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July 03, 2012

NEW Bi-Weekly Airborne 07.03.12: FAA v LSAs, Pilot's Bill of Rights, Airshow Losses

Also: Beech Missing Man Flight, Chinese Astros, Airbus In Alabama, SpaceShipTwo Progress

Guess what??? GREAT NEWS!! Another Aero-Week means TWICE AS MUCH Aero-News! Airborne now comes to you TWICE a week, Tuesday and Fridays, (with occasional exceptions for special event weeks and associated coverage). Each week, you’ll get your dose of Airborne on Tuesday as well as Friday, allowing us to make the news more timely for you.

Myrtle Beach Helicopter Tour Dispute Spurs Likely Legal Battle

Neighbors Say Home Values Have Plummeted Since Memorial Day Opening

The dispute over a helicopter tour operation which opened over the Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach, SC, is likely headed to court, as resident's living near the helipad say their home values have suffered as a result of the operation.

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SkyIMD Awarded AML-STC Approval For Multiple System Installation

Allows Up To Two SkyFusion Pak Systems From SkyIMD To Be Installed On One Aircraft

Advance aerial imaging system company SkyIMD said late last week that they have received FAA Approved Model List - Supplemental Type Certificate (AML-STC) approval of installations of multiple SkyFusion Pak systems on one aircraft.

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Navajo Down In Dalton, GA, Fatally Injures Pilot

Airplane Was Being Flown By Owner Of Holbrook Racing Parts Of Chattanooga

A accident involving a PA-31 Navajo just after takeoff from Dalton Municipal Airport (KDNN) in Dalton, GA, on Saturday afternoon fatally injured drag-racer Donald Lee Holbrook, 52, the owner of Holbrook Performance Parts of Chattanooga, TN.

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Hand-Prop Attempt Successful ... But The Airplane Was Damaged

Non-Pilot In The Cockpit Could Not Control The Cessna 172 After The Engine Was Started

You don't often hear about someone attempting to hand-prop a Cessna 172, but its certainly something that's possible. What an 80-year-old airplane owner discovered was that it's probably also a good idea to have someone at least familiar with the airplane in the cockpit when the engine catches.

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Google Gets Around Pesky FAA Regs For Glass Demo

Airship Not Supposed To Open Doors In Flight

Sometimes it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission, but that's not usually the case with the FAA. So, for its pretty awesome skydiving demonstration of Google Glass at the I/O Conference in San Francisco last week, Google convinced the FAA to ... bend ... its rules governing airships and the Class B airspace over the city.

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Fire Danger Scotches Pyrotechnics At Garfield County, CO, Air Show

Aeroshell Acrobatic Team Added To The Show Lineup

The continuing threat of wildfires in the western portion of the U.S. has prompted Garfield County, CO, officials to institute a ban on pyrotechnics at its upcoming air show July 13-14.

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ULA Upgraded Delta IV Heavy Rocket Launches Second Payload In Nine Days

Launch Marks the Inaugural Flight of the RS-68A Engine

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 0915 EDT Friday. Designated NROL-15, the mission is in support of national defense.

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New NASA Game Lets Players Build And Launch A Virtual Rocket

Rocket Science 101 Available For iPad, Personal Computers

With NASA's Rocket Science 101, a new game designed for computers and iPad users, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft. NASA's Launch Services Program (LSP), based at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, provides access to space for the studies of Earth and exploration of our solar system and the universe. Now, LSP is turning over the virtual selection, construction and launch of a mission to players who will decide the best rocket to assemble to launch a spacecraft.

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Utah Highway Patrol Flight Officer Falls During Rescue

Had Stayed Behind While Helicopter Took Lost Hikers To Safety

A Utah Highway Patrol flight officer fell to his death Saturday after assisting in the rescue of two teenage hikers who became stranded on Mount Olympus in Salt Lake County, UT.

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Skydiving Instructor Incapacitated By Hard Chute Opening Last Month

Tandem Jump Accident Fatally Injured Both Jumpers

A skydiving instructor and the person with him on a tandem jump were fatally injured last month when the instructor's spine was injured as the chute opened, paralyzing him. That was the assessment from the Dutchess County, NY, Medical Examiner in a report released late last week.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.03.12

Airbus is Singing "Sweet Home Alabama"…

America – Meet Orion – Our Ticket to Deep Space…

Congress Shuns the Alex

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Classic Aero-TV: Supporting The K-MAX UAS -- A Massive Unmanned Heavy Lifter

An Amazing Challenge... To Provide Unmanned Heavy Lift Capability In Combat

The first time we hard about the adaptation of the incredible Kaman K-Max helo to an unmanned role, we weren't sure we believed it... but the recent data coming out of the trials and deployment suggest that this is an idea whose time has come. Lockheed Martin and Kaman joined forces to adapt the K-MAX to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery -- with a specific mission in mind -- battlefield cargo resupply.

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Airbus Makes Mobile A320 Plant Official

Final Assembly Facility For The Single-Aisle Airliners To Open In The U.S.

In what it billed as a major strategic announcement Monday, which was maybe one of the worst-kept secrets in aviation last month, Airbus said it will establish a manufacturing facility in the United States to assemble and deliver A320 Family aircraft. Located at the Brookley Aeroplex in Mobile, Alabama, it will be the company’s first U.S.-based production facility.

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Alexander Amendment Stripped From Highway Bill

HAI's Zuccaro: 'Common Sense Prevailed'

The Highway Transportation Bill conference report cleared both chambers of Congress by wide margins late Friday went to President Obama’s desk for signature. Congress hoped to have the bill to the White House before the current funding authorization expired at midnight on Saturday, but given the complexity of the bill, passed a seven-day extension.

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NASA Unveils Orion During Ceremony

Agency Takes The Wraps Off First Capsule Destined For Space

The first space-bound Orion capsule has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida where technicians will turn it into a fully functioning spacecraft ahead of a test flight slated for 2014. The uncrewed flight, called Exploration Flight Test-1 or EFT-1, will be loaded with a wide variety of instruments to evaluate how the spacecraft behaves during launch, in space, and through reentry.

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U.S. Military Will Deploy Osprey Aircraft To Japan

Local Governments Pass Ordinances Opposed To The Move

The U.S. military says it will go ahead with the deployment of a dozen MV-22 Osprey aircraft at American bases in Japan despite local protests and ordinances which strongly oppose the move. At a Pentagon news conference Friday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said U.S. officials have had “very good discussions with our Japanese allies” and have given them assurances regarding concerns about the aircraft’s safety record.

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Delta Pilots Ratify New Contract

Deal Will Accelerate Replacement Of Small Regional Jets By The Airline

The pilots of Delta Air Lines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), have ratified an amended collective bargaining agreement (CBA) the union announced Friday. The agreement, reached over seven months ahead of the December 31, 2012 amendable date, was approved by the unions governing body, the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), in May and sent to the Delta pilots for membership ratification earlier this month.

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Former Astronaut Fatally Injured In Boating Accident

Was Riding With His Son When His Watercraft Was Struck By One Operated By Second Son

Retired astronaut Alan Poindexter was fatally injured Sunday when the personal watercraft he was on with his 22-year-old son was struck by a second PWC operated by his 26-year-old son.

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Rolls-Royce Completes IAE Restructuring

Collaboration Produces The V2500 Engine For The A320

Rolls-Royce has confirmed that it has completed the restructuring of its participation in International Aero Engines (IAE) Collaboration, which produces the V2500 engine for the Airbus A320 family of aircraft. Rolls-Royce has sold its equity and program shares in the IAE Collaboration to Pratt & Whitney for a $1.5 billion.

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MAFFS Equipped C-130 Down In South Dakota

U.S. Northern Command Says Status Of The Aircrew Is Not Known

At approximately 1800 MDT Sunday, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipped C-130 aircraft supporting fire fighting missions went down in the southwest corner of South Dakota. The aircraft was supporting the efforts against the White Draw Fire.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.03.12)

“The time is right for Airbus to expand in America. The U.S. is the largest single-aisle aircraft market in the world – with a projected need for 4,600 aircraft over the next 20 years." Source: Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.03.12): Hazardous Weather Information

Summary of significant meteorological information which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.03.12)

Aerial Cinematography

Aerial cinematography often encompasses more than air-to-air photography of other aircraft. Sometimes the aerial cinematographer is called upon to facilitate photography from the ground and within the aircraft itself.

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