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June 14, 2013

First Flight: Airbus’ A350 XWB

2,500 Hour Flight Test Program Now Underway

The first A350 XWB left the ground Friday morning for its maiden flight at Blagnac in Toulouse, France at 1000 hours local time. Equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB turbofans, the A350 XWB first flight took place over south western France.

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NTSB Chair Hersman Addresses The Wings Club Of New York

'Love Us Or Loathe Us, Commercial Aviation Needs Us'

NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman addressed the Wings Club of New York Thursday, in a speech that highlighted many of the board's activities promoting aviation safety.

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EagleMed Helicopter Down In Oklahoma

Patient Fatally Injured In The Accident, Two Others Critical

A medical helicopter operated by EagleMed went down Tuesday evening resulting in the fatal injury of the patient on board. Two others were critically injured in the accident.

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Proba-V Tracking Aircraft In Flight From Orbit

'Guest Payload' Aboard The Satellite Includes ADS-B Experiment

ESA’s Proba-V has become the first satellite to pick up aircraft tracking signals, allowing aircraft across the globe to be followed in flight from space. “We have succeeded in proving that these relatively low-powered air traffic control signals can indeed be detected from space as they are, without any need for upgraded aircraft equipment,” explained Toni Delovski of the DLR German Aerospace Center, overseeing the experiment.

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Boeing, Thai Airways International Partner To Deliver School Supplies

THAI Uses Newly Delivered 777-300ER To Carry Out Humanitarian Mission

Boeing partnered with Thai Airways International (THAI) to transport 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies onboard THAI’s newest 777-300ER aircraft delivered in Everett, WA. The Boeing-sourced backpacks are destined for underprivileged children in Thailand.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna 172Q Propellers

Cautions About Use Of Proper Torque When Installing Props

The FAA has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) directed to owners, operators, and maintenance personnel of Cessna Model 172Q airplanes about the potential for installation of the propeller using the incorrect propeller mounting bolt torque.

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Last AF Huey Starts New Mission With NY Police Force

Will Continue Life In Utility, Cargo, SAR Missions For NY State Police

The Air Force's last operational UH-1H Iroquois helicopter, more commonly known as Huey, was recently transferred to New York State Police's aviation unit as part of the Law Enforcement Support Organization Program based at Hurlburt Field, FL, June 5. The program's purpose is to identify excess assets that are no longer in use by the Air Force, and have been requested by U.S. civilian law enforcement agencies.  

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Cebu Pacific Takes Delivery Of Its First A330-300

Carrier's First Widebody Aircraft On Lease From CIT

Cebu Pacific has taken delivery of its first A330-300 during a special ceremony in Toulouse today. The aircraft is the first of four A330s being leased by Cebu Pacific from US lessor CIT and will be used to launch the carrier’s new long haul low fare operations.

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Texas Gun Range Allows Live Fire From Helicopters

Neighbors Express Concerns, But FAA And Local Authorities Say It Is All Legal

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to shoot at targets with a military-style rifle from a helicopter, you might want to take a trip to Denton, TX. will, for just under $800, take you on a 15 minute flight over their gun range for just such an "adventure."

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Analyst Lowers BizJet Forecast For 2013

Zenith Jet Says It Still Expects Overall Growth In The Market

An updated business jet forecast released last week by Zenith Jet foresees fewer bizjet deliveries in calendar year 2013 than it had originally anticipated, but still thinks the market will grow during the next three years.

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City Of Davenport, IA, Boosts Quad City Airshow Rent

But City Leaders Say The Tab Is Covered By The City's Hotel, Motel Tax

The city of Davenport, IA has raised the rent it charges to the organizers of the Quad City Airshow from $8,000 to $25,000 ... but says the city pays the entire tab through its hotel, motel tax

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iFlightPlanner Adds Graphical SUA & Class Airspace, Full-Screen Maps

Online Forums Also Now Part Of The Package

In its latest release, all maps, including the VFR and IFR charts available at and those found in the Flight Wizard, now feature vertical airspace profiles and a completely redesigned mapping interface with full-screen viewing capability.

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U.K. Air Show Features Prince Harry And His Apache Helicopter

Part Of The Crew Which Performed Near-Aerobatic Maneuvers In the Army Attack Helo

As the dust settles back over the RAF Cosford airfield, spectators are still talking about the surprise Royal visitor who showed off his flying skills to a record crowd at the Air Show on Sunday, June 9. Captain Wales, better known as Prince Harry, smiled and waved to the public as he completed the pre-flight checks on his Apache attack helicopter before demonstrating the abilities of the Army Air Corps aircraft.

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Airborne 06.14.13: FAA Extorts $447K From EAA, Eurocopter's X3, TIGHAR Denials

Also: Hadfield Retires, Dornier Do 17, Chinook Contract, Boeing Forecast, Wright Memorial

We can't say that this was unexpected but EAA has confirmed that it has entered, reluctantly, into a one time agreement with the FAA to pay them for services required to conduct the annual fly-in. EAA has revealed that, "Facing a spectrum of unpalatable options, EAA today finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29." The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter made history recently by attaining speed milestones of 255 knots in level flight and 263 knots during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed record for a

Aero-News Alert: EAA Has No Option But To Give In To FAA Blackmail

Will Pay $447000 to FAA In Two Payments

I can't say that this was unexpected but EAA has confirmed that it has entered, reluctantly, into a one time agreement with the FAA to pay them for services required to conduct the annual fly-in. EAA has revealed that, "Facing a spectrum of unpalatable options, EAA today finalized a one-time agreement with the FAA to cover nearly $450,000 in expenses related to air traffic control services at the 2013 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in, which begins on July 29."

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Solar Impulse Plans Interim Stop In Cincinnati

Severe Weather Forecast In The Midwest Causes Strategy Shift

In order to overcome challenging weather and keep to its cross-continent flight schedule, the solar powered aircraft of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will briefly touch down in Cincinnati to change pilots in a new strategy for its fourth Across America leg scheduled to begin Friday June 14 from St. Louis.

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Washington State Governor Inslee Cancels Paris Air Show Trip

Taps Rep. Rick Larsen (D) To Lead State Aerospace Delegation

A legislative budget stalemate has led Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee to cancel his participation in an upcoming aerospace trade mission. The governor was due to leave Friday to lead a delegation of 52 aerospace executives, educators and economic development professionals to the 50th International Paris Air Show.

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Klyde Morris 06.14.2013

Back To You, Klyde ...


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Proposed Wright Brothers Monument Moves Forward

Group Has Raised About A Million Dollars For The 250-Foot-Tall Memorial Near Dayton

A towering monument to the Wright brothers, near Dayton, OH is one step closer to becoming a reality following the successful completion of wing tunnel tests of a model of the Wright Flyer III replica aircraft that would sit atop a 250-foot-high pedestal.

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Global Airline Industry Shifts Focus From Market Share To Profitability

Analyst Frost & Sullivan Finds Merger And Acquisition Activity Expected To Gain Momentum

Historically, industry participants in the global airline industry have expanded capacities and networks and have also engaged in price wars in an effort to gain market share. Currently, however, the industry is characterized by slackening passenger demand and soaring fuel prices. The industry is cyclical and its performance is closely linked to gross domestic product (GDP).

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First Flight: Diamond DA42 MPP With Ku-Band SATCOM Installed

High Bandwidth Images Transmitted Over Satellites From The Aircraft

For the first time, high bandwidth video and HD imagery were transmitted over a Ku-band satellite from a twin engine, four seat DA42 MPP aircraft.

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Bell Boeing Awarded Contract For 99 V-22 Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft

Will Build 92 For The Marine Corps, Seven For The Air Force

The Bell Boeing V-22 Program, a strategic alliance between Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. and Boeing, has been awarded a five-year U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) contract for the production and delivery of 99 V-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, including 92 MV-22 models for the U.S. Marine Corps and seven CV-22 models for the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.14.13)

"Love us or loathe us, commercial aviation needs us." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.14.13): Declared Capacity

A measure of the ability of the ATC system or any of its subsystems or operating positions to provide service to aircraft during normal activities. It is expressed as the number of aircraft entering a specified portion of airspace in a given period of time.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.14.13)

Air America

"First in, Last out," Air America was a CIA - owned and - operated "air proprietary" during the Cold War against the global menace of communism.

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