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June 10, 2013

FAA Asks For Proposals That Would Lead To Unleaded Fuel Transition

Agency Says It Is Committed To A New Lead-Free Fuel By 2018

The FAA has asked the world’s fuel producers to submit proposals for fuel options that would help the general aviation industry make a transition to an unleaded fuel. The FAA is committed to the development a new unleaded fuel by 2018 that would minimize the impact of replacing 100 octane low-lead fuel for most of the general aviation fleet.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.10.13

Is Airventure the Tip of the FAA’s Cash Grab Iceberg?

Celebrating A Bonanza…

Restoring Guns in the Cockpit..


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EASA Grants ETOPS 120 Minutes Certification For ATR ‘-600’ Aircraft

Certificate Includes Both The 42- and 72- Models

EASA has just granted “ETOPS 120 minutes” certification to ATR for its new ‘-600’ series aircraft. This ETOPS (Extended-range Twin-engine Performance Standards) certification means that the ATR 42-600 and ATR 72-600 versions can now fly with one engine, as far as 120 flight minutes from any airport at which they can land.

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NASA's Orion Spacecraft Proves Sound Under Pressure

Static Load Tests Completed This Week

After a month of being poked, prodded and pressurized in ways that mimicked the stresses of spaceflight, NASA's Orion crew module successfully passed its static loads tests on Wednesday.

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NASA Flights Target How Pollution, Storms And Climate Mix

Agency Calling The Effort Its 'Most Complex Airborne Science Campaign Of The Year'

NASA aircraft will be conducting flights over the southern United States this summer to investigate how air pollution and natural emissions, which are pushed high into the atmosphere by large storms, affect atmospheric composition and climate. NASA will pursue its most complex airborne science campaign of the year from Houston's Ellington Field.

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Aeromexico Reaches Agreement With Flight Attendant Union

Approval Of Salary Increase Tied To Inflation And Additional Compensation Of 1.5% For Current Flight Attendants

Grupo Aeromexico subsidiary, Aerovias de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. has concluded its contractual labor revision process with its flight attendant union, Asociacion Sindical de Sobrecargos de Aviacion de Mexico ("ASSA").

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NASA Partners With The LEGO Group For Design And Build Contest

Competition Intended To Inspire The Next Generation Of Aerospace Engineers

NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition. The competition will spur students of all ages to use the toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

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T-1 Jayhawk Mods Take Electronic Warfare Training Airborne

First Time An Undergraduate Program Has Formally Incorporated Electronic Warfare

The 451st Flying Training Squadron completed the final step of a long journey when a T-1A Jayhawk modified for electronic warfare training took flight on a training sortie June 4. This is the first time in Air Force history an undergraduate aviation program has formally incorporated the fundamentals of electronic warfare in flight into their combat systems officer training syllabus.

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NASA Selects 31 Space Biology Research Proposals

Institutions From 13 States Will Share $14.9 Million

NASA's Space Biology Program will fund 31 proposals to help investigate how cells, plants and animals respond to changes in gravity. These studies will result in new basic knowledge that provides a foundation on which other NASA researchers and engineers can build approaches and countermeasures to problems confronting human exploration of space, or that translate into new biological tools or applications on Earth.

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Eurocopter UK Receives RAF Support Contract

Applies To The 24 Royal Air Force Puma Mk2 Helicopters Being Upgraded For The UK Ministry Of Defense

Eurocopter UK’s role in maintaining the United Kingdom’s military helicopter capabilities has been further expanded with the award of a three-year support contract for the fleet of 24 Royal Air Force Puma Mk2 helicopters being upgraded by the company to extend their life, enhance performance, mission capability and operational safety.

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Rockwell Collins, Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology Seek Joint Venture

Hope To Establish Commercial Simulation Operation In China

Rockwell Collins and Beijing Bluesky Aviation Technology, an AVIC subsidiary, have signed a Memorandum of Agreement towards establishing a joint venture that will design, manufacture and market commercial aviation flight simulators. The venture will initially focus on airlines and aircraft manufacturers in China, with future plans to address the global commercial simulation and training market segment.

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Avionics International 2014 To Run In Parallel With Abu Dhabi Air Expo Show

Moves Trade Show From Europe To The Middle East

The 2014 Avionics International trade show, formerly known as Avionics Europe, will coincide with the Abu Dhabi Air Expo for the first time, according to the events' organizers. The move from Europe is intended to reflect the increasingly global nature of the event, and its growing contribution to the worldwide avionics sector.

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NASA Technology Improves Safety On Offshore Platforms

Fiber-Optic Monitors Developed Through A Space Act Agreement

A new fiber-optic monitoring system developed through a Space Act Agreement between NASA and Astro Technology Inc. of Houston is helping to increase safety for workers and reduce the risk of leaks and spills on two oil platforms off the coast of West Africa. The technology also has potential future space exploration applications.

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Airbus Launches Second 'Carnet De Vol Alternance' Initiative

Promoting Professional Integration In The Aeronautical And Space Sector

Airbus is working to promote the employment of work-study trainees (students on professional training or apprenticeship contracts) in the aeronautical sectors. Along with its partners Airbus is organizing a second “Carnet de Vol Alternance” operation in  Nantes, France on Tuesday 11th June.

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As Backlash Grows, FAA Is Planning 'Extensive' Special Event User Fees

Extremely Unpopular and (Potentially Illegal) FAA Plans Could Create Serious trouble For Huerta and Senior Staff

For the few weeks that recent FAA financial demands have been part of the aero-public discussion, its obvious that Administrator Huerta's Administration has struck a nerve. But... according to sources within the FAA, the current efforts may be but the tip of the iceberg. ANN has learned that there are, reportedly, extensive discussions within the FAA, as well as outright intent to seek fees for a great number of events and activities that the FAA now deems to be outside of "normal operations."

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Klyde Morris (06.10.13)

Klyde's Got Washington ALL Figured Out


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Airborne 06.07.13: FAA Extorting EAA?, RV-12 To Go!, F-15 Style BizJet

Also: Mind-Flying A Quadcopter, Cool City PMA, Solar Impulse, Sandbar Mitchell, UAV Nearly Clobbers Airbus

Just about the time that you thought the FAA couldn't get any more difficult to understand... or justify... comes news that the Feds are ratcheting up the pressure on EAA to pay nearly $500K in additional fees to staff the annual Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI. What started as a negotiation has now turned into an outright demand. After forty years of supplying kits for amateur-built aircraft, Van’s Aircraft, Inc. stepped into a new world on May 31 when they delivered the very first certified, fly-away, ready-to-go Van’s airplane. Looking for mi

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First Q400 NextGen Airliner Delivered To WestJet

New Regional Airline 'WestJet Encore' To Commence Operations On June 24

The first of 20 Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners ordered by WestJet was delivered by Bombardier Thursday. The aircraft will be operated by the new regional carrier, WestJet Encore, and will serve multiple destinations, beginning in Western Canada in its first year of service. WestJet also holds options for 25 additional Q400 NextGen aircraft.

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A4A Applauds Passage Of Amendment Blocking Preclearance Facility In Abu Dhabi

Language Prohibits Use of Taxpayer Dollars To Benefit Government-Owned Foreign Competitors

Airnline industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) issued a statement Thursday praising House passage of an amendment offered by Representatives Pat Meehan (R-PA), Candice Miller (R-MI) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) prohibiting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from using any taxpayer dollars to conduct Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

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NASA Prepares For Launch Of Next Solar Satellite

IRIS Will Observe How Solar Material Reacts In Sun's Atmosphere

NASA's next scientific satellite, which is scheduled for launch June 26, will provide the most detailed look ever at the sun's lower atmosphere or interface region. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission will observe how solar material moves, gathers energy, and heats up as it travels through this largely unexplored region of the solar atmosphere.

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Western Aircraft Breaks Ground For New Additions

Growth Driven By Tax Exemption Bill Passed Last Year

Thanks in part to the support of the Idaho legislature and Boise Airport, Western Aircraft, a Greenwich AeroGroup company, has broken ground on a 26,000 square-foot expansion on the company’s 18 acre leasehold. 

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JetBlue Flight Makes Emergency Landing At JFK

Embraer Regional Jet Struck A Bird Shortly After Takeoff From Westchester

An Embraer ERJ-190 operated by JetBlue made a precautionary emergency landing Thursday at New York's JFK International Airport after striking a bird shortly after takeoff from Westchester Airport en route to Fort Myers, FL.

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Planespotters Become Allies In Airport Safety

Groups In Chicago, Elsewhere Keep Their Eyes Open And Cameras Ready

There was a time not too long ago that sitting near an airport fence with a camera and a long lens would have at the very least gotten you escorted away from the airport, and might have led to a lengthy conversation with local or federal authorities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.10.13): Doppler Radar

Doppler Radar Weather radar that measures direction and speed of a moving object, such as drops of precipitation, by determining whether atmospheric motion is horizontally toward or away from the radar. Using the Doppler effect, it measures the velocity of particles. Named for J. Christian Doppler, an Austrian physicist, who in 1842 explained why the whistle of an approaching train had a higher pitch than the same whistle when the train was going away.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.10.13)

Aero Linx: The Hawaiian Hang Gliding Association The Hawaiian Hang Gliding Association (HHA) is a not-for-profit association of hang glider pilots, organized to promote the safe instruction and practice of hang gliding, as well as to develop and preserve flying sites. Club membership and a signed waiver are required in order to fly sites administered by the club on Oahu. Membership fees are currently $20 a year for local and visiting pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.10.13)

"Turning the absurdity of sequester gridlock into an AirVenture ultimatum not only flies in the face of established protocols and funding mechanisms, it also grounds the most powerful advocates for a fully funded and modern transportation system in this country. Such an approach is neither constructive nor intelligent or in the best interests of keeping our nation traveling safely. The Final Thought: FAA ultimatum over AirVenture is misguided." Source: From an editorial in the Oshkosh Northwestern in opposition to the FAA's plans to impose nearly $500K in special fees to provide services for the 2013 EAA Fly-In.

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