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December 30, 2013

Reno Air Race Shakeup: Houghton Departs As President and CEO

"...To Further Reduce Expenditures And Streamline Our Efforts..."

One of the toughest jobs in aviation, that of running the embattled and historic Reno Air Races, is now vacant. Few details are available right now, the announcement being just minutes old, but a statement from the Reno Air Racing Association states that, "In its ongoing effort to revise and evolve its organizational structure and business model to ensure long-term sustainability, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today the departure of its president & CEO Mike Houghton. The recently restructured board of directors cited recent changes in the governance of the organization and input from key stakeholders that emphasized a need to restructure the day-to-day operations in light of the

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FAA Announces UAS Test Sites

Will Conduct Research To Lead To Incorporation Of Unmanned Aircraft Into The NAS

The FAA has announced the selection of the six public entities that will develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test sites around the country. These congressionally-mandated test sites will conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace over the next several years.

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NASA, JAXA Announce Launch Date For Global Precipitation Satellite

February 27 Announced As Launch Date For The Scientific Mission

Environmental research and weather forecasting are about to get a significant technology boost as NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) prepare to launch a new satellite in February.

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NTSB Issues Prelim In Destin, FL Fatal Accident

Flight Was About 60 Miles Short Of Destination Airport

The NTSB has issued a preliminary report from an accident near Destin, FL on December 18 which fatally injured the pilot of a Beechcraft G36 Bonanza. The flight was about 60 miles from the destination airport, Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida (KDTS), when the pilot reported to air traffic control that he had lost all engine power.

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NASA Global Hawk Flies In Canadian Airspace For First Time

Mission In Conjunction With NGC To Study Canadian Arctic

NASA's Global Hawk has flown through Canadian airspace for the first time as part of a mission to collect environmental data in the Canadian Arctic. The flight team consisted of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and a group of international science organizations along with Northrop Grumman, which builds the aircraft.

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DOD Looks 25 Years Ahead In Unmanned Vehicle Roadmap

Aircraft Lead The Way, But Other Unmanned Systems Gaining Ground

Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department's new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, released Dec. 23. The report to Congress is an attempt to chart how unmanned systems fit into the defense of the nation.

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NASA Extends Deadlines For Student Exploration Design Challenge

Students Invited To Submit Ideas For Protecting Astronauts From Radiation During Long-Duration Missions

NASA is extending deadlines for its Exploration Design Challenge, an educational program connected to Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) -- the first mission for NASA's new Orion spacecraft, scheduled to launch in September 2014 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The new deadline for high school students to submit payload design notebooks has been extended to Feb. 28.

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Lockheed Martin Supports Japanese F-2 Restoration Program

Providing Wing Components For The Effort

In cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Lockheed Martin has delivered the first F-2 aft and leading edge flaps as part of a restoration plan to replenish Japan's F-2 fleet.  Eighteen Japanese F-2B fighter aircraft based at Matsushima Air Base were destroyed during a tsunami that hit the nation in March 2011.

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Russia Developing Replacement For An-26

United Aircraft Corporation To Build The Ilyushin Il-112W Light Transport

The Russian government plans to enter into a contract worth about $241 million (US) with that country's United Aircraft Corporation to develop a new light transport aircraft that will replace the An-26.

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Ex-Im Bank Supports Export Of 767 To Mongolia

One Of 'Numerous' Export Opportunities With That Nation

Officials from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) and MIAT Mongolian Airlines (MIAT) participated recently in a signing ceremony that finalized the export of a U.S. Boeing 767-300ER aircraft with GE engines to MIAT. Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg, MIAT President and CEO Jargalsaikhan Gungaa, and PEFCO Vice President Vince Herman signed the financing documents.

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UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Flown On Biofuel Blend

Aircraft Operated On 50/50 Blend Of ATJ-8

U.S. Army has successfully flown a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on a 50/50 blend of ATJ-8 (Alcohol-to-Jet) produced by renewable isobutanol manufacturer Gevo Inc. The company says ATJ is a renewable, drop in alternative fuel for JP8 that addresses the Army Energy Security Strategy and Plans mandate that the Army certify 100% of its air platforms on alternative/renewable fuels by 2016.

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Sikorsky Lands Major Black Hawk Contract

Funds Third Year Of Program To Produce 57 Aircraft

The U.S. Army has awarded a contract modification worth $723,998,360 to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. to fund program year three for 33 UH-60M helicopters and 24 HH-60M helicopters. The contract also includes associated program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, and integrated logistics support.

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Company Owned By Senator's Husband Buys Airplane

Lawmaker Says No Taxpayer Money Will Be Used For Her Transportation

The company owned by Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill's husband has purchased an airplane that could occasionally be used for the Senator's transportation, but the lawmaker says no taxpayer money will be used if she flies in the plane.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-24-05

PRODUCT: Certain Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 1A1, 1A2, 1B, 1C, 1C1, 1C2, 1D, 1D1, 1E2, 1K1, 1S, and 1S1 turboshaft engines.

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Happy New Year! Your Airplane May Be Grounded

Beware -- Your FAA Has Done It Again! Awww… C’mon Man!

By Bruce Brandon, Atty, ANN Aero-Legal Specialist You can’t make this stuff up. There are hundreds (perhaps over a thousand) airplanes that will be grounded on January 1, 2014. Why? The FAA won’t have completed the paperwork for a large block of airplanes that are queued for re-registration. You will recall that the FAA mandated re-registration of all civil aircraft started in 2010 under the authority of 49 USC § 44101 et. al. The FAA, over objections, imposed 14 CFR § 47.40 that requires a 3 year re-registration. So far, it’s a mandate making GA more of a hassle -- but manageable -- only if FAA does its job (always a questionable proposition).

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ANN, SportPlane Resource Guide Unleashing Many New Projects For Sebring Expo

Export Forums, FREE Mini-Guides, Extra News Coverage (Including Airborne), And (MUCH) More Awaits January 16th-19th Event

Many have called sport and personal aviation the very foundation of the aviation world -- and the staff of the Aero-News network and the SportPlane Resource Guide quite agree. ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell has informed the folks at the Sport Aviation Expo that the already impressive history of coverage that ANN and the SPRG have given the event are to be augmented... significantly. "Sport Aviation, and the still-as-yet unrealized potential of the LSA and SportPlane segment, really need all the attention and accurate coverage they can get. With this year's advent of the first volumes of the SportPlane Resource Guide, as well as additional SportPlan

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Klyde Morris (12.30.13)

Klyde's Kinda Pushing His Luck...


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Air Force Could Face Pilot Shortage

Hiring Pressure From Airlines, Low Morale Cited As Factors

The U.S. Air Force could soon face a pilot shortage, given cuts in flying hours, low morale, and hiring pressure from airlines looking for experienced pilots to satisfy new FAA guidelines.

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America’s First Airplane Factory Reappeared In 2013

Surrounding Buildings Torn Down To Reveal Historic Site

After nearly a century in obscurity, America’s first airplane factory began to reappear in 2013 as demolition crews peeled away surrounding buildings in Dayton, Ohio. The original Wright Company factory began to emerge on the 54-acre, former Delphi Home Avenue plant in west Dayton as demolition crews razed other buildings to prepare the site for redevelopment.

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Delta To Retire Last Commercial Service Douglas DC-9 Aircraft

Last Flight Comes As The Airline Modernizes Its Fleet And Reduces Fuel Usage

Delta Air Lines on Jan. 6, 2014 will retire its remaining Douglas DC-9 aircraft following Flight 2014 scheduled to depart Minneapolis/St. Paul for Atlanta at 1620 (CST), the last scheduled commercial flight of the DC-9 by a major U.S. airline.

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Ohana By Hawaiian Resumes FAA Certification Process

Hawaiian Airlines Turboprop Subsidiary Had Certification Delayed By Sequestration, Partial Government Shutdown

A planned inter-island turboprop subsidiary of Hawaiian Airlines has resumed the FAA certification process after being delayed by sequestration and what was described as a "lack of FAA resources."

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California EAA Chapters Offer Air Academy Scholarship

Will Send One Youth To Summer Camp In Oshkosh

Two California EAA chapters are teaming up to provide a scholarship for a resident of Shasta, Tehama, and surrounding counties to attend the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh August 1-9. The summer camp begins as AirVenture is ending, and the scholarship recipient will get to participate in some of the activities at the show.

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IAA Joins With Canada, Italy, Denmark On New ATC System

Satellite-Based Technology Developed By Aireon LLC

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) says it will participate in Aireon LLC, a revolutionary space-based air traffic surveillance venture. In this new deal, the IAA will take a 6% stake in the company.  Involvement in Aireon offers the IAA the potential to enter the global market for the provision of air traffic management services and will allow it to greatly enhance the services it provides to its airline customers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.30.13): Instrument Departure Procedure

Instrument Departure Procedure A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure published for pilot use, in graphic or textual format, that provides obstruction clearance from the terminal area to the appropriate en route structure. There are two types of DP, Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP), printed either textually or graphically, and, Standard Instrument Departure (SID), which is always printed graphically.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.30.13)

Aero Linx: What Makes Paper Airplanes Fly? What makes a paper airplane fly? Air — the stuff that's all around you. Hold your hand in front of your body with your palm facing sideways so that your thumb is on top and your pinkie is facing the floor. Swing your hand back and forth. Do you feel the air? Now turn your palm so it is parallel to the ground and swing it back and forth again, like you're slicing it through the air. You can still feel the air, but your hand is able to move through it more smoothly than when your hand was turned up at a right angle. How easily an airplane moves through the air, or its aerodynamics, is the first consideration in making an airplane fly for a long distance.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.30.13)

“Proving flights will involve our crews operating flights between Honolulu and Lanai and Molokai without passengers, just with FAA observers, making sure we do everything to their satisfaction." Source: Ohana by Hawaiian managing director Hadden Watt, discussing a planned inter-island turboprop subsidiary of Hawaiian Airlines that has resumed the FAA certification process after being delayed by sequestration and what was described as a "lack of FAA resources."

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