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June 29, 2010

FAA Proposes Major Changes To Icing Certification Rules

NMPR For Transport Category Aircraft Published In Federal Register

The FAA is proposing a significant expansion of its icing certification standards, including a new requirement that manufacturers show that airplanes can operate safely in freezing drizzle or freezing rain, conditions that constitute an icing environment known as "supercooled large drops" (SLDs).

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.29.10

The CAF is forced to delay Fifi's return to the skies.
The United/Continental merger is at risk from labor strife.
And American Airlines pilots don't want to fly with lower fuel reser

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.29.10

The CAF is forced to delay Fifi's return to the skies.
The United/Continental merger is at risk from labor strife.
And American Airlines pilots don't want to fly with lower fuel reser

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ANN Special Feature: Textron CEO Scott Donelly on TARC - 06.29.10

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell talks with Textron CEO Scott Donelly about his company's sponsorship of the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and speaks with members of one of four teams fr

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 06.29.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.29.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.29.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Textron CEO Scott Donnelly on TARC - 06.29.10 (ANN Special Report, with Textron CEO Scott Donnelly)

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First EX600 MFD Helicopter Installation Complete

Brings Avidyne MFD Capability To Rotary Wing Market

Vista Aviation of Pacoima, California, has completed the first helicopter installation of the Avidyne EX600 Multi-Function Display (MFD), Avidyne said Monday. The installation was completed in a Eurocopter A-Star 350B and approved under a FAA Form 337.

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NASA Goddard Introduces The NASA Center For Climate Simulation

Supercomputing Center Designed For Long-Range Climate Modeling

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD recently introduced the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), an integrated set of supercomputing, visualization, and data interaction technologies that will enhance agency capabilities in weather and climate prediction research.

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NASA, International Space Agencies Discuss Human And Robotic Space Exploration

Agreed "Steps Should Be Taken" To Coordinate Long-Term Goals

NASA senior managers met with their counterparts representing other space agencies at the National Harbor, MD, on June 23, to discuss globally-coordinated human and robotic space exploration.

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Gone West: Former Stennis Director Roy Estess

NASA Career Encompassed 37 Years

The former director of the Stennis Space Center has died from complications related to an insect sting. Roy Estess passed away Friday at the age of 71 at his Tylertown, MS residence.

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FDA Cautions Against Airline Food

Unsanitary Preparation Conditions May Cause Food-Borne Illness

Airline food has never had much of a reputation, and it seems to only rarely be served any more, at least on most domestic flights. But the FDA has recently cited a number of airline catering facilities for unsanitary conditions over the last two years, according to government documents.

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FAA Proposes Civil Penalties Against Executive Airlines, Dassault Falcon

Maintenance And Completion Issues Draw Fines From The Administrator

The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $700,000 against Executive Airlines, Inc., and $450,000 against Dassault Falcon. Both proposed penalties were announced Monday.

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WWII Honor Flight At Airventure 2010 Will Bring Vets To D.C.

"Greatest Generation" Veterans Will Fly From OSH to D.C. To Visit Memorials

EAA, American Airlines, and the Honor Flight Network have joined together to give World War II veterans the opportunity to visit the powerful memorials dedicated in their honor with an Old Glory Honor Flight departing from EAA AirVenture 2010.

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Plane Towing Tiger Woods Taunt Asked To Leave Pebble Beach Area During U.S. Open

Authorities Say It Had Nothing To Do With The Banner

An airplane towing a banner which read "Tiger: Are You My Daddy?" was asked to leave the airspace near the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, CA, on Sunday. While the FBI says such a request near a large gathering of people is not uncommon, the FAA tells a different story.

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Metro Aviation Delivers Third Completed EC145 To Travis County STAR Flight

Company Provides Medical Transport, Land And Water Rescue Services

Travis County, STAR (Shock, Trauma, Air Rescue) Flight based in Austin, Texas has recently received and placed into operational service a new Eurocopter EC145 completed by Metro Aviation.

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NBAA Announces2010 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarships

Over Three Dozen Awards Made Last Weekend

The NBAA announced the recipients of the 2010 Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Scholarships on Saturday, June 26.

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Astronauts Confirm: No Sex In Space

"We're ... Professionals" Said STS-131 Commander

Space Shuttle Discovery commander Alan Poindexter was asked during a recent visit to Tokyo what would happen if astronauts got ... intimate during a mission.

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Classic Aero-TV: Preserving Wichita History – The Kansas Aviation Museum

Director Lon Smith Describes Wichita’s Living Aviation History Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum is more than just a showcase for Wichita’s rich aviation history; it is history. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the museum is housed in Wichita’s original municipal airport terminal.  Dedicated on March 31st, 1935, the Wichita Municipal Airport served as a major mid-continent stopover for commercial operations as the last stop before crossing the Rockies to Denver or Los Angeles. 

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President Obama Unveils National Space Policy

White House Says It Is A Leading Collaborative, Responsible, and Constructive Use of Space

President Obama announced the administration’s new National Space Policy Monday. The policy expresses the President’s direction for the nation’s space activities, and articulates the says is his commitment to reinvigorating U.S. leadership in space.

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NASA Plays Key Exploration Role In New Administration Space Policy

But Bolden Says NASA Will Be Required To Embrace New Areas Of Emphasis

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued a statement Monday regarding President Obama's new National Space Policy.

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Union Says New Offer From BA Could Delay Cabin Crew Strike Vote

Company Makes "Last And Final Offer" On Sunday

Unite the union confirmed Sunday that a new offer to British Airways cabin crews could lead to the postponement of the new industrial action ballot which was set to begin on Tuesday, June 29th.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report On Arizona Fatal Accident

Witnesses Said PA-32 Appeared To "Have Trouble Gaining Altitude"

A preliminary report from the NTSB in the crash of a Piper PA-32 which fatally injured a family of four indicates that the aircraft struggled to gain altitude on departure from Springerville Municipal Airport in Arizona.

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FAA Lights Up NextGen Technology In Alaska

ADS-B Joins WAM Systems To Improve Safety, Particularly In Radar-Blind Areas

Although Alaska was one of the first places where ADS-B technology was tested, it's finally become SOP.  Air traffic controllers in the Alaska region are now officially using Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) technology to improve safety and efficiency in Alaska’s rugged terrain.

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Schrenker's Assets Auctioned In Indianapolis

Former Financier Attempted To Fake His Own Death By Intentionally Crashing An Aircraft

The assets of a former high-flying (literally) financier from Indiana who parachuted from his plane in an attempt to fake his own death were put up for auction over the weekend in Indianapolis.

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Centurion Unveils 155 HP 2.0 Kerosene Engine For Cessna Skyhawks

Upgrade Program Also Established For Centurion 1.7 Owners

Centurion has received a European STC for the installation of the 155 HP Centurion 2.0s kerosene piston aircraft engine in the Cessna 172. On May 21, 2010, EASA issued the STC to the German company.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.29.10)

"As a consequence of the company’s last and final offer the union and its representatives will have no choice but to delay our vote in order to allow our members to consult on the offer." Source:  Unite joint general secretary Tony Woodley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.10): Offshore/Control Airspace Area

That portion of airspace between the U.S. 12 NM limit and the oceanic CTA/FIR boundary within which air traffic control is exercised.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.10)

Pacific Star

What happens when you attach a digital SLR camera to a balloon and send it to the fringes of the atmosphere? Some amazing photos of the fringe of space. That is what the Pacific Star missions are all about.

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