified.

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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Dates Set Through 2020

2014 Edition Of ‘World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” Set For July 28-August 3

We know ... we all just got home, or so it seems. But looking forward, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has set its dates for the next seven years through 2020.

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Klyde Morris 08.30.13

Beware Of Ants Bearing Gifts, For They May Have Dinged Your Credit

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NASA Helicopter Test A Smash Hit

Experiment To Test Improved Seats And Seatbelts, Gather Accident Data

Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, dropped an old Marine CH-46E helicopter fuselage filled with 15 dummy occupants from a height of about 30 feet Wednesday to test improved seats and seatbelts and gather data on the odds of surviving a helicopter crash.

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WestJet Announces Intent To Purchase 65 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

Airline Will Grow Its Fleet With More Fuel-Efficient Aircraft Which Include New Boeing Sky Interior

WestJet has entered into a letter of intent to purchase 65 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing, consisting of 40 737 MAX 8 and 25 737 MAX 7 aircraft, with delivery scheduled to begin in September 2017.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.30.13)

"The government is completely wrong to suggest that exacerbating the uncertainty regarding AMR's future is of no moment because AMR has a standalone plan of reorganization." Source: Filing by the Unsecured Creditors Committee established for American Airlines' bankruptcy proceedings in response to the Department of Justice lawsuit challenging AMR's merger with US Airways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.13): Lateral Separation

The lateral spacing of aircraft at the same altitude by requiring operation on different routes or in different geographical locations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.13)

British Microlight Aircraft Association

The British Microlight Aircraft Association looks after the interests of microlight owners in the UK. It is an organization approved by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and has powers delegated to it to control training and airworthiness.

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