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December 14, 2013

FAA Will Fast Track Sleep Apnea Policy

Says Only Congressional Action Will Stop The Implementation

During a Dec. 12 webinar presentation to discuss the agency's controversial new OSA-screening proposal with industry stakeholders, Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Frederick Tilton appeared determined to push ahead with the requirements. Tilton’s insistence on moving ahead with the plan was clear, despite the concern expressed by industry stakeholders about the need for more transparency, including the provision of a means for industry input, regarding the new mandate.

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Talks Between Boeing, IAM Collapse

Union Said Planemaker Wanted Too Many Concessions For Long-Term Contract

Talks that had initially been described as "informal" between Boeing and IAM local 751 were apparently pretty serious, but the two sides were still unable to come to an agreement that would have kept Boeing's 777X work in the Pacific Northwest.

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Reps Shuster & DeFazio Commend DOT Announcement On In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

Foxx Says Department Has Jurisdiction To Continue Ban

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) and senior Committee Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement regarding its plans to examine continuing a ban on in-flight cell phone calls on U.S. commercial air service.

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GAO Rebuffs Blue Origin's Launch Complex 39A Protest

NASA Expected To Name A Partner In The Near Future

The Government Accountability Office handed a setback to Blue Origin, a commercial spaceflight company backed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, which had filed a protest over the disposition of Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida which NASA has listed as "surplus" and hopes to lease to a private company.

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Embraer Receives American Airlines Order For Up To 150 Aircraft

Firm Order Includes 60 Airplanes Worth $2.5 Billion

Embraer has received a firm order for 60 E175 jets from American Airlines. The contract also includes options for another 90 E175s, taking the total order potential up to 150 aircraft. The firm orders, which have a value of $2.5 billion at list price, will be included in Embraer's 2013 fourth-quarter backlog.

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Standardized Propellers For Red Bull Racers Get Go-Ahead

Airplanes To Each Be Fitted With Hartzell Composite Props

The launch of the 2014 Red Bull World Championship has seen a host of modifications to the rules and regulations. Along with the standardized racing engines comes a similar amendment to the propellers. But what exactly does the new propeller policy entail?

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A4A Urges Congress To Rework Government Aviation Policies

Goal Is To Improve Global Competitiveness Of U.S. Airline Industry

Airlines for America (A4A) President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio testified Thursday before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation, addressing the critical role U.S. airlines play in economic growth and job creation and urging Congress to create a policy environment that enables carriers to run a business while encouraging growth, jobs and better performance for customers.

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IG Overseeing Afghanistan Launches Investigation Into Aircraft Program

A Half-Billion Dollars Reportedly Spent On Airplanes That May Be Scrapped

A Special Inspector General with oversight of military operations in Afghanistan has opened an investigation into a program that spent a half-billion dollars on refurbished C-27 airplanes that are not currently flying and may be scrapped.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.14.13)

"Blue Origin maintains that the agency intends to misapply the terms of the AFP in evaluating proposals and selecting a prospective lessee for the facility. We deny the protest." Source: GAO report on Blue Origin protest of NASA Launch Complex 39A disposition process.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.14.13): Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS)

The WAAS is a satellite navigation system consisting of the equipment and software which augments the GPS Standard Positioning Service (SPS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.14.13)

All About Hang Gliding

The purpose of this web site is to provide you with all the information you need to know about the sport of hang gliding as well as continue learning to make your experience more enjoyable.

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