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September 25, 2013

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

This is a Special Report of the Aero News Network --- "A Conversation with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker"…
We all know that AOPA has a new head man - Mark Baker. He's a

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American Airlines, US Airways Extend Merger Agreement

Shift Made To Accommodate DOJ Trial Schedule

AMR Corporation and US Airways Group, Inc. have each agreed to extend the outside date at which either party may terminate the previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger (the Merger Agreement), in light of the trial schedule surrounding litigation with U.S. Department of Justice.

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Bell To Integrate Garmin G1000H In New Short Light Single Helo

Companies Say All-Glass System Will Reduce Overall Pilot Workload

Bell Helicopter has entered into a long-term contract with Garmin to provide the G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite for Bell Helicopter's new short light single (SLS) aircraft. The all-glass avionics system digitally presents critical flight information to the pilot via high-resolution LCD displays and reduces overall pilot workload.

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ForeFlight, iOS 7 Play Well Together

Company Reports Good Result From Users Who Have Upgraded To New OS

If you've been concerned about how your ForeFlight app might respond to an upgrade to iOS 7, the folks at ForeFlight say they have seen good performance with the new operating system. So far there have been no major issues with ForeFlight Mobile and the company says it is quickly addressing anything that needs attention.

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Alaska Airlines Taps Three Veteran Employees For Key Roles

All Promoted From Within The Company To Leadership Positions

Alaska Airlines has named three new managing directors, who come from within Alaska Airlines with a combined 54 years of experience.

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Ogden ALC Welcomes Its First F-35 Lightning II

Will Become First CTOL Variant Used For Block 2B Testing

The U.S. Air Force's  Air Logistics Complex (ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Ogden, Utah, hosted a ceremony Friday marking the arrival of the first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II aircraft to a depot facility.

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Sikorsky Set To Begin Final Assembly Of First S-97 Raider

First Flight Planned For Late 2014

Final assembly of first Sikorsky S-97 Raider is set to begin this week, putting the company's proposed Armed Aerial Scout (AAS) aircraft on track for a first flight near the end of next year, according to company officials.

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Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic Airways Route Plan Granted Antitrust Immunity

DOT Approves Plan For Routes Between New York And London

A joint venture between Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. on routes between North America and the U.K has been granted antitrust immunity by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Capital City Airport Says Aviation Day 2013 Was A Huge Success

Interested Visitors Treated To A Lesson In The Basic Principles Of Flight

On Saturday, September 21st, Capital City Airport in Frankfort, KY welcomed the public to their annual Aviation Day. A variety of local aviation groups and organizations were present at this family-oriented event. Activities took place from 9:00am until 2:00pm, and hundreds of interested attendees visited the airport.

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International Partnership Releases Space Exploration Benefits Paper

Reflects The 'Strong Commitment' By Space Agencies To Deliver Benefits To The Public

NASA and the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) released a white paper Friday outlining benefits of human exploration of space.

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Who Do Voodoo? You Do!

Why Every Aviator Needs To Make It To The Reno Air Races

"Gentlemen, start your engines". R.A. "Bob" Hoover, calls out. It's Sunday afternoon at the Reno Air Races, and the Unlimited Gold Race is about to start. Seven racing engines rumble to life, belching out gray oil smoke. The lineup consists of P-51 Mustangs, Hawker Sea Furys, a Bearcat, and a modified Yak 11.

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New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association Calls Career Fair A Success

Over 1,500 Attended The Event

The New Mexico Aviation Aerospace Association (NMAAA) reports that its September 18 career fair was a great success. The program, which was conducted in conjunction with the event held at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM.

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QF-16 Aerial Target Completes First Pilotless Flight

Provides Next Generation Of Combat Training For U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force has completed the first unmanned QF-16 Full Scale Aerial Target flight, demonstrating the next generation of combat training and testing.

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Aero-TV: Trig Avionics -- An Avionics Heavyweight in the Making

Aero-TV: Trig Avionics -- An Avionics Heavyweight in the Making

Small But Packed To The Gills... Trig Is Building A Rep

Despite their size, the trig Avionics line is hard to miss... small, light, affordable and destined for MANY of our cockpits, this UK company is making inroads in the American GA and Sport Aviation market even in the worst of the economic doldrums. Trig manufactures certified avionics for the Light and General Aviation sector.

NAA Squanders Opportunity To Honor Bob Hoover

Despite Extensive Industry Endorsement, Bob Hoover Passed Over For 2013 Wright Memorial Trophy

I regret to report that the NAA has wasted an amazing and valuable opportunity (an obligation, even) to honor an American legend. Marion Blakey will receive the 2013 Wright Memorial Trophy -- despite the massive endorsement of numerous associations and high-profile aviation citizens for Mr. Hoover.  While I have an exceptional opinion of Ms. Blakey (one of the finest FAA Admins ever) and have no doubt th

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Aero-TV: Trig Avionics -- An Avionics Heavyweight in the Making

Small But Packed To The Gills... Trig Is Building A Hefty Rep

Despite their size, the trig Avionics line is hard to miss... small, light, affordable and destined for MANY of our cockpits, this UK company is making inroads in the American GA and Sport Aviation market even in the worst of the economic doldrums. Trig manufactures certified avionics for the Light and General Aviation sector.

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Airborne 09.24.13: Buck-A-Gallon Rules, Texas UAV Regs, Riggs Death Confirmed

Also: Allegiant Air Woes, Sun 'n Fun Volunteers Protest, Orbital Launches, MGL Updates iEFIS, Pilot's Bill of Rights Updated

The Redbird Skyport "Fly More" avgas experiment (otherwise known as the “Buck a Gallon Event”) will kick off in a couple of weeks and here are some details you may need to know... The purpose of this experiment is to study the effect that fuel price has on flying activity. The offer of $1-a gallon avgas is open to any piston-powered GA aircraft that can fly into San Marcos Municipal Airport under its own power. Only the regular tanks in the aircraft will be filled. The state of Texas has made it a crime to take photog

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FAA Opens The Arctic To Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft

ScanEagle Aircraft Flown In Marine Mammal And Ice Surveys

A research vessel plying the icy waters of the Chukchi Sea above the Arctic Circle seems an odd place for a Federal Aviation Administration employee. But that’s exactly where Alaskan Region inspector Jay Skaggs was on September 12. His presence aboard the Westward Wind helped ensure the first FAA-approved commercial flights by an unmanned aircraft went off safely and without a hitch.

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Airbus: Over 29,000 New Aircraft Required In The Next 20 Years

Future Travel Will Increasingly Rely On Aviation

As aviation becomes increasingly accessible in all parts of the world, future travel will increasingly be made by air particularly to and from emerging markets. According to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) in the next 20 years (2013-2032), air traffic will grow at 4.7 per cent annually requiring over 29,220 new passenger and freighter aircraft valued at nearly $4.4 trillion.

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Norwegian Air Calls Boeing On The Carpet Over Dreamliner

Brings Planemaker's Representatives To Oslo For A Discussion Of Discrepancies With The 787

Norwegian Air Shuttle called a meeting with Boeing officials Monday in Oslo which a spokesperson said was for the purpose of discussing "the latest problems we've encountered with our Dreamliners."

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South Korea Rebuffs Boeing, Will Re-Open Fighter Bid

F-35 Now Seen As A Contender For The 60-Plane Contract

The government of South Korea rejected the only bid it received for a 60 fighter jet contract that met its budget requirements and says it will re-open the procurement process.

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Bell Helicopter Idles 290 Workers In Fort Worth

Cites Defense Spending Reductions As Reason For Workforce Reduction

Bell Helicopter laid off 290 hourly and salaried workers Monday, saying it needs to cut its costs as a result of ongoing reductions in defense spending.

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Eclipse Aerospace Announces The Public Debut Of The Eclipse 550 Jet

Airplane To Be On Display At NBAA 2013 In Las Vegas

Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) is proud to announce that the first production Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet will be on display at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 22-24. The Eclipse 550 builds upon a proven and reliable airframe, adding an increased range of safety and sophistication to the cockpit and improved comfort to the cabin.

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Vans RV-7A Pilot Fatally Injured In New Jersey

Authorities Say Wreckage Was Strewn Over A Wide Area

A Vans RV-7A went down in New Jersey Friday about three miles from Atlantic City International Airport resulting in the fatal injury of the pilot, the only person on board the airplane. .

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.25.13)

"The Boards and management teams of AMR and US Airways remain committed to completing this combination to create the new American, and the extension of this outside date is a reflection of this commitment." Source: Joint statement by Tom Horton, chairman, president and CEO of AMR, and Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.25.13): Non Powered Glider

Denotes a fixed wing aircraft that does not contain an engine and whose primary function is sustained non powered flight. Non powered glider is an aircraft sub category.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.25.13)

Aviation Antiques

An interesting purveyor of all things aviation. Spanning the entire history of aviation, both military and civilian, this site features someone of a kind or extremely rare memorabilia and artifacts.

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