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February 07, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.07.14

The First Glider Over Mount Everest!...

Petitioning for a Change in Wings…

EAA is Asking Why No ATC Charges for the NFL…

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Airborne 02.07.14: FAA OKs AOAs, Aspen Testifies, Bieber Pot Flight Smokes Out Pilots

Also: Lancair Fly-In, Wings Program Revision Suggested, Rockwell Collins MultiScan ThreatTrack WX Radar, Electric Ultralight!

The FAA has taken an important step to help improve safety in small aircraft by simplifying design approval requirements for angle of attack (AOA) indicators. Under the new policy, manufacturers must build the AOA indicator system according to standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and apply for FAA approval for the design via a letter certifying that the equipment meets ASTM standards and production quality is assured. The U.S. House Small Business Committee, held a hearing on Wednesday to examine how FAA policies affect small general aviation businesses. John Uczekaj, President and CEO of Aspen Avionics, Inc., testified on

NTSB Preliminary Report Released In Silt, CO Helicopter Accident

Three Fatally Injured When Aircraft Went Down During Power Line Inspection Flight

A preliminary report has been released by the NTSB relating to an accident which occurred January 27 near Silt, CO.

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NASA Evolves Student Rocketry Challenge

Enhances Ties To New Space Launch System

Student teams from 26 colleges and universities in 16 states and Puerto Rico will design and launch innovative rockets and payloads as part of the 2013-2014 NASA Student Launch rocketry competition.

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First Flight: Taranis Unmanned Aircraft

U.K. MOD, BAE Systems Say All Expectations Exceeded During Initial Trials

The most advanced aircraft ever built by British engineers made its maiden flight at an undisclosed test range on Saturday August 10, 2013 under the command of BAE Systems test pilot Bob Fraser. The U.K. MOD said in a news release Wednesday that the demonstrator aircraft made a perfect take-off, rotation, ‘climb-out’ and landing on its 15-minute first flight.

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Audio Recordings Shed Light On UPS Accident In Birmingham

ATC, Airport Officials Asked About Opening Main Runway Before Cargo Plane Went Down

Airport officials are heard on audio recording posted on the FAA website asking about re-opening the main runway at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport shortly before a UPS A300 cargo plane went down last August. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of the two pilots on board.

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Beechcraft Inducts Three Aircraft Into Hawker 400XPR Upgrade Program

Company Calls Move A 'Significant Step' Towards First Deliveries

Beechcraft Corporation announced today that its Hawker 400XPR upgrade program has taken a significant step toward first deliveries, with the first three aircraft now undergoing final airframe modifications.

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Flight Attendant Union Meets With Norwegian Labor Officials

Group Among Those Advocating For Aviation Labor Standards

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) on Wednesday met with a broad labor coalition and government representatives from Norway to discuss the detrimental effects Norwegian Air International's attempt to bypass international labor laws will have on aviation workers around the world.

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Boeing, Saudi Arabian Airlines Holding Co. Sign Collaboration Agreement

Will Allow Possible Partnership Opportunities In Defense And Commercial Aviation

A broad collaboration agreement allowing the companies to pursue possible partnership opportunities in the areas of defense and commercial aviation that will benefit customers and generate new business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was signed Wednesday by Boeing and Saudi Arabian Airlines Holding Co. (Saudia).

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NASA And Industry Teams Set For Orion Launch In 2014

First SLS Flight Remains On Track For 2017

The biggest accomplishments on the next-generation deep space programs will take place this year, including Orion's first mission, Space Launch System (SLS) booster and engine firing, and the opening of the SLS Vertical Assembly Center (VAC) -- all important steps in preparing for deep space human exploration missions.

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Transportation Safety Board Of Canada Releases Bell 206 Accident Report

Aircraft Went Down While Locating Discarded Caribou Tracking Collars

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has released a final report in an accident involving a Wood Buffalo Helicopters Bell 206B helicopter (registration C-FZWB, serial number 1342) that was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta. In the course of identifying a landing site, the helicopter entered an un-commanded rotation to the right, and descended into a stand of trees at 1058 Mountain Daylight Time.

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A Faster, Simpler Way To Replace Obsolete B-2 Bomber Parts

Northrop Grumman Common Processor Approach Promises Reduced Sustainment Costs, Enhanced Readiness

The U.S. Air Force will get its first look at a faster, more affordable way to replace obsolete avionics on the B-2 stealth bomber under a contract awarded last August to Northrop Grumman Corporation.

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Teamsters, Silver Airways Partner To Begin Addressing Carrier's Pilot Shortage

Pay Raises And Retention Bonuses Support Pilots And Continued Airline Growth

Silver Airways and its pilots, represented by the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local 1224 (Local 1224) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division (IBTAD), today announced that they have successfully partnered to reach an agreement that will help address pilot shortages at the airline and provide Silver’s pilots with pay increases and quality of life improvements.

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Pilots Told Justin Bieber And His Dad To Stash The Stash

Both Refused To Put Their Pot Away On Chartered Flight

The captain and first officer of a chartered jet that was bringing Justin Bieber and his entourage from Canada to New Jersey earlier this week said that he warned the pop star and his father to put away their pot, but both refused.

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Airborne 02.07.14: FAA OKs AOAs, Aspen Testifies, Bieber Pot Flight Smoke Out

Also: Lancair Fly-In, Wings Program Revision Suggested, Rockwell Collins MultiScan ThreatTrack WX Radar, Electric Ultralight!

The FAA has taken an important step to help improve safety in small aircraft by simplifying design approval requirements for angle of attack (AOA) indicators. Under the new policy, manufacturers must build the AOA indicator system according to standards from the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and apply for FAA approval for the design via a letter certifying that the equipment meets ASTM standards and production quality is assured. The U.S. House Small Business Committee, held a hearing on Wednesday to examine

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Petition Submitted To FAA To Revise WINGS Program For Experienced Pilots

'Pro-WINGS' Program Would Recognize Pilots Who Fly Frequently And Stay Proficient

Two aviation professionals have submitted a petition to the FAA for a change in one of its signature safety programs. Robert A. Wright, President of Wright Aviation Solutions, and Kent Ewing, President of Bonanza/Baron Pilot Training, have joined together to file a petition with the FAA to modify its WINGS program. They have named their proposed change the "Pro-WINGS" program.

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Klaus Ohlmann Pilots First Glider Flight Over Everest

Scientific Expedition Monitors Glaciers And Pollution In The Himalaya

For the first time, a glider soared over Mount Everest on February 1. Piloted by Klaus Ohlmann, the flight set a new landmark for aviation history. It comes just short of 50 years of the first ascent of Everest in 1954 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay.

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NBAA Member To Congress: 'Business Aviation A Big Asset For Small Businesses'

Remarks In Testimony Before The House Small Business Committee Wednesday

In testimony Wednesday to the House Small Business Committee chaired by Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), entrepreneur Jamail Larkins, CEO of NBAA Member Company Ascension Aircraft, highlighted to Congress the importance of business aviation to his small business, and outlining ways the FAA can better work with companies like his.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In American Champion Accident

Pilot Fatally Injured When Aircraft Impacted Trees In IFR Conditions

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred January 15 in Holland, NJ. The commercial-rated pilot of an American Champion Aircraft 8KCAB he had recently purchased was fatally injured when it struck trees and then terrain on a flight from Auburn, IN to Pittstown, NJ. Witnesses reported dense fog in the area at the time of the accident.

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Three Escape Injury In Phoenix Accident

All Walk Away From Aircraft That Went Down Just After Takeoff And Caught Fire

A Piper PA-28 belonging to TransPac Aviation Academy went down just after takeoff from Deer Valley Airport just north of Phoenix and caught fire just after impact, but the three people on board the airplane were able to exit the airplane before the post-impact fire and walked away apparently uninjured.

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Klyde Morris 02.07.14

You Can't Put Nothin' Over On Those Guys, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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JETNET Releases December 2013 And Full Year Market Analysis

Report Covers Pre-Owned Business Jet, Business Turboprop, Helicopter, And Commercial Airliner Sales

JETNET’s recently-released aviation market analysis for 2013 shows percentage of aircraft for sale dropping in almost every market sector. In what is still a buyer’s market, pre-owned business jet sales transactions are up, and the economy is finally growing at a pace that is prime for positive business aviation growth.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.07.14)

“I know that there will be a robust debate in the coming months on this issue. I very much appreciated the opportunity I had today to share with the committee my views as an entrepreneur and small business owner who relies on an airplane to succeed.” Source: Entrepreneur Jamail Larkins, CEO of NBAA Member Company Ascension Aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.07.14): Below Minimums

Weather conditions below the minimums prescribed by regulation for the particular action involved; e.g., landing minimums, takeoff minimums.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.07.14)

"To Fly Is Everything..."

Proclaiming it is one of the most comprehensive sites on the web covering aviation history, "To Fly is Everything..." contains a digital library, a photo gallery with video clips of early craft in flight, and numerous photographs of early planes.

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