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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.20.14)

Aero Linx: The Australian Parachute Federation The Australian Parachute Federation exists to administer and represent Australian Sport Parachuting. This is achieved by promoting and maintaining a high level of safety and by improving the standard of Sport Parachuting to encourage participation and excellence in performance. The APF is the organisation which controls skydiving and parachuting at most civilian operations in Australia. With the approval of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) it sets the standards of operation, conducts competitions, issues licences and instructor ratings, conducts exams and distributes various publications to keep its members informed of current events and safety standards.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.20.14): Ground Stop

Ground Stop Ground Stops are implemented for a number of reasons. The most common reasons are: To control air traffic volume to airports when the projected traffic demand is expected to exceed the airport's acceptance rate for a short period of time. To temporarily stop traffic allowing for the implementation of a longer-term solution, such as a Ground Delay Program. The affected airport's acceptance rate has been reduced to zero. How it works: Flights that are destined to the affected airport are held at their departure point for the duration of the Ground Stop.

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Sun, Apr 20, 2014

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.20.14)

"The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth. Future NASA missions, like the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, will discover the nearest rocky exoplanets and determine their composition and atmospheric conditions, continuing humankind's quest to find truly Earth-like worlds." Source: Paul Hertz, NASA's Astrophysics Division director at the agency's headquarters in Washington. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Airborne 04.18.14: SpaceX's Historic Pad, Sikorsky Going Presidential?, EAA B17

Also: Airmen Support Pilot's Son, Beyond The Blue!, More Wrong-Way SWA Fallout, Missing WWII Airman Comes Home

NASA signed an agreement with Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) for use and occupancy of the complex. It will serve as a platform for SpaceX to support their commercial launch activities. It looks like the president will be flying in a new, made in America, Sikorsky helicopter. That's because it appears Sikorsky is the only manufacturer still in the running. Both Boeing and a team consisting of AgustaWestland and Northrop Grumman have dropped out of the bidding process. This is a reunion that nobody will forget, and EAA's B-17G, Aluminum Overcast, was at the heart of the gathering. On April 14, ten World War two United States Army Air Corps veterans who represented all 10 Flying Fortress crew positions from pilot to tail-gunner were brought to Oshkosh to be reunited with the aircraft in which they helped to preserve lib

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

FAA Extends Deadline For Final Helicopter Safety Rule

Compliance Now Mandatory By April 22, 2015

In response to industry feedback and so that the FAA can develop detailed guidance materials, the FAA is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year to April 22, 2015. This will provide the industry with necessary FAA materials and adequate time to adapt their manuals and provide training to pilots.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

EAA To Homebuilders: We Need Your Input

Asks Homebuilders To Complete Survey To Complement NTSB Study

To complement a recent study by the NTSB, "The Safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft," EAA is conducting a new survey regarding first flight preparations and Phase I flight tests. Its two-fold purpose is to (1) collect data on actions that E-AB owners take prior to flight testing their aircraft and (2) determine the types of problems that E-AB aircraft experience during Phase I flight tests.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

Garmin Pilot for Android Adds Interactive Map Features

Latest Update Includes Track-Up Orientation

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app for Android adds new interactive features that make it easier for pilots to navigate and read charts throughout their flight. New features include track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi integration on the moving map display.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

LSA Training Business Opens In Jacksonville, FL

Couple Established Business After 48-State Tour In A J-3 Cub

It was not unusual years ago, when you wanted to get a Private Pilot’s license, to have to go through different instructors over the course of your training, all of them with a fresh CFI rating trying to build hours for a coveted corporate or airline job. Being a flight instructor was simply a means to an end.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

NASA Completes LADEE Mission With Planned Impact On Moon's Surface

Was Likely Traveling About 3,600 Miles Per Hour On Impact

Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 2130 and 2222 PDT Thursday, April 17.

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Sat, Apr 19, 2014

EASA Certifies Airbus Helicopters’ New EC145 T2

Deliveries Of Mission-Ready Rotorcraft To Begin In The Third Quarter

EASA has certified the newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability.

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