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August 16, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.16.13

The Downed UPS A300 Had Airworthiness Issues…

US Airways Flight Attendants To Battle the Anti-Merger Suit…

NASA Readies to Research Hu

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NASA, Commercial Crew Partners Fund Additional Development Milestones

Three Companies Report Developments Nearing Completion

NASA announced Thursday it is adding some additional milestones to agreements with three U.S. commercial companies that are developing spaceflight capabilities that could eventually provide launch services to transport NASA astronauts to the International Space Station from U.S. soil.

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Gulfstream Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary Of G550 Certification

Ultra-Long-Range Aircraft Has Set Records, Made History

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. marked the 10th anniversary of the large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550 receiving its type and production certificates from the FAA on Wednesday. It was the first time in Gulfstream history that an aircraft received both certifications on the same day.

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South Carolina Plans 'Aviation Week' Activities

Events Will Promote And Celebrate The State's Aviation Industry

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed August 19 – August 23, 2013 as South Carolina Aviation Week. The South Carolina Aeronautics Commission (SCAC) has partnered with the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA) to develop a week that promotes, educates and celebrates the aviation industry in South Carolina.

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AIAA Releases Decision Paper 'A Framework For Aviation Cybersecurity'

Document Outlines Cyber Threats To Aviation And How Governments And Industry Can Respond

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) released its decision paper “A Framework for Aviation Cybersecurity,” as part of the AIAA AVIATION 2013 conference held earlier this week in Los Angeles, CA. 

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ATK Awarded Contract By Orbital Sciences To Support Stratolaunch System

To Provide First And Second Stages For Air Launch Vehicle

ATK has received a contract from Orbital Sciences Corporation to provide first and second stage propulsion for the Air Launch Vehicle (ALV) that Orbital is designing and building for Stratolaunch Systems Corporation as part of a revolutionary air-launched space transportation system.

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Cessna Completes First Citation Latitude Fuselage

Anticipates Strong Demand For The Aircraft In Latin America

Cessna Aircraft Company announced this week at the Latin American Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (LABACE) in Sao Paulo, Brazil that the company has completed the first fuselage for its forthcoming mid-size business jet, the Citation Latitude.

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IMC Club Awards Its First Annual Proficiency Scholarship

Florida Member Is The Raffle Grand Prize Winner

Over thirty IMC Club’s Inner Marker fellows participated in a raffle for this year’s Grand Prize of a one thousand dollar proficiency scholarship. The IMC Club awarded this year’s Proficiency Scholarship to Matt Lockhart.

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TV News Seeing A Resurgence In Helicopter Use

Stations Again Getting Airborne As The Economy Slowly Recovers

One of the first casualties in TV newsrooms over the past five years were the helicopters, as stations cut their budgets and laid off personnel while the recession deepened.

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Perri Coyne Joins Aspen Avionics

Will Serve As Director Of Marketing Operations

Aspen Avionics, Inc. announced today that Perri Coyne has joined Aspen Avionics as the Director of Marketing Operations. With in-depth experience in the aviation industry, Coyne will direct Aspen’s marketing communications programs as well as partner with Aspen’s sales team to integrate global sales and marketing initiatives.

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Austrian Government Considers Charges Against Mountain Climbers

Pair Faked Exhaustion And Called A Rescue Helicopter For A Ride Back Down

This should be filed under "don't start what you can't finish" ... advice that might have been welcomed by a pair of Dutch mountain climbers who now face fines and jail time.

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AD: Hamilton Standard Division And Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation Propellers

AD NUMBER: 2013-16-10

PRODUCT: Hamilton Standard Division model 6/5500/F and 24PF and Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation model 14RF, 14SF, 247F, and 568F series propellers.

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Airborne 08.16.13: UPS A300 Down, Massive ECi Cylinder AD, DOJ Blocks USA/AA Merger

Also: Martin JetPack, Project Loon, Oshkosh Redemption, Flexjet Hiring, F-35B Sea Trials...
A UPS A300 cargo plane has gone down on approach to Birmingham, AL, and the two pilots on board were fatally injured. The accident occurred about 0455 local time Wednesday morning. The FAA has proposed an AD for certain Airmotive Engineering Corp. replacement parts manufacturer approval (PMA) cylinder assemblies marketed by Engine Components International Division (ECi), used on Continental models 520 and 550 reciprocating engines, and all other engine models approved for the use of CMI models 520 and 550 cylinder assemblies. The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines on the grounds that it would "substantially l

Report: UPS A300 Had Previous Airworthiness Problems

Six 'Service Difficulty' Incidents Had Been Reported In The Past

The A300 being flown as UPS Flight 1354 had experienced previous issues affecting its airworthiness, according to the FAA.

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US Airways Flight Attendants Stand Up To Justice Department Over Merger

Association Of Flight Attendants Vows To Fight DOJ 'War On Workers'

The union representing US Airways flight attendants came out swinging today, promising to fight efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines. The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) vowed to defend the merger on behalf of flight attendants.

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Strike Fighter Squadron 101 Granted Interim 'Safe For Flight' Status

Completes First Flight In Navy F-35C Lightning II

Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft squadron, completed its first flight Aug. 14 in its new aircraft at the squadron's home at Eglin Air Force Base, FL. The 1.3 hour flight was made by VFA-101 naval aviator Lt. Cmdr. Chris Tabert.

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Klyde Morris 08.16.13

Plausible Deniability Is A Powerful Thing, Klyde


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During Congress's August Break, NBAA Canvasses Grassroots Events

Biz-Av Organization Taking Part In Sessions Across The Country

As congressional leaders are spending time in their home states during an annual “recess,” their schedules are often filled with sessions for hearing directly from constituents, including those in the aviation community – and National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) representatives have made it a point to be a part of those and other grassroots advocacy events.

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Chasing The Lifting Body Spacecraft Dream

Sierra Nevada's Dream Chaser Has 50-Year-Old Roots

Dateline: August 2, 2013, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, the Sierra Nevada Corporation rolled their lifting body spacecraft, the “Dream Chaser,” out of the hangar in preparation for “tow” tests. In the pre-dawn hours this engineering test article was prepared for its first critical workout. What few working on the vehicle probably considered was that they were following in footsteps that had been placed upon the ramp at this same airfield almost exactly 50 years earlier, August 16, 1963.

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IAG Orders 220 Airbus Aircraft

Over Half Will Be Placed With Barcelona-Based Airline

International Airlines Group (IAG) has secured firm orders and options for up to 220 Airbus A320 family shorthaul aircraft - up to 120 of these for its subsidiary Vueling. The new aircraft will enable the Barcelona-based airline to replace some of its existing A320 fleet and expand its business.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.16.13)

"Our commercial partners are on-track developing innovative, new space systems that can safely, reliably and affordably transport astronauts and end the gap in U.S. human spaceflight capabilities." Source: William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.13): Same Direction Aircraft

Aircraft are operating in the same direction when they are following the same track in the same direction or other certain conditions.

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