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December 21, 2013

FAA Grants Type Inspection Authorization To HondaJet

Also Awards Honda Aircraft Company’s Customer Service Facility Part 145 Certification

Honda Aircraft Company has announced two significant milestones in the development of HondaJet. The FAA has issued the first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for the HondaJet and has certified Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station.

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NBAA Welcomes FAA's Delay On Sleep-Apnea Policy Pending Industry Input

Pilots Would Have To Bear The Cost Of Testing If Policy Is Implemented

The NBAA says it welcomes the decision by the FAA to delay its plans for implementing a controversial new policy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) screening for pilots until the agency has had an opportunity to hear from industry stakeholders on the matter.

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Field Narrows To Eighteen Teams Competing For $30 Million Google Lunar XPRIZE

Competition Intensifies To Send The First Privately Funded Spacecraft To The Moon

With just over two years to go until the deadline, the competition intensifies for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, the largest incentivized competition ever offered. Eighteen privately funded teams now form the line-up in the race to soft-land a spacecraft on the surface of the moon before the December 31, 2015 deadline.

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Pilot Pulled From Burning Airplane In Tampa

Witnesses Saw Airplane On Fire As It Approached Tampa International Airport

The pilot of a single-engine airplane was rescued from the burning wreckage of his aircraft after it went down late Thursday night at Tampa International Airport.

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Ted Tippin Follows In Famous Father's Flight Suit

Aaron Tippin Signs Son's Logbook Following First Solo December 15

Country music star Aaron Tippin is known in the aviation community for his support of The Commemorative Air Force's "Red, White, and Loud" tour lsat year, and as being a strong supporter of GA.

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Liftoff For ESA’s Billion-Star Surveyor

Gaia Mission Launched Aboard A Soyuz Rocket Thursday Morning

ESA’s Gaia mission blasted off Thursday morning on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on its exciting mission to study a billion suns. Gaia is destined to create the most accurate map yet of the Milky Way.

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Gulfstream Celebrates First Anniversary Of G650 Entry Into Service

Company Says Flagship 'Sets New Standard For Business Aviation'

Gulfstream on Friday recognized the one-year anniversary of the first customer delivery of the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650. In a year’s time, the company has delivered nearly 50 G650 aircraft to customers.

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USAF Awards Contract To Complete Two More GPS III Satellites

Lockheed Martin To Build The Spacecraft

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin more than $200 million in contract options to complete production of its fifth and sixth next-generation Global Positioning System satellites, known as GPS III.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.21.13)

"We knew that 2013 would be the make-or-break year for many teams as they need to be close to securing their launch by now if they are going to make an attempt at the prize." Source: Alexandra Hall, senior director of the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The field competing for the prize was recently pared to 18 teams.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.13): Rapid Decompression

The almost instantaneous loss of cabin pressure in aircraft with a pressurized cockpit or cabin.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.13)

Air Appraisals

Not only do they know what your aircraft is worth, Air Appraisal Company understands the value that pilots place on their aircraft and recognizes the importance of establishing an accurate dollar value for an aircraft.

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