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August 17, 2012

XCOR Plans Presence In Florida At KSC

Expected To Announce It Will Build Engines, Maybe Space Craft In Central Florida

While there has not yet been an official announcement, word around the aerospace community is that Mojave, CA-based XCOR will be establishing a presence on the east-central coast of Florida, building engines and maybe spacecraft at a facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Hacker Says NextGen Is Vulnerable To Attack

'Ghost Planes' Could Appear On Your ADS-B-Equipped EFIS

Every time new technology comes along, someone somewhere begins an effort to see how it can be compromised, manipulated, and sometimes even destroyed. And apparently NextGen is no exception.

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Lockheed Martin Marks 100th Anniversary Of Glenn L. Martin Company Founding

Self-Taught Engineer, Then 26, Was Already Well Versed In Aviation

It was on August 16th, 1912, that the Glann L. Martin company was incorporated in the city of Los Angeles, CA. The start-up grew to become the company we know today as Lockheed Martin.

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COMAC Of China, Boeing Open Energy Conservation Technology Center

Companies To Work On Refining Cooking Oil Into Aviation Biofuel

Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China and Boeing have opened the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center, a collaborative effort to support commercial aviation industry growth. The two companies also announced that the Boeing-COMAC Technology Center's first research project will explore opportunities to refine waste cooking oil, often described in China as "gutter oil," into sustainable aviation biofuel.

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Hong Kong Airline Mulls A380 Cancellation

Executives Planning To Focus More On Short-Haul Routes

While no decision has yet been made, Hong Kong Airlines is reportedly considering cancelling its order for 10 Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft, an order worth some $3.8 billion to Airbus.

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History Scheduled To Repeat Itself With Orion EFT-1

First Orbital Flight Of NASA's Newest Spacecraft Will Bring Back Memories Of The 1960s

Sometime in early 2014 a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy launch vehicle will be erected at Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 37B. Atop that booster will be positioned an Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV). As if to mark 50 years since the first Apollo command module was launched into space from that same launch complex, the Orion will be lofted into space for the first time from the same site on its orbital flight test.

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Nineteen Additional Sikorsky S-92 Helicopters To Be Acquired By Leasing Company

Milestone Aviation Group Total Order For 22 Aircraft Valued At Close To $700 Million

Helicopter leasing company Milestone Aviation Group has signed a contract to purchase nineteen additional Sikorsky S-92 helicopters. These aircraft are in addition to the three S-92 aircraft Milestone purchased from Sikorsky in February 2012. The first two aircraft are scheduled for completed delivery in late 2012 and the final aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2016.

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FAA Delays Decision On Creswell, OR, Skydiving Issue

Operator Wants To Establish A Landing Zone At The Local Airport, City Says It's Not Safe

The FAA has kicked its decision as to whether to allow Eugene Skydivers to establish a landing zone at Hobby Field Airport (77S) in Creswell, OR, down the road at least another 120 days. In a letter dated August 3rd, Randall Fiertz, the FAA's director of Airport Compliance and Management Analysis, wrote "An extension of time is necessary and appropriate for a fair and complete determination in this case."

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American Barnstormers Tour Drops Into Eau Claire, WI

Third Stop For The Vintage Bipes And Monoplanes As They Tour The Upper Midwest

The American Barnstormers Tour, which kicked off August 9th, is now on its third stop its trip around the Midwest. The dozen-plus vintage aircraft are turning heads and offering rides until Saturday at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport (KEAU) in Eau Claire, WI, and then they'll head off to Manitowoc County Airport (KMTW) in Manitowoc, WI for a few days.

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Universities Go To Space

NASA Announces Early Career Faculty Space Tech Research Grants

NASA has announced the selection of 10 research efforts from the agency's inaugural Space Technology Research Opportunities for Early Career Faculty solicitation. NASA will provide grants of as much as $200,000 per year for as long as three years in support of these faculty and their research in specific, high-priority technology areas.

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V-22 Supports Harry S. Truman Flight Deck Certification

Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Performing Multiple Missions For The U.S. Navy

When a V-22 Osprey from Marine Tiltrotor Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron (VMX) 22 landed for the first time on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on July 19, it highlighted another in a series of firsts for the unique tilt-rotor aircraft that has become an integral part of the U.S. naval forces. And although the July 19 landing was a first for a V-22 on Truman, it wasn’t the first time for an aircraft carrier, nor, according to Cmdr. Sean McDermott, the V-22 Joint Program Office (PMA-275) Navy integrated production team lead, will it be the last.

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WI Air Show To Feature B-17 Bomber, Aerobatics, Family Fun

Wings Over Waukesha Air Show Adds Another Aerobatics Act And 1st Tactical Air Wing Demonstration To The Lineup

A fourth aerobatic act has been added to the lineup for the Wings over Waukesha Air Show. Orgnaizers announced Wednesday that former U.S. Air Force A-10 pilot Jim Leavelle will be performing in his T-6, along with Jim "Fang" Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, and Dr Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.17.12

The Bankruptcy Court Denies AMR’s Request to Scrap Its Pilot Contract…

Lisa Airplanes Goes Into Receivership…

The FAA Approves A

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Airborne 08.17.12: Sequestration Warning, AMR Rejected, Connected Panel Approved

Also: Kitfox Meets F15s, Aero-Medical Update, B-17 Moves To New Orleans, Skydivers Get Lost...

A study released Monday by the Aerospace Industries Association and Econsult Corporation estimates that budget cuts to FAA operations as a result of sequestration could cost up to 132,000 aviation jobs, cause an annual decrease of 37 to 73 million in passenger enplanements, see annual reductions of 1 to 2 billion pounds of transported air freight and would also have a devastating impact on the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, delaying system implementation by a decade or more. US Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane who is overseeing the AMR bankruptcy case, has denied AMRs request to abandon its collective bargaining agreements with its pilot union. Aspen Avionics has confirmed the S

FAA OKs 130 Wind Turbines For Cape Wind Program

Wind Generators In Nantucket Sound Not A Safety Concern

The FAA on Wednesday issued a “Does Not Exceed (DNE)” determination for the proposed construction of 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.

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Lisa Airplanes Goes Into Receivership

Company Hopes To Succeed With New Fundraising Round

Something of the darling of AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, the founders of Lisa Airplanes, which is developing the Akoya Amphibious Ski Plane LSA, decided to place the company into receivership on July 30th "in order to protect its future."

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FAA Releases Report To Congress On Aircraft Certification Process

GAMA Calls Report "An Important First Step"

The FAA this week released a report to Congress from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee on the aircraft certification process. The ARC found that while the number of applications for product certifications and approvals predicted in the 1-year, 5-year, and 10-year periods following 2012 do not specifically reflect a significant increase, the actual AIR workload for the FAA is expected to continue increasing.

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Judge: AMR Cannot Abandon Collective Bargaining Agreements

American Is Expected To Update, Re-File The Motion

United States Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane issued a ruling late Wednesday denying AMR management’s motion to reject its collective bargaining agreements with the Allied Pilots Association and other labor unions. In his ruling, Judge Lane cited management’s stated intention of furloughing 450 pilots and the sweeping scope changes they proposed as areas where they did not make a sufficiently compelling case.

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Klyde Morris 08.17.2012

The Answer Is Obvious Under Mt. Myopia

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Bonanza Down In Residential Neighborhood Near Albany, NY

Pilot Managed To Miss Houses, Passenger Fatally Injured

An A36 Bonanza went down Wednesday in a residential neighborhood near Albany, NY, resulting in the fatal injury of one of the two people on board the airplane. Real estate developer Walter F. Uccellini did not survive when the plane went down in the Clifton Park neighborhood just north of the Mohawk River, finally stopping when it impacted two trees.

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SC Governor Declares 'Aviation Week' In The State

Designates August 13-18 To Highlight GA, Biz Av, Airlines

A group of national aviation organizations has recognized South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for declaring August 13-18 “Aviation Week.” The proclamation highlights the vital role that all aviation, including general aviation, plays in supporting businesses, farms, emergency response, and the overall economy.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.17.12)

"If AMR management one day secures the ability to impose arbitrary terms and conditions, they too will have to live with the consequences of their actions." Source: APA president Capt. Keith Wilson.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.17.12): Signal-To-Noise Ratio

An indication of signal strength received compared to background noise, which is a measure of the adequacy of the received signal.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.17.12)

FAA Office Of Commercial Space Transportation

The stated mission of the Office Of Commercial Space Transportation is to  to "ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities."

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