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August 13, 2011

FAA Refuses Ultimate Air Racing Championship Airshow Approval

Controversial Racing Program Continues to Demonstrate Inability To Certify Safety Of Program The Unlimited Air Racing Championships that ANN profiled several weeks ago, featuring some pilots with troubled backgrounds and histories, appears to be stuck in 'idle.' FAA Spokesperson, Ian Gregor, has confirmed that the UARC request for approval of an aggressive multi-plane, multi-obstacle, air racing platform could not be proven to be safe enough to meet the FAA's required standards. "First and foremost, we need to insure a safe event... we put eight inspectors on this, very experienced people, and we have been unable to approve their plan for a scheduled  race in Camarillo, California. We have worked hard on this program and given it our best effort... but safety has to come

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LightSquared Changes Tactics, Blames GPS Industry For Interference Problems

Says In FCC Filing That Failure To Comply With DoD And International Standards For GPS Receivers Cause Of Interference

After being rebuffed by the chairman of the FCC earlier this week, hopeful wireless broadband provider LightSquared now says that the GPS industry has only its self to blame for the interference caused by its terrestrial transmitters.

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Eclipse Aerospace Anticipates Brazilian Type Certificate Validation Soon

Working With Brazilian Authorities For Likely Mid-September Announcement

Eclipse Aerospace said Friday it expected to be able to announce the grant of Brazilian Type Certificate Validation of the Total Eclipse Jet in mid September. In the meantime, the airplane is making its first appearance at the 8th Annual Latin America Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE).

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Boeing Expects To Make September Dreamliner Delivery Date

First 787 Slated To Fly For ANA

Boeing's head of commercial airplanes Jim Albaugh told reporters Thursday that there are only 24 hours left on the Dreamliner test program, and that he expects the process to be finished up this weekend. That would clear the way for FAA certification of the company's new airliner, and first delivery to launch customer ANA sometime in September.

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DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Advances Technical Knowledge

HTV-2 Collects Unique Data During Several Phases Of Second Flight

DARPA attempted for the second time to fly the fastest aircraft ever built Thursday. The Agency's Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2) is designed to fly anywhere in the world in less than 60 minutes. This capability requires an aircraft that can fly at 13,000 mph, while experiencing temperatures in excess of 3500F. The second test flight began with launch at 0745 Pacific Time.

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Arguments Heard In Virginia 'Strip Protest'

21-Year-Old Filed Suit Over His Treatment After Disrobing At Airport Checkpoint

Arguments were heard this week in the case of a lawsuit brought by a 21-year-old man who protested airport security screening by writing part of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripping to underwear and socks in the checkpoint line at Richmond International Airport in Virginia December 30, 2011.

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Snack Cravings Lead To Helo Pilot's Arrest

Tiny Island Nation Didn't Appreciate Surprise Munchie Run

The Telegraph in the UK reports that officials of the tiny, remote, Pacific island nation of Nauru, which has a national population of only about 10,000 people, were not amused when a 24-year-old Australian pilot landed a two-seat helicopter on Capelle Beach to grab a drink and some chocolate from the island's main supermarket. The pilot and his passenger were working at sea on a Taiwanese fishing vessel when they left the ship in search of snacks, and allegedly did not notify authorities of their intent.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.13.11)

"The GPS industry's failure to comply with the Department of Defense's (DoD) filtering standards is the root cause of potential interference issues involving LightSquared's proposed broadband wireless network." Source: LightSquared Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy Jeffrey Carlisle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.13.11): Fuel Remaining

A phrase used by either pilots or controllers when relating to the fuel remaining on board until actual fuel exhaustion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.13.11)

Stratocat: Stratospheric Balloons, History And Present

The aim of this site is to document and make available to Internet users everything related to the history, development and use of man's first aerial vehicle.

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MANUFACTURER: Fokker Services B.V. Model F.28 Mark 1000, 2000, 3000, and 4000 Airplanes

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