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July 16, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.17.13

The House Passes the Small Airplane Revitalization Act…

Another 787 Fire Investigation Begins…

EAA To Begin Search for New Leader in A

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Space Florida Initiates Environmental Study Process For Proposed Spaceport

First Step In The Construction And Operation Of The Shiloh Launch Complex

An FAA-led environmental study to address the potential impacts of constructing and operating a commercial launch complex in the general vicinity of the former citrus community known as Shiloh, FL, will be performed by an independent consultant in accordance with FAA conditions and procedures, the State’s aerospace development organization announced Monday.

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Lockwood Rotax Forums Scheduled For Oshkosh

Three Sessions Planned During Week Of AirVenture

Operators of Rotax engines regularly flock to sessions hosted by Rotax expert Phil Lockwood, and there are three of the popular forums scheduled for the week of AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport this summer.

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Canadian Owners And Pilots Association Ousts Sitting Regional Director

Board Said Doug Ronan Opposed Two Of Its Decisions In Violation Of The Organization's Bylaws

The Executive of the Board of COPA, backed by a majority of the full Board, has recently taken steps in relation to a sitting Director, Doug Ronan. The action was necessary, decisive and, as determined by the Board, in the best interests of COPA. The associated posted a notice on its website it says is intended to "quell the rumors that have been circulating and to ensure the facts are available to our members."

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NBAA's 2013 Convention To Feature New Indoor Static Display

Airplanes To Be Lined Up In The Main Exhibition Hall At The Las Vegas Convention Center

Right now, much of the aviation world is focusing on AirVenture in Wisconsin. But in October, the attention will turn to Las Vegas, and those attending the National Business Aviation Association’s 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) will have a new opportunity to review and compare a selection of business aircraft, without ever leaving the show’s Exhibit floor.

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A350 XWB Racks Up 92 Flight Test Hours Since First Flight

Flight Envelope Opened And Key Systems Tests Successfully Performed

The A350 XWB MSN1 has performed well during the first 92 flight test hours already achieved since its maiden flight on June 14th 2013. The A350 XWB flight test campaign will total around 2,500 flight hours with a fleet of five development aircraft.

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National Geographic Photographer Arrested For Shooting From A Paraglider

Photographed A Kansas Feedlot Prompting Concerns About Food Safety

A well-known photographer working on an assignment for National Geographic was arrested and briefly detained last week for shooting aerial photographs from a paraglider over a cattle feedlot in Finney County Kansas.

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Bahamian Pilot Guides Split On User Fees

One Encourages Government To Increase Recently-Imposed Fees, One Calls For Their Reversal

There are two pilot's guides that are published for flying the Caribbean, and they are split on the issue of user fees and taxes recently imposed on GA airplanes using Caribbean airports and aviation services.

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Eurocopter Develops A New Flight Guidance Concept

Augmented Satellite Approaches Lead To Quieter Helicopter Landing Procedures

Eurocopter has successfully demonstrated new landing procedures relying on augmented satellite guidance that can be tailored to more completely comply with the local environmental requirements. These new landing procedures were validated with a twin-engine Eurocopter EC155 during flight tests performed as part of the company’s participation in the Green Rotorcraft Integrated Technology Demonstrator program – which is part of Europe’s Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative.

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NASA, Industry Test Additively Manufactured Rocket Engine Injector

Component Produced Through The '3-D Printing' Process

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne of West Palm Beach, FL, recently finished testing a rocket engine injector made through additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing. This space technology demonstration may lead to more efficient manufacturing of rocket engines, saving American companies time and money. NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland conducted the successful tests for Aerojet Rocketdyne through a non-reimbursable Space Act Agreement.

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Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company Reportedly Teetering On The Edge Of Bankruptcy

SSJ100 Manufacturer Says It Is Seeking Additional Credit

Russian media is reporting that Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCA) Company is likely to be forced into bankruptcy if it is unable to secure additional credit, though the company says it is in a position to fulfill all of its commitments.

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Entrepreneurs Work To Turn DC-7 Into An Airport Restaurant

Classic Airliner Being Refurbished In New Smyrna Beach, FL

A pair of entrepreneurs is working to turn a decommissioned DC-7 airliner they acquired at Opa-Locka airport near Miami into an airport restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, FL.

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Army Apologizes For Unannounced Training Mission

Port Angeles, WA Mayor Said Citizens Were 'Terrorized' By Low-Flying Helicopters

Chinook and Apache helicopters conducting a training mission for the U.S. Army last week caught the small town of Port Angeles, WA very much off guard, resulting in dozens of calls to local law enforcement and an apology from the U.S. Army.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.16.13

The Thunderbirds Return to Limited Training…

US Airways Shareholders Give Two Thumbs Up to a Merger…

Asiana to Sue A San Francisco TV

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Airborne 07.16.13: NTSB Blunder, X-47B Traps!, PAC15EX Debuts

Also: ANN Ready For Oshkosh 2013... Are You?, Lisa Airplanes, Heavy Bomber Weekend, Canadians Win Sikorsky Prize!

The NTSB has issued a formal apology and is blaming a summer intern who "acted outside the scope of his authority" in confirming an erroneous release of fictitious names of the pilots of the downed Asiana Flight 214. The names - released to, and reported by dozens of media outlets nationwide - NOT including ANN - were not only erroneous, but sophomoric and laden with racist overtones. 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 last Wednesday, July 10. The clock is ticking down rapidly toward the Greatest Air Show In the Land

Airborne 07.16.13: NTSB Blunder, X-47B Traps!, PAC15EX Debuts

Also: ANN Ready For Oshkosh 2013... Are You?, Lisa Airplanes, Heavy Bomber Weekend, Canadians Win Sikorsky Prize!

The NTSB has issued a formal apology and is blaming a summer intern who "acted outside the scope of his authority" in confirming an erroneous release of fictitious names of the pilots of the downed Asiana Flight 214. The names - released to, and reported by dozens of media outlets nationwide - NOT including ANN - were not only erroneous, but sophomoric and laden with racist overtones. 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 th

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US Airways Shareholders Approve Merger With American Airlines

Overwhelming Majority Of Shares Were Voted In Favor Of The Deal

Shareholders of US Airways Group Inc. on Friday approved the merger agreement with AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc.

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USAF Thunderbirds Among Units Resuming Limited Training Flights

But Performances Are Still Not On The Schedule

The Pentagon has loosened restrictions on flying hours for many Air Force units both in the U.S. and abroad for training purposes, meaning that units like the Thunderbirds will be able to resume their training schedules through the end of fiscal year 2013. But don't get your hopes up if you had the Thunderbirds on the schedule at your local air show. The Air Force said in a statement on its website that the team will not resume aerial demonstrations previously scheduled for the 2013 calendar year.  

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Greenwing eSpyder Receives German Certification

Company Believes It Is The First Electric-Powered Aircraft To Obtain Such Approval

Electric airplane company GreenWing International says that it has received what it believes to be a first in aviation worldwide. The German DULV organization sanctioned by the German government awarded its official certification February 5th, 2013.

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NTSB Releases First Of Five General Aviation Video Safety Alerts

Short Programs Designed To Address Risk Management And Decision Making

The NTSB has released the first of five short videos, each featuring an NTSB investigator highlighting a particular area of general aviation safety associated with the majority of GA accidents.

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Asiana Airlines Plans Lawsuit Against San Francisco TV Station

Anchor Read Offensive Bogus Names Of Pilots During Newscast

A San Francisco television station finds itself facing legal action after an anchor read false, racially insensitive names it attributed to the pilots of Flight 214 during a newscast last Friday. The anchor apologized on air immediately following a commercial break.

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CubCrafters Selects Hartzell Engine Technologies' X-Drive For Carbon Cub SS

Will Be Standard Starter For The LSA Airplane

Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC’s President Mike Disbrow has announced that CubCrafters has selected Hartzell’s new X-Drive starter as standard equipment on the company’s upgraded, high-performance Carbon Cub SS light sport aircraft (LSA).

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No Military Aircraft For Miramar Air Show

Event Will Possibly Be Canceled Entirely

Despite a resolution from the San Diego City Council and evidence that shows the event actually makes money, the Pentagon is holding firm to its policy that there will be no military flight demonstrations due to sequestration and will not allow such flights at the Miramar Air Show this fall.

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Blue Angels Announce 2014 Team Members

Admin, Public Affairs Officers Selected By Squadron

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the officers selected for the 2014 team July 12. The squadron selected an administrative officer and a public affairs officer to join a pre-selected C-130 pilot and a maintenance officer on the 2014 team.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.16.13)

“It takes a significant amount of training to get our pilots qualified to safely execute with the team. Faced with limited funding in the future, we have to take every opportunity to ensure we put on a safe demonstration.” Source: Lt. Col. Greg Moseley, Commander and Leader of the Thunderbirds. Training resumed for the unit and others on Monday, but no performances have been restored to the schedule.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.16.13): Center of Pressure

A point along the airfoil about which the moment due to the lift is zero, i.e., it is the point of action of the lift. The center of pressure will change its position when the angle of attack changes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.16.13)

NASA's The Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project explores and documents the feasibility, benefits and technical risk of vehicle concepts and enabling technologies to reduce aviation’s impact on the environment.

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