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August 29, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.29.11

The Dreamliner is certified.
United Airlines will snazz up its cabins.
And Delta is buying 100 new 737s.

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ANN Special Feature: Learn Your Aircraft's Limits - 08.29.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves has discovered an amazing new source of information on how aircraft perform in strange conditions...and it may be in your glovebox right now!

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Russian 'Bear' Bomber Again Probes European Airspace

Fourth Time This Year A Strategic Nuclear Bomber Has Been Intercepted

NATO fighter jets again intercepted a Russian 'Bear' TU-95 strategic nuclear bomber flying deep in European airspace ... without permission. And the Russian government is being very tight-lipped about the circumstances of the flight.

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ANA Announces First Routes For Boeing 787 Dreamliner

First Regular Long-Haul Route To Be Haneda To Frankfort

Just days before the Friday certification announcement, ANA, the launch customer of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, announced the first international routes for the aircraft. The first Dreamliner is scheduled to be received late September, with the first regular long-haul international operation to be Haneda-Frankfurt, a new route to operate from January 2012. The aircraft will also be used on the Haneda-Beijing route from December, marking the aircraft’s first regular international service.

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Canadian Doctors Want Pets Banned From Airline Cabins

Say Convenience Of Pet Owners Not Worth Risks Of Serious Allergic Reactions

Doctors in Canada are reportedly seeking a ban on pets in passenger cabins on airline flights in that country, saying they are posing serious threats to people allergic to animals. As is the case in restaurants and other public places, service animals, such as guide dogs, would still be allowed.

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UCH's Smisek Blasts Feds For Lack Of Aviation Policy

Says It Is The Single Largest Problem Facing The Industry

Participating in a joint session with TSA Administrator John Pistole at the Global Business Travel Association convention in Denver last week, United Continental Holdings president and CEO Jeffery Smisek said that the lack of a comprehensive federal aviation policy is the most pressing issue facing the aviation industry today. He said the federal government should look to Dubai as a model of how it should be done.

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Busted: FAA Seeks $262,000 Civil Penalty Against Ameriflight

Fines Imposed Over Problems Alleged In Drug and Alcohol Testing

The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $262,000 against Ameriflight, LLC, of Burbank, Calif., for allegedly violating Department of Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing programs and provisions of the company's FAA-approved Antidrug and Alcohol Misuse Prevention Program. The FAA alleges Ameriflight conducted the Department of Transportation's required pre-employment drug tests, but did not wait to receive verified negative drug test results before hiring 14 people to perform safety-sensitive flight crew or maintenance duties. Ameriflight allegedly used the individuals to perform the safety-sensitive duties, again before receiving verified negative drug test results. The alleged violations of fede

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Unique Helicopter Airshow Returns To Georgia

American Heroes Air Show Includes Citizenship Ceremony

The American Heroes Air Show calls itself the US's premier aviation event devoted exclusively to helicopters. The show returns to Canton, Georgia, outside Atlanta, on Saturday, September 10th. Event Director Mike Grier invites families to get an up-close look at these go-fast, high-tech aircraft and learn how their crews are on the front lines every day of homeland security, national defense and public service.

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China Eastern Airlines Gets First High & Hot 737

Airline To Introduce First 737 With Boeing Sky Interior

China Eastern Airlines Tuesday took delivery of its first Next-Generation 737-700 outfitted with both the High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package and the new Boeing Sky Interior. China Eastern will operate the aircraft at the high altitude airports in western China. The airplane will be assigned to China Eastern Airlines Sichuan Co., Ltd. based in Chengdu.

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NASA Reviews Moon Express Lunar Landing Technology

Mini-Radar System Demonstrated Under Terms Of First Task Order

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Moon Express says that it has successfully demonstrated a critical component of its lunar landing technology to NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program contract. The Moon Express Mini-Radar System promises to radically reduce the cost and mass of the company's commercial lunar landing system.

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NASA Makes Final Preparations For GRAIL Launch

Delta II Rocket Set To Boost The Satellites Towards The Moon September 8th

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission to study the moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled September 8 launch onboard a Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. GRAIL's twin spacecraft are tasked for a nine-month mission to explore Earth's nearest neighbor in unprecedented detail. They will determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core and advance our understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers Third Production C-5M Super Galaxy To U.S. Air Force

Aircraft Delivered Wednesday Is One Of 52 To Be Modernized

The third production C-5M Super Galaxy has been delivered to the U.S. Air Force. The sixth C-5M overall to be delivered to the Air Force, this aircraft will undergo internal paint restoration at Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., before traveling to its permanent home at Dover AFB, DE. In July, the C-5M Super Galaxy became the first U.S. airlifter to perform a polar overflight direct from Dover AFB to Afghanistan.

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Aero-TV: Mid-Continent's MD41 -- An ACU for the Garmin GTN 650 and 750

New Annunciation Control Unit Brings Vital Information To Pilots' Field Of View

Every incremental update to the amazing revolution that is taking place under our noses in the avionics industry presents a number of opportunities for those smart enough to grab the chance to support them. Mid-Continent Instruments is one of those smart little company that has built a niche out of supporting the best and brightest technologies in the avionics world with technologies of their own.

Best of Show! The Very Best/Worst of Oshkosh '11! (Part 1)

Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the Aero-News Network and Aero-TV-- Part 1

For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community -- and yes, we’ve had a bit of fun in the process. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In -- a place where one can take a solid read on the heart and soul of aviation. It's hard to know what really is going to make a difference and what really qualifies as exceptional unless you've been watching this industry carefully for several years... as we have.

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Pilots At Work! Bahamas Habitat Flies First Hurricane Irene Relief Missions

Organizations' Pilots 'Delivering Aid and Assessing Damage' 

The folks of Bahamas Habitat tell ANN that its first response pilots are now delivering aid to numerous points in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Irene. The organization moved quickly and had its first planes arriving on Friday August 26th shortly after the storm passed to the north. The group has set up a main depot and coordination post at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE). Volunteers and pilots have come in from numerous points in the US and Bahamas. Planes were dispatched to deliver supplies and assess the damage and needs so the organization can direct the next wave of volunteer pilots according to the conditions they find on the ground in the various "Out Islands".

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Aero-TV: Mid-Continent's MD41 -- An ACU for the Garmin GTN 650 and 750

New Annunciation Control Unit Brings Vital Information To Pilots' Field Of View

Every incremental update to the amazing revolution that is taking place under our noses in the avionics industry presents a number of opportunities for those smart enough to grab the chance to support them. Mid-Continent Instruments is one of those smart little company that has built a niche out of supporting the best and brightest technologies in the avionics world with technologies of their own. One such opportunity presented itself with Garmin's long-awaited update of the aging GNS 430/520 generation with an altogether new series of boxes, the GTN 650/750. Mid-Continent Instruments

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Klyde Morris (08.29.11)

Klyde Is Welcomed To The Era Of Soyuz...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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iFly 700 GPS Adds 'iFly Streets' Option

Adds Turn-By-Turn Surface Directions To Touchscreen Aviation Unit

Adventure Pilot, LLC has partnered with iGO Navigation to create a new road navigation add-on with 3D visuals and voice guided turn-by-turn driving directions for its iFly 700, which was introduced last year.

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FAA Releases 'Destination 2025'

Visioning Document To 'Transform The Nation's Aviation System'

The FAA has released a document titles "Destination 2025", which the agency says is a vision statement "that captures the future we will strive to achieve – to transform the Nation’s aviation system by 2025." In the executive summary of the document, the FAA states that its mission is to provide the safest, most efficient aviation system in the world.

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Appellate Court Squashes New Runway In Hillsboro, OR

Says FAA Did Not Conisder Increased Traffic When Runway Was Approved

A Seattle-based federal court of appeals has struck down plans for a third runway at Hillsboro, OR, west of Portland (KHIO). While the proponants of a new runway said it would be a boon for aviation-related businesses at the airport, Judge Betty Fletcher, writing for the majority, said the FAA and other agencies "do not explain why this is so and do not refer to anything in the record backing their contention."

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FAA Hosts AIXM Conference

Provides Forum To Discuss Global Changes In Aeronautical Information

The FAA has announced plans for an Air Transportation Information Exchange Conference, to be held August 30 - September 1 at the NOAA Science Center & Auditorium in Silver Spring, MD. This free conference will provide a forum to discuss and exchange concepts and practices related to major global changes in aeronautical information (including exchange structures), information services, and other information sharing related topics.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.29.11)

Aero Linx:Hurricane Hunters Association Welcome to the home of the world famous “Hurricane Hunters.” It's true! We fly right into the eye of a hurricane! The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, known as the Hurricane Hunters of the Air Force Reserve, is one-of-a-kind: the only Department of Defense organization still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes--since 1944. Our ten Lockheed-Martin WC-130J aircraft and crews are part of the 403rd Wing, based at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.29.11): Hurricane Watch

Hurricane Watch A formal advisory issued by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center when they have determined that hurricane conditions are a potential threat to a coastal area or group of islands within a 24 to 36 hour period. A watch is used to inform the public and marine interests of the storm's location, intensity, and movement.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.29.11)

"We made our first flights on Friday as soon as it was safe to fly... One of our first stops was to Governor's Harbour on Eleuthera Island to deliver supplies and check on our staff and our base camp there. Though there was damage, we are just all so thankful no one has been injured." Source: Cameron King, Bahamas Habitat's Aviation and Disaster Relief Coordinator, discussing how the organization started delivering aid to numerous points in the Bahamas affected by Hurricane Irene. The organization moved quickly and had its first planes arriving on Friday August 26th shortly after the storm passed to the north.

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