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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Airborne 09.15.14: ForeFlight's iOS8 Caution, Boeing v Al Jazeera, Expedition 40

Also: EAA On NTSB Drug Study, Remember 'Ripcord?', FAA Loosens Up In SAR UAV Use, Curiosity Arrives At Martian Mount, IAF Worries About Social Media

With much fanfare, Apple rolled out its new iOS 8 operating system last week, as well as new devices which will be available soon. However, ForeFlight is asking it subscribers to wait a little while before hitting the "Update" button. The proposed airing of a television program on Al Jazeera English focused on the development and production of the Boeing Dreamliner has led Boeing to issue a preemptive response. Boeing’s statement says in part, "Promotional trailer and published media reviews suggest that what has been produced [by Al Jazeera English] is as biased a production as we have seen in some time... Three crew members from the International Space Station returned to Earth last week after 169 days of science and technology research in space, including a record 82 hours of research in a s

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

EASA Certifies Bombardier's Learjet 70 And 75 Bizjets

Granted Full Type Certification Clearing The Way For European Deliveries To Begin

EASA has granted full certification to Bombardier for the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75, clearing the way for European deliveries to begin.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

FAA Proposes Fines Against Multiple Companies Including British Airways, FedEx

Penalties Range From $54,000 To $195,000 For Hazardous Materials Violations

The FAA has proposed civil penalties ranging from $195,000 to $54,000 to against four companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

U.S. Navy Identifies F/A-18C Hornet Pilot In Fatal Accident

Declared Presumed Dead After Collision With Second Hornet

The Navy has identified Lt. Nathan Poloski, a 26 year old native of Lake Arrowhead, CA, as the pilot who was declared presumed deceased, Sept. 15.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu Releases Charter Flight Records

Apologizes For Improper Use Of Taxpayers Money

Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has released the results of an internal investigation which showed she had improperly used $33,700 of taxpayer's money for campaign charter flights since 2002. The Senator issued an apology along with the investigation results, and reportedly wrote a check for the amount to the U.S. Treasury.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

AeroSports Update: Common Questions About Learning To Fly

Learning To Fly Brings Up Hundreds Of Questions And Here Are Some That Relate More Often To Recreational Pilots

The problem with learning to fly is knowing how much you don’t know before you start. Many of these questions deal with why you ultimately want to become a pilot, but here we are going to deal with some common questions that show up when people are really just interested in flying for fun.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Cochise County Sheriff Helo Makes 'Hard Landing'

Pilot And Passenger Walked Away, But Aircraft Tail Rotor Is Missing

Normally, a "hard landing" would not likely be an event that would make the news ... but when it's a helicopter missing its tail rotor and part of the boom ... well that's pretty noteworthy. And the best news is the pilot and passenger aboard the Cochise County, AZ sheriff's department helicopter walked away from the "hard landing" southwest of Tombstone, AZ Friday morning.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

UAVs Participate At Reno For The First Time

Several Events Specifically For Unmanned Aircraft Held In 'Drone Zone'

There was a new class of aircraft at the National Championship Air Races in Reno last week ... and the pilots for those aircraft kept their feet firmly on the ground.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Igor Sikorsky's VS-300 Helicopter Transformed Aviation

First Flight Occurred 75 Years Ago

Sikorsky Aircraft this past weekend marked 75 years of modern helicopter flight that began September 14, 1939, when 50-year-old chief designer and chief test pilot Igor Sikorsky lifted off the ground to tabletop height in an experimental helicopter designated the VS-300.

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Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Gone West: Past HAI chairman Vernon E. Albert

Was Also A Former PHI Vice President And Chief Pilot

Past HAI chairman and former PHI vice president and chief pilot Vernon E. Albert passed away on September 11 after a long battle with cancer. He was 72.

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