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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Airborne 09.26.14: A320neo First Flight, Aspen ESV Trial, Garmin Flies G5000

Also: Sea Lynx Grounding, AEA's Ric Peri On FAR 145, Union v Allegiant, Wingboarding--Anyone?

Things went off as planned in Toulouse, France yesterday morning when the A320neo made its first flight. First reports after the flight indicated that the flight went as planned. The “neo” which stands for “new engine option” represents the Airbus bet that a need for better fuel economy will be the force to drive orders for this variation of the single isle A320. Aspen avionics introduces the “try before you buy” concept. The FAA has approved Aspen's offer of a free 10-inflight-hour trial of its Evolution Synthetic Vision, referred as ESV. All new Aspen EFD1000 Pro PFD purchasers will receive the free ESV trial with their display. Garmin has completed the maiden flight of the Beechjet 400A featuring the G5000 Integrated Flight Deck. This marks a significant step towards completion of the G5000 upgrade for the popular B

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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

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

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

Bombardier Sets 18th Safety Standdown USA

Aviation Professionals To Gather In Wichita October 6-9

Aviation professionals are invited to attend the 18th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown USA. This year's activities focus on reducing distraction through the use of proven attention control techniques. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita Hotel in KS October 6-9, 2014.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

Gogo Business Aviation To Support Corporate Angel Network

Donating Items For The NBAA/CAN Soiree To Be Held At NBAA 2014

Donated items for the NBAA/CAN Soirée An Evening with Angels are more exciting than ever this year.  The auction, held to benefit Corporate Angel Network (CAN) during the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2014), takes place at 6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL and features many highly prized items and priceless bidding opportunities for those in the aviation industry and beyond.

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Mon, Sep 29, 2014

NASA Drops Helicopter To Test Safety Improvements

Former Marine Chinook 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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