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October 03, 2009

October 4 Marks Fifth Anniversary Of $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE

Contest Is Viewed As The Genesis Of Commercial Human Space Flight

On October 4, the X PRIZE Foundation will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the largest prize in history, the $10 Million Ansari X PRIZE -- won by the Mojave Aerospace Ventures team for the historic flights of SpaceShipOne, a spacecraft capable of carrying three people to 100 kilometers above the earth's surface twice in two weeks.

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Airlines Ready For Alternative Fuels

ATA Chair Tilton Says There "Clearly Is A Market"

In a speech to the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels (CAAFI) Annual Meeting Thursday, Air Transport Association Chair Glen Tilton said there is "clearly a market" for alternative aviation fuels, but that a healthy investment environment for the capitalization and commercial deployment of aviation alternative fuels is still lacking.

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Mica Introduces TSA Security Directive Bill In The U.S. House

NBAA Applauds Proposal For Consistency, Added Industry Input On TSA Proposals

Congressman John Mica (R-FL) has introduced H.R. 3678 in the U.S. House Of Representatives to strengthen industry input on proposed regulations from TSA, and bring consistency to their process for issuing security directives.

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American Legend Amphibious FloatCub Now Certified And Shipping

LSA On Floats In Adds Versatility To a Classic Design

Is it an airplane, or is it a time machine? American Legend Aircraft Company said Friday it has received certification for its Amphibious Legend FloatCub, making it available immediately.

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Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté Arrives At ISS

Space Adventures' Orbital Client Will Be Aboard The Station 10 Days

Being in microgravity would probably make all those amazing Cirque du Soleil stunts a LOT easier, but founder Guy Laliberté didn't take an entire troupe with him. He did, however, arrive safely at ISS Friday according to Space Adventures, who organized his expedition.

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Predator Passes 600,000 Flight Hours

Only 7 Months After Passing The 500,000 Hour Milestone

Airmen of the 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Creech AFB in Nevada surpassed the 600,000 flight hour mark in the MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft system September 4th.  An aircrew from the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron flew this milestone mission in support of overseas contingency operations.

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Avidyne Announces FlySafe Instant Rebate Program

Substantial Savings On Safety-Enhancing Avionics Systems For GA Owners

With safety as a primary focus, Avidyne announced Friday that they have launched their new FlySafe Instant Rebate Program, as part of a larger initiative to promote enhanced safety in general aviation. The program applies to all new Avidyne Entegra MFD Series, Entegra Wx Series, and Entegra Traffic Series products. 

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Widow Sues Helo Tour Company, Eurocopter, Over Hudson Accident

Federal Suit Seeks $1.3 Million+ In Damages

The widow of the pilot involved in a mid-air collision in which 9 people lost their lives has filed a wrongful death suit in federal court in Philadelphia, seeking more than $1.3 million in damages for the loss of her husband.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.03.09)

"We know very well the significant issues caused by our reliance on oil from unstable regions of the world. Alternative fuels would help bring needed diversity of physical supply." Source: Air Transport Association Chair Glen Tilton.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.03.09): Permanent Echo

Radar signals reflected from fixed objects on the earth's surface; e.g., buildings, towers, terrain. Permanent echoes are distinguished from "ground clutter" by being definable locations rather than large areas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.03.09)

Aero-Linx: Aero Files Occasionally, as you browse through the vastness that is the Internet, you come across a site that has obviously been put together just for the love of it. Aero Files (no affiliation with is one of those sites. This site's owner has compiled a wealth of information about flying, and made it all available for free.

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