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September 21, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.21.11

A pilot bails out when his Skybolt breaks during aerobatics.
The airlines return fire over proposed new taxes.
And Wisconsin's Tom Petri wags a finger at LightSquared.

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NASA And CAFE Hosting Green Flight Challenge

Google Offers Largest Ever Prize In An Aviation Competition

NASA and the Comparative Aircraft Flight Efficiency (CAFE) Foundation of Santa Rosa, CA, will hold the 2011 Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, at the Charles M. Schulz Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1. The competition's goal is to advance technologies in fuel efficiency and reduced emissions with cleaner renewable fuels and electric aircraft.

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Lisa Airplanes Announces The Commercial Launch Of Its Light Amphibious Ski Plane

French 'Akoya' Is Equally At Home On Land, Water, Or Snow

Lisa Airplanes has developed what it says is a unique light airplane able to land on either pavement, grass, water or snow. And after presenting the aircraft on several occasions in its home country of France, the company says it is now ready to bring the Akoya to the international market.

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Boeing's Ganzarski: Training Profession Must Advance

Company Predicts 460,000 New Pilots Needed By 2030

Boeing says 460,000 new commercial pilots will be needed by the year 2030, at the same time the military is moving wholesale into unmanned vehicles, pinching off a major traditional source of new jet pilots. On Tuesday, a Boeing exec explained what he thinks will be needed to close the gap.

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Bombardier To Reduce CRJ Aircraft Production Rate

No Manpower Impact Anticipated

In what it calls an effort to align with current market demand, Bombardier has taken a measured step  to reduce the production output of its CRJ aircraft, effective January 2012. As a result of mitigation actions, which include employee transfers to other current and in development aircraft programs at Bombardier Aerospace, no manpower impact is anticipated.

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Camera Lens Crashes Through Roof

Canon Lens Thought To Have Fallen From Aircraft

Debbie Payne of Petaluma, California says she heard a loud crash that shook her two-story home, discovered a hole in her roof and two torn window screens, and then found a damaged camera lens outside her home. Local police are trying to find the owner of the lens, and figure out how it fell from the sky.

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FAA Expects More Laser Attacks In 2011

Feds And Local Jurisdictions Step Up Penalties

The increased effort to prosecute those who point lasers at aircraft isn't turning out to be much of a deterrent. The FAA says the problem is growing rapidly, despite the imposition of an $11,000 civil penalty in one case in June. There were 2,776 reported cases in 2010. The FAA says we're on track to top that by 35 percent in 2011.

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F-35 Program Completes Static Structural Testing

Achieves Major Milestone For 2011

One of five milestones established by the Joint Program Office for the F-35 for 2011 has been reached with the successful completion of static structural testing on the airplane. The testing is used to verify the structural integrity of the airframe and to ensure specifications outlined in technical drawings used to produce the aircraft are accurate.

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New MRO Facility In China Created By Pratt & Whitney Canada, AVIC Engine Holding

Will Provide In-Country Maintenance For Civil-Certified PT6A, PW100 Series Engines

A new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility ... a joint venture between Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) and China Aviation Engine Holdings Corporation Ltd. (AVIC Engine Holdings) ... is set to be located in Zhuzhou, Province of Hunan, People's Republic of China.

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Australian Navy To Acquire Bell 429 Helos

Contract For Aircraft Signed To Develop Aircrew Skills

Australia's Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare said Monday that the Royal Australian Navy has signed a new contract with Raytheon Australia to provide three Bell 429 helicopters aimed to maintain and develop the skills of junior Naval helicopter aircrew. The contract is worth around $26 million over four years and includes support and maintenance.

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Ryanair Debuts Novel Revenue Stream

Prepaid Affinity MasterCard Earns Waiver Of Transaction Fee

Ryanair will now generously allow you to bypass the £6 fee for booking with a debit or credit card by using the new "Ryanair Cash Passport," its specially branded MasterCard. But it's a prepaid card, so the airline reportedly earns interest on your money before you ever buy your ticket.

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USAF Announces Plan To Return F-22 Fleet To Flight Operations

Airplanes Were Grounded May 3 Due To An Oxygen System Issue

The Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz have recently approved an implementation plan developed by Air Combat Command officials that will allow the F-22 Raptor to resume flight operations after a four-month stand down.

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Congressman Petri Rebuts LightSquared Ad In Letter To CEO

Says GPS Industry Is Not At Fault For Equipment Design

In a letter to the chairman and CEO of a controversial wireless company, House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI) sought to set the record straight Thursday following the company's ad in the Wall Street Journal the day before. Petri gives voice to concerns he has heard that LightSquared's ground-based equipment will cause an unacceptable level of interference.

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Aviation Alliance Opposes Inclusion Of User Fees In President's Jobs Plan

Warns Against The Creation Of A 'SKY-R-S'

The Alliance for Aviation Across America issued a strongly-worded statement Tuesday in response to the release of President Obama's proposal to address the nation's deficit and job crises.

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Aero-Analysys: A Well Earned Mistrust

President Obama's Wandering Course On Human Spaceflight

When President Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 it placed into effect PL111-267. This law mandated that it will be the policy of the United States to have a Federal space launch system and that NASA must develop a Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle to replace the Space Shuttle ... what was recently introduced as the “Space Launch System” or “SLS.”

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ATA Opposes Obama's Proposed Aviation Taxes

Says Increases Will Burden Passengers, Impact Demand, Cost Jobs

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA has joined the chorus calling on lawmakers to oppose President Obama's proposals to impose a new $100 departure tax on every flight and to triple the passenger security tax to reduce the deficit. ATA predicts hiking aviation taxes would hurt economic recovery, further burden airlines and customers and cost jobs.

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NASA Releases Commercial Crew Draft RFP

CCDev2 Optional Milestones Outlined By Bolden

NASA on Monday unveiled an outline of its acquisition strategy to procure transportation services from private industry to carry U.S. astronauts to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. The agency also announced the addition of optional milestones for the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) initiative.

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City Of Reno Sets Memorial Service

Public Ceremonies Planned For Sunday

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Flight Training Partnership Announced Between Vaughn College, Redbird

New York College Will Work With Redbird Skyport In san Marcos, TX

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Tuesday by representatives from Vaughn College in New York and Redbird Flight Simulations to develop a highly innovative flight training program using Redbird’s Skyport flight training facility and simulation development laboratory opening this November at the San Marcos, Texas Municipal Airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.21.11)

"(Y)our spectrum was purchased at bargain prices because it was not intended for terrestrial operations." Source: Letter from Congressman Tom Petri to the CEO of Lightsquared.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.11): Obstacle Departure Procedure (ODP)

A preplanned instrument flight rule (IFR) departure procedure printed for pilot use in textual or graphic form to provide obstruction clearance via the least onerous route from the terminal area to the appropriate en route structure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.11)

Cessna 170 Association

The International Cessna 170 Association (TIC170A) was formed in 1969. Its members organize many fly-ins around the country.

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