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March 30, 2015

Airborne 03.30.15: Provisional TC-HondaJet, NASA/Mars, Lightspeed's Bluetooth

Also: New York Airways 1962, Mica Wants Privatized ATC, Ares UAV, Textron ProAdvantage, Boeing SC Union Vote, Whirly Girls

The Honda Aircraft Company has announced that the HondaJet has received its provisional type certification from the FAA. This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date. Honda Aircraft is targeting final FAA type certification in the next few months, following the completion of final testing and approval by the FAA. Last week NASA announced more details the plan for its Asteroid Redirec

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Airborne 03.30.15: Provisional TC-HondaJet, NASA/Mars, Lightspeed's Bluetooth

Also: New York Airways 1962, Mica Wants Privatized ATC, Ares UAV, Textron ProAdvantage, Boeing SC Union Vote, Whirly Girls

The Honda Aircraft Company has announced that the HondaJet has received its provisional type certification from the FAA. This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date. Honda Aircraft is targeting final FAA type certification in the next few months, following the completion of final testing and approval by the FAA. Last week NASA announced more details the plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission, known as ARM, which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. Lightspeed Avi

NIAR Will Move Labs To Former Boeing Site

Relocation To Take Place In April

Some of the abandoned buildings at the former Boeing facility in Wichita are about to get a new tenant. Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research plans to begin relocating its Environmental Test and Electromagnetic Effects Labs there next month.

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Rockets For Commercial Crew Launches Begin To Come Together

Booster For First CST-100 Mission Will Soon Be Taking Shape In Alabama

The codes AV-073 and AV-080 may not mean much to many, but they mean a whole lot to former astronaut Chris Ferguson and the team of engineers and technicians who will assemble the first Atlas V rocket to launch a crew to the International Space Station. That test and a precursor flight without crew are part of the final development work Boeing is completing with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to certify a new crew transportation system for low-Earth orbit.

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Gulfstream Names Duncan Aviation An Authorized Warranty Facility

Will Provide Maintenance Resources In Midwest And Western U.S. For G100, G150 And G200 Aircraft

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. recently named Duncan Aviation as a company-authorized warranty facility for three of its mid-cabin aircraft models.

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NASA Announces Next Steps On Journey To Mars

Says Progress Is Being Made On Asteroid Initiative

NASA Wednesday announced more details in its plan for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which in the mid-2020s will test a number of new capabilities needed for future human expeditions to deep space, including to Mars. NASA also announced it has increased the detection of near-Earth asteroids by 65 percent since launching its asteroid initiative three years ago.

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NASA Awards Contract For NOAA's Joint Polar Satellite System-2 Spacecraft

Orbital ATK To Build The Satellite

NASA has awarded a delivery order under the Rapid Spacecraft Acquisition III (Rapid III) contract to Orbital ATK (formerly Orbital Sciences Corporation) of Dulles, Virginia, for the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-2 spacecraft.

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NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover Finishes Marathon

Clocks 26.2 Miles In Just Over 11 Years

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday -- 26.219 miles – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

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Australia's First F-35A Pilot Begins Training

Took First Flight At Eglin AFB In Florida Earlier This Month

Australia's first F-35A pilot, Squadron Leader Andrew Jackson, [AEST] took his first flight in an F-35A aircraft at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States recently.

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Vector Aerospace, Boeing Bring RAF Chinook Back To Life

Aircraft Was Significantly Damaged During Training In 2012

In April 2012, during a training sortie, an RAF Chinook was very significantly damaged in a heavy landing. The damage sustained was such that the aircraft could well have been classified as Beyond Economical Repair (BER). However, it was decided that recovering the aircraft to service was a viable option by drawing on the extensive experience and expertise in Chinook heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) vested in Boeing and Vector Aerospace.

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Air New Zealand, Air China Unveil Proposed Alliance

Would Offer Dreamliner Service Between Beijing And Auckland

Air New Zealand and Air China have released details of a proposed alliance on services between China and New Zealand.

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American Aero FTW First IS-BAH Certified FBO In The Western Hemisphere

Fixed-Based Operator Meets Highest Standards For Aircraft Handling And Safety

American Aero FTW, a fixed-base operator (FBO) located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, today became the first FBO in the Western Hemisphere to be issued a rigorous new safety and ground handling accreditation from the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

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AgustaWestland, UK MoD Sign Integrated Merlin Support Contract

Provides Additional Five Years Of Integrated Operational Support For UK MoD’s AW101 Merlin Fleet

Finmeccanica – AgustaWestland has signed a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) covering the third five year period of the 25-year Integrated Merlin Operational Support (IMOS) contract. The contract provides a comprehensive availability based support package for the UK MoD's fleet of AW101 Merlin helicopters for the period 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2020.

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LASD Awards Maintenance Contract To Vector Aerospace

Company Will Perform Major Service Inspections For Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Rescue Helicopter

Vector Aerospace has been selected to perform a 7,500 hour major inspection (G check) and 12-year inspection on one of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s three AS332L1 Super Puma helicopters. This inspection will also include post maintenance return to service activities and a 10-year calendar fuel hose replacement.

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Aero-TV: Aerovate Innovates - A Passive Variable Pitch Prop

Aerovate's Kondor Shows Off A Unique Prop Technology

While at the 2014 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell came across something called a “passive variable pitch propeller.” Andrew Kondor, the president of Aerovate, Inc. accepted the task of explaining to Jim what it’s all about. He said it’s a propeller that changes pitch without the use of electronics or hydraulics.

For Real! HondaJet Receives Provisional TC From FAA

Next Big Step Taken In Honda's Plans For The Business Aviation Market

The HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the FAA. This achievement indicates the FAA's approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date. "Provisional type certification for the HondaJet is a tremendous milestone for the program, and we are pleased to reach this significant step toward customer deliveries and entry into service," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.

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Aero-TV: Aerovate Innovates – A Passive Variable Pitch Prop

Aerovate's Kondor Shows Off A Unique Prop Technology

While at the 2014 Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell came across something called a “passive variable pitch propeller.” Andrew Kondor, the president of Aerovate, Inc. accepted the task of explaining to Jim what it’s all about. He said it’s a propeller that changes pitch without the use of electronics or hydraulics. You’ll have to watch the video to get the full story, but Kondor explained it senses the load on the engine to make the adjustments in t

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Klyde Morris (03.30.15)

Klyde's Got Worries... Lots Of Them

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AeroSports Update: Aerobatic Powerhouse Julie Clark To Be At Sun ‘N Fun

Even The Best Airshow Performers In The World Need Sponsorships, And Julie Clark Has Just Announced She Will Be Sponsored By Tempest And Electroair At Sun-N-Fun 2015

Julie Clark Air Shows features Julie flying her beautifully restored and polished T-34 in a graceful and powerful aerial ballet as a patriotic tribute to our veterans and current troops working to keep our freedom intact. Julie’s serenade in “Red, White and Blue” is flown and choreographed to Lee Greenwood’s famous song “God Bless the USA”. Clark will perform during the Warbird Show at Sun-n-Fun on April 22.

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Record Setting Pilot To Speak At Oklahoma State University Banquet

Matt Guthmiller, The Youngest Person To Solo Circumnavigate By Air, Will Join The OSU Flying Aggies This Weekend For Their Annual Banquet

Matt Guthmiller, a 20-year-old sophomore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, flew into the record books this past summer when he set the Guinness World Record for the youngest person to fly solo around the world. During his forty-four-and-a-half-day journey, which began in San Diego, Guthmiller spent 180 hours in a single-engine 1981 Beechcraft Bonanza, covering more than 30,000 miles while stopping in 23 cities in 15 countries on 5 continents.

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B-52 Stratofortress On Display At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

First Time Massive Boeing Bomber Will Be On The Ground Display During Fly-In

The Boeing B-52H Stratofortress bomber, which for more than 50 years has been the backbone of the U.S. Air Force bomber fleet, will be a prime attraction at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in. The 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) convention, which annually draws 10,000 airplanes and total attendance of 500,000, is July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

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Bell Helicopter Exhibits V-280 Tiltrotor Mockup At Army Aviation Summit

Full-Size Model Will Be Shown In Attack And Utility Configurations

Bell Helicopter will display its full-size mockup of the Bell V-280 Valor next generation tiltrotor aircraft at the 2015 Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit in Nashville, TN March 29 – April 1.

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Kepler Team Awarded Smithsonian's National Air And Space Museum Trophy

Ball Aerospace Achievement On Planet Hunting Mission Receives Top Honors For Aerospace Science And Technology

Established in 1985, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum presents its annual trophy to recognize both past and present achievements involving the management or execution of a scientific or technological project, a distinguished career of service in air and space technology, or a significant contribution in chronicling the history of air and space technology.

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Lightspeed Adds Expanded Bluetooth Capability To Sierra Headset

Entire Line Now Bluetooth Compatible

Lightspeed Aviation has added Bluetooth audio capability to their entry level Sierra headset, making the entire Lightspeed line of aviation headsets fully compatible with Bluetooth cell phone, music, and audio alerts from aviation apps installed on Bluetooth-capable devices.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.30.15): Kuiper Belt

Kuiper Belt A region in our outer solar system where many "short-period" comets originate. The orbits of short-period comets are less than 200 years. This region begins near Neptune’s orbit at 30 astronomical units (AU) and extends to about 50 AU away from the Sun. An astronomical unit is the average distance between Earth and the Sun. The Kuiper Belt may have as many as 100 million comets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.30.15)

Aero Linx: Oregon Pilots Association We are the Oregon Pilots Association. Our goal is to promote aviation in the State of Oregon and to provide information to pilots and anyone interested in general aviation. We encourage all pilots and aviation enthusiasts to join our organization, whether you currently fly, own your own aircraft, or just like to talk aviation! Browse our site, check out some of our links, but most of all - join one of chapters in your area for one of our monthy meetings. If you don't wish to join a chapter, we encourage you to join as a "Member At Large", where you still gain all the benefits OPA has to offer.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.30.15)

“EAA AirVenture creates unmatched opportunities for people to see aircraft in one place that you cannot see anywhere else in the world. It’s only fitting that on the B-52’s 60th anniversary of active military service that it comes to Oshkosh and, for the first time, will be on ground display for the world’s aviation enthusiasts to see up-close.” Source: Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member services, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions, commenting on plans for the first-time attendance of the venerable B-52 Bomber at this year's massive AirVenture gathering.

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