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June 28, 2013

FAA Invests In New Logan Airport Runway Safety Improvements

AIP Grants Totalling $50 Million Allocated For The Projects

The FAA and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) have unveiled two significant safety enhancements to Logan Airport’s longest runway. FAA Airport Improvement Project (AIP) grants totaling $50 million helped fund a crushable concrete safety area at the harbor end of Runway 33L that is designed to prevent planes from overrunning the runway.

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Boeing Delivers British Airways' First 787 Dreamliner

Will Enter Service On Toronto Route October 1

The first Dreamliner to be delivered to British Airways landed at London's Heathrow Airport Thursday at 1210 local time after a flight from Paine Field in Everett, WA. The airplane was welcomed to its Heathrow home by Willie Walsh, chief executive officer of International Airlines Group (IAG), the company that owns British Airways.

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Air Canada rouge Set For July 1 Start Up

Air Operating Certificate Granted By Transport Canada

With five days to go until its historic inaugural flight on Canada Day, July 1, Air Canada rouge is ready to start flying with a start-up fleet of four aircraft -- two Boeing 767-300ERs and two Airbus A319s.

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AFA Praises SCOTUS Decision On DOMA

Southwest Airlines Officially Recognizes Gay Pride Month

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA reacted positively to Wednesday's ruling the U.S. Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, and striking down Proposition 8, the California law banning same-sex marriage.

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Avcon Announces Progress On Learjet 20 Series Stage 3 Noise Suppressor

Nearing FAA Type Certification For The Modifications

Airframe modification and MRO company Butler National Corporation says it is nearing completion of a supplemental type certificate project for a Learjet 20 series stage 3 noise suppression device.    

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New Robinson Helicopter Service Center And Dealership Open In GA

Aviation Services (PAS) Establishes Facility In Peachtree City

Peachtree City, GA based Precision Aviation Services (PAS), a Precision Aviation Group Company (PAG) has announced that it has been named a Robinson Helicopter Dealer and Service Center.

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NTSB Unlikely To Reopen TWA 800 Investigation

Former Board Member Says New Evidence Not Compelling Enough For New Examination

A former member of the NTSB says that it is unlikely that the board will reopen its investigation of TWA Flight 800 despite a call from documentary producers for it to do so.

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Airbus A330 Suffers Engine Failure On Takeoff Roll

No One On Board The Thomas Cooke Flight Was Injured

A Thomas Cooke A330 about to depart Manchester, England for the Dominican Republic experienced an engine failure prior to rotation on Monday, and the event was captured by a videographer.

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Tarrant County College To Purchase Bell Helicopter Alliance Facility

Will Occupy The Facility In June Of 2014

Tarrant County College (TCC) in Fort Worth, TX, has agreed to purchase Bell Helicopter's Military Programs Center facility at the Fort Worth Alliance Airport. The purchase of the 161,000-square-foot facility will enable TCC to expand its already successful aircraft maintenance programs currently offered at the college's Northwest Campus. TCC plans to occupy the facility in June 2014.

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Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object Identified

Most Recent Object Discovered By Pan-STARRS-1 Telescope In Hawaii

More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first detected on the night of June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope, located on the 10,000-foot summit of the Haleakala crater on Maui. Managed by the University of Hawaii, the PanSTARRS survey receives NASA funding.

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AD: Cessna Aircraft Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-11-11

PRODUCT: Certain Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 172R, 172S, 182S, 182T, T182T, 206H, and T206H airplanes.

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AD: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-12-07

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 407 helicopters with certain tailboom assemblies installed.

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Airborne 06.28.13: Sikorsky Prize Won?, CSeries 1st Flt Delay, Cessna TTx Gets FIKI

Also: Warbirds, Round engines, Delta Loves Virgin, Lawn Chair Balloonacy, Roddenberry's Journey

Will the Sikorsky Prize for human powered flight in a helicopter be going to a Canadian team? An announcement could be imminent. AeroVelo, a Canadian team that is competing to win the $250,000 award said on its blog earlier this month that it has unofficially satisfied all of the requirements set out to win the prize. It will be at least a month before the Bombardier CS Series Flight Test Vehicle 1 (FTV1) makes its first test flight, According to a statement released Wednesday by the Canadian planemaker. This is the second delay announcement for the CS Series - the first coming late last year because of an unspecified supplier problem. CAV Ice Protection’s patented TKS system fo

NBAA, NATA Ready To Work With DOT Secretary Foxx

Bolen Says He Hopes For A 'Collaborative Relationship’

Both the NBAA and NATA issued statements Thursday welcoming newly-confirmed Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx to his new position, and expressing their willingness to work with the new head of the department.

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Boeing Begins Assembly Of 1st KC-46A Tanker Aircraft

First Delivery Set For 2016

The first wing spar for a U.S. Air Force KC-46A aerial refueling tanker was loaded by Boeing workers in Everett Wednesday, starting production of that aircraft and achieving another milestone toward delivering 179 tankers during the next 14 years. The KC-46A is based on the commercial 767-200ER.

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Avantair Grounds Fleet, Furloughs Employees

Company Seeks Additional Financing To Resume Flying

Fractional company Avantair has grounded its fleet of Avanti P-180 airplanes and has furloughed pilots and other employees as the company seeks a cash infusion to begin flying again.

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Klyde Morris 06.28.2013

Rich People LIke Free Food Too, Klyde ...


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Luke F-16 Crashes, Both Pilots Safely Eject

Aircraft Was Engaged In A 'Routine Training Mission'

An F-16 fighter jet with the 309th Fighter Squadron went down near Luke Air Force Base shortly before 1900 local time in a field just west of the Arizona base. There were two pilots on board. Both safely ejected and have been recovered. Neither pilot was injured.

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Chinese Astronauts Return To Earth After 15-Day Mission

Mission Called 'Perfect' By Chinese Space Authorities

The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft that spent 15 days in orbit returned safely to Earth Wednesday in a mission described as "perfect" by Wang Zhaohao, director of China's manned space program. The country is working towards establishing a permanent manned space station by 2020.

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USAF Drops 50,000 Plus Gallons Of Retardant On Colorado Fires

MAFFs Aircraft Conduct 18 Sorties Tuesday In The Effort

More than 50,000 gallons of fire retardant was dropped by Air Force aerial firefighting aircraft June 25 on wildland fires burning throughout Colorado's West Fork Complex. Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s from both the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard performed 18 drops against the wildfires, releasing 52,650 gallons along mountain ridgelines and near homes throughout affected residential areas.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.28.13)

“We are building on the strong partnership that the Air Force and Boeing have developed during the past two years.” Source: Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and KC-46 Tanker program manager.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.28.13): Factored Landing Distance

The unfactored certified dry landing distance adjusted for airport and aircraft conditions, and then multiplied by the appropriate factor to satisfy a regulatory predeparture requirement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.28.13)

Popular Rotorcraft Association

Based in Mentone, Indiana, USA at the PRA Mentone Airport, PRA was started in 1962 by Igor Bensen, the inventor of the famous Bensen Gyrocopter.

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