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August 14, 2013

Breaking News: UPS Cargo Plane Down In Alabama

Pilots Fatally Injured When A300 Went Down On Approach To Birmingham

A UPS A300 cargo plane has gone down on approach to Birmingham, AL, and the two pilots on board are presumed to have been fatally injured.

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T-20 UAV Reaches High Altitude Mark

Catapult-Launched Aircraft Flew To 23,500 Feet MSL

An Arcturus T-20 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle recently flew to an altitude of 23,500' MSL during a training flight at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center, Wyoming. The previous altitude record for the T-20 was 15,000 MSL set at Edwards AFB California. No special modifications to the aircraft were needed. The T-20 UAV was catapult launched and landed safely after the 8-hour flight.

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Machinists Union Wins Election For 4,600 Mechanics, Others At US Airways

Election Overseen By National Mediation Board

In a contest overseen by the National Mediation Board (NMB), the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) soundly defeated the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) in an election to represent nearly 4,600 Mechanic and Related employees at US Airways. The IAM received 1,903 votes, or 58 percent of all votes cast in the five-week election.

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JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software

Flight Control Algorithm Designed To Make Touchdowns More Accurate

A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, are testing a sophisticated flight-control algorithm that could allow for even more precise, pinpoint landings of future Martian spacecraft.

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Solar-Powered Puma AE Small Unmanned Aircraft Achieves Nine-Hour Flight

Advanced Solar Cells Increase Hand-Launched Puma AE Endurance By 350 Percent

At AUVSI in Washington, D.C. this week – AeroVironment, Inc. announced that a recent outdoor test flight of a solar-powered prototype version of the company’s proven Puma AE small unmanned aircraft system (UAS), operating with the company’s newest long-endurance battery, lasted 9 hours, 11 minutes – significantly longer than the flight endurance of small UAS being used in the field today.

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Air Force Cessna Lands On Delaware Highway

Road Closed For Several Hours Following The Forced Landing

A single-engine Cessna belonging to the U.S. Air Force with a pilot and flight instructor on board made a forced landing on a highway near Dover, DE on Monday, causing the road to be closed for several hours.

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Air Traffic Controllers In Finland Hold Hours-Long Strike

Union Members Walked Off The Job Monday Morning, Returned That Evening

In a move they said was to protest a reorganization by aviation authorities, Finnish air traffic controllers belonging to the SLJY union walked off the job Monday morning, but returned to work about 14 hours later.

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NASA Selects University Teams For New Smallsat Collaborative Projects

Thirteen Teams Chosen For Technology Demonstrations

NASA has selected 13 university teams for collaborative projects to develop and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities and spur innovation in communication, navigation, propulsion, science instruments, and advanced manufacturing for small spacecraft.

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Kutta Unveils Three New UAS Control Products At AUVSI 2013

Scalable Open-Architecture Devices Tested On Military UAVs

Kutta Technologies, Inc. will unveil three new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Command and Control (C2) products at the upcoming Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) tradeshow in Washington, D.C. this week.

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Insitu Demonstrating ICOMC2 At AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2013 Event

Ground Control Station Designed For Expeditionary Use

Insitu has been demonstrating its Common Open-mission Management Command and Control (ICOMC2) ground control station at the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned event this week in Washington, D.C.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-15-09

PRODUCT: All Pratt & Whitney Division (PW) turbofan engine model PW4074, PW4074D, PW4077, PW4077D, PW4084D, PW4090, and PW4090-3 with a certain second-stage high-pressure turbine (HPT) air seal part number installed.

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AD: S.p.A. And Bell Helicopter Textron Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-16-16

PRODUCT: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB412 and AB412 EP, and Bell Helicopter Textron (Bell) Model 412, 412CF, and 412EP helicopters with certain DART Aerospace Ltd. (Dart) high gear aft crosstubes (crosstube) installed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.14.13

Justice Sues to Block the US Airways / American Merger…

Aspen’s Evolution Flight Display Wins EASA Approval…

Sikorsky Unveils Ne

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Classic Aero-TV: Now Delivering Stylus-TrueNorth Avionics Moves Business Forward

TrueNorth Pushes Airborne Communications To New Levels

Originally WebCast 11.26.12: I've heard it said that the concept of a true evolution starts, first, with a number of smaller 'revolutions' -- and once you reach critical mass, true change is possible. If that's the case, then it appears that the BizAv community is one step closer to the Transformational change that most agree is needed for it to survive. The latest revolution in BizAv comes courtesy of TrueNorth Avionics, which announced at NBAA2012 that its TrueNorth Stylus Handset is now shipping, and ready for purchase and immediate delivery. This occurred barely a year a

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Justice Department Files To Block US Airways, American Airlines Merger

Six State And The D.C. Attorneys General Join The Federal Government In The Action

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block the merger of US Airways and American Airlines on the grounds that it would "substantially lessen competition for commercial air travel throughout the United States."  According to a statement from Assistant Attorney General Bill Baer, "neither airline needs this merger to succeed.  We simply cannot approve a merger that would result in U.S. consumers paying higher fares, higher fees and receiving less service."

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New Mexico Leaders Praise Contributions Of GA Manufacturing

Political Leaders, GAMA Hold Jobs Rally In Albuquerque

Governor Susana Martinez, U.S. Senator Tom Udall and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry joined the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and hundreds of manufacturing workers, local officials, business leaders and aviation enthusiasts on Monday at Cutter Aviation for a general aviation (GA) jobs rally. The event included remarks from leaders of GAMA members in New Mexico, including Aspen Avionics, Bendix/King by Honeywell and Eclipse Aerospace.

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EASA Approves Aspen Aircraft Model List STC

The Evolution Flight Display System Now Approved For More Than 700 Models In Europe

EASA has awarded an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certification (AML-STC) to Aspen Avionics for its Evolution Flight Display. The EASA approval, effective August 6, 2013 authorizes installation of Aspen’s system in more than 700 aircraft registered in EASA countries.

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Pilot Involved In R-66 Fatal Accident Not IFR Qualified

Prelim Report From NTSB Indicates No Record Of Weather Briefing

The pilot of a Robinson R-66 helicopter that was involved in an accident which fatally injured five people was not instrument rated, according to the NTSB's recently-released preliminary report. There is also no record that the pilot obtained a weather briefing prior to the flight.

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Sikorsky Announces Major Research Program

MATRIX Technology To Advance VTOL Autonomy To Higher Levels Of Capability And Safety

Sikorsky has unveiled a major research program — designated MATRIX Technology — to develop, test and field systems and software that will improve significantly the capability, reliability and safety of flight for autonomous, optionally piloted, and piloted vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.

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Report: Global Business Jet Fleet To Grow By Over 55% By 2025

International Bureau Of Aviation Sees An 11,000-Airplane Increase

The 2013 Business Jet Asset Report from the International Bureau of Aviation forecasts that the global business jet fleet will grow to a total of nearly 31,000 aircraft by 2025, an increase of 11,000 jets. Much of the new growth is expected to come from new deliveries, implying many business jet models have a solid future ahead of them.

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Turkish Pilots Kidnapped In Beirut

IFALPA Calls For Their Immediate Release

On August 9, two Turkish Airlines pilots were kidnapped while traveling on a bus going from Beirut airport to their crew hotel. They are now reportedly being held hostage by a terrorist group, who says they would release the pilots in exchange for nine Lebanese citizens held hostage in Syria.

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Air Force Space Command To Discontinue Space Surveillance System

Sequestration Cited As Reason For The Move

Due to resource constraints caused by sequestration, Air Force Space Command officials have directed the 21st Space Wing to prepare to discontinue operations at the Air Force Space Surveillance System by Oct. 1. Final decisions on all fiscal 2014 budget issues will be made over the next few weeks. By discontinuing operations, the AFSSS would not be maintained in operational status; however, equipment will not be removed until a final disposition determination is made. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.14.13)

“Aviation in our state supports than 48,000 jobs, generates $1.3 billion in payroll annually, and contributes $3.1 billion to our economy. That’s something worth celebrating, and worth building on. The sky is truly the limit for aviation in New Mexico.” Source: NM Governor Susana Martinez, at a jobs rally organized by GAMA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.14.13): National Flight Data Digest

A daily (except weekends and Federal holidays) publication of flight information appropriate to aeronautical charts, aeronautical publications, Notices to Airmen, or other media.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.14.13)


The site claims to be the largest flying boat reference web site and home of the flying boat -- in detail -- on the web. It provides information for the scale modeler in the form of historic photographs, plans and articles detailing the construction of 1/72nd scale models of various types.

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