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September 04, 2012

Airborne 09.04.12: Richard Bach Accident, QCAS Airshow Crash, Sikorsky Prize

Also: NASA Radiation Mission, FAA PED Plans, AAL Pilots Looking For Agreement, Electric Cri-Cri, Vote OSH2012 High and Low Points!

Aviation author, Richard Bach, remains in serious but improving condition following his approach to landing accident on Saturday while flying an Amateur Built-Experimental SeaRey Amphib  he purchased earlier this year. The Hoppers Jet Team has lost the newest member of the team after the crash of a L39 Albatross jet aircraft Saturday at the 2012 Quad City Airshow in Iowa. The accident occurred at approximately 1325 local time.  The pilot has been identified as Glen A. Smith, 58, of Frisco, Texas. A group of students at a university in Maryland are a little closer to claiming the two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand-dollar ‘Sikorsky

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Gulfstream G280 Certified By FAA, Civil Aviation Authority Of Israel

First Delivery Expected By Year's End

The FAA and the civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) have certified Gulfstream's G280 aircraft. The certificates verify the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design and are among the final steps required before Gulfstream delivers the first fully outfitted G280 to a customer.

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Stephen Ganote Named President Of Washington Space Business Roundtable

Group Promotes Commercial Space Businesses And Eduction In Washington, D.C. Area

At its August 2012 meeting, the board of the Washington Space Business Roundtable (WSBR) named Stephen Ganote its President for the 2012-13 fiscal year. Mr. Ganote replaces Dennis Granato of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and will be responsible for overseeing all WSBR activities.

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Moon Express Hires Veteran Team From Space Industry

Company Plans To Pursue Commercial Lunar Missions, Win The Google Lunar X PRIZE

Moon Express has introduced its senior technical team of veteran space industry engineers hired to lead the company's flight programs. The Moon Express technical leadership team is described as a "who's who" of space industry veterans with over 50 NASA space missions to their credit.

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MNG Airlines Takes Delivery Of Its First A330-200F

Newest Operator Of the Mid-Size Freighter

MNG Airlines, Turkey’s dedicated freight operator, has taken delivery of its first of four A330-200Fs on order. Today the airline already operates a fleet of seven A300 cargo aircraft, and will expand its services by moving up to the A330 Freighter.

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RAF Surveillance Aircraft Clock Up 20,000 Flying Hours

Sentinel, Shadow Have Been Patrolling Over Afghanistan Since 2009

Surveillance aircraft based at RAF Waddington have notched up a collective total of 20,000 flying hours protecting British and other ISAF forces in Afghanistan. The high-tech, state-of-the-art Sentinel R1 aircraft of No 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron and Shadow R1 aircraft of 14 Squadron have each clocked up 10,000 hours on Operation HERRICK.

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NASA's Kepler Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting A Pair Of Stars

First Time Planets 'Seen' Orbiting Two Suns

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered multiple transiting planets orbiting two suns for the first time. The system, known as a circumbinary planetary system, is 4,900 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

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'100 Year Starship' Announces 2012 Public Symposium

Global Platform For Public, Private Efforts To Enable Interstellar Travel By 2112

The first major event from 100 Year Starship (100YSS) will take place September 13-16, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, TX.  A DARPA-seed funded initiative building an inclusive, global aspiration for interstellar space travel, the 100YSS 2012 Public Symposium will bring together influential thought, scientific and cultural leaders to explore the technologies, science, social structures and strategies needed to make capabilities for human travel to another star system a reality within the next century.

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Boeing Fatigue Test To Validate Predicted Life Of B-1 Bomber Fleet

USAF Hopes To Fly The Aircraft Until At Least 2050

A five-year testing program is underway on the  wing of a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber to validate the predicted life of the bomber fleet, currently expected to be 2050. The testing is being carried out by Boeing. The test also will reveal potential areas of concern for which Boeing and the Air Force can develop maintenance and repair plans.

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Eurocopter Brings EC725 Helicopter To Poland’s MSPO

On Display At the International Defense Industry Exhibition

Eurocopter plans to display its multi-role EC725 at the MSPO International Defense Industry Exhibition at Kielce, Poland. The company says the aircraft is the latest and most advanced member of its 11-ton military product line.

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American Airlines Launches Codeshare Agreement With Iberia Express

Flights Will Originate In Madrid To Destinations Throughout Europe

American Airlines and Iberia Express, a subsidiary of American's joint business partner, Iberia, received approval from the U.S. DOT for a new codeshare agreement. This agreement allows American to place its code on flights marketed by Iberia, and operated by Iberia Express, between its Madrid hub and 14 destinations throughout Europe. Flights are available for sale September 4 for travel beginning September 10.

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Helicopter Fuel-Savings Program Expands To Europe

New Hampshire Company Granted EASA STC For Auto Gas In Robinson Model R44

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted an STC to New Hampshire-based JTI Air Holdings allowing the operation of Robinson Model R44 helicopters using automotive gasoline for fuel. The company sells certificates that allow pilots in the United States and other countries to fly helicopters using cost-saving automotive gas.

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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 Revisited -- One On One with Rod Hightower (Part 2)

Frank and Comprehensive Interview Offers Insights Into Hightower's Leadership

Just before this year's annual aerial extravaganza at Oshkosh, ANN managed to wangle some quality time with EAA Boss Rod Hightower.... just a year into this official leadership of the organization. Webcast in five parts as a component of our daily LIVE Airborne coverage during the show, we've had a number of requests for the interview, itself, separate from all the many other stories that were part of each day's jam-packed episodes.... and here it is.

Airborne 09.04.12: Richard Bach Accident,QCAS Airshow Crash, Sikorsky Prize Appears Winnable

Also: NASA Radiation Mission, FAA PED Plans, AAL Pilots Looking For Agreement, Electric Cri-Cri, Vote OSH2012 High and Low Points!

Aviation author, Richard Bach, remains in serious but improving condition following his approach to landing accident on Saturday while flying an Amateur Built-Experimental SeaRey Amphib  he purchased earlier this year. The Hoppers Jet Team has lost the newest member of the team after the crash of a L39 Albatross jet aircraft Saturday at the 2012 Quad City Airshow in Iowa. The accident occurred at approximately 1325 local time.  The pilot has been identified as Glen A. Smith, 58, of Frisco, Texas. A group of students at a university in Maryland are a little closer to claiming the two-hundred-and-fifty-thousand-dollar ‘Sikorsky Prize.&r

Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 Revisited -- One On One with Rod Hightower (Part 2)

Frank and Comprehensive Interview Offers Insights Into Hightower's Leadership

Just before this year's annual aerial extravaganza at Oshkosh, ANN managed to wangle some quality time with EAA Boss Rod Hightower.... just a year into this official leadership of the organization. Webcast in five parts as a component of our daily LIVE Airborne coverage during the show, we've had a number of requests for the interview, itself, separate from all the many other stories that were part of each day's jam-packed episodes.... and here it is.

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Boeing Celebrates Delivery Of LAN Airlines' First 787 Dreamliner

LAN Becomes First Airline In Americas To Receive The Dreamliner

The first Dreamliner for LAN Airlines in Latin America was delivered late last week, making it the first airline in the region to receive the new airplane. LAN is only the fourth customer in the world to include the Boeing 787 in its fleet with 32 of this new aircraft on order and lease.

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AMR Corporation And US Airways Announce Non-Disclosure Agreement

Will Evaluate A 'Potential Combination'

AMR Corporation ("AMR"), the parent company of American Airlines® and US Airways Group, Inc. have entered into a non-disclosure agreement ("NDA"), under which the companies have agreed to exchange certain confidential information and, in close collaboration with AMR's Unsecured Creditors Committee, to work in good faith to evaluate a potential combination, the companies said in a news release. 

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Diamond Aircraft Introduces DA42 Guardian For Radio Monitoring At The ILA Berlin

Airplane Designed For Border Guard, Maritime Rescue, And Military Missions

Diamond plans to roll out a new version of the DA42 Guardian at the ILA Berlin next week. Equipped with a COMINT system from Rohde & Schwarz the DA42 remote sensing platform reliably detects, identifies and locates radio signals. The airplane is designed for border guard, maritime rescue, and military missions.

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Southwest Airlines Announces Executive Changes

CFO Laura Wright Announces Retirement; Tammy Romo Named as Successor

Southwest Airlines' Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, Laura Wright, has advised the Company of her decision to retire. Gary Kelly, Southwest's Chairman, President, and CEO, said that Wright's decision was accepted with profound gratitude for her many significant contributions to the success of Southwest over the course of the last 25 years.

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Philippine Students Ask That CAAP Lift Suspension Of Their Flight School

Training Suspended Following An Accident Involving The School's Owner And A Student

Students enrolled at Aviatour Fly'N in the Philippines have petitioned the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) to lift the suspension of their school so that their flight training can continue.

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Coast Guard Rescues Golden Knights Skydiver

Parachute Team Member Went Off Course, Wound Up In Cleveland Harbor

The Coast Guard rescued a member of the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, after he missed the landing zone and ended up in Cleveland Harbor, off the coast of Cleveland Saturday morning.

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FAA Approves Winglets For 757-200PCF Freighter Conversion

Allows Conversion Of Aircraft Already So Equipped To Freighter Configuration

The FAA has approved 15 cargo position freighter conversions on 757-200s that have winglets currently installed on the aircraft by Precision Conversions (Precision). The winglet approval applies to all Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney powered 757-200s.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.04.12)

"Hope he enjoyed the boat ride." Source: USCG Petty Officer 3rd Class Larry Odell, officer-of-the-day at Station Cleveland Harbor, after a member of the Golden Knights parachute team was pulled from Cleveland Harbor by the USCG Saturday.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.04.12): Hard Landing

An event during landing that results in excessive G-forces being transmitted into the structure of the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.04.12)

'Friends of Leiston Airfield'

The 'Friends of Leiston Airfield' was formed in the summer of 1995 by Peter Saunders, Chris Betson and the late Peter Barker, after a group of people with holiday caravans on the 'Cakes & Ale Park', had become concerned that a small memorial erected on a hardstand in an area hidden from view from the general public, had become neglected and rubbish strewn.

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