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August 22, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.22.11

Bad news comes in threes for airshow performers.
A C-130 wins a mid-air collision with a Shadow UAV.
And Boeing's big new freighter gets its papers.

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ANN Special Feature: Avoiding Practive Areas - 08.22.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves explains why, at his flight school, the use of "practice areas" is avoided as a matter of policy.

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Boeing To Provide 787 Predictive Maintenance Service To Japan Airlines

Airplane Health Management Service Improves Airplane Efficiency

Japan Airlines will expand Airplane Health Management (AHM) coverage to its future Boeing 787 fleet. AHM is a software system that monitors, collects and analyzes airplane data to give airplane customers valuable, real-time maintenance information. This information allows Japan Airlines to initiate the needed maintenance immediately upon arrival at the airport gate.

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U.S. Army Awards $47 Million To Develop Unmanned Autonomous Technologies

Lockheed Martin, Kaman Aerospace To Collaborate On The Project

The U.S. Army has awarded a $47 million contract for the development, demonstration, and delivery of autonomous technologies for unmanned air systems in support of in-theater unmanned cargo resupply missions to Lockheed Martin. Under the contract, Lockheed Martin and Kaman Aerospace will demonstrate intelligent autonomous technologies for unmanned aerial systems using the K-MAX helicopter platform.

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Study: Civil Aircraft Shipments Anticipated To Register Fair Growth

Numbers Could Add Up To Over $50 Billion by 2015

A new study released by Research and Markets indicates civil aircraft shipments are anticipated to register a fair growth, and account for over $50 billion by 2015. Aerospace manufacturing comprises nearly three per cent of the nation's manufacturing workforce and employs over 500,000 Americans in high skilled and high-wage jobs, hence contributing to the overall economic growth significantly.

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U.S. Air Force Awards C-5 Program Training Contract

Nearly $6 Million To Lockheed Martin For Training In Seven Locations

The U.S. Air Force has awarded a $5.8 million one-year contract from FlightSafety Services Corporation to manage C-5 aircrew training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and provide logistical support for six other training locations to Lockheed Martin. The contract includes four one-year options that, if exercised, would total $30 million.

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Soundproofing Of Homes Near Van Nuys Airport Nearly Complete

Nearly 800 Homes Insulated Against Airplane Noise

The Los Angeles Board of Commissioners voted on Monday to allocate $1 million for the soundproofing of the final 53 homes, condos, and apartments affected by noise from Van Nuys airport (KVNY). When the work is completed, nearly 800 of the 1,049 of the eligible homes will have had their noise lever cut in half.

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L-3 Partners With Community College On UAS Sims

Company Also Installs UAS Sims, Upgrades at Tucson And Holloman Bases

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced Tuesday it is collaborating with Sinclair Community College, based in Dayton, Ohio, to educate students and industry participants in the operation and application of unmanned aircraft systems to support future global market requirements.

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Vaughn College Names Ken Kaplan To Direct New Aviation Initiative

 Will Direct The Establishment Of Aviation Programs, Partnerships For The School

Vaughn College has announced the appointment of Ken Kaplan to head its newly created Aviation Outreach Initiative, designed to enhance learning opportunities through the acquisition of global and strategic aviation partnerships.

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50th Center Fuselage For F-35 JSF Completed

Cockpit Demonstrator Goes On A Road Trip To Michigan

The completion of the 50th center fuselage for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was marked by a ceremony at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale Manufacturing Center this week. Company officials praised employees for delivering the center fuselages on time and on budget - achieving a significant milestone early in the program.

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Boeing Demos 'Swarm' Reconnaissance With Unmanned Aircraft

Autonomous ScanEagle, Procerus Unicorn Communicate Over Search Area

The successful autonomous communications and operation of dissimilar unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in flight tests over the rugged terrain of eastern Oregon was announced Thursday by Boeing. The July 7-10 mission used two ScanEagles manufactured by Boeing subsidiary Insitu and one Procerus Unicorn from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). The UAVs communicated using a Mobile Ad Hoc Network and swarm technology developed by JHU/APL.

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WNY Airshow A Tribute To Bell Era

Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey To Be Featured Attraction

An airshow scheduled for the weekend of September 10-11 will recall a brighter time in the industrial history of Western New York with a tribute to the Bell Aircraft Corporation. The 2011 Thunder of Niagara Air Show, at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, is scheduled to feature a US Marine Corps V-22 Osprey which is manufactured by Bell-Boeing.

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Aero-TV: Transforming Aviation -- Details Of The ATC2012 Project

Based on conversations with aviation and aerospace innovators who believe the aviation world needs Transformative Change to survive, Aero News Network Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell has announced a two day Aviation Transformation Conference, ATC2012, to be held in March at the magnificent St. Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

Campbell says the purpose of ATC2012 will go beyond incremental adjustments. He explains, "I have looked long and hard at the concept of true change, something my friend, XPrize Founder Peter Diamandis, calls 'Transformative Change.' By this, I mean creating something that is not merely an extension or improvement on past courses, but a radical and complete change in the overall state and direction of a program or pursuit.&quo

Chartered Boeing 737-200 Down In Canada, 12 Fatally Injured

NTSB Dispatches Team To Assist In Investigation

The NTSB dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Canada in its investigation of Saturday's crash of First Air flight 6560, a Boeing 737-200 combi airplane. On August 20, 2011 at about 1530 EDT, the airplane, en route from Yellowknife Airport to Resolute Bay Airport, went down on approach, approximately 5 miles East of Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada.

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Aero-TV: Transforming Aviation -- Details Of The ATC2012 Project

Whither Thou Goest, Aviation World??? Is It REALLY Time For A True Aero-Transformation?

Based on conversations with aviation and aerospace innovators who believe the aviation world needs Transformative Change to survive, Aero News Network Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell has announced a two day Aviation Transformation Conference, ATC2012, to be held in March at the magnificent St. Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Campbell says the purpose of ATC2012 will go beyond incremental adjustments. He explains, "I have looked long and hard at the concept of true change, something my friend, XPrize Founder Peter Diamandis, calls 'Transformative Change.' B

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Barnstorming: 'A Daisy A Day'

Living Life, Flying High, Cherishing My Memories Of Oshkosh

For a number of years, Oshkosh has commenced (for me) over a week ahead of the official start date. I work my way up there some 9-10 days ahead of time, get things organized, get the ANN mobile office placed, the power set up, the office and video gear installed, and the high-speed access started. And then I start on other items that need to be prepped... stories that need to be written, early arrivals that need to be interviewed, and a hundred other tasks that grab me by the neck, shake me around a bit and will not let me go until we're ready to pack it all up and head out... til the next year. For the week ahead of it all, I find it to be an incredibly peaceful place and while I may be in ANN's HQ building as late a

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Klyde Morris (08.22.11)

Klyde Needs to Check The Calendar...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Flight Guide Updates iEFB APP To v4.0

Offers Advanced Flight Planning Option

Flight Guide has rolled out its upgraded iEFB v4.0, offering a brand new Flight Planning option that allows operators to quickly and easily create a Flight Plan on any of the apps high resolution Seamless Charts. Using "Your Flight Plan," waypoints can be created by either typing in an airport identifier or by using the "One Touch" add, remove & insert waypoint feature.

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Flexrotor Long-Endurance VTOL Aircraft Transitions To Wing-Borne Flight

Aircraft Designed To Be Autonomous In The Air And On The Ground

Transition between hover and wing-borne cruise was demonstrated Friday by Aerovel's Flexrotor UAV ... capabilities which allow it to combine VTOL with range of more than 1,600 nm and endurance exceeding a day and a half. Aerovel's president, Tad McGeer, explains that "transition requires a climb, pitch-over, dive, and zoom, so we entered the new regime with a roller-coaster thrill. But after a few seconds the ride turns sedate, with the engine ticking over for long-endurance cruise at 50-60 kt, and the big rotor hardly making a sound."

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Pilot Error Cited In DR Congo Accident

Boeing 727 Went Down In July, More Than 70 People Fatally Injured

A report published Thursday which has been confirmed by the transportation ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo cites pilot error as the likely cause of an accident in which more than 70 people lost their lives and several dozen more were injured.

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'Wings over Waukesha' Adds B-25 Bomber, C-130 Transport Plane To Air Show

Four Nationally-Renowned Aerobatics Acts Also Now On The Program

The “Wings over Waukesha” air show at Wisconsin's Waukesha County Airport has booked four of the best aerobatics performers in the country, including Jim "Fang" Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, John Mohr Stearman barnstorming aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, and Dr Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics.

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Aviation HS To Break Ground On New Campus At Museum Of Flight

Student Alumni To Fly In As One-Of-A-Kind School Celebrates Beginning of New Era

Aviation High School will break ground on its new campus on the grounds of The Museum of Flight on Tuesday, Aug. 23 complete with student alumni flying five or more planes to the site, and a student-built robot assisting with the first shovel of dirt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.22.11)

Aero Linx: Wingwalking History Barnstorming bi-plane pilots and their daring stuntmen caught America's imagination just as aviation was taking flight. They were the original ambassadors of flight giving regular folk a chance to see their world from a bird's eye view. This was the 1920's, flappers danced the Charleston. Behind the doors of the speakeasys, underground clubs that offered illegal booze so it was important to speak softly or "easy", champagne flowed and everyone lived like they were immortal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.22.11): High Speed Taxiway

High Speed Taxiway A long radius taxiway designed and provided with lighting or marking to define the path of aircraft, traveling at high speed (up to 60 knots), from the runway center to a point on the center of a taxiway. Also referred to as long radius exit or turn-off taxiway. The high speed taxiway is designed to expedite aircraft turning off the runway after landing, thus reducing runway occupancy time.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.22.11)

"Most importantly, there has not been a spectator fatality at a North American air show involving aircraft since 1952. People – and especially reporters – sometimes report on fatal accidents and don’t mention this fact. It is critical that, as an industry, we do what we can to distinguish between the risk willingly and knowingly assumed by performers and the spotless safety record that our industry has with spectators." Source: From a statement by the International Council of AirShows, responding to an awful weekend where three disparate airshow accidents, spanning two continents, took the lives of three performers in three very different ways... with no danger, at all, to any spectator.

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