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October 11, 2010

America's Challenge Balloon Damaged By Gunfire Over Texas

Sheriff Reportedly Has A Suspect In Custody, But Would Not Confirm

Reports coming into ANN indicate that the first America's Challenge Gas Balloon to land did so because it was shot at by someone as it flew at about 800' AGL over Texas.

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South African Woman Is The First Female Gripen Pilot

She Was Also The First Woman To Fly The Gripen In 2004

South African Air Force (SAAF) Captain Catherine Labuschagne made her solo Gripen flight at the South African airbase Makhado in the Limpopo province of South Africa last week. The flight gives her a place record books as the first female Gripen pilot.

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Restored 1945 Boeing B-17 Bomber Coming To Greenville Downtown Airport

"Aluminum Overcast" To Visit Tuesday And Wednesday

On Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday October 13th, The EAA's B-17G Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" will be in the upstate region of South Carolina as part of the EAA's 2010 "Salute to Veterans" national tour. 

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 10.11.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.11.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.11.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Dangers Close to Home - 10.11.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Eurocopter Completes Delivery Of 36 EC120s To Hélidax

Public-Private Partnership Gives France Modern Military Training Aircraft

The delivery Friday of the 36th EC120 to marked Hélidax in France marked an important step in a public-private partnership set up to provide the French armed forces with a modern and cost-effective training helicopter.

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Brazilian Aviation Group Closes Inaugural Helicopter Lease

Air Taxi Operation Will Add 2 New Sikorsky 76C++ To Its Fleet

Brazils second-largest helicopter operator (by fleet size) is about to add 2 new Sikorsky 76C++ aircraft to its fleet. Milestone Aviation Group has partnered with Omni Taxi Aereo of Brazil to provide 100% lease financing for the addition the helos in a deal worth $23 million at retail prices.

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ESA Awards $7 Million Contract For LEO Spacecraft Communications

COM DEV Europe Says Its System Will Be "Revolutionary" In The Field

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract worth approximately $7 million to COM DEV Europe for the development of new SB-SAT (SwiftBroadband for Satellite) technology.

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NASA Symposium Marks 50-Year-Search For Signs Of Life In The Universe

Speakers Include Early NASA Astrobiology Investigators

World-renowned scientists will address past, present, and future activities in the search for signs of life in the universe at a NASA symposium on Thursday, Oct. 14, from 0800 - 1700 EDT. The event will take place at the Lockheed Martin Global Vision Center in Crystal City, VA.

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Ornge AW139 Fleet Fitted with SkyNode Tracking System

Data Telemetry Device For New Helicopters

The Canadian transportation firm Ornge is having its fleet of new AW139 helicopters equipped with Latitude Technologies SkyNode S200-021 satellite based Satcom/tracking/messaging system.

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NASA Presents Three Robert H. Goddard Awards

Employees Honored For Scientific Work

Three employees of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, were recipients of the 2010 Robert H. Goddard Award for Science. The award was bestowed upon Matt Greenhouse, Randy Kimble and Alexander Moiseev for outstanding work in sciences at NASA Goddard.

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Aero-TV: Aspen Avionics at Oshkosh -- What's New from the Ever-Evolving Aspen

They Call It 'Evolution' For A Reason

ANN had a good time at this year's annual Oshkosh Aerial Love-Fest... and spent a LOT of time talking to folks to learn about the best and brightest in new aviation planes and products... like the latest updates to the swiftly evolving Aspen Avionics Glass panel retrofit program.

Only Two Remain Aloft In America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race

Race Looks To Be Flying To Historic Finish

 Barely 48 hours after a beautiful launch into a flawless night sky, ANN can report that the 'America's Challenge' is aptly named. According to officials with the race, 'just two balloons remain aloft in the 15th America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons – and it looks like regardless of who wins, history will be made.'

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Aero-TV: Aspen Avionics at Oshkosh -- What's New from the Ever-Evolving Aspen

They Call It 'Evolution' For A Reason

ANN had a good time at this year's annual Oshkosh Aerial Love-Fest... and spent a LOT of time talking to folks to learn about th best and brightest in new aviation planes and products... like the latest updates to the swiftly evolving Aspen Avionics Glass panel retrofit program.

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Klyde Morris (10.11.10)

Klyde Has The Volunteer Spirit....

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Houston In The Hunt For New ERAU Campus

Area Near Ellington Airport On The Short List

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has reportedly narrowed its list of potential sites for a third residential campus to two, with one of them being a location near Houston's Ellington Airport (KEFD).

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FAA Approves CAE e-Learning For 'No Classroom' Helicopter Ground School

Courses Offered For Initial And Recurrent Training

The FAA has granted approval to CAE to deliver the pilot training ground school for the Eurocopter AS350 helicopter through a CAE Simfinity e-Learning program, enabling pilots to reduce their time at the training centre for both initial and recurrent training. The announcement came Wednesday at the Helitech Europe conference.

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Indian Air Force To Evaluate Beechcraft T-6C Trainer

Winner Of The Contract Will Sell 75 Aircraft To The IAF

The Indian Air Force has scheduled an evaluation for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation's Beechcraft T-6C military trainer.

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AerSale Acquires 19 Boeing 747-400 Aircraft From JAL

Last Of The Japanese Carrier's -400s Go For Resale, Lease, Parts

Florida-based engine and part reseller AerSale has acquired a fleet of 19 Boeing 747-400 series passenger aircraft powered by CF6-80C2B1F engines from Japan Air Lines (JAL), the company said Thursday.

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California Company Opens Helicopter Training Facility In Alaska

Group 3 Aviation Expands To Anchorage

A new helicopter flight training and commercial helicopter service facility is set to open in Anchorage, Alaska.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.11.10): Braking Action Advisories

Braking Action Advisories   When tower controllers have received runway braking action reports which include the terms “fair,” “poor,” or “nil,” or whenever weather conditions are conducive to deteriorating or rapidly changing runway braking conditions, the tower will include on the ATIS broadcast the statement, “Braking action advisories are in effect” on the ATIS broadcast...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.11.10)

Aero-Linx: AIBF -- Gas Balloons We encourage everyone to learn more about the sport and history of gas ballooning. Fortunately, there are several resources to turn to here on the Balloon Fiesta website and on the World Wide Web. Gas balloons fly as a result of a lifting gas in their envelopes. In the United States pilots fly with helium or hydrogen as the lifting gas. Both gases are lighter than air. Gas balloons get their initial lift from the helium or hydrogen pumped into their envelopes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.11.10)

"The T-6C offers the Indian Air Force the world's most proven and cost-effective training system available... It accommodates instruction in instrument flight procedures and basic aerial maneuvers and, including its predecessors the T-6A and T-6B, has accounted for more than 640 deliveries worldwide." Source: Jim Maslowski, HBC president, U.S. and International Government Business, commenting on the Indian Air Force's scheduled evaluation for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation's Beechcraft T-6C military trainer.

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