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December 03, 2013

Shell Announces Intent To Certify/Offer Unleaded AvGas

New Fuel To Be Subjected To 'Strict' Regulatory Process

It's been called the "holy grail" of general aviation fuel, and now Shell has become the first major oil company to develop a lead-free replacement for Aviation Gasoline (Avgas 100 and 100LL), which will now begin a strict regulatory approvals process.

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State Department Cautions U.S. Airlines About New Chinese Military Zone

Carriers Say Travel To Asia Will Not Be Disrupted

A newly-established Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) off the coast of China will not disrupt U.S. and other flights to Asia, according to airline officials. Still, the U.S. State Department has cautioned U.S.-flagged carriers to be sure to contact Chinese officials before their aircraft penetrate the new zone.

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New Opportunities Announced For Students In Aviation And Engineering

Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth ISD And Tarrant County College Collaborate On The Program

Bell Helicopter, Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD) and Tarrant County College (TCC) have announced a collaborative effort to provide advanced aviation and engineering training for students at Dunbar High School. Representatives from Bell Helicopter, FWISD and TCC landed in a Bell 407GX at Dunbar High School in Fort Worth to introduce the program to students and members of the community.

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Smyth Sidewinder Down In Colorado

Witness Said A Portion Of A Wing Came Off The Kit-Built Airplane

A kit-built Smyth Sidewinder went down last week in Boulder County in Colorado after a portion of one of the aircraft's wings apparently separated from the airplane, according to witnesses.

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Banning, CA Looks To Develop Airport Property

But FAA Says City Can't Close The Facility Without Heavy Penalties

Members of the Banning, CA city council held a workshop last month in which they discussed the possibility of closing Banning Municipal Airport (KBNG) and developing the 186 acres around the field into a logistics center. But the FAA says the city would face major financial and legal burdens should they try to do so.

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Thousands In Germany Protest Potential EADS Restructuring

Workers Fear Loss Of Jobs

An estimated 20,000 EADS employees took to the streets of Germany Thursday to protest a planned restructuring of the European aerospace company in what was called a "clear warning" that the employees will fight the company's reorganization.

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Amazon May Deliver Packages With UAVs

Jeff Bezos Says Implementation At Least Three Years Away

If all goes according to his plan, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says that in three or four years, merchandise ordered from the online retail giant may be delivered by a fleet of UAVs.

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Moon Express Enables Private US Scientific Collaboration On China Moon Mission

Moon Express Commercial Lunar Mission Creates Scientific Collaboration Opportunity Between International Lunar Observatory Association, China On Chang'e-3 Mission

U.S. commercial lunar enterprise Moon Express is enabling scientific collaboration between the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) and China's Chang'e-3 Moon mission successfully launched Monday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province, southwest China.

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Garuda Indonesia's First ATR 72-600 Takes Off

Revenue Flights To Begin Tuesday

Indonesia's national airline Garuda Indonesia today officially celebrated the first take-off of its very first ATR 72-600. The aircraft took to the sky from Denpasar (Bali) at 0800 am (local time) in the presence of the management teams of the airline and ATR.

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AEI: Aviation Industry In Need Of Wake Up Call Over Safety

Annual Congress Held In Melbourne, Australia, November 29

Delegates attending the Aircraft Engineers International (AEI) 41st Annual Congress 2013 in Melbourne, Australia have been informed that known but unreported aircraft defects remains the biggest single threat to passenger safety.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-24-12

PRODUCT: Boeing Model 747-8 and 747-8F series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-17-02

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A318-112, A319-111, A319-112, A319-115, A319-132, and A319-133 airplanes.

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Airborne 12.03.13: SARA Is Law, GEnx AD Coming?, Tecnam's New Panel

Also: VLJ Comeback?, DiamondShare, Faux Pilot PLeads Guilty, Enstrom Helis, Pan Am Reunion

Legislation designed to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business in the general aviation world is now law... but it will take some time to determine if the benefits of the law will be lost in a government bureaucratic sinkhole. The legislation requires the FAA to implement the recommendations of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by December 31, 2015. Recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes. According to a new study a second phase in the development of the very light jet market is about to get underway. The FAA is expected to issue an airworthiness directive

Airborne 12.03.13: SARA Is Law, GEnx AD Coming?, Tecnam's New Panel

Also: VLJ Comeback?, DiamondShare, Faux Pilot Pleads Guilty, Enstrom Helis, Pan Am Reunion

Legislation designed to reduce the cost and complexity of doing business in the general aviation world is now law... but it will take some time to determine if the benefits of the law will be lost in a government bureaucratic sinkhole. The legislation requires the FAA to implement the recommendations of the FAA's Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee by December 31, 2015. Recommendations focus on increasing safety and reducing government and industry certification costs for light general aviation airplanes. According to a new study a second phase i

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Follow-Up: Small Airplane Revitalization Act Becomes Law

Streamlines Certification Process For GA Airplanes, Equipment

As most of us were doing prep work for Thanksgiving dinner, President Obama signed the Small Airplane Revitalization Act into law, streamlining the certification process for GA airplanes and aviation products.

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China Launches Lunar Mission

Chang'e-3 Lunar Probe And Rover Boosted To The Moon Early Monday

China's first lunar mission was successfully launched in the early morning hours (local time) Monday. The Chang'e-3 lunar probe is planned to be the first Chinese spacecraft to make a soft landing on an extraterrestrial body, and is the first Moon lander to be launched this century.

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Police Helicopter That Impacted A Scottish Pub Removed From The Building

At Least Nine People Fatally Injured In The Accident

The number of people fatally injured when a Scottish police helicopter impacted a pub in Glasgow, Scotland late last week has been increased to nine as officials removed the wreckage from the fire-devastated building Monday morning.

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SESAR Innovation Days Celebrates Scientific Excellence

Some 175 Participants Gathered In Stockholm For Workshops And Exhibitions

The SESAR (Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research) Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU), held its annual SESAR Innovation Days event at the KTH Royal Institute for technology in Stockholm, Sweden November 26-28. The three day event celebrated scientific excellence through a series of workshops and research exhibitions and provided the backdrop for the award ceremony of the 2013 SESAR Young Scientist Award.

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Comet ISON May Have Survived

Observed Emerging From The Far Side Of The Sun On Thanksgiving Day

Continuing a history of surprising behavior, material from Comet ISON appeared on the other side of the sun on the evening on Nov. 28, 2013, despite not having been seen in observations during its closest approach to the sun.

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P-8A Aircraft Program Achieves Initial Operational Capability

First Two Aircraft Departed For Deployment Nov 29

The Navy's newest maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, has achieved initial operational capability (IOC) after the first two P-8A Poseidons departed for deployment Nov. 29. This announcement comes weeks after the completion of the Operational Readiness Evaluation of the first deploying P-8A Poseidon squadron and the commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group officially declaring the first P-8A squadron, Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16), "prepared for deployment" Nov. 4.

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Women Set Record For Group Jump In Arizona

Sixty Three Women Participated In Formation Jump Saturday

The world record for an all-female group skydive was shattered Saturday as 63 women from around the world joined hands as they fell from 18,000 feet over the Arizona desert near Eloy.

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Investigation Underway In Namibian Airliner Accident

Embraer E190 Down Resulting In 33 Fatal Injuries

The government on Namibia is leading an investigation into an accident which occurred November 29 involving an Embraer E190 regional jet that resulted in the fatal injury of all 33 people on board the aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.03.13)

"This is an enormous achievement for ... general aviation across the nation. By reforming and modernizing these regulations, this law unleashes small airplane manufacturers to do what they do best: Build planes and get them in the air.” Source: Kansas Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.03.13): Holding Pattern

A racetrack pattern, involving two turns and two legs, used to keep an aircraft within a prescribed airspace with respect to a geographic fix.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.13)

The American Air Museum in Britain

Located at Duxford, England, the American Air Museum in Britain stands as a memorial to almost 30,000 U.S. airmen and women who gave their lives flying from British shores in World War II.

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