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October 09, 2009

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.09.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.09.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Vertical Takeoffs at AirVenture - 10.09.09 (ANN Special Report, with Glenn Martin and Gordon Putney)  

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.09.09

The FAA grounds an instructor who allegedly falsified a sign-off.
St. Louis celebrates the anniversary of the Ansari X-Prize.
And American Eurocopter puts money behind improving polic

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.09.09

The FAA grounds an instructor who allegedly falsified a sign-off.
St. Louis celebrates the anniversary of the Ansari X-Prize.
And American Eurocopter puts money behind improving polic

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ANN Special Feature: Vertical Takeoffs at AirVenture - 10.09.09

Today...a pair of Oshkosh 2009 flashbacks. Glenn Martin updates us on what's happening with the Martin Jetpack, and volunteer helicopter pilot Gordon Putney talks about those old Bell Model 47s you

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Boeing AH-6i Light Attack/Recon Helo Makes 1st Flight

Prototype Design Began Just 7 Months Ago

Boeing said Thursday that the AH-6i light attack/reconnaissance helicopter successfully completed its first flight on September 16, seven months after the company started work on the prototype aircraft. The flight lasted 36-minutes at the Boeing Rotorcraft Systems facility in Mesa, Arizona.

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Flight Safety Hoping To Expand At Broken Arrow Oklahoma

City Council Approves A Development Agreement For Facility Growth

The Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, City Council voted on October 6 to initiate negotiations that would lead to a development agreement between the City and FlightSafety for expansion of their facility in Broken Arrow. Exact terms of the agreement will be worked out between the City Council, city staff and FlightSafety executive team.

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Future Weapons Need to be Adaptable, Cost Less

Weapons Systems Can No Longer Be Designed For "Niche Capability"

Future U.S. military weapons are going to have to be relevant, adaptable and affordable, the nation's second highest-ranking military officer told defense contractors here today. Gone are the days of spending millions of dollars on technology and equipment that is all but obsolete by the time it is fielded to troops.

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USAF Conducts Successful Altitude Static Test Of Aerojet's A2S Motor

Aerojet Developing New ICBM Motors Through An Air Force Contract

Aerojet and the U.S. Air Force successfully conducted a full-scale, full-duration static test of Aerojet's Advanced Second Stage (A2S) motor, reporting that all test objectives were fully achieved.

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NASA Selects Small Business Research And Technology Projects

Companies Must Address NASA's Research, Technology Needs

NASA selected 152 proposals for negotiation of Phase 2 contract awards in the Small Business Innovation Research program, or SBIR. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $91 million. NASA will award the contracts to 126 small high technology firms in 27 states.

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NASA And Its International Partners Assign Five ISS Crews

Changes Also Made In Four Crew Assignments

Five new International Space Station crews have been assigned by NASA and its international partners, and changes have been made to four previously assigned station crews.

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Army Awards Raytheon $13 Million To Improve Pilot's Situational Awareness

Full Cockpit View, Other Aircraft Information In Helmet Display

The U.S. Army has awarded Raytheon a $13 million contract to develop additional sensor prototypes for the Advanced Distributed Aperture System, which gives helicopter pilots 360-degree situational awareness.

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TSA Names Federal Security Director For JFK International Airport

Michael Scott Will Oversee All TSA Functions At JFK

TSA has tapped Michael A. Scott as Federal Security Director (FSD) for John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). As FSD, he will oversee all TSA operations at the airport, TSA said Monday.

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Bombardier Launches Extended Service Program for Dash 8-100 Aircraft

Company Support For The 25-Year-Old Design

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has launched its Extended Service Program (ESP) to extend the economic life of the Dash 8-100 turboprop to 120,000 flight cycles from the original 80,000 flight cycles. Launch customer for the Dash 8-100 ESP is Widerøe’s Flyveselskap AS of Norway.

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Lockheed Martin Flies First 360-Degree Infrared Sensor On Small UAS

One Of Five "Snap-On" Payloads For Hand-Launched UAS

Lockheed Martin says it recently completed a successful test of a new infrared sensor turret aboard its Desert Hawk III Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), marking the first time a small UAS has flown with a 360-degree infrared sensor.

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Aero-TV: Sharing the Stories – The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Educational Director, Larry Wood, Chronicles the Museum’s History

Nestled in McMinnville, Oregon, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a living testament to both aviation advancement and human achievement. The museum currently owns 105 aircraft, as well as extensive artifact, research, and archive collections. Over 300 dedicated volunteers share not only the aircrafts’ educational background, but also a wealth of personal aviation stories and experiences with visiting crowds. In addition, the museum supports its own volunteer-staffed restoration shop that has accomplished such projects as the incredible ‘Spruce Goose’ restoration now proudly displayed at the museum.

Aero-TV: Sharing the Stories – The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

Educational Director, Larry Wood, Chronicles the Museum’s History

Nestled in McMinnville, Oregon, the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is a living testament to both aviation advancement and human achievement. The museum currently owns 105 aircraft, as well as extensive artifact, research, and archive collections.

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Masten Space Systems Qualifies For $150K NASA Lunar Lander Prize

Two Successful Flights In Two Hours Meet Level 1 Criteria

Masten Space Systems successfully qualified for a $150,000 prize in NASA's Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday by flying a rocket-powered vehicle twice in two hours between a pair of landing pads.  "Xombie," rose to a height of 50 meters, flew 50 meters, and landed safely after 90 seconds, twice. 

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Klyde Morris (10.09.09)

Spoken Like An Eighth Grader, Klyde...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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FAA Announces Serious Runway Incursions Down by 50 Percent

Serious Incursions Fell From 25 To 12

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Thursday that serious runway incursions were down 50 percent for the most recent 12-month period compared to the previous year.

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FAA Test Of NextGen Computer System Not Entirely Successful

NATCA Says It Can Help Make It Work, But Rebuffed By Agency

The FAA experienced some difficulty during a recent test of its NextGen Air Traffic Control system at Salt Lake Center. NATCA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, says the test was rushed, and that the FAA needs to enlist the help of the controllers union to bring the system online.

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Florida Panhandle Airport Authority Selects New Airport Name

New Bay County Airport Dubbed Northwest Florida-Panama City International Airport

The Panama City – Bay County International Airport and Industrial District (Airport Authority) voted Wednesday to name the new international airport now under construction at West Bay the Northwest Florida – Panama City International Airport. The new airport is scheduled to open in May 2010.

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Pew Analysis Finds Billions of Dollars Flowing to 'Low Priority' Airport Project

But Main Criteria Seems To Be 'Paying Passengers' Boarded At Airports

Another report that takes a shot a funding for airports that aren't primarily focused on airlines. According the Pew Economic Policy Group, more than 3,100 airport construction and rehabilitation projects costing nearly $2 billion were awarded from 2005-2009, despite the fact they scored below the FAA's threshold for projects.

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Navy's First Flying Helo Warrant Boards USS Bataan

New Pilot Was A Rescue Swimmer Who "Wanted To Change Seats"

 When Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) Michael Adams reported to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, and embarked aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) in June, he became the first CWO helicopter pilot to complete his training and begin living his dream as a pilot in an operational environment.

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Stork Fokker Wins JSF Contract For Flaperons

Composite And Titanium In Wing Component Increases Strength And Saves Weight

Lockheed Martin has selected Stork Fokker to produce the flaperons for the F-35 Lightning II. The contract extends from 2009 to the end of 2014 with an estimated value of $200 million. The order could exceed US $1.0 billion over the life of the program.

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Airbus Records More Cancellations Than Orders In September

Two Planes Ordered, Four Orders Cancelled Last Month

Net orders for Airbus airplanes dropped to 123 for the year, after four orders were cancelled against orders for just two new airplanes last month. The cancellations in September included three narrow-body airplanes that were to go to Kingfisher Red, a low-cost subsidiary of India's Kingfisher Airlines.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.09.09)

"The aviation community agreed two years ago at FAA's Runway Safety 'Call to Action' meeting to implement safety improvements at U.S. airports. But while the 50 percent reduction is remarkable, there is still much work to be done to continue to reduce the potential risk." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.09.09): Interrogator

The ground-based surveillance radar beacon transmitter-receiver, which normally scans in synchronism with a primary radar, transmitting discrete radio signals which repetitiously request all transponders on the mode being used to reply.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.09.09)

A Brief History Of Flying Cars Back in 1940, Henry Ford said "Mark my word: A combination airplane and motorcar is coming.   You may smile.   But it will come." The flying car has been seen as something of a holy grail for personal transportation. The website "How Stuff Works" has a brief history of flying cars, which are the subject of ongoing research.

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