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August 17, 2013

Airborne 08.16.13: UPS A300 Down, Huge ECi Cylinder AD, DOJ Blocks USA/AA Merger

Also: Martin JetPack, Project Loon, Oshkosh Redemption, Flexjet Hiring, F-35B Sea Trials...

A UPS A300 cargo plane has gone down on approach to Birmingham, AL, and the two pilots on board were fatally injured. The accident occurred about 0455 local time Wednesday morning. The FAA has proposed an AD for certain Airmotive Engineering Corp. replacement parts manufacturer approval (PMA) cylinder assemblies marketed by Engine Components International Division (ECi), used on Continental models 520 and 550 reciprocating engines, and all other engine models approved for the use of CMI models 520 and 550 cylinder assemblies. The Department of Justice has filed

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Bankruptcy Judge Delays AA-US Airways Merger Ruling

Justice Department Challenge Throws Up Roadblock To The Merger

The lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and several Attorneys General around the country has caused a bankruptcy court judge to delay his ruling on the planned merger between US Airways and American Airlines.

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FAA Responds To EAA Young Eagles Petition

Sport And Recreational Pilots May Not Seek Compensation For Fuel Costs On Volunteer Flights

This week the FAA responded to an EAA petition, filed in April 2012, which would allow volunteer private pilots flying Young Eagles to be reimbursed for fuel consumed during sanctioned Young Eagles events.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner SpaceX Completes Orbit And Entry Review

Agency Says Company Is On Track To Complete All 15 Milestones By Next Summer

NASA Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) recently reviewed the systems critical to sustaining crews in orbit and returning them safely to Earth aboard the company's Dragon spacecraft. 

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Centurion Engine Production Back On Track

All EASA Certificates Renewed As Part Of Acquisition By AVIC

Continental Motors Group, a division of AVIC International Holding Corporation announced Friday that its Technify Motors GmbH division has successfully renewed all EASA certifications required to design, produce and maintain its successful line of Jet-A fueled Centurion engines. The certification renewal was required as part of the process to complete the acquisition of the assets of Thielert Aircraft Engines.

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Wingsuit Flyer Fatally Injured In The Swiss Alps

Mark Sutton Had Parachuted Into Olympic Stadium As James Bond

An experienced wingsuit flyer was fatally injured Wednesday during a helicopter jump in the Swiss Alps. Investigators reviewing video captured by a second jumper said that 42-year-old Mark Sutton may have been "showing off" when he impacted the side of a mountain at nearly 150 miles per hour.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In February Lake Placid Accident

Says RV-10 'Drifted Off Course' And Impacted Mountainous Terrain

The NTSB says the pilot of an RV-10 which went down near Lake Placid, NY, in February attempted to land VFR at night in IFR conditions. The accident made headlines back in February, as the pilot and his two passengers all not only survived the accident, but several hours in sub-freezing temperatures waiting for rescue.

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AgustaWestland To Expand Facilities In Brazil

Expanded Space Could Eventually Contain A Helicopter Final Assembly Line

AgustaWestland's Brazilian subsidiary AgustaWestland Do Brasil is to undergo a major expansion with the building of a new facility in Sao Paulo which will include maintenance hangars with space that could accommodate a helicopter final assembly line, training center, bonded warehouse, workshops and other supporting services including a dedicated heliport.

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Cessna Sees Continued Demand In Latin American Business Jet Market

Planemaker Seeing Strong Demand In Brazil In Particular

Latin America is a strong region for Cessna, according to the company's senior vice president for sales. Speaking at LBACE this week, Kriya Shortt said that the company has "several exciting new products out this year, including the revolutionary new Citation Sovereign, high-performance Cessna TTx and powerful Grand Caravan EX, all of which we expect to be extremely popular with our Latin American customers."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.17.13)

"SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft was designed from the outset to accommodate the upgrades necessary to safely carry people.” Source: Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and chief operating officer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.17.13): Density Altitude

Pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature. Density altitude is used in computing the performance of an aircraft and its engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.17.13)

UK Airprox Board

The UK Airprox Board’s primary objective is to enhance flight safety in the UK, in particular in respect of lessons to be learned and applied from Airprox occurrences reported within UK airspace.

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