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July 29, 2013

Foxx Considers Rescinding Oshkosh Fees

Reportedly 'In Discussions' With Senator Inhofe

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) is leading an effort to have the FAA rescind the fees that were assessed against EAA for the use of Air Traffic Controllers at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.29.13

Administrator Huerta To Miss Airventure….

A Milestone for UAS Commercial Operations…

Celebrating 60 Years of the M20…

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Adventure Pilot, SkyGuardTWX Bundle GPS, ADS-B, AHRS

Two Packages Available At AirVenture

A pair of avionics companies have gotten together to offer pilots new options for adding moving maps, weather data, and ADS-B to their cockpits. Adventure Pilot and SkyGuardTWX have bundled the new iFly 720 GPS with the Vision-Pro ADS-B.

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FAA Proposes $2.75 Million Civil Penalty Against Boeing

Alleges Quality Control Violations In 777 Manufacturing Process

The FAA is proposing a $2.75 million civil penalty against Boeing's commercial airplanes unit for allegedly failing to maintain its quality control system in accordance with approved FAA procedures.

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El Paso, Santa Maria Cancel Air Shows; Miramar To Move Ahead

Midway Through The Air Show Season, Sequestration Remains The Main Topic For Discussion

As the North American air show community approaches the halfway point of the 2013 air show season, sequestration continues to be the main topic of conversation within the industry. Within the last several days, three different shows have made sequestration-related announcements about their 2013 events.

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Probe-Based AOA System Introduced By Advanced Flight Systems

Does Not Require Connection To Existing Pitot-Static System

A new Probe-Based Angle-of-Attack System, based on our popular and proven AOA System with over two thousand installations, has been introduced by Advanced Flight Systems. The new instrument adds still another option for those wanting the added safety of an Advanced Flight AOA.

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Gone West: Col. George 'Bud' Day

USAF Pilot Was Imprisoned With John McCain In Vietnam

Air Force Colonel (Ret) George E. "Bud" Day passed away early Saturday morning in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. He was 88 years old.

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FAA Certifies Gulfstream G280’s Vision-Enhancing Option

Enhanced Vision System II/Head-Up Display II Provide Operational Credit

The FAA has certified Gulfstream's Enhanced Vision System (EVS) II and Head-Up Display (HUD) II for the new G280 business jet. The systems allow pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and possible obstructions in low-visibility conditions. The FAA certification means the enhanced flight vision system, which has been integrated with Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics and HUD II, provides operational credit.

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Pipistrel Sinus FLEX Aircraft Is Two Airplanes In One

Company Says Conversion From A Cruiser To A Motorglider Takes Ten Minutes

Pipistrel is releasing the first of the new Pipistrel Sinus FLEX aircraft to the U.S. market this week at AirVenture. Based on the standard Pipistrel Sinus aircraft with a 50-foot wingspan the Sinus FLEX has the ability to remove the outer wingtips and fit smaller wingtips to configure the aircraft the same as the 40 foot Virus aircraft. The option essentially gives you to aircraft in one.

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Garmin Expands Global Coverage With New Avionics Validations

Europe, Canada, Brazil Approve Software Enhancements For GTN 750

Garmin has received several new international validations including approval in Europe for the King Air 300/350 G1000 upgrade as well as the more recent software enhancements for the GTN 750 and 650 series in Europe, Canada, and Brazil.

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Precision Flight Controls Brings DCX MAX To Oshkosh

AATD Approved By The FAA Earlier This Year

The DCX Advanced Aviation Training Device (AATD) recently approved by the FAA will be on display at AirVenture this week.

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Kim Stephenson Appointed AEA Secretary

Will Complete The Term Of Chuck Freeland, Who Passed Away

In accordance with the Aircraft Electronics Association’s bylaws, Gary Harpster, AEA chairman of the board, recently appointed Kim Stephenson of L-3 Aviation Products as the international secretary of the board. Stephenson will complete the unexpired term of Chuck Freeland, who passed away in June following a lengthy battle with cancer.

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FAA Approves STC For HUD Technology On Challenger 604

Jetcraft Corporation Introduces HUD Vision Access Based On Kollsman Technology

A new HUD system has been made available for installation on Bombardier's Challenger 604 airplanes. Last month, Kollsman announced that the FAA had awarded a "lower landing credit" approved supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Kollsman enhanced flight vision system (EFVS) for the CL604.

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Latest Radio From XCOM Fits In Standard Panel Rack Space

New Keypad System Allows Direct Frequency Input

An Australian manufacturer of compact VHF aircraft radios designed for LSA, sport aircraft and gliders known for their 2.25-inch radios has "moved into the mainstream" with a new model.

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Washington To Be Largely Absent From AirVenture This Year

FAA Administrator Will Not Be Attending The Show

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will not be attending Oshkosh this year. And while he had a previous family engagement made months in advance, it is at the very least unfortunate timing given the ultimatum handed to EAA over air traffic control services for the show.

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FAA Issues Restricted Category Type Certificates For UAS

First Commercial Operations Expected To Be Approved Later This Summer

The FAA has issued restricted category type certificates to a pair of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a milestone that will lead to the first approved commercial UAS operations later this summer.

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Sonex Aircraft Accepts Kit Reservation Deposits for SubSonex Personal Jet

Deliveries Anticipated Mid-Year 2014

Sonex Aircraft, LLC announced today that Kit Reservation Deposits are now being accepted for the SubSonex Personal Jet. A $10,000 refundable deposit will allow SubSonex customers to receive position numbers for the first kit deliveries, anticipated to commence mid-year, 2014. Sonex also announced that an introductory price of $125,000 will be guaranteed for the first ten Kit Reservation Deposit holders.

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Mooney Celebrates 60 Years Of M20 Production

Plans Special Activities At AirVenture 2013

Free commemorative shirts, guest appearances from top pilots and legendary aircraft are all part of The Mooney Aviation Company’s AirVenture line-up as it celebrates th 60th anniversary of when Mooney began to manufacture its legendary M20 fleet of fast, safe, and efficient airplanes.

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Piper Cherokee Down In Lake Michigan

Two On Board Fatally Injured

A Piper Cherokee thought to be en route to Oshkosh Saturday went down in Lake Michigan, resulting in the fatal injury of two people on board.

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Diamond Canada Offers Company Update

Letter Sent To Customers, Vendors, Business Partners By CEO Peter Maurer

Diamond (Canada) CEO Peter Maurer has sent a letter to the company's customers, vendors, and business partners to say there are positive developments to report, but "it isn’t quite smooth sailing" following layoffs that occurred in February.

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Klyde Morris 07.29.2013

Then Again, Klyde, Maybe Middle School Was A Bit Optimistic ...


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Garmin Pilot App Adds Terrain And Obstacle Awareness For iOS Devices

Updated Version Allows Overlays On Moving Map Page

Garmin has released an updated version of the Garmin Pilot app for the iPad and iPhone that incorporates the display of both terrain and obstacles on Garmin’s dynamic navigation maps, VFR Sectionals, IFR high and low en-route charts. The terrain and obstacle overlays also include visual alerting of potential hazards and projected impact points.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.29.13)

"We have maintained our piston aircraft operations in London, Ontario, while making significant reductions to expenses. Unfortunately this also means that some traditional activities, including a factory presence at EAA AirVenture 2013, have been curtailed." Source: Letter from Diamond Canada CEO Peter Maurer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.29.13): Maximum Authorized Altitude

A published altitude representing the maximum usable altitude or flight level for an airspace structure or route segment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.29.13)

Wings of Freedom Tour

The Collings Foundation visits over 150+ locations nationwide per year to help promote aviation's living history and the remembrance of our veterans.

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