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August 03, 2012

Company Offers Digital Fuel Level Sender For Cirrus Airplanes

Expects Technology To Be Applicable To Any Aircraft

Redmond, OR-based CIES unveiled a new patented digital Fuel Level Sender technology at Oshkosh that is now available on all new production Cirrus SR22T, SR22 and SR20 aircraft. The company says it anticipates further announcements of aircraft manufacturers acceptance and retrofit programs of this technology later this year.

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Jetnet Releases Latest Pre-Owned Biz-Av Market Information

June 2012 And YTD 2012 Results For The Pre-Owned Business Jet, Business Turboprop And Helicopter Markets.

Corporate aviation information provider Jetnet has released June 2012 and YTD 2012 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop and helicopter markets. The “Fleet For Sale” percentages for all market sectors were down, comparing June 2012 to June 2011.

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House Committee Approves Aerial Surveillance Bill

Legislation's Author Says It Protects Farmers From EPA Eyes In The Sky

The U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has approved H.R. 5961, The Farmer’s Privacy Act of 2012.

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2012 NASA Advanced Technology Concepts Selected For Study

Twenty-Eight Proposals Picked For Further Review

NASA's Space Technology Program is turning science fiction into science fact. The program has selected 28 proposals for study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program. Eighteen of these advanced concept proposals were categorized as Phase I and 10 as Phase II.

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Boeing: Airlines Validate Perfomance Improvement Package On 737s

Enhancements Appear To Provide Expected Reduction In Fuel Burn

Boeing says that airlines flying its Next-Generation 737 are validating the benefits of the Performance Improvement Package (PIP), one year after the first airplane PIP airplane was delivered. PIP combines aerodynamic and engine performance improvements to reduce fuel burn by up to 2 percent and is part of the continuous innovation on the airplane.

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USAF Academy UAS Program Continues To Mature

Program Started In 2009

Cadets participating in Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training aren't alone. Throughout the day, winged guardians watch over them, protecting them from harm.

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Lufthansa Brings First-Ever Airbus A380 To Texas

Mayor Parker, Airport And Airline Officials Welcome Inaugural Flight To Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport

People are used to things being bigger in Texas, and it was perhaps with that in mind that Lufthansa became the first airline to introduce the Airbus A380 to the Lone Star State. To commemorate the occasion, Mayor Annise Parker has declared August 1, 2012, Lufthansa Airlines Day in Houston. Inaugural flight LH440 arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport at about 1350 CDT.

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A350 XWB 'MSN1' Flight-Deck Comes To Life

Avionics And Other Systems Powered On A Year Before Its First Flight

Airbus has successfully powered-up the flight-deck of A350 XWB “MSN1” for the first time, following the initial application of electrical power to the aircraft’s front fuselage. This significant milestone was passed only two weeks after this section was delivered to the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.

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Wisconsin Farmer Expresses Displeasure With Cropduster

Admits Firing A Shotgun In A Field, But Denies Targeting The Plane

A cropdusting plane doing what cropdusting planes do was the target of the ire, and some say the fire, of a nearby farmer who thought the plane was operating too near his farm in Edgar, Wisconsin.

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UK MoD Implements Wildcat Integrated Support And Training Contract

Agreement Runs The Entire Expected Service Life Of The Helicopter

The UK Ministry of Defence has implemeted the AW159 Wildcat Integrated Support and Training (WIST) contract, providing support and training for the Royal Navy and British Army’s new fleet of AW159 Wildcat helicopters that are now entering service through the life of the helicopter.

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Space Fence Technology Ready To Track Space Debris

Working Prototype, 70 Years Of Radar Expertise, Keys To Success Of Raytheon Space Fence Solution

The U.S. Air Force and Raytheon say they have completed the preliminary design review (PDR) contract of the Space Fence program. Space Fence is capable of detecting more and much smaller objects in low earth orbit to provide greater accuracy and timeliness to meet warfighter space situational awareness requirements.

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 08.03.12: Oshkosh 2012 Numbers, 99s New Prez, More Monster TFRs

Also: Huerta Nomination, FAA RTTF NPRM, Suborbital Business, Barnstorming, and the Curiousity Landing

Official attendance numbers for AirVenture 2012 show the number of people through the turnstiles topped 500,000 ... but just barely. EAA president and CEO Rod Hightower said that 508,000 people attended the show adding, "That is a tremendous total considering the intensely hot weather, storms, and struggles in the overall economy." The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women licensed pilots, recently installed 71-year-old Martha Phillips of Newbury Park, CA as its latest International President. The FAA said Wednesday it will be issuing TFR’s in "support" of the Republican National Convention taking place later this month in Tampa, FL. The

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 08.03.12: Oshkosh '12 Numbers, 99s New Prez, More TFRs

Also: Huerta Nomination, FAA RTTF NPRM, Suborbital Business, Barnstorming, and the Curiousity Landing

Official attendance numbers for AirVenture 2012 show the number of people through the turnstiles topped 500,000 ... but just barely. EAA president and CEO Rod Hightower said that 508,000 people attended the show adding, "That is a tremendous total considering the intensely hot weather, storms, and struggles in the overall economy." The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women licensed pilots, recently installed 71-year-old Martha Phillips of Newbury Park, CA as its latest International President. The FAA said Wednesday it will be issuing TF

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FAA Publishes Tampa TFR Plans For Republican Convention

Restrictions In Place August 26-30

The FAA said Wednesday it will be issuing TFR’s in "support" of the Republican National Convention taking place later this month in Tampa, FL. The FAA says the restrictions are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for the event.

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Air Force Assures F-22 Readiness Following Extensive Testing

Say Source Of Hypoxia Symptoms Has Been 'Determined With confidence'

Following months of life support systems components testing in the F-22 Raptor, officials have "determined with confidence" the source of previously unexplained physiological incidents, the director of operations for the Air Force's Air Combat Command said July 31 at a Pentagon news conference. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta last week approved a gradual lifting of restrictions he placed on F-22 flights in May.

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Hearing Highlights Commercial Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicles

Testimony On Emerging Markets Offered To House Subcommittee

The House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics held a hearing Thursday to examine the potential launch markets and applications for suborbital reusable launch vehicles (SRVs). The development of new commercial SRVs by the private sector has led to the emergence of potential new markets.

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Airborne-Oshkosh Day Five Redux: Cessna, House Aviation, Piper's Numbers

Oshkosh Day Five Coverage -- Final Part of Hightower Interview Series, VERY Cool Sonex Chat!

Two members of the House Aviation Subcommittee and two other members of Congress held a town-hall-style meeting at AirVenture Friday. The members addressed issues ranging from user fees and aviation fuel issues to UAVs in the national airspace and the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. Congressman Tom Petri, the Republican who represents the district which also contains Oshkosh and the chair of the Aviation Subcommittee, said there has been an “onerous effort” to come up with regulations to make it more difficult to fly. Cessna will be moving the 162 Sky

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Probe Launched In Near-Collision Over Washington, D.C.

Traffic Pattern Change Forced By Wind Shift Not Properly Communicated

The FAA is investigating a miscommunication between Warrenton Center, ATC at DCA, and the pilots of three US Airways jets that resulted in a near-collision just south of the city.

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NASA To Announce New Agreements For Next Phase Of Commercial Crew Development

News Conference To Be Held Friday At 1000 EDT

NASA will host a news briefing from Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1000 EDT Friday announcing new agreements with industry partners for its Commercial Crew integrated Capability (CCiCap) initiative.

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Eurocopter’s X3 Hybrid Helicopter Wraps Up U.S. Tour

Seven-Week Demonstration Circuit Shows Off Proof-Of-Concept Aircraft

Eurocopter has completed its seven-week X3 demonstration tour in the United States, enabling a full range of civil and military operators to witness – and experience – the flight characteristics of the high-speed, long-range hybrid helicopter. The X3 returned this week to its home base at the Istres Flight Test Center in southern France, where it arrived aboard a chartered cargo jetliner that airlifted the aircraft from Virginia in the U.S.

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Klyde Morris 08.03.12

Klyde Welcomes Michael Huerta To Big-Time Politics 

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.03.12)

" Managing risks to our F-22 force has always been pre-eminent as we work through this complex set of factors. In the end, there is no 'smoking gun.'" Source: Maj. Gen. Charles W. Lyon, chair of an Air Force task force investigating complaints of hypoxia symptoms among F-22 pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.03.12): Wing Loading

The total weight of the airplane divided by the planform area of the wing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.03.12)

Cal Fire Air Program

It's been a very busy fire season out west. The Cal Fire Air Program website will give you an indication of the kinds of aviation assests the state of California can bring to bear against one of that state's most common natural disasters.

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