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May 29, 2014

SpaceX Will Unveil Manned Dragon Spacecraft Tonight

Event Planned For 10 PM EDT

SpaceX will unveil the crewed version of the Dragon spacecraft ... designated Dragon V2 ... at an event at its Hawthorne, CA headquarters Thursday night.

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Maine To Receive $3.3 Million In AIP Grants

Projects Approved At A Dozen Airports

Twelve Maine airports will collectively receive more than $3.3 million from the FAA's Airport Improvement Grant Program. Bangor International Airport received the largest share of funding at approximately $1.4 million. Grant funds will be used for a wide variety of projects aimed at improving airport infrastructure, safety, efficiency, and traveler experience.

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Two Fatally Injured In Memorial Day Accident

Couple Flying To Heaven's Landing In GA Went Down In South Carolina

Two people were fatally injured on Monday on a flight from Wilmington, NC to Heaven's Landing in Clayton, GA when the plane they were flying went down near Chester, SC.

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Apollo 15 Joystick Sells For Over $600,000 At Auction

Device Used On The Moon Goes To An Unidentified Bidder

There were a lot of NASA items up for bids at the recent RR Auction's 7th Space and Aviation Autograph and Artifact Auction, and the prices on some of the items reached orbital altitudes.

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United Airlines, Labor Groups Reach Tentative Agreements

Professional Airline Flight Control Association and Transport Workers Union Ready To Vote; United And Association Of Flight Attendants Announce Collaborative Process

United Airlines has reached a tentative agreement on a new joint collective bargaining agreement with the Professional Airline Flight Control Association (PAFCA) and the Transport Workers Union (TWU) for United's dispatchers. PAFCA represents dispatchers at the United subsidiary, and TWU represents dispatchers at the Continental subsidiary.

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Women In Corporate Aviation Announce Scholarships

Applications Due By August 1, Awards To Be Presented At NBAA In Orlando

Members of Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA), and 12 corporate aviation companies, have generously donated more than $100,000 to WCA’s fall scholarship fund. Aviation professionals are encouraged to apply for training programs before the August 1 deadline.

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K-State Salina Flight Team Wins Loening Trophy

Places 13th Overall At NIFA SAFECON National Championship

The Kansas State University Salina Flight Team has landed the prestigious honor of being recognized as the most outstanding all-around aviation program in the country - and has the trophy to prove it.

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RAF's New Surveillance Aircraft Takes To The Skies

A Rivet Joint Has Been Flown In U.K. Airspace By An RAF Crew For The First Time

Pictures released by MOD show a UK Rivet Joint RC-135W signals intelligence aircraft taking off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. The aircraft is one of three that MOD is buying from the US which, as part of the Airseeker program, will provide the UK with a world class real-time signals intelligence and surveillance capability for forces in the air and on the ground.

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Tucker Fully Engaged As Young Eagles Chairman

Finding Ways To Use Air Show Schedule As An Opportunity To Promote Flying To Youth

When renowned air show pilot Sean D. Tucker accepted the chairmanship of the Young Eagles program last summer, he was determined to fully engage in the program. After nine months, there’s no doubt that Sean has put his own enthusiastic mark on Young Eagles.

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Prince William Wants To Continue Flying

Reportedly May Take A Job As An Air Ambulance Pilot

The media in the U.K. is rife with stories that Prince William may forgo becoming a "full-time" Royal to pursue a career as an air ambulance pilot with the East Anglican air ambulance company.

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Avianca's ATR Fleet Financing Named 'Regional Aircraft Deal Of The Year 2013'

Recognized By Airfinance Journal At 15th Annual Dinner In NYC

There truly is an award for everything. The 15 ATR 72-600s fleet financing for the Colombian national flag carrier Avianca has been awarded by Airfinance Journal as “Regional Jet/Turboprop Deal of the Year 2013”. The award has been granted to the carrier at the 15th Annual Deals of the Year Awards Dinner ceremony, held in New York.

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Cessna Reportedly Wants Two Airplanes Back From Musician

Dexter Holland Had Financed A Third Cessna, But The Planemaker Says He's Behind On Payments

The lead singer of the punk band "The Offspring" has apparently run afoul of Cessna's finance department in an attempt to purchase a third airplane from the company.

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PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Helicopters Model AS332L1 and Model EC225LP helicopters.

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Airborne 05.28.14: Drones Need Techs, NIMBYs Attack, Hartzell's Monstrous Prop

Also: AirLand Scorpion, Virgin Galactic Not So Spacy?, Another UAV Near-Miss, Yeager's Legal Woes, Classic Aero-TV: Electric Ultralights!

It won't be long before the ability to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle will become an in-demand skill for college graduates ... and several colleges and universities are not waiting for the FAA to make up its mind about how it is going to proceed. Jobs could range from drone delivery services to journalism and real estate. A report last year from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that UAVs could be directly or indirectly accountable for as many as 100,000 new jobs by 2025. A NIMBY

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CBP Re-Thinking GA Intercept Policy

Complaints From Pilots Lead To Promise Of Reduction In Searches

We've been talking about this for a long time, and now it would appear that Customs and Border Protection is finally starting to understand that they don't need to search the airplanes of law-abiding pilots guilty of nothing more than flying cross-country.

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FAA To Establish UAS Center Of Excellence

Draft Solicitation Released For Public Comments

The FAA has released a draft solicitation for a new FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE) that is expected to become an integral part of the agency’s UAS research program on this emerging technology.  The solicitation will be open for comment through June 29.  The FAA expects the final solicitation to be published in August.

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Diamond Preps DA62 For Launch

New Twin Resembles DA52 Prototype Which Flew In 2012

Diamond Aircraft has revealed the first looks at the DA62 five-place twin, which is similar in appearance to the DA52 prototype airplane the company flew in 2012.

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Flight Design C4 Progressing

First Flight Of Prototype Expected In Germany This Summer

The Flight Design C4, the four-place GA aircraft currently in development by Flight Design has seen substantial progress this Spring, culminating in announcements during Sun ‘n Fun and Aero Friedrichshafen.

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SpaceX Completes Qualification Testing Of SuperDraco Thruster

Thruster To Power Launch Escape System On Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX has completed qualification testing for the SuperDraco thruster, an engine that will power the Dragon spacecraft’s launch escape system and enable the vehicle to land propulsively on Earth or another planet with pinpoint accuracy.

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Boeing Receives 330-Minute ETOPS Certification For 787s

Nearly Doubles Time Allowed From A Landing Field For The Dreamliner

The FAA has approved additional extended operations (ETOPS) for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The move will allow 787s to be operated up to 330 minutes from a landing field and signals continued confidence in the airplane's technical capabilities.

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Celebrating 10 Years Of Sport Pilot/LSA At Oshkosh

Events Will Spotlight Light Sport Airplanes, Sport Pilots

A pair of groundbreaking categories of aircraft and pilot certification are celebrating 10-year anniversaries at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer, as dedicated events focused on sport pilot and light-sport aircraft will be highlighted through the week at Oshkosh.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.29.14)

“This set the foundation for major reforms in aviation medical certification for private pilots. Sport pilot has provided 10 years of operational data proving that flying without a third-class medical certificate does not jeopardize safety.” Source: Timm Bogenhagen, EAA’s ultralight and lightplane community manager.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.29.14): Air Mass Thunderstorm

Generally, a thunderstorm not associated with a front or other type of synoptic-scale forcing mechanism.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.29.14)

 Arrow Recovery Canada

Originally formed in 1998, Arrow Recovery Canada Inc. has two goals: to recover the lost Arrow models, and to educate the world about the great achievements the men and women of Avro Canada were capable of.

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