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May 19, 2014

Airborne 05.19.14: B-29 'Doc' Gets Ready, AEA 1Q Market Report, Falcon 7X Records

Also: VAA Celebrates, Chipmunk SAIB, Boeing Dash 80, AVW: Peter Besenyei 

The group working to restore the B-29 bomber named 'Doc' to an airworthy condition says that the airplane should be ready to fly by the end of the year. The B-29 project, is located in Wichita Kansas and is housed in a hangar donated by Boeing. The donation of space runs out at the end of this year. They hope to find a permanent home for Doc in Wichita, from where they will fly it around the country as a living museum. The Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) has released its first-quarter 2014 Avionics Market Report. In the first three months of the year, total worldwide business and general aviation avionics sales amounted to almost $651 million. Dassault Aviation's Falcon 7X has set a new transat

Dassault Announces Ultra Long Range Falcon 8X

Longest Falcon Ever Will Fly 6,450 nm Non-Stop 

Dassault Aviation today has launched the Falcon 8X, the newest addition to the Falcon family in the ultra long range category.

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Pilatus To Open PC-24 Order Book At EBACE 2014

Names Of First Customers For The New Jet Will Be Revealed

Pilatus Aircraft Ltd will sign and announce contracts with the first customers for its new business jet at the European Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (EBACE) to be held in Geneva from May 20 to 22.

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Sikorsky Names Innovations' Entrepreneurial Challenge Winners

Program Continues To Evolve With New Challenge Questions, Updated Rules

As a continuation of its successful, multi-year initiative, Sikorsky Innovations on Wednesday announced it has launched its 5th Entrepreneurial Challenge, a competition to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications in the vertical flight market.

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VivaAerobus Starts A320 Operations In Mexico

Mexican Low-Cost Carrier Starts Fleet Transition; Will Become All-Airbus Operator In Mexico By 2016

Mexico City-based VivaAerobus formally launched its fleet transition to A320 aircraft after the airline started operating its first three Airbus A320 aircraft in April. The low cost carrier will receive an additional two A320s before the end of 2014.

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Canadian STC Granted For FAST Data Acquisition System

Use Approved For Dash-8 200 And 300 Series

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s FAST (Flight Data Acquisition Storage and Transmission System) engine diagnostic, prognostic and health-management (DPHM) tool is continuing to gain altitude. The innovative system recently received a Transport Canada Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for use on Bombardier Dash-8 200 and 300 series aircraft, paving the way for its installation on these models.

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Rosetta's Target Comet Is Becoming Active

Coma Developing Over The Past Six Weeks

The target of ESA’s Rosetta mission has started to reveal its true personality as a comet, its dusty veil clearly developing over the last six weeks.

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The Great (Do It Yourself) Aerospace Enterprise

From Citizen Space Exploration To Space Settlement

A new strategy for space development was presented at the International Space Development Conference, which took place at the Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel this past week.

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Belgium Looks To Upgrade To F-16A/B Block 15 Aircraft

U.S. State Department Recommends Approval Of Mid-Life Upgrade Components

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Belgium to upgrade its F-16A/B Block 15 Aircraft Mid Life Upgrade (MLU) aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $113 million.

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Embraer And SkyWest Airlines Sign Service Agreement

It’s A 12-Year Agreement By Which Embraer Will Provide Support For The Carrier’s Entire Fleet Of E175 Jets

Embraer and SkyWest Airlines announced at the Regional Airline Association’s 39th Annual Convention, in St. Louis, MO that they have reached a 12-year component management service agreement by which Embraer will provide support for the carrier’s entire fleet of E175 jets.

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Romania Welcomed Into The F-16 Family

Has Signed A Letter Of Offer And Acceptance With The U.S. Government

Romania was officially welcomed into the Lockheed Martin F-16 family at a reception preceding the Black Sea Defense Aerospace trade show. The Romanian Air Force is the 28th customer of the most widely used 4th generation multi-role fighter in the world.

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Jeppesen To Provide Corendon Airlines With iPad EFB Services

FliteDeck Pro On iPad To Help Airline Operate More Efficiently

Jeppesen and Corendon Airlines recently agreed to a new five-year service contract to integrate Jeppesen's digital navigation and electronic flight bag (EFB) services for the airline. Corendon Airlines, an international charter operator based in Turkey, will increase operational efficiency and eliminate paper-based flight materials with use of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro on iPad.

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AAR Named Best Airframe MRO Provider In The Americas

Customers Cast Votes In Annual Recognition Hosted By ATE&M Magazine

AAR was named Best Airframe MRO Provider in the Americas at the 2014 Aircraft Technology Engineering & Maintenance (ATE&M) Awards ceremony held May 7 in London.  The ATE&M commercial aviation aftermarket awards are voted on by thousands of professionals across the aviation industry. This is a second time AAR has received this recognition since 2012.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-09-10

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 767 airplanes.

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ANN Is Raising The Bar (Again): Prepping For Oshkosh 2014!

70 Days (...and Counting) Until Aviation Comes Together To Celebrate Our Common Bond

Oshkosh is coming up fast... and as usual, the ANN crew has spent the last few months figuring out what we'll do this year to 'Raise the Bar' (as we have every year)... and this year, we have a doozie! In addition to the bazillion other projects and programs we are undertaking (or so it seems), ANN, Aero-TV/Airborne and Kindred Spirit Press are now committed to a NEW addition to our Oshkosh coverage roster this year. After a stunningly successful (even beyond what we expected/hoped) program in which we offered a much abbreviated FREE 'Mini' version of the SportPlane Resource Guide for LSA enthusiasts, we decided that this was a model that deserved special consideration for Oshkosh. After

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Splashdown! SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Returns

Vehicle Returns Critical NASA Science from Space Station

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down at 3:05 p.m. EDT Sunday, in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 300 miles west of Baja California, returning more than 3,500 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from the International Space Station. A boat will carry the Dragon spacecraft to a port near Los Angeles, where it will be prepared for a return journey to SpaceX's test facility in McGregor, Texas, for processing. Some cargo, including a freezer packed with research samples collected aboard the space station, will be removed at the port in California and returned to NASA within 48 hours.

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Klyde Morris (05.19.14)

Klyde 'Drones' On and On...


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AirVenture Pitch & Mingle Seeks Aviation Entrepreneurs

Selected Companies will Be Given An Eight-Minute Opportunity To Sell Their Ideas

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s AeroInnovate and the Space Angels Network seek early-stage aviation/aerospace companies to attend and apply to present at the fifth annual Pitch & Mingle event, scheduled during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 on Tuesday, July 29, at the Wittman Regional Airport Terminal conference room.

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Eastern Air Lines Announces 737 Next Generation Aircraft Order

Has Put Down Deposits For 10 737-800s, Has Positions For 10 737 MAX 8 Airplanes

Eastern Air Lines Group, Inc., ("Eastern") has signed an initial order and placed deposits with the Boeing Company for ten (10) firm Next Generation 737-800 aircraft and purchase rights for ten (10) Boeing MAX 8 aircraft.

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B-29 'Doc' Nearly Airworthy

Group Hopes WWII Bomber Will Fly This Year

The group working to restore the B-29 bomber 'Doc' to an airworthy condition says that the iconic airplane should be ready to fly by the end of the year, and the journey has taken several interesting twists and turns along the way.

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NASA Astronauts Go Underwater To Test Tools

Preparing For A Mission To An Asteroid

NASA is planning to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s, and preparations are already being made. Stan Love and Steve Bowen have between them spent more than 62 hours in the vacuum of space on nine shuttle mission spacewalks, and they’re putting that experience to use here on Earth by helping engineers determine what astronauts will need on NASA’s next step toward Deep Space.

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Airborne 05.16.14: FAA Eases ADS-B Regs, UAS Commercial Ops, Unmanned Black Hawk

Also: EPS Diesel Flies!, UAV Industry Event, Titan Engines, Parrot UAV

The FAA’s Flight Standards Service has created, a new and more efficient operations authorization procedure for U.S.-registered aircraft to comply with early ADS-B directives mandated by other countries. The new approval process is expected to be available to operators at the end of June this year. Perhaps realizing that the UAV train has already left the station ... during a speech at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014, FAA Manager of UAS Integration Jim Williams on Tuesday announced that the FAA is working with several industries to expedite some limited commercial operations of

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Ohio State Will Pay For Airplane Destroyed By A Storm

Companies Had Accused The University's Employees Of Not Properly Securing The Aircraft

Ohio State University finds itself on the hook for a $45,000 payment for an airplane that was destroyed during a windstorm in 2012.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.19.14)

Aero Linx: Independent Pilots Association Welcome to the Independent Pilots Association. The IPA is the collective bargaining unit representing the more than 2600 professional pilots who fly in service of United Parcel Service, the world's largest transportation company. The IPA is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, home of UPS Worldport, the largest fully automated package handling system in the world.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.19.14): Towering Cumulus

Towering Cumulus Another name for cumulus congestus, it is a rapidly growing cumulus or an individual dome-shaped clouds whose height exceeds its width. Its distinctive cauliflower top often mean showers below, but lacking the characteristic anvil of a cumulonimbus, it is not a thunderstorm.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.19.14)

“We’re working on the techniques and tools we might use someday to explore a small asteroid that was captured from an orbit around the sun and brought back by a robotic spacecraft to orbit around the moon. When it’s there, we can send people there to take samples and take a look at it up close. That’s our main task; we’re looking at tools we’d use for that, how we’d take those samples.”  Source: Spacewalker Stan Love, commenting as NASA makes plans to send astronauts to an asteroid in the 2020s.

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