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January 01, 2014

Airborne 12.31.13: Reno Race Shakeup, Textron Talks Beech, Legacy 450 1st Flt

Also: FAA Reregistration Program ALL Screwed Up, Last DC-9, USAF Pilot Shortage, Benoist Flies Again!

"In its ongoing effort to revise and evolve its organizational structure and business model to ensure long-term sustainability, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today the departure of its president & CEO Mike Houghton...." In releases issued as most of America was still scarfing up leftover turkey and stuffing (with extra gravy), GA's remaining All-American powerhouse, Textron -- the parent to Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft and Lycoming Engines -- has officially commented on and confirmed their purchase of Beech. That could be the

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Aero-News Year In Review 2013: General Aviation

Huerta Is Confirmed As Administrator, Congress Passes The Small Aircraft Revitalization Act, And Textron Buys Beechcraft For Christmas

There were some significant developments in the world of General Aviation in the year just past. Congress finally made it easier to have airplanes and parts certified, and the last stand-alone legacy American aircraft manufacturer was bought up by a corporate conglomerate ... but it will stay in U.S. hands. Along the way, there was a new FAA administrator and new DOT Secretary confirmed by the Senate, and auto gas made the trip to Oshkosh, where the EAA was forced to pay a hefty fee for air traffic control services. Here are just a few of the stories that were significant to GA in 2013.

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Aero-News Year In Review 2013: Sport Aviation

First Flights, Electric Aircraft, World's Records Topped The Category This Year

Sport Aviation saw several world's records as well as some real innovations in the areas of new propulsion systems and new aircraft in 2013. There were also significant developments with aircraft in progress, such as a weight waiver from the FAA for the ICON A5 LSA which had some other LSA companies asking "what about us?" Here are some of the top stories from the world of Sport Aviation in 2013.

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Replica Benoist Flying Boat Not Ready For 100th Anniversary Flight

Builders Said They 'Just Ran Out Of Time'

They just ran out of time. A group building a replica of the Benoist XIV Flying Boat for a re-enactment of the first scheduled "airline" flight on January 1st was not able to get the airplane ready for the flight Wednesday morning, so a Hoffman X-4 mullet skiff was scheduled to make the flight instead.

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Buffenbarger, Local IAM Leaders In WA State At Odds Over Boeing Contract

Analysts Say Boeing Is The Most Likely Winner In Union 'Civil War'

The national leader of the International Association of Machinists is urging members of Local 751 to approve a new contract offer from Boeing when it comes to a vote January 3, but the local's leaders are urging that the contract be defeated because it is too similar to a deal they had rejected in November.

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Investigator Critical Of Preliminary Report From African Airliner Accident

Challenges Assertion That The Pilot Flew The E190 Into The Ground On Purpose

An aviation accident investigator in Mozambique has challenged the official preliminary report from an accident November 29 that asserts the pilot flew a Mozambique Airlines (LAM) E190 into the ground to commit suicide.

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FAA Set To Begin Environmental Assessment Of Shiloh Launch Complex At KSC

Space Florida Seeks Launch Site Operators License For The Facility

The FAA has published in the Federal Register a notice that it plans to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with the issuance of a Launch Site Operator License to Space Florida.

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After 50 Years, Charter Company Flies From Key West To Havana

Cessna Conquest Makes The First Commercial Passenger Flight After Receiving CBP Approval

In a sign that relations between the U.S. and Cuba may be thawing, the first commercial passenger flight between Key West in Florida and Havana, Cuba in 50 years made the 90 mile trip Monday with nine passengers on board.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.01.14)

"Since the previous vote taken on November 13, 2013, the Boeing Company sought Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from several other potential sites to locate the 777X program. Your union ... must take the threat seriously." Source: Letter from IAM International president Tom Buffenbarger to members of the IAM Local 751.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.01.14): Back course (BC)

The reciprocal of the localizer course for an ILS. When flying a back-course approach, an aircraft approaches the instrument runway from the end at which the localizer antennas are installed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.01.14)

Taylorcraft Foundation

The Taylorcraft Foundation is preserving the history and technical information of the Taylorcraft airplanes.

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