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May 14, 2013

Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter Achieves Certification In Mexico

Six Aircraft Already In The Pipeline For A Mexican Offshore Transportation Provider

The government of Mexico's civil aviation authority, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), has awarded Type Certification to Sikorsky for its S-76D helicopter. The FAA awarded Type Certification of the S-76D model in October 2012, and the helicopter continues its envelope expansion as the first models move through final modifications for customer deliveries in 2013.

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FAA Certifies DFC90 Autopilot In Beech Bonanza Series Aircraft

Installation Approved When Interfaced With Aspen Evolution PFD

The FAA has issued a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to Avidyne for the installation of their DFC90 Digital Autopilot in Beechcraft Bonanza series aircraft when interfaced with the Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display (EFD1000 PFD) from Aspen Avionics. Avidyne previously certified the DFC90 with the Entegra PFD in the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 and with the Aspen PFD in Cessna 182 Skylane series aircraft.

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Consumer Groups Want Limits On Dreamliner Flights

Flyersrights.org, Aviation Consumer Action Project Say Battery Safety Not Yet Proven

Two air- passenger advocacy groups are demanding the U.S. government limit flights on Boeing's Dreamliner until the safety of its lithium-ion batteries is proven. FlyersRights.org and the Aviation Consumer Action Project are petitioning the FAA and the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a two hour limit from the nearest airport for the safety of passengers and crew.

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Transport Canada Grants STC For SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer Integration

Midland Instruments To Install Sandia Aerospace Devices Aboard Metro 2 Aircraft

Sandia Aerospace announced today that Midland Instruments, a full-service avionics system repair and maintenance company, has received Transport Canada STC approval for installation of Sandia’s SAC 7-35 to be integrated with Sandel ST3400 TAWS/RMI installations on M7 Aerospace SA226-T and SA226-TC Metro models.

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Crownair Selected As Eclipse Factory Authorized Gold Service Center

Will Service Both The 500 And 550 Aircraft

Eclipse Aerospace has named Crownair Aviation in San Diego, CA as an EAI authorized Gold Service Center for both the Eclipse 500 and Eclipse 550 jets. Under this agreement, Crownair Aviation will provide maintenance, inspections, parts and warranty support, as well as AOG services for Eclipse Jet aircraft.

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Marine Missing From Vietnam War To Be Buried With Crew

Had Been Aboard A Helicopter Involved In S.S. Mayaguez Rescue Attempt

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced last Friday that the remains of one U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried along with the 12 other servicemen who were lost in the same crash.

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Wounded Warriors Experience A Helicopter Simulator With HSC-3

Ten Wounded Warriors Get Co-Pilot Experience In The Sim

Wounded Warriors from Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), had the opportunity to experience a helicopter simulator at Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3, May 10. The Wyakin Warrior Foundation (WYWF), a nonprofit organization which provides education and professional development to wounded veterans, in conjunction with the San Diego Leadership Forum (SDLF) and HSC-3, invited 10 Wounded Warriors to spend an evening at the HSC-3 helicopter simulation facility.

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Control Tower For Sale On eBay

Has Been Refurbished Into A 'Man Cave' By Its Current Owner

You never know what you're going to find if you just browse the online auction site eBay. Take, for instance, a used air traffic control tower that is up for sale from its current owner for a minimum bid of $8,000. In the product description, the owner says that the tower, which is made largely of aluminum, was "originally installed at an airport."

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Around-The-World Pilot Forgot His Passport

Fortunately, It Was Found, And Jack Wiegand's Trip Can Continue

Maybe he should have included it on his checklist. Jack Wiegand, who is attempting to become the youngest pilot to circumnavigate the globe solo, landed in Canada Friday only to find that his passport was missing.

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NASA Awards Contract To Modify Mobile Launcher

Part Of The Ground Support Infrastructure For The SLS

NASA has awarded a contract to J.P. Donovan Construction Inc. of Rockledge, FL, to modify the mobile launcher that will enable the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket to send humans on deep-space missions. The work under this firm fixed-price $20.7 million contract will begin in June and be completed in 18 months.

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Dude! Oregon Smokejumpers Get A Surprise On Landing

Find Themselves In An Illegal Pot Garden While Responding To A Fire

Smokejumpers responding to a small brush fire in southern Oregon got a bit of a surprise when they landed near the blaze. They found themselves in a pot garden being prepared for the coming growing season.

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Helicopter Blows Away Attacking Bee Swarm

Five Hikers Were Set Upon By The Insects

It may have been unconventional, but it worked. A swarm of bees that had attacked a group of hikers in Oro Valley, AZ, near Tucson was blown away, quite literally, by a low-flying helicopter called in for that purpose.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.14.13

The CAF Launches A New Airbase Initiative for Education…

The Decision to Keep Contract Towers Open Draws Industry Praise…

A NASA Music

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Airborne 05.14.13: Towers Stay, EAA Makes Membership MTG Changes, Maverick Down

Also: Jabiru Wins In Court, Blues Extended, M2 Mates, Aldrin Wants To Go To Mars, 787 Picks Up Pace

ANN has learned that one of the ridiculous messes created by Washington's inability to prove that it has ANY abilities, namely in terms of governing, has come to an end as the FAA and DoT have caved in and relented on their tower closure fiasco. EAA has traditionally held its membership meeting on the final Saturday of AirVenture, but that will be changing this year and its a change that ANN feels very positive about. The meeting will be held mid-week this year, according to EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. Members will get together on Wednesday, July 31st at 8:30 AM. AirVenture is the organization’s annual convention. One of the developmental prototypes of the Maverick LSA/Flying

Space Station Expedition 35 Astronauts Land Safely In Kazakhstan

Expedition 36 Begins With Russian Commander

Three members of the International Space Station Expedition 35 crew undocked from the orbiting laboratory and returned safely to Earth Monday, May 13, wrapping up a mission lasting almost five months. The departure marks the beginning of Expedition 36. Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and NASA Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn undocked their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft from the space station at 1908 EDT. They landed southeast of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, about 2231 EDT (0831 May 14, Kazakh time).

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Airborne 05.14.13: Towers Stay, EAA Makes Membership MTG Changes, Maverick Down

Also: Jabiru Wins In Court, Blues Extended, M2 Mates, Aldrin Wants To Go To Mars, 787 Picks Up Pace

ANN has learned that one of the ridiculous messes created by Washington's inability to prove that it has ANY abilities, namely in terms of governing, has come to an end as the FAA and DoT have caved in and relented on their tower closure fiasco. EAA has traditionally held its membership meeting on the final Saturday of AirVenture, but that will be changing this year and its a change that ANN feels very positive about. The meeting will be held mid-week this year, according to EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. Members will get together on Wednesday, July 31st at 8

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Letter Groups, Elected Officials Welcome DOT Contract Tower Decision

Statements Released By NBAA, AOPA Leadership

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Friday's announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that 149 contract air traffic control (ATC) towers, slated for closure next month, will instead remain open throughout the federal government's 2013 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

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Space Station Commander Turns Music Video Performer

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Performs Bowie's 'Space Oddity' Aboard ISS

ISS Commander Chris Hadfield has shown himself to be a real Renaissance Man. The first Canadian to command the station, who was set to return to Earth Monday night aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, has performed a rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while aboard the orbiting outpost.

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The Launch Of Skylab

They Almost Lost The Whole Vehicle

Springtime comes and the trees become green, flowers bloom, birds sing, bees buzz and a young boy’s thoughts turn toward… Skylab. Well at least mine always do. At the time of Skylab I was a High School kid and rabid space-buff who had just witnessed the end of Apollo.

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Airbus, Air Canada And BioFuelNet Canada Push For New Aviation Fuels

Existing And Emerging Solutions Being Studied For Canadian Aviation

Airbus, Air Canada and BioFuelNet Canada, hosted by Montreal’s McGill University, have formed a partnership to assess Canadian solutions for the production of sustainable alternative jet fuels with the long term goal to supply Air Canada. The first assessment is expected by the end of 2013. The partnership was announced Monday at the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) Aviation and Environment workshop in Montreal.

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Learjet 75 Aircraft Set For World Debut At EBACE 2013

First Production Aircraft To Be On Display In Geneva

Just one year after launching the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft, Bombardier is returning to this year’s edition of EBACE with the first production Learjet 75 jet. Alongside the debutante, the Challenger 300, Challenger 605 and Global 6000 aircraft will all be on display from May 21 – May 23, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland at the 13th European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition.

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Norwegian Airlines Signs 787 MoU With Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic Pilots Will Train With Norwegian Instructors For Dreamliner Operations

Norwegian Long Haul has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virgin Atlantic that will enable Norwegian to tap into Virgin Atlantic’s expertise on long-haul operations, while Virgin Atlantic’s instructors will receive pilot training on board Norwegian’s brand new 787-8 Dreamliner. Norwegian’s first Dreamliner is due for delivery at the end of June.

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CAF Announces Search For New National Airbase Location

Included In Plan To Increase National Profile

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced plans to establish the CAF National Airbase at a major metropolitan area and its intent to launch a nationwide search immediately. The new facility, described by CAF officials as an “Airbase,” will contain a year-round aviation attraction, house CAF Staff and support volunteer CAF members who will organize and execute an annual warbird air show/fly-in.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.14.13)

“I’m glad that the Department of Transportation has used the resources that Congress provided to keep 149 contract air traffic control towers open through this fiscal year." Source: Senate Commerce Committee chair John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV) in a statement released on the committee website.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.14.13): Jet Route

A route designed to serve aircraft operations from 18,000 feet MSL up to and including flight level 450. The routes are referred to as "J" routes with numbering to identify the designated route; e.g., J105.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.14.13)

Airplane Museums

One of the things we all love to do when we're not able to actually fly is wander through a museum, particularly an airplane museum. There's something about walking under the wings of famous aircraft.

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