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February 08, 2013

DOT Fines Sky King For Charter Violations

Half-Million-Dollar Penalty Tied To Direct Air’s Ceasing Service

The U.S. DOT has assessed the air carrier Sky King a $500,000 penalty for violating rules that protect passengers when their public charter flights are suddenly canceled and ordered the carrier to cease and desist from further violations. Sky King was one of several carriers operating flights for Direct Air, a charter operator also known as Myrtle Beach Direct Air & Tours, which ceased operating in March 2012.

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New Mexico Aviation Industry Lands At State Capitol

Event Designed To Show Elected Official And The Public The Value Of GA In The State

The New Mexico Airport Managers Association, in conjunction with the New Mexico Department of Transportation Aviation Division, will host Aviation Day at The Roundhouse on February 14 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the West Wing.

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NASA Awards Space Station Mission Operations, Integration Services Contract

Also Exercises Option For NEACC Operations For Two Years

NASA has selected Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. of Huntsville, AL, for its International Space Station mission operations and integration contract.

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The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team Returns To The CA Capital Airshow

Joins The Snowbirds, Military Jets, Wingsuit Flyers, Barnstorming, Wing-Walking, Aerobatics And More On The Schedule

The F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will return to Sacramento as the headlining act for the United States Air Force at the California Capital Airshow October 5-6. The team joins a lineup that includes other military jets, world-renowned aerobatic performers, wingsuit flyers, barnstorming, wing-walkers, warbirds and more.

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Gone West: B-26 Pilot Jim Muri

Piloted One Of The Bombers Against The Japanese In The Battle Of Midway

The pilot of one of four B-26 bombers that took off from Midway Island to help turn back an invading Japanese fleet in 1942 has passed away in Billings, MT. James Muri was 93.

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TBM Very Fast Turboprop Aircraft Fleet Surpasses One Million Flight Hours

More Than 650 Of The Aircraft Produced By The Company

Daher-Socata's  worldwide TBM 700 and TBM 850 fleet has surpassed the milestone of 1 million flight hours, the company said in a news release Thursday. With more than 620 TBM very fast turboprop business aircraft produced to date, the overall fleet usage now averages in excess of 120,000 flight hours annually.

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Private Jet Services To Be Established In Kingdom Bhutan

U.K.-Based Chapman Freeborn And Drukair Launch New Partnership

U.K.-based air charter company Chapman Freeborn Airchartering has signed an agreement with Drukair Royal Bhutan Airlines, the national airline of the Kingdom of Bhutan to establish a new strategic private jet partnership in the Kingdom.

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Boeing, SilkAir Sign Exclusive Pilot Training Agreement

Airline Has 54 Boeing 737s On Order

A five-year exclusive pilot training agreement has been signed between Boeing and Singapore-based SilkAir. The training agreement will support SilkAir's fleet transition to Boeing airplanes. In November 2012, SilkAir finalized an order for 23 Next-Generation 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s, the largest order in the airline's history.

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First F-35A 'Four-Turn-Four' Flies Over Eglin

Increasing Capability Is 'Becoming Routine' For The F-35 Lightning II Team

The 58th Aircraft Maintenance Unit produced a four-turn-four for the 58th Fighter Squadron flying January 31 at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. "The pilots flew four F-35As in the morning and the maintainers performed routine maintenance for airworthiness after landing," said Col. Andrew Toth, the commander of the 33d Fighter Wing and one of the aviators in the formation.

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Aeroflot Fires FA For Alleged Obscene Gesture

Tagged A Photo Of Someone 'Flipping Off' Passengers In The Cabin

A photo posted on Twitter that appears to be a flight attendant making a gesture widely known as "the finger" to a cabin full of passengers has cost an FA her job.

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Hello Kitty Takes High-Altitude Balloon Ride

Seventh-Grade Girl Sends Doll To The Stratosphere For Science Project

Everything from Star Trek action figures to pizza has taken a ride on high-altitude balloons over the past few years, and now you can add Hello Kitty to the list.

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JSSI Introduces Two New Programs

Legacy 650 Airframe, Honeywell HTF7000 Series Platinum Engine Coverage Now Available

Two new programs have been introduced by Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI); a new Embraer Legacy 650 Airframe Program and Platinum level coverage for the Honeywell HTF7000 series of engines. 

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Airborne 02.08.13: NTSB Updates 787 Battery Failure Info, Baumgartner's Record FreeFall

Also: Fed Indicts Helo Personnel, Barnstorming On The TSA, New Name For NBAA Convention, Dynon, L-39 SAFO

At a news conference today, NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman identified the origin of the Jan. 7 battery fire that occurred on a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston Logan Airport, and said that a focus of the investigation will be on the design and certification requirements of the battery system. Among the names being mentioned to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation is NTSB chair Deborah A.P. Hersman, and some in the know say she is the leading candidate for the post. When Felix Baumgartner stepped off his capsule into the fringe of space, he began a freefall that eventually reached 843.6 miles per hour ... or Mach 1.25. That made him the first human to brea

Gulfstream G280 Certified By EASA

Has Satisfied European Airworthiness And Environmental Requirements

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s G280 aircraft received type certification Thursday from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The certification recognizes that the super mid-sized aircraft demonstrates compliance with EASA airworthiness and environmental requirements. It is one of the final steps required for the G280 to be registered in a European Union country.

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EASA Certifies Rolls-Royce Trent XWB

Engine Slated For Use On The Airbus A350

EASA has granted type certification to Rolls-Royce for the Trent XWB that will power the Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. The certificate was formally handed over by EASA Executive Director Patrick Goudou to Rolls-Royce Trent XWB Program Director Chris Young at EASA headquarters in Cologne, Germany.

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Klyde Morris 02.08.2013

You See, Klyde, There Are Volunteers, And Then There Are 'Volunteers'

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Washington's Pearson Air Museum Cleared Of Artifacts

Lease Dispute Arose Over Outside Events That Park Services Says Run Counter To Its Rules

Thirteen years after it was established at Vancouver's Pearson Field, the Pearson Air Museum in Washington State has been shuttered by the National Park Service over a lease dispute. Moving vans came and went throughout the day Tuesday carrying the museum's artifacts to a storage hangar near the museum space.

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Southwest Shuffles Executive Team

Move Intended To 'Better Streamline Organizational Structure'

Southwest Airlines has announced several executive changes as part of an overall effort to better streamline the Company's organizational structure.

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield Interviewed By Captain Kirk

Linkup Through The Canadian Space Agency With Actor William Shatner

It began with an exchange on Twitter last month between Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and actor William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk on the 1960's television series Star Trek. As part of the exchange, Shatner, who was born in Canada, was invited to visit the Canadian Space Agency for a telephone conversation with the astronaut.

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Kate Hanni To Leave FlyersRights Leadership Post

Executive Director Founded The Organization After A Long Tarmac Delay

After sitting on an airplane on the tarmac for nine hours in 2006, Kate Hanni decided she would do something about it. The California real estate agent founded FlyersRights in 2007, and the organization has gone on to become a well-known airline consumer advocacy group.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.08.13)

"Our task now is to see if enough - and appropriate - layers of defense and adequate checks were built into the design, certification and manufacturing of this battery." Source:  NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.08.13): Video Map

An electronically displayed map on the radar display that may depict data such as airports, heliports, runway centerline extensions, hospital emergency landing areas, NAVAIDs and fixes, etc.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.08.13)

SATOP - Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program

The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) is a cooperative program between the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas. The goal of SATOP is to help small businesses apply the technical expertise derived from the US space program.

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