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December 31, 2013

Airborne 12.31.13: Reno Race Shakeup, Textron Talks Beech, Legacy 450 1st Flt

Also: FAA Reregistration Program ALL Screwed Up, Last DC-9, USAF Pilot Shortage, Benoist Flies Again!

"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...." In releases issued as most of America was still scarfing up leftover turkey and stuffing (with extra gravy), GA's remaining All-American powerhouse, Textron -- the parent to Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft and Lycoming Engines -- has officially commented on and confirmed their purchase of Beech. That could be the message greeting hundreds, even a thousand or more aviators on New Year’s Day if you’re one of the unlucky

AUVSI Calls FAA UAS Announcement An 'Important Milestone'

Congratulates Sites Selected For The Program

The president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) issued a statement Monday congratulating the six sites selected by the FAA for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAS) testing in the United States.

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Boeing Likely To End Year Strong

Analysts Say Commercial Deliveries And International Defense Business Will Drive Growth Next Year

Boeing's financials look good through the first three-quarters of 2013, and analysts say the company's fourth quarter is also likely to be strong. All that leads to a forecast of a good 2014 for the U.S. planemaker, according to a report from Forbes.

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NTSB Issues Prelim In December 18 VA Fatal Accident

Pilot Reported Engine ‘Was Dying’ Prior To Going Down

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident which occurred December 18 near Charlottesville, VA. The pilot, identified as 51-year-old Dr. Gregory Arnold Voit of Northfield, NJ, had been on his way to pick up his son from college for the winter break.

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Navy Looks Beyond The F-35 To New Airplane

Boeing Has Shown Potential Design For F/A-XX

Statements from a Navy Admiral would seem to indicate that the service is looking beyond the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to an airplane that would replace the F/A-18E/F Super Hornets currently in service.

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Corpus Christi Army Depot Breaks Ground For New Helicopter Painting Facility

Modernized Operations And Improved Corrosion Control Will Be The Result

Corpus Christi Army Depot, the core of Army aviation's maintenance, repair and overhaul for helicopters, engines and components, broke ground recently on a new modernized helicopter facility that will house painting operations for Army helicopters. When complete, this $34.2 million Aircraft Corrosion Control Facility will meet the painting requirements for the Army's UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47D Chinook and AH-64 Apache. It will also improve corrosion control and the working environment.

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Gone West: Nadezhda Popova

Russian Woman Piloted 'Night Witch' Converted Ag Planes During WWII

One of Russia's woman pilots who flew ag planes converted into bombers during WWII has passed away at the age of 91.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.31.13)

“We have successfully brought new technology into the nation’s aviation system for more than 50 years, and I have no doubt we will do the same with unmanned aircraft.” Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, announcing the six sites selected for UAS testing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.31.13): Center TRACON Automation System (CTAS)

A computerized set of programs designed to aid Air Route Traffic Control Centers and TRACONs in the management and control of air traffic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.31.13)

CVR Database

This site contains various Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR or Black Box) transcripts of aviation accidents and incidents.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-25-10

PRODUCT: Certain serial-numbered Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 helicopters with a certain tailboom upper left attachment fitting (fitting).

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-21-06

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model EC135 P1, EC135 P2, EC135 P2+, EC135 T1, EC135 T2, EC135 T2+, and MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters with a certain external mounted hoist system (hoist) with boom support assembly (boom) installed.

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