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September 30, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.13

Tecnam Wins EASA Certification…
Dozing on the Job Not Uncommon in the UK…
Going Back to Space in American Hardware…
 

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New Hampshire Senator Blocks Obama Nominee For Air Force Secretary

Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) Wants Answers About The A-10 Program

A Republican senator from New Hampshire is has placed a "hold" on President Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Air Force over the fate of the A-10, which is reportedly on the budget chopping block.

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Eurocopter, SME Partners To Roll Out ‘Groundbreaking’ Eco-Design Tool

Collaborative Project Intended To Reduce Emissions Throughout The Manufacturing Process

Together with its SME and research partners, Eurocopter has marked the completion of the development of a “groundbreaking” eco-design tool at its industrial site in Marignane (Bouches-du-Rhône, France). The result of a collaborative project involving purchaser and suppliers, the new tool will allow the various stakeholders in the industrial chain to significantly enhance the environmental performance of their products.

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Eurocopter, CAE To Create EC225 Helicopter Training Center In Norway

Facility Will Include A Level D Flight And Mission Simulator

CAE and Eurocopter have entered into an agreement for an EC225 helicopter training facility in Norway, including a CAE 3000 Series Level D flight and mission simulator that will begin operation in 2015 as part of the Eurocopter-approved simulation center.

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ESA's Cluster Satellites In Closest-Ever 'Dance In Space'

Four Identical Spacecraft Have Been Studying The Earth's Magnetospehere In Three Dimensions

Since 2000, the four identical satellites of the Cluster quartet have been probing Earth’s magnetosphere in three dimensions. This week, two of them made their closest-ever approach, just two-and-a-half miles, enabling valuable data to be acquired with unprecedented detail.

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NASA Selects Early Stage Innovation Proposals From 10 Universities

Will Lead To Technologies To Address High Priority Technical Needs For The U.S. Space Program

NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early stage space technologies that address high priority technical needs America's space program must master to enable future missions.

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12 NASA Explorer Schools Receive Honor Awards And Grants

Recognized For Contributions To STEM Disciplines

NASA has recognized 12 NASA Explorer Schools from 11 U.S. states for their contributions to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) education in the 2012-2013 school year.

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MQ-8C Fire Scout Readied For Flight Operations

Tests Assure All Systems Are Functioning And Communicating Properly Prior To Flight

The U.S. Navy's first MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopter was powered up, and the aircraft's four blades turned for the first time during initial ground testing and engine runs conducted by prime contractor Northrop Grumman at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, CA, Sept. 20.

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NASA To Host Workshop To Discuss Asteroid Initiative Ideas

Has 96 Responses To Request For Information To Parse At The Meeting

NASA will host a public workshop to examine and synthesize 96 of the ideas submitted to a Request for Information (RFI) about the agency's asteroid initiative. The workshop will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX.

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Boeing Sends Protected Government Signal Through Commercial Satellite

First Successful Transmission Of Protected Tactical Communications On Non-Military High-Capacity Satellite Platform

Boeing has transmitted a government-developed, frequency-hopping signal through a commercial satellite, demonstrating the potential for the military to access more communications pathways at a lower cost than building new satellites, while protecting its data from jamming attempts.

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Airborne 09.27.13: 1-On-1 With AOPA's Baker, Privatization?, NAA Disses Hoover?

Also: Eclipse 550 To Attend NBAA 2013, SpaceX Ramps Up Dragon Production, Congrats To Ashley and Jordan On Their Marriage!!

ANN's CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell was granted one of the first in-depth interviews with Mr. Baker who has been on the job for less than a month. In preparation for this opportunity we asked you - our readers and listeners, what questions you would ask if you were one-on-one with the new AOPA Top Gun. Your replies numbered in the many hundreds -- completing a document of nearly 30,000 words. In the conversation that occured, the questions asked are YOURS - the answers are Mr. Baker's. Here now is Part 1 of our ANN Special

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Orbital and Space XScore Score Commercial Space Successes

It Was A GREAT Week For A Number Of Folks In The Commercial Space Transport Biz

After a week's delay in orbit due to software hiccups, Orbital's Cygnus vehicle successfully docked at the ISS. The station's Expedition 37 crew reported the spacecraft -- loaded with about 1,300 pounds of cargo -- berthed Sunday morning at 8:44 a.m. EDT, following an 11-day journey to the orbiting laboratory. Cygnus had been scheduled for a rendezvous with the space station on Sept. 22. Due to a data format mismatch, the first rendezvous attempt was postponed.

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ANN Receives LOTS Of Feedback From Our Three Part Interview With Mark Baker

Baker Interview Much Listened To... But Not Well-Received

Listen to Part One Of Our Interview With Mark Baker Listen to Part Two Of Our Interview With Mark Baker Read More

Klyde Morris (09.30.13)

Klyde Keeps A Low Profile

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Emirates Nears Deal For 777X

But Middle Eastern Airline Says There Is Still A 'Lot Of Work To Do'

Boeing and Emirates Airline are continuing to work on a deal that would bolster the initial production of a re-vamped 777 airliner, but the airline said while many technical issues have been resolved, the two sides are still negotiating over the price of the airplane.

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Virgin Galactic Hosts 'Your Flight DNA' Event

Brings Together Largest Number Of Future ‘Astronauts’ To Date

Virgin Galactic hosted its annual private customer event at Mojave Air and Space Port Wednesday. Deemed, “Your Flight DNA,” the occasion brought together the largest number of future astronauts to date, with approximately 400 customers and a total of 640 individuals in attendance. 

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XCOR Aerospace ULA Announce Important Milestone

Liquid Hydrogen Engine Program Making Significant Progress

XCOR Aerospace and United Launch Alliance have announced significant progress in the XCOR/ULA liquid hydrogen (LH2) engine development program. Conceived as a lower-cost, risk-managed program, the XCOR LH2 engine program is intended to produce a flight-ready cryogenic upper-stage engine in the 25,000 lbf thrust class with growth potential up to 50,000 lbf thrust or more.

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Elon Musk Blasts Competitors Over Launch Complex 39A

Accuses Blue Origin, ULA Of 'Blocking Tactics'

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is none too happy with commercial space competitors Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance. The space entrepreneur accused the two companies of using a "phony blocking tactic" to prevent his company from acquiring the exclusive rights to launch complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Audio Instrument Airplane Rating Ground School Available For Download

Lessons Come In MP3 Format For Ease Of Use

An aviation ground school described as the "first of its kind" is now available in MP3 format, which the author says makes studying for the knowledge test as easy as downloading popular music.

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Pensacola Beach FL Air Show Cancelled

Move Follows Dramatic Reduction In Plans For Navy Event

The Santa Rosa Island Authority Board has scrapped plans for a Veterans Day Weekend air show just two weeks after the board agreed to spend $170,000 for the event.

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BASE Jumper Fatally Injured On Mt. St. Helena

Survived Long Enough To Activate An ELT, Call His Wife

An experienced BASE jumper appears to have struck a rock outcropping on Mt. St. Helena in northern California resulting in his fatal injury.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.30.13)

Aero Linx: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 158 countries. Thirty-thousand of these members are students.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.30.13): Micro-En Route Automated Radar Tracking System

Micro-En Route Automated Radar Tracking System (MEARTS) An automated radar and radar beacon tracking system capable of employing both short-range (ASR) and long-range (ARSR) radars. This microcomputer driven system provides improved tracking, continuous data recording, and use of full digital radar displays.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.30.13)

"Sen. Ayotte's central concern is that our troops, including New Hampshire servicemen and women serving in harm's way, have the close air support they need to safely accomplish their missions. The A-10 airframe is credited with saving 60 American lives this summer in Afghanistan." Source: Liz Johnson, a spokeswoman for Senator Kelly Ayotte, a Republican senator from New Hampshire who has placed a "hold" on President Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Air Force over the fate of the A-10, which is reportedly on the budget chopping block.

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