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December 07, 2013

Airborne 12.06.13: EAA Meets FAA--In Court, Shell's UnLeaded AvGas, Jet WACO!

Also: Mohr Retires-Quietly, iFly on iOS, Record Female Skydive, China Goes To The Moon, SAFE Resources

EAA Counsel Alan Farkas has filed a 48 page Petition for Review of FAA Action and Other Relief with United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of EAA's attempt to overturn last spring's surprise FAA decision to bill the organization for the annual AirVenture Fly-In. The Farkas brief, again, seems very well-constructed and takes the FAA to task on several key points. Shell has reportedly become the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for aviation leaded gasoline, and will now begin a strict regulatory appro

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FAA To Conduct GPS Testing Over The Next Several Days

GPS Service In Florida, Other Southern States, Atlantic Ocean May Be Unreliable

The FAA has announced that it will be conducting GPS testing over the next several days that may affect large areas of the southeast United States.

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Moon Express Unveils Lander 'Breakthrough'

Plans Call For The Spacecraft To Use Hydrogen Peroxide As Rocket Fuel To Propel Scientific And Commercial Payloads From Earth Orbit To The Moon

Privately funded lunar resources company Moon Express has unveiled its "MX-1" lunar lander spacecraft, calling it a "breakthrough robotic space vehicle capable of a multitude of applications including delivering scientific and commercial payloads to the Moon at a fraction of the cost of conventional approaches."

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Cessna TTx Receives Type Certification In Brazil

Deliveries Already Underway From Independence, KS Facility

Cessna has received type certification of the all-composite TTx aircraft in Brazil from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. Deliveries of the aircraft to customers in Brazil commenced in November at Cessna’s facility in Independence, KS.

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AirVenture Included On Initial U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds 2014 Schedule

Performances Penciled In For The Closing Weekend Of The Show

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds has scheduled an appearance at Oshkosh during AirVenture as part of its 2014 flying schedule. The 62nd annual EAA fly-in convention is scheduled for July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

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CAP Radar, Cell Phone Analysis Teams Narrow Search For Idaho Accident Site

Searching For Missing Bonanza Believed Down In Rugged Terrain

When a single engine plane goes down in the continental U.S., Civil Air Patrol’s cell phone and radar tracking experts are certain to be involved. Their mission – reduce the search area from thousands of square miles to the actual crash site or within a couple of square miles – is urgent, because reducing the crash-to-rescue time saves lives.

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Congressional Leaders Seek Overdue In-Flight Communications Report

House And Senate Republicans Ask Huerta For Information On Cell Phone Use In Flight

Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate committees with jurisdiction over aviation have sent a letter to FAA administrator requesting a long overdue report on the results of the agency’s study on the impact of the in-flight use of cell phones for voice communications.

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Navy Launches UAV From Submerged Submarine

Sea Robin System Is An All-Electric Fuel-Cell-Powered Autonomous Aircraft

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with funding from SwampWorks at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Defense Rapid Reaction Technology Office (DoD/RRTO) demonstrated the launch of an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, unmanned aerial system (UAS) from a submerged submarine.

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Southwest Airlines To Cease Operations In Three Cities

Branson, Key West, And Jackson Leave The Network On June 7, 2014

Southwest Airlines announced today its decision to close three cities in the airline's network.  On June 7, 2014, Southwest will cease operations at Branson (MO) Airport (KBKG), Key West (FL) International Airport (KEYW), and Jackson-Evers International Airport (KJAN) in Jackson, MS.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.07.13)

"The MX-1 is the 'iPhone of space'; a platform capable of supporting many apps including our core plan of exploring the Moon for resources of benefit to humanity." Source:  Moon Express Co-founder & CEO Bob Richards.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.07.13): Spoilers

High-drag devices that can be raised into the air flowing over an airfoil, reducing lift and increasing drag.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.07.13)

Astronauts Memorial Foundation

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation honors and memorializes those astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program by sponsoring the national Space Mirror Memorial, and by implementing innovative educational technology programs.

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