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July 19, 2017

Apollo-Era NASA Computers Found In A Deceased Engineer's Basement

Hundreds Of Computer Reels Also Found, According To Recently-Released OIG Report

A salvage company going through the house of a deceased NASA engineer in Pittsburgh in 2015 discovered two massive Apollo-era computers and hundreds of reels of magnetic tape. A NASA OIG report about the find was recently made public through a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Airborne 07.19.17: NEW Kitfox Speedster!!!, Rotax 4 Sonex, Trig TY96A/TY97A

Also: Flt 3407 Families, Zenith STOL, Brandon Expands, BAA Training, Delta Caves In, Sully Defends GA, Global 7000
Years ago, ANN Boss Jim Campbell remarked a that recent flight test of the (then) Series IV Speedster model of the venerable Kitfox was one of the best flights he’d made all year... and he’s often remarked that he missed that sporty little aircraft after it went out of production. That SportPlane’s heyday was in 1992, when Kitfox arrived at AirVenture with the new and instantaneously popular design, the Kitfox Speedster. Further excitement was added to the introduction of this little plane when it was flown almost daily by the late Jimmy Franklin in a low altitude acro routine that could simply not be ignored. That was a ge

Air Show Performances And More From The Blue Angels At AirVenture

Team Members Will Participate In Several Events During Their Stay At Wittman Regional Airport

The power and precision of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will be on full display during the 65th annual EAA fly-in convention at Wittman Regional Airport on July 24-30 in Oshkosh, WI. The world’s premier military jet team will be conducting airshow performances and speaking at forums throughout the week of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

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Flight 3407 Families Dig In For Safety Fight

Group Urges Full Senate To Block Consideration Of FAA Bill With Dangerous Anti-Safety Language

With the FAA authorization set to expire at the end of September and regional airlines desperately attempting to water down critical safety initiatives which have resulted in eight years of no fatal commercial aviation crashes on US domestic carriers, the Families of Continental Flight 3407 vowed to continue their push to ensure that Congress does not cave in to pressure from regional airlines and their lobbyists.

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Tecnam Delivers Second P2006T Twin To NASA

Will Be Part Of The X-57 Electric Powered Propulsion Program

NASA has acquired a second Tecnam P2006T fuselage to speed the evaluating process and the survey of potentialities of ‘LEAPtech’ (Leading Edge Asynchronous Technology), with the aim of developing safer, more energy efficient, lower operating cost and greener General Aviation aircraft.

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NASA TDRS-M Satellite Damaged Weeks Before Scheduled Launch

Agency Still Hopeful The Spacecraft Can Lift Off On Schedule

NASA and Boeing are reviewing an incident that occurred during final spacecraft closeout activities on the Tracking Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-M) mission at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, on July 14, involving the Omni S-band antenna. The mission team is developing a plan to assess flight acceptance and the schedule forward.

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Embraer Flies First Legacy 500 Assembled In Florida

Aircraft Performed As Expected, Company Says

The first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at Embraer's industrial facilities in Melbourne, FL has flown for the first time, just eight months after the first Legacy 450 mid-light jet assembled in Melbourne took flight. The aircraft performed as expected and all flight test procedures were successfully completed.

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Lisa Airplanes Announces A New Livery For The Akoya

Paint Scheme Inspired By Nature, Company Says

Lisa Airplanes is unveiling a new side to the personality of its Akoya airplane with a new external design. The Akoya is now available in “ice blue,” as an example of the extensive customization possibilities for customers.

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FAA Announces $290.6 Million In Infrastructure Grants To 105 Airports

Latest Round Of Grants Going To Airports In 38 States

The FAA will award $ 290.6 million in airport infrastructure grants to 105 airports in 38 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

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Successful First Flight For Airbus UAV Demonstrator SAGITTA

Completion Of The First Trial Phase With Series Of Tests In South Africa

Airbus Defence and Space has successfully tested a new type of aircraft that will aid the development of future unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for series production. The unmanned jet-propelled demonstrator with the project name SAGITTA flew completely autonomously for around seven minutes over the test site in Overberg, South Africa, on a pre-programmed course.

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MyGoFlight Announces Name Change To MGF

Company Repositioning To Reflect Growth

In response to wide ranging changes in the business context of MyGoFlight, maker of premium iPad gear, flight bags and advanced displays for pilots, the company announced that it has changed its name to MGF, launched a new company website found on, and has introduced a new corporate identity. The new name and branding will be on display in their exhibit booths during EAA AirVenture 2017 in Hangar B.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc., Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-14-16

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc., Model BD-100-1A10 airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2017-14-11

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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Aero-TV: Rotec Aerosport - Bringing The Radial Back To GA!

Bringing Back The Round Cowl…
There is just something about a radial engine. They harken back to what many call aviation's "Golden Age" of classic airplanes and barnstorming.

Aero-TV: Rotec Aerosport - Bringing The Radial Back To GA!

Bringing Back The Round Cowl…

There is just something about a radial engine. They harken back to what many call aviation's "Golden Age" of classic airplanes and barnstorming. Now, the radial engine is making something of a resurgence, thanks to Rotec Aerosport, which had several engines and airplanes on display at Sun 'n Fun in April, including a Vans RV-8 with a round cowl...

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GAMA Thanks House Appropriators For Supporting General Aviation

Provided $1.3 Billion For Aviation Safety

GAMA has released a statement thanking the U.S. House Appropriations Committee for supporting the general aviation industry in its fiscal year 2018 bill, through language improving the aircraft certification process in the U.S. and funding for alternative fuels.

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GOP Congressmen Join Bipartisan Chorus Of Opposition To ATC Privatization

Five Sign Letter To Party Leadership Saying ATC Board Is Outside The Purview Of Congress

Five Republican Congressmen have come out in opposition to a proposal to privatize Air Traffic Control currently under consideration in the U.S. House as part of the FAA reauthorization bill.

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NTSB: Air Canada Flight Came Within 100 Feet Of Landing On KSFO Taxiway

Preliminary Report Released In July 7 Incident

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an incident which saw an Air Canada A320 come within 100 feet of touching down on a taxiway on which several aircraft were lined up waiting for takeoff July 7.

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Consumer Groups Hold Conference Call On Proposed Air Travel Legislation

Focus Was On Air Traffic Control Privatization

Last week, in a press conference call with reporters, leading airline passenger rights and consumer advocates warned against what they say will be "negative and dire impacts" of air traffic control privatization. The current bill about to be considered in the U.S. House of Representatives H.R. 2997, known as the 21st Century AIRR Act, would transfer control of the nation’s vital air traffic control infrastructure to a private board heavily dominated by commercial airline interests and with no public accountability, leaving consumers and communities out in the cold, they say.

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Sonex Aircraft AeroConversions Introduces Rotax Engine Mount Attach Bars

Can Be Used For Custom 912 Installations In Any Experimental Aircraft

Sonex Aircraft is introducing a new product from AeroConversions: Rotax Engine Mount Attach Bars. Developed for Sonex/Rotax 912-series engine mounts, AeroConversions Rotax Attach Bars can also be used for custom Rotax 912 engine mounts on any experimental aircraft.

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NBAA Applauds Nomination Of Robert Sumwalt To Lead NTSB

Must Be Confirmed By The U.S. Senate

Robert L. Sumwalt III to be the 14th chair of National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) a move praised by the NBAA. Sumwalt’s extensive and successful career in aviation makes him a compelling choice for heading an organization that is dedicated to improving aviation safety.

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Airborne 07.18.17: CBO--Costly H.R. 2997, Moon Express, Wipaire Aids ADS-B

Also: No $ For Mars?, Aero-Calendar, American A/L's Demotions, Bristell, Redbird VTO, New T-Birds!, Argentinian Air Force

The nation's Congressional Budget Office says that H.R. 2997 would be costly -- as noted in their official summary published late this week. The document notes that, “H.R. 2997 would establish a federally chartered, not-for-profit corporation (known as the American Air Navigation Services (AANS) Corporation) to assume responsibility for operating the U.S. air traffic control system, a function currently performed by the FAA. The proposed corporation would be governed by a 13-mem

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Cost-Effective OSH2017 Sponsor: Sandia Aerospace

OSH2017 Sponsor: Sandia Aerospace

Located in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico, SANDIA Aerospace was founded in 1997 by a group of avionics professionals to provide high quality avionics products to General, Corporate and Regional airline markets. Major product offerings include the company's STX 165 Transponder with Built-in Encoder, the SAI-340 Quatro, the STX 360 Sentinel, SAE 5-35 Altitude Encoder, SAC 7-35 Airdata Computer, Avionics Cooling Fans, and MARC 70 interface modules. SANDIA products are offered worldwide by both avionics modification centers and aircraft manufacturers.

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Third-Party Autopilot Support Available For The G5 Electronic Flight Instrument

Includes More Than A Dozen Popular Models Of Autopilots, Expansion Planned

The G5 electronic flight instrument will soon be compatible with a wide range of third-party autopilots available on the market, according to Garmin. Utilizing the new GAD 29B adapter, the G5 directional gyro (DG)/horizontal situation indicator (HSI) can interface with a variety of autopilots to provide heading and course error to drive the autopilot.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (07.19.17)

“We are extremely pleased to see the Committee put teeth into their direction to the FAA to better utilize the Organizational Delegation Authority. GAMA has advocated for this for some time.” Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.19.17): Breakout

A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.19.17)

Aircraft Registration Branch This is the FAA site that gives pilots and operators access to the aircraft registry.

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