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August 17, 2009

Runway At MSP Airport To Close Tuesday Morning

12L/30R To Be Closed Until The End Of October

On Tuesday morning, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport runway 12L/30R will close for reconstruction of the middle 3,800 feet of pavement. The runway is expected to remain closed through the end of October.

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Two Russian Fighter Jets Collide During Air Show Rehearsal

Mid-Air Kills 'Russian Knights' Squadron Leader

A mid-air collision between a single-place SU-27 and a two-place SU-27UB combat trainer Sunday has killed the leader of the Russian Knights precision aerobatic team. The accident occurred during the team's final rehearsal for Russia's largest airshow, MAKS 2009, in the town of Zhukovsky.

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F-35B Completes First Probe-and-Drogue Aerial Refueling Tests

STOVL Version A Step Closer To Extended Range Flights

A short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter has become the first F-35 to complete an aerial refueling test using the Navy- and Marine Corps-style probe-and-drogue refueling system.

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Embraer's Phenom 100 Receives Australian Type Certificate

The Jet Met Or Exceeded All Specification Targets

Embraer’s Phenom 100 entry level executive jet received the type certificate last month from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). This certification joins the Phenom 100’s approval by the FAA and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC) in December 2008, and the EASA, in April 2009.

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Maximum Air Racing Team Says 'Sawbones' Will Return To Reno

Modified Sea Fury To Compete In 'Unlimited' Class

The 1949 Hawker Sea Fury based at the Anoka County Airport in Blaine, Minnesota will once again be participating in the Reno Air Races. The aircraft, now owned by Robin Crandall, will once again be flown by Ray Dieckman in the "Unlimited Class" at this year's National Championship Air Races in Reno Nevada.

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Super Sabre Moves To Museum ... Via Truck

Plane Was Moved Intact To The Prairie Aviation Museum

After a nearly two year delay due to construction of an interstate highway, state police and other authorities Sunday escorted an F-100 Super Sabre nearly 50 miles from Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, IL to its new home at Prairie Aviation museum in Bloomington, IL.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 08.17.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.17.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.17.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: The Hudson River VFR Corridor - 08.17.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Aero-TV: Profiles in Aviation - Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro (Part 1)

Pilot Andrew King Describes Flying the World’s Only Flying Pitcairn PA-18:

EAA AirVenture 2009 was a momentous turnaround for Jack Tiffany, leading restorer of the Pitcairn PA-18.  Last year, the team suffered an unfortunate setback when, with only a week left until EAA AirVenture 2008, the aircraft suffered significant rotor blade damage during flight testing and its maiden flight to Oshkosh had to be canceled.

Aero-TV: Expanding the Market - Piper's New Asian Strategy

Piper Aircraft Announces Plans to Expand International Market:

On May 1st, 2009, Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced that Imprimis, a corporate finance and investment management firm based in Bangkok, Singapore and Brunei Darussalem, purchased 100 percent stake in the company from Piper's previous owner, American Capital Ltd. Imprimis cited Piper's considerable growth potential in Asia Pacific, a market that is expected to experience steady growth over the next five years, as one of its top incentives for the acquisition.

Unforgettable Hero, Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, Given Final Honors

Laid to Rest in His Hometown, Jacksonville

Thousands of people, both military and civilians, showed their respects as the remains of the first casualty of Desert Storm, Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, were brought to Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville after being found in Iraq after 18 years.

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Aero-TV: Profiles In Aviation -- Pitcairn PA-18 Autogiro (Part 1)

Pilot Andrew King Describes Flying the World's Only Flying Pitcairn PA-18

EAA AirVenture 2009 was a momentous turnaround for Jack Tiffany, leading restorer of the Pitcairn PA-18.  Last year, the team suffered an unfortunate setback when, with only a week left until EAA AirVenture 2008, the aircraft suffered significant rotor blade damage during flight testing and its maiden flight to Oshkosh had to be canceled.

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Aero-TV: Expanding The Market -- Piper's New Asian Strategy

Piper Aircraft Announces Plans to Expand International Market

On May 1st, 2009, Piper Aircraft, Inc. announced that Imprimis, a corporate finance and investment management firm based in Bangkok, Singapore and Brunei Darussalem, purchased 100 percent stake in the company from Piper's previous owner, American Capital Ltd. Imprimis cited Piper's considerable growth potential in Asia Pacific, a market that is expected to experience steady growth over the next five years, as one of its top incentives for the acquisition.

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Commercial Space Flight Companies Eager To Get Started

Augustine Commission Report Will Likely Favor Commercial Ventures For Low-Earth Orbit Missions

During what may be the last public meeting Wednesday, the Review of U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee said there was a strong consensus for funding a robust commercial human space flight program to provide human space transportation to low Earth orbit (LEO).

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Airborne Laser Completes 1st Airborne Test Against Instrumented Target Missile

The Airborne Laser's (ABL) first in-flight test, against an instrumented target missile, took place Aug. 10 and was completed successfully.

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Klyde Morris (08.17.09)

Politics? At NASA? Say It Ain't So, Klyde...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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TSA And Continental Airlines Expand Paperless Boarding Pass Program

Boarding Passes On Your Smartphone Or PDA Allowed At San Diego, Other Airports

TSA and Continental Airlines announced the expansion of the Paperless Boarding Pass pilot program at San Diego International Airport Thursday. The program will allow passengers to receive boarding passes electronically on their cell phones or PDAs.

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Navy Readies The 'Green Hornet'

Fuels Team Plans Super Hornet Biofuels Flight Test

Naval Air Systems Command fuels team is gearing up for biofuels flight tests in an F/A-18 Super Hornet at Patuxent River, Md., by next spring or summer, according to NAVAIR's fuel expert. Rick Kamin, Navy fuels lead, explained that before "biofueling" the plane, the team will first conduct laboratory and rig tests at Pax River...

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National Air Cargo To Supply Kandahar

Company Transports Supplies Under Government Contract To Afghanistan

National Airlines weekly DC8 freighter service will add a second stop in Afghanistan, according to its parent company National Air Cargo. The flights transport equipment and supplies for that country's redevelopment efforts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.17.09): Vortex Generator

Vortex Generator A vortex generator is a complementary pair of small low-aspect-ratio airfoils. Generally mounted at opposite angles of attack to each other and perpendicular to the aerodynamic surface they serve, vortex generators improve high- and low-speed characteristics...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.17.09)

Aero-Linx: Arlington Cemetery Profile of Captain Scott Speicher Arlington National Cemetery has an extensive web page noting the courage and heroism of Navy Captain Scott Speicher, who was finally returned home and buried in his hometown this past weekend.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.17.09)

"It is a very significant day... I was in a squadron with Scott Speicher, and we were flying together the night he was shot down, and this is a bittersweet day for us in that we are glad that we finally have a resolution of his status and that we are bringing him home to his family, but it's also a sad day in that now we know we lost a shipmate." Source:  Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, the official escorting officer for Captain Scott Speicher's remains, following his return to his hometown of Jacksonville and his burial. 

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