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January 21, 2014

NASA Tests Orion Spacecraft Parachute Jettison Over Arizona

First In-Air Data On Parachute System Performance During Critical Phase Of Flight

Engineers testing the parachute system for NASA's Orion spacecraft increased the complexity of their tests Thursday, Jan. 16, adding the jettison of hardware designed to keep the capsule safe during flight.

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Roadable Aircraft Being Built In Slovakia

Designer Has Been Working On Concept Since The 1990s

The Terrafugia Transition is not the only roadable airplane that may one day be bridge the gap between car and aircraft. In Slovakia, engineer and designer Stefan Klein has since the early 1990s been working on his Aeromobil Roadable Aircraft, and has conducted short flights in ground effect with a recent version of the vehicle.

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ESA Comet Mission Enters Its Critical Phase

Space Community Listening For Signals From Deep Space Beginning Monday

The global space community has turned its attention to Darmstadt (Germany) in anticipation of signals from Rosetta, the comet probe developed and built by Space Systems (formerly Astrium) of Airbus Defence and Space for the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Bolden Surveys Agency's Work In Advanced Propulsion Technologies

Tours Glenn Research Center In Cleveland, OH

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden visited NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland last Friday to view progress on the advanced space propulsion technologies the center is developing to carry cargo and American astronauts further into space than ever before.

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Piper M-Class Approved For Night Flight In Turkey

Approval Covers Both Visual And Instrument Flight Rules Operations

Piper Aircraft's Turkish dealer BAYMAP Aviation has obtained regulatory approval for night-time visual and instrument flight rules operation of Piper's single-engine M-Class aircraft. Turkey and many Middle East nations do not normally permit single-engine night operations.

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Biofuel Supply Chain In The UAE Focus Of Collaborative Effort

Boeing Joins New BIOjet Abu Dhabi Team For Research, Growth Of Feedstock Production And Refining Capability

A collaborative effort between Boeing, Etihad Airways, Takreer, Total and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology will work together on a new initiative to support a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the United Arab Emirates.

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Congress Continues Support Of UH-72A Lakota

Airbus Helicopter Executives Credit Delivery Record For The Aircraft

Airbus Group leaders say they welcome the decision by Congress to fund procurement of 20 UH-72A Lakota helicopters through an omnibus spending package that the President has indicated he will sign into law.

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UA Flight Attendants Offer Solutions To Carrier's 'Staffing Problem'

Proposes Package Designed To Prevent Furlough Of Cabin Crews

United Airlines Flight Attendants says it is affirming the union's resolve to collaboratively work with the company and prevent the company from following through on their plan to furlough nearly 700 flight attendants.

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First ATR '-600' Flight Simulator Qualified In Latin America

Set Up In Bogota, The Sim Will Be Operated By The Colombian Carrier Avianca With The Support Of ATR

ATR has completed the set-up of the very first ATR '-600 series' Flight Simulator in Latin America. The Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is located at the training facilities of the Colombian carrier Avianca, in Bogota, and has recently obtained certification from both Europe's EASA  and Colombia's UAEAC (Civil Aviation Special Administrative Unit).

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California Drought May Aid Search For Airplane Lost Almost 50 Years Ago

Authorities Hopeful Wreckage From Accident That Resulted In Four Fatalities Will Finally Be Found

Drought conditions in central California may lead to the recovery of wreckage from an airplane that went down in a lake northeast of Sacramento nearly 50 years ago.

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JAXA Testing Space Tether For Debris Cleanup

'Electrodynamic' Tether Would Pull Space Junk From Orbit

The image it gives is one of an enormous 'No Pest Strip' in space. JAXA scientists are preparing to test an electrodynamic tether they say will be able to pull space junk out of orbit.

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Prince Harry Moves From Cockpit To Desk In London

Transferred To HQ London District

Prince Harry, known in the U.K. Army as Capt. Wales, has been transferred from flight status to a new posting at London HQ as a staff officer.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.21.14

An Alternative to FAA ATC Fees…

US Sport Expo for 2014 Is A Success…

Orion Passes Another Parachute Test…

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Airborne 01.21.14: More Sebring News!, Tecnam, Mead Floats, RV-12, Garmin, D-Motor!!!

Also: P-40 Restoration, AirBoss Covers Sebring, Aspen NTSB Report, SpaceX Chute-Out, Your Name On An Asteroid!

While at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell took the opportunity to check out and fly the Tecnam P-2008 and get caught up on the latest at Tecnam. Garmin has introduced the GDL 39 3D, a portable ADS-B and GPS receiver which adds simultaneous display of aircraft attitude information, alongside rich, interactive mapping, traffic, and weather within the Garmin Pilot application. D-Motor USA and Renegade Light Sport brings us new choices to power our light sport aircraft. Available in a 95 and 130 version, they are designed in Belgium and built in the USA. Mead Floats produces a line of amphibious and straight floats especially for use o

Airborne 01.21.14: More Sebring 2014, Tecnam, Mead Floats, RV12, Garmin, D-Motor

Also: P-40 Restoration, AirBoss Covers Sebring, Aspen NTSB Report, SpaceX Chute-Out, Your Name On An Asteroid!

While at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell took the opportunity to check out and fly the Tecnam P-2008 and get caught up on the latest at Tecnam. Garmin has introduced the GDL 39 3D, a portable ADS-B and GPS receiver which adds simultaneous display of aircraft attitude information, alongside rich, interactive mapping, traffic, and weather within the Garmin Pilot application. D-Motor USA and Renegade Light Sport brings us new choices to power our light sport aircraft. Available in a 95 and 130 version, they

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Expo 2014 Wraps Up Another Successful Show

Tenth Annual Show Saw Four Aircraft Introduced

The 10th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo drew to a close on Sunday afternoon, January 19, after one of the most successful runs in the event’s 10-year history. Abundant sunshine all four days made a pleasing backdrop for the great variety of aircraft that enjoyed an enormous amount of flight time throughout the weekend.

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The FAA Has Competition In The Airshow Control Tower Business

AirBoss Inc. Operates The Control Tower At U.S. Sport Aviation Expo

Sometimes an air event simply needs air traffic control for safety, but the current policy of the FAA to levy hefty fees to provide services has left air event producers in a quandary. This year’s U.S. Sport Aviation Expo found an answer to this dilemma, and that answer is named AirBoss, Inc.

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NTSB Issues Investigative Update On Southwest Airlines Wrong Airport Incident

Captain Of The Flight Was Making First Approach Into Branson

As part of its ongoing investigation into an incident involving a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 that landed at the wrong airport on January 12 in Missouri, the NTSB has released a brief investigative update.

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'Valdez STOL' Aircraft To Showcase Unique Capabilities At AirVenture

Activities Planned To Show Off More Than A Dozen Modified Airplanes

Specially modified aircraft, originally created for Alaskan bush-pilot necessity but that also created one of the world's most unique aviation competitions, will be part of the "Valdez STOL" (short takeoff and landing) flying activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 set for July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI.

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Bombardier Aerospace Delivers 238 Aircraft In 2013

Receives Orders for 388 Aircraft During The Previous Calendar Year

Bombardier Aerospace delivered 238 aircraft during 2013, compared to 233 aircraft deliveries in the previous calendar year ended December 31, 2012. The company also received orders for 388 aircraft, net of cancellations, compared to 481 orders, net of cancellations, for the previous year.

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NATA Applauds GA Provisions In Consolidated Appropriations Act Of 2014

Omnibus Bill Signed Into Law By President Obama

NATA president and CEO Thomas L. Hendricks said the General Aviation (GA) provisions in the omnibus spending authorization signed into law late last week by President Obama will be a benefit to the industry.

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NTSB: Piper PA-30 Apparently Broke Up In Flight

Accident Occurred December 26 Near Biglerville, PA

The NTSB's preliminary report from an accident involving a Piper PA-30 airplane on the day after Christmas last year suggests the plane may have broken up in flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.21.14)

"The global economy has remained persistently sluggish, and with its recovery taking longer than originally anticipated, 2013 continued to be a challenging year for aviation. Despite this difficult environment, we put in a solid performance overall." Source: Guy Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace, announced aircraft deliveries for 2013.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.21.14): Radar Required

A term displayed on charts and approach plates and included in FDC NOTAMs to alert pilots that segments of either an instrument approach procedure or a route are not navigable because of either the absence or unusability of a NAVAID.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.21.14)

Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research

AAIR researches and documents military aircraft crash sites in the Western US. Frustrated with the long wait and the cost of obtaining documents from the government, AAIR started acquiring all of the military accident report and aircraft record card microfilm reels, close to 2000 in all.

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