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December 05, 2013

EAA Continues Court Action Against FAA

Seeks Relief For Forced Payment Related To ATC Activities At Wittman Regional Airport During AirVenture

The EAA has filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for review of the FAA's actions in demanding payment for Air Traffic Control services at AirVenture in 2013.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.05.13

New Online Resources Target Loss of Control Accidents…

Another Milestone for SpaceX…

Yes Virginia, There Will Be UAVs…

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Evergreen International Airlines Parks Planes After Final Flight

Had Denied Rumors That The Company Was Closing

Evergreen International Airline has parked its airplanes and notified ALPA that pay owed to pilots will be delayed as the carrier appears to have flown its final flight.

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Frontier Airlines Sold To Indigo Partners

Republic Airways Completes Sale To Investment Fund

Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has closed on the sale of Frontier Airlines to an investment fund affiliated with Indigo Partners LLC. Effective upon the closing of the sale, David Siegel, CEO and President of Frontier Airlines, resigned from Republic’s Board of Directors.

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NTSB Probable Cause Report Shows Pilot Likely Overstressed Homebuilt Airplane

Witnesses Observed The Plane In A Bank Estimated At 60 To 80 Degrees

The NTSB has issued a probable cause report from an accident which fatally injured the pilot of an amateur-built Sater Coot A-Amphib on November 23 last year.

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Red Bull Air Race World Championship Tickets Now on Sale

Global Series To Bring High-Flying Action To Dallas/Fort Worth And Las Vegas

Tickets for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship season are now on sale, as the world's fastest motorsport series returns to the skies at exciting new locations around the world after a three-year break.

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NASA Committed To Planetary Exploration

Comments Come After Conference Call On Planetary Research And Analysis Restructuring

NASA's Planetary Director Jim Green held a virtual town hall meeting with the planetary scientific community Tuesday in which he outlined and answered questions about the proposed agency restructuring plans to consolidate some of the supporting research and technology activities to ensure a balanced planetary science portfolio for the next decade.

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NASA Investigating The Life Of Comet ISON

Comet Now 'Likely Only Dust' After Close Encounter With The Sun

After several days of continued observations, scientists continue to work to determine and to understand the fate of Comet ISON: There's no doubt that the comet shrank in size considerably as it rounded the sun and there's no doubt that something made it out on the other side to shoot back into space. The question remains as to whether the bright spot seen moving away from the sun was simply debris, or whether a small nucleus of the original ball of ice was still there. Regardless, it is likely that it is now only dust.

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Augusta Regional Airport Presented With FAA Award

Wins The 'Airport Safety Mark Of Distinction' For Safety Improvements

Augusta Regional Airport (KAGS) in Georgia has been presented a prestigious FAA award, the Airport Safety Mark of Distinction, for the continuing efforts to improve airport safety.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Ailerons On Some Beechcraft Jet Models

Has Received Reports Of Oscillations In Certain Conditions

The FAA has posted a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) directed to owners, operators, and maintenance personnel of Beechcraft Corporation (Type Certificate Previously Held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) Model BAe.125 Series 800A (including C-29A and U-125), 800B, 1000A, and 1000B airplanes and Model Hawker 750, 800 (including variant U-125A), 800XP, 850XP, 900XP, and 1000 airplanes of an airworthiness concern regarding wing/aileron oscillations.

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Bombardier, China Express Airlines Announce Purchase Agreements

Carrier Will Acquire Up To 16 CRJ900 NextGen Aircraft

China’s sole specialized regional airline, China Express Airlines, has placed a firm order for three CRJ900 NextGen airliners, as well as entered into conditional purchase agreements for five CRJ900 NextGen aircraft with options on an additional eight CRJ900 NextGen aircraft. The airline made history last year by being the first to operate the CRJ900 aircraft in the country. Based on the list price for the CRJ900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately $134 million.

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USAF Awards Multi-Million Dollar Flightline Test Contract

Flightline Avionics Test Set For A-10/C Thunderbolt ll Based On Marvin Test Solutions' MTS-207 PXI Platform

The United States Air Force (USAF) recently awarded a $5.7 million contract to Marvin Test Solutions to provide the customized test platform for the PATS-70 flightline test set for the modernized A-10/C Thunderbolt ll. Marvin Test Solutions was selected based on the company's expertise with flightline test solutions, and production deliveries have already begun.

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AeroVironment Sees Net Income Plunge

Reports 80 Percent Downturn In Most Recent Quarterly Report

UAV maker AeroVironment is reporting an 80 percent drop in its net income for the second quarter of its current fiscal year, due largely to cuts in military spending.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-24-14

PRODUCT: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA40 and DA40F airplanes.

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AD: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: AD 2013-22-19

PRODUCT: All Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Model GV and GV-SP airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Power Flow Systems - An Altogether Different Tune

It's Not Enough To Simply Get More Power... You Have To Do It Right

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell meets with Jim Shafer of Power Flow Exhaust Systems at EAA AirVenture 2013. Power Flow Systems specializes in producing tuned exhaust system for a variety of engine and airplane installation combinations. Shafer points out that most exhaust systems are designed to get rid of the exhaust gas, and that’s about all they do. Power Flow changes that by tuning the exhaust system which increases efficiency and horsepower.

Aero-TV: Power Flow Systems - An Altogether Different Tune

It's Not Enough To Simply Get More Power... You Have To Do It Right

ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell meets with Jim Shafer of Power Flow Exhaust Systems at EAA AirVenture 2013. Power Flow Systems specializes in producing tuned exhaust system for a variety of engine and airplane installation combinations. Shafer points out that most exhaust systems are designed to get rid of the exhaust gas, and that’s about all they do. Power Flow changes that by tuning the exhaust system which increases efficiency and horsepower.

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Another First For SpaceX: Satellite Boosted To Geostationary Transfer Orbit

Falcon 9 Rocket Meets 100 Percent Of Mission Objectives

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) successfully completed its first geostationary transfer mission, delivering the SES-8 satellite to its targeted 295 x 80,000 km orbit. Falcon 9 executed a picture-perfect flight, meeting 100% of mission objectives.

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Blue Angels Announce Full 2014 Air Show Season

First Performance In El Centro, CA In March

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will return to its full schedule for the 2014 air show season.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Lear 35 Accident In Florida

Airplane Was Registered In Mexico, Had Completed A Medical Transport Flight

The NTSB has released a preliminary report stemming from an accident which fatally injured four people, who of whom have never been located. The plane went down in the Atlantic Ocean following takeoff November 19 from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (KFLL), Fort Lauderdale, FL. The commercial pilot and a physician on board were lost and presumed fatally injured. The copilot and a flight nurse were fatally injured.

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Iraqi Airways Signs Firm Purchase Agreement With Bombardier

Carrier Will Acquire Five CS300 Airplanes With Options For 11 More

Iraqi Airways, the national carrier of Iraq, has signed a firm purchase agreement with Bombardier to acquire five CS300 mainline jetliners. The agreement, which also includes options on 11 CS300 aircraft, follows a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase the aircraft that was announced by Bombardier on November 19 during the Dubai Airshow.

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VA Tech Aviation Initiative To Get $2.6 Million For UAV Testing

Virginia FACT Funds To Be Disbursed Over The Next Three Years

The Commonwealth of Virginia announced it will award more than $2.6 million over three years in Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT) funds to Virginia Tech to operate an unmanned aircraft systems test site in the state, officials from the governor’s office said Monday. The grants will provide Virginia Tech with $1 million in fiscal year 2014, an additional $1.2 million in fiscal 2015, and $437,000 in fiscal 2016.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin Test-Fires New Rocket Engine

BE-3 Engine Designed To Boost Manned Missions Into Low Earth Orbit

NASA commercial crew partner Blue Origin of Kent, WA, announced it has tested a new, hydrogen- and oxygen-fueled engine designed to lift the company's crewed Space Vehicle on future missions out of Earth's atmosphere. Blue Origin is one of the American companies developing next generation rockets and spacecraft capable of carrying humans to low-Earth orbit.

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Boeing, Jetairfly Celebrate Delivery Of Airline's First Dreamliner

Jetairfly Becomes First Airline In Benelux To Operate Dreamliner

Jetairfly, a part of the TUI Travel PLC, has taken delivery of its first Dreamliner. The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett on Tuesday on its delivery flight to Brussels.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.05.13)

“I wish my former colleagues at Frontier and their new owner, Indigo Partners, the very best and continued success in the transformation of Frontier to an ultra-low-cost carrier.” Source: Republic Airways Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Bedford, on the sale of Frontier Airlines to the investment company.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.05.13): Airborne Snow Survey Program

In hydrologic terms, Center (NOHRSC) program that makes airborne snow water equivalent and soil moisture measurements over large areas of the country that are subject to severe and chronic snowmelt flooding.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.05.13)

NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots

The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots, more commonly referred to as NJASAP, represents the professional interests of the 3,000-plus pilots who fly in the service of NetJets Aviation, Inc.

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