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August 23, 2010

Iran Claims It Has Its First Long-Range UAV

Karrar Aircraft Is An Unmanned Bomber, Iran Says

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood on a stage Sunday and pulled a sheet from what he claims is Iran's first long-range UAV, which he says will be used against "aggressors" in the Islamic Republic.

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Park Rangers, Pilot Missing In Alaska

Plane With Four On Board Hasn't Been Heard From Since Saturday

A DeHavilland Beaver with a pilot and three park rangers on board has been missing in southwest Alaska since Saturday.

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NAFI: Is Arizona Following In The Footsteps Of California?

NAFI Concerned About Arizona Board Discussions On Flight-training Issues

The National Association of Flight Instructors recently became aware that the the Arizona State Board for Private and Postsecondary Education will have a meeting this week during which it will discuss the "Question of Regulation of Certain Classifications of Airplane Pilot and Instructors under Part 61 of the CFR."

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ACLU, Some Logan Passengers, Cool To TSA Frisking Test

New Procedure Allows Palms-Down Searches

TSA is testing a new search procedure at Boston's Logan International airport, as well as Las Vegas-McCarran, in which a palms-down frisking technique is replacing the former "back of the hands" search. And one civil rights group has already raised questions about the practice.

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Tibet Airlines Picks Airbus

Recently-Approved Airline Will Launch Operations With Three A319s

Lhasa-based Tibet Airlines has chosen the Airbus A319 to build up its fleet and is set to become Airbus’ newest customer in China. The airline, which obtained the approval of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in March 2010, has signed a commitment to acquire three A319s.

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NASA Enlists Celebrity Help For Public Service Campaign

Mary J. Blige Joins Agency To Encourage Science Careers For Women

NASA is collaborating with award-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige to encourage young women to pursue exciting experiences and career choices by studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 08.23.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.23.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.23.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Hover Taxi, in an Airplane? - 08.23.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.23.10

NTSB knows why that 737 lost a chunk of its fuselage.
WhiteKnightTwo is in the shop after a landing incident.
And recovery efforts for a Helldiver hit a snag...literally.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.23.10

NTSB knows why that 737 lost a chunk of its fuselage.
WhiteKnightTwo is in the shop after a landing incident.
And recovery efforts for a Helldiver hit a snag...literally.


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ANN Special Feature: Hover Taxi, in an Airplane? - 08.23.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, who answers a listener e-mail about an idea for improving slow flight in airplanes which sounds like a helicopter technique.

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Aero-TV: Best Seat in The House -- 'Inside' The AeroShell Aerobatic Team

Yeah.... This IS A Really Cool Job

When ANN's Nathan Cremisino took over the lead of our Aero-TV teams, he knew he was in for some extra work and a lot of extra responsibility. Still... with all that, there ARE times when its good to be the top guy.... like when our friends at Aspen Avionics call over and ask if we want to put one of our Aero-TV videographers aboard a formation aerobatic flight with the world famous Aero-Shell Aerobatic Team. At such times, its good to be in a position to say... "Hey, I want to go..." and go.

Aero-TV: Tsunami Air Racing -- Rebuilding A Legacy

A Tragic Loss May Someday Be Brought Back To Flight Status

It was one of the most aggressive efforts to energize American air racing... an one of its greatest tragedies... Tsunami, the first original homebuilt unlimited racer built since 1939, was designed for speed record attempts and air racing until its loss on September 25th, 1991. Tsunami crashed while on final approach to Pierre Municipal Airport in Pierre, South Dakota killing pilot John R. Sandberg, due to a mechanical control failure that resulted in an irrecoverable flight condition.

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Aero-TV: Best Seat in The House -- 'Inside' The AeroShell Aerobatic Team

Yeah.... This IS A Really Cool Job

When ANN's Nathan Cremisino took over the lead of our Aero-TV teams, he knew he was in for some extra work and a lot of extra responsibility. Still... with all that, there ARE times when its good to be the top guy.... like when our friends at Aspen Avionics call over and ask if we want to put one of our Aero-TV videographers aboard a formation aerobatic flight with the world famous Aero-Shell Aerobatic Team. At such times, its good to be in a position to say... "Hey, I want to go..." and go.

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Aero-TV: Tsunami Air Racing -- Rebuilding A Legacy

A Tragic Loss May Someday Be Brought Back To Flight Status

It was one of the most aggressive efforts to energize American air racing... an one of its greatest tragedies... Tsunami, the first original homebuilt unlimited racer built since 1939, was designed for speed record attempts and air racing until its loss on September 25th, 1991. Tsunami crashed while on final approach to Pierre Municipal Airport in Pierre, South Dakota killing pilot John R. Sandberg, due to a mechanical control failure that resulted in an irrecoverable flight condition.

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SplashDown! SpaceX's Dragon Spacecraft Successfully Completes High Altitude Drop

Final Test Before Launch Validates Mission Critical Function

SpaceX is detailing the successful completion of a high altitude drop test of its Dragon capsule - meeting 100% of test objectives. This is the last in a series of tests to validate parachute deployment systems and recovery operations before the craft's first launch. During the August 12th test, an Erickson S-64F Air-Crane helicopter dropped a test article of the Dragon spacecraft from a height of 14,000 feet, roughly nine miles off the coast of Morro Bay, California.

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NTSB: 2-Ship Flight Proceeded Into Bad WX Til One Turned Around -- And Survived

One Did Not... and A CFIT Accident Resulted

There are a number of potential lessons to be learned from the some of the data released as part of NTSB preliminary report... detailing the tragedy that occurred as two aircraft proceeded into deteriorating conditions in rough territory. When the lead aircraft pressed on, the following aircraft's pilot grew wary of the flight and ultimately decided to execute the most important maneuver in EVERY pilot's repertoire... the 180 degree turn. Tragically, the lead aircraft did not and went down in rising terrain... at the end of a canyon.

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USAF Officials Release MQ-1B Accident Report

Pilot Error... From A Distance

Pilot error caused the crash of an MQ-1B Predator at Southern California Logistics Airport during an April 20 training mission, according to an Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released Aug. 20. The Predator was an Air National Guard aircraft from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing at March Joint Air Reserve Base, Calif., operated by members of the 3rd Special Operations Squadron under the supervision of instructors from the 163rd Operations Group Formal Training Unit also based at March JARB.

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McGill Aviation Wins Fight With NE Florida Town

City Of Fernandina Beach Out As Much As $2 Million In Legal Battle With FBO

A small town in northeast Florida has been informed by an arbitrator for the court that it is liable for more than $2 million in damages, attorney's fees, and other costs associated with a lawsuit it filed against McGill Aviation, the FBO at the city-owned airport.

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Klyde Morris (08.23.10)

Klyde is Aghast At Airline 'Thinking'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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ALPA Claims Pilots Committed to 'Highest Flight Communications Standards'

ALPA Brings Pilots’ Perspective to FAA Partnership for Safety Symposium

'Communication' was the primary topic last week as the Air Line Pilots Association brought the views of nearly 53,000 airline pilots to the FAA’s Partnership for Safety Symposium, and made clear the importance of ensuring that every professional involved in the operation of a flight adheres to the highest possible communications standards.

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Ping-Pong Balls To Float Crew Capsule Simulator

Inexpensive, Lightweight, Buoyant ... What's Not To Like?

If ping-pong balls can float a sunken boat, they should be able to keep an uncrewed space capsule simulator from sinking. Right?

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NASA Supports New FAA Commercial Space Transportation Center

Kennedy Space Center To Serve As Flight Test Facility

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will support the new Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation (COE), a university-led consortium sponsored and announced Wednesday by the FAA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.10): Blocked

Blocked Phraseology used to indicate that a radio transmission has been distorted or interrupted due to multiple simultaneous radio transmissions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.10)

Aero-Linx: Transport Canada -- Air Transportation Canada is recognized as having one of the most successful and safest civil aviation programs in the world. Transport Canada works with many partners both here at home and around the world to protect and maintain our air safety and security record, and to make air travel more environmentally responsible.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.23.10)

"By holding the Dragon to stringent standards for manned missions from the start, tests like this will ensure the highest quality and reliability for Dragon over the long term... We are proving, every day, that the future of American missions to space will rely on American made commercial companies." Source: Elon Musk, SpaceX CEO and CTO, following the drop test of a Dragon capsule from a high-flying Erickson S-64F Air-Crane helicopter, from a height of 14,000 feet to test parachute and landing recovery systems.

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