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August 24, 2013

Airborne 08.23.13: Paul Poberezny Passes, AOPA Names New Boss, UPS A300 Prelim

Also: AT-6 Flies, Ryanair Fires Whistleblower, FAA SAFO On Rwy Use, Outta Control UAV, CSeries Update

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny passed away this morning (August 22) at Evergreen Retirement Village in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, after a battle with cancer. He was 91. The Poberezny family has expressed the following: “We deeply appreciate all the support shown to Paul and Audrey over the past five months. As Paul often said, he considers himself a millionaire because through aviation he made a million friends. He leaves an unmatched legacy in aviation and can be best remembered by all the people who discovered aviation through his inspiration to create EA

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Annual Oshkosh 2013 'Best/Worst Of' Award Selection Invites YOUR Participation!

YOU Can Contribute To The Annual List Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the ANN and Aero-TV!

For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community -- and yes, we’ve had a bit of fun in the process. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In -- a place where one can take a solid read on the heart and soul of aviation. It's hard to know what really is going to make a difference and what really qualifies as exceptional unless you've been watching this industry carefully for several years... as we have.

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Second Dream Chaser Captive-Carry Test A Success

Spacecraft 'Flown' Under An Erickson Sky-Crane In Simulated Approach

NASA partner Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) of Louisville, CO, successfully completed a captive-carry test of the Dream Chaser spacecraft Thursday, Aug. 22, at the agency's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA.

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American Airlines, US Airways File Motion To Set Trial For Nov. 12, 2013

Airlines Seek Their Day In Court To Demonstrate Pro-Competitive Outcomes Of Planned Merger

AMR Corporation and US Airways Group have filed a motion to set a trial date and a supporting brief in the United States District Court for the District Of Columbia in connection with the lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding the merger of the two airlines. In the motion, American Airlines and US Airways have requested a Nov. 12, 2013 trial date.

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FAA Publishes Final Notice On Access To ASDI, NASSI Data

Allows Blocking Of Aircraft Registration Information From Public Dissemination

The FAA has published a final notice for a policy that will set parameters for how operators can block access to Aircraft Situation Display to Industry (ASDI) and National Airspace System Status Information (NASSI) Data ... also known as the BARR program.

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FAA Issues Policy To Improve Workplace Safety For Aircraft Cabin Crewmembers

Will Allow OSHA To Enforce Standards Not Covered By FAA

The FAA, working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has issued a final policy for improving workplace safety for aircraft cabin crewmembers.

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Cylinder Maker Says GA Industry Opposes Cylinder NPRM

Letter Groups, Manufacturers Comment On Proposed Rule

The General Aviation community has mobilized to oppose a proposed AD on TITAN brand 520/550 series cylinders produced between 2002 and 2009. Aircraft owners, mechanics, engine shops, and several GA organizations are spreading the word about the consequences they say would be felt in their respective businesses should the rule be adopted.

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Assembly Of 2nd KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Underway

Four Test Aircraft Expected To Be Completed By July 2014

Assembly of the second KC-46A Tanker got underway this week as workers loaded the aircraft’s wing spar into an Automated Spar Assembly Tool. The on-time milestone brings the program another step closer to delivering the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

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Aurora Flight Sciences Delivers NASA Space Suit Simulator

Trains Astronauts For Reduced Mobility When Wearing A Pressurized Suit

Aurora Flight Sciences has delivered a completed Space Suit Simulator (S3) to NASA following the successful completion of a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research effort. Aurora collaborated with Professors Dava Newman and Jeffrey Hoffman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as Professor Grant Schaffner from the University of Cincinnati, for this program.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Employees Inducted Into International Space Hall Of Fame

Group Developed Reusable Launch Vehicle In The 1990s

Fourty current and former employees of Aerojet Rocketdyne have been inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame (ISHF). All of the honored employees served as members of the original Delta Clipper Experimental (DC-X/DC-XA) team which helped develop an unmanned prototype of a reusable single-stage launch vehicle in the 1990s.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.24.13)

"Today is the first time we have flown a fully functional Dream Chaser flight vehicle, and we are very pleased with the results. " Source:  Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC's Space Systems. The Dream Chaser completed its second 'capture carry' test Thursday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.24.13): Balked Landing

A discontinued landing attempt. Term is often used in conjunction with aircraft configuration or performance assessment, as in “Balked landing climb gradient”. Also referred to as  “Go-Around”

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.24.13)

How Jetpacks Work

With the Martin Jetpack back in the news last week, here's a quick history of the technology, the concept for which dates back to the 1940s.

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