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August 12, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.13.12

GAMA  Foresees a Possible Economic Recovery…

It’s Official! Gamera II Sets a New Record for Human Powered Rotary Flight…

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Book For Would-Be Pilots Now Free

Read Online Or Download "Learning To Fly An Airplane" At No Cost

Author and private pilot Ted Seastrom is now offering, free of charge, his book about learning to fly an airplane from a student perspective. "Learning to Fly an Airplane: Insider information from a student perspective" opens up the private pilot flight training process. Its goal is to help would-be pilots get the most value for their time, money and effort.

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NASA Selects Small Spacecraft Technology Demonstration Missions

Three Teams Two Develop New Vehicles For A Variety Of Tasks

NASA has chosen three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems. The cutting-edge space technology flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015.

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BTS: Airlines Set Records For First Half Of 2012 In On-Time Performance

Fewest Cancellations, Tarmac Delays, Lowest Mishandled Baggage Rate

The nation’s largest airlines set record marks during the first half of this year for on-time performance, the fewest long tarmac delays, and the lowest rates of canceled flights and mishandled baggage. According to the Air Travel Consumer Report issued today by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the 15 largest U.S. airlines posted an 83.7 percent on-time arrival rate during the first six months of 2012, the highest mark for any January-June period in the 18 years the Department has collected comparable data.

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AFA Focuses on Aerospace Challenges In Annual Air & Space Conference

DOD Ruling Allows Fee Waiver For Active Duty Military, DOD Civilians

The Air Force Association is planning its annual Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition ... which will be held next month just south of Washington, DC. The AFA says the conference It promises to attract the top echelon of USAF senior leadership, including the commanders of every USAF command and military dignitaries from air forces worldwide.

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Enviro Testing For ORBCOMM’s 2nd Generation Spacecraft Completed

Random Vibration And Thermal Vacuum Tests Conducted I Louisville, CO

Random vibration and thermal vacuum testing of ORBCOMM's Generation 2 (OG2) prototype spacecraft has been completed by Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems' facility in Louisville, CO.

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Draken International Purchases Aermacchi MB-339 Aircraft Fleet

Aircraft Acquired From The New Zealand Government

Draken International has been selected as the winning bidder for nine Aermacchi MB-339 tactical jet trainer aircraft from the New Zealand government.

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ILFC To Lease Six Airbus A330-300 Aircraft To AirAsia X

Aircraft Are Scheduled For Delivery Over The Next Two Years

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, Inc., announced Wednesday that AirAsia X, a low-cost, long-haul affiliate of AirAsia, has signed a letter of intent with ILFC for the lease of six Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

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Avcorp Signs Production Development Contract with Boeing

Will Develop Ruddervator For KC-135 Tanker Fleet Refueling Booms

A purchase contract for the production development and supply of a prototype "Ruddevator," a flight control system for stabilization and directional control of air-to-air refuelling booms for the KC-135 Tanker Fleet has been issed by Boeing Defense, Space & Security to Avcorp Industries.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.12.12): St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo's Fire A luminous, and often audible, electric discharge that is sporadic in nature. It occurs from objects, especially pointed ones, when the electrical field strength near their surfaces attains a value near 1000 volts per centimeter. It often occurs during stormy weather and might be seen on a ship's mast or yardarm, aircraft, lightning rods, and steeples. Also known as corposant or corona discharge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.12.12)

Aero Linx: Michigan Private Airstrip Owners Association (MPAOA) "To promote, protect and advance the interests of private airstrip owners in Michigan..."  -- Our Goals: Standardization of local regulations governing privately owned airstrips by all categories of municipal governments. Strive for official recognition by the MDOT Aviation Division of the existence of privately owned airstrips. Work to prevent unfair assessment, classification and taxation of privately owned airstrips. Pursue local and State legislation to protect private airstrip owners from confiscation and encroachment of air rights brought about by actions of neighb

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.12.12)

"NASA's Small Spacecraft Technology Program is structured to advance the capabilities and technologies associated with small, low cost space missions to enhance NASA's ability to conduct more with less. These flights validate new space technologies and capabilities prior to infusion into NASA science and exploration applications and missions." Source: Michael Gazarik, director of NASA's Space Technology Program at Headquarters in Washington, following NASA selection of three teams to advance the state of the art for small spacecraft in the areas of communications, formation flying and docking systems.

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