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August 26, 2011

Certified! Boeing's Dreamliner

FAA Approves Production Of The 787, EASA Simultaneously Grants Type Certification

The folks at Boeing are beaming, and perhaps heaving a huge sigh of relief. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced Friday that the agency has approved production of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner at an event at Boeing’s facility in Everett, Washington.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.26.11

The 787 may gets its FAA papers today.
Bombardier is losing the head of the C-Series program.
And doctors in Canada want pets banned from airliner cabins.

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Texas Senator Says DoD Weak On F-35

John Cornyn Tells Presumptive SecDef To Do A Better Job Defending The Program

Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn has sent a letter to the person who will likely be confirmed as the next Secretary of Defence expressing "concern" that the department is not strongly enough behind what's been called the most expensive weapons program in history.

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ESA To Confer On Space Direction

Germany And Other EU Members Consider Strategic Needs

Much attention has been focused of late on changes in NASA's approach to space exploration, but the European Union has been working on a revised approach to its member-nations' space efforts since 2007. That work has now produced a paper on European Space Policy that highlights the necessity of cross-institutional and departmental cooperation, focused on national security and defense policy of sovereign countries.

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Bombardier Commercial Aviation Head Scott Retiring

Company Says Finding His Replacement Will Be "Challenging"

Bombardier said Wednesday that Gary Scott, its commercial-aviation division president, will retire Oct. 1, a decision made for personal reasons unrelated to the highly anticipated CSeries mainline aircraft. Guy Hachey, president and chief operating officer of Bombardier Aerospace, will serve as interim head until a replacement is named, the Montreal-based transportation giant said in a statement.

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Boeing Space Exploration Vice President Brewster Shaw To Retire

John Elbon Named To Lead Division

Boeing announced Thursday that Brewster H. Shaw, vice president and general manager of the Space Exploration division, effective Aug. 26. Shaw has contributed to aeronautics and astronautics with significant accomplishments as a combat pilot, flight instructor, test pilot, shuttle pilot and commander, as well as in senior leadership roles in the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) programs with NASA and Boeing.

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Lawsuit Filed In 2009 Fatal Accident In West Florida

Pilot Reported "Engine Out" And Was Attempting An Emergency Landing

The estate of Tina M. Stallings has filed a wrongful death suit against the estate of a pilot and several aviation companies as a result of an accident which occurred in October, 2009. Stallings and her daughter Cami Copland, age 7, were the passengers on board the PA-46 when it went down. All three were fatally injured when the plane impacted the ground and caught fire.

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Wire Strikes Cited In Three Fatalities In Two Weeks

NTSB Reports Both Pilots Operating In VFR Conditions When Accidents Occurred

Two NTSB preliminary reports issued this week chronicle two similar accidents in which the airplanes struck suspended wires and then impacted the ground. The accidents fatally injured two pilots and one passenger. One was the first test flight of Jack Morrison's experimental E-Racer aircraft after he had received paperwork for the plane making it legal to fly.

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Delta Purchase Of 100 737-900s Confirmed

List Price Of The Order Tops $8.5 Billion

In what may have been one on the industry's worst-kept secrets, Boeing and Delta Air Lines announced an order for 100 Next-Generation 737-900ER (extended range) airplanes Wednesday. The order, with a list-price value of more than $8.5 billion, is part of Delta's fleet renewal effort to replace its less efficient domestic airplanes.  

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P-51C And Traveling Exhibit Honor Tuskegee Airmen

'Rise Above' Exhibit Seen At Oshkosh Comes To Cleveland

The Cleveland National Air Show will feature many amazing American aircraft ranging from the modern era back to WWII war birds. But a rare P-51C Mustang will stand out from the others for two reasons: it has a bright red tail and it is a key part of an educational initiative to help people, particularly young people, understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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First Aerobatic Routine On Alternative Avgas Performed In Europe

Red Bull Air Race Pilot Flies At Tannkosh Burning Carbon-Neutral Avgas

On Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, Matthias Dolderer, Red Bull Air Race pilot and co-organizer of the "Tannkosh" airshow, presented a full aerobatics display completely neutral in terms of CO2 emissions, his aircraft engine running on the new SwiftFuel 100SF – a first in aviation history. This was also the European debut of a single engine aircraft running on biofuel.

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United Continental Holdings To Invest $550 Million In Interior Improvements

Fleet-Wide Upgrades To Cabins Includes Flat-Bed Seats, Onboard Wireless

United Continental Holdings says it plans to invest more than a half-billion dollars in its onboard product. The company said in a news release that these and other planned product changes come in addition to the 25 new aircraft – including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner – that the airline will introduce to its fleet next year.

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AD: Bombardier (Final Rule)

AD NUMBER: 2011-18-08

MANUFACTURER: Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes   

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Aero-TV: Aspen's Connected Panel -- Seamlessly Integrating Your iPad into the Cockpit

Aspen Avionics Announces The Revolutionary Connected Panel Program

Uniform standards? Seamless integration? Interoperability? Increase the value of (and the ability to operate) our GA fleet? Ridiculous! GA has never been able to get its act together THAT much... so far... but maybe, just maybe,  its time that changed -- at least, if Aspen Avionics and their partners have something to say about it.

Aero-TV: Aspen Connected Panel--Seamlessly Integrate Your iPad into the Cockpit

Aspen Avionics Announces The Revolutionary Connected Panel Program

Uniform standards? Seamless integration? Interoperability? Increase the value of (and the ability to operate) our GA fleet? Ridiculous! GA has never been able to get its act together THAT much... so far... but maybe, just maybe,  its time that changed -- at least, if Aspen Avionics and their partners have something to say about it. It happened at Oshkosh... like most neat things that involve aviation... Aspen Avionics announced a (patent-pending) line of Connected Panel products that integrate aviation application data from personal handheld devices with certified avionics mounted in an aircraft&rs

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Senators: Russian Progress Accident Should Spur Launch Vehicle Choice

Says Obama Administration Is Dragging Its Feet On Manned Spaceflight Development

Following the failure of the Russian Progress resupply mission to reach orbit, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) renewed their call for a quick decision and announcement of the design of the next U.S. human-rated launch vehicle.

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Klyde Morris 08.26.11

Klyde Marks The Onset Of "The Era Of Soyuz" ...

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Bahamas Habitat Responds To Hurricane Irene

Organization Mobilizing Pilots To Respond In Wake Of The Storm

Bahamas Habitat is mobilizing pilots to conduct relief flights to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The organization’s Disaster Relief Coordinators will be flying to the Bahamas as soon as practical to assess damage and needs. Once the needs are determined the group will direct its volunteer pilots and planes to the greatest points of need.

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Christopher Hart Sworn In For Second Term As NTSB Vice Chairman

Previous Board Service In The '90s

Christopher Hart was sworn in today for his second two-year term as NTSB vice chairman. He became a board member for the second time on August 12, 2009, and six days later was designated as vice chairman by President Obama. Vice Chairman Hart had previously served as an NTSB board member from 1990 to 1993.

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Cub Down In Lake Winnebago In July Was Attempting A Hammerhead

Witnesses In Another Airplane Said They Saw The Attempted Maneuver

The pilot of a J3C Cub which went down in Lake Winnebago during Oshkosh resulting in two fatal injuries was attempting a hammerhead stall, according to another pilot who witnessed the maneuver. The NTSB's investigation into the matter is ongoing.

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Teamsters File Objections To CAL-UAL Fleet Service Elections

Claims Machinists Used Intimidation, Deceptive Tracking Practice To Influence Outcome

The Teamsters have filed objections to the recent Continental-United fleet service elections with the National Mediation Board, Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa announced Wednesday. The objections come on the heels of a vote count between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) over representation of the fleet service work group at the newly merged United and Continental Airlines.

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Qantas Denies Rumors Of Private Takeover Bid

Doubled Profits And Suppressed Share Price Prompt 'Speculation'

Officials at Qantas Airlines admit that their record-low share price, despite news that full-year profits have just doubled to $250 million (AUS), has made the airline a desirable takeover target. But they insist that despite rumors to that effect, there have been no such offers so far.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.26.11)

"We strongly encourage NASA to immediately announce this week - not next month - the design for their next launch vehicle." Source:  Excerpt from a statement by U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Richard Shelby following the loss of a Russian Progress cargo vessel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.26.11): Negative Contact

Used by pilots to inform ATC that previously issued traffic is not in sight. It may be followed by the pilot's request for the controller to provide assistance in avoiding the traffic.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.26.11)

The website is dedicated to what its administrators refer to as their “Golden Years of Spotting”: the period between 1961 and 1979, when lots of time, effort and money was spent to see as many military aircraft as possible.

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