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May 22, 2013

Solar Impulse Making Second Leg Of Trans-U.S. Trip

Phoenix To Dallas Route Is A World Record Attempt For Absolute Distance In A Solar-Powered Airplane

Solar Impulse, the solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, has departed from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport en route to  Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to complete the second leg of its historic, cross-country journey.

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Four Companies Recognized With 2013 EBAA Safety Of Flight Awards

Cited For Focus On Maintaining And Improving Best Practices

Four European companies have been recognized for their commitment to safe operations as recipients of the 2013 European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) Safety of Flight Awards, presented today at the 13th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013). The EBAA Safety of Flight Awards highlight the continued focus on maintaining and improving safety best practices at the companies' flight departments.

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FAA, EASA Approve EASy II For Falcon 7X

New Flight Deck Now Certified For All EASy-Series Falcons

Dassault recently received approval from both the FAA and EASA for EASy II on the Falcon 7X. With this approval, the enhanced, award-winning flight deck is now available for all EASy-series Falcons. The latest version of EASy includes a host of new features designed to increase safety and situational awareness while taking advantage of next-generation technologies within the air traffic management system.

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EASA's First ED Honored With 2013 European Business Aviation Award

Patrick Goudou Lauded For Collaboration With Industry In Setting Aviation Policies

The EBAA and NBAA announced Tuesday that Patrick Goudou, who has served as the executive director for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) since its establishment in 2003, has been honored with the 2013 European Business Aviation Award. The award was presented during a May 21 luncheon on the first day of the 13th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013).

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Embraer Executive Jets Sells Lineage 1000

Undisclosed European Client Is The Airplane's Buyer

Embraer Executive Jets has sold an ultra-large Lineage 1000, to an undisclosed European client, operated by FLYINGGROUP. The sale was announced Tuesday at the 13th European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). The aircraft, the first Lineage 1000 sale to a customer in Belgium, will join the Belgium-based company’s fleet and will be available for third-party charter. Delivery of the aircraft is scheduled for the second half of 2013.  

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Delta Orders Cockpit Upgrades For MD-88, MD-90 Fleet

CO2 Emissions Could Be Reduced By 80 Million Pounds Annually, Noise Footprint By More Than 50%

Delta Air Lines has placed an order for more than $60 million with Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. for a complete Systems Integration, Dual GPS Navigation and Cockpit Avionics upgrade of Delta’s MD88 and MD90 aircraft. IS&S will supply all the equipment and installation kits. Specially trained IS&S installation teams will remove existing equipment and install all the LRUs, on site, and prepare the aircraft for return to service. It is anticipated that the modifications will take fewer than six days

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FAA Warns Of Obstructions At Hilton Head Airport

Trees, Man-Made Objects Could Interfere With Approaches

The FAA has notified Beaufort County, SC, that trees and man-made objects may be obstructing approach corridors for Hilton Head Airport (KHDX). An FAA notice received by the county Friday indicated that night instrument approaches might be suspended at KHDX until the problem is solved.

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United Airlines Welcomes Back Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Service Returns With Houston To Chicago Flight

United Airlines on Monday welcomed back its Boeing 787 with the re-launch of commercial service from the airline's hub in Houston. United's Flight 1 departure from Houston Intercontinental at 1100 CDT to Chicago O'Hare marked the return of regular service using the Dreamliner on domestic and international routes.

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Universal Avionics Completes Flight Testing for New AHRS

Now Available For Order And Delivery Scheduling

With flight test activities for Universal Avionics’ new AHS-525 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) largely completed, it is now available for order and delivery scheduling. Certification and shipment is expected in August 2013.

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Mediation Next Step In Federal Lawsuits Stemming from 2010 Accident

Four People Fatally Injured When Mooney Went Down In Wyoming Mountains

Two federal lawsuits against a company that provides contract air traffic control services at Jackson Hole (WY) airport are headed to mediation in an effort to get the suits resolved. The estate of pilot Luke Bucklin of Minnesota and the pilot's ex wife, who is the mother of the three children fatally inured in the accident, are pressing the actions against Serco Inc., in connection with an accident that fatally injured Bucklin and his three sons in 2010.

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Bell Helicopter Promotes Innovation At AHS Forum 69

Displaying 'Relentless' Wind Tunnel Simulator

Bell Helicopter will participate in the 69th annual AHS Forum and Technology Display held through May 23 at the Phoenix Convention Center. In addition to sponsorship, Bell Helicopter will have a strong presence at the conference with a pre-forum event, technical presentations, a Bell 525 Relentless wind tunnel simulator on display and participation from Bell Helicopter president and CEO John Garrison during the AHS Forum CEO Panel.

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FBI Agents Fatally Injured In Helicopter Rappelling Accident

Two Hostage Rescue Agents Fell 75 Feet To The Ocean During Training Exercise

Two FBI Hostage Rescue Team members were fatally injured Friday when they fell from rappelling ropes during a helicopter training exercise. The accident occurred about 10 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA, according to a report appearing in USA Today.

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Pitts Special Down In Turkey

Pilot Fatally Injured During Air Show Routine

A Pitts Special performing during an air show in Turkey has gone down during the performance, resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.22.13

Ride Sally Ride – Remembering America’s First Woman in Space…

Aspen and Piper Give Students the Glass Panel Experience…

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Classic Aero-TV: Viking Engines--Building A Rep For Alternative SportAv Engines

Rotax Is NOT The Only Player In Sport Aviation Propulsion

Ya gotta hand to Viking... in an industry so VERY well dominated by Rotax, it takes some serious talent and extraordinary fortitude to take them on... But Viking Aircraft Engines has done so... and is making serious headway. While there is a lot to recommend the concept, it is not lost on most sport aviation customers that a Viking Engine can cost as little as half of the price of a comparable Rotax LSA engine. Hence, the little engine that could is quickly becoming popular in the OEM market for many of the most popular aircraft, gyro and powered parachute companies.

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Pilatus Presents Its Latest Flagship, The PC-24 Twin-Jet

New Airplane Unveiled At EBACE In Geneva

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has unveiled its newest airplane ... the PC-24 ... which it says is the "world's first 'Super Versatile Jet'." This innovative, entirely new development by the Swiss aircraft manufacturer marks what Pilatus says is the creation of a new segment in the business aviation market: the PC-24 is the first business jet worldwide with the ability to use very short runways, paved or unpaved, and a cargo door as standard.

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GE Honda Aero Engines Approaches Final HF120 Certification Test

FAA Has Approved More Than 84 Percent Of The Engine's Documentation

GE Honda Aero Engines announced today it is nearing completion of FAA certification testing on its HF120 engine. In the last six months, the HF120 engine successfully completed crosswind testing and the 150-hour block endurance test. The final remaining test, the medium bird ingestion, is scheduled for completion in July. More than 95 percent of the certification documents to the FAA have been submitted with more than 84 percent already approved.

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Cessna Says Latitude, Longitude Progressing

Company Gives Program Update At EBACE

Cessna is making progress on two key lineup additions for their family of Citation business jets, the company said during a program update at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland. The Citation Latitude and Citation Longitude programs are both meeting performance and technical objectives, with both programs bringing new performance and innovation to two different categories of business aviation.

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Honda Aircraft Company Provides Program Update At 2013 EBACE

Reports Several Significant HondaJet Milestones Achieved

Honda Aircraft Company has announced a number of achievements and significant milestones in the development of the HondaJet at the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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NASA, White House Pay Tribute To Sally Ride

Posthumously Awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

NASA and President Obama honored the life and legacy of Sally Ride on the day a national tribute was held for the first American woman in space. The President announced Monday afternoon Ride will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony at the White House later this year.

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Aspen Avionics Evolution Backup Display Expands To Piper Archer, Seminole

Aspen’s All Digital Backup Display Will Give Flight-Training Students The Total Glass Panel Experience

Aspen Avionics announced Tuesday that Piper Aircraft has selected the Evolution Backup Display system for its Piper Archer and Seminole line of aircraft. The Evolution Backup Display is a fully digital, independent flight display system designed to replace mechanical backup instruments used in Part 23 glass panel installations.

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FAA Approves G650 'FORMS' Program

Airplane's Health Trend Monitoring System A First In Business Aviation

The FAA recently granted approval to Gulfstream for its G650 Flight Operations Risk Management Service (FORMS) program. The G650 FORMS program is the only in-service program with an FAA-approved Implementation and Operations plan and it meets the EASA Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) requirement for commercial operations.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.22.13)

"(T)he PC-24 is a completely new development – not a 'me too product'." Source: Oscar J. Schwenk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pilatus, introducing the company's new twin-engine business jet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.22.13): Known Traffic

With respect to ATC clearances, means aircraft whose altitude, position, and intentions are known to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.22.13)

The European Cockpit Association

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) was created in 1991 and is the representative body of European pilots at European Union (EU) level. It represents over 38,000 European pilots from the National pilot Associations in 37 European states.

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