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January 26, 2013

Airborne 01.25.13: 787 Troubles Continue, Chambliss OK After Crash, FIFI Returns

Also: Sebring, LSAs, NTSB, F-35B Troubled Too, Republic Signs With AAL, Wright Flyer Replica Accident Followup

Securaplane (Secure-a-Plane) was rushed into providing non-conforming battery chargers to Boeing for the Dreamliner, according to a whistleblower who was fired six years ago from the company for alleged misconduct. In a speech delivered to the Aero Club of Washington, D.C., Wednesday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said "Today the American aviation industry is strong, and it’s getting stronger. Airshow pilot Kirby Chambliss, in preparation for an airshow in El Salvador, Wednesday, has suffered an engine failure but is reported

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Hersman: Nothing Ruled Out In Boston 787 Dreamliner Battery Fire

Battery Shows Signs Of Short-Circuiting, Board Says

In a news conference Thursday, NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman released preliminary findings from the NTSB’s ongoing investigation into the Jan. 7, 2013, Boeing 787 battery fire in Boston. “We have not ruled anything out as a potential factor in the battery fire; there are still many questions to be answered,” Hersman said.

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Twin Otter Down In The Antarctic

Hurricane-Force Conditions Hampering Rescue Efforts

A Twin Otter operated by Kenn Borek Air went down Wednesday on a supply run between the U.S. research station near the South Pole and an Italian station near Terra Nova Bay. There were three people reportedly on board the airplane.

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US Airways And Association Of Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement

Contract Will Go Out For Ratification By The Airline's 6,800 Flight Attendants

US Airways today announced that it has reached a new tentative agreement on a collective bargaining agreement with the Association of flight attendants (AFA), which represents the airline's 6,800 mainline flight attendants. Details of the agreement were made available by AFA.

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Is There A Perfect Airplane ... Part II

There Is... At Least For The Author ... It's The AirCam

In part one of this series, I posed the question "Is there a perfect airplane?" And while the answer will not be the same for everyone, for me, it is the AirCam. This is a go-anywhere airplane. You can land in remote jungle clearings, on a desert, a beach, a riverbed, or on a deserted road. You can safely make long over-water trips. You can fly through canyons and valleys, and over the mountaintops. You can fly low and over hazardous areas in complete safety. By adding floats, you add thousands of more places where you can land, making the aircraft even more utilitarian.

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NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready To Start 10th Year

Original Mission Was Planned For Just Three Months

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently examining veined rocks on the rim of an ancient crater.

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Century Flight Systems Receives STC For C4000 Installation In C182

Similar Authorization Expected For Several Piper Airplanes

The FAA has granted an STC to autopilot manufacturer Century Flight Systems for the installation of their Century 4000 Autopilot in Cessna 182-series aircraft.  Follow-on certifications are expected to include Saratoga PA32-301, 301T, PA32R-301 and 301T aircraft.

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Colorado County Moves To Ban Filming From Helicopters

But Could Allow Exceptions On A Case-By-Case Basis

Officials in Pitkin County, CO, are considering an amendment to the county's land use code that would ban filming from helicopters except in special circumstances. But they tabled language that would have addressed privacy concerns from the use of UAVs.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.26.13)

“We have not ruled anything out as a potential factor in the battery fire; there are still many questions to be answered." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.26.13): Glideslope

Provides vertical guidance for aircraft during approach and landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.26.13)

NBAA Scholarship Program

NBAA's scholarship program, generously supported through sponsorships, offers nearly $100,000 annually in cash awards as tuition reimbursement for enrolled students, and that number is nearly matched in monetary and training awards for working professionals.

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