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April 19, 2014

FAA Extends Deadline For Final Helicopter Safety Rule

Compliance Now Mandatory By April 22, 2015

In response to industry feedback and so that the FAA can develop detailed guidance materials, the FAA is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year to April 22, 2015. This will provide the industry with necessary FAA materials and adequate time to adapt their manuals and provide training to pilots.

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EAA To Homebuilders: We Need Your Input

Asks Homebuilders To Complete Survey To Complement NTSB Study

To complement a recent study by the NTSB, "The Safety of Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft," EAA is conducting a new survey regarding first flight preparations and Phase I flight tests. Its two-fold purpose is to (1) collect data on actions that E-AB owners take prior to flight testing their aircraft and (2) determine the types of problems that E-AB aircraft experience during Phase I flight tests.

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Garmin Pilot for Android Adds Interactive Map Features

Latest Update Includes Track-Up Orientation

The latest update to the Garmin Pilot app for Android adds new interactive features that make it easier for pilots to navigate and read charts throughout their flight. New features include track-up orientation, faster map rendering, higher resolution at tighter zoom levels and SafeTaxi integration on the moving map display.

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LSA Training Business Opens In Jacksonville, FL

Couple Established Business After 48-State Tour In A J-3 Cub

It was not unusual years ago, when you wanted to get a Private Pilot’s license, to have to go through different instructors over the course of your training, all of them with a fresh CFI rating trying to build hours for a coveted corporate or airline job. Being a flight instructor was simply a means to an end.

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NASA Completes LADEE Mission With Planned Impact On Moon's Surface

Was Likely Traveling About 3,600 Miles Per Hour On Impact

Ground controllers at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, CA have confirmed that NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft impacted the surface of the moon, as planned, between 2130 and 2222 PDT Thursday, April 17.

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EASA Certifies Airbus Helicopters’ New EC145 T2

Deliveries Of Mission-Ready Rotorcraft To Begin In The Third Quarter

EASA has certified the newest member of Airbus Helicopters’ proven EC145 rotorcraft family – the EC145 T2. The certification covers the full range of capabilities, including single-pilot and instrument flight rules (IFR) and single engine operations (Cat.A/VTOL), along with night vision goggle capability.

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Gone West: NASA Engineer John C. Houbolt

'Unsung Hero' Of The Apollo Program Dies At Age 95

"In the space race of the 1950s and '60s, the leading voices were rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and ... another guy. Household names included Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard and ... oh, you know, the fellow who pushed the idea of a separate crew capsule and lunar lander. America wouldn't have won the race, the Eagle wouldn't have landed in 1969 and the Apollo 13 crew would never have survived if it weren't for an engineer from [the] NASA Langley Research Center. John C. Houbolt."

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Sikorsky Poised To Get Contract For New Presidential Helo

Connecticut Manufacturer Only Company Left In The Competition

When the Navy awards a contract for a new Presidential helicopter ... likely next month ... the choice should be an easy one.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.19.14)

"At the time of impact, LADEE was traveling at a speed of 3,600 miles per hour – about three times the speed of a high-powered rifle bullet. There’s nothing gentle about impact at these speeds." Source: Rick Elphic, LADEE project scientist at Ames.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.19.14): Navigable Airspace

Airspace at and above the minimum flight altitudes prescribed in the CFRs including airspace needed for safe takeoff and landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.19.14)

The Art Of Airsickness Bags

Have you succumbed to the unbridled joy of Air Sickness Bag Collecting? Do you have vomit fever (or, fever-induced vomiting)? Are you ever considering becoming a collector? According to the founder, this is named an "Official Pointless Web site."

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