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June 18, 2016

NTSB To Hold Forum On Pilot Weather Reporting

Two-Day Event will Focus On The Need To Improve PIREP And Weather Dissemination Process

The use of pilot weather reports, commonly known as PIREPs, will be the topic of discussion during a National Transportation Safety Board forum scheduled for June 21 and 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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Ultimate Load Testing On Gulfstream G500 Validates Structural Integrity

Stressed To 150 Percent Load Limit, Fulfilling Certification Requirement

Gulfstream has completed ultimate load testing for its new Gulfstream G500. Ultimate load represents 150 percent of limit load and is equivalent to a 1.5 safety factor specified by the FAA and EASA. Limit load is the maximum level that an aircraft should experience once during its service life. Completion of the full-scale aircraft ultimate test fulfills the certification requirements for both the FAA and EASA.

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Goglia: UAV Hobbyists Are Registering In Droves, But Vigilance Still Needed

More Than 450,000 Have Registered Under Rules Some Say Are A Federal Overreach

More than 450,000 UAV operators have registered their aircraft with the FAA since the agency opened the registration database late last year. Of those, only one has decided that it is appropriate to challenge the FAA's rulemaking process that created the database in the first plane.

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NATA Names New Board Of Directors Members

Taps Marathon Jet Center Owner Marty Hiller As Acting President

Last week at its annual Membership Meeting, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the reelection of Andy Priester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Priester Aviation in Wheeling, IL, as Chair of the NATA Board of Directors. Greg Schmidt, President and CEO, Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, MI, was elected to serve as Board Vice Chair.

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FAA Grants STC To Flight Resource For Reversing Option On Cessna Aircraft Props

Allows Piston Aircraft To Have Full Reversing Function Similar To Turboprop Airplanes

The FAA has granted an STC to Flight Resource, a distributers of MT Composite propellers, for the reversing option for the MT Composite two or three blade propeller for Cessna aircraft.

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Airbus Safran Launchers Confirms Maturity Of The Ariane 6 Launcher

First Design Phase Finalized

Airbus Safran Launchers has just finalized the first design phase for Ariane 6, successfully confirming the maturity of the future European launcher, for which the maiden flight is scheduled for 2020.

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New Universal Avionics FMS Software Offers Significant Savings

System Includes ADS-B Out Failure Messaging

Universal Avionics is offering a new software version for the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management System (FMS) that includes cost-saving messaging to alert crews of a failure of the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Out system.

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Minneapolis Man Blames TSA Line For Missed Flight

Has Sued The Agency And The Operator Of The Twin Cities Airport

We've all heard the stories about tremendously long lines for airport security, and TSA and airports have been warning passengers that they might need to get to the airport extra early to be sure they get through the lines and make their flights.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.18.16)

“We cannot control the weather but we certainly can plan for it when we receive reports about conditions experienced by others along our intended route." Source: NTSB Member Robert Sumwalt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.18.16): Cloud

A cloud is a visible accumulation of minute water droplets and/or ice particles in the atmosphere above the Earth’s surface. Cloud differs from ground fog, fog, or ice fog only in that the latter are, by definition, in contact with the Earth’s surface.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.18.16)

NTSB Training Center

The NTSB Training Center is the training facility for the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent federal agency that investigates all civil aviation accidents in the United States and selected accidents in other modes of transportation.

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