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February 23, 2013

F-35s Grounded As Precaution After Crack Found In Engine Blade

Problem Uncovered In An F-35A Model At Edwards AFB

All F-35s have been grounded as a precaution after a routine engine inspection revealed a crack on an engine blade, Defense Department officials said Feb. 22.  Officials call this a "cautionary suspension of flight." The Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fly F-35s.

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U.S. Airlines Deliver Record-Setting Operational Performance Year

Airlines Eke Out Narrow Profit As Expenses Outpace Revenues For Second Year In A Row

Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) reports that U.S. airlines delivered one of their best years ever for operational performance, built on their safety record, and achieved a narrow profit as expenses grew faster than revenues for the second consecutive year. According to the Department of Transportation's Air Travel Consumer Report, the nation's carriers achieved the best year for on-time arrivals since 2003, a record-high success rate of 99.7 percent for baggage handling, the lowest cancellation rate since 2002 and reduced tarmac delays.

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Bombardier Now Expects 2014 Launch Of Learjet 85

Company's Financial Report 'Not Reflective Of Our Potential'

Bombardier posted a difficult financial report for 2012, and while the 4th quarter revenues were up by a about a half-billion dollars, the overall year was down about $1.5 billion. Revenues totalled $4.8 billion for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012, compared to $4.3 billion for the corresponding period last fiscal year. For the year, revenues totalled $16.8 billion, compared to $18.3 billion for the last fiscal year.

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FAA Drops Plans To Restrict Operations At Vancouver, WA's Pearson Airfield

Agency Will Maintain Current Air Safety Arrangement

The FAA has dropped plans for the so-called "Pearson Box" near Vancouver, Washington's Pearson Airfield that would have limited operations such as touch-and-go practice at the airport. The move could have affected flight schools and other aviation-related businesses operating at the airport.

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NTSB Confirms That Beech Premier Aborted Landing In GA

Accident Resulted In The Fatal Injury Of Five People On Board

In a media briefing held Thursday, the NTSB indicated that the Beechcraft Premier IA jet which went down late Wednesday aborted a landing attempt and struck a power pole before impacting the ground. The briefing was given by NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt. He said the airplane was apparently was attempting to land on runway 10 at McDuffie County Airport near August, GA, "and for reasons that we intend to find out, the flight crew elected to discontinue landing."

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NASA Creates Space Technology Mission Directorate

Investing in Technology to Enable the Future

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has announced the creation of the Space Technology Mission Directorate. The directorate will be a catalyst for the creation of technologies and innovation needed to maintain NASA leadership in space while also benefiting America's economy.

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EASA Certifies Aspen EFD1000 In GA8 Airvans

GippsAero Has Demo Aircraft Positioned In The UK

EASA has certified Aspen's EDF1000 for installation in GippsAero GA8 and GA8-TC 320 Airvan aircraft. The certification is for the installation of a single unit in each aircraft. The Aspen EFD1000 PFD comes with software version 2.X unit and allows for integration with GPS and navigation sources such as the Garmin Touch Navigators GTN 750 and GTN 650.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.23.13)

“Our results for 2012 are not reflective of our potential. After proving our resilience throughout the economic crisis, today, Bombardier is at a turning point.” Source: Pierre Beaudoin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.13): Idle Thrust

Idle thrust means the jet thrust obtained with the engine power control level set at the stop for the least thrust position at which it can be placed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.13)

Aviation Antiques

An interesting purveyor of all things aviation. Spanning the entire history of aviation, both military and civilian, this site features someone of a kind or extremely rare memorabilia and artifacts.

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