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September 06, 2012

UAS Plaza Debuts At ILA 2012

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Are Becoming Increasingly Important In Civil And Military Aviation

A new section at the International Air Show ILA 2012 reflects current global developments in civil and military aviation. For the first time this year, exhibitors at the new UAS Plaza will display a wide range of unmanned aircraft systems.

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Kansas State University Sends Flight Training Data To The Cloud

Selects FlyteAnalytics To Enhance Collegiate Flight Training Program

Florida-based computer consulting firm CAPACG announced Wednesday that Kansas State University has selected FlyteAnalytics for its fleet of training aircraft. FlyteAnalytics is a comprehensive cloud-based flight data analysis tool designed specifically for aircraft fleets equipped with Garmin G1000 or other integrated flight decks.

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ANA Dreamliner Suffers Hydraulic Problem, Cancels Departure

Leak Cropped Up While Airplane Was Taxiing For Takeoff

An ANA Dreamliner taxiing for takeoff from Okayama in western Japan to Tokyo had to cancel that departure and return to the gate due to a leaking hydraulic pump. Japanese broadcaster NHK showed pictures of the airplane with white smoke issuing from the rear of the aircraft. None of the 88 passengers on board the airplane reportedly suffered any ill effects because of the problem.

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F-35B Completes First Airborne Engine Start Tests

BF-2 Made 27 Successful Air Starts Last Month

The F-35 integrated test force announced the completion of a major prerequisite test for in-flight performance on the short take-off and vertical landing variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter September 4.

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Embraer Phenom 100 Type Certificate Validated By CAAC

Chinese Market Now Open To The Entry-Level BizJet

Embraer’s entry-level Phenom 100 executive jet recently received the Validation of Type Certificate issued by Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). “Embraer has been strengthening its market position in China’s executive aviation market over the past few years,” said Guan Dongyuan, President of Embraer China.

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Two Firefighting C-130s Head Home

Airplanes On Loan From The Wyoming Air National Guard

Two C-130 Hercules from the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing were deactivated September 2 and returned to their home state from from Boise, ID.

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Candidate For Congress Makes Gear-Up Landing

Did Not Lower The Gear After Aborting First Landing Attempt

A congressional candidate in Washington State has some egg on his face, but it's not from a campaign gaffe. GOP congressional hopeful Jim Postma was flying his twin-engine Beechcraft Travel Air from Friday Harbor to Spanaway Airport (S44) where he keeps ... or kept ...  the plane, according to television station KOMO. He had been on a day trip with his wife to the popular vacation island northwest of Seattle.

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NASA Is Expanding Offer For Space Shuttle Tiles, Food

Museums And Schools Eligible To Receive The Sought-After Artifacts

NASA is expanding its offer to museums and schools of space shuttle heat shield tiles and food packaged for spaceflight. Beginning Tuesday, museums across the United States will be eligible to receive these pieces of space history, in addition to the schools and universities that have received them since the end of the Space Shuttle Program.

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New NASA Book Reveals Pressure Suits Are Height of Fashion

Keeping Aviators Safe At The Fringe Of Space

NASA has published a colorful, picture-filled book that details the development and use of the protective clothing worn by test pilots, astronauts and others as they soar high above Earth. "Dressing for Altitude: U.S. Aviation Pressure Suits -- Wiley Post to Space Shuttle" provides a 526-page survey of the partial- and full-pressure suits designed to keep humans alive at the edge of space since their first use during the years before World War II.

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Keystone Med-Flight LLC Announces New President

Paul Rayhill Assumes Leadership Role With The Air Ambulance Company

Keystone Med-Flight LLC ("Keystone"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hawke Aerospace, has appointed Paul Rayhill as the company's new President.  Paul Rayhill was most recently the President of Aviation Services Unlimited LLC (ASU) located in Rome NY.

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NASA Announces Asteroid Naming Contest

Students Worldwide Have An Opportunity To Name An Asteroid From Which An Upcoming NASA Mission Will Return The First Samples To Earth

The Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx), scheduled to launch in 2016, will return samples from the primitive surface of the near-Earth asteroid currently called (101955) 1999 RQ36 could hold clues to the origin of the solar system and organic molecules that may have seeded life on Earth.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

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PRODUCT: All Eurocopter France (EC) Model SA-365N, SA-365N1, SA-366G1, AS-365N2, AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.06.12

Can you see me now?  The NTSB wants external cameras on large airplanes…

Boeing forecasts soaring demand in China…

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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 Revisited -- One On One with Rod Hightower (Part 4)

Frank and Comprehensive Interview Offers Insights Into Hightower's Leadership

Just before this year's annual aerial extravaganza at Oshkosh, ANN managed to wangle some quality time with EAA Boss Rod Hightower.... just a year into this official leadership of the organization. Webcast in five parts as a component of our daily LIVE Airborne coverage during the show, we've had a number of requests for the interview, itself, separate from all the many other stories that were part of each day's jam-packed episodes.... and here it is.

Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 Revisited -- One On One with Rod Hightower (Part 4)

Frank and Comprehensive Interview Offers Insights Into Hightower's Leadership

Just before this year's annual aerial extravaganza at Oshkosh, ANN managed to wangle some quality time with EAA Boss Rod Hightower.... just a year into this official leadership of the organization. Webcast in five parts as a component of our daily LIVE Airborne coverage during the show, we've had a number of requests for the interview, itself, separate from all the many other stories that were part of each day's jam-packed episodes.... and here it is.

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NTSB Recommends External Camera Systems For Large Airplanes

Says Devices Would Give Pilots Better Situational Awareness, Help Prevent Taxiway Collisions

The NTSB has issued a recommendation to the FAA that large airplanes be equipped with an anti-ground collision aid, such as an on-board external-mounted camera system, to provide pilots a clear view of the plane’s wingtips while taxiing to ensure clearance from other aircraft, vehicles and obstacles.

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Annual FAA Survey Of GA Owners Is Underway

Huerta Urges Pilots To Share Data Through Online Questionnaire

The FAA’s 34th annual General Aviation and Part 135 Survey for 2011 data is underway and available online. "Reducing GA fatalities is a top priority of the FAA and our goal is to reduce the GA fatal accident rate by 10 percent by 2018,” said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta.

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Boeing Forecasts China Will Need 5,260 New Airplanes By 2031

Soaring Demand For Twin-Aisle Airplanes As Chinese Airlines Expand Globally

In its just-released commercial airline forecast, Boeing projects that China will need 5,260 new commercial airplanes valued at $670 billion over the next 20 years, and that worldwide demand will be for 34,000 new commercial airplanes worth $4.5 trillion.

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Business Aviation Recovery Now Hinges On U.S.

Analyst Brian Foley: 'Mercy Sales' Have Run Their Course

It’s been tough going for the general aviation industry, with worldwide business jet deliveries plunging to half their 2008 peak. “It could have been worse if it weren't for a few pockets of strength in some developing parts of the world”, notes industry analyst and advisor Brian Foley. “But by now those 'mercy sales' have largely run their course, so the industry must once again rely on its traditional primary market, the United States, as the mainstay of its recovery."

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French Team Wins Gordon Bennett Balloon Race

Flight Lasted Just Under Three Days

It’s finally all over but the celebration, which will come on Saturday after the teams return to Switzerland. After a flight time of 69 hours and two minutes Team France 1, the 17th and last remaining competitor in the air in the Gordon Bennett Balloon Race 2012 landed safely late Monday and claimed victory in one of the world’s oldest aviation challenge events.

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Navy Presses For Move Of SE GA Airport

Has Issues With Airfield's Proximity To The Kings Bay Submarine Base

The United States Navy has told the FAA that it should relocate St. Marys Airport in SE Georgia because of its proximity to the Kings Bay Submarine Base. The Navy says the airport is a security risk.

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NASA To Honor Neil Armstrong At National Cathedral

Service To Be Held September 13th In Washington, D.C.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other dignitaries will attend a public memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the life and career of astronaut Neil Armstrong on Thursday, September 13. The service is scheduled to begin at 1000 EDT at the historic cathedral.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.06.12)

“(T)he industry must once again rely on its traditional primary market, the United States, as the mainstay of its recovery. Fortunately for both jet makers and their supply chains, that seems to be exactly what's happening -- right on cue." Source: Industry analyst and advisor Brian Foley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.06.12): Echo Tops

The height above ground of the center of the radar beam using the tilt, or scan, that contains the highest elevation where reflectivities greater than 18 dBZ can be detected.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.06.12)

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Read about aces like Pappy Boyington, Butch O'Hare,  Chuck Yeager, Manfred von Richthofen (The Red Baron), Eddie Rickenbacker, & Erich Hartmann, or about pioneering aviators like Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Howard Hughes. Recently updated.

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