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August 18, 2011

China Denies It Has Seen Downed U.S. Helicopter

Defense Ministry Says Report Is "Absurd"

Chinese defense officials are denying reports that Pakistan has given them access to the remains of an advanced helicopter used in the raid which resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. The helo went down during the raid, and was largely destroyed by the SEAL team before the mission was completed.

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Could 'The Last Time' Have A Sequel?

Dan Gryder Pitches Whiteside Airport Board On Another Vintage Event

DC-3 fanatic and airline pilot Dan Gryder, who spearheaded The Last Time reunion, doesn't want it to be the last time the Whiteside County Airport in Rock Falls, Illinois hosts a major gathering of vintage aircraft. He envisions a World War II-themed aviation event in July, 2012, with "12 to 15 DC-3s, several B-17s and B-25s, numerous P-51s and a smattering of flying aircraft."

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Russia Certifies Rolls-Royce RR300 Engine

Powerplant For The Robinson R66 Gas-Turbine Helicopter

Russian airworthiness authority IAC-AR has certified the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine, the company announced Wednesday at the MAKS Air Show in Moscow. The approval opens up flight operations for the Robinson R66 helicopter, and bodes well for future growth for the aircraft in the region.

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Interior Department, Forest Service Issue Warning For Airborne Firefighters

Cautioned To Use Care When Selecting Sites For Water Loading

As fire season progresses in the West, many rivers and streams are flowing at higher than normal rate for this time of year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service. Those that are flowing near normal appear to have a significant amount of debris from earlier flooding. With the high water flow and debris, the agencies say thorough risk assessments need to be conducted on dip sites prior to commencing operations.

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Levil Technology Group Ready With Mini-AHRS

Shipments Begin September 15, Unlock Power Of WingX, iPad

One of the more amazing bits of technology at Oshkosh was the coming availability of a small, 5-ounce Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS) for mobile devices, which would allow the latest version of Hilton Software's WingX to attain not only the full functionality of a traditional six-pack of instruments, but even add synthetic vision, when running on Apple's iPad. Levil Technology Group now reports its mini-AHRS product will start shipping September 15.

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UAE Company Says It Has Won GAO Protest In Mi-17 Acquisition

Cornische Aviation And Maintenance Limited Had Questioned Scope Of The Contract

In June 2011, the US Army issued a $367 million sole source award to the Russian arms company Rosoboronexport for the purchase of 21 Mi-17 aircraft, initial spares and engineering support for Afghanistan. With no public announcement, the Army also included an option for an additional $550 million in aircraft and long term support. Cornische Aviation and Maintenance Limited, Sharjah, UAE protested to the U.S. General Accounting Office that the Army's inclusion of multi-year sustainment support was in violation of U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations.

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Extended Range Outlaw UAV Will Roll Out At AUVSI Conference

Griffon Aerospace Unwraps Latest Variant Of Its Small Aircraft

This week at the AUVSI North American Conference, Griffon Aerospace will unveil the Outlaw Extended Range (ER), which incorporates a new fuselage providing addition payload and fuel volume. The ER will carry up to 30 pound payloads aloft for 8-10 hours.

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Maple Seed-Inspired UAV Makes First Public Flight At AUVSI

Tiny Samarai, Ruggedized Stalker Presented By Lockheed Martin

A beefed-up long-endurance UAS and an aircraft inspired by a maple seed are among the unmanned systems being displayed by Lockheed Martin at the AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America show in Washington, DC this week.

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Charleston Airport Slated For Major Upgrades

Projects Set To Begin Next Year Total About $200 Million

The 26-year-old Charleston International Airport is showing its age, and is not large enough to handle the passenger traffic moving through the region. That is the assessment of airport officials who are planning a three-year $200 million upgrade to the facility which was designed when terrorists were in far-away countries and there was a major military presence in the region.

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Doug Cooke To Retire From NASA

Leaves Exploration Systems Mission Directorate After 38 Years With Agency

Doug Cooke, who worked for nearly 38 years in NASA's space shuttle, International Space Station and exploration systems programs, will retire from the agency effective October 3.

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Television Documentary Focuses On Extensive Terrorist Plot

Conspirators Targeted Aircraft Traveling From London To North America In 2006

In the summer of 2006, as many as 18 conspirators planned to simultaneously blow up almost 10 airplanes by bringing hydrogen peroxide-injected soda-bottles-turned-bombs onto flights bound from London to the U.S. and Canada.

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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2011 -- Boeing's Dreamliner Arrives At Airventure

Once A Year, The Aviation World Comes To Oshkosh... And Now They Do It by B787!

It was quite a year as far as Oshkosh was concerned... especially with the first local showing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner... which JUST completed its flight test program this week and is heading VERY shortly for full production.

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Kyle Franklin To Return To Performing

Will Fly Next Weekend In Waterloo, IA. Two Air Shows Booked In October

It has been a long road back for Kyle Franklin. But now, seven months after the tragic accident which eventually claimed is wife Amanda, Kyle has announced on Facebook that he is returning to the air show circuit.

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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2011 -- Boeing's Dreamliner Arrives At Airventure

Once A Year, The Aviation World Comes To Oshkosh... And Now They Do It by B787!

It was quite a year as far as Oshkosh was concerned... especially with the first local showing of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner... which JUST completed its flight test program this week and is heading VERY shortly for full production.

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NLRB Sued For Documents Concerning Boeing Lawsuit

Judicial Watch Seeks Documents Pertaining To Decision To Sue Boeing, Shut Down Dreamliner Aircraft Production in SC

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by Judicial Watch against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The suit seeks records concerning the NLRB's decision to file a lawsuit against Seattle-based Boeing for opening a $750 million non-union assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina to manufacture its Dreamliner plane (JW v National Labor Relations Board (No. 01470)).

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White House Announces Biofuel Initiative

USDA, Department of Energy and Navy Partner to Advance Biofuels to Fuel Military and Commercial Transportation

President Obama on Tuesday announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million during the next three years in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced drop-in aviation and marine biofuels to power military and commercial transportation.  The initiative responds to a directive from President Obama issued in March as part of his "Blueprint for A Secure Energy Future."

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Plane Theft Prompts Airport Security Concerns

Raleigh TV Station Notes GA Airports Lack TSA Oversight

The story of a plane stolen from the campus of the University of North Carolina is being portrayed by local media as an example of how general aviation lacks the TSA security mandates that keep airlines safe.

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Hundreds Gather At GA Rally In Iowa

Senator Grassley, Representatives Latham, Boswell, King, And Braley All Attend

Hundreds of workers, state and local officials and aviation enthusiasts gathered Wednesday in Cedar Rapids for a general aviation (GA) rally. The event, held at the Rockwell Collins Flight Operations Center, was organized by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) in partnership with Rockwell Collins and Goodrich Corporation, both GA manufacturers with Iowa operations.

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JetBlue Remains Non-Union

Pilots Again Reject ALPA Representation

JetBlue Airways Corporation is no doubt the envy of its competitors today. For the second time in two years, the airline's pilots have rejected union representation by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in a vote which concluded Tuesday.  

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Gone West: Col. Ralph Albertazzie

Former Air Force One Pilot For President Nixon

ANN has learned of the passing of Air Force Col. Ralph Albertazzie (Ret.), who passed away at his home in Berkley County, WV. Col. Albertazzie had been the pilot of Air Force One during the Nixon administration.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.18.11)

"When ZA102 returned to Paine Field, it brought back with it the hopes and dreams of the many thousands of men and women of Boeing and our global partners who have worked so long for this day." Source: Scott Fancher, vice president and general manager of the 787 program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.11): Vertical Navigation (VNAV)

A function of area navigation (RNAV) equipment which calculates, displays, and provides vertical guidance to a profile or path.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.11)

Experimental Aircraft Info

A resource for homebuilt experimental aircraft kit builders and pilots of general aviation aircraft alike. With information about aircraft and engine performance, proficient airmanship, VFR flight planning tips and other aviation aspects of interest to aviators.

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