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July 25, 2013

PA Governor Announces State Investment For Improvements At 19 Airports

Program Funded Through State's Jet Fuel Tax

Nineteen Pennsylvania airports will make safety enhancements and improve their operations with the aid of a $2.1 million state investment, Governor Tom Corbett said Tuesday.

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First Flight Of Quest Kodiak On Aerocet Carbon Fiber Floats Completed

Pilots Find Aircraft To Be 'Stable' On Land And Water

Initial flight trials of a Quest Kodiak on Aerocet model 6650 composite amphibious floats have been completed by the company. Aerocet has reached a substantial milestone towards certification of their floats that are designed specifically for the Kodiak, which is manufactured by Quest Aircraft in Sandpoint, Idaho. Flight testing by multiple pilots has proven the floats to be very stable on and off the water.

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AvMap Ultra EFIS Worldwide Preview At EAA AirVenture 2013

Developed With UAV Navigation, The Avmap Ultra Is A Compact EFIS Providing Reliable And Advanced ADAHRS

Italian GPS manufacturer AvMap will preview its Ultra EFIS, a stand alone unit providing Air data, Attitude, Heading and Altitude Reference for your flight, at AirVenture next week.

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Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive On Mars

Traveled Over 100 Yards, Doubling Previous Best Effort

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove twice as far on July 21 as on any other day of the mission so far: 109.7 yards. The length of the drive took advantage of starting the 340th Martian day, or sol, of the mission from a location with an unusually good view for rover engineers to plan a safe path.

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All Inclusive Service Program Introduced For Citation Sovereign

'Sovereign Shield' Program Covers First Five Years Or 1,500 Hours

A unique program covering all scheduled maintenance and parts costs for the Citation Sovereign for the first five years or 1,500 flight hours has been introduced by Cessna. The “Sovereign Shield” program practically eliminates maintenance-related direct operating costs of model year 2013 Citation Sovereign aircraft.

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Boeing, Turkish Airlines Finalize Order

Airline To Acquire Five Additional 777-300ERs

Boeing and Turkish Airlines have announced an order for five 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes, valued at $1.6 billion at list prices. The Turkish flag-carrier has exercised options on five 777-300ERs that were first announced in December 2012 as part of a previous firm order for 15 777-300ERs. Turkish Airlines now has 20 777-300ERs currently on order from Boeing.

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Whitehead Was First? Not So Fast

Lee Bottom Flying Field Owner Says Evidence Doesn't Fit The Narrative, May Be Falsified

Not everyone is impressed with a bill passed by the Connecticut legislature and signed by Governor Dannel Malloy declaring Gustave Whitehead as having accomplished powered flight two years ahead of the Wright Brothers. Lee Bottom Flying Field owner Rich Davidson says on his blog Nordo News that every piece of evidence used by the legislature to support the Whitehead theory has been disproven on multiple occasions using basic research.

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France To Purchase 19 MQ-9 Reapers, Parts, Training

Package Said To Be Worth An Estimated $1.5 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the U.S. Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to France of 16 MQ-9 Reaper Remotely Piloted Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.5 billion.

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San Francisco Lawmakers Seek To Ban Aerial Advertising

One Says Residents Want An 'Advertising-Free Skyline'

Two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors say aerial advertising should be banned over the city.

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Three Soyuz Launchers At Arianespace's Spaceport

Prepping For Upcoming Medium-Lift Missions From French Guiana

Two more Soyuz launchers have arrived in French Guiana, joining a previously-delivered vehicle that is being readied for Arianespace’s next Spaceport mission with the medium-lift workhorse. The latest pair was brought by the MN Colibri – which is one of two roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) ships used to transport the Soyuz, Ariane 5 and Vega members of Arianespace’s launcher family from Europe to the company’s South America operating base.

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South African Airways (SAA) Takes Delivery Of Its First Two A320s

SAA Expects To Reduce Costs And Boost Revenue With New A320 Fleet

South African Airways (SAA) has taken delivery of its first two A320s out of a total of 20 A320 Family aircraft ordered from Airbus in 2010. The development is set to deliver cost efficiencies and allow SAA to expand its Sub-Sahara regional route network and boost revenue in the rapidly growing market.

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Northern California Helo Pilot Used False Name To Obtain License

Was Arrested Monday For Flying Without Proper Certification

Thomas R. Cuni had been a helicopter pilot flying in San Francisco and Sacramento, CA, for years. He worked as a contract pilot through Helicopters Inc., and had made an estimated 256 flights for news organizations, and reportedly flew for airborne ambulance services through the company.

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Classic Airborne-Oshkosh 07.26.12: Huerta Evades, Eclipse Serves Vets, WAI Grows

Oshkosh Day Four Coverage -- Part Four Of Five Part Hightower Interview, Part 145 Chat With AEA's Ric Peri

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first official appearance in the top job on Thursday, making a speech at Forum Pavillion 7 and answering questions from the audience. While the administrator was well received, the forum was not particularly well attended, with only about a third of the seats in the pavillion filled. Huerta’s speech sounded familiar themes of safety and the promise of NextGen and ADS-B. Many of his answers to questions were short on specifics, though questions that were deferred to staffers who had traveled wi

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Boeing Completes 737 MAX 8 Firm Configuration

Engineers Begin Detailed Design, Program On Track For First Delivery In Third Quarter 2017

The firm configuration of the 737 MAX 8 has been finalized by Boeing. This milestone marks completion of the major trade studies that define the capabilities of the 737 MAX family.

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UPS Pilots: Fatal Accident Report Spurs Innovation

Company, Pilots Cooperate In Developing New Air Cargo Fire Safety Technology

The General Civil Aviation Authority (United Arab Emirates) has released its final report concerning the fatal accident involving a United Parcel Service (UPS) B747-400 in Dubai on September 3, 2010. The report details facts concerning the accident, and makes recommendations addressing air cargo fire safety.

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Bombardier Plans First Flight Of CSeries 'In The Coming Weeks'

More Time Needed To Ensure Mature Systems Integration For A Productive Flight Test Program

Bombardier Aerospace confirmed Wednesday that the integration of the CSeries aircraft's auxiliary power unit and Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan(TM) PW1500G engines on the first flight test vehicle (FTV1) is running smoothly, allowing for testing of the aircraft's key systems.

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Pilots Invited To Participate In Airport Infrastructure Study

Will Reassess Standards For Low Visibility Approaches To Small Airfields

The MITRE Corporation’s Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) is recruiting pilots for a study evaluating proposed changes in instrument approach standards. Participants will be scheduled for one 5 hour session at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. The evaluation will include about 4 hours of simulator time flying instrument approaches, which can be logged against instrument currency requirements.

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Bezos Bids For Use Of Launch Complex 39A

Blue Origin Competing With SpaceX For Launch Rights At The Iconic Facility

Launch Complex 39A is something of a special place for space enthusiasts. Built for the Apollo program, astronauts were launched to the Moon from Pad 39A, which was later modified to support the Shuttle program. The first and last shuttle flights originated on Pad 39A

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NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report In 2011 Oregon Mid-Air Collision

Accident Resulted In One Fatal Injury

Two pilots involved in a mid-air collision in St. Paul, OR in October, 2011 were unable to see each other to avoid a mid-air collision, according to probable cause reports released by the NTSB. Two reports were released, one for each of the airplanes involved. The same conclusion was reached in each report.

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Center Fuselage For Italy's First F-35 Lightning II Delivered

Airplane To Be Assembled In Italy, Increasing International Participation

The center fuselage for Italy's first F-35 Lightning II has been delivered to the newly commissioned Final Assembly and Check Out (FACO) facility at Italy's Cameri Air Base July 12. This on-time delivery to Lockheed Martin enables the first assembly of an F-35 aircraft at the FACO facility and increases international participation on the F-35 program.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.25.13)

"While the process has taken more time than we had expected, we are pleased with the results and are very comfortable taking more time to ensure the required integration is finalized and the CSeries aircraft is cleared for its first flight." Source: Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.25.13): Diablo Wind

Similar to Santa Ana winds in southern California. These winds occur below canyons in the East Bay hills (Diablo range) and in extreme cases can exceed 60 mph.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.25.13)

Duluth Aviation Institute

From the first contemplation of creating the Duluth Aviation Institute, the vision was to impart and cultivate an understanding of aviation by fostering inclusiveness.

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