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April 24, 2014

Details Emerging In McWherter Investigation

Navy Official 'Inadvertently' Emailed Internal Document To The Washington Post

Details are emerging concerning the investigation of Capt. Gregory McWherter, the former commander of the Blue Angels jet demonstration team. Though no longer with the Blues, McWherter was recently relieved of his position as the Executive Officer (XO) of Naval Base Coronado.

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EAA, 99s To Present Scholarship At WomenVenture

Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship Provides Assistance For Flight Training

EAA and the 99s will award a $3,000 Karen Johnson Solo Scholarship to provide a young woman (age 16-20 at any time during the 2014 calendar year) with financial support for flight training through first solo and beyond.

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F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Purchase Approved In Australia

First Aircraft To Arrive In Australia In 2018 And Enter Service In 2020

The Australian government has approved the acquisition of an additional 58 F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft. The Australian Ministry of Defense says that, together with the Super Hornet and Growler electronic warfare aircraft, the F-35 aircraft will ensure Australia maintains a regional air combat edge. The F-35 will also provide a major boost to the ADF’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

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NASA Featured Prominently At USA Science And Engineering Festival

Event To Be Held April 25-27

A host of NASA scientists, engineers and managers will participate at the USA Science and Engineering Festival, April 25-27 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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Bell Helicopter Announces Purchase Agreement With Xinjang Tianyun

Chinese General Aviation Company To Acquire A New Bell 407GX

Bell Helicopter has signed a purchase agreement with Xinjang Tianyun General Aviation Company for a new Bell 407GX, further increasing Bell Helicopter’s presence in China. The aircraft will be used for sightseeing tours, VIP transport and agriculture support.

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NBAA Names Recipients Of Maintenance Scholarships

Promotes Technical Education And Training For Maintenance Personnel In BizAv

The Maintenance Committee of the NBAA is awarding the 2014 Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarships (TRACS) at the Association’s Maintenance Management Conference, opening today in Tampa, FL. With the Maintenance TRACS awards in hand, these recipients will be able to attend model-specific courses at training centers offering aircraft, engine and avionics instruction.

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Arcturus Unveils JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV

Additional Vertical Lift Motors Attached To Company's Existing Aircraft

Arcturus UAV has unveiled a new vertical takeoff and landing system for their T-20 and T-16 fixed wing UAVs

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CAF Event To Honor The Women Of The Greatest Generation

'WWII Heritage Days' Being Held This Weekend In GA

The sights and sounds of The Greatest Generation will come alive when the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing hosts the eleventh annual "WWII Heritage Days" April 26-27, 2014. The history festival will be held at The Historical Airpower Facility, Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City, GA from 9am-4pm both days.

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American Flight Attendants Kick Off Bargaining on After Strong Q1 Earnings Repor

Unions Propose Contract Negotiations Hours After Company Reports $480 Million Profit

Flight attendants at the new American Airlines welcomed reports of the best first quarter in company history and look forward to translating that success to an industry-leading joint contract. In a morning press release, American Airlines announced a staggering $480 million profit, despite a winter full of costly flight cancellations. Coincidentally, the joint negotiating team charged with representing all 24,000 flight attendants at the merged airline in contract negotiations submitted an opening proposal to company management later in the morning.

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Bombardier Sells Two Q400 NextGen Airliners In Mid-East And Africa Region

Airplanes Valued At About $62 Million At List Prices

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that a customer in the Middle East and Africa region, who has requested to remain unidentified at this time, placed a firm order for two Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners.

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Luftwaffe Ju 52 Discovered On The Bottom Of The Black Sea

Plane Disappeared 67 Years Ago On Transport Mission To The Eastern Front

A plane missing since 1942 has been discovered in about 75 feet of water in the Black Sea has been identified as a Ju 52 that vanished on a flight carrying Nazi personnel to the Eastern Front during WWII.

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Patty Wagstaff To Appear At Build A Plane’s Teachers’ Day

Event Held Annually At AirVenture In Oshkosh

Three-time national aerobatic champion and International Aerospace Hall of Famer Patty Wagstaff will speak at Build A Plane’s 2014 Teachers’ Day event on Tuesday, July 29th at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. The annual event brings teachers together from across the nation to examine ways to use aviation to motivate kids to learn science, math, engineering and technology.

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AD: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-07-09

PRODUCT: British Aerospace Regional Aircraft Jetstream Series 3101 and Jetstream Model 3201 airplanes.  

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2014-08-04

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A310 series airplanes.

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Airborne 04.23.14: Dream Chaser Returns, FAA Starts UAS Tests, Air Racers 3D

Also: Teen Survives Wheel Well Flight, Oshkosh Seaplanes, Weird 'FlightSuit Lawsuit', WI Supports Rec A/C Ops

Sierra Nevada Corp. co-program director John Curry is reported to have said that they will conduct additional drop tests of their Dream Chaser spacecraft at California’s Edwards Air Force Base in the fall of this year. The North Dakota Department of Commerce team has been authorized to begin using a Draganflyer X4ES small UAS at its Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. The authorization is effective for two years, and the team plans to begin flight operations during the week of May 5. If there was ever a time to see a movi

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FAA's Annual GA Survey To Begin Soon

Results Help To Determine Funding For Infrastructure Needs, Impact Of Regulatory Changes

The FAA will soon begin the 36th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey (GA Survey) for calendar year 2013. The GA Survey is the only source of information on the general aviation fleet, including the number of hours flown and the various ways people use general aviation aircraft.

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Super Legend Launched In Lakeland

Lycoming-Powered Sport Plane Already Being Delivered

American Legend Aircraft Company launched its Lycoming powered Super Legend on the grounds of Sun ‘n Fun 2014 with the arrival of three new aircraft. The company also announced first customer deliveries of the Super Legend. The aircraft received its FAA approval last November. Currently, production is underway on an order book of nine aircraft with four having been delivered to customers.

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Flight 93 Pilot's Widow Sends Open Letter To Congressman Bill Shuster

Seeks Immediate Vote On HR 1775, The Saracini Aviation Safety Act 2013

After numerous attempts to speak with Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), Melodie Homer, whose husband LeRoy ... the First Officer of United Airlines Flight 93 ... was fatally injured when the flight was hijacked on September 11, 2001 and intentionally crashed in western PA, has released an open letter to the Congressman.

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G1000-Equipped Piper Seminole Delivered To Prince Aviation

Company In Siberia First European Training Organization To Receive The Airplane

Piper Aircraft recently made its first European delivery of a G1000 equipped Seminole to a Serbian customer involved in pilot training.

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Embraer Projects 530 New Deliveries Of Mid-Size Jets In Africa, The Middle East

Strong Demand For Airplanes In the 70- To 130-Seat Segment Over The Next 20 Years

Embraer Commercial Aviation forecasts that airlines in Africa and the Middle East will take delivery of 530 new jets in the 70 to 130-seat segment over the next 20 years valued at $25 billion at list prices, representing 8% of the worldwide demand for the segment in the period. It is estimated that 65% of the total new deliveries will be added to support market demand growth while 35% will replace aging retiring aircraft.

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Boeing Reports Strong First-Quarter Results

Revenue Increased 8 Percent To $20.5 Billion Reflecting Higher Commercial Deliveries

Boeing reported first-quarter revenue increased 8 percent to $20.5 billion on higher commercial volume. Core earnings per share (non-GAAP or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) increased 14 percent to $1.76 when excluding a benefit of $0.19 per share for the 2012 research and development tax credit recorded in the first quarter of 2013.

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NTSB Prelim Released In WV Accident

Piper PA-32 Destroyed By Impact, Two Fatally Injured

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident that occurred April 11 near Cedar Grove, WV. Two people were fatally injured when the Piper PA-32RT-300T went down on a flight from Akron, OH to Spartanburg, SC.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.24.14)

"HR 1775 was introduced in an effort to further prevent and deter any attempts at gaining access to the cockpit. It calls for secondary barriers to be used during times in flight that the cockpit door needs to be opened for crew restroom breaks and meals. I respectfully ask you to release HR 1775 in the House of Representatives for an immediate vote." Source: Open letter to Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, from Melodie Homer, the widow of Flight 93 First Officer LeRoy Homer Jr.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.24.14): Dew Point (Abbrev. DWPT)

A measure of atmospheric moisture. It is the temperature to which air must be cooled in order to reach saturation (assuming air pressure and moisture content are constant).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.24.14)

South Bay Soaring Society

The South Bay Soaring Society (SBSS) is a non-profit radio controlled glider club based in San Jose, CA. They have flying sites in San Jose, Santa Clara, Fremont and Davenport.

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