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August 10, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.10.11

Airlines are adapting to the return of federal ticket taxes.
A man captures video of a run-in with TSA .
And an engineer is dead after getting too close to a running turbine.


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NASA Selects Seven Firms To Provide Near-Space Flight Services

Two Year Contracts Awarded To Develop Payload Delivery Systems

NASA has selected seven companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space. As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, each successful vendor will receive an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract.

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First A350 XWB Center Wing Box Delivered To Airbus In St Nazaire

Main Components Of The first Airplane Moving Towards Final Assembly

The first A350 XWB center wing box has been delivered from Airbus’ site in Nantes, France to Airbus’ St Nazaire, France facility where it will be assembled into the first A350 XWB fuselage. The component is made from 40% carbon fiber reinforced plastics, measures 21 feet by 18 feet and is nearly 13 feet tall.

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FABEC Nations Collaborate On ATC Solutions

Major Air Traffic Management Project Receives EU Support

What's being called an essential project in the development of the Functional Airspace Block Europe Central (FABEC) will receive almost €13.8 million in EU support.

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Newport Bucket Regatta Adds WWII Airshow

Event Will Allow Public Up-Close Access To Planes And Pilots

The Texas Flying Legends Museum says a vintage WWII Airshow has been added to the Newport Bucket Regatta immediately following the races on both Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28.

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Airlines Trim Fares As Taxes Return

IRS Says Travelers Will Not Get Refunds On Taxes For Flights During Impasse

Federal taxes on airline tickets which had been suspended for the duration of the political impasse over FAA funding returned Monday, and many airlines reduced their fares back to mid-July levels to adapt.

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IAI To Unveil 'GHOST', A Rotary Mini UAV System

Nine-Pound Electric Aircraft Designed For Urban Environments

A small, hovering unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called GHOST will be introduced by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) at AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America next week in Washington, DC.GHOST weighs approximately 9 pounds, and provides real-time intelligence to ground forces operating in urban areas.

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Investigators Find No DNA Link To DB Cooper

Necktie Did Not Provide A Genetic Match

A necktie that was said to have belonged to the person calling himself D.B. Cooper has not produced definitive evidence that L.D. Cooper was the infamous hijacker.

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HFI Encourages Scholarship Applications

Up To 18 Awards To Be Made To Students In Helicopter Industry

Helicopter Foundation International has announced it is now accepting applications for 18 scholarships.

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DragonEye 3D Flash LIDAR Space Camera Ready To Launch

Advanced Scientific Concepts' New Imaging System Tested On STS-133

A lightweight, small form factor DragonEye integrated 3D FLC (Flash LIDAR Camera) is now ready to launch aboard upcoming space explorations, according to Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc. (ASC). Designed especially for Automated Rendezvous and Docking (AR&D) and On-orbit Satellite Servicing (OSS), it was most recently tested on the STS-133 Discovery in February 2011 and has been listed as Technical Readiness Level (TRL) of 8.

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Mexican Military Violates US Border - Again

Occupants Of Helo Processed At Laredo, TX, Sent Back Home

Another border violation by the Mexican military was reported Saturday, when a helicopter landed at Laredo International Airport in Texas.

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F-16 Aircrew Training Devices To Be Delivered To Pakistan Air Force

L-3 Link Simulation & Training Awarded Contract For The ATDs

A contract to build and deliver two F-16C Block 52 Aircrew Training Devices (ATDs) to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has been awarded to L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link). Both simulators, scheduled for delivery in 2013, will be installed and networked at the PAF’s Shahbaz Air Base, the company said Monday.

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Engine Ingests, Kills Worker In NZ

C-130 Engine Was Running On Test Stand

Authorities in New Zealand say an engineer died Monday morning when he was sucked into a turboprop engine on a test stand on New Zealand's south island.

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Aero-TV: VoiceFlight Systems -- Flight By Voice Command

It's Time To TELL Your Avionics Who Is Boss...

Fess 'Up... you talk to your instrument panel... you know you do and its time to simply confess and get over it. Because... now it may actually do you some good. VoiceFlight Systems has received an amended STC that expands the applicability of its "revolutionary" VFS101 pilot speech recognition system to include the popular WAAS enabled GNS430W and GNS530W navigation units.

TSA Confrontation Caught On Video

TSA Official Rules And Local Interpretations Don't Always Match

A confrontation between an amateur videographer and about a half-dozen TSA and law enforcement personnel provides a look into how TSA procedures may be inconsistent between the public version and internal policies.

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FBO Wins $2,000,000 Judgment From Airport

Seven Years Of Litigation Result In Win For McGill Aviation

After seven years of litigation, the City of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida has been ordered to pay McGill Aviation over $1.2 million in attorney fees & costs as the prevailing party over the local airport sponsor (FHB). The award to the fueling FBO is in addition to $400,000 in past damages, $300,000 as a rent reduction going forward, and another $80,000 in attorney fees, for a total of almost $2 million, not including interest.

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Aero-TV: VoiceFlight Systems -- Flight By Voice Command

It's Time To TELL Your Avionics Who Is Boss...

'Fess Up... you talk to your instrument panel... you know you do and its time to simply confess and get over it. Because... now it may actually do you some good. VoiceFlight Systems has received an amended STC that expands the applicability of its "revolutionary" VFS101 pilot speech recognition system to include the popular WAAS enabled GNS430W and GNS530W navigation units.

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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Wright B Flyer Accident

Initial Investigation Finds No Obvious Cause For The Plane To Go Down

While witnesses tell of an airplane that was struggling with its engine varying in RPMs, the NTSBs initial examination of the Wright B Flyer which went down on July 30th resulting in the fatal injury of both pilots on board did not reveal anything overtly wrong with the airplane. Of course, there is a lot to be looked into before a probable cause can be established.

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GAMA Hails Completion Of Canada-EU Aviation Safety Agreement

Pact Will Streamline Certification, Reduce Redundant Regulatory Oversight

GAMA said in a news release Tuesday that it welcomes the entry into force of the Canada – European Union (EU) Aviation Safety Agreement.  Following an exchange of diplomatic notes at the end of July between Canada and the European Union, the agreement has now been enacted.

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NASA Opens New Testing Facility For Future Space Vehicles

Hydro Impact Basin Has Already Tested Orion Mockup

NASA held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new $1.7 million Hydro Impact Basin facility at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA, Tuesday morning. The new water basin is located at the historic gantry, where Neil Armstrong first trained to walk on the moon.

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Global Aviation Growth Maintains Momentum

Rate Of Increase Remains The Same For The Third Consecutive Month, Says OAG

The world's airlines have scheduled 2.77 million flights for August with a total capacity of 351.6 million seats, representing increases of 3% and 5% respectively on August 2010 figures. This is the third successive month global aviation growth has increased by these percentages, according to the latest statistics from OAG, a UBM Aviation brand. The OAG FACTS (Frequency and Capacity Trend Statistics) report for August reveals 90,213 more flights will operate year on year, offering 16.1 million more seats.

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Midwestern Mom Sends S&P A Message

Banner Towed Over Manhattan Was Meant For A Broader Audience

A St. Louis, Missouri banker who's also a mom felt the need to express her displeasure over the Standard & Poors downgrade of the U.S. credit rating with the powers-that-be. So she hired a company to tow a banner over New York City Tuesday, and the stunt certainly attracted some attention.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.10.11)

“This is a big day for commercial space. Just as 1920s air mail purchases helped jumpstart the airline industry, we expect that NASA’s purchases of flights on commercial suborbital vehicles will help accelerate this new industry.” Source: Commercial Spaceflight Federation Executive Director John Gedmark.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.10.11): Vertically Stacked System

A low-pressure system, usually a closed low or cutoff low, which is not tilted with height, i.e., located similarly at all levels of the atmosphere.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.10.11)

Steve's Air Show World Performers' Links

Probably not a comprehensive list, but at least an extensive one. Here, in the midst of air show season, is a list of performers who may be coming soon to an aerobatic box near you.

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