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April 27, 2013

Airborne 04.26.13: SpaceX Climbs, Will You Go To Mars?, Pipistrel Goes Polar

Also: Huerta Under The Gun, Leap Frogs Leap No More, Beech Looses LAS--Again, Prince William Hanging Up his Rotors?, Yet Another Reason To Avoid SnF

Grasshopper continues to grow its space legs. SpaceX has released a new video showing another successful flight of its Grasshopper VTOL vehicle. And every time the fly the rocket, they go exponentially higher. On March 7, the Grasshopper flew to 262 feet. So how would you like to live out the rest of your life… on Mars? Dutch Entrepreneur Bas Lansdorp, has set a very ambitious goal; to establish a human colony on Mars by 2023. But you have to really, really want to go ... because the colonists will

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Tecnam Reveals The Astore At AERO 2013

Bills Airplane As A 'Next Generation LSA'

As part of its 65th anniversary celebration, Tecnam on Thursday made its worldwide premier reveal of the Tecnam Astore next-generation Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) at AERO 2013 Friedrichshafen, Germany. The Tecnam Astore is an all new two seat, low wing aeroplane that the company says offers "superlative performance and value."

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NATA, A4A Applaud Senate On Sequestration Fix

NATA Says Lobbying Effort Helped Make Passage Possible

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds action taken by the United States Senate to prevent delays and safety implications caused by the Obama Administration’s decision to shutter the contract tower program and furlough air traffic controllers, the organization said in a news release.

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Successful Unmanned EC145 Demonstration Flights Conducted At Istres, France

Eurocopter Says Tests Validate Its Optionally Piloted Helicopter Capabilities

Eurocopter’s ability to integrate unmanned flight capabilities into its helicopter family has been validated by an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) demonstration program, which used an EC145 to fly routes that included deployment of an external sling load and a representative observation mission. Conducted at the French Air Force base in Istres, France, this program was revealed Thursday with an unmanned demonstration, which followed similar flights performed earlier in April.

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Next Series Of Unleaded Avgas Approvals Announced By Lycoming

Engine Maker Continues Call For 'UL 100' As A Fleetwide Solution

Lycoming has released Service Instruction SI-1070R in April of 2012, which approved a wide variety of engines for use with ASTM D7547 UL 91 unleaded avgas. EASA Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) 2011-01 provided aircraft-level approval on the basis of engine approval. The engine manufacturer says that Service Instruction SI-1070S has been approved for release, adding 31 engines to the list of models approved for use on UL 91 unleaded avgas and bringing the total number approved to 63.

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Glasair Issues Service Bulletin For Sportsman Aircraft

Cracks Noticed In Vertical Stabilizer And Bulkheads On A 'Few' Airplanes

Glasair has issued a service bulletin for all Sportsman aircraft following the discovery of cracks at the aft base of the vertical fin of a few airplanes. In some instances, there have been reports of cracking of the laminates and adhesion bond between bulkheads B and C and the vertical fin.

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North Carolina Boy Scouts Combine Camping And Aviation

Scouts Worked To Complete Aviation Merit Badges At Sugar Valley Airport

Over 250 Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from the Rowan District of the Central North Carolina Council held an aviation camporee at Sugar Valley Airport (5NC2) last weekend (April 19 – 21). The focus of the event was for the scouts to complete requirements for their aviation merit badge.

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Cessna Notes Training Successes

Skyhawks Operating As Primary Trainers From The U.S. To The Asia Pacific Region

Cessna continues to supply four-seat airplanes for flight training schools around the world, and the company says the majority of qualified pilots flying today learn to fly on Cessna aircraft. There are more Skyhawks in the world than any other type of aircraft, as over 48,000 of the model have been manufactured since 1955.

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AgustaWestland, Embraer Scrap Plans To Build Helicopters In Brazil

Agreement Made In January Jointly Abandoned In April

Brazilian planemaker Embraer and Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland have scuttled talks for the production of helicopters in the South American nation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.27.13)

“We thank Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), John Thune (R-SD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Udall (D-CO), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for their bipartisan leadership in ensuring that the two million passengers and 50,000 tons of cargo that our members fly every day are not needlessly impacted by lengthy flight delays and cancellations.” Source: A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.27.13): Radar Contact

Used by ATC to inform an aircraft that it is identified on the radar display and radar flight following will be provided until radar identification is terminated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.27.13)

U.S. Powered Paragliding Association

The stated mission of the Powered Paragliding Association is to "Preserve, Promote, and Enhance the sport of Powered Paragliding." The site offers a list of certified instructors, unbiased advice, regulations, safety information, and much more.

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