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August 01, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.01.11

The Dreamliner was a big deal at Oshkosh.
Google signs on to sponsor the Green Flight Challenge.
And the Redbird Skyport will pioneer simulator-centric training.

Sponsored By.

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ANN Special Feature: Oshkosh Revisited - 08.01.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with 2008 National CFI of the Year Max Trescott about highlights of EAA AirVenture 2011. 

FMI: www.maxtrescott.com<

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Redbird Flight Simulations Now Corporate Member Of The IMC Club

Sponsoring The 'I aM Current' Initiative

The IMC Club International said Thursday that Redbird Flight Simulations ... manufacturer of flight training devices ... has become a corporate member of the IMC Club and sponsor of the IMC Club’s upcoming IMC (“I aM Current”) initiative. The” I aM Current “(IMC) program consists of one challenging approach with emergency practice per month in a Redbird FMX AATD, ensuring IFR currency and increased proficiency for participants.

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Seneca College In Toronto Orders Four Cessna Skyhawks For Training

Aircraft Modified With CRM Training Seat Scheduled For Delivery Next Year

Cessna announced at the EAA's AirVenture 2011 that it has signed a contract with Seneca College in Toronto for four 172 Skyhawk aircraft modified with Cessna's Crew/Cockpit Resource Management (CRM) training seat. The four Skyhawks will join the Seneca School of Aviation and Flight Technology fleet of 14 aircraft that includes eight earlier model 172s.

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Virgin Galactic Appoints Its First Chief Financial Officer

Kenneth Sunshine Will Serve As Chief Financial Officer

Sir Richard Branson has announed that Kenneth H. Sunshine will be Virgin Galactic's first chief Financial officer. In this newly created role, Sunshine will be responsible for managing the company’s financial strategy, driving growth and overseeing all finance and accounting functions as Virgin Galactic transitions from a development project to a commercially operational business.

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New 4 Stroke Axial Engine Introduction

Small, Lightweight Mills For Ultralight, Experimental, And UAV Applications

New Zealand-based Duke Engines LTD has introduced the world's only commercial 4-stroke axial piston spark ignited engine, and was showing it  last week at Oshkosh. The engine is lightweight, small, valveless, vibration-free, has very high power density, and runs on most fuels, including kerosene/jet fuel.

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Swift Enterprises Announces Testing Agreement With Electroair

100LL Alternative To Be Tested With Direct Fire Ignition System

Swift Enterprises and Electroair are pleased to announce the signing of a Testing Agreement. For the last five years, Swift Enterprises has been developing 100SF, a high-octane unleaded replacement for 100LL aviation gasoline that meets Grade UL102 of the newly-published ASTM D7719 Standard Specification for High-Octane Unleaded Test Fuel.

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Lucasfilm’s Red Tails To Premier On January 20, 2012

Twentieth Century Fox To Release Epic Action Story Inspired By The Heroic Tuskegee Airmen

A film described by its producers as "A high-flying action epic inspired by the heroic exploits of the first all African-American aerial combat unit" ... the Lucasfilm production of "Red Tails" will launch on January 20, 2012, released by Twentieth Century Fox.

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Trim Speed Controller Addresses Run-Away And Failure Issues

TCW Technologies Says It Offers A Safe Trim Option

Safety-Trim is an electronic speed control system for standard electric trim servos found on many homebuilt aircraft.  It replaces other speed controllers and relay modules with an electronic solution that resolves issues such as run-away trim and failure to operate conditions.

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Shuttle Program Alpha And Omega

Eye-Witness To The Beginning, And The End, Of The Space Shuttle

When the July 8th launch date for STS-135, the final flight of the Space Shuttle, was announced I had the feeling I was screwed on covering the launch. After a quick look at my calendar, I was sure… I was screwed.

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Flight 93 Memorial Will See Limited Opening On 9/11

Supporters Have Raised About 3/4 Of Needed $62 Million For Completion

The actions of the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001 are credited with thwarting a fourth terrorist airliner attack by interfering with hijackers. The Flight 93 Memorial Task Force wants to make sure they have a fitting memorial.

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Google Lunar X Prize Competitor Launches 'The Moon Is Me' Campaign

Designed To Forster Awareness Of The Importance Of Lunar Exploration

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Moon Express has launched a public education and outreach campaign called "The Moon is Me", designed to foster public awareness and support of lunar exploration as vital to life on Earth and a positive future for humanity.

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R/C Flying As A Career

It's A Bit More Complicated Than That, But UAVs Are Coming On Strong

Let's say you're a young person, and you're spent years of your life and every penny you can acquire enjoying R/C flying. You've started with small planes and moved up to big planes, maybe even jets. But it's time to move on, you just can't justify spending all your time and money in this area no matter how much you enjoy it. So what do you do?

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Airbus To Acquire Metron Aviation

Supports strategy to improve global Air Traffic Management

Airbus has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based Metron Aviation, a leading provider of advanced Air Traffic Management (ATM) products and services for the global aviation industry. This acquisition strengthens Airbus’ strategy to accelerate and support ATM programs that will dramatically improve global air transportation capacity, efficiency and environmental sustainability.

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Aero-TV: At Oshkosh 2011- Trial By Fire, Hightower's 'First' Week

It's A Wrap -- You Name It, It Happened At Oshkosh 2011!!

It was one for the near-record books... but in light of the economy and the political doubts that trouble so many people these days, the results of this year's Oshkosh extravaganza didn't need to be a record to be a tremendous success... and they were. And, by the way, it was officially Rod Hightower's first week as the boss of the whole works!

Aero-TV: At Oshkosh 2011- Trial By Fire, Hightower's First Week

It's A Wrap -- You Name It, It Happened At Oshkosh 2011!!

It was one for the near-record books... but in light of the economy and the political doubts that trouble so many people these days, the results of this year's Oshkosh extravaganza didn't need to be a record to be a tremendous success... and they were. And, by the way, it was officially Rod Hightower's first week as the boss of the whole works!

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Two Fatally Injured In Wright 'B' Flyer Replica Accident

Veteran Pilots Aboard The Historic Replica Were Volunteers For The Organization

Two veteran pilots were fatally injured Saturday when the replica Wright "B" Flyer they were aboard went down during a test flight. One of them was a former president of the Wright "B" Flyer non-profit organization which had built the aircraft.

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ATA Recommends Actions To Help Ensure The Viability Of Alternative Jet Fuels

Airlines Say They Are Continuing To Leverage Every Strategy And Technology Possible To Save Fuel

Representatives of the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) testified Thursday before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the needs, challenges and opportunities for alternative jet fuels.

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Inaugural Live Coverage Of Oshkosh2011, 07.25.11, Day 1

Nightly Webcasts Keep You Up To Date On Events At The Show

From Our Day One Coverage of Oshkosh2011: In an ongoing effort to keep you informed about what's going on at AirVenture this year, ANN has made a commitment to bring you a live video wrap up of the days activities each evening a 1900 CDT. The programs, which will continue through Friday, include a summary of the days top news, as well as a feature interview with one of the days' newsmakers.

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Redbird's Skyport Will Employ A Piper Seminole

Aircraft Sold At AirVenture, To Be Delivered Next Spring

A new Piper Aircraft twin-engine Seminole will join Redbird Flight Simulations' innovative and multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012. Delivery of the training aircraft is set to occur next spring. Cutter Piper Sales sold the airplane to Redbird Skyport of San Marcos, Texas, where the airplane will be based at Oshkosh during AirVenture 2011.

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SportairUSA Intros EPApower, Light-Weight Power For Competition

Producing Two Variants Of The Popular Rotax 912 Engine

SportairUSA, the American marketer and distributor light sport aircraft, announces EPApower engines and performance parts for Rotax. SportairUSA is currently showing the Dallair FR-100 Light Sport Aerobat, powered by EPApower, at AirVenture 2011. The engine, installed in the aircraft, is on display at the LSA Mall.

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Alaska Accident Fatally Injures Four

One Airplane Lands Safely, But Badly Damaged

A mid-air collision has resulted the fatal injury or four people in Alaska, as two floatplanes reportedly collided at 1414 local time about 90 miles northeast of Anchorage near Amber Lake in the Trapper Creek area.

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Klyde Morris 08.01.11

Bolden EJECT, EJECT, EJECT!

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US Forest Service Cancels Aero Union Airtanker Contract

California Company Did Not Meet Agency's Safety Standards

The U.S. Forest Service announced today that it has terminated its contract with Aero Union of Sacramento, CA, because the company failed to meet its contractual obligations. The company was providing six airtankers under exclusive-use contracts to the Forest Service.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.01.11)

"Even with immense ongoing progress to enhance fuel efficiency, we still face head winds; however, with congressional action, we can help ensure the opportunity of alternative jet fuels is realized." Source: ATA Senior Vice President, Legislative and Regulatory Policy Sharon L. Pinkerton.

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Aero-Terms (08.01.11): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.01.11)

Vintage Transports Surviving On Off-Airport Locations

Aviation enthusiasts find their bounty at airports; even aviation museums and salvaging companies are often at airports or close by. However, some aircraft survive on remote locations away from airports, as part of a restaurant, hotel or even a chicken coop.

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