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October 31, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.31.11

Qantas succeeds with a high-risk bluff.
Progress 45 launches without a hitch.
And Civil Air Patrol has to tighten its belt.

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ANN Special Feature: When Are Sport Pilots Really Legal? - 10.31.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about why the advice to pilots to avoid getting an aeromedical exam if planning to fly as Sport Pilots may not always be smart.

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NTSB: Downed Luscombe Almost Made Airport After Engine Degraded

Rising Oil Temps Signaled Trouble

The decision to try and make an airport, over a precautionary landing, off-airport, can be a tough one... and often one that really can't be second-guessed unless you were in the cockpit in question. Unfortunately... the few minutes the pilot needed his engine to hang tough to make the airport didn't happen and a forced landing went badly...

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A Truly Gross Weight -- Emirates SkyCargo Transports its 'Heaviest-Ever' Item

36 Ton Ship's Rudder Shipped By Air

Emirates SkyCargo came to the rescue of a ship undergoing repairs when it transported a 36-ton rudder part - the heaviest single item ever carried by the freight division of Emirates Airline. The rudder stock, which measured 9.16 meters long and 1.05 meters wide, was required for urgent repairs to a vessel at Dubai Dry Docks.

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Surprise! Teamsters Not Happy With Qantas

Condemns Qantas CEO Alan Joyce for Attack On Workers

Well; you knew this was coming... more outrage from a union after union issues shut down Qantas for a short while... The International Brotherhood of Teamsters called on Qantas CEO Alan Joyce to 'end his campaign to destroy good Australian jobs. The Teamsters stand in solidarity with the tens of thousands of locked-out airline employees who dedicate their working lives to help their company succeed.'

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UK Engineers Look To Aerospace Future

But Institution of Mechanical Engineers Warns Work Is Needed

The UK's Institution of Mechanical Engineers, or IMechE for short, has issued a report titled "Aero 2075" which anticipates aircraft with blended-wing designs to improve efficiency and reduce noise, the return of supersonic airliners, hypersonic scramjets which could carry passengers at five times the speed of sound, and even the flying of airliners in a "V" formation to take advantage of the aerodynamic secrets of the birds, all by the end of the current century.

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NASA Awards $412,000 For Space Weather Exhibition

Chabot Space & Science Center Plans To Open Exhibit In 2013

Chabot Space & Science Center has been awarded a $412,000 grant from NASA to create an innovative solar astronomy exhibition showcasing stunning images of the Sun, and examining "space weather" created by solar activity and its influences on the Earth. The exhibition is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

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Embry-Riddle Joins Oak Ridge Consortium

Joins Duke, Emory, John Hopkins In Partnerships

By invitation, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University recently joined Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), a consortium that leverages the strength of 99 major Ph.D.-granting research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry.

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Air Pacific Selects A330 For Fleet Renewal And Growth

Airline Becomes Latest Airbus Customer

Fiji’s national carrier has selected Airbus aircraft to renew and to grow its fleet. After a thorough evaluation of several different aircraft, Air Pacific has signed a firm contract to buy three new A330-200 aircraft in a fleet renewal program.

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Gulfstream International Airlines Upgrades Fleet

Leasing Six Saab 340Bplus Turboprops

Gulfstream International Airlines (“Gulfstream”) has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to purchase six, 34-seat Saab 340Bplus aircraft. The Fort Lauderdale-based airline, which primarily serves desitnationsin the Bahamas, will deploy all six Saab’s along its Florida/Bahamas routes, replacing smaller, 19-seat Beechcraft 1900D aircraft.

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Aero-TV: Speaking Up -- Redbird Simulators Teach Pilots To Talk Back

Parrot Adds Realism To Simulator Training
Redbird Simulators has added another layer of realism to its flight simulation systems by adding something called "Parrot," a voice recognition system that gives students the experience of talking with ATC during their simulator hours.

Back in The Launch Business -- Progress Launches to Space Station

Progress 45 Cargo Craft Launches From Baikonur

An unpiloted ISS Progress 45 cargo craft launched, successfully, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0611 EDT Sunday. Less than nine minutes later, the Progress reached its preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas. The Russian cargo craft is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station on Wednesday at 0740. It contains 2.8 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 29 crew, including 1,653 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen and air, 926 pounds of water and 3,108 pounds of spare parts, experiment hardware and other supplies.

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Aero-TV: Speaking Up -- Redbird Simulators Teach Pilots To Talk Back

Communications... Yet Another Aero-Skill That Benefits Greatly From Effective Simulation

Redbird Simulators has added another layer of realism to its flight simulation systems by adding something called "Parrot," a voice recognition system that gives students the experience of talking with ATC during their simulator hours. Redbird chairman and founder Jerry Gregoire told ANN at Oshkosh this summer that the FAA has been asking for this functionality to be added to flight simulation for 30 years, and that the "big" simulator manufacturers keep telling the agency that the technology is "about 10 years away." But Gregoire says the Redbird team has a lot of experience

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Short-Lived Qantas Grounding Over... Flights To Resume

Government Puts A Stop To Labor Dispute... For Now

Qantas tells ANN that flights will resume today, and should be in full-swing by mid-afternoon, on Monday 31 October 2011 subject to further instructions from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). A petition by Fair Work Australia was granted and allows the Australian Government to terminate all industrial action by the Australian Licensed Engineers Union, the Transport Workers Union, the Australian and International Pilots Union and Qantas.

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SAFE Publishes Progress Report On Training Reform

Responses From Key Stakeholders Were Substantive, Positive

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has published a progress report based on comments received from key industry and FAA stakeholders to the six proposed projects distilled from the Pilot Training Reform Symposium held earlier this year.

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Enstrom Establishes Chinese Dealership

Enstrom Piston And Turbine Helos To Be Offered Out Of Guandong Province

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has appointed Zuhai Business Aviation Center as an Enstrom helicopter dealer in China. Located in Guandong Province, Zuhai BAC will now sell, service and operate Enstrom helicopters along with their well-established, fixed-wing business. To inaugurate the dealership, Zuhai BAC has placed orders for a new 280FX and a new 480B demonstrator helicopter.

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Bob Miller IFR Online Webinar Starts Tuesday

First Online Lesson Is A Freebie... Come Join In!

Our good friend and fellow aero-curmudgeon, Bob Miller, has an interesting project scheduled to debut this Tuesday evening (1700 ET) -- an 8-week long live webinar on the intricacies of instrument flight. And best of all, the first aviation webinar can be sampled, cost-free (two words you usually don't hear in the same sentence... aviation and FREE).

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NTSB Prelim: Part 135 C207 Was Fighting Heavy Wind Gusts

Yes... Sometimes Mother Nature Really Is A (Expletive Deleted)

Strong gusty winds are a tough gig to deal with, appear to have some contributory factor in this accident -- though winds straight down the runway sound a bit off the mark for the suddent bank/behavior reported by witnesses to the accident... we look forward to seeing what else the NTSB comes up with in this accident... one that had fatal consequences for the freight pilot.

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U.S. Court Revokes FAA Approval Of Cape Wind

Offshore Wind Farm Opposed By Massachusetts NIMBYs

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday revoked a previous "no hazard" determination by the FAA concerning the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm, saying that the FAA failed to consider the very real dangers and risks to the operations and safety of the 400,000 flights that transit Nantucket Sound each year.

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Big Business: Transaero Airlines Commits To Four Buying A380s

We'll Bet They Got the Quantity Discount...

It looks like Airbus ended last week with a win... Transaero Airlines, Russia’s second largest airline, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for four A380 aircraft. The agreement was signed by Olga Pleshakova, Transaero Airlines CEO and Christopher Buckley, Airbus’ Executive Vice President Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

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JetBlue Passengers Stranded On Plane 7 Hours At Wrong Airport

Freak Winter Storm Diverts Flight With No Place To Deplane Passengers, Investigation Underway

Passengers on board a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to Newark were diverted to Hartford Bradley International Airport in Connecticut Saturday, but with airports shut down all over the northeast due to a heavy snowstorm, there was no gate at which to park the plane.

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Klyde Morris (10.31.11)

Klyde Remains A Skeptic...


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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.31.11): Ground Delay Program (GDP)

Ground Delay Program (GDP) A traffic management process administered by the ATCSCC; when aircraft are held on the ground. The purpose of the program is to support the TM mission and limit airborne holding. It is a flexible program and may be implemented in various forms depending upon the needs of the AT system. Ground delay programs provide for equitable assignment of delays to all system users.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.31.11)

Aero Linx: USPPA The USPPA, the US Powered Paraglding Association, was formed on March 15, 2001 as a 501(c)3 charitable corporation. Tax exempt status was gained several years later. The siite states that, "Our hope is to 'Promote, Enhance and Preserve the sport of Powered Paragliding' through the collective efforts of those who chose to participate. By combining our efforts there are some things that we can do more effectively as a collective whole than as individual parts or small groups.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.31.11)

"We congratulate our Russian colleagues on Sunday's successful launch of ISS Progress 45, and the spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station. Pending the outcome of a series of flight readiness meetings in the coming weeks, this successful flight sets the stage for the next Soyuz launch, planned for mid-November. The December Soyuz mission will restore the space station crew size to six and continue normal crew rotations." Source: From a statement by Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington, on Sunday's launch of the Progress 45 spacecraft to the International Space Station.

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