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March 26, 2013

Splashdown Marks End To Another Successful Dragon ISS Mission

Spacecraft Parachuted Into The Pacific Ocean Just After Noon EDT

A Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft successfully completed the company's second cargo flight to the International Space Station on Tuesday, March 26, with a 1236 EDT splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico.

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Bombardier Powers On the First CSeries Flight Test Vehicle

Completes Wing Static Testing Required For First Flight

Bombardier Aerospace has successfully completed the first full powering on of the main electrical distribution system on the first CSeries flight test vehicle (FTV1), the company said Monday in a news release. Additionally, Bombardier confirmed that the wing down-bending static test was successfully concluded on the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST) article.

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Embraer Executive Jets Flies 3rd Legacy 500 Prototype

SN 003 Will Be Used For Avionics, Noise, Electrical Testing

The third prototype of the midsize Legacy 500 business jet has made its first flight, according to officials from Embraer Executive Jets. “With the first two prototypes already well into the flight test program, the first flight of the third Legacy 500 is a major milestone for the program,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets.

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Cessna's Citation Hits Milestone With 400th CJ3

Light Bizjet In Its Ninth Year Of Service

Cessna has rolled out the 400th production unit of the company's CJ3 business jet from its production facility in Wichita, KS. The CJ3 is categorized as a light business jet and is in its ninth year of service. The event was marked with a rollout celebration and a photo opportunity for Cessna employees from the CJ3 assembly line.

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Balloons Now Legal In Albuquerque

Mayor Signs Ordinance To Allow Launches, Flights, Landing

Albuquerque is known as the ballooning capital of the world, hosting one of the nation's most popular balloon events every year. So it was with some bemusement that we noted recently that the activity was actually illegal due to local ordinances ... until last Friday.

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NTSB Announces Dates And Agenda For Lithium Ion Battery Forum

Preliminary Agenda Posted Online

The National Transportation Safety Board announced that its upcoming forum, “Lithium Ion Batteries in Transportation,” will be held on April 11-12. The NTSB also released a preliminary agenda for the event.

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Xilinx Says It Can Reduce Time For Avionics Certification

DO-254, DO-178 Certifiable Solutions Said To Reduce Burden, Increase Reliability

Technology company Xilinx has announced what it says are comprehensive solutions and support to address complex avionics certification challenges. Xilinx's DO-254, DO-178, and SEU mitigation solutions build upon its history in military avionics and secure solutions to extend support for certification of commercial, military and dual-use avionics systems.

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Commemorative Flyover Planned for Meigs Field

Group Notes The 10th Anniversary Of The Airport's Midnight Destruction

On the night of March 30-31, 2003, then-mayor Richard M. Daley illegally ordered bulldozers to rip X's in the runways at Meigs Field, Chicago's downtown airport. Over a dozen aircraft were still on the ramp. Current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said there are no plans to re-open Meigs as an airport, and has put forth plans improvements to the public park and concert venue now occupying the island on the Chicago lakefront.

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A4A Says Senate-Passed Budget Hikes TSA Passenger Tax

'Adds Insult To Injury' For Airlines And Customers

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today expressed strong opposition to a provision within the Senate-passed budget resolution, which immediately doubles, and eventually triples the TSA passenger security tax on the backs of the airlines, passengers and shippers, who collectively paid a record $2.3 billion in TSA taxes and fees last year and already pay more than their fair share of federal aviation taxes.

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EASA Revises Safety Guidance On Volcanic Ash Clouds

Recommends Operators Establish Guidelines For Operating Following Flight In Ash

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently issued updated guidance for flying in airspace contaminated with volcanic ash. The European Union (EU) authority revised its previous May 2011 safety information bulletin (SIB), taking a more assertive stance after aircraft manufacturers expressed concerns about potential ash-related engine or other aircraft damage.

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FAA Considers Action Against Pilot Who Landed On Wisconsin Interstate Highway

Agency Says The Pilot Operated VFR In IFR Conditions

The FAA is reportedly considering administrative action against a pilot who overshot a runway at Yorkville (WI) Sylvania Airport and wound up going down on Interstate 94 in Racine County, WI.

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Sequester Forces Cancellation Of Abilene AirFest

But Air Race Will Continue As Planned

The organizers of the Big Country AirFest event in Abilene, TX, say they are being forced to cancel the public air show part of the event, but that a planned SARL-Sanctioned air race will go on as scheduled.

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Orlando Entrepreneurs Seek to Partner With FAA For Film Flight School

Says The Move Would Create Jobs, Enable Millions In Economic Impact

In the midst of a recovering economy, a 7.7 percent unemployment rate and federal sequestration, a group of Central Florida entrepreneurs says the have come up with an idea on how to help government ... and they want to start with the FAA.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.26.13

Boeing Makes a Dreamliner Checkflight…

The Dragon is Ready to Return From Space…

Bombardier Powers On the CSeries Test Vehicle…

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Classic Aero-TV: Aspen Connected Panel-Seamlessly Integrates iPad In The Cockpit

Aspen Avionics Announces The Revolutionary Connected Panel Program

ANN E-I-C Note: It was revolutionary a year ago and it still seems that way now... hence, our decision to bring you this classic episode of Aero-TV... Uniform standards? Seamless integration? Interoperability? Increase the value of (and the ability to operate) our GA fleet? Ridiculous! GA has never been able to get its act together THAT much... so far... but maybe, just maybe, its time that changed -- at least, if Aspen Avionics and their partners have something to say about it.

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Garmin Introduces New Avionics For Experimental Aircraft

Announces Lower G3X System Price, Plus New Autopilot, AOA Options

Garmin International has announced seven new, affordable products for experimental and light sport aircraft that offer enhanced capabilities, reduced weight and simplified installation. Garmin’s new lower cost and lighter weight Air Data Attitude Heading Reference System (ADAHRS) and new Engine Indication System (EIS) interface module enable a significant reduction in the G3X price, with highly capable systems starting at $4,3751.

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Boeing Conducts Check Flight For Dreamliner Battery System

Certification Flights Planned For Later This Week

Boeing on Monday conducted a preliminary test flight in preparation for the recertification of the Dreamliner battery system. A battery fire in January has caused the worldwide fleet of 787s to be grounded for the past several months.

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Universal Avionics Sponsors Dick Rutan As AEA Keynote Speaker

Several New Products Being Shown At The Convention

Universal Avionics is pleased to continue its sponsorship of the Official Opening Ceremonies at the 56th Annual Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA) International Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Opening Ceremonies will take place at 8:30AM on Tuesday, March 26th in the Grand Ballroom South of the MGM Grand Resort and Convention Center.

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SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft Carrying NASA Cargo Ready For Return To Earth

Splashdown Delayed A Day Due To Weather At The Splashdown Site

More than three weeks after arriving at the International Space Station, the Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) Dragon spacecraft is ready for the trip back to Earth, now scheduled for Tuesday, March 26.

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Mid-Continent Named Trig Avionics Exclusive U.S. Service Center

Will Service Transponders And Comm Radios For The Scottish Company

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics has been named the exclusive U.S. Service Center for Trig Avionics, serving Trig customers in all of North America. The agreement further expands Mid-Continent’s avionics capabilities to include Trigs’ TT21, TT22, and TT31 transponders, TY91 and TY92 VHF Comm radios.

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ICG eRouter Features New Design Enhancements

On Schedule for First Deliveries in Second Quarter, 2013

ICG (International Communications Group, Inc.) has announced several “customer-inspired” modifications to the design of its revolutionary new eRouter that will not only enhance performance but make it easier for operators to perform maintenance, setup configuration, and access SIM and memory cards without having to remove the unit from the aircraft. The changes to the initial versions of the eRouter will not impact deliveries scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.

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True Blue Power Paving the Way For Certified Lithium-ion Products In Aviation

TS835 Series Emergency Power Supply Receives Several New Certifications

True Blue Power has announced the grant of several FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) for the TS835 Series lithium-ion emergency power supply (EPS). True Blue Power received a Part 25 STC for installation of the TS835 Series in LearJet 35/36 models and a Part 27 STC for installation in BK117 and EC145 helicopters.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.26.13)

“These new products are designed by our dedicated experimental engineering team. We’re bringing unprecedented technology and capability to the amateur-built and light sport aircraft market." Source: Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.13): Parallel Offset Route

A parallel track to the left or right of the designated or established airway/route. Normally associated with Area Navigation (RNAV) operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.13)


The Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM) is the result of a collaboration between the Met Office(TM) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and has been established as part of the National Center for Atmospheric Sciences.

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