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July 18, 2013

Ameriflight Seeks To Allow SIC Time To Be Logged Towards Pilot Qualifications

Asks FAA To Allow Time To Be Logged When Second In Command Is Not Required For A Flight

Part 135 cargo carrier Ameriflight has submitted a comment to the FAA concerning flight time requirements asking for a ruling concerning logging flight time by a Second In Command (SIC) pilot when such a position is not required for a flight.

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Aviation Associations Join FAA In Warning About Drug Impairment

Contributing Factor In 12 Fatal Accidents Over The Past 10 Years

The leaders of 11 aviation association presidents joined FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in signing a letter to pilots reminding them of the dangers of impairment from prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Analysis shows drug impairment to be a causal or contributing factor in 12 of fatal general aviation accidents over the past decade.

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Former White House Official, John Olson Joins Sierra Nevada Corporation

Was Assistant Director For Space And Aeronautics For President Obama

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has named John Olson, Ph.D., former Assistant Director for Space and Aeronautics, Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, as vice president of Space Systems.

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American Eagle Pilots Blast 'B' Scale Proposal

Executive Council Says Contract Will Not Be Considered

The master executive council of ALPA on Monday gave an emphatic "no" to a contract proposed by American Eagle that would have established a "B scale" for pay and benefits offered to newly-hired pilots.

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ILFC Signs Final Agreement For Up To 100 Embraer E-Jets E2s

Order Valued At $2.85 Billion, Includes 50 Firm Orders

A final agreement has been signed between Embraer Commercial Aviation and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for 50 firm E-Jets E2 orders: 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s. The firm order has an estimated value of $2.85 billion at current list prices. The contract, announced as a Letter of Intent (LOI) at the Paris Air Show, in June, also contains options for an additional 25 E190-E2s and 25 E195-E2s, bringing the potential order to up to 100 aircraft.

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Cobham Acquires Full Ownership Of FB Helicopter Services

Completes Purchase Of The Remaining 50 Percent It Did Not Already own

Cobham plc has completed the acquisition of the 50% shareholding that it did not already own in FB Heliservices Ltd, FB Leasing Limited and FBS Limited (together ‘FBH’), from its long standing joint venture partner, Bristow Helicopters Limited (‘Bristow’).

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AW169 Mockup And Virtual Trainer On Display At ALEA

Pilots Invited To Fly The Trainer At The Airborne Law Enforcement Association Annual Meeting

AgustaWestland has brought the AW169 Mockup as well as the Virtual Interactive Procedure Trainer (VIPT) for the GrandNew helicopter to the Airborne Law Enforcement Association annual meeting, taking place this week in Orlando.

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NASA Tests Radio For Unmanned Aircraft Operations

Prototype Radio Designed To Test Operations At Certain Frequencies With Specific Radio Waveforms

NASA's communications experts have begun flight testing a prototype radio as part of the agency's contributions toward fully integrating civil and commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). This particular radio is one of the first steps to provide the critical communications link for UAS pilots on the ground to safely and securely operate their remotely piloted vehicles in flight even though they are many miles – if not continents or oceans – apart.

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Asiana Flight 214 Passengers File Suit Against Boeing

Cite Possible Problems With Auto-Throttle, Emergency Slides

This development was probably inevitable. A group of 83 passengers who were aboard Asiana Flight 214 which crash-landed at San Francisco International Airport July 6th have filed a lawsuit against Boeing for what they say are defects in the manufacture of the 777.

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-12-05

PRODUCT: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters.

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AD: Austro Engine GmbH Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-14-08

PRODUCT: Austro Engine GmbH model E4 engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.18.13

GAMA Applauds Passage of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act…

HondaJet To Debut at Airventure…

Canada Grounds Its Sea Kings…<

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Classic Aero-TV: Redbird MCX -- Dual Yoke AATD, Crew Trainer

Redbird Takes On The Daunting Task Of Flight Crew Training

The Redbird MCX is a full motion, feature-rich Advanced Aviation Training Device priced with real-world flight training organizations in mind. The MCX is a dual yoke, dual rudder version of our FMX that is geared towards Crew Resource Management (CRM) and two pilot cockpit training. With standard features that are anything but standard such as wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility and of course an electric motion platform, the MCX serves up a level of realism that is simply unavailable in other training devices on the m

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GAMA Welcomes U.S. House Passage of Small Airplane Revitalization Act

Association Calls For Quick Action In The U.S. Senate

The passage late Tuesday of the Small Airplane Revitalization Act by the full U.S. House of Representatives drew immediate praise from GAMA. The bill, H.R. 1848, which was introduced in May by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and has 31 bipartisan co-sponsors, was passed unanimously by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee last week. The legislation would require the FAA to implement the agency’s Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) recommendations by December 31, 2015.

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ANN/Oshkosh 2013: The Future Of General Aviation Is In Our Hands

ANN Plans Coverage Of Innovation, Renewal, And Activism At Oshkosh

We often talk about aviation as an "industry," something monolithic with a lot of inertia. And while there are many aspects to aviation that do fall into that category, one of our goals at AirVenture this year is to uncover ways that those of us who participate in flying at every level are shaping the future of this thing that we love.

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Aero-Management 101: Vision, Mission & Core Values

Be Specific About Your Business For Employee And Customer Buy-In

When you started your company did you have a specific vision about what you wanted your company to accomplish? Because if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? Your initial vision is probably what motivated you to start the business in the first place. If your vision is altruistic, it’ll be easier to get employees to support it, and customers to buy into it.

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USAF: Sequestration Impact Looms Despite Resumed Flying Operations

Officials Say Damage Could Get Worse If Congress Does Not Act To Avoid Automatic Cuts In FY2104

Air Force leaders announced July 15 that flying training would resume at numerous units, bringing an end to the three-month halt that resulted from the budget sequestration reductions. Congress approved a $1.8 billion reprogramming request that transferred money from several programs to pay for near-term shortfalls in war funding, which allowed flight training to resume.

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New American Airlines Announces New Senior Management Structure

American Eagle President Also Announced

Senior managers for the airline that will be the result of the proposed merger of US Airways and American Airlines were announced this week by senior vice president Robert Isom.

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FAA-Conforming HondaJet Will Make First Public Appearance At Oshkosh

Honda Aircraft Company Schedules Special Event At AirVenture

An FAA-conforming Honda Jet will make its first public appearance during AirVenture at Oshkosh this year. Honda Aircraft Company says that the airplane will be featured at a special event on Monday, July 29 at 9:30 a.m. in Phillips 66 Plaza to celebrate the arrival of the HondaJet.

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Canada Grounds Sea King Helicopters

Aircraft Unexpectedly Moved During Refueling Operation

Canada's fleet of Sea King helicopters has been grounded by the country's Department of National Defense. The move came late Monday after a Sea King's main rotor touched the tarmac during a refueling operation at CFB Halifax in Nova Scotia.

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Russian Aircraft Operates In Canadian Airspace Under International Treaty

Tupolev TU-145M Aircraft Conducting Aerial Observation Flights

A Russian Federation aircraft is conducting aerial observation flights over Canada under the Treaty on Open Skies this week.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.18.13)

"The bill will allow manufacturers to bring innovative, safety-enhancing products to market, reduce certification costs and help revitalize the lighter end of the GA market." Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce, on the passage by the full U.S. House of Representatives of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.18.13): Pilot Balloon

(Abbrev. PIBAL)- A small helium-filled meteorological balloon that is tracked as it rises through the atmosphere to determine how wind speed and direction change with altitude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.18.13)

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations

CAPA is a trade association comprised of over 25,000 professional pilots. CAPA's purpose is to address safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member on matters of common interest to the individual member unions.

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