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September 07, 2011

Russian Airliner Down, 43 Fatally Injured

Jet Was Transporting Members Of A Russian Hockey Team

Members of the Russian ice hockey team Lokomotiv were among those fatally injured when the Yak-42 jet they were aboard went down near the city of Yaroslavl on the Volga River Wednesday. Two people have reportedly survived the accident.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.07.11

Two pilots involved in a mid-air were dating.
Traffic is down, but controller mistakes are up.
And a private experimenter beats Sikorsky to a major milestone.

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Mouse Grounds Nepal Airlines Flight

Late-Night Comics Get More Ammo For Monologues

Fox News reports a Nepal Airlines 757 scheduled for departure from Katmandu to Bangkok Monday never took off after a mouse ran out of a food pantry, and made his way toward the back of the plane. The crew reportedly canceled the flight until they could find the rodent.

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IAM, AIA: 'Dear Mr. President:'

Joint Letter Urges Policies To Preserve Aerospace Jobs

The International Association of Machinists and the Aerospace Industries Association sent a letter to President Obama September 1, urging him to preserve the aerospace and defense industry and its high-skilled workforce.

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California Capital Airshow Observes 9/11

Tenth Anniversary Will Be Marked With C-130 Flower-Drop

The tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is this Sunday, and the California Capital Airshow at Sacramento Mather Airport plans to commemorate the anniversary with what's described as one of the largest memorial flower drops ever seen.

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First Of 12 Airbus Military A330 Set For Conversion By Cobham

Will Emerge From Bournmouth Facility As An RAF Voyager

The first of 12 Airbus Military A330-200 aircraft has been received by Cobham at its Bournemouth facility for conversion into "Voyager," the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft (FSTA) for the Royal Air Force. This  variant of the A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) is the first to be converted by Cobham in the United Kingdom.

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Post 9/11 Security Costs Soar

New Study Sees $10 Billion Screening Systems Market In 2011

Part of the continuing legacy of the 9/11 attacks is escalated security spending. In a new report titled, "The Airport Passenger Screening Systems Market 2011-2021," Visiongain projects the global airport passenger screening systems market will reach an ominous milestone in 2011 - $10 billion in spending.

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Novel Space Hardware To Be Tested In Arizona

Public Invited To Community Day For NASA's Desert RATS Test

For years, NASA's Desert RATS – or Research And Technology Studies team – has been trekking to the Flagstaff, AZ area for its annual tests. This year the public can come see what they have been up to. Students and space fans young and old are invited to the Desert RATS Community Day from 1300-1630 MST Sunday, September 11.

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EIA Crewmembers: New Talks Must Result In Fair Contract

Pilots And Flight Engineers Seek Industry-Standard Pay, Working Conditions

Evergreen International Airlines (EIA) pilots and flight engineers are calling on management to commit to reaching a tentative agreement during upcoming talks set to begin September 19 at the National Mediation Board (NMB) in Washington, D.C. EIA crewmembers, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have worked under the existing contract for seven years with frozen wages and benefits.

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DARPA Hybrid Small UAS Fuel Cell Quadruples Time On Mission

Ruggedized Fuel Cell Power Source Enables Persistent Surveillance On Small-Footprint, Low-Cost System 

Small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provide valuable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities for units at the infantry company level and below, allowing over-the-next-hill imagery or short-term monitoring of convoys as an example. State-of-the-art battery power for these small UASs, however, has limited the duration of missions to about two hours.

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Actor Says UA Staff Is 'Racist'

African-American Comedian Removed From A UA Flight Over A Luggage Dispute

An African-American comedian and actor perhaps best known for his voice work in Disney's animated "The Princess And The Frog" has accused United Airlines of racism following a dispute over an overhead luggage compartment on a recent flight. Michael Colyar brought the charges on blog "Humormill".

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Teal Group Expects Growth In Aircraft Market

Analyst To Forecast 52% Growth By 2020 At Aerospace Alliance Summit

In a full day of special presentations during The Aerospace Alliance Summit at Sandestin in Baytowne, Florida on September 16, 2011, The Teal Group will be aided by its supporting partners, Gulf Coast Alliance for Economic & Environmental Resilience and Gulf Coast Reporter's League.

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Essex Crew Celebrates Centennial Of Naval Aviation

CO Says Forward-Deployed Assault Ship Is "A Link In A Long Chain" That Contributes To Success Of Naval Aviation

The crew of the forward deployed amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) celebrated the Centennial of Naval Aviation during a ceremony held on the ship's mess decks Sept. 2. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the first aircraft to land on a U.S. Navy ship at sea, and Navy commands throughout the year are celebrating the milestone with observances, flight shows and ceremonies.

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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Martian Crater

Martian Robot Still Making Discoveries After Seven And A Half Years

The initial work of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity at its new location on Mars shows surface compositional differences from anything the robot has studied in its first 7.5 years of exploration. Opportunity arrived three weeks ago at the rim of a 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater named Endeavour. The first rock it examined is flat-topped and about the size of a footstool.

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French Man Makes First Untethered Electric Helo Flight

Experimenter Beats Sikorsky To Electric Helo Milestone

A private experimenter working in France took on an assignment from a French company called Solution F to design, build and fly the world's first untethered electric helicopter, (pictured in Gizmag photo, above) and got the whole thing done in about 12 months. Pascal Chretien's first flight reached a height of about one meter during a flight lasting two minutes, ten seconds.

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Classic Aero-TV: Newer/Better/Moster/Faster--Darwin Conrad's Rocket Engineering

What Pilot Doesn't Want (Much) MORE From Their Airplane?

MORE! It's a phrase much beloved by those us in aviation as we search for the conditions, modifications or skills that allow us to derive every erg of performance out of the flying machines we love. One of the 'Master of More" is a fellow by the name of Darwin Conrad... a guy who has devoted much of his life to NOT leaving well enough alone. And hundreds of aircraft owners are thanking their lucky stars for that fact. Darwin Conrad is the President and owner of Rocket Engineering -- he and his company have 25 years of aircraft experience and have been involved in 29 successful STCs. Rock

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FAA Air Traffic Employees Share Memories Of September 11

Three Controllers Featured On Video Telling Their Stories

Three air traffic employees who were directly involved in the events of September 11, 2001 share their memories on the 10th anniversary of that tragic day in a new video released by the Federal Aviation Administration Tuesday.

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TSA Donates Items To Smithsonian

Artifacts Tell A Part Of The Story Of September 11

Many people think of the Smithsonian Institution as a repository for antiquities, but the museum complex in Washington, DC, is intended to tell the contemporary history of our nation as well. In that light, it seems appropriate that TSA would be donating several items to the National September 11 Collection at the National Museum of American history.

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No Body Scanners At German Airports

Interior Minister: Current Generation Of Devices "Not Yet Suitable For General Use"

The German Interior Minister has decided that full body scanners are not ready for prime time, and will not deploy the devices at German airports for now. Field testing of two full-body scanners at Hamburg Airport, which started in September 2010, was extended once, and was completed on July 31 this year.About 809,000 passengers voluntarily submitted to this method of inspection for aviation security checks. The internal assessment of the ten-month test phase has since been completed.

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AFA, United/Continental To Step Up Talks

NMB's Expedited Mediation Program To Focus On Limited Issues

The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and United Continental Holdings, Inc. Friday announced agreement on a new expedited mediation process modeled on the National Mediation Board's (NMB) Expedited Mediation Program.

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Another Setback For JSF

Testing Finds Flaws In F-35 Wing Structures

Just weeks after the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter got back to flight testing, a new design problem has cropped up. An aluminum beam in the wing structure has been found to be "defective," an issue that could lower the aircraft's wing life from 8,000 hours, or about 25 operational years, to just 1,200 hours, which equates to about five years of flying.

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Wisconsin Officials Say Pilot 'Acted Heroically' In Accident

TBM 700 Went Down Monday In A Wisconsin Bean Field Near Houses

Officials at a news conference held Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, said the 76-year-old pilot of a TBM 700 "acted heroically" in steering his airplane away from several houses before crashing in a bean field Monday. The pilot, Phillip Pines, was fatally injured in the accident.

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Brooks' Last Air Force Unit Completes Inactivation Ceremony

Ends Nearly 95 Years In Brooks City, TX

The Air Force ended nearly 95 years of service, research and training at Brooks AFB in Brooks City, TX Aug. 31, 2011, when the last unit inactivated in a ceremony. The commander of the Air Force Materiel Command and commander of the 311th Air Base Group at Brooks led the ceremony in front of more than 200 civic leaders, elected officials and former and current employees of the base.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.07.11)

“When I look back on that tragic day, I’m most proud of how all of our air traffic controllers rose to the occasion and did the right thing so well that it amazed the rest of the world.” Source: FAA Air Traffic Controller Michael McCormick.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.07.11): Inches of Mercury (or in Hg)

Unit of atmospheric pressure used in the United States. The name comes from the use of mercurial barometers which equate the height of a column of mercury with air pressure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.07.11)

Aviation Safety Network

An extension of the Flight Safety Foundation, the Aviation Safety Network is a private, independent initiative founded in 1996. On line since January 1996, the Aviation Safety Network covers accidents and safety issues with regards to airliners, military transport planes and corporate jets.

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