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August 15, 2015

AMA To FAA: Hold Irresponsible ‘Drone’ Operators Accountable

Organized Hobbyist Community Also Calls For Final UAS Rules And More Education To Enhance Safety

Sometimes you just have to stand up and question authority, and that's just what the leadership of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has done following the FAA's release this week of data that shows a sharp increase in "drone" sightings by pilots of manned aircraft. The AMA says the FAA needs to get its own house in order on the issue.

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Saturday Is National Model Aviation Day

Events Are Being Held Nationwide To Celebrate The Sport

Saturday is National Model Aviation Day, and around the country, model aviation enthusiasts are getting together to celebrate their sport.

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RS-25 Engine Completes Key Full-Duration Test

Rocket Ran For 535 Seconds At Stennis Space Center

The RS-25 engine that will power NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) reached a key milestone on Thursday. The engine, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, completed a full duration (535 seconds) verification test at NASA's Stennis Space Center, was the sixth test in a seven-test series that began in January 2015 to validate the engine for use on the SLS.

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UPS Pilots Continue Fight For 'One Level Of Safety'

Mark Anniversary Of Accident At Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

As UPS pilots mark the second anniversary of the crash of Flight 1354 on approach to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, they are again calling for an end to the carve-out of all-cargo airline operators from new, science-based pilot rest rules.

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H-D Manufacturing Acquires Twin Commander Parent Company

New Owner Says Operations And Staffing Will Not Change

H-D Advanced Manufacturing Company (H-D), which specializes in high-precision severe-duty components, has acquired Twin Commander Aircraft LLC parent company Firstmark Corporation. The acquisition was effective June 30.

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Storm Flips Planes At Arizona Airport

As Many As 30 Aircraft Flipped By The Wind

As many as 30 aircraft were flipped over at Chandler Municipal Airport (KHCD) in Arizona when strong storms passed through the area with winds up to 60 miles per hour. In all, airport officials said 41 planes sustained significant damage due to the storm, and dozens of others were slightly damaged.

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Pratt & Whitney's TF33 Engine Celebrates Its 55th Year

Promises Many More To Come For The Legacy Engine

Gary Ransom, customer support engineer, Military Engines, recently looked over drawings of a compressor blade for the TF33 engine. The date of one drawing was April 6, 1959.

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Nigerian Airports Authority Tells Owners To Move Abandoned Planes

Derelict Aircraft Not Removed Will Be Sold At Auction, Authorities Say

There is an airplane boneyard near Murtala Muhammed Airport in Nigeria where several planes have been abandoned by their owners. Last week the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) informed the owners of those airplanes that they have to have them off the airport property in seven days, or they will be auctioned by FAAN, in accordance with ICAO rules.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.15.15)

"AMA would also like to see a more in depth analysis of the FAA data on ‘drone’ sightings and be able to review investigative findings for each of these reports.” Source: Statement by Dave Mathewson, executive Director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.15.15): Visibility

The ability, as determined by atmospheric conditions and expressed in units of distance, to see and identify prominent unlighted objects by day and prominent lighted objects by night.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.15.15)

The Center for Wildlife and Aviation

The center engages the resources of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott with other institutions including the Federal Aviation Administration, United States Department of Agriculture-Wildlife Services, Department of Defense-Air Force and Navy, Bird Strike International committee, and other concerned entities.

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