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September 26, 2013

ANN Special Report: Our 1st Interview With AOPA's Mark Baker, Part 2

This is a Special Report of the Aero News Network --- “A Conversation with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker”…

In Part Two of our Special Report, AN

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.26.13

AOPA’s Baker Says Value for Members is Paramount…

Will ATC Be Privatized???

The Airbus A330-300 Sheds Pounds…

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FAA Awards $17 Million In Environmental Grants To Airports

Awards On Top Of 'Sustainability' Grants Handed Out Last Week

The FAA announced Tuesday that it would be awarding $17 million in grants to eight airports around the country to reduce the use of conventional fuels and improve air quality. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx said the funds “will help airports around the country make the necessary investments that will reduce fuel costs and help protect the environment.”

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New Jersey Elected Officials Press FAA For Helicopter Tour Restrictions

Sen. Menendez, Rep. Sires Anticipate Plan To Put Into Action Recommendations From Residents, Local Officials

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Congressman Albio Sires (both D-NJ) have contacted the FAA to present a plan for implementing tourist helicopter restrictions to protect quality of life and safety in New Jersey communities along the Hudson River.

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SpaceX Ramps Up Production Of Dragon Spacecraft

Manufacture Of Falcon 9 Booster Also Growing

With its claim of being the only operational vehicle capable of taking significant amounts of cargo both to and from the International Space Station, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft is already a critical piece of the American space program. With at least 10 more station resupply missions over the next couple years, and with development of a human-rated Dragon and DragonLab underway, production of the Dragon spacecraft has increased significantly.

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New Pre-Departure Clearance System Appears To Be Working Smoothly

Some Had Expressed Concerns About's Free Service

General aviation pilots using a new Pre-Departure Clearance (PDC) delivery system developed by appear to be successfully navigating the nuances of PDCs despite early concerns they would have difficulty with the system.

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New Zealand CAA Holds Safety Levels On Use Of Electronic Devices In Flight

Will Watch FAA's Expected Announcement On Such Devices 'Closely'

The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAA) is not relaxing the existing rules about use of electronic devices while in flight, but will closely watch the expected announcement by the FAA later this week.

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Avincis Buys Three New EC225 Helicopters From Eurocopter

Aircraft Will Be Delivered To Bond Helicopters In Australia

Avincis Group and Eurocopter have announced the purchase of three new EC225 helicopters. The helicopters will be used by Avincis’ subsidiary Bond Helicopters Australia (Bond) to service its multi-million dollar, five year contract with the PTTEP Australasia Group of Companies, part of Thailand’s national petroleum exploration and production company

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C182 Down Due To Apparent Fuel Exhaustion

Balloon Event In Vermont Closed Destination Airport

The pilot of a plane that appeared to run out of fuel and went down in Middletown Springs, VT, could not land at his destination airport because it had been closed for a balloon event.

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South Carolina RC Clubs Offer Radio Controlled Aircraft Air Show

Three Clubs Join Forces To Present Event Free To The Public

On Saturday, November 2nd starting at 1100 EDT the Blue Ridge Radio Control Club (BRRC), Western Carolina Radio Control Club (WCRC) and Firetower Fliers will be performing at a free-to-attend Radio Controlled (RC) Aircraft Show at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina.  

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First U.K. Bell 429 Fully Operational

Flying Power Line Maintenance And Inspection Missions For National Grid

The first Bell 429 in Great Britain is now fully operational. The aircraft was recently delivered to National Grid for inspection and maintenance of power lines. National Grid's Bell 429 received EASA-certified customizations at Bell Helicopter's European headquarters in Prague.

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Simulator Training Center To Open In Thailand

Memorandum Of Understanding Signed Between Pan Am International Flight Academy, Assumption University Of Thailand

On September 19th, 2013, Assumption University (AU) and Pan Am International Flight Academy (Pan Am) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop a world-class flight simulator training center at Assumption's Suvarnabhumi Campus.

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Bell Helicopter Wins Contract For Up To 20 Aircraft

Agreement Announced At Helitech International

Bell Helicopter announced Tuesday at Helitech International 2013 the signing of an agreement with Avincis Group for the sale of up to 20 helicopters comprised of the Bell 429, Bell 412 and Bell 412EPI aircraft, largely for use in Life & Rescue operations.

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Team Registration Open for NASA-DPI UAS Airspace Operations Challenge

Competition To Be Held At Camp Atterbury In Indiana

NASA and Development Projects Inc. (DPI) of Dayton, Ohio, have opened registration for the 2014 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Airspace Operations Challenge. The $500,000 prize competition is scheduled for April 2014 in Indiana.

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Aero-TV: Inside Redbird’s Latest Innovation –- The Nitty-Gritty Behind The Creation Of The Redhawk

One Of Oshkosh's Big Stories Has Some Intriguing Details

Typical training aircraft come in one of two flavors: 40-year-old machines with tired interiors and outdated avionics or new glass-panel machines that cost more than most flight schools or owners can afford. Now a consortium of companies is using Redbird’s Skyport laboratory to test a third option: The RedHawk Training Aircraft.

A Conversation with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker, Part 1

This is a Special Report of the Aero News Network... Mark Baker, Part 1 of 3

We all know that AOPA has a new head man - Mark Baker. He's a pilot with a corporate business management background. But what do we really know about Mark Baker - and more importantly his plans for AOPA and its membership. ANN's CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell  was granted one of the first in-depth interviews with Mr. Baker who has been on the job for les than a month. In preparation for this opportunity we asked you - our readers and listeners, what questions you would ask if you were one-on-one with the new AOPA Top Gun. Your replies numbered

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Aero-TV: Inside Redbird’s Latest Innovation–Behind The Creation Of The Redhawk

One Of Oshkosh's Big Stories Has Some Intriguing Details

Typical training aircraft come in one of two flavors: 40-year-old machines with tired interiors and outdated avionics or new glass-panel machines that cost more than most flight schools or owners can afford. Now a consortium of companies is using Redbird’s Skyport laboratory to test a third option: The RedHawk Training Aircraft. "The RedHawk is an experiment, and the Skyport will act as the proving ground it was designed to be,” said Jerry Gregoire, Chairman of Redbird and RedHawk Aero.

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New AOPA Leader Says Value For Members Is Paramount

Says Entire Industry Needs To Work 'Arm-In-Arm' To Reduce Decline In Pilot Population

Mark Baker, the newly-appointed head of AOPA, says that his first order of business is to be sure that everything the organization does is perceived by the members as adding value to their membership.

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Talk Of Privatized Control Towers Crops Up With Budget Discussions

Air Traffic Controllers' Union Open To A Conversation On The Issue

As congress dithers about the federal budget, and in anticipation of cuts to the FAA, stakeholders are again starting to talk about removing the U.S. Air Traffic Control system from government control, and moving it to private or semi-private management.

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Airbus Announces Lower Weight A330 For Regional & Domestic Operations

Optimized For Shorter Haul Missions And Offering Higher Capacity

In a move that would seem to be aimed directly at Boeing’s plans for its 777-x, Airbus has announced a new lower weight variant of its A330-300 wide-body aircraft that will be optimized for use on domestic and regional routes in high growth markets with large populations and concentrated traffic flows.

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U.K. CAA Announces Super Puma Review

Norwegian CAA, EASA, Will Lead The Study

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of the U.K. has announced a review of offshore helicopter operations in the North Sea. The review will be undertaken jointly with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and advised by a panel of independent experts. It will study current operations, previous incidents and accidents and offshore helicopter flying in other countries to make recommendations aimed at improving the safety of offshore flying.

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FAA Mulls Mandatory Replacement Of Some Honeywell Displays

Approved Onboard Wi-Fi Has Potential To Interfere With Older Displays In 737, 777 Airplanes

The FAA is considering mandating the replacement of some older Honeywell PFD and MFD devices installed in Boeing 737 and 777 aircraft due to a potential interference problem with certified onboard Wi-Fi systems.

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Airbus Racks Up Orders At Chinese Aviation Expo

Multiple Airlines, Leasing Company Filling The Order Book In Beijing

Airbus announced orders from two Chinese airlines and a leasing company on the opening day of the 15th Aviation Expo China 2013 in Beijing.

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Airmen From Vietnam War Identified

Interred With Full Military Honors At Arlington National Cemetery

The remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, IL., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, TN, have been identified and were returned to their families for burial with full military honors on Sept. 23 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.26.13)

"Maybe we need to do some adjustment to our primary reason to exist, which is advocacy, legal services, (and) pilot centers." Source: Newly-appointed AOPA president and CEO Mark Baker.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.26.13): Easterly Wave

A low level disturbance of tropical origins. Easterly waves can develop into tropical cyclones. However, tropical cyclone development is not required in order for these systems to produce significant amounts of rainfall.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.26.13)

Rare Aircraft

Since it was founded in 1991 by Roy Redman, Rare Aircraft has been dedicated to the restoration of the antique aircraft from the golden years of aviation.

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