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April 28, 2012

Airborne 04.27.12: Eclipse Production Cert, HBC Layoffs, Trans-Global Pipistrel

Also: NTSB, Nextant, Asteroid Mining, SpaceX, HTV-2, Barnstorming, Warbird Reprieve, Plane Dumb Plane Thief... and MORE!

Eclipse Aerospace has gotten the green light from the FAA for the production of its new model 550 VLJ. This week, Hawker Beechcraft sent out notices to an additional 350 Wichita employees, saying that it was making changes to previously planned production schedules and "resizing our workforce." For most, making a solo trip around the planet would be an accomplishment in any aircraft. Word came in last Thursday that "extreme pilot" Matevž Lenarcic touched down back in Slovenia after successfully circumnavigating the World in a Pi

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NTSB Releases Annual Aviation Statistics For 2011

No Fatalities On U.S. Airlines Or Commuters, But GA Fatalities Increased

The NTSB on Friday  released preliminary aviation accident statistics showing a slight overall increase in U.S. civil aviation accidents for 2011 from the previous year. Marked increases were seen in accidents involving on-demand Part 135 operations. However, for the second year in a row, there were no fatal accidents involving scheduled Part 121 air carriers or scheduled Part 135 commuter operations.

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Airbus Will Cover Costs Of A380 Wing Crack Repairs

But Is Unlikely To Compensate Operators For Time Lost From Service

Airbus said Friday that it will cover the costs airlines incur when repairing wing cracks which have cropped up in many A380 superjumbo airplanes, but the carriers will most likely not be reimbursed for the time that the airplanes are out of service.

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Systems Tests, Simulations Underway For Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

Bombardier Says Program Is On Track To Meet Key Aircraft Performance Targets

The first set of systems tests and simulations for the Bombardier CSeries aircraft got underway this week, including those on the engine and electrical system, have started in its systems integration rig known as "Aircraft 0" ... or the Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA). Test data are confirming that the aircraft development program is on track to reach key performance targets as the drive towards Entry-Into-Service (EIS) in late 2013 continues.

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Space Station Trio Lands Safely In Kazakhstan

Expedition 30 Crewmembers Back On Earth After Nearly Six Months In Space

Three members of the Expedition 30 crew undocked from the International Space Station and safely returned to Earth on Friday, wrapping up a five-and-a-half-month mission in space.

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Blue Origin Tests Design Of Next-Generation Spacecraft

Wind Tunnel Experiments Validate Aerodynamic Qualities For Re-Entry

Blue Origin, which normally shuns the attention of the media, said Thursday it has successfully tested the design of its next-generation Space Vehicle, completing a series of wind tunnel tests to refine the aerodynamic characteristics of the spacecraft’s unique biconic shape. The tests were carried out as part of Blue Origin’s partnership with NASA under the agency’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program.

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P-38 'Glacier Girl' Returns To Oshkosh In 2012

Appearance Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of The Iconic Plane's Recovery

The Lockheed P-38 Glacier Girl, the fearsome twin-boom fighter aircraft that has become one of the world’s most well-known warbirds since its rescue from the Greenland ice cap in 1992, will return to Oshkosh for EAA AirVenture on the 20th anniversary of its first public appearance.

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First New-Build Sharklet-Equipped A320 Completed In Toulouse

Airplane Built Despite Ongoing Legal Battle With U.S. Company

Airbus has produced the first new-build A320 with Sharklets. MSN 5098 will be one of several A320 Family aircraft in the certification flight-test campaign starting in May this year and lasting around 600 flight hours. These Sharklet tests follow the successful ‘early flight-test’ campaign with Airbus’ A320 MSN 001 test aircraft.

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C-47 Headed To New Home In Central Florida

Final Leg Of Flight Which Originated In The U.K.

After a nine-month layover at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, a World War II C-47 Dakota is making the final leg of its voyage  to its new home in central Florida.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.28.12)

"Flying her across the Atlantic was an incredible opportunity to relive the days when World War II pilots first brought them to Europe to fight for the Allies." Source: Fantasy of Flight founder Kermit Weeks.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.28.12): In-Flight Shutdown (IFSD)

For ETOPS only, when an engine ceases to function (when the airplane is airborne) and is shutdown, whether self induced, flightcrew initiated or caused by an external influence.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.28.12)

Ercoupe Owners Club

From the website: "We fly an airplane that was the peak of pre-World War II development. It took more than a decade and a half before the features of the Ercoupe were the norm in civil aviation. Yet the industry finally  followed."

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