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August 21, 2013

Nashville, TN Airport Authority Announces Board Changes

Two New Members Join Board, Two Reappointed To Positions

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) announces the appointments and confirmations of Aubrey B. Harwell III and Nicole Maynard as new members of its Board of Commissioners, as well as the reappointments of Commissioners Rod Essig and Bobby Joslin. Maynard is the fourth woman, including Chair Juli Mosley, the first woman chair of the board, to serve currently on the MNAA Board.

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Erickson Air-Crane Announces MRO Contract With Helicopter Transport Services

Will Modify Tail Boom And Pylon Assemblies On CH45B Aircraft

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated, a provider of aviation services to a diverse mix of commercial and government customers, and the manufacturer and operator of the powerful heavy-lift Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter, announced Monday that it has received a contract from Helicopter Transport Services (“HTS”) to perform modifications and upgrades on seven CH54B tail boom and pylon assemblies.

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NSBRI Partnering With NASA To Reduce Space Radiation Risks For Astronauts

Soliciting For A Center For Space Radiation Research

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) is soliciting for program proposals to establish a Center for Space Radiation Research (CSRR). The CSRR will build upon important discoveries made by the NSBRI Center of Acute Radiation Research and extend them by characterizing and quantifying the effects of space radiation on living systems.

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AirAsia Rebrands As 'Vanilla Air'

Airline President Says 'Everyone' Loves Vanilla

AirAsia, the low-cost option offered by All Nippon Airways (ANA), has rebranded as Vanilla Air after over 200 new names were considered for the airline.

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National Aerospace Education Center Sues Tullahoma, TN Airport Authority

Tennessee City, Airport Authority Treasurer Also Name In Lease Dispute

The Tullahoma, TN, Airport Authority voted early in August to terminate the lease of the National Aerospace Education Center. The move prompted CEO Chris Rounds to file a lawsuit against the Airport Authority, its Treasurer, and the City of Tullahoma.

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Helicopter Called In For Bear Rescue In Russia

Captive Animals Trapped By Flooding

As rising floodwaters forced the evacuation of about 20,000 people from the far eastern region of Russia, the Emergency Situations Ministry came to the rescue of two bears that live in a cage close to a campsite near the city of Blagoveshchensk. The rescue required a helicopter to airlift the bears to safety.

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Air Liquide, NASA Renew Agreement At Kennedy Space Center

Company Provides Support For Launch Services

Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP (Air Liquide) has announced that NASA has renewed its agreement for Air Liquide to supply nitrogen and related pipeline launch support services for NASA’s current and future space programs. Since 1968, the Air Liquide plant has provided personnel, materials, and gaseous nitrogen at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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NASA Exercises Expendable Launch Vehicle Contract Option

A.I. Solutions Wins $56 Million Award

NASA has exercised the first option on a contract providing integrated services for the preparation and launch of the next generation of the agency's scientific and exploration spacecraft.

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UAV Camera Platform Knocks Groom On The Noggin

Quadcopter Got Away From Photographer During Pre-Wedding Shoot

A quadcopter being flown by a photographer to get aerial video of a bride and groom during a pre-wedding shoot got away from the operator and conked the groom on the head ... and there is the video to prove it.

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AD: Beechcraft Corporation And Hawker Beechcraft

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PRODUCT: Certain Beechcraft Corporation (type certificate previously held by Hawker Beechcraft Corporation) Models 58, 95-C55, E55, and 56TC airplanes; and Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Models 58P and 58TC airplanes (both type certificates previously held by Raytheon Aircraft Company).  

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.21.13

There’s a New ‘Baker’ in the AOPA Kitchen…

The UPS Crew Were Warned They Were Too Low…

For Sale – NASA’s

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Aero-TV: Redbird's Redhawk Trainer -- 'We Did It Because We Had To'

Redbird's Intensely Cool and Innovative Approach To Seeking A Transformational GA Trainer

Our friends at Redbird tel us that, "Typical training aircraft come in one of two flavors: 40-year-old machines with tired interiors and outdated avionics or new glass-panel machines that cost more than most flight schools or owners can afford."

Aero-TV: Redbird's Redhawk Trainer -- 'We Did It Because We Had To'

Redbird's Intensely Cool and Innovative Approach To Seeking A Transformational GA Trainer

Our friends at Redbird tell us that, "Typical training aircraft come in one of two flavors: 40-year-old machines with tired interiors and outdated avionics or new glass-panel machines that cost more than most flight schools or owners can afford." With that assumption, Redbird is prepared to introduce a new concept as they have create a consortium of companies using Redbird’s Skyport laboratory to test something "really new" -- the third option: The RedHawk Training Aircraft.

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UPS A300 Crew Got Aural Warning They Were Too Low

NTSB Says Alarms Sounded Before Impact, Pilots Had Little Time To React

The NTSB said that the crew flying a UPS A300 that went down short of Birmingham airport got both ground proximity and sink rate warnings before the plane impacted terrain. The accident fatally injured both pilots on board.

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NTSB Issues Prelim In Accident That Fatally Injured Two Utility Workers

Helicopter Long Line Was Hoisting Two Workers When It Severed

The NTSB has released a preliminary report from an accident involving a Hughes 369D helicopter that fatally injured two utility workers employed by Wind Energy Transmission of Texas.

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NASA Explores New Uses For Historic Launch Structures

Three Mobile Platforms Determined To Be Unnecessary For Current Or Future NASA Missions

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is seeking concepts for the potential use or divestment of three historic launch platforms that are not needed for the agency's current or planned future missions.

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CTSB Spokesman Calls For Greater Post-Accident Fire Protection

Follows Floatplane Accident In Which Two Were Fatally Injured, Four Others Survive

Following a floatplane accident in Canada Friday which resulted in the fatal injury of the pilot and one other person on board, Bill Yearwood, spokesman for the Canadian Transportation Safety Board, says that the two who were fatally injured might have been saved if mandatory measure to prevent post-accident fires on airplanes had been put in place.

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Inspired By Nature: Innovative C-17 Flight Tests To Save AF Millions

‘Vortex Surfing’ At The Heart Of The $AVE Program

Air Mobility Command's chief scientist credited birds, dolphins and surfers for the success of recent ground-breaking C-17 Globemaster III flight tests expected to save the Air Force millions in annual fuel costs.

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F-15SE Standing Alone In South Korean Contest

Eurofighter Typhoon Eliminated From The Competition

The Boeing F-15SE Silent Eagle now stands alone as the sole remaining candidate for South Korea's $7.4 billion F-X Phase 3 fighter aircraft procurement. South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced that one of the two finalists for the 60-aircraft procurement has been eliminated from the competition.

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Cirrus Down In Texarkana, TX

Pilot Survives After Pulling CAPS Parachute

Detail are pretty scarce, but it looks like another Cirrus pilot has been saved by the CAPS system installed in his airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.21.13)

"I observed seagulls riding the air bow wave off the top of a ferry. Just as we were starting our crossing, a seagull positioned itself and established a sustained glide. It never flapped its wings once during the entire 20-minute transit." Source: Dr. Donald Erbschloe.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.21.13): Electronic Flight Bag – EFB

Electronic Flight Bag – EFB An electronic display system intended primarily for cockpit/flightdeck or cabin use. Electronic Flight Bag devices can display a variety of aviation data such as moving maps, airport diagrams, and datalink weather or perform basic calculations such as performance data and  fuel calculations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.21.13)

Association of European Airlines

The Association of European Airlines brings together 32 major airlines, and has been the voice of the European airline industry for over 50 years.  

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