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2010 UPS 747 Crash Officially Tied To Lithium Batteries
A newly released 322-page report on the September 3, 2010, fatal crash of a UPS Boeing 747-44F noted "catastrophic uncontained fire" in an area that carried a "significant number" of lithium batteries as cargo, but did not resolve how the batteries ignited. Both pilots were killed in the crash. There were no other people on board. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) of the United Arab Emirates' report said the fire directly affected independent systems "necessary for crew survivability." Specifically, extreme heat resulted in failure of the captain's supplementary oxygen system leading to his incapacitation. Read More
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Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co. will begin distributing their new 2013 catalog at EAA's AirVenture fly-in. Now exceeding 960 pages in length, the Aircraft Spruce catalog is available in a print format, CD format, and PDF format. The catalog lists various composite, wood, and metal construction materials; hardware; airframe parts; engine parts; covering supplies; instruments; avionics; and pilot supplies as well as books and videos on every imaginable subject relating to aviation. Call 1 (877) 4-SPRUCE or visit AircraftSpruce.com.
Superjet Belly Lands During Testing
Sukhoi is putting the best spin it can on the belly landing of one of its Superjet test aircraft in Iceland on Tuesday. Three pilots and two certification experts were aboard the aircraft during crosswind tests of its autoland system when, according to Sukhoi, the plane "touched the runway with retracted landing gear." One of the certification experts broke his leg getting out of the plane but there were no other injuries. Read More
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FAA Says, Leave Those Drones Alone
A Colorado proposal to reward residents who shoot down drones could cause legal problems for anyone who tried, the FAA said this week. Read More
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EAA AirVenture || July 29 - August 4, 
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EAA AirVenture 2013: You Gotta Be There!
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Job Hunters Welcomed To AirVenture
Visitors to EAA AirVenture generally are planning to shop, learn, and enjoy themselves, but this year those with another agenda -- finding a job in aviation -- will have new opportunities to pursue that dream. EAA is hosting its first-ever Job Fair from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, at the pavilion in the new College Park, part of the new Education & Interactive Zone. Another opportunity, hosted by Skywest Airlines and Redbird Flight Simulators, also will be available on the field. Read More
EAA AirVenture Job Fair
EAA will host a job fair at AirVenture next week, a new opportunity that has drawn a lot of interest both from companies seeking to hire and workers looking for jobs. AVweb's Mary Grady spoke with staffers at EAA who are organizing the event and with Cirrus Aviation, one of the participants. Read More
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Air Force Offers Bonus To Keep Fighter Pilots
Citing a shortage of qualified pilots, the U.S. Air Force has offered bonuses of up to $225,000 to active-duty aviators who re-enlist by September 30. Read More
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SkyCraft Airplanes is happy to introduce the SD-1 Minisport to the LSA market. The SD-1 redefines what is possible for the budget-conscious pilot with its 118-mph cruise speed, 1,400-fpm climb rate, removable wings, and 575-mile range. Included standard on the aircraft are Dynon Glass Avionics, nav and strobe lights, ELT, radio, and an auxiliary port for your iPod. Total hourly operational cost: $12. Total Airplane Cost: $54,850. Click here to visit our web site.
FBI Arrests Mercy Flight Central Pilot
Federal prosecutors allege that a former military pilot who for the past eight months flew helicopters in the Syracuse, NY, area for Mercy Flight Central passed the company's background check using a false name and did not hold proper FAA certification. John Dial allegedly went by the name Alex Coussirat when applying for his EMS Air Services job (a company that provides pilots for Mercy Flight Central). As Couissirat (a name that belongs to another pilot), Dial passed background checks and gave references that allowed his criminal record to remain undiscovered, according to prosecutors. Read More
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Levil Technology's New AW ADAHRS
Levil Technology is out with a new portable ADS-B unit that included air data input, making it the industry's first portable ADAHRS unit. It sell for $1,395. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli recently flew it in his Cub. Read More
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Levil Technology's Line of AHRS/ADS-B Receivers Just Got Better!
Offering the most compatibility with your favorite apps and uncontested AHRS performance, the iLevil SW has been known as the most flexible AHRS/ADS-B system in the market. Levil Technology is now introducing the iLevil AW, featuring internal pressure sensors that measure indicated airspeed, pressure altitude, and VSI when connected to the pitot-static system of a homebuilt or light sport aircraft. Check out the iLevil at AirVenture Oshkosh or visit our web site here.
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It's stunning — like having a back-up EFIS panel on your iPad or tablet. Clarity SV is GA's most sensitive ADS-B/GPS-WAAS/ADHRS with ADI/HSI depiction and 3-D synthetic vision. Its wi-fi connection lets your apps display no-cost NEXRAD radar, weather, and traffic for better situational awareness — weather or not. To see our video, click here.
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