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December 10, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 12.10.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.10.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.10.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: FIRCs for All CFIs? - 12.10.10 (ANN Special Report, with Jason Blair, Executive Director of the National Association of Flight Instructors)

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NPRM Survey By National EMS Pilots Association

Proposed Regs May Significantly Effect The Air Medical Industry

The National EMS Pilots Association is gathering feedback from helicopter EMS pilots on proposed regulations that may become the most far-reaching rules to date for the Air Medical industry.

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EADS North America Prepares To Build KC-45 Tanker Production Plant In Alabama

Program Management Firm Selected, Bidding Open

While there has been no word on whether Boeing or Airbus will get the contract to build the next Air Force Tanker, EADS North America said Wednesday that it is soliciting bids through its recently selected program management firm for design and construction of the Mobile Conversion Center.

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Japan Selects Mitsubishi To Build 40 UH-60J SAR Helicopters

New Helos To Be Phased Into Service Over 20 Years

Japan's Ministry of Defense has selected Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' (MHI) proposal to supply the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) with a new fleet of advanced UH-60J search and rescue helicopters. The aircraft will be produced under license from Sikorsky.

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Major Gathering Of Rutan-Designed Aircraft Planned At AirVenture 2011

Afternoon Air Show On Thursday, July 29 To Feature Variety Of Rutan Designs

Paying tribute to an aviation legend responsible for many unique aircraft designs, EAA AirVenture 2011 will salute Burt Rutan with a special day of recognition along with dedicated programs and attractions.

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Lycoming Adds Airpart Supply As Distributor

Heathrow-Based Supplier Extends Reach In UK, Europe, Africa

Lycoming said Tuesday it has added Heathrow-based Airpart Supply Ltd. to its worldwide distributor network.

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Innovative Enroute Application Introduced By Jeppesen

Adds Real Time Global Weather For Flitedeck Pro EFB

A situational awareness enroute application that features worldwide, real-time weather service was introduced Wednesday by Jeppesen as a new component of its FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB).

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Kermit Weeks Inducted Into World Acrobatic Society 'Gallery Of Legends'

Fantasy of Flight Founder First Aviator To Be Considered By The Group

Kermit Weeks, the creator and founder of Fantasy of Flight in central Florida, was recently honored by the World Acrobatics Society as one of its 2010 Gallery of Legends (GOL) inductees in the Extreme Sports category.

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FAA Signs $271 Million Agreement For Design-Build Services

Contract Covers New And Existing FAA Facilities

The FAA has signed a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) worth $271 million for design-build services at its EnRoute Facilities.

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Nextant Aerospace Completes 400XT R&D Certification

Successfully Completed Company Research And Development Flight Tests

Nextant Aerospace says it has completed the Company R&D flight testing for the 400XT.

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Hydrogen-Powered Phantom Eye Requires Specialized Fueling Infrastructure

System Supplies Liquid Hydrogen For The Long-Endurance UAV

When the Phantom Eye takes to the skies, Air Products' hydrogen fueling capabilities will be put to another specialized and advanced technological use. Air Products is providing the hydrogen and fueling infrastructure for The Boeing Company's Phantom Eye.

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Aero-TV: 'Out To Launch' -- A Closer Look At SpaceX's Latest Milestone

Details Behind Wednesday's Successful COTS Demo 1 Flight

We're still all abuzz over the successful SpaceX/NASA collaboration that resulted in the first commercial payload orbited and recovered back to dear old Mother Earth. While ANN's aerospace affiliations have made it easy for us to stay close to the action and the people making it happen, we simply must admit to more than a little envy of all that occurred and the very talented people who made it happen. This is serious hairy-chested real-live rocket science and it would not be unusual, maybe even expected, for them to have had a LOT more trouble with the Falcon9 program by now... but they haven't and history has truly been made. And better yet, SpaceX's Dragon has orbited the Earth and come home safely.

Update: Patent Threat To 'Runway Finder' May Be Re$olved

Liberal Patent Policies May Make Life Difficult For Other Online Flight Planning Providers

The nation's love affair with lawsuits is apparently going to cost GA at least one, and probably some other, online flight planning utilities. Runwayfinder.com has announced that it is going offline after being sued by FlightPrep, a competitor that managed to convince the US Patent Office that they owned the rights to much of the technology and methodology used by a number of online flight planning vendors.

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Aero-TV: 'Out To Launch' -- A Closer Look At SpaceX's Latest Milestone

Details Behind Wednesday's Successful COTS Demo 1 Flight

We're still all abuzz over the successful SpaceX/NASA collaboration that resulted in the first commercial payload orbited and recovered back to dear old Mother Earth. While ANN's aerospace affiliations have made it easy for us to stay close to the action and the people making it happen, we simply must admit to more than a little envy of all that occurred and the very talented people who made it happen.

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Babbitt Concerned With Increase In Laser Incidents

No Accidents Yet, But Administrator Calls The Problem "Serious"

In a blog post on the DOT website, FAA administrator Randy Babbitt says that an uptick in the number of incidents in which a laser pointer has been directed at an airplane is a "serious problem," which pilots should immediately report.

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Eurocopter X3 Hybrid Helicopter Hits 180 Kts

Step 1 Speed Objective Attained Ahead Of Schedule

Eurocopter’s X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator, which first flew September 6, 2010, has reached the program’s Step 1 speed objective ... attaining a true airspeed of 180 kts in level flight at a reduced level of engine power.

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Klyde Morris (12.10.10)

Space Ant! Space Ant!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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2nd AAS 72X Demo Aircraft Flies For The First Time

Several Advanced Capabilities Demonstrated In 40 Minute Flight

The second of three company-funded Armed Aerial Scout 72X Technical Demonstration Aircraft (TDA) has completed its first flight, EADs North America said Wednesday. The flight took place Tuesday at the company’s American Eurocopter facility in Grand Prairie, Texas and lasted 40 minutes.

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NASA, German Aerospace Center Sign Civil Space Agreements

Goal Is Enhanced Cooperation Over The Next 10 Years

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Chairman of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Executive Board Johann-Dietrich Worner signed a framework agreement for cooperative activities in aeronautics, exploration and the peaceful use of space Wednesday at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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SpaceX Reveal's Dragon's 'Secret' Payload

Behold The Power Of ...

Who says rocket scientists don't have a sense of humor? Before the successful launch, voyage, and recovery of SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft, the first time in history a commercial company has recovered a spacecraft from orbit, reporters were buzzing with news of a "secret" payload, stowed on board.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.10.10)

"It sounds silly, but this is a serious problem. Just this year alone, we have had over 2,200 reported instances of people pointing lasers into the cockpits of airplanes flying around some of our nation's busiest airports." Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.10.10): Obscuration

Any phenomena in the atmosphere, excluding precipitation, that reduces horizontal visibility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.10.10)

Airshow Schedule, Reviews

The 2010 airshow season is in the books, but if you're ready to do a little pre-planning for the 2011 season, airshowsreview.com already has a few shows on the schedule, and promises to post up-to-date information as it becomes available.

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