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March 21, 2015

Amazon Gets Experimental UAV Airworthiness Certificate

Had Said It Would Go Overseas To Conduct Experiments If FAA Would Not OK Tests

The FAA has issued an experimental airworthiness certificate to an Amazon Logistics, Inc. unmanned aircraft (UAS) design that the company will use for research and development and crew training. The FAA typically issues experimental certificates to manufacturers and technology developers to operate a UAS that does not have a type certificate.

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Dr. Fang Liu Becomes First Woman Appointed Secretary General Of ICAO

Succeeds Raymond Benjamin, Who Held The Position For Two Consecutive Terms

The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has appointed  Dr. Fang Liu of China as the new Secretary General of the Organization for a three-year term, beginning  August 1st, 2015.  

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Solar Impulse 2 Safely On The Ground In Myanmar

Fourth Stop On The Airplane's Zero-Fuel Circumnavigation Attempt

Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard safely landed Thursday at 7:51 pm local time Myanmar (1:21 pm GMT) at the Mandalay International Airport with Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) as it continues its journey around the world powered only by the sun.

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DHS IG Report: Convicted Felon Allowed To Use TSA Pre-Check Line

Had Not Been Pre-Screened, But Boarding Pass Had Encrypted Barcode Allowing Him To Use The Expedited Process

The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security has released a report detailing a situation in which a convicted felon who was also a former member of a domestic terror group to use the TSA Pre-Check line at a U.S. airport.

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U.S. Naval Test Pilot School Celebrates 70 Years

School Has Trained 87 U.S. Astronauts

More than 300 staff, students and graduate "Testers" of U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) celebrated 70 years since the school was established at Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River March 12.

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Announcing The 2015 National GA Award Honorees

Awards For National CFI, AMT, Avionics Tech And FAASTeam Rep Of The Year To Be Presented By The FAA At AirVenture

Every year for more than 50 years, the General Aviation Awards program and the FAA have recognized aviation professionals for their contributions to general aviation in the fields of flight instruction, aviation maintenance, avionics, and safety.

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Fifty Years Ago, Leonov Successfully Made First Spacewalk

EVA Lasted 23 Minutes And 41 Seconds

The anniversary of a special day in the history of space exploration was noted this week. Fifty years ago Wednesday, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.

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Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 Flight Tests Focus On Aerodynamic Efficiency

New Technologies Include Active Flow Control, 'Bug-Phobic' Wing Coatings

Boeing has begun several months of flights with its ecoDemonstrator 757 to evaluate new technologies to improve commercial aviation's efficiency, reduce noise and carbon emissions. Boeing is collaborating with TUI Group and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on ecoDemonstrator 757 tests.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.21.15)

"NBAA welcomes Dr. Liu to her new position with ICAO." Source: Statement from NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.21.15): Low Approach

Low Approach An approach over an airport or runway following an instrument approach or a VFR approach including the go-around maneuver where the pilot intentionally does not make contact with the runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.21.15)

National Association Of State Aviation Officials

Founded in 1931, the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO) is one of the most senior aviation organizations in the United States, predating even the Federal Aviation Administration’s predecessor, the Civil Aeronautics Authority.

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