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July 14, 2013

NTSB Apologizes For Epic Asiana 214 info Blunder

They'll Be Talking About This Screw-Up For Years...

General media coverage of the tragedies surrounding Asian Flight 214 have not set any high notes -- as blunder after blunder, ridiculous hyperbole after ridiculous hyperbole, and know-nothing after know-nothing embarrass both general media reporting as well as the world of aviation  -- in a big way. BUT... one of the biggest blunders we've ever had to report on is destined to sit in the Hall of Fame for such goofs (if there is such a thing... and if there isn't, this might be a good reason to start one) long after any of us is LONG gone.

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Alaska Airlines Pilots Ratify Five-Year Contract

Sixty-Seven Percent Of Pilots Casting Ballots Vote In Favor

Alaska Airlines pilots on Wednesday approved a new five-year contract. With nearly 94 percent of 1,343 eligible pilots casting a ballot, 67 percent voted in favor of the agreement. The contract increases pay by nearly 20 percent over the life of the agreement and contains job security and work rule improvements. It also protects pilots' retirement and insurance benefits.

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NBAA To Honor IBAC's Peter Ingleton With 2013 Doswell Award

Industry Veteran Has Worked On ICAO Programs for More Than 40 Years

The NBAA is pleased to announce that Peter Ingleton, director of liaison to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC), will be honored with the 2013 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award recognizing exemplary service to the global business aviation community.

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Airlines Report Five Tarmac Delays Over Three Hours On Domestic Flights In May

No Tarmac Delay Longer Than Four Hours on International Flights During The Month

Airlines reported five tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and no tarmac delays of more than four hours on an international flight in May, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday.

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Ball Aerospace, Aerojet Rocketdyne Complete Thruster Test For 'Green' Fuel

Green Propellant Infusion Mission High-Performance Propellant On Track For Flight Development

Ball Aerospace and Aerojet Rocketdyne have met the first milestone in demonstrating a more environmentally friendly spacecraft fuel by completing an end-to-end checkout of the 22 Newton thruster required for NASA's Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM). Ball is leading an industry and government team that will develop and fly the GPIM to demonstrate a high-performance, non-toxic fuel alternative to conventional hydrazine.

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Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Begins Observations Of The Universe

Precursor To Planned Square Kilometer Array (SKA)

Australian officials say the world’s most sensitive radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), came a step closer to reality Monday with its first precursor telescope officially starting observations of the Universe.

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First Royal Navy Aircrew Begin Training On Wildcat

New Helicopter Is 18 Months From Frontline Service

The U.K. Royal Navy's Five Fleet Air Arm pilots and observers are currently undergoing conversion training at the new Wildcat Training Center at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton, with the helicopter – successor to the Lynx – just 18 months away from front line service. From the beginning of 2015, Wildcats will begin to relieve the Lynx as the mainstay of helicopter operations for all of the Royal Navy’s Type 45 destroyers and some of its Type 23 frigates, as well as any other air missions the fleet requires of it.

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Black Diamond Jet Team To Fly At Lehigh Valley Air Show

Private Jets To Sub For U.S. Military Demonstration Teams

There will be military jets flying at the Lehigh Valley Air Show August 24-25, but they won't belong to the U.S. government.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.14.13): Discrete Frequency

Discrete Frequency A separate radio frequency for use in direct pilot-controller communications in air traffic control which reduces frequency congestion by controlling the number of aircraft operating on a particular frequency at one time. Discrete frequencies are normally designated for each control sector in en route/terminal ATC facilities. Discrete frequencies are listed in the Airport/Facility Directory and the DOD FLIP IFR En Route Supplement.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.14.13)

Aero Linx: Society of Flight Test Engineers The Society of Flight Test Engineers is a fraternity of engineers, whose principal professional interest is the flight testing of aerospace vehicles. The objective of the Society is the advancement of flight test engineering throughout the aerospace industry by providing technical and fraternal communication among individuals, both domestic and international, in the allied engineering fields of test operations, analysis, instrumentation and data systems.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.14.13)

"The approval of this contract is a great tribute to the negotiators for ALPA and the company. They worked well together on an agreement that positions Alaska for continued growth and success and provides significant improvements for our pilots, who ensure the safety of our customers and employees every day." Source: Gary Beck, Alaska Airlines' vice president of flight operations, following the news that Alaska Airlines pilots approved a new five-year contract. With nearly 94 percent of 1,343 eligible pilots casting a ballot, 67 percent voted in favor of the agreement.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-13-04

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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