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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Airborne 09.29.14: Young Eagle Tragedy, Overdue Hoover Honors, Paperplane Record

Also: Low-Flying F16, UAVs For The Movie, Aerobatic Pilot Bails Out, Bombardier Safety Stand Down, MVP Takes On The World

We are sad to report that a Young Eagle flight went down on Saturday morning with the loss of two lives. An inflight collision occurred six miles east-southeast of the Buffalo-Lancaster, New York Regional Airport at approximately 1040 am local time. The accident involved a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and a Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, which is an amateur-built experimental aircraft. Robert A. “Bob” Hoover will receive the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for "…significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." The Fox Valley Composite Squadron which is the local unit of the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, beat the Guinness World Record of “Highest Paper Airplane Flight from a Hig

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Sierra Nevada Corporation Challenges NASA Commercial Crew Contract

Says Limiting Awards To Boeing, SpaceX Is A Bad Deal For Taxpayers

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has filed a legal challenge to the award of contracts to Boeing and SpaceX under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program. The CCtCap program will restore U.S. transportation capability to the International Space Station.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

FAA Works To Return Chicago Airspace To More Normal Operations

Fire At Air Route Traffic Control Center Friday Disrupted Air Travel In The Region

Things are slowly returning to normal in Chicago after a fire broke out early Friday morning at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center, the FAA radar facility controlling high-level air traffic around the Chicago area. All inbound and outbound flights at major airline airports and regional airports were suspended. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Bombardier Learjet Delivers 1st EASA-Registered Learjet 75

Roullier Group Accepted Aircraft During Ceremony In Wichita

Bombardier has delivered the first EASA-registered Learjet 75 aircraft to the Roullier Group, a company based in France. The aircraft was delivered during a special ceremony at Bombardier's facility in Wichita, Kansas and will be operated out of France.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

NTSB Released Prelim In VA T-28C Accident

Pilot, Passenger Fatally Injured When Plane Went Down

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report in an accident which occurred near the Virginia International Raceway in Alton in the southern part of Virginia. The accident fatally injured Jon Couch, who was flying the airplane, and his mother who was aboard as a passenger.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Marks A Decade Of Service

First Production Aircraft Delivered In September, 2004

The first production S-92 helicopter was delivered to PHI, Inc. in September 2004, making this the 10th anniversary of that milestone for the company. Since then, Sikorsky has delivered more than 200 S-92 helicopters to customers throughout the world. The fleet has reached more than 750,000 flight hours, with nearly 90 percent of those hours providing offshore oil and gas worker transportation.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

AeroSports Update: Phase 1 Flight Testing Now Allows Additional Crew Member

Advisory Circular AC 90-116 Makes It Clear This Is Not Just A Green Light Carry A Passenger During Phase 1 Flight Testing

EAA has issued a press release informing its members that the FAA recently released AC 90-116, the Additional Pilot Program (APP) for Phase I flight testing. EAA advocacy and safety staff worked closely with members of EAA’s Homebuilt Aircraft Council, Safety Committee, and the FAA to craft the program.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Air France Pilots Back On The Job

Pilots' Union Still Has No Firm Deal With The Carrier

The union representing Air France pilots has ended its 14-day strike against the airline that the prime minister of France described as a "selfish" walkout.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

Colorado Company Designs 'Dream Chaser' Airplane

Described As An 'Affordable High Altitude Long Endurance' Aircraft

A company in Colorado is designing an aircraft it is calling the "Dream Chaser" .. and no, it's not Sierra Nevada Corp's space system.

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Tue, Sep 30, 2014

NASA Expands Commercial Space Program

Requests Proposals For 2nd Round Of Cargo Resupply Contracts For ISS

On the heels of awarding groundbreaking contracts to U.S. commercial space companies to ferry American astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has released a request for proposals (RFP) for the next round of contracts for private-sector companies to deliver experiments and supplies to the orbiting laboratory.

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