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January 25, 2013

Pilot Who Was Tossed Out Of An Alaska Bar Thought To Be Fatally Injured

Had A Taxi Take Him To His Airplane Rather Than A Hotel

It's pretty well known that alcohol and airplanes are a deadly combination. In October, a pilot who was asked to leave a bar in Soldotna, AK, told the taxi driver called by his friend and fellow pilot that he was going to sleep in his PA-18 rather than a local hotel. But according to the NTSB's factual report on the accident, the student pilot, who was reported to be intoxicated, apparently decided to try to return to his home airport in Palmer rather than sleep in the plane. He and the Super Cub have been missing since October 13.

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Airbus Selects Students With Most Innovative Ideas To Shape The Future Of Flight

Some 100 Teams Selected For Second Round In Global Fly Your Ideas Contest

Airbus has selected 100 student teams from across five continents to go to the next round of the 2013 Fly Your Ideas challenge. Of these, 49 per cent are from the Asia Pacific region, 37 per cent from Europe, 8 per cent from the the Americas, 3 per cent from Africa and 3 per cent from Middle East.

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B-29 Superfortress FIFI Returns To Flight

Fundraising Campaign For Spare Engine Continuing

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) famous Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI, which is the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world, returned to the sky Saturday, January 13 and flew to her home base in Addison, Texas. The flight crew arrived in Midland, Texas and conducted a successful maintenance flight followed by the one and a half hour trip.

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Cessna Announces Multi-Year Partnership With Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Ganassi Says Biz Av Helps Give His Team A Winning Edge

Cessna has entered into a strategic partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) for multiple races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the IZOD IndyCar Series and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. This partnership extends Cessna's presence across all three series in which CGRT competes.

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NASA Joins ESA's 'Dark Universe' Mission

Euclid Telescope Designed To Investigate Dark Matter And Dark Energy

NASA has officially joined ESA’s Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the mysterious natures of dark matter and dark energy. To be launched in 2020, Euclid’s 1.2 m-diameter telescope and two scientific instruments will map the shape, brightness and 3D distribution of two billion galaxies covering more than a third of the whole sky and looking back over three-quarters of the history of the Universe.

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Lockheed Martin Names New VPs

Rick Ambrose Becomes Executive Vice President, Space Systems, Sondra Barbour Executive Vice President, IS&GS

The board of directors of Lockheed Martin Corporation has appointed Rick F. Ambrose (pictured, below), 54, to executive vice president (EVP) of its Space Systems business, and Sondra L. Barbour, 50, to EVP of its Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business. The appointments are effective April 1.

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DARPA, Rockwell Collins, Embedding GPS On Smaller Items

UAVs The Size Of Hummingbirds May Soon Be Getting Navigation Devices

Imagine having GPS navigation capability embedded on something as small as a hummingbird-size unmanned aerial vehicle. That day may be coming soon, thanks to ongoing research and successful testing completed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Rockwell Collins.

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NASA 'What If?' Design Challenge Underway

Space Agency, Ahoora Foundation Unite To Ignite Students' Passion For Science, Space, And Technology

Candy, soda and other everyday items will be the tools of the trade for teenage rocket makers competing in the What If? Live Student Design Challenge, which was kicked off Tuesday by NASA and the Ahoora Foundation of Plano, TX. Registration is open through Feb. 28 for the worldwide contest, in which 14- to 18-year-old students will design experimental propulsion systems using materials that are cheap and easily obtainable.

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Boeing Delivers Indian AF's 1st C-17 To Flight Test

Program On Schedule To Deliver 5 Airlifters In 2013 And 5 In 2014

The first of 10 C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been delivered by Boeing. The aircraft will now enter a U.S. Air Force flight test program at Edwards Air Force Base in Palmdale, CA. Boeing is on track to deliver four more C-17s to the IAF this year and five in 2014.

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Small Diameter Bomb II Fit Check On JSF Completed

USAF, Raytheon Test Shows SDB II Is Compatible With F-35

A fit check of the GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb II on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been successfully completed by the USAF and Raytheon Company. During the test, four SDB II shapes were loaded into an F-35 weapon bay alongside an Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile. Sweeps of the inboard and outboard bay doors verified there was adequate clearance between the two weapons.

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Airborne 01.25.13: 787 Troubles Continue, Chambliss OK After Engine Failure, FIFI Returns!

Airborne 01.25.13: 787 Troubles Continue, Chambliss OK After Engine Failure, FIFI Returns!

Also: Sebring, LSAs, NTSB, F-35B Troubled Too, Republic Signs With AAL, Wright Flyer Replica Accident Followup

Securaplane (Secure-a-Plane) was rushed into providing non-conforming battery chargers to Boeing for the Dreamliner, according to a whistleblower who was fired six years ago from the company for alleged misconduct. In a speech delivered to the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said "Today the American aviation industry is strong, and it’s getting stronger. Airshow pilot Kirby Chambliss, in preparation for an airshow in El Salvador, Wednesday, has suffered an engine failure but is reported to be OK... though we understa

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LaHood: 'State of American Aviation Is Strong'

Expresses Confidence In Boeing At Aero Club Of Washington, D.C.

In a speech delivered to the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that "Today the American aviation industry is strong, and it’s getting stronger. More people are flying, and more cargo is being shipped around the world."

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NTSB Considers Whistleblower Claims Concerning Dreamliner Batteries

Several Insiders Reportedly Warned About The Lithium Ion Batteries Overheating

Securaplane was rushed into providing non-conforming battery chargers to Boeing for the Dreamliner, according to a whistleblower who was fired six years ago from the company for alleged misconduct. But Michael Leon said he was let go because he raised safety concerns about the battery systems now at the heart of the NTSB's investigation of Boeing's new airplane.

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Republic Airways, American Airlines Sign Long-term Agreement

Regional Carrier Will Acquire 53 Embraer E175 Jets

Republic Airways Holdings said Wednesday it has reached an agreement with American Airlines to operate 53 Embraer E175 aircraft under the American Eagle brand. The Capacity Purchase Agreement (CPA) will be operated by the Company’s Republic Airlines subsidiary, with service expected to start in June of 2013. The CPA is subject to approval by the Bankruptcy Court in the American Airlines bankruptcy proceedings.

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MH-60S Helos Reportedly Unable To Tow Mine Detecting Equipment

Were Scheduled Do Deploy Aboard Littoral Combat Ships

The MH-60S Helicopters that the Navy had planned to deploy on its new littoral combat ships for mine sweeping operations are unable to tow the mine detection devices, according to an official Pentagon report.

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Klyde Morris 01.25.2013

Don't Worry, Klyde. Spring Is Just Around The Corner

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Is There A Perfect Airplane?

Here Are One Pilot's Criteria For Such A Bird

Is there an airplane that could be considered a perfect aircraft to fly? Obviously, as a general aviation pilot, my perfect airplane doesn’t need to adhere to the high speed, high gross weight, and high altitude standards of a corporate jet or commercial airliner. It doesn’t need to do aerobatics. I don’t want my senses (sight, sound, and smell) impeded or restricted by the aircraft either. It just needs to be a highly utilitarian aircraft that allows you to experience the full sensuality of flight.

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Southwest Airlines Reports Increase In Annual Profits

Marks 40th Consecutive Year Of Profitability

Southwest Airlines fourth quarter and full year 2012 results showed a 40th consecutive year of profitability for the airline. Fourth quarter 2012 net income was $78 million, or $.11 per diluted share, which included $13 million (net) of favorable special items.

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Eurocopter Says It Is Targeting Future growth

Sees Record Turnover, Boost In Order Intake In 2012

Eurocopter reports that it delivered another very strong performance in 2012, with an all-time record turnover of 6.3 billion euros ($8.39 billion). The company’s second high record in bookings value marks a return to pre-crisis levels. Eurocopter says it is now in a strong position to benefit from its broad helicopter portfolio evolution, along with the expansion in services and a growing global footprint.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.25.13)

"Today the American aviation industry is strong, and it’s getting stronger. More people are flying, and more cargo is being shipped around the world." Source: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.25.13): Special Use Airspace

Airspace in which flight activities are subject to restrictions that can create limitations on the mixed use of airspace.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.25.13)

FAA Global Navigation Satellite Systems

The FAA Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Program Office provides satellite (GPS) based positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services in the United States to enable performance-based (RNP/RNAV) operations for all phases of flight from en route, terminal, approach, and surface navigation.

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