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Patent Lawsuit Against AOPA Tossed

A U.S. District Court judge in Oregon has dismissed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA).

A Summer Option for Kids -- AeroCamp

Summer vacation goes by fast, but if you know any kids age 12 to 18 who need something to do, AeroCamp might provide an option. The program, developed by the Flight School Association of North America, is offered at about 20 local flight schools around the country. The camps generally run for five days, Monday to Friday, from about 9 to 5. Many flight schools offer both beginner and advanced options, with a chance to learn about airplanes, aviation careers, and the aerospace industry.

Avidyne Announces Certification of IFD540 System

Celebrating 20 years of providing integrated avionics and aircraft safety systems, Avidyne announced today that it received Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval and an Approved Model List Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) from the FAA for installation of the IFD540 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system in more than 1,000 aircraft makes and models.

FAA Backtracks On Israel Flight Ban

The Jerusalem Post is reporting the FAA has reversed its earlier decision to extended the ban on U.S. flights to Israel and is now allowing U.S. carriers to fly there.

New This Week

AVweb's weekly review of what's happening in aviation turned up news of a new, "sensor-capable" special mission Cirrus SR22, the report of the first flight of a solar-electric airplane, a new stick-shaker stall warning for E-AB aircraft and an invitation to watch the Space Shuttle Independence placed atop its 747 transport.

Missing Algerian Airliner Crashed: No Survivors (Updated)

The wreckage of a missing Air Algerie MD-83 has been located in Mali. Reports indicate there were no survivors.

The Weekender: Type Clubs to Historic Presentations

AVweb's weekly review of upcoming aviation events on SocialFlight uncovered a Fly-Out, the Cessna 150/152 "Cornfab," a fly-in lunch that includes a presentation on F-105 operations in Vietnam, a Fly-In and airshow at historic the historic Wendover, Utah Airport and a modest Fly-In in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Dozens Killed In Taiwan Crash

A twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 regional airliner operated by TransAsia Airways crashed in Taiwan at about 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday while attempting to go around after a missed landing attempt. According to early news reports, the aircraft hit some buildings on the approach to the airport. There were 54 passengers and four flight crew on board; on Wednesday morning the number of fatalities was reported as 47. TransAsia Airways is a Taiwanese airline that makes mostly domestic flights. According to CNN, a typhoon had just passed through the area and visibility was poor at the time of the crash.

ATP Rule Change Imminent

With an Aug. 1 deadline approaching when the requirements to qualify for an ATP certificate will change, AOPA this week posted some guidance, plus a 22-minute podcast, to help address pilots' questions. AOPA's guidance is available online to everyone, not just members of the association. Also, the FAA has posted information online about the new requirements, including a copy of the pertinent FAR changes and a flow chart that aims to help applicants find their way through the new rules.

Teen Pilot Dies On Around-World Attempt

The body of Indiana teenage pilot Haris Suleman, who was attempting to fly around the world with his father, was found off the coast of American Samoa after their A-36 Bonanza went down in the South Pacific Tuesday night

Bradshaw Build A Plane Center Opens at Flabob Airport

Build A Plane has joined with the Thomas Wathen Center in Riverside, Calif., to create a permanent facility that allows kids to build real airplanes.

Concorde Items Up For Auction

A former Concorde captain is auctioning off his store of aviation memorabilia this week, in hopes of helping his daughter to pay off her loans for flight training. The items include cockpit instruments, a damaged engine blade, and a pitot tube from the nose of a Concorde jet. "When I retired from British Airways in 2004 I was very grateful to be given a number of items of Concorde equipment as a thank you," Mike Bannister, 65, told the Daily Mail.

New Advocacy Group Targets Drone Pilots

Every other aviation cohort has some kind of association -- from Ercoupe owners to airline pilots -- so it's no surprise that a new group has launched this week for those who fly unmanned aerial systems. The new Drone Pilots Association aims to promote the interests of those who are interested in commercial use of UAS.

FAA Bars U.S. Airlines From Flying To Israel

The FAA ordered U.S. airlines to stop all flights to Tel Aviv until Wednesday afternoon after a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed within a mile of Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday. Airlines in other countries followed suit and some say they have suspended flights indefinitely.

Short Final

I was listening to O'Hare ground one claggy fall night, and several arriving flights were being sent to the penalty box due to delays. One arriving flight protested, saying they were promised their gate would be open. ... Ground: "Flight 123, proceed to the box." ... Flight 123: "But we were promised -- !" ... All of a sudden, several mic clicks could be heard, and the sounds of babies crying filled the frequency: "WaWaWaWaWaah." ... Then silence. ... Then Flight 123: "123 is proceeding to the box." ... Multiple mic clicks of approval accompanied the concession. Talk about being taught a lesson by your peers! I cracked up. -- Steve

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