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January 22, 2013

NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report In 2011 Wright B Flyer Accident

Mechanical Failure Traced To An 'Incomplete Weld' On The Left Propeller Shaft

Pilot error following a mechanical failure is the probable cause of an accident involving a replica Wright B Flyer which occurred in Springfield, OH, in July, 2011. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of the two pilots on board the airplane for the test flight.

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Sierra Industries Delivers 50th FJ44-2A Modified Citation

Company Has Modified More Than 70 Citations Overall

The latest Cessna Citation to receive Sierra’s FJ44 re-engining modification was recently delivered from Sierra’s South Texas modification facilities. Marking a significant milestone in their series of Citation engine upgrades, the newly delivered aircraft is the 50th Citation to receive the Williams International FJ44-2A engine retrofit.

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Girls With Wings Pilot Shop Closing

Founder Says She Can No Longer Afford Booth Space At Aviation Events

Lynda Meeks, president of the Girls With Wings Pilot Shop and Very Important Pilots LLC, wrote on her blog last week that, after much consideration and mounting losses, she is closing the Girls With Wings Pilot Shop.

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Alaska Airlines Flight Intercepted By NORAD

Anonymous Phone Tip Led To Suspicion Of A Hijacker On Board

NORAD said in a statement that it had intercepted an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 last Thursday and escorted it to Seattle International Airport following an anonymous tip that there might be a hijacker on board.

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TSA Terminates Contract With Rapiscan For Backscatter Devices

Units To Be Removed From Airports Nationwide, But May Show Up In Other Government Venues

TSA reports on its official blog that the backscatter x-ray devices that raised serious concerns about privacy in the airport screening process are being removed from airports around the country at the expense of the company that built them.

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Cebu Pacific Air Takes Delivery Of Its First A320 With 'Sharklets'

Latest Version Of The A320 Family Arrives In The Philippines

Cebu Pacific Air took delivery of its first A320 equipped with "Sharklets" today during a ceremony in Manila, becoming the first operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices in the Philippines.

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Aerojet AJ26 Engine Completes Successful Hot Fire

Eleventh Engine To Be Tested At Stennis Space Center In Support Of Antares Rocket

An Aerojet AJ26 engine was successfully hot fired Thursday at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Orbital Sciences Corporation, Aerojet, and NASA monitored the full-duration test in support of the Antares rocket program. This is the eleventh AJ26 engine to be tested at Stennis.

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Richard Bach Finishes His Best-Known Work

Completed Fourth Part Of 'Johnathan Livingston Seagull' While Recovering From Airplane Accident

The accident which reportedly nearly killed him has at least in part inspired author Richard Bach to complete what is certainly his best-known work.

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Boeing Winnipeg Unionized Employees Approve Landmark Early Contract Extension

Company Says New Agreement Means Employment Stability Through 2018

Boeing Winnipeg has negotiated a landmark early contract extension with its 1,147 union members that will help ensure employment stability at the site through to 2018. Canadian Automotive Workers (CAW) Local 2169 employees voted Monday in favor of the collective bargaining agreement extension.  

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Roy Morgan Honored As A 'Living Legend Of Aviation'

Bell Helicopter Presented Air Methods Founder With First Vertical Flight Hall Of Fame Award

Bell Helicopter honored Air Methods founder Roy Morgan with the first Bell Helicopter Vertical Flight Hall of Fame award at the 10th annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards in Beverly Hills on January 18. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the rotorcraft industry.

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Louisiana Civil Air Patrol Participates In Navy Recruiting Commercial

Louisiana Wing Supplied Aircraft And An Aircrew For Production Effort

Three New Orleans area members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) played important roles in the U.S. Navy Recruiting Command’s current, multi-million dollar, national advertising campaign. CAP’s Louisiana Wing supplied an aircraft and an aircrew to assist in the production of a multi-day series of TV commercials depicting the diversity of Navy careers.

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St. Cloud, MN Mayor Says 2013 Air Show Should Cost Less Than 2010

Costs Of Initial Organization Won't Apply To This Year's Event

Holding an air show in 2010 means it will be less expensive to hold an air show in 2013. That's the assessment of St. Cloud, MN, Mayor Dave Kleis, as he pushes forward for plans for the event this summer.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.22.13

Investigators Inspect the Japanese Manufacturing Plant for 787 Batteries…

The FAA Proposes a Stronger Sterile Cockpit Rule…

Has NASA F

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Airborne 01.22.13: ANN's Top SportPlanes, 787 Battery Woes, Cabanas Lost

Also: Airbus, Bell Heli, Electric Cri-Cri, 121.5, Team Aerodynamix, AA's New Look... And More!

Now that the 2013 US Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, FL has ended it falls to ANN to announce our "Flyer's Dozen" of what we consider to be the best Sport Aircraft available from the industry at this time.The list of 13 airplanes is heavily weighted to the LSA segment, but includes a number of exceptional aircraft from the E-AB segment as well as E-LSA and S-LSA. The National Transportation Safety Board has released a third update on its investigation into the Jan. 7 fire aboard a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 at Logan International Airport in Boston. The air show industry lost another one of its veterans when stunt pilot Fred Cabanas was fatally injured in an accident in Cozumel

Classic Aero-TV: Veteran's Airlift Command -- Serving Those Who Served

One Of Aviation's Most Positive Efforts... The VAC!!!

In all the doddering, misleading, anti-aviation blather we've had to deal with over the last few years, we've been waiting for the world to wake up and discover just how cool aviation, and its pilots and aircrews, are. We present a case in point and while it was a quick impromptu interview amid the heights of excitement at NBAA 2011 (a more extensive interview is coming shortly!), the message is clear, that aviation has a heart, that pilots are citizens of the world and that if you want to show aviation in its best possible light, a good place to start is the Veteran's Airlift Command and its consumm

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Japanese Battery Plant Inspected By Japanese, U.S. Aviation Officials

Looked At Manufacturing Processes For Dreamliner Batteries

Aviation safety officials from the U.S. and Japan spent time Monday touring the GS Yuasa factory where the battery which overheated in an ANA Dreamliner was manufactured. Since that incident, and others, all 50 Dreamliners which have been delivered by Boeing have been grounded, and deliveries have stopped, though assembly of the airplanes is continuing.

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FAA Proposes Stronger 'Sterile Cockpit' Rule

Would Ban Use Of Personal Electronic Devices By Pilots In Flight

While the FAA has long had a "Sterile Cockpit Rule" that prohibits pilots from using personal electronic devices during "critical phases" of flight, pilots may soon be banned from using their personal tablets, smartphones, and laptops for anything other than flying the plane or safety reasons under a new proposed rule.

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Martian Crater Once May Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake

New Data On The 57-Mile-Diameter Crater Collected By The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution. The new information comes from researchers analyzing spectrometer data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which looked down on the floor of McLaughlin Crater.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On Palm Coast, FL, Fatal Accident

Airplane Impacted An Occupied House, Resident Escaped Uninjured

The NTSB has issued its preliminary report from an accident which occurred in Palm Coast, FL, in which a Beech H35 Bonanza impacted an occupied house during an emergency landing attempt. The three people on board the airplane were fatally injured, but fortunately the person inside the home was able to escape uninjured. The pilot declared an emergency after experiencing engine problems in the airplane, in which he and the two passengers had departed Fort Pierce, FL, en route to Knoxville, TN.

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John Uczekaj Honored As Aviation Entrepreneur Of The Year

Living Legends Of Aviation Recognizes Aspen Avionics President And CEO

John Uczekaj, president and CEO of Aspen Avionics, has been honored as the "Aviation Entrepreneur of the Year" by Living Legends of Aviation at its star-studded gala on Friday, January 18, 2013. Uczekaj was selected for this prestigious award to acknowledge his leadership in guiding Aspen Avionics from a brand new startup operation through developing the company into an avionics industry leader.

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FAA Approves Privatization Of Chicago's Midway Airport

City Immediately Solicits Bids To Operate The Facility

The FAA on Friday gave its approval to the city of Chicago to transfer Midway Airport to a private management firm, and the city immediately opened the bidding process for a contract.

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Spitfire Search Comes Up Empty

Archaeologists Question Whether Fighters Are Really Buried In Burma

If there are 124 Supermarine Spitfires buried in crates in Burma, they're not going to be found easily. Initial excavations of three sites where the airplanes were thought to be placed underground as WWII was drawing to a close have so far turned up no evidence of the iconic airplanes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.22.13)

“This award came as a complete surprise to me.” Source: Aspen Avionics president and CEO John Uczekaj.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.22.13): Aircraft Conflict Alert

A safety alert issued by ATC to aircraft under their control if ATC is aware of an aircraft that is not under their control at an altitude which, in the controller's judgment, places both aircraft in unsafe proximity to each other.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.22.13)

Air And Space Museum - Winglets

Have you ever wondered why something that looks as simple as winglets are always cited as improving aerodynamics, efficiency, and fuel economy in aircraft? We found a good one from The Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum.

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