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July 06, 2013

John King Weighs In On Airman Certification Standards

You Can Help Determine The Future Of FAA Testing

You can help the future of aviation by providing your comments regarding FAA testing. For years pilots have complained about the FAA knowledge test questions. While there are so many important things to ask pilots about, many test questions have made trivial distinctions. Worse yet, some test questions, by requiring interpolations on takeoff performance charts, have implied that takeoff distances can be relied on to the foot. Pilots relying on that level of precision from their airplane might be in for a very scary surprise or worse.

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NTSB Releases Prelim From Dayton Air Show Fatal Accident

Two Fatally Injured During Wing Walking Performance June 22

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident June 22 in which well-known wing walker Jane Wicker and pilot Charlie Schwenker were fatally injured while performing at the Vectren Dayton Air Show. The report indicates that there were no mechanical difficulties with the Stearman reported by either Wicker or Schwenker following practice the day before the Saturday performance.

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Former easyJet Exec Joins Flybe

Saad Hammad Named CEO Effective August 1

The Board of Flybe announced the appointment of Saad Hammad as Chief Executive Officer effective August 1. The board said he will bring considerable airline, commercial and business transformation experience to Flybe.

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Sikorsky Challenges Youths To Envision Future Helicopters

Helicopter 2050 Challenge Carries A $1,000 Scholarship Award

Sikorsky Aircraft has launched the 2013 Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge, a national competition that invites youths ages 9-16 to envision a helicopter capable of addressing global issues likely to be encountered by mid-century.

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Skydive Operator Says Pilot Blameless In Near Collision

Spirit Airlines A319 Took Emergency Evasive Action To Avoid The Smaller Plane

The owner of the skydiving company that owns the plane that was involved in a near collision incident with a Spirit Airlines A319 over Michigan Wednesday says that his pilot did nothing wrong, and is not responsible for the incident.

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Homestead Air Reserve Base Eyed For Next BRAC Round

Encroaching Development Makes Base A Candidate For Closure

Homestead Air Reserve Base is a candidate for possible closure by the federal government's Base Realignment and Closure commission (BRAC), and the property is being eyed by a very high-profile developer.

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Historic New Zealand Lighthouse Components Set For Transport By Helicopter

Structure Was Precariously Perched On A Cliff After 2011 Earthquakes

New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC) began undertaking work Friday to rescue an historic lighthouse teetering on the cliff edge at Godley Head, near Christchurch.

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ForeFlight Expands VNC Charts To Canada

Latest Update Also Includes Heli Charts, Distance Rings And Doc Search

The latest update from ForeFlight which has just hit the App Store offers a variety of new features, including NAV CANADA Visual Navigation Charts (VNC) and Visual Terminal Area (VTA) charts; FAA helicopter and Gulf of Mexico VFR/IFR charts; document search; distance rings; and a redesigned FBO view.

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British Government Funds Advanced Aircraft Engine Research

SABRE Hybrid Engine Project Mentioned In Spending Review

New life was breathed into an advanced hybrid jet engine project under development in the U.K. in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's spending review delivered to the British Parliament last week.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.06.13)

"We're challenging kids across the U.S. to think globally about their future and how they can make a difference. This year's objective is to design a helicopter that can have far-reaching positive impact for our planet and its inhabitants." Source: Judy Bankowski, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Sikorsky.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.06.13): Block Altitude

A block of altitudes assigned by ATC to allow altitude deviations; for example, Maintain block altitude 9 to 11 thousand.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.06.13)

Wright Brothers Aeroplane Company

A virtual museum of the early days of aviation. Amazingly in-depth site chronicling Orville and Wilbur, and the process of inventing aviation as we know it.

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