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March 04, 2014

Fantasy Of Flight Takes A Bold Next Step On Its Journey

Closing As A Public Attraction On April 6, Owner Weeks Says 'Not The End' Of The Businesses

Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks announced Tuesday that that effective Sunday, April 6, the attraction will be closing its doors as a public attraction and will focus on its private event business and the design and development of a new future destination attraction.

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GAO Report Finds Pilot Supply Will Meet Airlines' Demand

But Number Of Jobs, Pay Down Over The Past 14 Years

In a study requested by the U.S. Congress titled "Current and Future Availability of Airline Pilots", the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that demand for pilots has exceeded the supply of those seeking such jobs, but the number of jobs and what they earn have decreased in the past 14 years.

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Bell Helicopter Supports Medevac Foundation International’s HEMS 101 Project

Makes $150,000 Donation To The Program Disbursed Over Three Years

Bell Helicopter is supporting the Medevac Foundation’s HEMS 101 Project, which is dedicated to producing a set of guidelines for establishing Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS)/Air Ambulance Programs in nations that currently do not have services in place. Bell Helicopter will make a $150,000 donation spread equally over the next three years.

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Airbus Helicopters’ New AS332 C1e Is Ready For Duty

Launch Customer Starlite Aviation Adds Firm Order Of Two AS332C1e, Will Deploy Its First Delivered Rotorcraft To Kosovo

Airbus Helicopters has unveiled the latest member of its Super Puma helicopter family: the multi-mission AS332 C1e utility workhorse version, which comes with a standardized equipment definition for more rapid production times and cost-effective acquisition prices.

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HAV304 'Airlander' Is The World's Longest Aircraft

Massive Airship Unveiled In The U.K. Friday

A massive airship that is the world's longest aircraft was unveiled in the U.K. on Friday. At 302 feet long, the HAV304 Airlander takes over the top spot for aircraft length from the Antonov AN-225 by nearly 30 feet.

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Connecticut Instructor Receives Ninth Master CFI Accreditation

David H. Faile Jr. First Earned The 'Master Instructor' Designation In 1998

David H Faile Jr., a 9-time Master CFI and SAFE member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation. David is an AOPA Airport Support Network (ASN) representative, a FAASTeam representative in the Windsor Locks FSDO area, and the holder of the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.  The 1999 Nat'l CFI of the Year, David instructs at Bridgeport's Sikorsky Airport (KBDR).

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Boeing Senior Vice President Denson-Low Announces Retirement

Sands Tapped To Lead Office Of Internal Governance

Boeing Senior Vice President Wanda Denson-Low has announced her plans to retire from the company June 2 after serving on the company's executive council and leading the Office of Internal Governance for the past seven years.

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Skymark Airlines Becomes First Japanese A330 Operator

Takes Delivery Of First Two Airplanes With Eight More On The Way

Japan’s third largest airline has taken delivery of the first two A330-300s out of a total of ten on lease. Skymark Airlines becomes the first Japanese carrier to operate Airbus’ A330 wide-body aircraft.

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Trig Upgrades Its 'Class-Leading' TT31 Transponder

All Units To Feature TIS Traffic Compatibility With Third Party Displays

Trig Avionics, the company behind the world’s most efficient retro-fit TT31 transponder is pleased to announce an upgrade to this class leading product. Going forward, all TT31 units will feature new TIS traffic compatibility with panel mounted third party displays. Traffic Information Services are provided by the FAA and are used by pilots in the U.S.

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Canadian Pilot Says Carburetor Ice Was A Factor In Emergency Landing Attempt

Plane Impacted Trees In Arcadia Cemetery In Yarmouth County

The pilot of an airplane that in published photos appears to be a Piper Cub said that worsening weather conditions caused ice to form in his carburetor and forced him to attempt an emergency landing Sunday morning, and he wound up with his airplane tangled in a tree at Arcadia Cemetery in Yarmouth County in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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NGC, Bell Helicopter Extend Agreement For Navigation System

LCR-100 AHRS To Be Available For Bell 412 Through 2017

Northrop Grumman Corporation has entered into an agreement with Bell Helicopter to supply its LCR-100 Attitude Heading Reference System (AHRS) for the Bell 412 helicopter through 2017.

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Air Force One Operating Costs Up Under Obama Administration

Judicial Watch: Obama’s Eight-Day 2012 – 2013 Hawaii Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $4,086, 355.20 For Flights Alone

Flight expense records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force by the legal watchdog organization Judicial Watch show that President Obama incurred $7,396,531.20 in flight expenses alone for his 2013 vacations to Hawaii and Martha’s Vineyard and his trip to California to appear on the Jay Leno Show. The records came in response to Freedom of Information lawsuit filed after what the group called the "stonewalling" of requests filed in August 2013.

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Plane Owner Fighting Confiscation Of Cessna 206

Had Been Convicted Of Misdemeanor Alcohol Importation Into Dry Communities

The State of Alaska is fighting an ongoing battle to try to force the forfeiture of an airplane belonging to charter company Ken Air LLC after it was seized in connection with the illegal importation of alcohol.

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Airborne 03.03.14: Snowbirds Return, Titan A/C Engines, P-38 For Sale

Also: Adam Smith Joins CAF, Small UAVs Mean Big $$$, B-25 Engine-Out Procedures, GA Protects Airports From Lawsuits

Organizers of the Oregon International Airshow thought they had lost the Snowbirds as their headline act due to budget cuts. But just weeks after saying it would not be able to perform at the 2014 event, the team announced that the Hillsboro-based show was back on the schedule, as were the rest of its planned U.S. performances. Needless to say, the airshow organizers were happy to report this. Home-built airplanes and light sport aircraft create a fertile field for engine development. This field is now being plowed by Danbury Aerospace. T

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NBAA Says New Tax Proposal Wrongly Portrays Business Aircraft Depreciation

Tax Overhaul Draft Plan Proposed By Ways And Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen says a congressman’s draft tax-overhaul plan unfairly mischaracterizes and singles out tax depreciation on the purchase of general aviation (GA) aircraft used by businesses, farms, healthcare providers, flight schools, emergency responders and others to connect communities and grow businesses across the U.S.

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Completes Flight Profile Data Milestone

Dream Chaser Passes CCiCap Milestone 4a, Conducts First Free-Flight Test

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announces the successful completion of a flight-profile data review milestone for its Dream Chaser spacecraft.

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Airbus To Raise A320 Family Production To 46 A Month By Q2 2016

Company Says Move Reflects Continuing Strong Appetite For Single-Aisle Aircraft

Airbus has decided to increase production of its single-aisle aircraft family to 46 a month in Q2 2016, up from the current rate 42. The new higher production rate will be achieved gradually, with an intermediate step at 44 aircraft per month in Q1 2016.

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F/A-18C Down In Nevada

Pilot Was Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down On A Training Mission

The Navy has determined that the U.S. military pilot whose aircraft went down Saturday on a training flight for the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at Naval Air Station (NAS) Fallon, NV was killed in the mishap. The crash of the F/A-18C aircraft occurred at approximately 1500 PST Saturday on the Fallon Range Training Complex, approximately 70 miles east of NAS Fallon.

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US Airways, American FAs To Join Forces For 'Historic' Bargaining Agreement

US Airways Flight Attendants Vote To Ratify The Agreement On Bargaining And Representation

US Airways Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have voted to ratify an Agreement on Bargaining and Representation between AFA and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) along with a Negotiations Protocol Agreement with American Airlines management.

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NASA Honors Astronaut Neil Armstrong With Center Renaming

Follows Unanimous Passage Of Congressional Resolution Supporting The Change

Two generations of aerospace engineering excellence came together Saturday, March 1 when NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, CA was redesignated NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center.

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NATA Elects New Board Of Directors Members

Gary Dempsey Named As Chair Of The NATA BoD

At its annual Membership Meeting Monday, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the selection of Gary Dempsey, President, Flight Services – The Americas, Jet Aviation Holdings USA, Inc., as Chair of the NATA Board of Directors. The association named Andy Priester, President and Chief Executive Officer, Priester Aviation, board Vice-Chair and Gregory Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pentastar Aviation as Treasurer.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.04.14)

"Now that we have successfully passed a second flight-based milestone we have further reassurance that our vehicle design is sound and that our spacecraft can successfully fly within established and expected flight boundaries. We are now advancing and upgrading the Dream Chaser test spacecraft in preparation for additional expanded flight tests in 2014.” Source: Mark Sirangelo, corporate vice president and head of SNC’s Space Systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.04.14): Flameout Pattern

An approach normally conducted by a single-engine military aircraft experiencing loss or anticipating loss of engine power or control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.04.14)

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