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April 16, 2016

FAA Issues New Flight Simulator Regulations

Designed To Make Simulator Training More Accurate And Realistic In Certain Scenarios

Since the 1970s, the FAA has gradually expanded the permitted use of flight simulation for training. Two new agency rules dealing with simulators and aviation training devices will improve airline pilots’ response to a number of unusual situations they may encounter, and give pilots more credit toward the requirements for an instrument rating.

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Solar Impulse Ready To Resume Around-The-World Flight

Team Has Re-Entered 'Mission Mode' And Is Looking For A Weather Window

Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are ready to resume their attempt to achieve the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight with Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) – the first solar airplane capable of flying day and night using only solar energy. After replacing overheated batteries and running maintenance flights, the team is now re-entering “mission mode”, and are now working to identify the first favorable window for Bertrand Piccard to fly toward North America, despite the current difficult weather conditions.

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Norwegian Air International Receives Tentative DOT Approval

ALPA Says Move Exposes 'Flawed' System

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday issued an order proposing to grant a foreign air carrier permit to Norwegian Air International.When made final, the permit will allow Norwegian Air International to begin operations to the U.S., including the first-ever service between Boston and Cork, Ireland.

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Obama Administration Chides Senate Over FAA Bill

OMB Says 18 Months Is Not 'Long-Term' Funding

The Obama Administration Office of Management and Budget has sent a letter to Senators John Thune (R-ND) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) ... the Chairman and Ranking Democrat on the Senate Commerce Committee, saying that the FAA Reauthorization Bill currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate has some areas that need to be improved.

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Bigelow Aerospace, ULA Announce New Partnership

Companies Join Forces To Foster A New Era of Sustainable Commercialization In Low Earth Orbit

Bigelow Aerospace (BA) and United Launch Alliance (ULA) are partnering to develop and deploy habitable volumes in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The volumes will be based on the Bigelow Aerospace B330 expandable module with the initial launch to orbit in 2020 on ULA's Atlas V 552 configuration launch vehicle.

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Boeing Reportedly Given O.K. To Open Talks With Iran

Boeing Delegation May Visit Iran Soon

Iranian media is reporting that Boeing has been given permission by the U.S. government to talk directly with Iranian airlines.

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Singapore Airlines Hires First Female Pilots

Will Complete Training And Enter Regular Pilot Rotation In Two To Three Years, Airline Says

Two women have joined the ranks of pilot candidates for Singapore Airlines for the first time.

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B-52 Stratofortress Joins Coalition Team

Will Fly Multiple Missions In Support Operation Inherent Resolve

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress aircraft from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, in support of theater requirements and Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.16.16)

“An airplane with perpetual flight endurance, without fuel, like the Solar Impulse is not only a first in the history of aviation, but also in the history of energy.” Source: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse project.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.16.16): Intermediate Landing

On the rare occasion that this option is requested, it should be approved. The departure center, however, must advise the ATCSCC so that the appropriate delay is carried over and assigned at the intermediate airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.16.16)

National Aeronca Association

A place for Aeronca pilots and enthusiasts to learn more about the airplanes and share information. The Association also sponsors an annual convention.

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