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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Airborne 12.19.14: Falcon 8X Unveiled, Sportys 172LITE, Bizarre CA AvGas Lawsuit

Also: ANN/Airborne's Crystal Ball, Lear70/75 Mexico Cert, Carnegie Mellon's Lunar Rover, Dragon Delays

Dassault Aviation rolled back the curtains earlier this week on the ultra-long range Falcon 8X, the company's latest addition to the growing Falcon business jet family. The 8X will offer the greatest range and the longest cabin in the Falcon line, along with the most extensive selection of cabin configurations available on any executive jet. Sporty’s Academy flight school goes back to the basic trainer concept of World War II. They are acquiring Cessna 172s and equipping them with basic flight instruments along with significant interior and exterior enhancements. The only avionics are a communications radio and a transponder. The 172LITE will be rented for $99 per hour. Last week, California Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors settled a 2011 lawsuit regarding the sale of leaded aviati

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Additional Pilots To Serve On House Transportation Committee

Two Appointed To Begin When 114th Congress Convenes In January

Two more pilots are among the 12 new members who will serve on the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when the 114th Congress convenes in January. The Committee and its Aviation Subcommittee will play a vital role in setting long-term spending priorities for the FAA during the 2015 Reauthorization process.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Aero-TV: Redbird's Roger Sharp -- Pushing The Aero-Educational Envelope

One of The Most Important Aspects of GA is Flight Training... But Is The Industry Keeping Up With The Times?

While at the Redbird Migration 2014, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, met with Redbird’s Roger Sharp, the director of training for Redbird Flight Simulations. In this part 1 of a 2-part interview, Campbell asked what Redbird has learned since the last Redbird Migration a year ago? Sharp started his conversation by listing things that already existed but were validated, such as, can a flight simulator be applied to primary training? The answer was, of course it can. By integrating the flight simulator at an early stage of student training they found that students learned quickly to integrate the various tasks required of a pilot. Of course, repeatability of simulator maneuvers in a short period of time is also highly valuable.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Sporty’s Launches Cessna 172LITE Project

Based On The Premise That Flight Schools Need Basic Trainers

Sporty’s is acquiring Cessna 172s and equipping them with basic flight instruments along with significant interior and exterior enhancements. The only avionics are a communications radio and a transponder. The 172LITE will be used at the Sporty’s Academy flight school and rented for $99 per hour.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Heathrow Airport Holdings Sells Aberdeen, Glasgow, Southampton Airports

Purchased By Spanish Consortium For About $1.64 Billion

Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (“Heathrow”) has agreed to sell its 100% interest in Aberdeen International Airport Limited, Glasgow Airport Limited and Southampton International Airport Limited to a consortium formed by Ferrovial and Macquarie for £1,048 million (approx $1.64 billion) in cash and assumed debt, payable in full at closing.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Dragon Launch Occurring No Earlier Than Jan. 6

Delay Gives Engineers Time To Troubleshoot Issues That Arose In Static Fire This Week

The launch of SpaceX’s fifth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station now will occur no earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 6, according to NASA and the company. This will provide SpaceX engineers time to investigate further some of the issues that arose from the static fire test of the Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Four To Be Enshrined In National Aviation Hall Of Fame “Class Of 2015”

Includes Pioneers In Propeller Development, Supersonic Flight And Man’s Exploration Of Space

The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) has announced the names of four individuals who have been elected for enshrinement at its annual formal ceremony on Friday, October 2, 2015 in Dayton.  On that night they will officially join the roster of 225 men and women air and space pioneers who have been inducted by the NAHF since its founding in 1962.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

AeroSports Update: What Is An Experimental Airplane?

Many Aircraft That Are Ideal For Light Sport Operation Carry An Experimental Airworthiness Certificate; But What Does That Mean?

The most common experimental airworthiness certificate is the one that is issued to homebuilt aircraft or experimental light sport airplanes. However, this is not the only type of experimental certification, and it’s important to read the fine print on the airworthiness certificate and to review operating limitations for the aircraft before considering ownership.

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Klyde Morris 12.19.14

Klyde Ponders The Generation X Approach To Rocket Science

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Fri, Dec 19, 2014

SAFO Highlights Aircraft Wake Turbulence Re-Categorization Updates

Revises Separation Minimums For Avoidance Of Wake Turbulence

The FAA has released a SAFO highlighting revisions to RECAT aircraft wake turbulence separation minimums.

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