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May 29, 2013

Lawsuit Filed Against Seawind, Lycoming In 2012 FL Accident

Airplane 'Lost Power' And Went Down, Pilot Fatally Injured

An accident in Deland, FL in 2012 that resulted in the fatal injury of an Illinois attorney has generated lawsuits against the Seawind aircraft company as well as the engine manufacturer Lycoming.

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Australian Authorities Search For Cause Of Medical Flight Accident

Plane Ran Out Of Fuel And Ditched Of The Coast Of Norfolk Island In The South Pacific

The Australian Senate has released a committee report focusing on an accident which occurred in 2009 involving a medical evacuation flight from Samoa.

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Boeing May Be Planning Major Announcement For The Paris Air Show

But Insiders Say It Is Unlikely To Be The 777X

Major trade shows are often the setting for big announcement by aircraft manufacturers, and it's likely that there will be several at the Paris Air Show in July. Among them could be one coming from Boeing, which industry insiders say may unveil plans for the 787-10X airliner at the show at Le Bourget Airport this summer.

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Oman Air Orders Three A330-300 Aircraft

Airline Grows Airbus Fleet To 10 Airplanes

Oman Air, the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman, has placed an order for three A330-300s, growing its A330 Family fleet to a total of ten Airbus aircraft. The aircraft will be operated on long haul routes and can comfortably seat close to 300 passengers.

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New Draganflyer X4-ES Ultra Portable UAV Released

Quadrotor Helicopter Claims Quick Release Rotors, Folding Landing Gear, Gyro Stabilized Two Axis Camera Mount

A new quadrotor small UAV has been introduced by Dragonfly Innovations. The company says its Draganflyer X4-ES Ultra Portable Quadrotor UAV is designed to carry high quality cameras with a stabilized two-axis camera mount, along with quick release patent pending tool-less removable rotors, and folding landing gear.

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Vanderbilt Takes Top Prize In NASA Student Launch Challenge

Small Rockets' Goals Are One Mile Of Altitude, Safe Return Of Payloads

The Aerospace Club of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, took first prize in the 2013 annual NASA Student Launch Projects challenge, in which student teams design, build and fly small rockets with science payloads to an altitude of 1 mile and return them safely to Earth.

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Wrongful Death Suit Filed Following November Accident In Iowa

Taylorcraft With Two On Board Struck Power Lines On Approach To Unimproved Airstrip

A lawsuit has been filed in Tama County District Court in Toledo, IA, stemming from an accident which fatally injured two people on board a Taylorcraft BC12-D. The airplane struck power lines and went down on approach to landing. The passenger on board the airplane survived the accident, but later died of his injuries.

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Industry-First Mobile INDS Data Loading App Introduced At EBACE

Jeppesen And Honeywell Introduce iPad-Based Solution For Pilatus PC-12 NG Operators

An iPad app billed as the aviation industry's first integrated navigation data service (INDS) iPad solution was introduced by Jeppesen and Honeywell at EBACE in Geneva. First available for operators of Pilatus PC-12 NG aircraft, the iPad app manages cloud-based, wireless data updates for installed Honeywell Primus Apex Integrated Flight Deck avionics that are paired with the Aspen Avionics CG-100 Connected Panel.

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Columbia Seaplane Pilots Association Blasts Waldo Lake, OR, Seaplane Legislation

Law Bans Seaplane Operations From The State's Second-Deepest Lake

In an opinion column appearing in the Oregonian newspaper, the president of the Columbia Seaplane Pilots Association takes issue with recently-passed legislation that bans seaplane operations from Waldo Lake, Oregon's second-deepest lake.

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Maryland Police Officer Turns Cessna 310 Into LeMons Race Car

Endurance Contest Is A Parody Of The Famous Le Mans Road Race

You may have heard about the 24 Hours of Le Mans road race, but a lesser-known parody of the endurance contest is the "24 Hours of LeMons" (lemons), which features cars that are supposed to cost under $500. This year's race drew an entry that was cobbled together from the remains of a 1957 Cessna 310 and various car parts made street-legal by Maryland police officer Jeff Bloch.

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Skydiving Accident Leave Experienced Jumper Paralyzed

His Parachute Deployed Unusually, Apparently Causing A Broken Neck

A veteran 63-year-old skydiver was seriously injured Monday when his parachute did not properly deploy, arresting his descent too rapidly. Michael Truffer, known around the central Florida skydiving community as Mike, went from about 120 mph during freefall to an almost immediate stop when the chute deployed. His neck reportedly was broken by the rapid deceleration.

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Airborne 05.28.13: Senate Intro's SARA, Layoffs At Cessna, Angel Flight Down

Also: F35 Test Flight, Hilton Head Airport Obstructions, Renegade Light Sport Patriotism, Sporty's Fly-In

The Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 has been introduced in the Senate. This is the Senate companion to H.R. 1848, introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and a bipartisan group of U.S. House members earlier this month. An unspecified number of workers have been laid off at Cessna, according to a company statement. The move came last Thursday, a month after the planemaker asked for voluntary retirements from both salaried and hourly workers. A PA-34 twin engined Seneca reportedly broke apart in flight before impacting the grou

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EBAA Says EBACE Strong, Successful In 2013

More Then 12,000 Delegates Attended The Geneva Show

The EBAA said at the conclusion of the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2013) last week that the show's success demonstrated its continuing importance.  As EBACE2013 concluded, organizers reported that 12,353 delegates attended the event, a figure on par with attendance figures for recent years.

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A4A's Calio: Higher Taxes On Airlines Will Hurt The Economy

Obama Administrating Proposes Tax Increase Of $14 Per Flight

The airline industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) says that a proposal by the Obama administration to hike taxes on airline travel by $14 will be detrimental to the economy, with the greatest impact on the middle class.

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GA Aviation Jobs Rally To Be Held In Appleton, WI

Governor Walker, Senator Johnson And Congressmen Petri And Ribble Scheduled To Attend

GAMA, in partnership with Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., will hold a rally celebrating general aviation’s (GA) contributions to the economy on May 30.  Governor Scott Walker, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, U.S. Representatives Tom Petri and Reid Ribble, and Outagamie County Executive Thomas Nelson will be the featured speakers.

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FAA SAFO Focuses On Air Transportation Of Heavy Cargo Loads

Reemphasizes Current Policy And Guidance, Air Carrier Responsibilities

The FAA has issued a Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) for Part 121 operators addressing the potential safety impact of carrying and restraining heavy vehicle special cargo loads. The purpose is to reemphasize current policy and guidance concerning: weight and balance control procedures, cargo loading procedures, loading schedules and loading instructions.

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F-35 ITF Works Toward Night, Weather Certification

Integrated Test Force Close To Finishing The Years-Long Process

The F-35 Integrated Test Force is wrapping up a series of night flights, which are testing the aircraft's capability when flying in instrument meteorological conditions. It is a necessary step in delivering a core competency to the warfighter - the ability to fly the jet safely when there are no external visibility references for the pilot.

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Lawmakers Eye NASA's Commercial Crew Contracts

Questions Raised About Safety, Security, Tax Expenditures

Some Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking closely at NASA contracts that are designed to bolster the agency's Commercial Crew and Commercial Cargo programs, saying they could compromise safety and security. Questions are also being raised about the amount of tax money being spent on the programs.

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NASA Calls For Phase II Visionary Advanced Concepts

NIAC Program Funds 'Cutting Edge' Concepts With Transformative Potential

NASA is looking for far-out ideas. NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program is seeking Phase II proposals for continuation of promising studies selected during the first phase of the visionary program. The NIAC program funds cutting-edge concepts with the potential to transform future aerospace missions

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Sonex Down In Naples, FL, After Engine Failure

Pilot Survives After Putting The Airplane In A Canal

The pilot of a Sonex aircraft was hospitalized with minor injuries Sunday after he experienced an engine failure and landed his aircraft in a canal near a golf course in Naples, FL. The pilot, identified as 68-year-old David Rynders, had departed Naples airport en route to Immokalee when the engine lost oil pressure and stopped operating.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.29.13)

What I saw at EBACE2013 was an industry that is not only addressing the economic situation in this region, but one that is taking the necessary steps to ensure that business aviation remains essential in Europe." Source: EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.13): Elevator Illusion

The sensation of being in a climb or descent, caused by the kind of abrupt vertical accelerations that result from up- or downdrafts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.13)

The P-38 National Association is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to collect data and memorabilia to preserve and perpetuate the memory of this classic WWII aircraft -- the P-38 "Lockheed Lightning" -- for future generations.

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