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June 18, 2012

Northrop Grumman Unveils U.S. Navy's First MQ-4C BAMS Unmanned Aircraft

Triton Unmanned Aircraft to Bring Persistent Surveillance to the Maritime Patrol Force

The first U.S. Navy MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System (BAMS UAS) was unveiled in a ceremony Thursday at Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, CA, manufacturing facility.

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Idaho Falls Regional Airport Awarded $1.04 Million Grant

Monies To Be Used For Apron Construction, Terminal Building, Snow Removal Equipment

The FAA has awarded a $1,041,162 grant to Idaho Falls Regional Airport through the AIP program. The city was notified in a letter from the FAA early last week. The monies are earmarked for the acquisition of snow removal equipment, apron construction, an expansion of the terminal building, and other airport improvements.

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FAA Approves SD Engine Conversion Kit For AS350B

Soloy Aviation Says 'B' Model Kit Saves Time, Costs

The FAA has approved an SD engine conversion kit developed by Soloy Aviation Solutions for the AS350B helicopter. The SD kit includes the same Honeywell LTS101-600A-3A engine used on Soloy’s SD1 installation.

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First Flight Instrument Delivered For James Webb Space Telescope

MIRI Was Developed By A European Consortium And NASA's JPL

The first of four instruments to fly aboard NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) has been delivered to NASA. The Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI) will allow scientists to study cold and distant objects in greater detail than ever before.

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Ariane 5 Launcher Initial Assembly Completed In French Guiana

Booster For The 4th Planned Launch This Year

Initial assembly of the fourth Ariane 5 for launch by Arianespace in 2012 has been completed at the Spaceport in French Guiana, marking a new milestone in preparations for a mission to loft a dual-passenger payload later in the year.

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Effects Of Astronaut Fatigue On Performance To Be Studied

Alion Wins $1.2M NASA Contract To Develop Scenario-Based Models Of Astronaut Performance And Conduct Human Studies

During human space missions, the crew and ground personnel must function under high stress and workload, often with disrupted sleep patterns. Astronauts sometimes suffer from sleep deprivation during long spaceflight missions, which could potentially have an adverse effect on performance.

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Canada’s Newest Pilatus PC-12 NG Makes Its Home In Western Canada

New Owner Is Oil And Gas Service Company

Pilatus Centre Canada has delivered Canada's newest Pilatus PC-12 NG to a western Canada oil and gas services company, which Stan Kuliavas, Director of Sales at Pilatus Centre Canada says "will allow them to grow their efficiency-based competitive advantage in the marketplace."

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Oak Ridge, TN, A Step Closer To Getting A GA Airport

City Council Votes Unanimously To Support The Project

The Oak Ridge City Council recently voted 7-0 to support a project that could result in a new GA airport being built on the west side of the city. The site identified for the new airport is at the East Tennessee Technology Park.

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Venezuela Claims To Have Built First Drone

President Hugo Chavez Says Exports Will Begin 'Soon'

At a meeting Wednesday with military and defense officials, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that the country has manufactured its first UAV in partnership with Iran, Russia, and China. Chavez said that he expects the aircraft to be made available "soon" on the international market.

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TSA Pre-Check Expands At LaGuardia Airport

Program Now Includes American Airlines

The TSA announced this week that American Airlines will participate in TSA Pre-Check operations at LaGuardia Airport (LGA). At LGA, select American Airlines and Delta Air Lines frequent flyers and passengers who are members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate in TSA Pre-Check when traveling domestically.

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JetBlue Pilot Competent To Stand Trial

Judge Rules That The Evaluation Of Clayton Osbon Be Sealed

A judge in Amarillo, TX, has ruled that Clayton Osbon, the pilot of a JetBlue flight who became disoriented during a flight from New York to Las Vegas March 27th, is mentally competent to stand trial. U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson later ruled that the psychiatric evaluation of Osbon should be sealed.

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Dassault Falcon Launches New Global Website

Promises Quick Access To Falcon Product And Service Information

Dassault Falcon has launched an entirely new global website. Incorporating the latest web technologies and intuitive design, the new site allows visitors quick access to information on Falcon products and product enhancements, Customer Service capabilities, as well as other items of interest.

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NORAD Stays Busy... Multiple GA Intercepts Prove TFRs Don't Work -- Still

Say What You Will, But Someone Should Get A Clue And See Why These 'Violations' Keep Happening

Its been a busy couple of days for NORAD as a number of aircraft were scrambled to intercept GA aircraft that ran afoul of various airspace restrictions. This time, Chicago TFRs over a city already well-known for being unfriendly to GA made the airspace even more so as two aircraft were chased away from the area during a massive "VIP" TFR "Supporting The United States Secret Service (USSS) And The Office Of The President Of The United States."

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Airborne 06.15.12: Cessna Buying HBC?, CV22 Down, Biggest Order EVER For BizJets

Also: SNC Lawsuit, LHFE Warbird Fight, CFM56 Record, Gov Visits Kestrel, L-39 Crash Fallout, Gary Powers' Silver Star... and MORE!

OK, we keep saying it was a wild week... and we haven't been lying -- but it seems that there is no end in sight to real honest-to-goodness Aero-News.... we just wish it was always GOOD Aero-News. As ANN was putting this episode of Airborne to bed, ANN received some interesting inside info that asserts that Cessna may make a play for bankrupt HBC--interested mostly in the King-Air line. Also; the Air Force has confirmed an accident involving a CV-22 at Eglin AFB--thankfully with no fatalities but there were fi

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Shuttle Mockup To Be Displayed In Downey, CA

Forgotten Full-Scale Model Has Been Sitting In A Warehouse

In 1972, when the shuttle program was getting up a head of steam, Rockewell built a nearly full-scale mock up of the orbiter largely out of wood and plastic. As the program gathered momentum and spacecraft began to regularly fly to low-Earth orbit, the mock up was largely forgotten ... gathering dust in a warehouse in Downey, CA, under large sheets of plastic.

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Klyde Morris (06.18.12)

Klyde Looks Forward To Huerta's Hearing


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Senator Inhofe Continues To Press For Pilot's Bill Of Rights

Attempted To Bring Legislation To Senate Floor, Blocked By Rockefeller, Hutchinson

Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) first introduced his Pilot's Bill of Rights, which would limit the authority of the FAA in some proceedings it takes against pilots, in 2011. He wrote the legislation to address what he says is the ability of the agency to pull a pilot's airman privileges "on a whim." The bill would give pilots access to evidence used by the FAA to revoke pilot certificates, and provide an appeals process should their certificates be lifted.

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F-22 Investigation Turns To Flight Suits

Say One Vest-Like Component May Contribute To Hypoxia Symptoms

After looking for months at the oxygen system of the F-22 Raptor in an effort to determine why some pilots have suffered from symptoms of hypoxia while flying the airplane, investigators now say that the flight suits pilots wear could be a contributing factor.

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NTSB Prelim: Loaded SR20 Accident Occurred In Mountainous Terrain

SR20 Flew Into "Remote Mountainous Terrain While Maneuvering"

A fully loaded airplane, high and rising terrain and a serious issue with density altitude suggest that this was a flight that needed to be conducted very carefully to be safe. And whatever the cause, there are plenty of issues to look through as yet another Cirrus SR20 (see file photo) goes down in VFR weather. 

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Boeing Balks At Proposed Fuel Tank Modification On 757 Cargo Planes

Calls Explosion Risk 'Less Than Extremely Improbable'

In the wake of an explosion aboard a TWA Boeing 747 in 1996, the FAA has proposed that Boeing retrofit the fuel tank wiring in 352 B757 cargo jets operating in the U.S. But Boeing,  A4A, UPS and FedEx are all opposed to the measure.

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Florida Keys Pilot Uses Plane For Animal Rescue

Has Provided Flights For 1,000 Animals In Need Of Care

We hear a lot about pilots who volunteer their time providing transportation for critically ill people, helping them get to doctors for treatments that they might not otherwise be able to see. It's a noble, often lifesaving effort.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.18.12)

Aero Linx: National Aircraft Finance Association The National Aircraft Finance Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to working with government agencies to foster a greater understanding of our members' needs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.18.12): Minimum En Route IFR Altitude (MEA)

Minimum En Route IFR Altitude (MEA) The lowest published altitude between radio fixes which assures acceptable navigational signal coverage and meets obstacle clearance requirements between those fixes. The MEA prescribed for a Federal airway or segment thereof, area navigation low or high route, or other direct route applies to the entire width of the airway, segment, or route between the radio fixes defining the airway, segment, or route.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.18.12)

"This bill would create a process, which would be new, that could result in the federal government [not] being able to pursue enforcement actions because of limited resources... This bill would stand the FAA's enforcement structure on its head, and as a result I object." Source: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), in his objections to Senator Jim Inhofe's Pilot's Bill of Rights. Obviously (in the opinion of ANN), Rockefeller is not aware of the many problems inherent in how the FAA deals with Pilots... or simply doesn't care.

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