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Tuesday
Jul152014

FreeFlight Systems Testifies on NextGen Equipage Mandate before U.S. House Small Business Committee

Tim Taylor, President and CEO of FreeFlight Systems, Inc., testified before the U.S. House Small Business Committee at a hearing to examine the FAA’s mandate to equip general aviation aircraft with Automatic Dependent Surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) out capability for NextGen by 2020. Taylor testified on behalf of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Located in Waco, Tex., FreeFlight Systems was founded in 2001 and employs 53 people. It designs, manufactures, and supports avionics that enable aircraft operators to meet the FAA’s Jan. 1, 2020 requirement for ADS-B capability, which is the backbone of the NextGen air transportation system. The FAA announced the equipage mandate in 2010.

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Tuesday
Jul152014

NASA's Orion Spacecraft Stacks Up for First Flight

The Orion crew module for Exploration Flight Test-1 is shown in the Final Assembly and System Testing (FAST) Cell, positioned over the service module just prior to mating the two sections together. The FAST cell is where the integrated crew and service modules are put through their final system tests prior to rolling out of the Operations and Checkout Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for integration with its rocket. Technicians are in position to assist with the final alignment steps once the crew module is nearly in contact with the service module. In Dec., Orion will launch 3,600 miles into space on a four-hour flight to test the systems that will be critical for survival in future human missions to deep space. (NASA/Rad Sinyak)With just six months until its first trip to space, NASA’s Orion spacecraft continues taking shape at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Engineers began stacking the crew module on top of the completed service module Monday, the first step in moving the three primary Orion elements––crew module, service module and launch abort systems – into the correct configuration for launch.

“Now that we’re getting so close to launch, the spacecraft completion work is visible every day,” said Mark Geyer, NASA’s Orion Program manager. “Orion’s flight test will provide us with important data that will help us test out systems and further refine the design, so we can safely send humans far into the solar system to uncover new scientific discoveries on future missions.”

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Tuesday
Jul152014

Mo’Venture: Unique Mojave Experimentals Flying to Oshkosh

The Rutan Catbird joins several other unique airplanes from Mojave in Oshkosh this year. (Jim Koepnick/courtesy EAA)Catbird. Ol’ Blue. Wasabi Siren. Tango2. If those aircraft nicknames sound familiar, they probably should; they’re among a group of homebuilts that have emerged from the fertile experimental hotbed of Mojave, Calif., and they are among a group of aircraft that are assembling to fly to Oshkosh together for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

EAA received word last month that six airplanes are confirmed to arrive together on Monday, July 28, and several other well-known airplanes might be added.

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Tuesday
Jul152014

Dates Set for AirVenture Job Fair and College Social

Brian Quade of the University of Dubuque speaks with Connie, Leigh, and Hunter Brian Haveneur during the first College Park Job Fair in 2013. (Julie Wagner/courtesy EAA)Online registration is now available for the Third Annual EAA College Social that, along with the Second Annual EAA Job Fair, will provide event attendees opportunities in College Park to leave AirVenture with more than a souvenir. Both events are included in AirVenture admission.

More than 20 aviation companies, airlines, and colleges will be represented at the EAA Job Fair in College Park on Wednesday, July 30, from 12-3 p.m., which will include resume reviews from members of The 99’s. Many employers actively recruit during AirVenture, so business cards and a resume are highly encouraged. No registration is required.

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Tuesday
Jul152014

Seven Lockheed 12s Confirmed for Oshkosh

Joe Shepherd’s Lockheed 12, N2072. (Courtesy of Joe Shepherd and EAA)It’s always great to see a freshly polished Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior on the flightline at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, and some years you’ll be lucky to see two. But this year, visitors to the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration could see seven of the iconic golden age executive transport airplanes parked together in the Vintage area, and there’s a chance as many as eight or nine could show up. “That could set some sort of modern day record for the number of Lockheed 12s together at one time,” says one of plane’s owners trying to make it happen.

“In 2007, we were able to gather three L-12s in one place on the West Coast,” said Les Whittlesey of Coto de Caza, Calif. Whittlesey is the proud owner of NC18906, SN 1277 – an airplane manufactured in 1939 that won a Gold Lindy in 2006. The airplane was also featured in the August 2007 EAA Vintage Airplane magazine.

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