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August 16, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.16.11

SpaceX gets a huge chance to prove it's ready.
A formation flight leads to a mid-air over Texas.
And, with allies like Pakistan, who needs enemies?

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Boeing Projects $110 Billion Commercial Airplanes Market In Russia And CIS

Nearly 900 New Airplanes Will Be Needed Over The Next 20 Years

In its newly-released "2011 CIS Market Outlook", Boeing forecasts that air carriers in Russia and CIS will take delivery of 1,080 new airplanes over the next 20 years at an investment of $110 billion. New airplane deliveries in the region will be driven largely by the need to retire older, less fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes and regional jets, as airlines replace them with new-generation, more fuel-efficient models.

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Panel Recommends Increased Airmanship, Leadership Training

Airline Pilots Should Also Have Greater Access To Advance Simulators

An industry group comprised of safety experts, airline industry officials, and labor representatives has recommended to the United States Congress that airline pilots be better trained in manual flying skills, as well as enhanced leadership skills, and be afforded better access to advanced simulators.

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NASA Selects XCOR To Participate In $10 Million Suborbital Flight Contract

Lynx Spacecraft Will Help Investigate Upper Atmosphere, Edge Of Space

NASA has selected XCOR Aerospace to provide suborbital flight and payload integration services for research and scientific missions in a program that will offer up to $10 million dollars in contracts to match payload customers with flight vehicle services. The awards were announced by NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.

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NASA Unveils New Batch of Space Shuttle Program Artifacts

Shuttle Training Aircraft And Full-Scale Shuttle Mockup Explorer Available

The final space shuttle landing July 21 opened new prospects for eligible education institutions, museums and other organizations to receive a piece of spaceflight history. The eighth batch of artifacts from NASA's space programs became available Monday on a website that NASA and the General Services Administration (GSA) developed.

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Team Attempting Circumnavigation In Experimental 4-Place

Sling 4 Is Prototype Of New GA Design

The latest creation from The Airplane Factory in South Africa has embarked on an attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The Sling 4 ... a four-place, single engine GA airplane ... is heading east from South Africa planning to fly around the world.

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TSA To Discuss Cargo Security Within Middle East And Asia Region

International Conference On The Issue Set For Dubai

Strengthening international collaboration to improve cargo screening and security is becoming a high priority for aviation security officials worldwide. TSA says it has set a vision for air-cargo security which is the formation of a layered solutions planned to protect against security breaches.

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Beechcraft 1900D Pro Line 21 IDS Upgrade Completes 1st Flight

Early Step Towards STC For Three-Display Flight Deck

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) said in a news release Monday that its Rockwell Collins Integrated Display System (IDS) flight deck upgrade for the Beechcraft 1900D has completed its first flight. This upgrade removes the factory installed Pro Line II EFIS 84 system, as well as other analog instrumentation, and replaces it with the fully integrated three-display Pro Line 21 IDS.

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Boeing, Air Lease Corporation Finalize Order For 737-800s, 777-300ERs

As Many As 23 Airplanes Included In The Package

An order for 14 Next-Generation 737-800s, with options for four more, and five 777-300ER (extended range) airplanes, has been finalized between Boeing (and Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Previously posted on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer, the order marks the completion of part of an agreement announced during the Paris Air Show in June.

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Hearing Between US Airways And Pilots' Union Set For August 19

Airline Alleges Union Pilots Are Staging An Illegal Work Action

A federal judge has set a tentative date of August 19th for a hearing on an allegation by US Airways that its union pilots who belong to UASPA are staging an illegal work action the union says is a safety campaign. The airline says the actions are causing flight delays and mishandled bags, which has caused harm to its business.

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Waterloo Air Show Features Canadian Heritage Flight

Canadian Forces CF-18, F-86 Sabre, P-40 Kittyhawk Will Fly Together

The 2011 edition of the Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) Air Show is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, August 20-21, and will feature a never-before-seen historical formation flight over the skies of the Region of Waterloo International Airport. The flight will honor three separate generations of aircraft used by Canada’s Air Force.

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Chabot Space & Science Center Awarded $14,000 Grant

Money To Fund Youth Presentation For Earth Summit (Rio+20)

Chabot Space & Science Center's innovative youth volunteer outreach program, Galaxy Explorers, has been chosen by the Association of Science & Technology Centers ("ASTC") as one of ten science centers worldwide to participate in SCEnaRioS: Science Centers Engagement and the Rio Summit. The program is collaboration between ASTC, UNESCO and the Foundation FIOCRUZ, intended to engage young people around the world in a discussion around major topics central to the deliberations at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro this June.

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AgustaWestland Has New Rep For Chile, Peru

AVIASUR To Offer Services From Its HQ In Santiago

AgustaWestland announced last week at the 8th Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) that it has signed an agreement with AVIASUR to be its Independent Sales Representative for Chile and Peru for commercial helicopters. The agreement follows the entry into the market of the AW119Ke single-engine helicopter and the AW109 Power and GrandNew twins in 2010.

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ISS-Bound: SpaceX COTS 2 And 3 Demos Combined Into A Single Mission

NASA Announces November 30 Launch Date

NASA has announced a launch date of November 30, 2011 for the next Falcon 9 mission, which should be followed nine days later by Dragon berthing at the ISS. Over the last several months, SpaceX has been preparing for the upcoming flight – a mission designed to demonstrate that a privately-developed space transportation system can deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station (ISS).

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Classic Aero-TV: Up Close and In-Depth--The Garmin GTN 650 and GTN 750 (Part 1)

Garmin's Next-Gen Avionics System Picks Up Where the GNS 430/530 Left Off

The industry has been waiting for years to see the follow-up to one of the most successful avionics platforms in the history of general aviation. Greatly anticipated, and buoyed by an aggressive rumor mill, the Garmin folks spent a considerable period of time with our Aero-TV teams to explain why the GTN 650 and 750 systems represent Garmin's best bet for future cockpits.

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Clay Lacy, Don Spruston To Be Recognized With NBAA's Highest Honors

Winners Of The Meritorious Service And 'Jack' Doswell Awards

The NBAA announced Monday that the legendary pilot and entrepreneur Clay Lacy will receive the 2011 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, and international business aviation pioneer Don Spruston will receive the 2011 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.

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Pakistan May Have Allowed Chinese Access To Stealth Helo

No Official Confirmation, But 'Reason To Believe' Photos And Skin Sample Taken

The circumstances surrounding the final hideout of Osama bin Laden, where he had lived for years near Pakistan's main military academy, led to serious questions about whether the nation was really much of a US ally in the fight against al Qaeda. New revelations are likely to encourage those inclined to answer, "no."

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Analyst: Tiger Airways Has Major Challenge To Overcome

Difficult To Recover From Grounding For Safety Reasons

An analysts at the Melbourne Business School says Tiger Airways faces a very high hurdle to regain the publics' trust after being grounded for safety reasons by CASA. MBS Associate Professor of Business Strategy Doug Dow said Tiger will have a very difficult time convincing people it is safe to fly, and that he could not recall any major carrier that had successfully done so.

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Centennial Celebration Of Wright Soaring Record Planned For The Fall

SOARING100 Is Organizing The Three-Day Event

Motorless aviation enthusiasts and historians are teaming up to celebrate the centenary of an historic aviation milestone at the Outer Banks of North Carolina from October 21 through 24 ...  Orville Wright’s record 9 minute 45 second soaring flight near Kitty Hawk, NC in 1911.

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Texas Mid-Air Kills Formation Pilot

Residents Say Experienced Pilots Routinely Practiced On Weekends

Saturday brought a sad reminder that formation flying presents increased risks. The FAA reports the pilot and only occupant of a Vans RV-6 died when his plane went down in a wooded area near Conroe, TX, near Houston. Weather was reported as few clouds, 10 miles visibility, and winds 240 at four knots.

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Missing Blimp Found After Unintended Unmanned Flight

High Winds Caused Airship To Break Loose From Moorings In Ohio

High winds which tore through the Midwest over the weekend caused the Hangar 1 Vodka airship to break loose from its moorings, and the blimp went on a short, unscheduled, and unmanned flight in central Ohio.The Associated Press reports that the airship was moored at Don Scott Airfield on the Ohio State campus when the winds caused it to break loose.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.16.11)

"We expect passenger traffic for the region to grow at a rate of 4.3 percent on average." Source: Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, on the release of Boeing's 2011 CIS market outlook in Moscow.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.16.11): Production Approval Holder

A holder of a production certificate (PC), an approved production inspection system (APIS), a parts manufacturer approval (PMA), or a technical standard order (TSO) authorization who controls the design and quality of a product or part thereof.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.16.11)

American Aviation Historical Society

The American Aviation Historical Society was founded in 1956 as a non-profit ( 501.3.c. ) educational organization.  The primary objective of the organization is the preservation and dissemination of the rich heritage of American aviation.

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