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August 20, 2013

We Were Right! AOPA Picks Mark Baker As New Boss

No Surprise... Mark Baker Picks Up Where Fuller Leaves Off

Mark R. Baker, described by AOPA as a "a longtime general aviation (GA) pilot," has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Baker is only the fifth AOPA president since the association’s founding nearly 75 years ago. A native Minnesotan, Baker, 55, became a pilot in his twenties and has logged more than 7,500 hours of flight time. The pilot community and his close flying friends are the reason he can be found at an airport or a seaplane base nearly every weekend.

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Boeing And ILFC Deliver First 787 To Aeromexico

Airline To Use 787 On Key Routes To North America, Europe And Asia

The first delivery of a Dreamliner to Aeromexico was celebrated Friday by the airline, Boeing, and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), as the airplane, delivered from Boeing's Everett, WA, delivery center the day before, took off for Mexico City.

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Ryanair Fires Whistleblower Pilot

Senior Captain Had Questioned Airline's Safety On Television

Ryanair has fired one of its most senior pilots after he questioned the airline's safety procedures in an interview on British television. The airline said it was also taking legal action against the pilot.

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European Passenger Growth Trend Continues

Association of European Airlines Released Data For First Half Of 2013

In the first six months of 2013, passenger numbers of the Association of European Airlines’ (AEA) members increased by 2.9 million, a growth of 1.7% compared to the results of last year. Long-haul passenger traffic to and from Europe increased by 3%, while international short- and medium haul traffic (intra-Europe, Middle-East and North-Africa) posted 3.2% growth.

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Florida Seaplane Pilot Fined For ICW Takeoff

Accused Of Taking Off From Within Palm Beach City Limits ... No Proof Offered

Florida seaplane operator Mark Futch recently was fined $400 for doing what he's done for more than 20 years ... picking up a passenger and departing from the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) near the town of Palm Beach, FL. Futch was fined despite the fact that no one can say definitively whether he broke the law.

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Piper, Baymap Co-Sponsor Istanbul Flight Training Exhibition

Turkish Company Bullish On Flight Training Opportunities In That Country

Piper Aircraft and Baymap Aviation are co-sponsoring the Istanbul Flight Training Exhibition (IFTE), to be held Sept. 27-28, 2013, at the WOW Istanbul Convention Center, within walking distance of the international Atatürk Airport.

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El Al Pilot Returns To Gate For Cancer Patient

An 11-Year-Old Girl Almost Missed Her Flight To Camp

A young Israeli girl battling cancer was all set for a trip from her home in Rehovot to Glen Spey, NY, to attend a special camp for cancer patients ... but she almost didn't get to go.

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Cessna 140 Headlines ND Garage Sale

1946 Airplane Among the Tools, Kitchenware, And Knick-Knacks

It's not a common item to find at a garage sale, but in East Grand Forks, ND, Robbie Love added a 1946 Cessna 140 to the list of items up for grabs at a sale held by his dad, Rob Love.

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Flight Solar Electric Propulsion Thrusters For GOES-R Spacecraft Delivered

To Be Integrated At LMC Facility In Colorado

Aerojet Rocketdyne has shipped the first set of four Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) thrusters for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R).

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Aircraft In New Jersey Targeted With Lasers

Two Airliners And A Helo Lit Up By Someone On The Ground

Authorities say two airliners and a privately-owned helicopter were targeted with a green laser Thursday while flying in New Jersey.

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Aviation Technical Services, AJW Group Form Strategic Alliance

ATS To Gain Access To AJW's Boeing, Airbus Parts Inventories

AJW Group and Aviation Technical Services (ATS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enable a comprehensive offering of integrated solutions for the global aviation market.

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Police Take Guitarist And Fiancé On A Heli-Tour Of Las Vegas

But Not In A Patrol Car ... DJ Ashba Proposed In A Police Helicopter

Ah Romance. Some people look for the most unique ways to pop the question. Such was the case for Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba, who managed to wrangle a ride for he and his intended in a Las Vegas Police Department helicopter for a tour of the city. The musician proposed during the tour.

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Airborne 08.20.13: B1 Down, FAA Answers Young Eagles, SpaceX Hops Again - Sideways

Also: Thielert Resumes, NASA v Hurricanes, Eclipse Upgrades, G1 Turns 55, TCraft Soaring, Amelia Apologizes,

A B-1 'Lancer' went down Monday morning in a remote area of southeast Montana, but the good news is that all four crew members are reported to have ejected safely, but with some injuries. The aircraft was based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD, and went down near Broadus. With a crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers, the aircraft was believed to have been based out of Ellsworth's 28th Bomb Wing. The FAA has responded to an EAA petition, filed in April 2012, which would allow volunteer private pilots flying Young Eagles to be reimbursed for fuel consumed during sanctioned Young Eagles events -- with limits. Continental Motors Group, a division

Airborne 08.20.13: B1 Down, FAA Answers Young Eagles, SpaceX Hops Again-Sideways

Also: Thielert Resumes, NASA v Hurricanes, Eclipse Upgrades, G1 Turns 55, TCraft Soaring, Amelia Apologizes

A B-1 'Lancer' went down Monday morning in a remote area of southeast Montana, but the good news is that all four crew members are reported to have ejected safely, but with some injuries. The aircraft was based out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD, and went down near Broadus. With a crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers, the aircraft was believed to have been based out of Ellsworth's 28th Bomb Wing. The FAA has responded to an EAA petition, filed in April 2012, which would allow volunteer private pilots flying Young Eagl

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B-1 Lancer Down In Montana

Crew Ejects Safely, Details Are Slim

A B-1B Lancer with the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota went down near Broadus, MT, during a routine training mission Aug. 19, the Air Force said in a statement. A crew of two pilots and two weapon systems officers were on board. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries. 

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CSeries Airplane Starts Low-Speed Taxi Tests

Additional Runs To Be Completed This Week

Bombardier confirmed Friday that its first CSeries aircraft (FTV1) has commenced a series of low-speed taxi runs, having recently completed thrust reverser runs and stationary high-powered engine runs. FTV1 also completed the “aircraft in the loop”, or ACIL testing the previous week.

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Teamsters End Representational Campaign At American Airlines

Cites 'Significant Turmoil' Following DOJ Legal Filing

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has announced an end to the year-long campaign to represent aircraft mechanics and related personnel at American Airlines. In a statement, Teamsters spokesman Bret Caldwell said "The Teamsters Union has determined that the recent announcement that the federal government will fight the proposed merger between US Airways and American Airlines places the workers at American Airlines in significant turmoil."

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Navy/Marine Corps Team Testing F-35B Lightning II Aircraft Aboard USS Wasp

Second Of Three Test Phases Will Include Night Operations

Two F-35B Lightning II jets (BF-01 and BF-05) touched down aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) Aug. 12, kicking off week of Development Testing II (DT-II) where Wasp Sailors and Integrated Test Force (ITF) team members are testing and further validating the F-35B. DT-II is the second of three test phases encompassing numerous milestone events including the first night operation at sea as well as the first launch and recovery of the F-35B at sea by a U.K. test pilot.

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USS Arlington Hosts NASA Space Craft Recovery Tests

Represents A Milestone For NASA's Orion Program

After three days of practice, NASA conducted a stationary recovery test of their latest space craft, the Orion, in the well deck of the amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24) while berthed at Naval Station Norfolk's Pier 12 on Aug. 15.

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Canada's TSB Finds Cessna Accident Pilot Was Taking Photographs

Accident Occurred During Pipeline Patrol

The Transportation Board of Canada has released a report indicating that the pilot of a Cessna 172 on a pipeline patrol flight was taking photographs during the flight and lost control of his airplane, resulting in his fatal injury.

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Zest Air Grounded Over Safety Problems

Philippine Civil Aviation Authorities Order Suspension Of Operations

Budget carrier Zest Air has been grounded by aviation authorities in the Philippines due to numerous safety violations. The order to suspend flying operations came Friday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.20.13)

"To be able to work with NASA on the next manned space capsule is a dream come true for many Arlington crew members - they are very excited about this unique opportunity." Source: USS Arlington Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren Nelson.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.13): Intersection

A point defined by any combination of courses, radials, or bearings of two or more navigational aids. The term is also used to describe the point where two runways, a runway and a taxiway, or two taxiways cross or meet.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.13)

National ENG Helicopter Association Membership in the NEHA is open to anyone who currently works directly in an ENG aviation operation. Pilots, reporters, videographers, aviation mechanics and engineers currently working in airborne ENG operations are among those eligible.

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