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October 30, 2009

WHAT A RACE! Masten Flights Qualify Them For $1M Prize

Third Day Of Attempts Yields Apparent Success

 Talk about taking it down tot he wire! Masten Space Systems has successfully qualified for first place in Level Two of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Wednesday. Flying a brand new vehicle named XA-0.1E (nicknamed Xoie).

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9 Missing From California Mid-Air

Coast Guard C-130 And Marine Super Cobra Collided In Flight

Coast Guard and Navy assets are searching for survivors following the mid-air collision of a Coast Guard C-130 and a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra off San Clemente Island Thursday night. There were 7 people aboard the C-130, and the Cobra carried a crew of 2.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.30.09

NASA finds evidence there may have been glitches in the Ares I launch.
The FAA is considering new laws about laptop use in airliner cockpits.
And the latest incursion at LAX leaves a

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.30.09

NASA finds evidence there may have been glitches in the Ares I launch.
The FAA is considering new laws about laptop use in airliner cockpits.
And the latest incursion at LAX leaves a

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Controllers Help Passenger Fly Plane

Hypoxia Temporarily Incapacitated Pilot

When the pilot of a small plane reported an oxygen problem over Ohio last week and asked to “lose some altitude,” Ron Lewis, an air traffic controller at Indianapolis Center, responded immediately. He told the pilot to descend to 17,000 feet from 23,000 feet, and asked him what altitude he wanted.

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Former NC Governor Easley Claims Aircraft Invoices Were Not False

Says Billings For Flights With A Friend Were Legitimate

The former Governor of North Carolina testified before the State Board of Elections that invoices filed by a political ally for flights on private aircraft had nothing to do with getting a break on repairs for his home in Raleigh.

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Parts From Wrecked Plane Become Training Aids

Wrecked C-130 Will Be Used To Train Iraqi Mechanics

U.S. and Iraqi airmen moved parts of a wrecked C-130 Hercules transport from Sather Air Base, Iraq to New Al Muthana Air Base, where they will be used as training aids for Iraqi aircraft maintainers.  The move took place October 27th.

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North Memorial Air Care Reaches 10,000-Hour Milestone

First To Reach That Goal With AgustaWestland A109C Aircraft

AgustaWestland congratulated North Memorial Air Care on reaching and surpassing a historic milestone when their A109C model helicopter achieved 10,000 flight hours.  North Memorial is the first operator in the world to achieve 10,000 flight hours with A109C helicopters.

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Life Star Of Kansas Orders An AW119Ke

Medical Transport Helicopter Scheduled For December Delivery

AgustaWestland says Life Star of Kansas signed for an AW119Ke helicopter during a ceremony at the Air Medical Transport Conference in San Jose, California, Tuesday. The helicopter will be used for medical transport and will be delivered to the customer in December of this year

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United Retires It's Last B737

Final Flight Included Stops At Every United Hub

After a career that spanned 41 years, United Airlines has officially retired the last of it's B737's after a final flight from Dulles Airport near Washington, DC to San Francisco. United first began flying the medium-range airliner in 1968.

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Local Planning And Zoning Commission Sets RC Club Flying Rules

Flying Will Continue At Connecticut Farm, But With New Restrictions

The Shelton, Connecticut Planning and Zoning Commission says the White Hills Eagles RC Club can keep flying at a local farm, but they will have to abide by new rules it says will promote safety. Members of the club have regularly flown their RC aircraft at a farm near the town for five years.

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Plans Proceeding To Move Main Runway In Evansville

A Highway And Railroad Track Will Have To Be Rerouted

The Evansville, Indiana airport board approved a proposal Monday that would allow the city to move Evansville Regional Airport's main runway nearly a half mile to the northeast. A nearby highway and rail railroad track would have to be relocated to accommodate the new runway.

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AD: American Champion Aircraft

AD NUMBER: 2009-22-02

MANUFACTURER:American Champion Aircraft Corp. Models 7ECA, 7GCAA, 7GCBC, 7KCAB, 8KCAB, and 8GCBC Airplanes  

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AD: Boeing

AD NUMBER: 2009-22-13

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER Series Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows - Ross Granley, Sharing the Legacy

Son Ross Granley Describes Passion for Sharing Aviation with World

Ross Granley grew up on the air show circuit; his father, Bud Granley, flew for 47 years as an aerobatic pilot before starting his own company, “Granley Family Airshows.”  Be it helping his father navigate to events, or watching his father perform, Ross’s enthusiasm for aviation began at an early age.  Eventually, his passion led him to join the Royal Canadian Air Force, following in his father’s footsteps.

Aero-TV: Granley Family Airshows – Ross Granley, Sharing the Legacy

Son Ross Granley Describes Passion for Sharing Aviation with the World

Ross Granley grew up on the air show circuit; his father, Bud Granley, flew for 47 years as an aerobatic pilot before starting his own company, “Granley Family Airshows.” 

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LaHood Says DOT Will Scrutinize 'Distracted Flying'

Transportation Secretary Responds To Northwest Flight 188

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday the DOT's examination of the effects of distractions on the U.S. transportation system will be expanded to include the cockpit following last week's incident involving an aircraft that overflew its intended destination.

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Klyde Morris 10.30.09

Klyde Piles It On... 153 Miles Worth

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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'Green Hornet' Test Results Promising

First Indication Is That Navy Hornet Can Fly on 'Green Fuel'

The Navy says it is one step closer to flying the "Green Hornet." Members of the NAVAIR Fuels team recently made a small, but very vital step toward changing the source of jet fuel the U.S. Navy uses. The team tested an F404 F/A-18 engine to determine if it could run on a jet fuel (JP-5) derived from a weed.

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Ares I-X Main Booster Recovered

Inspection Shows Pronounced Buckling In Lower Segment

NASA has recovered the main solid rocket booster of the Ares I-X following yesterday's test flight. The booster was found floating upright in the Atlantic ocean, but on inspection, divers found pronounced buckling in the booster's lower segment.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.30.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.30.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.30.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part II: IAM's Tom Buffenbarger at NBAA - 10.30.09 (ANN Special Report, with the IAM's Tom Buffenbarger)

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Emergency AD: Sikorsky

AD NUMBER: 2009-23-51

MANUFACTURER: Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters  

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War Of Words Escalates Over KC-X Tanker Program

International Association Of Machinists Blasts Northrup/EADS Bid

General Vice President Richard Michalski of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers issued a statement Wednesday, which he said responds to recent statements by Northrop Grumman about its bid to win the Air Force's $35 billion tanker contract:

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Serious Runway Incursion At LAX

Jets Reported To Be Only 82 Feet Apart

A jet departing LAX came within 82 feet of an aircraft on a taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday, which is less than half the separation required by FAA regulations

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.30.09)

"We can't have these kinds of distractions in the cockpit. We can't." Source: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.30.09):Rime Ice

Rough, milky, opaque ice formed by the instantaneous freezing of small supercooled water droplets.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.30.09)

Flying Contraptions

Looking Thursday for some information about Hal Graham and his original Jetpack, we came across this site that helps explain the concept of the device, and other flying contraptions.

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