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September 24, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.25.09

Commercial spaceflight should complement, not replace NASA.
Another lunar lander is ready to rumble.
And why can't the Senate get FAA reauthorization done?

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.25.09

Commercial spaceflight should complement, not replace NASA.
Another lunar lander is ready to rumble.
And why can't the Senate get FAA reauthorization done?


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ANN Special Feature: Scott Philiben on Preventing Bird Strikes - 09.25.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Scott Philiben, VP of Engineering and Business Development for Precise Flight, about how changes made to high intensity discharge aircraft lights to allow them to be eff

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NASA Instruments Reveal Water Molecules On Lunar Surface

Discovery Made In The Polar Regions, But May Be More Pervasive

NASA scientists have discovered water molecules in the polar regions of the moon. Instruments aboard three separate spacecraft revealed water molecules in amounts that are greater than predicted, but still relatively small.

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Las Cruces, NM Cancels Rocket Racing League Lease

Orlando Company Continues To Refine Aircraft

The Las Cruces, New Mexico city council voted Monday night to cancel a lease held by the Orlando-based Rocket Racing League for parcels at the Las Cruces International Airport because, it says, RRL did not complete its facilities as required by the lease.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.24.09

Rocket Racing League says it's still in business.
NASA picks a date for the first test launch of Ares I-X.
And a big jet biofuel contract is signed.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.24.09

Rocket Racing League says it's still in business.
NASA picks a date for the first test launch of Ares I-X.
And a big jet biofuel contract is signed.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Tom Turner on Aircraft Type Clubs - 09.24.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Tom Turner, Manager of Technical Services for the American Bonanza Society, about the unique benefits offered by the society to its own members and, indirectly, to m

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White Paper On Human Space Flight Offered By 'Next Step In Space'

Says September 15th Congressional Hearing Contained "Misconceptions"

Next Step in Space issued a white paper Tuesday  to help clarify issues discussed at a September 15th hearing of the House Committee on Science & Technology on “Options and Issues for NASA’s Human Space Flight Program.”

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 09.24.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.24.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.24.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Tom Turner on Aircraft Type Clubs - 09.24.09  (ANN Special Report, with ABS' Tom Turner)

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FedEx Express Gets First Boeing 777 Freighter

Thirty B777 Freighters Ordered For Delivery Over The Next 10 Years

FedEx Express unveiled its first Boeing 777 Freighter (777F) during ceremonies with The Boeing Company in Everett, Washington Tuesday. FedEx Express is the first U.S.-based global all-cargo freight airline to take delivery of the 777F, and has placed the largest order for the aircraft model to date.

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Sikorsky Aircraft Unveils Enhancements for S-92 Helicopter At Helitech

Also Updates Progress of S-76D Helicopter Program

Increased maximum gross weight capability and advancements in automation for offshore navigation are among the enhancements Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has planned in the near future for its S-92 helicopter, the company announced Tuesday at the biannual Helitech exhibition.

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Colgan Air Pilots And Management Open Contract Negotiations

Opening Round For First-Ever Collective Bargaining Agreement For Colgan Pilots

The pilots of Colgan Air, Inc., represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), will begin negotiations on their first contract with Colgan management on September 23. Colgan pilots certified ALPA as their collective bargaining representative in December of last year.

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Sikorsky Celebrates Donation Of PAVE LOW Helicopter To RAF Museum

MH-53 Considered A Pivotal Aircraft During The Cold War

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and the Royal Air Force celebrated the donation of an MH-53 PAVE LOW helicopter to the RAF Museum. The announcement was made at Helitech Tuesday. The PAVE LOW helicopter, donated by the U.S. Air Force, was manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.

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Helisim Debuts First NH90 Simulator

Sim Will Provide Training For Military Helo Pilots

Helisim inaugurated its first NH90 flight simulator at the training center in Marignane (South of France) Wednesday, where it will be used to train military helicopter pilots. The Australian Army Aviation, the French Navy and the French Army Air Corps (ALAT) will send their pilots to the Helisim facility for NH90 training.

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Space Fans Can Now Own Their Own Space Shuttle

Or At Least Something Like It For The Front Lawn

It might be considered the ultimate lawn. More than twenty uniquely designed 8-foot fiberglass Space Shuttle Statues will soon be up for bid in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) Final Destination Online Auction on October 1st - 8th, and are available now for viewing online.

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ACI-NA Supports 'Hard Deadline' For Deplaning Delayed Airline Passengers

Urges DOT Requirement Regardless Of Aircraft Size

As consumer groups and travel industry organizations convene a Washington forum on air passenger rights, Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International-North America, Tuesday offered an industry perspective on passenger rights and protections.

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Woman Partially Blinded On International Flight Suing

Another Passenger Was Exercising In The Aisle

A 74-year-old woman on a flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver was struck in the eye by a fellow passenger exercising in the aisle, and after 4 surgeries she is still blind in her right eye.

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FAA Offers Guidance In Cessna 175 AD Compliance

SAIB Outlines Alternative For Engine Mount Inspection

The FAA has released a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) outlining an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) for AD 2008-15-06, paragraph (e)(3) dealing with engine mount bracket inspections on Cessna 175 single engine aircraft.

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Aero-TV:  Aviation Type Clubs - The American Bonanza Society

Tom Turner Addresses the Success of the Bonanza Type Club

Founded in 1967, the American Bonanza Society has more than 10,200 members in 39 countries around the world.  Created as a shared forum for Bonanza, Baron, Debonair, and Travel Air enthusiasts, the Society serves as the primary source for model-specific information, education, and camaraderie.  As one of the oldest type clubs in existence, ABS has provided support for Bonanza model lines for over 42 years, offering a wide-range of member technical services and education initiatives.

Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Bryan Neville, Upgrading FAA’s Wings

National Outreach Manager Discusses FAA’s Wings Program Improvements

On October 1st, 2006, Kevin Clover announced the formation of the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam).  After the end of the FAA’s Aviation Safety Program, the Flight Standards Service created FAASTeam as part of its continued effort to reduce aircraft accidents, in particular, elusive accident causes that were not specifically addressed by the previous safety program.  As stated, the FAASTeam mission is to improve aviation safety by focusing attention on training, outreach, and education in the hopes that such combined efforts will reduce accidents for the aviation community.

Barnstorming: Darkness and Light (Part 1)

Can Miles Truly Separate You From Friends... If You Want To Be With Someone You Love, Aren't You Already There?  (Richard Bach) 

   "Santa Paula Traffic, Cirrus 377 Sierra Romeo is departing the pattern, Eastbound, out of 1000 feet, climbing to Seventeen point five... Goodbye Vic."

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Aero-TV: Aviation Type Clubs - The American Bonanza Society

Tom Turner Addresses the Success of the Bonanza Type Club

Founded in 1967, the American Bonanza Society has more than 10,200 members in 39 countries around the world.  Created as a shared forum for Bonanza, Baron, Debonair, and Travel Air enthusiasts, the Society serves as the primary source for model-specific information, education, and camaraderie. 

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Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Bryan Neville, Upgrading FAA’s Wings

National Outreach Manager Discusses FAA’s Wings Program Improvements

On October 1st, 2006, Kevin Clover announced the formation of the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam). 

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Van's Aircraft Delivers 3000th RV-8 Kit

Buyer Is A Former F-16 Pilot

Tom Carter of Big Fork, Montana enjoyed his career in the cockpit of the F-16, so when it ended, he said he really, really needed an airplane that could scratch the "fighter" itch, and still provide good cross-country performance and reasonable operating costs.

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Babbitt Testifies Before House Transportation Subcommittee

Outlines Call To Action On Airline Safety And Pilot Training

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt testified Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation, to explain the agency's "Call to Action" on airline safety and pilot training.

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ACI-NA Commends House FAA Authorization Extension

Senate Still To Consider The Bill

The U.A. House of Representatives passed an extension of the FAA Authorization bill to continue spending at FY2009 levels until December 31st, as the Senate continues to consider the long-term reauthorization bill. The short term funding must still be agreed to by the Senate as well.

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Masten Space Completes First Untethered Flights, Competes In Challenge

Second Flight Planned For October

Masten Space Systems successfully demonstrated multiple sustained free flights of its XA-0.1B vertical take-off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket this past week. The longest flight was 93 seconds and involved a flight between two pads 60 meters apart.

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Thom Richard Wins The Gold And Silver Formula One Races At Reno

Only Richard's Second Year Of Competition

Thom Richard, co-founder of Warbird Adventures and the Kissimmee Air Museum has returned to central Florida after winning both the Gold and Silver Formula One races at the Reno World Championship Air Race this past week.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.24.09)

“Some comments made at the House hearing last week incorrectly suggested that  ... recommendation(s) to procure crew services to the International Space Station would necessarily be in lieu of further development of NASA’s exploration program to travel beyond Earth orbit." Source: Bretton Alexander.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.24.09): Below Minimums

Weather conditions below the minimums prescribed by regulation for the particular action involved; e.g., landing minimums, takeoff minimums.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.24.09)

Aero-Linx: Astronaut Scholorship Foundation Auction Would you like to have a scale-model space shuttle for your home or business? The Astronaut Scholorship Foundation is holding an online auction of hand-decorated shuttle models, some even signed by astronauts, and the bidding is open.

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