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August 27, 2013

Poll: U.S. Citizens Support Unarmed Domestic UAVs

But Public Also Prefers Requiring Court Orders First

As the federal government moves closer to formulating a policy for the domestic use of unmanned aerial vehicles, a Monmouth University Poll finds the American public continues to support many applications of this technology. The public is not overwhelmingly confident, though, that federal or local law officials will use drones appropriately and they back provisions to require court orders before employing drones for police operations.

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Alaska DNR To Allow Helicopters To Assist In Hydroelectric Dam Research

Will Be Conducting Fish Studies, Taking Stream Flow Measurements

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will allow Nuvista Electric Cooperative to use a helicopter as it researches the feasibility of placing a hydroelectric dam at Chikuminuk Lake in the Wood Tikchik State Park.

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Poll Finds Kids Want To Be Pilots

Career Choice High On The List For Children 6-12

An independent poll conducted in the U.K. finds that "pilot" is one of the top career choices for children, particularly boys in the 6-12 age range.

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Gone West: NASA's Robert Kraemer

Former Director Of Planetary Exploration Was Also A Rocket Scientist

NASA's former Director of Planetary Exploration Robert S. Kraemer passed away August 20 at an assisted living center in Catonsville, MD. The 84-year-old Kraemer had fallen at his home two months ago, and the cause of death was listed as complications stemming from that fall.

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Battle Brewing Between LAN Airline, Government Of Argentina

Government Has Attempted To Take Over LAN Hangar At Buenos Aires' Downtown Airport

A row appears to be developing between LATAM Airlines Group, the parent of LAN Airline, and the government of Argentina over a hangar at downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires.

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FAA Pulls Plug On Journalism Schools' UAVs

Two Schools Lose Ability To Use Aircraft For News-Gathering Purposes

Two Midwestern journalism schools have had their wings clipped by the FAA ... as least when it comes to operating unmanned ENG aircraft outdoors.

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DanCopter Receives Its Fourth Eurocopter EC225 Helicopter

Will Serve Offshore Oil And Gas Market From Denmark

A fourth EC225 helicopter has been delivered to Denmark’s DanCopter A/S – which operates the rotorcraft for crew change missions to offshore oil and gas platforms in the North Sea. The handover was made at the Marignane, France production facility of Eurocopter, and will be followed by the helicopter’s ferry flight to DanCopter’s Esbjerg, Denmark operating base with personnel aboard from DanCopter, Maersk and Blueway.

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NASA Partners With VA Governor School To Inspire NextGen

Will Give Students The Opportunity To Interact With, And Be Mentored By, NASA Langley Researchers

NASA Langley Research Center and the Governor's School for Science and Technology (GSST) have signed a space act agreement providing gifted students the opportunity for hands-on experience and guidance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the goal of inspiring future explorers, scientists and engineers.

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Washington State History Museum Opens D.B. Cooper Exhibit

Skyjacking, Which Changed The Airline Industry, Remains Unsolved

No one knows what really happened on Thanksgiving Eve in 1971 after a man calling himself D.B. Cooper jumped from the rear exit of a Boeing 727 with $200,000 and disappeared into the night. Some say he was killed, others say he lived a long life, but neither he or most of the money he was given were ever found.

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Helicopter Landing At Gentlemen's Club Not Illegal

Aircraft Delivered Well-Known Exotic Dancer For A Show

When it comes to NIMBY, there are two things that often float to the top of the complaint list of any town; strip clubs and helicopters. In Salisbury, MA, it was both ... in one location.

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Airborne 08.27.13: 787-9 Rolls Out, Gordon Bennett Race, Copperstate Drops FAA

Also: Dream Chaser, Piper AD, ECi NPRM, F-35, Gone West: Gordon Fullerton, Al Taddeo

The first 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of Boeing's Everett, Washington factory and onto the flight line Saturday. Teams are now readying it, the second in the 787 family, for flight tests later this summer. One of the World's oldest and most prestigious aviation events got underway this weekend with the launch of the 57th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett long distance gas balloon race in Nancy, France. 18 teams from 10 nations are competing in the event where the winner is the balloon team that flies the farthest in straight line distance. The FAA had planned to charge organizers for the Copperstate Fly-in for air traffic control services, but they decided they’d go with plan “B&rdqu

Airborne 08.27.13: 787-9 Rolls Out, Gordon Bennett Race, Copperstate Drops FAA

Also: Dream Chaser, Piper AD, ECi NPRM, F-35, Gone West: Gordon Fullerton, Al Taddeo

The first 787-9 Dreamliner rolled out of Boeing's Everett, Washington factory and onto the flight line Saturday. Teams are now readying it, the second in the 787 family, for flight tests later this summer. One of the World's oldest and most prestigious aviation events got underway this weekend with the launch of the 57th Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett long distance gas balloon race in Nancy, France. 18 teams from 10 nations are competing in the event where the winner is the balloon team that flies the farthest in straight line distance. The FAA had planned to charge

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Wheels Up For First Production Citation M2

Type Certification Is Expected This Fall

Cessna celebrated Friday as the first production unit of its newest business jet, the Citation M2, took its maiden flight out of the company’s Independence, KS, facility. The M2 was announced in September of 2011 with a design driven by customer and pilot feedback. It is the latest in a succession of new Cessna aircraft to make its initial production flight, and type certification is expected this fall.

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Baker-Watch: Lowes Completes Purchase Of Orchard Supply

Sale Clears Mark Baker To Depart For AOPA

Home improvement giant Lowes has been approved to acquire Orchard Supply Hardware by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The sale, and naming of a new CEO for the company, will clear the way for Orchard CEO Mark Baker to leave the company for his new position as president and CEO of AOPA.

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Ex-Im Bank Approves $105.4 Million Loan To Finance SpaceX Launch

Third Transaction In Support Of A SpaceX Deliverable

Continuing its support of the space industry in America, the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a $105.4 million loan to Space Communication Ltd. of Ramat Gan, Israel, to finance the Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) launch of the Amos-6 communications satellite, the purchase of American made-solar arrays, and insurance brokered by Marsh USA (Marsh).

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Four Confirmed Fatally Injured In North Sea Super Puma Accident

Helicopter Carrying 18 Ditched Two Nautical Miles Offshore

A CHC Helicopter AS332L2 aircraft landed in the water Friday about two nautical miles west of Sumburgh, on Shetland Island in the U.K. The company said in a statement in its website that the helicopter had traveled from Aberdeen to two North Sea oil-and-gas rigs before returning to Sumburgh. The aircraft was on approach to Sumburgh Airport at about 6:20 p.m. local time when contact was lost with air traffic control.

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UND First To Certify Future Airline Pilots Under New FAA Rule

Graduates Will Be Eligible For An ATP Certificate With 1,000 Hours In Their Logbooks

Effective immediately, graduates from the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace) will be able to be hired by the nation's airlines with less flight time than required by a new FAA rule. The school said in a news release that it is the first in the nation to receive this special authorization as part of a process outlined in a new FAA rule.

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Pan Am International Flight Academy Purchased By All Nippon Airways

ANA Plans To Extend Pan Am Training Into Asia On Multiple Airlines

Pan Am International Flight Academy and Pan Am Holdings, Inc. (collectively "Pan Am") has been purchased by ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd, one of the leading airlines in the world. Former owner, American Capital, Ltd sold Pan Am, held in its portfolio since 2006 in an agreement reached Friday.

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Training System Brings Fight To F-16 Pilots

JDEWR Deployed In Japan For Live Training Exercises

Groundbreaking advancements to F-16 Fighting Falcon warfare training arrived at Misawa Air Base in Japan during the week of Aug. 12 through 16 in the form of a Joint Deployable Electronic Warfare Range, or JDEWR. The JDEWR is a weapon system that provides tactical-level training to participants in live training events. It's implemented as a threat capable of submitting ground threat defenses for bilateral and joint missions and exercises for United States Air Force, Japan Air Self-Defense Force and Navy aircraft stationed in Japan.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.27.13)

"Ex-Im Bank is always ready to help the American space industry boost its international sales and export its products to important markets." Source: Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.27.13): Pilot's Discretion

When used in conjunction with altitude assignments, means that ATC has offered the pilot the option of starting climb or descent whenever he/she wishes and conducting the climb or descent at any rate he/she wishes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.13)

ForeFlight Plates On Maps Video

The Plates on Maps feature is now available in ForeFlight Mobile 5.3 and is a significant enhancement to situational awareness and productivity.

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