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September 03, 2011

Gone West: Betty Skelton Erde

One Of The Pioneer Women In Aviation

News has come in to ANN that Betty Skelton Erde, known as one of the pioneer women in aviation, passed away in Florida Wednesday. She was 86 years old. Erde, a resident of Winter Park, Florida, was born in Pensacola, FL in 1926. According to Wikipedia, she set 17 aviation and automobile records and was credited with opening doors for women in aviation and the automotive world, as well as astronautics and advertising.

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Aero-News Alert: Is The FAA Cracking Down On LSA Manufacturers?

A Sign Of Things To Come? FAA's AIR-200 Grounds A Mfr's Ability To Produce E-LSAs and S-LSAs

ANN is monitoring reports and documentation received in the last few hours that signals the possible beginning of a serious crackdown on manufacturers of Light Sport Aircraft. Originating with the FAA's AIR-200 office, this is the second time in a month that the Feds, (and this office in particular) seem to be flexing their muscles and letting the aviation business know who's boss. In mid-August, AIR-200 was responsible for 'draconian' processes that severely affected a  number of heavier warbirds (operating under Exhibition certificates) and now, we find out that one of the first of a series of "LSA Super-Audits" has resulted in the FAA's taking away the manufacturer's abili

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Blue Origin Spacecraft Test Fails

Test Vehicle Went Out Of Control, Was Destroyed

The recent test of an unmanned spacecraft funded by Internet billionaire Jeff Bezos ended with the the vehicle being destroyed shortly after launch.U.S. Government and industry officials said the sub-orbital vertical launch vehicle being tested by Blue Origin LLC went out of control at about 45,000 feet and was destroyed as a precaution.

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Digital Sectional Joins Aspen Connected Panel Program

Preflight And Inflight Situational Awareness Tool To Join Join The CP Club

Digital Sectional said Thursday it is committed to interoperability with Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel. Digital Sectional EFB, a preflight and inflight situational awareness tool for the iPad and iPhone, will include full support for interfacing with Connected Panel when it becomes available.

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EASA Railroads Its N-Reg Attack Through Parliament

Close Vote, But Flight Crew Licensing Changes Pass

IAOPA is reporting in its newsletter that the European Parliament has approved EASA-FCL (Flight Crew Licensing) 22-16 despite a last-minute attempt to have it sent back to EASA for redrafting because of unresolved issues surrounding third-country licences. IAOPA says the vote was something of a surprise, as Parliament's Transport Committee chairman Brian Simpson and his socialist group voted in EASA's favour.

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ForeFlight Mobile 4.1 To Support Aspen's Connected Panel

Enables iPad To Tune Radios, Submit Flight Plans To Panel

Aspen Avionics and ForeFlight announced Wednesday that ForeFlight Mobile 4.1 currently includes support for Aspen’s Connected Panel technology, which is scheduled for release by the end of the year. Users will be able to wirelessly tune radios and submit and retrieve flight plans utilizing the Aspen Connected Panel communication network.

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Marine One Diverted Due To 'Bad Weather'

President Obama And Youngest Daughter Motorcade To Camp David

President Obama and his daughter Sasha started out on a fairly routine 30 minute flight to Camp David Friday afternoon, but were unexpectedly diverted to an undisclosed LZ near Frederick Maryland because of "bad weather." White House press secretary Jay Carney said the weather determination was made before the President and his daughter boarded the aircraft in Washington.

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PA Governor Corbett Announces State Airport Investments

Dollars Allocated To Improve Safety, Facilities At 18 Airports

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett on Thursday announced a $4 million state investment that will upgrade facilities and improve safety at 18 Pennsylvania airports. "Aviation provides nearly 5 percent of Pennsylvania's jobs," Governor Corbett said. "Investing in these improvements and safety measures helps those thousands of people do their jobs better, and will improve airport operations."

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FAA Proposes $175,000 Civil Penalty Against MIT

Prestigious University Allegedly Shipped Devices With Lithium Batteries Which Caught Fire

The FAA is proposing a $175,000 civil penalty against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for alleged violations of Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that MIT offered a fiberboard box containing 33 electronic devices to FedEx for transportation by air from Cambridge to Seattle on Aug. 25, 2009.  Each electronic device consisted of a lithium battery attached to a circuit board and tube-like container.

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Airline Moves To Aid Drought Victims

British Airways Provides East Africa Relief Flight

British Airways is thanking its customers and volunteers for making it possible to deliver relief supplies to drought-stricken East Africa, where over a half-million people are directly at risk of starvation. BA flew a Boeing 747 freighter full of emergency supplies and equipment to Ethiopia on Friday, August 12, carrying aid from Oxfam and UNICEF. The two charities are among those working in the region.

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ANN FAQ: I've Been Searchin' So Long!

Find What You're Looking For On Aero-News With "Search" Function

Have you been looking for a story we did on Aero-News way back when about, say, a B-25? You think the name of it was something along the lines of "How About That?" We have made it as easy as possible for our readers to find what they're looking for on Aero-News -- even if the story is as old as we are!

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.03.11)

"Being able to bring back part of the team allowed us to resume flight operations and we are looking forward to finishing the campaign with 002 and 003, while in parallel finalizing detail design work and starting the production of conforming aircraft 004.” Source: Diamond Aircraft president Peter Maurer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.03.11): TCAS II

A TCAS that utilizes interrogations of, and replies from airborne radar beacon transponders and provides traffic advisories and resolution advisories in the vertical plane.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.03.11)

Aviation Archaeology Folklore and Urban Legends

Kind of a "Snopes" for aviation ... the U.K. owners of this site are firm believers that almost all folklore and urban legend type stories have a kernel of fact.

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