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June 27, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.11

Congress puts the brakes on the LightSquared deployment.
Maine lawmakers decide they really do want aviation business.
And airliners may soon taxi using just their APUs.

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ANN Special Feature: Beware Unfamiliar Aircraft - 06.27.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about why we should beware of unfamiliar aircraft, even those which are smaller and less advanced than what we usually fly.

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NTSB Prelim: King Air Upset Results in Structural Damage

Turbulence and Ice Lead To Serious Control Loss

OK... this flight did NOT sound like a good time. But the double combo of increasing turbulence and rime ice led up to a very serious upset that ultimately culminated in structural damage to the airframe. This could have gone a lot worse and the flight crew apparently had their hands full getting this situation under control.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 06.27.11

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Beware Unfamiliar Aircraft - 06.27.11 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Mexican State Of Jalisco To Purchase S-70i Black Hawk Helicopter

Aircraft Expected To Enhance Security For Pan American Games Later This Year

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has secured a contract to sell one S-70i Black Hawk helicopter to the state of Jalisco in Mexico. With the sale, Jalisco will become the first state in Mexico to acquire its own Black Hawk.

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Flight Testing for Mars: Dryden F-18 Flying MSL Radar

California High Desert Simulates Martian Conditions

Southern California's high desert has been a stand-in for Mars for NASA technology testing many times over the years. So it was again as NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory flight-tested the next Mars rover's landing radar, using an F/A-18 aircraft.

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Washington State, Boeing Back Aerospace And Defense Supplier Summit

Boeing Endorses Networking Event Connecting Aerospace Buyers, Sellers

In what is being described as the first event of its kind in the United States, manufacturers and suppliers from major global aerospace and defense industries will come together in Seattle next year to help create business opportunities and share information on the industry growth trends. 

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C-130 AMP Prepares For USAF Test And Evaluation

Five C-130 Avionics Modernization Program Aircraft Will Fly In IOT&E Program

Final preparations are underway for five C-130 aircraft to enter Boeing's Avionics Modernization Program (AMP). The U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) program is set to begin in early 2012.

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NASA Flights Seek To Improve View Of Air Pollution From Space

P-3B Flights Will Supplement Satellite Data Over National Capital Region

Two NASA research airplanes will fly over the Baltimore-Washington region and northeast Maryland this summer as part of a mission to enhance the capability of satellites to measure ground-level air quality from space.

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NASA Probe Nears Position For Year-Long Stay At Giant Asteroid

Dawn Spacecraft Expected To Enter Orbit Around Vesta July 16

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin gathering science data in early August.

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Rockwell Collins Wins Follow-On MA-60 Simulator Contract From XASC

Sim And Training Business In China Continuing To Expand

Rockwell Collins continues to grow its simulation and training business in China with a new follow-on contract from Xian Simulation Science and Technology Company (XASC) to provide major components for two MA-60 full flight simulators.

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Chinese Team Wins Team Wins Airbus 'Fly Your Ideas' 2011 Competition

Students From Nanjing University Of Aeronautics and Astronautics Claim Top Prize

The top prize of nearly $48,000 in Airbus’ "Fly Your Ideas 2011" competition was awarded to Team Wings of Phoenix from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China) at a ceremony held at the International Paris Air Show Wednesday.

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We've All Said We 'Live At The Airport' ... But Really?

Vancouver Looking For Someone To Take 80-Day Storytelling Assignment

There's "living at the airport," and then there's this. Vancouver Airport Authority has announced a contest to find a storyteller "who's got what it takes to come live at YVR for 80 days and 80 nights and tell the unique, interesting and little-known stories of Canada's second largest airport."

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Aero-TV: Life With No Regrets -- Michael Combs' Flight for the Human Spirit

Every Life Is An Adventure -- But, Some More Than Others...

The story of Michael Combs starts out like many others.

"When I was a kid, I had always wanted to fly. I remember looking at clouds and other airplanes, and thinking that someday I would be there. Unfortunately, and so many other people can relate to this, I put it off. 'It's too expensive. I don't have a pilot's license. I don't have an airplane,' and on and on and on it would go.

Airshow Pilot Jacquie Warda Downed by Engine Failure... But Safe

Finally... An Airshow-Related Emergency Story ith A Happier Ending

Whew! Some somewhat 'good' news for a change... ANN has learned that airshow pilot Jacqueline Warda has had to execute an unplanned landing in her Pitts airshow biplane, N77MN, due to an engine failure. While her bird is reportedly destroyed, she's alive, a bit bruised and scraped but otherwise OK -- and that's ALL that matters.

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Aero-TV: Life With No Regrets -- Michael Combs' Flight for the Human Spirit

Every Life Is An Adventure -- But, Some More Than Others...

The story of Michael Combs starts out like many others.  "When I was a kid, I had always wanted to fly. I remember looking at clouds and other airplanes, and thinking that someday I would be there. Unfortunately, and so many other people can relate to this, I put it off. 'It's too expensive. I don't have a pilot's license. I don't have an airplane,' and on and on and on it would go.

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Rise and Fall: The Fortunes/Misfortunes Of The Cirrus Dream (Part 1 Of A Series)

Once On The Leading Edge Of A GA Renewal, Cirrus May Prove To Be A GA Embarrassment

News and Analysis By Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C Aviation has had a tough couple of years... as a combination of a poor economy, even poorer press, and some startling bad-mouthing from Washington has helped to keep a struggling industry from seeing much progress at a time when survival, without these problems, would have been troubling enough.

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Klyde Morris (06.27.11)

Klyde Seems A Little Disillusioned by 'A-Poo' -- Remind You Of Any Other Such Organization?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Prelim: PPC Fatality Appears To Be 'Judgment' Issue

Unregistered Aircraft, Unlicensed Pilot, Ignored Warnings About WX

One of the true tragedies of aviation comes from those accidents that are so clearly avoidable and despite the fairly short synopsis of a recent PPC accident, the details add up quickly to a no-win scenario where a little judgement could have stopped a series of bad calls that resulted in the death of the pilot. What a shame...

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The Flight Is To Mars ... But There's A Lengthy Layover In Florida

NASA's Next Mars Rover Arrives At KSC From CA. Launch Preparations Begin For Fall Mission

The Mars Science Laboratory rover, also known as Curiosity, arrived late Wednesday night at NASA's Kennedy Space Center aboard an Air Force C-17 transport plane.

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Alternative Jet Fuels May Soon Be Sprouting At Metro Detroit’s Airports

Airport Authority Partners With MSU Extension On Bioenergy Grant Project

Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP), has partnered with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Office to grow, harvest and process bioenergy crops on airport-owned property.

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Proposed Delta Codeshare Arrangement With Saudi Airlines Draws Fire

Concerns Raised That Jews Might Be Denied Boarding To Some Destinations

A Delta Airlines plan to enter into a codeshare agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines has drawn fire from the American Center for Law and Justice.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.27.11): Rotor Cloud

Rotor Cloud An altocumulus cloud formation that can be found in the lee of a mountain or similar barrier. The air rotates around a horizontal axis, creating turbulence. Altocumulus lenticularis is an example.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.27.11)

Aero-Linx: Flight Standards Service-General Aviation and Commercial Division The General Aviation and Commercial Division is responsible for regulations and policy recommendations governing the certification, inspection, and surveillance of...

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.27.11)

“How does aviation protect itself in the future against the depletion of fossil fuels and the uncertainty of foreign sources of energy? Part of the answer may be to grow it.” Source: WCAA Interim CEO Genelle M. Allen, following the announcement that Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), operator of Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP), had partnered with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Office to grow, harvest and process bioenergy crops on airport-owned property.

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