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June 08, 2013

Senators Tell FAA 'Stop' On OSH ATC Fees

Bipartisan Group Of 28 Senators Sign Letter To FAA Administrator Huerta

Calling the FAA's move "completely unacceptable," a bipartisan group of 28 U.S. senators delivered a letter Thursday to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, strongly urging the agency to reconsider its unilateral decision to assess fees for air traffic and other services at general aviation events, including EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Beechcraft Delivers 4,000th Model 36 Bonanza

Only Aircraft In History To Remain In Continuous Production For 66 Years

Beechcraft Corporation held a special ceremony June 3 to deliver the 4,000th Model 36 Beechcraft Bonanza: a G36 owned by Segall Group of Baltimore, MD. The Bonanza is the longest continuously produced aircraft in history and more than 18,000 Model 35, 33 and 36 units have been delivered since 1947.

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ANNouncement: Now Accepting Applications For Oshkosh 2013 Stringers!!!

An Amazing Experience Awaits The Chosen Few...

One of the more unique and enjoyable aspects of our coverage is that we've been smart enough to do away with the usual institutional arrogance we see at so many publications... where the Editors think that only they know what you want... whether they really do or not (or worse cover what THEY like... regardless of YOUR interests). We instituted the Aero-Stringer program over a decade ago to allow promising writers and photographers, with a true passion for aviation, to volunteer and help us cover the Oshkosh experience through THEIR EYES and keep us in touch with the true rank and file of the aviation world...

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Dream Chaser Main Hybrid Rocket Motor Testing Underway

Two Tests Completed This Week In San Diego, CA

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has begun the latest phase of hybrid rocket motor qualification testing for the Dream Chaser flight vehicle. SNC completed two tests this week at its rocket test facility in San Diego, CA. A motor firing and ignition test was completed in preparation for upcoming motor tests under the current Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap) award.

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Southwest Airlines Pilots Applaud Key Safety Program Amendment Passage

Union Urges Senate To Follow House's Lead And Pass Restoration Of FFDO Funding

Southwest Airlines Pilots' Association (SWAPA) is calling for the U.S. Senate to follow the lead of the U.S. House of Representatives, which recently passed an amendment to restore Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program funding.

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SimCom And Eclipse Aerospace Announce Avio IFMS Equipped Sim

Device Will Allow Pilots To Complete Type Rating Or Recurrent Courses

SimCom Training Centers and Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. are pleased to announce a new Avio IFMS equipped, full-motion Eclipse twin-engine jet simulator now ready for training at SimCom’s Orlando, Florida training center. The Eclipse Jet simulator is an FAA certified, Level D, full-motion device. As such, there is no need to operate an actual aircraft in order to complete all training requirements for the issuance of a single-pilot Eclipse Jet type rating or for completion of any recurrent course.

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Aero-Help Wanted: ANN Needs A Good Honest Marketing Manager

ANN/Aero-TV Marketing Department Needs Part or Full Time Personnel Since ANN started, we have enjoyed the amazing support of a group of sponsors who have, by and large, been generous and visionary. As a matter of fact, most of the sponsors you see on ANN called us first -- leaving us little to do but to finish some paperwork, and get them started. You have no idea how wonderful that has been for us... leaving us (mostly) to work on the editorial end of ANN and build it into what is generally recognized as the Aviation World's Most Widely Read Daily News Service.

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NY Senator Schumer Urges FAA To Be Vigilant On Airline Safety

Calls For Immediate Change To Inspection Procedures And Compliance With Safety Recommendations

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has sent a letter to FAA Administrator Huerta demanding concrete answers on how they plan to enforce key independent safety recommendations and prepare the regional airline industry to comply with new safety mandates set to take effect at the end of the year.

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Europe's Heaviest Cargo Ship Launched To Space Station

Docking Slated For June 15

ESA’s fourth Automated Transfer Vehicle, Albert Einstein, was launched into orbit Wednesday evening from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. Europe’s autonomous supply ship will perform a series of maneuvers to dock with the International Space Station on June 15.

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Navy Awards Contract For Operational Test CH-53K Aircraft

Operational Evaluation For The Helicopters To Be Conducted By The USMC

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) has awarded a $435 million cost-plus-incentive contract to Sikorsky to build four production-representative CH-53K heavy lift helicopters for the U.S. Marine Corps on May 30. These four aircraft will be the System Demonstration Test Articles (SDTA) that the Marines will test during operational evaluation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.08.13)

"AirVenture and other aviation events are being held hostage in large part because of the FAA's decisions, as the agency would not supply the necessary personnel or approvals to events unless they signed the FAA's contract and paid the bill in advance." Source: EAA Chairman Jack Pelton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.08.13): Flap Deflection Angle

The angle between the deflected flap and the chord line. The angle is positive for a downwards deflection of the flap. Deflect the flap downwards to increase the airfoil’s lift.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.08.13)

Aviation History Online Museum

We needed a little background on the DC-3 today, and our search led here. The Aviation History Online Museum offers extensive information about the history of dozens of aircraft, as well as engines, people, and even some flight theory.

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