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May 30, 2011

Whaddya Know... Martin 'Jetpack' REALLY Flies

Unmanned Martin Jetpack Climbs To 5000' and Tests Ballistic Parachute Deployment/Recovery

For those who thought the Martin ducted fan personal flying machine (aka 'Martin Jetpack' -- even though no 'jets' are involved) was a complex parlor trick (and yeah, we were getting there), there seems to be some evidence that the machine CAN actually accomplish some complex, even useful, helicopter like flying tasks. A recent test flight, radio-controlled from a chase helo, proved that the system can attain serious altitudes, while also showing that the BRS emergency system (as usual) can handle an emergency descent with relative ease.

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NTSB Prelim: Inflight Fire Downs PA22

Quick Descent And Emergency Landing Averts Tragedy

I don't have to tell you that one of the true nightmares of any pilot's existence is dealing with inflight fire. In the case of a mostly fabric aircraft of elder lineage, the problems can get out of hand in a heartbeat. This pilot did what he should have done... got the bird down before an inflight fire consumed too much of the aircraft to permit continued flight. Good work...

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Klyde Morris (05.30.11)

Klyde Ramps Up The Threat Level


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NASA Partners With Hawaii For Space Exploration

State's Unique Terrain Can Simulate The Moon, Mars

NASA and Hawaii have agreed to collaborate on a wide range of activities to promote America's human and robotic exploration of space.

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Low And Slow Over The SC Mountains

Vintage Biplane Sightseeing Tours Now Offered From Greenville Downtown Airport

Longtime Greenville resident, Mike Williams, has started the Upstate's only open cockpit sightseeing tour company, "Wings over Greenville" is located at the Greenville Downtown Airport.

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Private Screening Solution Claims To Address Three Major TSA Concerns

CrewPASS Demonstrates Required Capabilities For Crew Screening

ARINC Incorporated says its CrewPASS expedited screening service for airline pilots and crewmembers is the only screening solution proven to deliver three primary capabilities requested by the Transportation Security Administration for crew screening.

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Goodrich Appoints President, Engine Control And Electrical Power Systems

Richard Ingram Promoted From Primary Flight Control Vice President

Goodrich Corporation has appointed Richard Ingram as president of its Engine Control and Electrical Power Systems business unit.

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Production Begins On 2nd UK Aircraft Carrier

Missions Will Range From War Efforts To Humanitarian Aid

Construction of HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the two new Queen Elizabeth (QE) Class aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy, started Thursday at BAE Systems' Govan shipyard on the Clyde.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.30.11): VFR Not Recommmended

VFR Not Recommmended An advisory provided by a flight service station to a pilot during a preflight or inflight weather briefing that flight under visual flight rules is not recommended. To be given when the current and/or forecast weather conditions are at or below VFR minimums. It does not abrogate the pilot's authority to make his/her own decision.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.30.11)

Aero-Linx: The International Council Of Air Shows Foundation Fund for Kyle and Amanda Kyle Franklin and Amanda Younkin Franklin, a much loved young husband and wife wingwalking team, were seriously injured following an accident at the Air Fiesta 2011 air show in Brownsville, Texas, on March 12. Both received serious burn injuries when Kyle, who was the pilot of the aircraft, performed a forced/emergency landing following an engine failure in his highly-modified Waco biplane. Kyle is in the process of recovering from his injuries... much of which were received in an attempt to rescue Amanda. On May 27th, Amanda's fight for life ended and the entire aviation world is shocked to lose such a bright and vibrant presence. The follow

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.30.11)

"...this latest successful high flight was a complex aviation event requiring approval from the Civil Aviation Authority, and took several months to coordinate. From a company point of view, the high flight shows Martin Aircraft's development over the past two years and its expertise in coordinating and running a sophisticated and complex aviation event of this nature." Source: Martin Aircraft CEO, Richard Lauder, after the Christchurch based company conducted a successful 'Jetpack' test flight to 5000' followed by an equally successful Ballistic Parachute deployment... the company is now in an intensive testing period to refine technology in the areas of safety (the Ballistic Parachute), engine performance over extended and continuous

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