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May 06, 2013

Seventy Mayors Address Letter To FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

City Leaders Express Concerns About The Potential Closure Of Contract Towers

Seventy Mayors and community leaders from around the country whose communities would be affected by the FAA’s potential, scheduled closure of contract air traffic control towers have written a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. The letter expresses concern over the impact of these potential closures on their communities, and highlights the vital role of local airports to businesses, organizations, emergency services, and the economy as a whole.

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Air Tractor AT-802A Number 500 Delivered To Its New Owner

Will Be Operated By Ag-Tech Air In Lena, IL

The 500th Air Tractor 802 series airplane was delivered to its new owner April 4. According to Air Tractor, Inc. President Jim Hirsch, S/N 802A-0500 was delivered to its new owner ... Drew Spidahl, owner of Ag-Tech Air, LLC in Lena, Illinois. Air Tractor dealer Harley Curless of Farm Air, Inc. placed the order and completed the sale in mid February. 

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna 206 Exhaust Systems

Bulletin Applies To T206H Airplanes

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB CE-13-07R1) concerning potential in-flight fires on Cessna T206H airplanes associated with an exhaust system issue. The agency says that there is the potential for in-flight fire as a result of failure of the V-band coupling (V-band clamp) securing the tailpipe to the turbocharger or the wastegate elbow to the wastegate valve.

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Jetman To Appear At AirVenture 2013

First public U.S. Flights Will Be In Oshkosh

Yves “Jetman” Rossy, the world’s first jet-powered man, will make his first public U.S. flights this summer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, showcasing the cutting edge of human flight at The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration on July 29-August 4.

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UK CAA Tells Heathrow To Cut Fee Increases

Says Airport Has Too Much Influence On The Airfare Market

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has told Heathrow Airport that it must cut the increases in fees it charges airlines in an effort to slow the rise of airfares charged by carriers operating there.

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AF Awards KC-46A Aircrew Training System Contract

Fixed-Price Contract Valued At Over $78 Million

The Air Force awarded a contract to FlightSafety Services Corporation on May 1, taking a major step forward in achieving the service's top acquisition priority; delivering a new aerial refueling capability to the warfighter. The contract, a Fixed Price Incentive Firm (FPIF) and Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract of $78,369,818 which includes an initial obligation of $1 million, is for engineering, manufacturing, and development of the KC-46A Aircrew Training System (ATS).

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AFA Announces Spring 2013 Civil Air Patrol Educator Grants

Sixteen Recipients Will Receive Up To $250 Each

The Air Force Association (AFA) has released the names of the 16 recipients of its Civil Air Patrol Educator Grant, an education initiative funded by AFA and managed by the Civil Air Patrol Headquarters.

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NASA Spacecraft Will Visit Asteroid With New Name

North Carolina Third-Grader Submitted The Name 'Bennu'

An asteroid that will be explored by a NASA spacecraft has a new name, thanks to a third-grade student in North Carolina. NASA's Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft will visit the asteroid now called Bennu, named after an important ancient Egyptian avian deity.

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Pilots Increasingly Turn To Distance Learning For Aviation Studies

FAA Expresses 'Concern' About Virtual Learning Options

With more online classes emerging for aviation students, an increasing number of student pilots are reportedly turning to distance learning to help gain their aviation qualifications. U.K.-based pilot supply shop Flightstore says distance learning is proving to be a popular choice for aviation students looking to achieve their qualifications in their own time, however the FAA has expressed some concerns about the amount of students choosing virtual learning options.

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NASA Ultrasound Chosen For Space Technology Hall Of Fame

Ceremony Was Held During National Space Symposium In Colorado Springs

Two ultrasound devices developed by NASA's Johnson Space Center and Mediphan of Ontario, Canada, were inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame at the 29th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, last month.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-08-13

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 767-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-25-01

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France Model AS350B, AS350BA, AS350B1, AS350B2, AS350B3, AS350C, AS350D, AS350D1, AS355E, AS355F, AS355F1, AS355F2, AS355N, and AS355NP helicopters with certain Aerazur emergency flotation gear attachment brackets (brackets) installed.

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Airborne 05.03.13: Santa Monica Madness, 'Planes' At Oshkosh, 747 Down In Bagram

Also: WingX, ForeFlight, Cessna Sovereign Production Bird Flies, ATR 600 Series Cert, Gamera II Tries Again, Despicablimp!

After a meeting that lasted more than four hours on April 30, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously for a proposed 250-percent increase in landing fees at the city’s general aviation airport, Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO). A brand new high flying animated adventure film will be ready for take off at this year's AirVenture in Oshkosh. Those attending the EAA spectacular this year will have the opportunity to experience a Special Preview Screening of the Disney animated feature "Planes" at the Fly-In Theater o

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Klyde Morris (05.06.13)

Klyde Takes Advantage Of Some Unscheduled Time-Off


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FAA Delays Layoff Of Contract Weather Observers

Extends Contract Through The End Of The Fiscal Year

Saying it needs to get "more stakeholder input" on contract weather monitoring at 121 airports, the FAA said Wednesday that it plans to delay cancelling contracts with weather observers at those facilities and transferring the duties to air traffic controllers. The contracts have been extended through September 30, the end of the fiscal year.

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Encore: Chicago Returns To AirVenture For July 29 Opening-Day Concert

Reprises 2010 Appearance At Phillips 66 Plaza

One of the music world’s legendary bands will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, as Chicago will take the stage on Monday, July 29, for the event’s popular opening-night concert. The concert, presented by Ford Motor Company, is free to all AirVenture attendees that day and will be held on Phillips 66 Plaza immediately following the July 29 afternoon air show.

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Pinnacle Becomes Delta Unit

Emerges From Bankruptcy As A Subsidiary Of The Legacy Carrier

The regional airline which has been flying as Delta Connection has emerged from bankruptcy as a subsidiary of the legacy carrier.

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Man Delivers Engagement Ring On Hexcopter

Camera On Board Catches The Entire Flight

Sometimes, the worlds of romance and aviation collide. And such was the case recently when a San Francisco man decided to deliver an engagement ring to his hopefully-bride-to-be aboard a remote-controlled hexcopter.

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Military Out At Dayton Air Show

Organizers Expect A 30 Percent Drop In Attendance

Organizers of the Dayton Air Show say that attendance could be down as much as 30 percent because there will be no military presence at the show this year. The show normally draws about 70,000 people over a weekend.

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Government Continues To Buy Green Jet Fuel At $59 Per Gallon

Standard JP-8 Costs Taxpayers $3.73

Jet demonstration teams are grounded, some active duty squadrons have curtailed operations, and civilians face layoffs from their jobs ... but the Pentagon reportedly signed a contract recently to pay $59 per gallon for "green" renewable jet fuel.

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Airshow Pilot Executes Landing On A Long Island Highway

Had Been Practicing Aerobatics For A Memorial Day Performance

The pilot of a single-seat aerobatic airplane practicing for an air show being held over the Memorial Day weekend was forced to make an emergency landing on a highway on Long Island Thursday after experiencing engine problems with the plane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.06.13)

Aero Linx: AMS Weather Education Resources The AMS Weather Education Resource Page is the place where information is found or can be located that provides weather and weather education information for students, parents, teachers and the general public. Locate the topic you wish to explore and click on the underlined site address appearing with the topic. If you wish to return frequently to this site in the future, be sure to add the address to your bookmark or favorite place list.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.06.13): Boundary Layer

Boundary Layer The lowest layer of the earth's atmosphere, usually up to 3,300 feet, or one kilometer, from the earth's surface, where the wind is influenced by the friction of the earth's surface and the objects on it.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.06.13)

"...may be increased by 12,500 gallons. All shipments will be at a fixed price of $59 per gallon during the initial testing phase." Source: A company called Gevo... that was recently was awarded a contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to supply 3,650 gallons of renewable jet fuel to the U.S. Army in the second quarter of 2013-- regular ol' Jet Fuel costs $3.73 a a gallon... an interesting fact to know in this cash-strapped times. 

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