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August 30, 2011

Five Airlines Commit To Re-Engined Boeing 737

Board Of Directors Gives Green Light After Orders For Nearly 500 Updated Airliners

The question as to whether Boeing will re-engine its workhorse 737 or design a completely new airplane has finally been answered. The company's board of directors has approved the launch of the new engine variant of the market-leading 737, based on order commitments for 496 airplanes from five airlines and a strong business case.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.30.11

A TSA employee is charged with abusing a young girl.
The Bears are back in European airspace.
And a federal court strikes down a new runway.

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Astronauts Offer Space Artifacts In Online Charity Auction

Variety Of Items Up For Bids Through September 3rd

Bidding is open in the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation's (ASF) Fall Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia, which opened online Friday. Bidders have the chance to own relics from over five decades of mankind's journey into the unknown, including autographed items from legends like astronauts Buzz Aldrin and John Glenn.

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Boeing Delivers 1st 777-200LR To Air Austral

Joins Fleet Of Six 777-200 And -300ER Aircraft

The first Boeing 777-200LR has been delivered to Reunion Island-based Air Austral. As one of the newest members of the 777 family, the 777-200LR has the capability to connect non-stop virtually any two cities in the world. Air Austral's 777-200LR will enable the airline to fly non-stop from Mayotte, a French Department north of Madagascar, to Paris.

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NASA Traveling Lunar Exhibit Sets Kansas Stops

Visits To Three Cities Planned Around The State In September

Kansans have the rare chance to touch a nearly 4-billion-year-old piece of moon rock at NASA's "Driven to Explore" traveling exhibit, a multimedia experience that immerses visitors in the story of NASA. The tour will stop in three cities in  Kansas.

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SpiceJet Of India Accepts 1st 2 Q400 NextGen Aircraft

Signs Maintenance Agreement with Bombardier

Low-cost Indian carrier SpiceJet has taken delivery of the first two of 15 Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft ordered in December 2010. SpiceJet will use its Q400 NextGen aircraft for high-frequency, point-to-point services to regional cities, complementing its larger jet aircraft that connect major Indian cities. SpiceJet currently serves 22 destinations in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

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Texas Approves Wild Hog Hunting From Helos

Season Opens Thursday For 'Qualified Landowners'

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission has approved rules allowing "qualified landowners" to begin hunting feral pigs on their land from helicopters, with no bag limit and no fee.

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Impromptu Dancing Causes British Airliner To Return To Moscow

A Woman In A 'State Of Insobriety' Started Getting A Little Too Familiar With Other Passengers

Passengers on board a bmi (British Midland International) flight from Moscow to London Friday got some unexpected adult entertainment ... and the flight wound up returning to Moscow to take an inebriated woman off the plane.

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Lao Airlines Purchases Two A320s

New Customer For Airbus' Single Aisle Product Line

Lao Airlines, the national carrier of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos), has signed a contract with Airbus for the purchase of two A320 aircraft, becoming a new Airbus customer. The aircraft will be operated by Lao Airlines on routes linking Vientiane to key destinations in South East Asia, including Bangkok and Singapore.

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MANUFACTURER: Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 Series Airplanes

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Aero-TV: The Littlest Lycoming -- Lyc's Light-weight 233 Hits the LSA Market

BIG Things Do Come In Small Powerplants!!!

It takes serious talent to produce a dependable powerplant... especially when dealing with tight constraints. And building a solid contender for the front end of many of the latest LSAs is a tough gig... requiring one to not only develop a small and powerful package... but a light one, to boot. Hence, the Lycoming 233.

Aero-TV: The Littlest Lycoming -- Lyc's Light-weight 233 Hits the LSA Market

BIG Things Do Come In Small Powerplants!!!

It takes serious talent to produce a dependable powerplant... especially when dealing with tight constraints. And building a solid contender for the front end of many of the latest LSAs is a tough gig... requiring one to not only develop a small and powerful package... but a light one, to boot. Hence, the Lycoming 233. Lycoming's Michael Kraft said the company's current focus is on the four cylinder engine O-233 LSA mill. And as a matter of fact, several O-233 equipped aircraft were on display at the Lycoming tent at Airventure 2011 -- ready to fly.

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NBAA, AOPA Formally File Court Brief To Preserve BARR

Argue That BARR Revisions Are Unlawful, Should Be Invalidated

The NBAA and AOPA filed their opening brief in court on Monday to challenge the government's decision to severely limit the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. In their briefing, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the associations argue that the FAA's revisions to the BARR program are unlawful and should be invalidated.

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'Controller Error' Cited In August O'Hare Near Collision

Preliminary Information Shows The Airplanes Came Within 125 Feet Vertical And 350 Feet Horizontal

The NTSB has issued its preliminary report in a near-collision between two Embraer regional jets operating in VFR conditions near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on August 8th. The board ascribes the incident to "controller error" in its initial findings.

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Pilot, Passenger Catch Burglars Red Handed

Bad Guys Spotted Stealing Stuff From The Passengers' House During Overflight

How many times has a passenger asked you "can you fly over my house" while out for a lazy weekend cross-county? In the case of Craighead, AR resident Steven Lynn, that innocent question resulted in the apprehension of two men trying to steal his stuff.

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Maryland Wing Responds to Hurricane Irene

Members Engaged in Damage Assessment

Fifty-five members of the Maryland Wing of the Civil Air Patrol were mobilized to support damage assessments in the wake of Hurricane Irene’s passage. Two CAP aircraft and 14 ground teams, comprised of both cadets and senior members, surveyed 65 areas throughout eastern Maryland.

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FAA Fines Parachute Center, Cargo Hauler

Civil Penalties Proposed For Alleged Safety Violations

The FAA has proposed civil penalties against two aviation businesses for alleged safety violations, One of the companies is in California, the other in Florida.

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Angel Medflight Awards $3,000 Scholarship To ERAU Student

Matthew Grega Receives The 2011 Angel Medflight Scholarship For Excellence In Aviation

Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance is pleased to announce Matthew Grega as the recipient of the 2011 Angel MedFlight Scholarship for Excellence in Aviation. Grega, a graduate of Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. is pursuing an Aeronautical Engineering degree at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ.

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FAA Awards $250K Grant To New Mexico Spaceport

Dollars Earmarked For Vehicle Vertical Launch Preparations

The FAA has awarded a grant of $250,000 to New Mexico Spaceport for "roll-back integration" of vertical-launch space vehicles. The process prepares the spacecraft for launch.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.30.11)

"The FAA has failed to explain why it reversed its long-standing policy recognizing that very real concerns about safety, security and competitiveness justify giving aircraft owners and operators a way to 'opt-out' of having their flights tracked by anyone, anywhere in the world with an Internet connection." Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.11): Known Traffic

With respect to ATC clearances, means aircraft whose altitude, position, and intentions are known to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.11)

General Aviation History Site (UK)

European Council of General Aviation Support: ECOGAS is the European federation of national General Aviation representative bodies cooperating across the continent and representing General Aviation with the European Authorities National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC).

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