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December 04, 2013

FAA Issues SAIB For Winter Rotorcraft Operations

Snow And Ice Ingestion Continue To Be A Factor In Accidents

As a continued emphasis on rotorcraft and icing conditions, the FAA has posted a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) directed at owners and operators of turboshaft-powered rotorcraft, of the possibility of inflight engine loss of power due to the ingestion of ice and/or snow. Accumulation of ice and/or snow can occur in the area of the airframe engine inlet while the rotorcraft is on the ground or in the air.

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FAA Proposes Fines Against Great Lakes Aviation, Southwest Airlines

Both Allegedly Violated FARs Relating To Maintenance

The FAA has proposed fines against two U.S. carriers related to alleged violations of maintenance procedures.

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Air Show Pilot John Mohr Quietly Retires

Considered One Of The Industry's Premier Stearman Pilots

Several online sources are confirming that air show pilot John Mohr, considered one of the best Stearman pilots performing around the country, has quietly hung up his leather helmet and goggles, at least as a professional.

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Fort Lauderdale Air Show Axed For 2014

Runway Expansion Project Would Mean Closing The Airport During The Performances

Organizers of the Fort Lauderdale Air Show say the event has been canceled for 2014, but the reasons are different from so many other air show cancellations announced this year.

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iFly GPS Now Available For iOS Devices

Release Of Android Version Possible Later This Year

Adventure Pilot, manufacturer and developer of portable navigation devices for pilots, announces the addition of an iOS and Android product offering. iFly GPS is now available on the Apple Store with a 30-Day Free Trial. Annual subscriptions start at $69.99, a fully loaded IFR option is available for $40 more. iFly GPS for Android tablets is targeted for release later this year.

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NASA's HS3 Hurricane Mission Calls It A Wrap For 2013

Will Return To Wallops For The 2014 Hurricane Season

After the Atlantic hurricane season came to a close at the end of November, NASA released highlights of its Hurricane and Severe Storms Sentinel airborne mission, known as HS3, which wrapped up for 2013 at the end of September. HS3 will return to NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA, for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season.

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UAV Company Olaeris Chooses NC For New Headquarters

Hundreds Of High Tech Jobs To Be Created With Millions Invested

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) company Olaeris has selected North Carolina as its top choice for a U.S. headquarters facility. They are currently engaging Piedmont economic development leaders to identify the most promising location for what they believe can become a leading R&D hub to the global UAV industry. The first facility is expected to employ nearly 200 engineers, technicians, programmers, pilots, trainers and support personnel.

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Court Awards Over $430,000 To Joseph Skilken And Co.

Oxford Aviation In Maine Ordered To Pay Damages Following Aircraft Accident

A federal court has awarded $430,000 to Joseph Skilken and Co. following an accident involving a Cessna 441 after work on the airplane was performed by Oxford aviation of Maine. A portion of the tail of the airplane separated from the aircraft in flight, forcing an emergency landing in June that many said should have resulted in the fatal injury of Steven Skilken and five other people on board the aircraft.

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First P-8A Poseidons Report For Duty

Initial Deployment To Kadena Air Base In Okinawa, Japan

The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1. The War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP 16) deployed with six P-8As Poseidons in support of 7th Fleet maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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Gators Basketball Team Bumps Delta Passengers At Gainesville, FL

Chartered Team Plane Down For Maintenance, Atlanta Flight Cancelled

Passengers booked aboard Delta Connection Flight 5059 out of Gainesville, FL Sunday found themselves without an airplane after the Delta aircraft chartered for the Florida Gators basketball team was grounded for a maintenance problem.

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A318-100 and A319-100 series airplanes, A320-111 airplanes, A320-200 series airplanes, and A321-100 and A321-200 series airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-24-02

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Michael Goulian -- Moving Airshows Forward In 2014

The Best Thing To Say About The 2013 Airshow Season Is That It Is Behind Us

Michael Goulian of Goulian Aero Sports is an airshow pilot. While at the Redbird Migration 2013, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with Mike about the airshow business. Jim asked Mike how the 2013 airshow season was going. Goulian admitted that 2013 has been a tough airshow season because a number of airshows canceled and he had to push hard as the season came to an end.

Aero-TV: Michael Goulian -- Moving Airshows Forward In 2014

The Best Thing To Say About The 2013 Airshow Season Is That It Is Behind Us

Michael Goulian of Goulian Aero Sports is an airshow pilot. While at the Redbird Migration 2013, ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell had the opportunity to spend a few minutes talking with Mike about the airshow business. Jim asked Mike how the 2013 airshow season was going. Goulian admitted that 2013 has been a tough airshow season because a number of airshows canceled and he had to push hard as the season came to an end.

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John Klatt Airshows Introduces The Jet Waco 'Screamin’ Sasquatch'

One-Of-A-Kind Aircraft Set To Take Flight In 2014

It looks a little bit like something we might have dreamed up and Photoshopped for the April 1 edition, but no, that's really a Taperwing Waco with a jet engine bolted to its belly.

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A4A 'Sick' Over Proposed Aviation Taxes

Airlines For America Greets Returning Members Of Congress And Passengers At Reagan National Airport With Air Sickness Bags To Make The Point

Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) is bringing its “no new air taxes” message directly to lawmakers and customers as they return from Thanksgiving break through Reagan National Airport (KDCA). As part of the Stop Air Tax Now campaign, airline customers and employees are being urged to send letters in opposition to the White House and Congress.

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House Approves Bill Extending Protection For Commercial Space Launches

Covers Third-Party Liability For Licensed Operations

The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday approved the Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act (H.R. 3547) by a vote of 376 to 5. H.R. 3547 is a bipartisan bill that extends for one year a commercial space transportation risk-sharing and liability regime that was established by Congress in 1988 with passage of the Commercial Space Launch Act Amendments.

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AUVSI Calls Amazon UAV Delivery Plan Transformative

Toscano: 'Prime Air' Demonstrates The Promise Of Unmanned Vehicle Systems

The demonstration of a UAV delivery system being developed by Amazon.com caught the attention of the Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The system was shown in a video produced by the online retail giant during a segment of the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes Sunday.

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SAFE Releases Online Resources To Help Pilots Avoid Loss-Of-Control Accidents

Courses And Webinars Targeted To Pilots Of All Skill Levels

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has released a series of online resources designed to help pilots avoid Loss-Of-Control (LOC) accidents, which have been identified by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) the predominant accident category; consequently, loss of control has become a special emphasis area for the FAA.

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FAA Publishes Requirements For MAP Designation

Applies To Joint-Use And Former Military Airports

The FAA has published in the Federal Register the criteria, application procedures, and schedule to be applied by the Secretary of Transportation in designating or redesignating, and funding capital development for up to 15 current joint use or former military airports seeking first time designation or redesignation to participate in the Military Airport Program (MAP).

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Debris From Chinese Launch Falls On Rural Village

Two Homes Reportedly Struck, Heavily Damaged

While China was celebrating the launch of its first moon rover, some villagers in a province more than 600 miles from the launch site were surveying damage to their homes and farms from debris that fell from the Long March-3B booster.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.04.13)

“The FAA launch indemnification authority has been in place for over twenty years and the American commercial space industry has benefited significantly over this time. Thankfully the provision has never been triggered by a serious accident.” Source: House Science Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-TX), on full House passage of the Space Launch Liability Indemnification Extension Act.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.04.13): Homing

Flight toward a NAVAID, without correcting for wind, by adjusting the aircraft heading to maintain a relative bearing of zero degrees.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.04.13)

S-20 Raven Nearing Completion

The official Rans blog is keeping tabs on the progress of construction of the S-20 Raven aircraft. There are plenty of photos and descriptions of the work being done.

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