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September 04, 2013

Oxford, ME Company Sued By Ohio Residents Over Emergency Landing

Claims Oxford Aviation's Work Was 'Negligent And Reckless'

A married couple living in Ohio has sued Oxford Aviation in Oxford, ME, following an emergency landing in a Cessna 441 flown by 63-year-old Steven Skilken.

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WingX Pro7 Adds Support For ADS-B Out And FAA-Certified GPS Data

Latest Version Of The Software Available For Download Now

The newest version of WingX Pro7, Version 7.1, supports the recently TSO’d NavWorx ADS600-B transceiver making WingX Pro7 the first major mobile aviation app to support ADS-B Out transceivers which the FAA has mandated for all airplanes by 2020, the company said in a news release Tuesday.

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Airbus Wins GreenTec Award For Innovative Fuel Cell Project

Emission-Free Power Supply On Ground And Improved Efficiency In The Air

Airbus’ research activities to integrate fuel cell technology as alternative energy source in commercial aircraft have been awarded with the ”GreenTec Award 2013” in the category “Aviation”. The “Multifunctional Fuel Cell Integration” analyses the replacement of the auxiliary power unit (APU) and the ram air turbine (RAT) by a multifunctional fuel cell. The awards ceremony with some 800 guests took place last Friday in Berlin, Germany.

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Indigenous Chinese Helicopter Fires First Air-To-Air Missiles

Aircraft Reportedly Successfully Intercepted Low-Altitude Targets

China's indigenous WZ-10 attack helicopter has reportedly fired its first air-to-air missiles in a live fire drill this week.

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Ceremony Held To Mark 25th Anniversary Of Ramstein Air Base Accident

Seventy People Were Fatally Injured When A Military Airplane Went Down In The Crowd

It was arguably one of the worst accidents ever in the history of air shows. On August 28th, 1988, three Italian military aircraft performing with the Frecce Tricolori precision demonstration team collided in mid-air during a performance at Germany's Ramstein Air Base. One of the jets went down in the crowd of 300,000, resulting in the fatal injury of 67 people on the ground.

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India's Kingfisher Airlines Says IAE Engines 'Inherently Defective'

Seeks $236 Million In Damages From The Engine Maker

One of the companies that founded Kingfisher Airlines in India has filed suit against engine maker IAE seeking $236 million in damages, charging International Aero Engines with making an "inherently defective" product.

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El Al Baggage Handlers At Kennedy Airport Accused Of Theft

Airline Had Video Cameras Installed In Aircraft Luggage Holds

Seven contract baggage handlers have been accused of stealing valuables from the luggage holds of El Al airliners, and the airline says it has video that proves its case.

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Oldest Stunt Pilot In Britain Decides It's Time To Retire ... At 90

But Doug Gregory Says He Will Continue To Fly

When you think about activities for nonagenarians, aerobatic air show pilot is probably not something that comes immediately to mind. But up until recently, it was top of the list for 90-year-old Doug Gregory, who lives in the U.K. A former RAF pilot, Gregory said he will finally give up flying in air shows ... but not flying.

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Boeing, Polish Defense Holding To Explore Collaboration On Defense Work

Agreement Signed At MSPO International Defense Industry Exhibition Monday

Boeing and Polish Defense Holding (PDH) signed a Memorandum of Understanding Monday to explore areas where Boeing and PDH can work together to meet Poland’s defense needs while supporting the growth of local industry. 

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Air Canada Releases 2012 Corporate Sustainability Report

'Citizens Of The World' Details Environmental, Social And Economic Sustainability Initiatives

Air Canada has released "Citizens of the World", the airline's second corporate sustainability report. The document evaluates Air Canada's performance during 2012 in four key areas of sustainability: safety, the environment, the well-being of employees, and the company's community involvement.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc (RR) Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-15-10

PRODUCT: All RR RB211-Trent 553-61, 553A2-61, 556-61, 556A2-61, 556B-61, 556B2-61, 560-61, 560A2-61, 768-60, 772-60, 772B-60, 875-17, 877-17, 884-17, 884B-17, 892-17, 892B-17, and 895-17 turbofan engines.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-16-23

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-524B-02; -524B2-19; -524B3-02; -524B4-02; -524C2-19; -524D4-19; -524D4-B-19; - 524D4-39; -535C-37; -535E4-37; -535E4-B-37, and -535E4-B-75 turbofan engines, and all RB211- 524G2-19; -524G3-19; -524H2-19; and -524H-36 turbofan engines.

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Best of Show! The Very Best/Worst of Oshkosh '13! (Part 2)

Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News Network and Aero-TV (Part 2 of 5)

Best of Show! The Very Best/Worst of Oshkosh '13! (Part 1) 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 apropos 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 m

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Airborne 09.03.13: Bob Hoover NAA Honors Overdue, FAA v ECi, CSeries Gets Ready

Also: Monnett Type Club, DB Cooper Museum, Future Oshkosh Dates Announced, Aircell Upgrades, 787s in Miami, Super Hornet

A veritable "Who's Who" in the aviation community has banded together to nominate legendary aviator Bob Hoover for the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy -- an honor that many think is LONG overdue. The founder and CEO of Savvy Aircraft Maintenance Management and Savvy Analysis, a company that developed a free, web-based platform for piston aircraft engine analysis, says in a blog post that the FAA's proposed AD for ECi cylinders is "one of the most unwarranted, inappropriate, punitive and generally

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ChelAvia Places Largest Ever Order For Tecnam Aircraft

Will Acquire P2002JF And P2006T Airplanes

With an order recently announced at MAKS, the Russian aerospace trade show, valued at over 11 million Euros ($14.5 million), Russia’s ChelAvia confirmed its continuing investment in significantly expanding its fleet of Tecnam aircraft.

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FAA Advisory Circular Addresses TCASII Airworthiness Approval

Revision Accommodates Changes To TCAS V7.1

The FAA has released an Advisory Circular (AC) to provide applicants with guidance for obtaining an airworthiness approval for traffic alert collision avoidance systems II (TCAS II). It also provides guidance for certification of a stand-alone Mode S transponder system.

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Piper To Deliver Jepp Data With New Aircraft Purchase

Includes NavData And Digital Charts Ready For Use In Flight

Piper Aircraft  will provide Jeppesen flight data to purchasers of new Piper airplanes, effective immediately. The flight data will simplify access to flight information for Piper aviators, the company said in a news release. 

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Eight Receive Master Instructor Designation In August

Designation Recognized By The FAA For CFI Renewal

Eight flight instructors completed the Master Instructors course to receive the prestigious designation in the month of August. The title has been earned by fewer than 700 of the 91,000 CFIs currently active in the country. The last 17 National Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs. In addition, the FAA has approved the accreditation as an alternate means for CFIs to renew their flight instructor certificates.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Some Cirrus SR22 Aircraft

Issues Discovered With Fuel Return Lines That Pass Through Anti-Icing Fluid Tanks

The FAA has issued an SAIB tied to possible corrosion of the fuel return lines that pass through the Tecalemit Kilfrost-Sheepbridge-Stokes (TKS) deicing fluid tank/s; and softening of the sealant used in the TKS tank/s on Cirrus Design Corporation (CDC) Model SR22 airplanes, serial numbers 2334, 2420, 2438 through 3691, equipped with ice protection, and Model SR22T airplanes, serial numbers 0001 through 0556, equipped with ice protection.

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AgustaWestland AW609 TiltRotor Aerodynamic Improvements Tested

Evaluation Of Modifications Designed To Boost Performance Underway

AgustaWestland is flight testing a number of aerodynamic improvements that will boost the performance of the AW609 TiltRotor. The company undertook the first flight of a modified vertical tail fin on AW609 TiltRotor prototype #2 at its Cascina Costa flight test facility in Italy July 25. The modified vertical fin is one part of an extensive package of product improvements which also include a new, more aerodynamic, design for the engine exhaust nozzles and changes to the prop-rotor spinner cones.

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FAA, NTSB, Airlines At Odds Over Release Of Information In Airline Incidents

Social Media A Growing Factor In Dissemination Of Information

Recent airline accidents and incidents such as the Southwest Airlines 737 that apparently landed nose-first at New York's LaGuardia airport in July are pointing out a growing friction between airlines, the FAA and the NTSB over how information is released to the media and the public.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.04.13)

"Having Jeppesen flight data on board at the time of new aircraft delivery eliminates a step in the flight preparation process." Source: Piper Vice President of Sales and Marketing Drew McEwen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.04.13): Cleared Approach

ATC authorization for an aircraft to execute any standard or special instrument approach procedure for that airport. Normally, an aircraft will be cleared for a specific instrument approach procedure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.04.13)

The Helicopter Safety Steering Group

The purpose of the Step Change Helicopter Safety Steering Group (HSSG) is to work proactively to identify and address cross-industry issues around helicopter safety, related to helicopter operations in the UK oil and gas industry.  

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