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December 24, 2013

Airborne 12.24.13: Beech Sold, HondaJet Cert, Google Lunar XPrize

Also: Tampa PD Rescues Pilot, Sleep Apnea Respite, Gulfstream Celebrates G650, Tuskegee's William Booker Goes West

Tampa Police Officers Dave Dennison and Brian Gentry were conducting an aerial patrol when they heard a pilot talking with controllers about problems with his single engine airplane. The plane went down just inside airport property, and the officers landed their helicopter near the wreckage. Officer Gentry extinguished the engine fire and extracted the unconscious pilot from the wreckage. Media reports have confirmed that Scott Donnelly and Textron have bought Beechcraft less than a year after Beechcraft emerged from bankruptcy with the intention to retool itself as a piston and turbine manufacturer, and get out of the jet business. Honda Aircraft Company has announ

Space Station Crew Removes Ammonia Pump

Second Spacewalk Set For Christmas Eve

NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins completed a 5 hour and 28 minute spacewalk Saturday to remove a faulty ammonia pump on the International Space Station. A second spacewalk to install a new unit now is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 24.

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Boeing And Cathay Pacific Airways Announce Order For 21 777-9Xs

Airline Becomes Asia's First 777X Customer

Boeing and Cathay Pacific have announced the airline's decision to become Asia's first 777X customer with an order for 21 777-9X airplanes, as part of Cathay's future long-haul fleet strategy. The order is valued at more than $7 billion at current list prices.

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Four Service Members Injured In South Sudan Evacuation Mission

Airplanes Were Attacked When They Flew Into Disputed Area

Four U.S. service members on a mission to evacuate American citizens from Sudan Saturday were injured, one seriously, when the three aircraft they were flying were attacked and forced to turn back without completing the mission.

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New American Flight Attendants Reach Agreement On Representation, Bargaining

AFA, APFA Deal Sets Stage For Contract Improvements

The unions representing flight attendants at the new American Airlines have reached an agreement on how their workgroup will be represented at the new company and how they will work together to achieve an industry-leading joint contract.

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Mozambique Officials Say Airliner Crash Was Intentional

Investigators Say Pilot Planned To Fly The Airplane With 33 On Board Into The Ground

An aviation official in Mozambique says that a November 29 crash in a national park in Namibia was intentional. Thirty-three people on board the airplane were fatally injured when it went down.

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British Airways 747 Wing Clips Airport Building In Johannesburg

No Injuries Reported In Taxi Accident On Board The Airplane, Four In Building Hurt

A British Airways 747 taxiing for takeoff from Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport to London Sunday night veered off the taxiway and sliced into a two-story brick building with its right wing.

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Evergreen Aviation Museum Faces Uncertain Future

Creditors Eye Exhibits In The Museum, Including The Spruce Goose

The financial woes of Evergreen Airlines, which is facing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, have extended across the street to the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, where creditors are attempting to claim some of the museum's exhibits including the iconic Spruce Goose.

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New Angel Flight Pilot Flies First Transport Mission

Texas Flight School Offers Free Use Of Airplanes For Transporting Patients

Providing an extra lift for cancer patients has become the focus of one flight school in Victoria, TX. The airplanes at Calhoun Air Center are mostly used to train new pilots, but the school is now allowing local pilots access to their planes for transporting patients, free of cost.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.24.13)

“Larry was an amazing first patient to fly with. He had a great attitude! I’m really looking forward to future missions.” Source: Calhoun Air Center Chief Flight Instructor Erin Cude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.24.13): UA / UAV

A device used or intended to be used for flight in the air that has no onboard pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.24.13)

NORAD Santa Tracker It's Christmas Eve, and time once again for the most famous of flights ... Santa's amazing annual delivery circumnavigation that puts every aviation delivery service to shame

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