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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Montana Governor Declares August ‘General Aviation Appreciation Month’

State Has 121 Public-Use Airport Serving 4,000 Resident Pilots

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has declared August "General Aviation Appreciation Month" in the state.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Aero-TV: The CubCrafters Attitude – Finding Solutions While Others Find Problems

CubCrafters Is Growing... And In A 'Down' Industry -- Find Out How
 
While at EAA AirVenture 2014, ANN’s Michael Maya Charles stopped to talk with John Whitish, the Marketing Manager for CubCrafters. Charles started off with the comment that the CubCrafters product line seems to be expanding in a period of time that other facets of general aviation have been in the decline.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Virgin America Announces Appointment Of Vice President - Flight Ops

Brad Thomann Will Oversee Flight Training, Flight Standards, Other Functions

Virgin America, the award-winning domestic airline, today announces the appointment of Brad Thomann as Vice President - Flight Operations effective immediately. Thomann, who has over 30 years of experience in civil and military aviation, will oversee the California-based airline's technical and administrative Flight Operations functions including Flight Training, Flight Operations Engineering, Flight Standards, Flight Crew Communications, Flight Crew Resources and the Chief Pilot's Office. 

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Airborne 08.20.14: Unstable FAA Software, Pilots Can't Share, Hurricane Hunters

Also: New CAP Boss, Eclipse Fights Slow Economy, Skyport, MGL Upgrades, Lee Bottom Fly-In
 
The Department of Transportation Inspector General has issued a memo to the FAA Administrator pointing out weaknesses in the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS) being deployed at 11 major airports around the country. The concept seems fairly simple. Private pilots would offer extra seats in their airplanes through the AirPooler app and website, and the passengers would help offset some of the expenses of making the trip. AirPooler would calculate the shared cost, bill the passenger, and collect a small transaction fee for offering the service. However, the FAA said that by posting specific flights and costs on its website, AirPooler was helping the pilot advertise a trip, which requires an air carrier certificate. Two Lockheed Orion P-3 airplanes based at McDill AFB in Tampa, Florida are the backbone of the hurricane hunters and they’re

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Orbital Completes Third Cargo Delivery Mission To ISS

Next Operational Mission Scheduled For Launch In Mid-October

Orbital Sciences Corporation has completed its third cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station in the past 10 months, including the initial demonstration flight completed in October 2013 and the first two operational missions under the company’s $1.9 billion Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract with NASA.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Heathrow Officials Say UK Losing Out On Airport Businesses

Declaration In Response To Manufacturers' Call For Permanent Infrastructure Authority

A paper published Monday by the UK manufacturers organization EEF calls for the creation of a permanent UK Infrastructure Authority to address the nation’s long term strategic infrastructure requirements, bring coherence to debates on infrastructure challenges and encourage vitally needed investment to support growth and competitiveness.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

San Diego's Spark Aerial Exceeds Kickstarter Goal

UC-San Diego Grads To Launch Quadcopter Training Video Series

The FAA's objections to the use of UAVs for "commercial" purposes such as aerial photography has not deterred investors in Spark Aerial's kickstarter campaign from pushing the startup company past its funding goal.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Twin Galileos Meet, Ready For Thursday Launch

Final Functional Testing Complete At Spaceport In French Guiana

Final functional testing of Europe’s twin Galileo navigation satellites has been completed at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, on track for launch this Thursday. The fuelling of the two satellites, allowing them to fine-tune their orbits and maintain their altitude over the course of their 12-year lifetimes, took place on August 7–8.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Event Draws 12,000 Attendees

'Biggest Little Airshow In Hawaii' Featured Model Aircraft, Warbird Overflights

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor's popular Remote-Control "Biggest Little Airshow in Hawaii" was back bigger than ever this year.

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Wed, Aug 20, 2014

GPIM Spacecraft To Validate Use Of 'Green' Propellant

Will Be The First U.S. Test Of The Fuel Intended To Replace Toxic Hydrazine

Milestone progress is being made in readying NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) for launch in 2016, a smallsat designed to test the unique attributes of a high-performance, non-toxic, “green” fuel on orbit.

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