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June 22, 2013

Dayton AirShow Crash Claims Two Airshow Performers

Wing-Walking Act, Featuring Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker, Results In Fatalities

The 2013 Dayton International Airshow has been the scene of a tragedy for a much favored wing-walker and her pilot. Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were reported dead after a 1245 (local time, Saturday) performance. Video of the accident shows a transition to a low-level inverted pass, with her sitting upside down (but rightside up at the conclusion of the inverted transition) that appears to have gone wrong as the aircraft either stalled or started the executed of a roll reversal (opposite the previous direction of rotation) and impacted the ground.

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Airborne 06.21.13: FAA Flips The Birds, 787-10 Launched, Diamond Agreement

Also: CAF and EAA Wanna Get Bombed, Bell Gets Light, Red Bull Pilot Training, More G650 Records, NKET Revised

The FAA is requiring Operation Migration to acquire new airplanes to lead endangered whooping cranes from their summer range to Florida for the winter in coming years, and the pilots flying those airplanes will have private pilot licenses. But, the FAA is giving the non-profit until April of next year to accomplish the changeover! Boeing has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 family, at the Paris Air show. Saying that local aviation in Russia (is undergoing) a severe crisis, Russia Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA), a

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Rockefeller Uncertain Of American-US Airways Merger Benefits

Says Benefits Of Previous Mergers Have Not Been Realized By Airline Passengers

In his opening remarks at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security on the US Airways-American merger, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV said he has concerns about the pending merger between US Airways and American Airlines as the latter company emerges from bankruptcy.

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Joint Strike Fighter On Track, Costs Coming Down, Kendall Says

Air Force Leadership Defends Program To Senate Appropriations Committee On Defense

Indications are that the F-35 joint strike fighter program -- the most expensive aviation program in Defense Department history -- is on track, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told a Senate panel June 19.

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Embry-Riddle Students Take Top Honors In FAA Design Competition

Bested 62 Other Challengers With Runway Safety, Airport Management Projects 

Four teams from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, Fla., Campus have outperformed the 62 other colleges and more than 1,200 other students at the recent 2012-2013 FAA Design Competition for Universities. The annual competition, which challenges U.S. college students to find innovative solutions to real-world airport and runway safety issues, included 244 submitted design proposals in six categories.

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Collaboration Eases Southern Border Overflight-Exemption Process

NBAA Lauds Key Individuals For Their Work To Produce Welcome Program Revisions

The NBAA on Thursday welcomed recent changes to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s “Southern Border Overflight-Exemption” process, which will directly benefit business aviation operators who frequently fly into the United States from across the country’s Southern border, while preserving key security and safety measures.

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Pratt & Whitney Announces More Than 1,000 New Engine Orders At Paris Air Show

Company Claims More Than 4,500 Engines On Order From 40 Customers

Pratt & Whitney announced new orders for more than 1,000 engines, including options at the 2013 Paris Air Show. The company's new commercial engine announcements include orders from customers around the world for new PurePower, IAE V2500 and Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engines.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Alpha Trainer Accident In Texas

Few Details In The Prelim, Accident Resulted In One Fatal Injury

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred in Pampa, TX, that resulted in the fatal injury of one pilot, with a second requiring hospitalization. The prelim indicates the airplane was dragged for nearly two miles by its deployed airframe parachute before it became entangled in a barbed wire fence.

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University Of São Paulo Students Win Airbus Fly Your Ideas Competition

Air Powered Baggage Handling Concept Claims Top Prize

A team of students from the University of São Paulo in Brazil have claimed the top prize of €30,000 (about $39,000) as winners of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2013. Team Levar won with their proposal for a luggage loading and unloading system for airplane cargo compartments to reduce the workload of airport baggage handlers with an air cushion solution inspired by air hockey tables.

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Gone West: Roscoe D. Morton

Was 'Chairman Of Announcers' For EAA, On Sun 'N' Fun Board Of Directors

Roscoe D. Morton, who was well known as the Chairman of the Announcers for EAA at AirVenture and Sun 'N' Fun in Lakeland, FL, passed away June 15th at his home in Frostproof, FL. He was 81 years old.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.22.13)

"I am still waiting ... to see the lasting benefits of previous mergers." Source: Opening statement by Senate Commerce Committee chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV at a hearing examining the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.13): Basic Empty Weight

Standard empty weight plus optional equipment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.22.13)

The European Cockpit Association

The European Cockpit Association (ECA) was created in 1991 and is the representative body of European pilots at European Union (EU) level. It represents over 38,000 European pilots from the National pilot Associations in 37 European states.

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