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September 11, 2012

Airborne 09.11.12: 9/11 Remembered, G650 Cert, Tough Weekend For GA

Also: Lear 75 Powers Up!, Airbus Futures, FAA Inspector Scandal, Skip Stewart, NASA

Our program today is being posted on nine-eleven … eleven years after al-Qaeda terrorists took control of four airplanes with little more than boxcutters and brought down the World Trade Center, crashed another into the Pentagon, and would have done more had not brave passengers put up a fight aboard flight 93 over Pennsylvania. In those eleven years, aviation has changed, and many would say not for the better....

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U.S. Airports Call For National Aviation Policy

ACI-NA Says Long-Term Stability Need In The Aviation Industry

The Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Board of Directors  has unanimously approved a resolution which calls upon the U.S. Government to create a national aviation policy that will provide the kind of long-term stability aviation needs to remain the nation’s gateway for economic growth and development.

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Three-Month Sales Push Planned By Piper

Aircraft To Be Displayed Both In The U.S. And Internationally

Fresh from presenting Piper airplanes to customers at August venues in Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, China, and Canada, Piper has scheduled aircraft exhibitions at additional aerospace venues in Europe, India, China, Mexico, Africa, Japan, and the United States through November 2012.

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Land On The Sand At Copalis State Airport

Its The Last Registered Ocean Beach Airport In The United States

Late this spring, the last ocean-front beach airport reopened sporting some safety and navigation improvements. Copalis State Airport (S16) now has a windsock and navigation cones that mark the beginning and the end of the strip of sand on which planes are allowed to land.

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IBAC Announces Appointment Of New Director General

Kurt Edwards To Lead The Group Representing International Business Aviation

The NBAA is pleased to welcome Kurt Edwards, who was appointed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) on September 7 as its new director general. IBAC is the international non-governmental organization (INGO) that represents the interests of business aviation operators from around the world in international forums, primarily ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization).

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FAA Grants SAS STC To Cool City Avionics

New Stability Augmentation System Approved For Robinson R-44

The FAA has granted Supplemental Type Certificate SR09624RC to Cool City Avionics for its SAS-100 Stability Augmentation System, allowing its installation in Robinson R-44 helicopters. The new Stability Augmentation System (SAS) improves aircraft dynamic stability in response to turbulence upsets while hovering and in flight.

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'Jetman' Shares The Skies With Iconic Spitfire

Flies In Close Formation With Historic WWII Fighter

As part of a celebration of Aviation, Yves "Jetman" Rossy took to the skies with fellow "Breitling Flyer" pilot, Nigel Lamb in the renowned Spitfire MH434. In this unique close-formation flight, the British iconic aircraft offered a stark contrast to the futuristic Jetwing.

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First Bell 407GX Delivered For Tourism

Noise Signature Figured Into The Company's Decision

Bell Helicopter has delivered two 407GX aircraft to Helicopter Flight Services, Inc., a New York based company offering tours, charters, aerial photography, lift work and custom projects. Helicopter Flight Services is the first to operate a Bell 407GX in a sightseeing capacity.

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US Army's JLENS Will Protect Sailors, Critical Waterways

JLENS Proves Capable Of Tracking Swarming Boats

Soldiers will soon have a system that enables them to protect sailors and safeguard commercial and military navigation in strategic waterways. In June, a series of tests demonstrated that Raytheon's JLENS is capable of detecting and tracking swarming boats from hundreds of miles away.

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Richard Bach On The Mend

Beloved Author Still In Critical Condition

Author Richard Bach, 76, continues to recover from his injuries following his approach to landing accident on Friday, August  31, while piloting his amateur built-experimental SeaRey Amphib purchased earlier this year. Healing has been slow since his small plane went down in the San Juan Islands in Washington State, but he’s reportedly been able to speak a few words and respond to simple commands as he remains hospitalized in intensive care.

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Gear Door From B767 Falls In WA Neighborhood

Part Apparently Separated From An Airplane Friday Morning

A landing gear door about the size of a refrigerator hit the ground in a residential neighborhood in Kent, WA, Friday, according to the FAA. The part was confirmed to have come from a Boeing 767.

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Woman Reportedly Prevented From Boarding Flight For 'Bad Attitude'

TSA Agent Admits That Safety Was Not The Reason She Was Barred From Flying

A woman who refused to allow TSA to test a bottle of water she had bought after clearing security at a Houston airport was not allowed to board her flight, and a TSA agent's admission that the reason she was refused boarding was because of her "attitude" was captured on a video.

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PRODUCT: Glasflugel Models Standard Libelle-201B, Club Libelle 205, Mosquito, and Kestrel gliders.

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Airborne 09.11.12: 9/11 Remembered, G650 Cert, Tough Weekend For GA

Also: Lear 75 Powers Up!, Airbus Futures, FAA Inspector Scandal, Skip Stewart, NASA

Our program today is being posted on nine-eleven … eleven years after al-Qaeda terrorists took control of four airplanes with little more than boxcutters and brought down the World Trade Center, crashed another into the Pentagon, and would have done more had not brave passengers put up a fight aboard flight 93 over Pennsylvania. In those eleven years, aviation has changed, and many would say not for the better....

Classic Aero-TV: True North Avionics -- Multilingual Handsets for BizAv

Say What? Multilingual Communications Behind The Cockpit

Let's face it... business aviation is often as international a pursuit as it gets... so it makes sense that the equipment we use to aviate and communicate be as multilingual as the clientele that uses it. The TrueNorth Stylus incorporates TrueNorth’s intuitive, one-button interface; HD Voice Quality for near broadcast-quality voice communications; wired and wireless configuration options; and personalization options that include custom materials to match the decor of the applicable cabin or aircraft interior.

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Last Call!!! OSH2012 'Best/Worst Of' Award Selection Invites YOUR Participation!

LAST CHANCE!!! YOU Can Contribute To The Annual List Compiled By The Staff and Readership of the ANN and Aero-TV!

For quite a while, we have recognized the highs and lows inherent in the general and sport aviation community -- and yes, we’ve had a bit of fun in the process. There are but a few places where that is more a propos than at a major event like the Oshkosh Fly-In -- a place where one can take a solid read on the heart and soul of aviation. It's hard to know what really is going to make a difference and what really qualifies as exceptional unless you've been watching this industry carefully for several years... as we have. OK.... we've had a month to let it all sink in... to consider the event carefully -- and we are about tready to tell you

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New Research Points To Signs Of Recovery For Business Jet Aircraft

Projection Based On Corporate Profitability, Considerable Pent-Up Demand

In a report titled "Civil Aircraft: The Market for Business Jet Aircraft," marketresearch.com says that the market for business jet aircraft is showing signs of recovery from the global economic downturn. Recent corporate profitability signals the potential for future market improvement.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Elects Stuart O. Witt Chairman

Succeeds Eric Anderson, Who Has Completed His Appointed Term

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation has elected Stuart O. Witt as its next Chairman. Witt was nominated and elected by CSF’s Executive Board of Directors, whose members span the industry. Witt succeeds Eric Anderson, who has completed his appointed term. Anderson will continue to serve as a CSF Officer and member of the Board.

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NASA's HS3 Global Hawk Mission Begins With Flight To Hurricane Leslie

UAVs To Conduct Overflights And Penetrate Hurricanes Over The Next Two Years

NASA has gotten its latest hurricane science field campaign underway by flying an unmanned Global Hawk aircraft over Hurricane Leslie in the Atlantic Ocean during a day-long flight from California to Virginia. With the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission, NASA for the first time will be flying Global Hawks from the east coast of the U.S.

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F-35A Reaches 'Huge Milestone' In Program Development

Operational Utility Evaluation Began Monday

Air Force officials began their F-35A Lightning II Operational Utility Evaluation September 10, an instrumental step in beginning Joint Strike Fighter pilot and maintenance training for the service. Two 33rd Fighter Wing pilots at Eglin AFB, FL, along with two Air Force test pilots, will conduct the review expected to last approximately 65 days.

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Flight Attendants At American Eagle Ratify Bankruptcy Agreement

Offer Approved By 87 Percent Of Voting Members

Flight attendants at American Eagle, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have approved a tentative agreement with management. This agreement, which includes substantial improvements over management's original bankruptcy term sheet as well as their Last Best Final Offer, was approved by 87 percent of voting AFA members.

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Gamera II Team Suffers Setback

Aircraft Failed During Test Flight After Reaching 9.4 Feet

The University of Maryland Clark School's Gamera II human powered helicopter suffered a structural failure during a flight that reached 9.4 feet of altitude during a test flight September 1.

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Airplane Explosives Hoax The Result Of A Bad Breakup

Pictures Posted On Facebook Led New Boyfriend To Phone In The Threat

That explosives hoax that caused a US Airways flight to return to Philadelphia last week was apparently the result of a bad breakup ... and a jealous new boyfriend ... and ultimately ended in the arrest of the innocent party in the hoax on drug charges.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.11.12)

"The primary objective of the environmental Global Hawk is to describe the interaction of tropical disturbances and cyclones with the hot, dry and dusty air that moves westward off the Saharan desert and appears to affect the ability of storms to form and intensify." Source: NASA's Scott Braun.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.11.12): Minimum Fuel

Indicates that an aircraft's fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.11.12)

Humanitarian Aviation International

A self-described small group of individuals dedicated to helping disadvantaged people in the world by helping Humanitarian Organizations solve pressing aviation related problems enabling them to maintain and enhance their critically needed services.

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