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July 11, 2013

NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

Three Selected For Expedition 45

NASA and its international partners have appointed three International Space Station crew members to round out future expeditions to the orbiting laboratory. NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Japanese Exploration Aerospace Agency (JAXA) astronaut Kimiya Yui and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko are scheduled to launch in June 2015. They will join three Expedition 44 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition 45.

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San Diego City Council Wants DoD To Support Miramar Air Show

Resolution Passed Unanimously Saying Show Should Go On

The San Diego City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday night calling on the Department of Defense to hold the Miramar Air Show this fall. While the show has not so far been officially cancelled, sequestration has forced the scrapping of dozens of air shows around the country.

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Russian Proton Rocket Accident Caused By Mis-Installed Sensors

Three Satellites Lost When Booster Failed

An investigation conducted by Roscsomos has found that sensors aboard the Proton rocket that went down just after launch earlier this month were installed upside down, causing them to send incorrect information to the vehicle's onboard computers.

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Legendary P-51 Mustang, 'Strega' To Compete At 50th National Championship Air Ra

Precious Metal, Dreadnought, And Argonaut Also Announced As Competitors In This Year’s Event

On the heels of last week’s initial competitor announcement, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced this week that legendary Unlimited & Warbird Class (UWRC) racers “Strega,” “Precious Metal,” “Argonaut,” and “Dreadnought,” are the latest entrants into the historic event’s most recognizable racing class. In a surprising twist, however, “Strega,” which has been flown to victory the past four years by defending champion Steve Hinton, will be flown by Air Race veteran Matt Jackson.

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Two Injured In Utah R-22 Accident

Pilot Reports A Wind Gust Caused The Accident

An instructor pilot and student were injured Monday when the Robinson R-22 helicopter they were aboard went down in American Fork Canyon in Utah.

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Jane Wicker Memorialized At Flying Circus Air Show

Wing Walker And Pilot Were Fatally Injured At Vectern Dayton Air Show Last Month

About 100 friends and relatives of wing walker Jane Wicker gathered at the Flying Circus Air Show and Aerodrome in Bealeton, VA Tuesday to memorialize the well-known performer who was fatally injured during a performance last month in Dayton, OH. Pilot Charlie Schwenker was also fatally injured when the Stearman biplane they were flying went down.

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Flight Research Center's LLRVs Led To Apollo Lunar Landers

Lunar Landing Research Vehicle Was One Of The World's First Fly-By-Wire Aircraft

President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to put a man on the moon and return him safely to Earth by decade's end electrified much of the country, but it floored most NASA engineers.

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Airmen Set World's Record During Exercise

Flew World’s Largest Formation Of C-130J Transport Aircraft

Airmen from the Dyess's 317th Airlift Group set a world's record for the largest C-130J formation during a Joint Operational Access exercise on June 19.

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Azerbaijan Airlines Receives First Embraer 190 Jet

Part Of A Planned Acquisition Of Six E-Jets By The Airline

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the national airline of Azerbaijan, has received the first of four Embraer 190s it has on order. The aircraft will be deployed on the carrier’s international network from Baku’s Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD). The three remaining aircraft are scheduled for delivery by the end of the year.

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Philadelphia Dry Cleaner Using Quadcopter For Laundry Delivery

Will Fly Your Clean Clothes To Your House

Of all the potential uses for small UAVs that have been discussed over the past few years, this may be among the most unusual.

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Body Of Skydiver Recovered From A Wisconsin Lake

Instructor Was Involved In A Tandem Jump That Was Blown Off Course

The body of a skydiving instructor was recovered from Lake Butte Des Morts near Omro, WI late Tuesday after he and his student were blown off course on a jump earlier that day.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.11.13

New First Officer Requirements Are Coming…

The House Passes the Small Plane Revitalization Act…

More Data Released on the Asiana SFO C

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Classic Aero-TV: Senator James Inhofe – Taking On The Bureaucracy (Part 2)

A Foot In The Door -- 25 Years After We Proposed The Need For A Pilot's Bill Of Rights... We Have One

First Webcast On 08.15.12: US Sen. Jim Inhofe R-OK., a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, has announced that his Pilot's Bill of Rights S.1335 has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June. The House passed the measure by a voice vote. Yes, it's Done. Something we have advocated fo

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House Transportation Committee Passes Small Airplane Revitalization Act

Bill Now Goes To Full House For Consideration

The U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee on Wednesday unanimously passed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act of 2013. The bill, H.R. 1848, which was introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS)  has 31 bipartisan co-sponsors. It directs the FAA to implement the FAA’s Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations by December 31, 2015. The ARC’s goal, as stated by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, was to double safety and cut certification costs in half for light GA airplanes.

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X-47B Completes First-Ever Carrier-Based Arrested Landing

Autonomous Trap Accomplished Aboard The USS George H.W. Bush

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first-ever carrier-based arrested landing on board USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia July 10.

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FAA Phasing Out Direct Paper Chart Sales

Says Move Is Intended To 'Reduce Costs, Improve Efficiencies'

The FAA said in an online notice that it is phasing out direct sales of paper charts as of this month. The agency said it is taking this action to "reduce costs, improve efficiencies and enhance and modernize the service provided our customers and the aviation community."

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Congressman Larsen Praises Finalization Of Pilot Safety Rules

Had Urged Secretary Foxx To Make Pilot Qualifications A Priority

Rep. Rick Larsen, (D-WA), the ranking member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, on Wednesday praised the FAA’s announcement that it will finalize critical pilot safety rules as directed by Congress. Larsen wrote to Secretary Foxx last Tuesday asking the Department of Transportation to finalize the rules “as swiftly as possible.”

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Sales Of Pre-Owned Business Jets, Turboprops Slows

JETNET Reports An Increase In Average Asking Price In First Five Months Of 2013

JETNET has released May 2013 and the first five months of 2013 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, helicopter and Commercial Airliner markets. Comparing May 2013 to May 2012, “Fleet For Sale” percentages for business jet and business turboprop market sectors were down, but increased slightly in the helicopter markets.

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Asiana Pilots Say Auto Throttles Were Set Properly For Approach

Plane Was Flying 30 Knots Below Target Approach Speed

The pilots flying Asiana Flight 214 that went down on landing at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) have told federal investigators that they had properly set the auto throttles on the Boeing 777 for approach, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

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ALPA Asks For Answers To Key Questions In Asiana Accident Investigation

Continues To Criticize Board's Early Release Of Information

ALPA says it is continuing to monitor the accident investigation of Asiana 214 and what it says is the NTSB’s ill-advised release of partial data in the aftermath of this tragedy.

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Colorado Governor Hickenlooper Proclaims July 'General Aviation Month'

Industry's National Organizations Praise The Move

National aviation organizations today commended Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s proclamation of July 2013 as “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” This proclamation is the third of its kind by Governor Hickenlooper, who also named June 2011 and 2012 “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.11.13)

“I commend Congressman Pompeo for introducing this bill, which is really about good government. H.R. 1848 will make necessary, common sense reforms to the existing prescriptive regulatory regime, which will improve the safety of general aviation at half the cost and help revitalize this critical industry.” Source: Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.11.13): Orographic Precipitation

Precipitation which is caused by hills or mountain ranges deflecting the moisture-laden air masses upward, causing them to cool and precipitate their moisture.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.11.13)

The National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) and FAA Partnership

NASAO and the FAA Share the goals of encouraging and advancing aviation through cooperation and coordination across governments while remaining responsive to customer needs, economic conditions and environmental concerns.

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