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April 15, 2014

Prince William Unveils 'The World’s Most Versatile Aircraft'

Pacific Aerospace P-750 XSTOL Heading To China

During his visit to Pacific Aerospace in New Zealand Monday, Prince William the Duke of Cambridge unveiled what the company is calling "the world’s most versatile aircraft." Pacific Aerospace has been developing the latest model of its P-750 XSTOL aircraft over the last 18 months. “The Mark III P-750 has taken a lot of effort from our design engineers and production staff to bring to market and the hard work has paid off,” said Pacific Aerospace CEO Damian Camp.

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FAA Certifies Company To Collect And Verify Data For Aviation Mapping

CompassData Approved To Verify Accuracy Of Satellite Or Aerial Imagery

CompassData has received DO-200A certification by the FAA for collection and processing of survey and ground control data used in the creation of Airport Mapping Database (AMDB) products.

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Balloon Federation Responds To NTSB Call For LOAs

Board Of Directors Says The Recommendations Are 'Unnecessary And Burdensome'

The BFA Board of Directors, meeting in Indianola, Iowa, in consultation with its Balloon Ride Operators Division has released an official statement regarding the NTSB's recent recommendation to the FAA that balloon tour ride operators (sightseeing flights) be required to obtain and comply with a Letter of Authorization (LOA).

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FAA Fact Sheet Shows Alaska's Dependence On Aviation

Over 8-Thousand Active Pilots In The State Flying More Than 9,500 Registered Aircraft

The FAA recently issued a fact sheet focusing on air transportation in Alaska pointing up just how dependent Alaskans are on their airplanes.

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Director Of Federal Air Marshal Service Stepping Down

Allegedly Connected To A Plan To Acquire Firearms For Government Officials

Robert Bray, the director of the Federal Air Marshal Service, has announced he is stepping down from the position effective in June. The move is reportedly tied to an investigation of at least one employee suspected of obtaining weapons for government officials' personal use.

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Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Has Arrived At New Home

Vintage Flying Museum At Fort Worth's Meacham Airport Will Be Home To The CAF's B-29 FIFI And B-24 Diamond Lil

The Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, the only flying B-29 in the world, returned from her Florida tour on Monday to join the B-24, Diamond Lil, at their temporary new home in Fort Worth, Texas. The airplane arrived at the Vintage Flying Museum (VFM) at 1930 local time accompanied by the famous C-45 Expeditor, Bucket of Bolts, also making Meacham International Airport its new home.

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APA President Issues Mea Culpa For Statement On Republic Pilots' Vote

Capt. Keith Wilson: 'I Should Have Refrained From Expressing An Opinion In A Public Forum About Another Pilot Group’s Contract Negotiations'

The president of the Allied Pilots Association issued a clarification regarding an April 9 APA press release addressing the rejection of a tentative agreement by the pilots of Republic Airways Holdings.

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Test Pilot School Team Proves How 'A Dummy' Can Save Money

Test Objective Was To Evaluate C-12C DUMP System For Static Line Dummy Drops

In an Air Force setting that is focused on being financially-conscious and proactive under the current financial challenges, the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, at the request of the 418th Flight Test Squadron here, is working with the squadron through the implementation of the school's Test Management Project, or TMP, to come up with a more cost-effective way of conducting dummy drop parachute testing for the Air Force.

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Beechcraft, Cessna Offer GA Aircraft Suited For The Asia Pacific Marketplace

Textron Companies Display Models At ABACE In Shanghai

Beechcraft and Cessna ... both part of the Textron Aviation segment of Textron ... said Monday at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai, China, that the companies’ product range is the widest among general aviation manufacturers and is well suited for the growing GA sector in China and in other parts of the Asia Pacific region.

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Airbus Launches New Version Of ACJ319 Corporate Jet

Brings 'Big-Cabin Comfort' To Broader Market

Airbus has launched a new version of its popular corporate jet, the ACJ319, offering customers simplicity, speed and savings in the cabin. Called ACJ319 Elegance, the new version complements today’s fully customizable version.

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Salina Regional Airport Among Airports Recognized For Training Excellence

ANTN Digicast Was Created For Airports To Comply With Mandated Training Requirements

The Salina Regional Airport is among the 90 airports the American Association of Airport Executives (ANTN) has recognized with an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award for training completed in calendar year 2013.

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Russians Look To Colonize The Moon

Says It Will Have A Permanent Base 'Up And Running' By 2040

As Russia was celebrating the anniversary of the first spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin on Saturday, Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin made a bold statement: "We are coming to the moon forever."

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Cessna Citation XLS+ Receives CAAC Certification

Textron Says Move Is A Step Towards Final Assembly, Deliveries In China

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has certified the Cessna Citation XLS+, clearing the way for deliveries in China later this year.

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Flight Design Moves Into Additional Global Markets

Supports Local License Production For Asia-Pacific And Americas

For many years, Flight Design has continuously reached out to new markets to ensure global availability and support of Flight Design products. As the next logical step, Flight Design is now providing local production capacities for the major market segments. With this strategy, Flight Design significantly improves availability of the products, reducing production lead times and ensures continued affordable aircraft prices.

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UCAV: A World First For Dassault Aviation

Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle, Rafale Fighter, Falcon 7X Fly In Formation

On March 20, 2014, Dassault Aviation organized a formation flight of the nEUROn unmanned combat air vehicle (UCAV) with a Rafale fighter and a Falcon 7X business jet. This was the first time in the world that a combat drone flew in formation with other aircraft. The entire operation lasted 1 hour and 50 minutes and took the patrol out over the Mediterranean to a range of several hundred kilometers.

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First Flight: The Advanced Tactics Black Knight Transformer

VTOL Aircraft Is Part Truck, Part Multicopter

Advanced Tactics has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. Advanced Tactics is at the forefront of large scale multicopter design, production, and testing.

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'Electrifying' Win For Arch In Red Bull Air Race

Edges Paul Bonhomme By Eight-Hundredths Of A Second

In a day full of surprises in Rovinj, Croatia, Hannes Arch won in a characteristically electrifying performance in the second Red Bull Air Race since the series was re-established. His time of 00:59.01 was just 0:00.08 ahead of Paul Bonhomme, in a final that had fans both in Croatia and around the world on the edge of their seats. Japan's Yoshi Muroya made the podium for the first time in his race career after pushing Canada's Pete McLeod into a reluctant fourth place.

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FAA Appeals Judges' Ruling In Pirker Case

Says Judge 'Erred' In Making Assumptions About The UAV, Interpretation Of FARs

The FAA has appealed an NTSB judges' ruling that a UAV flown by a private citizen in the vicinity of the University of Virginia is not subject to FARs, and the pilot of the UAV should not have to pay the agency's $10,000 fine.

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TFR Posted Over Nevada Ranch In Connection With Cattle Grazing Dispute

Flight Restriction Posted Through Mid-May

The federal government placed a TFR over the Bundy Ranch in Nevada as it waged something of a range war with rancher Cliven Bundy.

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Airborne 04.14.14: Google Buys Titan, Diesel Archer, C4 Avionics

Also: Scorpion's 1st 50 Hours,Pilatus Sales Record, Classic Aero-TV: Ballooning, XCOR Progress Update, Another TSA Screw-Up

Just as we were tucking this episode of Airborne away, we received confirmation that Google had acquired UAV Startup, Titan Aerospace, run by Eclipse Founder, Vern Raburn. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted an STC to Piper Aircraft and the Continental Motors Group for the installation of the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine aboard Piper Archer aircraft. Ground and flight tests on the Piper Archer, powered by a Centurion 155 horsepower Jet-A compression ignition engine, were conducted from Technify’s airport f

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.15.14)

"I have to admit I had a few tears in my eyes. It was so close." Source: Red Bull Air Race Pilot Hannes Arch.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.15.14): Navigation Reference System (NRS)

The NRS is a system of waypoints developed for use within the United States for flight planning and navigation without reference to ground based navigational aids.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.15.14)

The National Warplane Museum

Founded in 1994, the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum, now known as the National Warplane Museum, is dedicated to the restoration, preservation, display, and flight of aircraft of the World War II and Korean War eras.

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