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November 26, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.26.13

Boeing Warns of Potential Dreamliner Icing…

Missing Inventory Puts a Military Aviation Unit on Lockdown…

No Rocks, But Maybe Some Moon

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Obama Administration Announces Space Transportation Policy

Designed To 'Assure Access To Diverse Regions Of Space'

The Obama administration has announced its national Space Transportation Policy designed to assure access to diverse regions of space, from suborbital to Earth’s orbit and deep space, in support of civil and national security missions.

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FAA Issues Navigation Database SAIB

Updates May Exclude Certain Navigation Data

The FAA has posted a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to inform and remind owners and operators about changes contained in manufacturers’ navigation database updates. The cyclical updates may exclude certain navigation data including approach procedures, which makes this information unavailable for selection on the aircraft flight management system or navigation equipment.

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NASA Tests Space Launch System Autopilot Technology On F/A-18 Jet

Testing Systems That Will Guide The SLS Heavy Lift Booster On Liftoff

NASA has completed the first tests with an F/A-18 research jet to evaluate the autonomous flight control system for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The system, called the Adaptive Augmenting Controller, will allow SLS to respond to vehicle and environmental variations such as winds or vehicle flexibility after it blasts off the launch pad and heads toward space.

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NASA's Solar Observing Fleet To Watch Comet ISON's Journey Around The Sun

Comet Will Slingshot Around The Sun Thanksgiving Day

It began in the Oort cloud, almost a light year away. It has traveled for over a million years. It has almost reached the star that has pulled it steadily forward for so long. On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 2013, Comet ISON will finally sling shot around the sun. Here its inward journey through the solar system will end -- either because it will break up due to intense heat and gravity of the sun, or because, still intact, it speeds back away, never to return.

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Boeing Opens Bids For 777X Production Site

More Than A Dozen Locations Reportedly In The Running

Boeing is actively seeking bids for a site to build its recently-announced 777X widebody airplane following a vote by the Machinists Union to reject a contract offer from the planemaker.

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CAF Members Approve Bylaw Change

List Potential Sites For New National Airbase

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) announced Friday that the election regarding the 2013 proposed amendment to the bylaws has concluded with a 75.10% vote in favor of the proposed amendment. The membership vote for approval of the bylaw amendment clears the path for the CAF Board of Directors to build a CAF National Airbase that will become the organization’s headquarters.

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Experimental Spaceplane Shooting For 'Aircraft-Like' Operations In Orbit

New Program Seeks To Lower Satellite Launch Costs By Developing A Reusable Hypersonic Unmanned Vehicle

Commercial, civilian and military satellites provide crucial real-time information essential to providing strategic national security advantages to the United States. The current generation of satellite launch vehicles, however, is expensive to operate, often costing hundreds of millions of dollars per flight. Moreover, U.S. launch vehicles fly only a few times each year and normally require scheduling years in advance, making it extremely difficult to deploy satellites without lengthy pre-planning.

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Industry Applauds Bipartisan Effort To Enforce FAA Rulemaking Processes

Legislation Opposes FAA Efforts To Change Medical Certification Process To Test For Sleep Apnea

Two industry groups ... the NBAA and the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) ... have weighed in on legislation introduced late last week that would compel the FAA to consult with industry stakeholders through the established rulemaking process before issuing any requirement for some pilots to undergo screening for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) prior to receiving a medical certificate.

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Jet Packs For Sale On eBay

Current $25,000 Bid Does Not Meet The Reserve

An item described as a "Real Flying Rocket Belt or Jetpack" is on the electronic auction block at eBay, but don't expect to get it for a song. And, given the number of typographical and grammatical errors in the listing, it's difficult to know whether to take it seriously.

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Pakistani Pilot Jailed For Drinking Prior To Flight

Had Reportedly Consumed Nearly An Entire Bottle Of Whiskey

A Pakistan International Airline pilot has been sentenced to nine months in prison following his arrest in the cockpit of an airplane preparing for a flight after reportedly consuming nearly an entire bottle of whisky.

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Airborne 11.26.13: Volocopter Flies, Proud Bird Reprieve?, XCOR Milestone

Also: FIFI Takes Off, Tuskegee Airman Goes West, Thanksgiving In Space, Seattle Councilwoman Wants To Privatize Boeing....

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve training across the industry. The German company e-volo, together with a network of partners is pressing ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next few years. The Volocopter is an electric-powered multi-rotor vertical takeoff or landing aircraft. Think of it as being like a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle on steroids ... with the ability to carry a pilot and a passenger. Last month we reported that the Proud Bird restaurant, a fixture for decades at Los Angeles International Air

Airborne 11.26.13: Volocopter Flies, Proud Bird Reprieve?, XCOR Milestone

Also: FIFI Takes Off, Tuskegee Airman Goes West, Thanksgiving In Space, Seattle Councilwoman Wants To Privatize Boeing....

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve training across the industry. The German company e-volo, together with a network of partners is pressing ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next few years. The Volocopter is an electric-powered multi-rotor vertical takeoff or landing aircraft. Think of it as being like a quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle on steroids ... with the ability to carry a pil

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Reno Air Race Association Seeks Financial Help

Open Letter Expresses Concerns About The Future Of The Event, Announces Furloughs, Layoffs

Reno Air Race Association (RARA) president and CEO Mike Houghton says that while this year's 50th National Championship Air Races marked a recovery from the many emotional, financial and operational challenges of the last three years, there are still "significant challenges posed in the wake of a third year of financial losses."

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Icing Could Be A Risk For Dreamliner, 747-8 GE Engines, Planemaker Says

Advises Operators To Avoid High-Level Thunderstorm

Boeing has voluntarily informed operators of its 747-8 and Dreamliner airplanes that there could be an issue with icing in the GEnx engines hung from the wings of the airliners.

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House Committee Leaders Urge DOT To Protect U.S. Aviation From EU ETS

Bipartisan Letter Sent To Transportation Secretary Foxx

Bipartisan leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Aviation Subcommittee have written to Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urging him to protect U.S. aircraft operators from unfairly being subjected to a European Union aviation emissions cap and trade system while a global plan to reduce emissions is being developed.

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Hammond, IN Mayor Blasts Air Show Move

South Shore Air Show Moved Out Of The City For 2014

The Mayor of Hammond, IN is none too happy about the planned move of the South Shore Air Show from his city to Fair Oaks Farms 46 miles to the south for 2014, and has vocally opposed the measure in traditional and social media.

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EAA's B-17 Made NFL Debut Sunday

Aluminum Overcast Makes Pregame Flyover At Lambeau Field

While sequestration has spelled the end of military jet flyovers at NFL games and other such events, fans at Wisconsin's Lambaeu Field got a treat before the Packers-Vikings game Sunday.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Gyroplane Fatal Accident

Witnesses Saw Rotor Head Separate From The Aircraft In Flight

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident that occurred November 16th involving a Pearson Dragonfly amateur-built gyroplane.

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Aviation Unit At Fort Drum Confined To Work Area

Week-Long Lockdown Follows Discovery Of Missing Inventory

An aviation unit at Fort Drum in New York State has been locked down for days following the discovery that $50,000 worth of equipment was missing.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.26.13)

"We have carefully evaluated our current financial position and we have been forced to make some agonizing and difficult decisions. Effective immediately, we have implemented furloughs and wage and benefit reductions on all RARA staff." Source: Open letter from Reno Air Race Association president and CEO Mike Houghton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.13): Wind Shear Escape

An unplanned abortive maneuver initiated by the pilot in command (PIC) as a result of onboard cockpit systems. Wind shear escapes are characterized by maximum thrust climbs in the low altitude terminal environment until wind shear conditions are no longer detected.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.13)

Antique Airfield Museum

The Board of Directors of both the Antique Airplane Association and the Air Power Museum are pleased to announce the 2014 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in theme: "Stars of the Sky & Screen."

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