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June 06, 2013

Coast Guard Rescues Survivors From Airplane Down Near Petersburg, Alaska

One Passenger On The Sightseeing Flight Fatally Injured

The U.S. Coast Guard has located and rescued the survivors of a plane crash near Petersburg, Tuesday. A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted and transported six survivors and one deceased passenger to Petersburg, after locating the downed de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver near Le Conte Bay.

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RC Quadcopter Controlled By Thoughts Navigates Obstacle Course

First-Of-Its-Kind Noninvasive System Has Potential To Help People With Disabilities

Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have developed a new noninvasive system that allows people to control a flying robot using only their mind. The study goes far beyond fun and games and has the potential to help people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.

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IATA Endorses Core Principles For Passenger Rights Regulation

Tyler: Governments Are 'Turning A Blind Eye To The Problems They Are Creating'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) 69th Annual General Meeting (AGM) has unanimously endorsed a set of core principles for governments to consider when adopting consumer protection regulation. The IATA AGM resolution addresses a proliferation of uncoordinated and extra-territorial passenger rights legislation and regulation that is the cause of confusion among passengers.

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Airbus Americas Hangs Out The 'Help Wanted' Sign In Alabama

Seeking Manufacturing Engineers For Mobile Assembly Line

Airbus is seeking manufacturing engineers for its assembly line in Mobile, Alabama. The positions are the first manufacturing-related jobs announced for the company’s U.S. aircraft assembly line.

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United Airlines Purchases 15 Million Gallons Of Biofuel

Alternative Fuel To Be Used On Flights Departing LAX In 2014

United Airlines has executed a definitive purchase agreement with AltAir Fuels for cost-competitive, sustainable, advanced biofuels at commercial scale, representing what they are calling an historic milestone for aviation.

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Aeromar Introduces First ATR -600 In Mexico

The Carrier Leases Its First ATR -600 Series Aircraft From Air Lease Corporation

Mexican regional airline Aeromar has taken delivery of its first of 2 ATR 72-600 to be acquired on long-term lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The delivery sees Aeromar become the first operator of the ATR -600 series aircraft in the region. In addition, the new airplanes will be the premier turboprops up to 70 seats in Mexico.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In 2011 Cirrus Accident

Report: Evidence Suggests Right-Seat Pilot Attempted Aerobatic Maneuver At A Low Altitude

The NTSB has released its probable cause report in an accident involving a 2008 Cirrus SR22 which went down in a wildlife refuge near Boynton Beach, FL. According to the report, two friends were flying back from an air show along with two other airplanes when one of the two pilots on board the Cirrus attempted a low-altitude aileron roll. Both pilots on board the aircraft were fatally injured by the impact.

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Bell V-280 Valor Selected For Army’s JMR-TD Program

To Be Considered For Future Vertical Lift Program

The U.S. Army has selected Bell Helicopter's V-280 Valor, its third generation tiltrotor design, for the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) Technology Demonstrator (TD) program. The Army is expected to award JMR-TD contracts by September 2013, with first flight scheduled for 2017.

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China Readies For Manned Space Mission In June

Plans Docking With Tiangong-1 Orbiting Laboratory

Chinese state-run media reports that the country plans to launch a three-man mission to its orbiting Tiangong-1 space laboratory in June, with "final preparations" underway on the Shenzhou-10 spacecraft.

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WWII Vet Leaves Own 'Hilarious' Obituary

Details A Life Of 'Endless Laughter And Debauchery'

John E. Holden had been a Marine Corsair fighter pilot during WWII. He survived the war, and the many years that followed, before passing away last week at the age of 93. Holden fell from a window at a retirement community in Lancaster, PA.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-12

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model BD-100-1A10 (Challenger 300) airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-04

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes; Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes; and Model 777-200, -200LR, -300, and -300ER series airplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: Introducing The MD302--Mid-Continent's Standby Attitude Module

Extensive Expertise in Backup Solutions Makes MCIA Uniquely Qualified In This Market

There's no such thing, in aviation, as TOO much caution... hence the reason the industry has expended so much time, energy and talent in creating backup systems for critical functions in today's aircraft. One of the true leaders in the aero-backup technology arena is Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. Their latest offering is an impressive effort to create an even more redundant cockpit... and to do so with a bit of technology that not only provides critical standby info, but does so elegantly and easily. The MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM) is an entirely self

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FAA Not Budging On AirVenture Controller Decision

Wisconsin Senators Send Letter To Michael Huerta Urging Reconsideration

AirVenture is not just a big deal to the aviation community, or even the city of Oshkosh, WI. Estimates are that the week-long "Worlds Greatest Aviation Celebration" has a $110 million economic impact on the state. So when the FAA demanded that EAA pony up about a half million dollars to pay for air traffic controllers to work the show, it got the attention of the state's two U.S. Senators.

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Van’s Delivers First Fly-Away RV Aircraft

Sporty’s To Get One Soon For 2014 Sweepstakes

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.

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Russia's Ilyushin Finance Co. To Purchase 42 CSeries Aircraft

Order Includes Aircraft With The Extra Capacity Seating Option For Export To International Operators

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that its purchase agreement with Moscow-based leasing company Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) has been approved by IFC’s shareholders and is now firm. The firm purchase agreement covers the acquisition of 32 CS300 aircraft and options for an additional 10 CS300 aircraft, following a letter of intent signed by IFC in 2011 and a conditional purchase agreement announced by Bombardier on February 20, 2013.

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Canadian Safety Board Finishes On-Site Investigation In Medical Helo Accident

Ornge Helicopter Went Down Just After Takeoff, Four On Board Fatally Injured

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has wrapped up its on-site investigation at the scene of an accident in which four people on board a medical helicopter were fatally injured when it went down just after takeoff last Friday.

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ALPA Praises U.S. House For Restoring FFDO Funding

Revenue-Neutral Amendment To TSA Funding Bill Ensures That Armed Pilots Will Remain In Cockpits

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill Wednesday that would continue funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) program, which would be eliminated under the administration’s current budget proposal.

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AEA Issues First Quarter 2013 Avionics Market Report

Industry Total Avionics Sales Amount To More Than $1.7 Billion

The Aircraft Electronics Association has released its first quarterly Avionics Market Report. In the first three months of 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to $1,706,006,894.49, or more than $1.7 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report.  

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TSA Reverses Proposed Policy On Small Knives In Airline Passenger Cabins

Representatives Markey, Grimm, Who Led Effort In Congress, Praise TSA Reversal On Knife Policy

The TSA Wednesday changed its mind on a policy to allow small knives in the passenger cabins of U.S. airliners and abandoned the idea. The move comes after months of protests from many sectors of the aviation community, including flight attendants and pilots.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.06.13)

"This shift in policy by the FAA to charge fees for air traffic services is tantamount to an imposition of a new user fee on general aviation. (F)or the FAA to demand additional payments for items that have been budgeted for in previous years is completely unacceptable." Source: Excerpt from letter from Wisconsin Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.06.13): Ground Fog (GF)

Fog produced over the land by the cooling of the lower atmosphere as it comes in contact with the ground. Also known as radiation fog, and in parts of California as tule fog.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.06.13)

Black History In Aviation

A virtual museum... ... explores the history of African Americans in aviation from pre-civil rights to the present. The virtual museum highlights the challenges and accomplishments of African-American aviation professionals.

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