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May 17, 2013

A4A Supports Competitive Impact Review Of CBP Preclearance Facility Agreements

Says Meehan Amendment Passage Further Highlights Growing Concerns On Capitol Hill Over Misguided Abu Dhabi Agreement

U.S. airline trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) applauded the unanimous passage Wednesday of an amendment offered by Congressman Pat Meehan (R-PA), requiring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review and report on both the safety and competitive impact of reimbursement agreements with foreign governments for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facilities.

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Gulfstream Enhances Services Provided By Its FAST Rapid-Response Aircraft

Adds More Pilots, Names New Chief Pilot

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced enhancements to its Field and Airborne Support Teams (FAST), the company’s program that helps Gulfstream aircraft operators in aircraft-on-ground (AOG) situations by dispatching technicians and maintenance engineers by airplane, train or automobile.

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First Direct Purchase 767-300ER Delivered To MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Aircraft Ordered In 2011 In State Department Ceremony

Boeing delivered a 767-300ER (extended range) to MIAT Mongolian Airlines Monday, the first-ever direct purchase delivery to the airline.

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NASA Probe Counts Space Rock Impacts On Mars

MRO Has Identified 248 New Impact Sites Over The Past Decade

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year forming craters at least 12.8 feet across. Researchers have identified 248 new impact sites on parts of the Martian surface in the past decade, using images from the spacecraft to determine when the craters appeared.

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U.S. Citizen Pleads Guilty To Attempted Plane Sale To Iran

Tried To Smuggle Airbus A300s In China To The Islamic Nation

A U.S. citizen from Brazil who had a long career as an aircraft mechanic has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Miami to attempting to smuggle seven Airbus A300 jetliners from China to Iran in violation of strict trade sanctions against the Islamic nation.

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Central Texas Has 'New' Firefighting Tool

UH-1H 'Huey' Helicopter Refitted For Fire Suppression

The Travis County (TX) STAR Flight’s aircraft fleet now includes a helicopter that is specially equipped for fighting wildfires, a first for the program and for local and regional flight programs across Texas. “Travis County is the first area in Texas to receive a helicopter that is outfitted for the primary mission of wildfire observation and suppression,” said STAR Flight Director Casey Ping.

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First Boeing P-8I Maritime Patrol Aircraft Arrives In India

Aircraft Based On P-8 Poseidon With Some India-Unique Design Features

The first Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft arrived on schedule Thursday at India Naval Station Rajali. The P-8I is one of eight aircraft Boeing is building for India as part of a contract awarded in 2009.  

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Bell Helicopter Expands Its Presence In Russia

Has Delivered Eight Aircraft In Recent Weeks

Bell Helicopter continues to expand its presence in Russia through recent aircraft deliveries, the appointment of a second Independent Representative and through participation at the 6th annual HeliRussia exhibition.

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Sole Survivor Of 1987 Accident Subject Of New Documentary

Cecelia Crocker Was Four Years Old When The Airplane She Was Aboard Went Down

The only survivor of an airliner accident in 1987 has finally talked publicly about the crash, thought she does not remember the actual incident. Cecelia Crocker was four years old when the airplane on which she was a passenger went down near Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

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Paula Kraft Appointed To Women In Corporate Aviation Board Of Directors

Owner Of Aviation Catering Business Elected During Annual Meeting In March

Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA), an organization which is dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women, and men, seeking a profession in corporate aviation, has elected Paula Kraft, the founder of Tastefully Yours and Aviation Catering Consultants, to its Board of Directors.

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AD: Spectrolab Nightsun XP Searchlight

AD NUMBER: 2013-10-01

PRODUCT: Certain Spectrolab Nightsun XP Searchlight Assembly (searchlight) installed on, but not limited to Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and Model AW139 helicopters, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters, and Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (Eurocopter) Model EC135 and Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 helicopters.

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AD: Slingsby Sailplanes Ltd. Sailplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-09-09

PRODUCT: All Slingsby Sailplanes Ltd. Models Dart T.51, Dart T.51/17, and Dart T.51/17R sailplanes

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Airborne 05.17.13: X-47B Carrier Launch, New Base For CAF, Space Oddity... For Real!

Also: Wanna buy A Control Tower?,  SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer, Exp 35 Astros Drop In, 777X Team Named, Remembering Frank Beagle, AF Academy Grads Will Get Their Flyover!

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia Tuesday. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced plans to establish the CAF National Airbase at a major metropolitan area and its intent to launch a nationwide search immediately. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the station has performed a rendition of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" while aboard the orbiting outpost. Released Monday, May 13, the video quickly went viral with several million hi

Cirrus Chute Deployment Fails Over Texas, Pilot Still Makes Safe Landing

A 2001 SR22, With A REPACKED CAPS Chute, Experiences Rocket Firing But NO Chute Deploy

You know you're having a bad day when a flight goes so bad that you feel you must resort to using a parachute to see you safely through the flight... but the day is TRULY bad when that chute fails and leaves you to battle the emergency that you thought you had escaped from. Earlier Thursday, Cirrus Pilot Tim Valentine, flying near Addison Texas aboard N715CD, experienced some mode of instrument failure while IFR in a 12 year old Cirrus SR22, serial number 16. According to Valentine, who spoke to ANN extensively Thursday within hours of the incident, he was IFR from Addison TX to Kansas at 7000 feet when he noticed the first signs of some instrumentation issues while avoiding the back s

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Airborne 05.17.13: X-47B Carrier Launch, New CAF Base, Space Oddity... For Real

Also: Wanna Buy A Control Tower?,  SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer, Remembering Frank Beagle, Exp 35 Astros Drop In, 777X Team Named, AF Academy Grads Will Get Their Flyover!

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator (UCAS-D) completed its first ever carrier-based catapult launch from USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) off the coast of Virginia Tuesday. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) has announced plans to establish the CAF National Airbase at a major metropolitan area and its intent to launch a nationwide search immediately. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to command the station has performed a rendition of David Bowie's "Space O

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Boeing, Southwest Airlines Announce Launch Of 737 MAX 7

Carrier Converts Existing 30 Next-Generation 737 Orders To 737 MAX 7s

The third member of the 737 MAX family, the 737 MAX 7, was launched Wednesday by Boeing and Southwest Airlines. The Dallas-based carrier and launch customer for the 737 MAX program became the first airline to order the 737 MAX 7, when it converted 30 existing orders for Next-Generation 737s into orders for the 737 MAX 7.

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Dream Chaser Testing Begins At NASA Dryden, Langley

Commercial Crew Partner Sierra Nevada Corporation's Vehicle Testing Program Outlined

Sierra Nevada Corporation's (SNC) Space Systems Dream Chaser flight vehicle arrived at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA, Wednesday to begin tests of its flight and runway landing systems. The tests are part of pre-negotiated, paid-for-performance milestones with NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP), which is facilitating U.S.-led companies' development of spacecraft and rockets that can launch from American soil.

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ERAU's Prescott, AZ, Flight Team Wins Ninth National Championship At SAFECON

Daytona Beach Eagles Flight Team Secures Fourth Place

For the ninth time and the second year in a row, the Golden Eagles flight team from Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz., campus has won the Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) national competition sponsored by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Held May 6-11 at The Ohio State University Airport, the event brought together more than 300 students on 30 collegiate aviation teams from around the United States to compete in flight and ground events.

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Klyde Morris 05.17.2013

Or, You Could TEACH The World To Sing, In Perfect Har-mo-ny ...


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GPS IIF-4 Satellite Boosted Into Orbit For The Air Force

United Launch Alliance Launches 70th Successful Mission In 77 Months

The fourth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-4 satellite for the U.S. Air Force was boosted into orbit at 1738 EDT Wednesday from Space Launch Complex-41 by a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.

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FAA Grants Phenom 300 Production Certificate For Melbourne, FL

Will Allow Assembly Of The Bizjets Under A U.S. Certificate

In a ceremony at Embraer Executive Jets’ Melbourne Campus, the FAA presented Embraer a Production Certificate to assemble Phenom 300s in the United States. Previously, Phenom 300 jets assembled in Melbourne have been certified under the FAA type certificate granted to those produced in Brazil.

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First Female Thunderbird Takes Last Flight At Seymour Johnson AFB

Was The First Woman Selected For Any Military High-Performance Jet Team

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski took her final flight as the 333rd Fighter Squadron commander in an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina on May 8. The final flight marks another milestone in her illustrious career, which includes being the first female pilot to be selected to any U.S. military high-performance jet team.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.17.13)

"My last flight in the F-15E was bittersweet indeed. It was a blue-sky day and I had the chance to fly an air-to-air training mission for the last time." Source: U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Nicole Malachowski.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.13): Sidestep Maneuver

A visual maneuver accomplished by a pilot at the completion of an instrument approach to permit a straight-in landing on a parallel runway not more than 1,200 feet to either side of the runway to which the instrument approach was conducted.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.17.13)

Fly-In Calendar

We all love airshows and fly-ins. A chance to get up close and personal with everything from military big iron to the latest LSA and ultralight aircraft. But each event is unique, and offers something for pilots, their families, and people who just want to find out more about flying.

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