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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Elon Musk To Receive 2014 Howard Hughes Memorial Award

SpaceX CEO Honored By The Aero Club Of Southern California

Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, has been selected to receive the 2014 Howard Hughes Memorial Award by the Aero Club of Southern California.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

U.S. Navy, NASA Conduct Third Round Of Orion Underway Recovery Tests

Teams Continue To Prepare For December Flight

NASA, Orion prime contractor Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the third round of tests to practice recovering Orion when it splashes down off the coast of San Diego at the end of its December flight test. The mid-September test series, led by NASA's Ground Systems Development and Operations (GSDO) Program, continued to perfect techniques and ensure the full team and all equipment are ready when Orion returns to Earth after traveling more than 3,600 miles in altitude away from the planet.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Aero-TV: More Good News For GA -- AEA’s Paula Derks Analyzes 2Q/14 Sales Data

Avionics Industry Leads The Way As GA Ekes Out A Slow Recovery 

In this video, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell turns to an expert to find out about the health of the aviation avionics business. Jim points out that aviation in general is having a rough time but the avionics business appears to be getting better. He asks Paula Derks, the President of the Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA), to give us a briefing on how things are going.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Lithium Battery Transport Rules Govern New UAV Technologies

Association Cautions Manufacturers That Traveling With The Aircraft May Require Special Considerations

As Unmanned Aerial Vehicles  – or UAVs – become more commercially available and the list of industries utilizing the technology expands, companies should be aware of the stringent transportation regulations applicable to the lithium ion batteries that power virtually every UAV.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Airborne 09.29.14: Young Eagle Tragedy, Overdue Hoover Honors, Paper Plane Record

Also: Low-Flying F16, UAVs For The Movie, Aerobatic Pilot Bails Out, Bombardier Safety Stand Down, MVP Takes On The World

We are sad to report that a Young Eagle flight went down on Saturday morning with the loss of two lives. An inflight collision occurred six miles east-southeast of the Buffalo-Lancaster, New York Regional Airport at approximately 1040 am local time. The accident involved a Cessna 172 Skyhawk and a Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey, which is an amateur-built experimental aircraft. Robert A. “Bob” Hoover will receive the 2014 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association. The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for "…significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." The Fox Valley Composite Squadron which is the local unit of the Illinois Wing of the Civil Air Patrol, beat the Guinness World Record of “Highest Paper Airplane Flight from a High Altitude Bal

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

NASA Drops Helicopter To Test Safety Improvements

Former Marine Helo Converted Into Research Platform

NASA researchers are set to drop a 45-foot-long helicopter fuselage from a height of about 30 feet for the second time in a year – all in the name of safety.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies, Water Vapor On Exoplanet

Gas Body Is About The Size Of Neptune

Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Metro Aviation Closing In On HeliSAS STC

Expects To Have Paperwork In Hand By Year's End

Metro Aviation successfully completed the initial flight test for the Genesys Aerosystems’ HeliSAS Autopilot and Stability Augmentation System on a non-autopilot equipped EC135. The autopilot capabilities, to be used for VFR aircraft, will ease pilot workload and increase flight stability and safety.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

PacAvi Group Launches A320 A321 Freighter Conversion Program

Sees Growth Potential In Niche Market

A new program for conversions of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft from passenger-to-freighter configuration has been launched by PacAvi Group. The company's principal offices are in San Diego, CA, and Bremen and Dresden in Germany.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Akron-Canton Airport Receives Perfect Part 139 Score From FAA

Inspections Include ARFF Facilities, Airfield Movements, Fueling Facilities, More

The Akron-Canton Airport (KCAK) recently achieved a perfect score on the FAA Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 139 Airfield Safety Inspection. All U.S. airports that offer commercial airline service are evaluated annually.

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