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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Rockwell Collins Selected By NASA For Single-Pilot Operations Study

Will Explore Concepts And Technology For Crew Capacity, Automation On Commercial Airliners

NASA has selected Rockwell Collins as the lead research firm for its Single Pilot Operation program. The research is exploring concepts and technology for crew capacity, ground support and automation on commercial airliners. 

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

AeroSports Update: Rusty Pilots Are Welcome Here

Building The Ranks Of GA Pilots Through New Starts Is Important, But Let’s Not Forget All Those Inactive Pilots That Need A Fresh Start

We in general aviation commonly lament that there are not enough new pilots joining the ranks, and that is a fact that is hard to deny. However, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) thinks we may be missing out on a different opportunity to populate our ranks. AOPA acknowledges the importance of new pilots, but they also stress the importance recouping pilots that have dropped out.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Boeing Selects Rockwell Collins For Multiple 777X Components

Flight Displays, Integrated Surveillance And Select Flight Control Systems All Part Of The Contract

Rockwell Collins has been awarded a contract by Boeing to provide its next-generation, large-format flight displays, integrated surveillance system and select flight control systems as standard equipment on the Boeing 777X.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Airborne 12.15.14: A380 Future, More USA Today Disappointments, Jetman FORMATION

Also: Comet Water Differences, Garmin Datalink, Bogert Battery Boxes, WSI/iOs, Mistletoe Copter Fail

Airbus hasn't seen a single airline order for its double-decker A380 superjumbo airliner this year, and that has the planemaker considering whether to continue to build the airplane. It’s reported that Airbus expects that it will break even on the A380 through 2017, but then the company will have to decide whether to re-engine the airplane or discontinue it entirely. Some things just leave you scratching your head. Such is the case with the recognition of USA Today by the National Press Foundation for their sensationalist articles on general aviation accidents written by Thomas Frank -- and yes, we find this most disappointing. The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has found the water vapor from comet 67P to be significantly different from that found on Earth. The discovery fuels the debate

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Finnair’s First A350 XWB Takes Shape

Carrier Will Be The First European Operator To Fly The Composite Aircraft

The first A350-900 for Finnair is taking shape in the Roger Béteille Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. Finnair will be the first European airline to fly the A350 XWB and the third operator in the world. Scheduled for delivery in autumn 2015 the aircraft is now in the fuselage section joining phase.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Seven Companies

All Allegedly Violated Hazardous Materials Regulations

The FAA is proposing civil penalties ranging from $54,000 to $91,000 against seven companies for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Stennis Certified For Flight Operations

Flight Deck Certification Completed Following 16 Months In Port

Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 successfully completed flight deck certification Dec. 12, after a 16-month Docking Planned Incremental Availability period.  

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Airborne 12.17.14: Evergreen Woes, Foolish Pilot Tricks, No 757 Replacement -- Yet

Also: $1M Aero-Photo, Draken Gets A-4s, Legendary Bell 47, Osprey Hours
 
Evergreen Vintage Aircraft, LLC, the company that owns many of the aircraft on view in the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Has filed for bankruptcy. Aircraft on display at the museum include the giant Hughes H-4 Hercules airplane, commonly referred to as the “Spruce Goose,” and other classic and vintage aircraft. On a recent Magnicharters airline flight between Cancun and Mexico City, an unnamed pilot allowed 23-year-old singer Esmeralda Ugalde and her 19-year-old actress friend Samadhi Zendejas to sit in the left cockpit seat of the airplane wearing the pilot's hat. It might have gone unnoticed, but as many people do nowadays, a photo was taken and posted on Twitter by Ugalde, and the photo quickly went viral. To make matters worse, the plane was in the air,

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Rolls-Royce Selected To Power 65 AirAsia X Aircraft

Largest Order For Trent 7000 Engines Since Its Introduction

Rolls-Royce has been selected by AirAsia X to power 10 Airbus A330ceo and 55 Airbus A330neo aircraft with engines and long-term TotalCare support worth $6.2 billion.

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Wed, Dec 17, 2014

Fifth SpaceX Mission Lets The CATS Out On ISS

New Research In Multiple Disciplines To Fly To The Station

Not like cats that you might pet in your lap at night, International Space Station CATS study the atmosphere’s plight. CATS and new research including flatworms, wearable technology, an external radiation monitor and tools to use the station as a microbial observatory will head to the orbiting outpost on the fifth SpaceX mission. Additionally, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will deliver equipment for human research, physical science and educational activities to the station.

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