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January 24, 2015

FAA To Issue New Guidance On Sleep Apnea

Announcement To Be Made March 2

The FAA continually works with the aviation and medical communities to ensure that pilots are fit to fly. On March 2, the FAA will issue new medical guidance to Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) that incorporates industry and Congressional feedback balanced with the FAA and NTSB's safety concerns about pilots flying with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

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Graves, Veasey Announce Reorganization Of House GA Caucus

Group Now Claims 222 Members Of The U.S. House Of Representatives

House General Aviation Caucus Co-Chairs Sam Graves (R-MO) and Marc Veasey (D-TX) have announced the reorganization of the bipartisan House General Aviation Caucus for the 114th Congress.  The Caucus begins the new Congress with 222 members, giving it a strong majority in the House of Representatives.

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Pirker Settles Case With The FAA

UAV Pilot Will Pay $1,100, Admits No Wrongdoing

Facing a possibly lengthy court battle and a $10,000 fine, Raphael Pirker  has decided to settle his case with the FAA, but admits no wrongdoing for flying a UAV near the University of Virginia in 2011.

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PA-23 Impacts Warehouse In Lakeland, Two Fatally Injured

Pilot Was Working Towards Multi-Engine Rating

An instructor and student pilot working on a multi-engine rating were fatally injured Thursday morning when the Piper PA-23 they were aboard went down, impacting a warehouse in Lakeland, FL.

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Harrelson Completes Polar Circumnavigation In A Lancair

Returned To KISO Wednesday

Pilot Bill Harrelson has completed his attempt to circumnavigate the globe over both poles, landing back at Kinston Regional Jetport at Stallings Field in Kinston, NC on Wednesday.

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Moon Express Signs Agreement For Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 36

Historic Launch Site Will Now Be Central To Moon Express' Commercial Efforts To Reach The Moon

Moon Express (MoonEx) has signed an agreement to begin using the historic Space Launch Complex 36 (SLC-36) at Cape Canaveral for its lunar lander development and flight test operations, according to a statement released by the company and Space Florida.

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Orion UAS Claims New World Endurance Record

Best Previous Record By Nearly 50 Hours

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that it has filed for an official world endurance record following an 80 hour flight by its Orion unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

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More Than 200 Dogs And Cats Flown To New Homes In Florida

Animals Transferred From 'High-Risk' Shelters To 'No-Kill' Facilities In The Sunshine State

More than 200 dogs and cats were flown from Greenville Airport in Alabama to various locations in Florida Saturday in an effort to find new homes for the animals.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.24.15)

“General aviation is not just about flying planes; it’s about creating good-paying jobs and economic opportunity, not only in states like Missouri and Texas, but all across the country.” Source: U.S. House General Aviation Caucus Co-chair Sam Graves, announcing the reorganization of the caucus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.15): Ground Speed

The speed of an aircraft relative to the surface of the earth.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.15)

Airservices Australia

Unlike the FAA, which is not only the regulatory body for U.S. aviation but also has direct responsibility for air traffic control, the Australian government formed a separate corporation to offer ATC services on that continent.

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