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December 12, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.12.11

The NLRB's attack on Boeing is over.
NASA has set a date for the SpaceX ISS docking mission.
And the US Navy will run a maritime exercise on 50 percent biofuel.

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ANN Special Feature: A Listener's Scary Near Miss - 12.12.11

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller, who discusses the lessons learned in a scary near miss described by a listener in an e-mail.

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NTSB Forwards Recommendations On Tailwind Landings To FAA

Reaction To B737 Runway Overrun In Jamaica

The NTSB has issued a series of safety recommendations to the FAA in response to an incident in which an American Airlines B737 overran the end of the runway on landing in Kingston, Jamaica in December 2009. The aircraft landed approximately 4,000 feet down the 8,911-foot-long, wet runway with a 14-knot tailwind component and was unable to stop on the remaining runway length.

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East Hampton Rolls Dice With FAA Grant

Town Board Hopes Conditions Won't Preclude Noise Control

The town board of East Hampton, New York has voted unanimously to set aside concerns about grant obligations, and apply for an FAA grant to build a deer fence around its municipal airport. The votes in favor by two Democrats who campaigned for their offices on a platform of opposing FAA involvement has ruffled some local voters.

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Sonex To Hold 50th Builder Workshop

Company Will Celebrate 14 Years In Business In 2012

Sonex Aircraft, LLC will achieve a significant milestone in 2012, holding its 50th Sonex Builder Workshop on the weekend of January 28-29. Next year will be the company's 14th year in business, and it's been holding three to four workshop events per year since 1998.

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Ball Aerospace Delivers Antenna EDUs

Arrays Would Serve Needs On Orion Missions

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. reports it has delivered two Phased Array Antenna (PAA) Engineering Development Units (EDUs) for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle to prime contractor Lockheed Martin. The EDUs are now undergoing testing at Lockheed Martin-Denver in preparation for subsystem Critical Design Review.

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New Services Business Unit Leaders Named At Piper

Dow, Mill Bring A Combined 60 Years Experience To The Company

Piper Aircraft Inc. has named seasoned aerospace executives to head its new Piper Aircraft - Services business unit dedicated to performing manufacturing, engineering and technical services for other companies. Piper Aircraft - Manufacturing Services and Piper Aircraft - Engineering Services will provide professional services to companies primarily involved in the aerospace sector.

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One-Thousandth Boeing 777 Forward Fuselage Section Heads To Everett

One Of Five Major Assemblies For The Triple-7 Fabricated By Spirit AeroSystems

Spirit AeroSystems this week celebrated completion of the 1,000th Boeing 777 forward fuselage section, which will be shipped to Boeing's final assembly facility in Everett, WA.

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GA Terminal At Yeager Airport Slated For Upgrade

Remodeling Project Open For Bidding

At a meeting of the governing board of Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV, Wednesday, airport manager Rick Atkinson said that a remodeling project for the airport's GA terminal is open for bidding, with a deadline of December 15th.

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NASA Announces Robotics Student Competition 2012 Grant Awards

Total Grants To Be Awarded Top $1.3 Million

NASA is continuing its support for the annual FIRST Robotics Competition, which inspires student interest in science, technology, and mathematics through a challenge to design and build a robot. The agency is awarding grants totaling $1,386,500 for student teams in 37 states to participate in FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

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Airbus Starts Joining The First A350 XWB Front Fuselage

Static Airframe To Be Used For Ground Testing

Airbus has started joining the first 69-foot long front fuselage section for the A350 XWB in Saint-Nazaire, France. This phase will continue over the coming weeks, and once completed, the front fuselage will be transported by Beluga to the A350 XWB Final Assembly Line in Toulouse. It will be the first major section of the A350 XWB to enter the final assembly line.

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NASA Challenges Students To 'Train Like An Astronaut'

Agency Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Exercise Among Kids

An engaging new NASA program brings the excitement of space exploration to children learning to live a healthy lifestyle. NASA's Train Like an Astronaut program aims to increase opportunities both in and out of school for kids to become more physically and mentally active.

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Gaia Spreads Its Wings

European Probe's Sun Shield Deployed For The First Time

ESA's Gaia star-mapper has passed a critical test ahead of its launch in 2013: the spacecraft's sunshield has been deployed for the first time. Gaia's sunshield is an essential component of the mission. It keeps Gaia in shadow, maintaining the scientific instruments at a constant temperature of around -110 degrees centigrade.

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Airborne 12.09.11: Babbitt's Out, NTSB Examines Airshows, and USAF Cutbacks

Also: BARR, F35, Cessna, GEnx-1B, Eagle v Paraglider, Apollo 13, Pipistrel and MORE!!!!

Airborne 12.09.11 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, December 9th, 2011... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Arrested, Resigns Barnstorming Looks At The Fallout Of The FAA Shake-Up And The 'Draft Sully' Movement NTSB Schedules Hearings On Air Race And Air

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FlyersRights Calls For Risk-Based Screening

Laments Treatment Of Elderly, Increased Scanner Use

In the wake of recent allegations of questionable screening tactics used on elderly women, is calling for an end to government-sponsored "security theater." The story of 85-year-old Lenore Zimmerman's alleged strip search at New York's JFK International, coupled with a similar tale at the same airport from 88-year-old Ruth Sherman, illustrate what FlyersRights calls the folly of granting almost unlimited power to TSA officers.

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Klyde Morris (12.12.11)

Klyde's A Bit Famished...


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Labor Issues Still Cloud FAA Funding Bill

NMB Rules Remain The Only Roadblock To Long-Term Funding Package

The only thing apparently standing in the way of a long-term funding bill for the FAA is a 2010 National Mediation Board rule which changed how votes are counted in airline and other union elections.

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NASA Deputy Administrator Garver Tours Blue Origin

Announces Commercial Space Firm's April Engine Testing At NASA Stennis

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver visited Blue Origin in Kent, WA, Thursday. The company is one of NASA's commercial partners opening a new chapter in human exploration by developing innovative systems to reach low Earth orbit as part of the Commercial Crew Development Program.

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ALC Finalizes Order For 787s, Next-Generation 737s

Order Valued At More Than $1.2 Billion At List Prices

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has finalized a deal with Boeing for four 787-9 Dreamliners, and at the same time exercised options for four Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, with a list-price value of more than $1.2 billion, marks the completion of an agreement announced during the Paris Air Show in June.

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Civil Air Patrol Partners With FAA For Safety Training

Provides CAP Members With Automatic Education Credits

Civil Air Patrol has established a safety education partnership with the FAA that will provide CAP members with automatic education credits for completing safety education within the FAA’s WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program.

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Ladies And Gentlemen ... Start Your Moonbuggies!

NASA Opens Registration for Annual Great Moonbuggy Race

NASA is challenging student inventors to gear up for the agency's 19th annual Great Moonbuggy Race. Registration is open for the engineering design and racing contest set to culminate in a two-day event in Huntsville, AL, on April 13-14, 2012. Participating high schools, colleges and universities may register up to two teams and two vehicles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.12.11)

Aero Linx: NASA Office of the Chief Technologist NASA's Chief Technologist serves as the NASA Administrator's principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. The Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) is responsible for direct management of NASA's Space Technology programs and for coordination and tracking of all technology investments across the agency. The office also serves as the NASA technology point of entry and contact with other government agencies, academia and the commercial aerospace community. The office is responsible for developing and executing innovative technology partnerships, technology transfer and commercial activities and the development of collaboration models for

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.12.11): dB

dB Decibel, an expression of ratio (usually that of power levels) in the form of log base 10. A reference may be specified, for example, dBm is referenced to milliwatts, dBW is referenced to Watts, etc. Example: 20 dBm = 1020/10 = 102 = 100 milliwatts.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.12.11)

"Blue Origin is creating cutting edge technologies to take us to low Earth orbit. Like all of our commercial partners, they're making real progress and opening up a new job-creating segment of the economy that will allow NASA to focus on our next big challenges -- missions to asteroids and Mars." Source: NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver in comments made during a visit to Blue Origin in Kent, WA, Thursday. The company is one of NASA's commercial partners opening a new chapter in human exploration by developing innovative systems to reach low Earth orbit as part of the Commercial Crew Development Program.

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