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December 01, 2012

Standardization Rulemaking Committee Issues Report To FAA

Recommends Single, Master Electronic Database For Certification Approval Process

A government-industry rulemaking committee responsible for making recommendations to address the lack of FAA regulatory interpretation consistency issued its final report to the agency Friday.

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Aviation Security Hearing Focuses On TSA Impacts On Passengers, Industry

TSA 'Declined To Participate' In The Hearing

The Aviation Subcommittee conducted a hearing Thursday to examine the impact that TSA regulations and policies have on the aviation passenger experience and the free flow of aviation commerce. While government, industry, labor and consumer advocacy witnesses provided testimony on how improvements to TSA procedures and programs could benefit users of the aviation system, the TSA declined to participate in the hearing.

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FAA Proposes Policy To Improve Flight Attendant Workplace Safety

Guidelines Developed In Conjunction With The Department Of Labor

The FAA, working with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), today proposed a new policy for addressing flight attendant workplace safety. While the FAA's aviation safety regulations take precedence, the agency is proposing that OSHA be able to enforce certain occupational safety and health standards currently not covered by FAA oversight.

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Congressmen Say FAA Has A 'Blind Spot' Concerning UAS Privacy Issues

Release Agency Response To Bipartisan Query About Drone Operations

With the FAA estimating that as many as 30,000 drones could be flying in U.S. skies by the year 2020, Reps. Edward J. Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX) have released a response from the FAA to their query about the potential privacy implications of non-military drone use.

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First Catapult Launch Of X-47B Unmanned Aircraft A Success

Test Conducted At Shore-Based Facility At Pax River

The U.S. Navy, along with Northrop Grumman, have conducted the first catapult launch of an unmanned system using the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. The test was conducted at a shore-based catapult facility at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD.

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United Launch Alliance Hosts NASA Administrator

Bolden Tours Rocket Factory, Hosts Town Hall

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discussed the state of the nation's space agency, including science and human exploration, during his visit Thursday to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) production facility in Decatur, AL, where ULA manufactures both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles.

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European Researchers Explore Fly-By-Wire Technology For GA Airplanes

DA-42 Is The Test Platform For The Small Airplane Proof Of Concept

A Diamond DA-42 airplane is serving as a test platform for research being conducted in Europe that could lead to the use of fly-by-wire technology in GA airplanes.

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'Lost' Spitfire Squadron Could Be Airborne Again In Three Years

Airplanes Buried In Burma To Hide Them From The Japanese At The End Of WWII

The British Spitfire airplanes that have been discovered buried in crates in Burma could be flying again in three years, according to experts close to the recovery effort. The airplanes, thought to be rare Mark XIV Spitfires, were interred in August of 1945 as the Second World War was coming to an end.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.01.12)

“While TSA has developed some alternative procedures, there is concern that passengers and some screeners are uncertain as to what these alternative procedures are, and fears that both passengers and screeners may not always be aware of what the passengers’ rights are." Source: House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Tom Petri (R-WI) during a hearing Thursday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.01.12): Desired Track

The planned or intended track between two waypoints.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.01.12)

The Ju88 CF+VP page features a wealth of information about the world's third remaining Ju 88. A very interesting site about a rare aircraft with a unique history.

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