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Nine aviation and aerospace projects will compete for the 2013 Robert J. Collier Trophy, the National Aeronautic Association announced this week. The nominees are: Pratt & Whitney's PurePower geared turbofan engine, the P-8A Poseidon aircraft in development by Boeing for the U.S. Navy, the X51a scramjet demonstrator, the X-47B unmanned combat air system demonstrator, the Atlas/Gamera human-powered helicopter project, NASA's Deep Space Network, the NASA lunar laser communications demonstration project, the Voyager project team, and the Orbital Sciences commercial orbital transportation services program. Read More
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Lockheed-Martin has submitted a Program Notification Letter to the Federal Aviation Administration for a type design update of its L-382J, the civilian version of the C-130J Super Hercules, to be marketed as the LM-100J. More than 100 L-100s, the commercial variant of the first generation C-130 were produced from 1964-1992 at the then Lockheed-Georgia Company, Marietta, Ga., facility. Many are still in operation worldwide. Read More
Cirrus Aircraft today announced that its SR-series Engineering and Design Team has been recognized as the recipient of the prestigious 2013 Joseph T. Nall Safety Award, for pioneering a wide array of safety features designed for single-engine aircraft. The award is presented annually by the International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association (IATSBA) to honor industry leaders who have made noteworthy contributions to aviation and transportation safety. Read More
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A special event to honor the life and achievements of Bob Hoover will be held Friday, Feb. 21 in Los Angeles. Guests will join the aviation community, "including celebrities, leaders, and icons," the organizers say, for a night at the Paramount Studios Theater. The event schedule includes a red-carpet reception, dinner, speakers and the premiere of a new documentary film about Hoover's life, narrated and introduced by Harrison Ford. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold, at $950 each. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at the event website. In his long career, Hoover has served as a combat pilot, test pilot, air racer and legendary airshow performer. Read More
The trailer for the upcoming Disney movie, "Planes: Fire & Rescue," the sequel to the popular animated movie "Planes," has been released. Following on the success of the 2013 film that featured an ag aircraft with a fear of heights who became an air racer, Dusty Crophopper, the sequel will again follow the life of Dusty as he discovers that damage he has suffered may mean he'll never race again. Read More
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Author and avid pilot Richard Bach is back at the keyboard and back in the cockpit after surviving a serious crash in his beloved SeaRey amphib Puff 18 months ago. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him about the crash, the new book he wrote about the crash, and the fourth part of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull." Spoiler Alert: Crashing an airplane and almost dying is actually kind of cool, but hospitals suck. Read More
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Press releases this week include Think Global Flight's meeting between a school student and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the testimony of the president of Aspen Avionics before a U. S. House committee on the challenges of working with the FAA on certification, the announcement by WTS International that Cokie Roberts will be the keynote speaker at its annual convention and a UAS workshop to be offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Read More
This weekend Social Flight highlights fly ins across the country for everything from free food to Safety Seminars. Read More
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The first of the post-war Cessnas to be built in volume was the diminutive Cessna 140, followed a month later by a stripped-down model called the 120. At the time, the Cessna 120/140s were perfectly serviceable and practical two-place airplanes. They were reasonably priced to buy and economical to own. Although they all initially had fabric wings, they were made mostly of metal, avoiding the periodic need for recovering. Read More
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Well, why not? I can think of worse ways to interest kids in math. Just don't expect them to become pilots. Read More
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Van's aircraft has dominated the kit market with the RV, line and now you can buy a factory-built RV-12 S-LSA model. Aviation Consumer's Larry Anglisano flew the RV-12 at the 2014 U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida. This video takes a detailed look at the aircraft. Read More
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Although aircraft sales are still in the doldrums, Hartzell has stayed busy in its R&D shop, developing a range of new products that are lighter and more efficient than existing props. Hartzell's Joe Brown gave AVweb an update recently. Read More
Cactus Fly-In || February 28 - March 1, 2014 
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Sydney, Australia pilot Paul Reynolds was the only one around who could help the teen-aged passenger on a Piper Cherokee (previously incorrectly reported as a Cessna 150) whose pilot blacked out at the controls on January 25 over Forbes, New South Wales. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Reynolds about the actions he took to help ensure a positive outcome for the crisis. Read More
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