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August 15, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.15.11

The IAM beats the Teamsters to represent United Continental ramp workers.
DARPA reports a second hypersonic flight over the Pacific.
And the first four-place electric plane makes its

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ANN Special Feature: Ambitious Criss-Country - 08.15.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves tells the story of how a family of relatively low-time pilots planned and took a cross-country flight from New York to Alaska.

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NASA's Asteroid Photographer Beams Back Science Data

Survey Phase Planned To Last 20 Days

The Dawn spacecraft has completed a graceful spiral into the first of four planned science orbits during the spacecraft's yearlong visit to Vesta. The spacecraft started taking detailed observations on Aug. 11 at 0013 EDT, which marks the official start of the first science-collecting orbit phase at Vesta, also known as the survey orbit.

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GRAIL Launch Less Than One Month Away

Final Inspections Completed On Lunar Orbiters

NASA's twin lunar probes – GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B - completed their final inspections and were weighed one final time at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, FL, on Tuesday. The two Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft will orbit the moon in formation to determine the structure of the lunar interior from crust to core and to advance understanding of the thermal evolution of the moon.

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THAI Becomes New Customer For A350 XWB And A320 Family

Aircraft To Bring New Levels Of Comfort And Eco-Efficiency

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) has signed a contract with Airbus covering the firm order of four A350-900s and five A320 aircraft, becoming a new customer for both aircraft types. The aircraft have been selected by the airline under its fleet modernisation programme, with the A350 XWB set to operate on long haul services to Europe and the A320s on domestic and regional routes.

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NASA Awards Grants to Four Universities to Improve STEM Programs

Grants Total Some $600,000 Through CIPAIR Project

NASA has awarded grants to four universities and their partner institutions that serve large numbers of minority and underrepresented students to strengthen programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The grants total approximately $600,000 and are provided through NASA's Curriculum Improvement Partnership Award for the Integration of Research (CIPAIR) project.

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NAA And Air Care Alliance To Present Public Benefit Flying Awards

Four Selected From Thousands Of Volunteers Nominated

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, will honor the 2011 recipients of the National Public Benefit Flying Awards at the "Above and Beyond" Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, September 15, 2011.

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PHPA To Conduct 'Fly Neighborly Program'

Program Part Of Annual Meeting At Robinson Helicopters August 20

Helicopter Association International has announced that the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA) will hold an Annual Meeting and Fly Neighborly Program at the Robinson Helicopters facility at the Torrance, CA Airport August 20. Registration begins at 0800 PDT and the program will end at 1230.

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Gone West: Author Shannon Beebe

Decorated Veteran Fatally Injured When Plane Went Down

A decorated veteran and his girlfriend were fatally injured last Sunday when the plane they were in went down at the Warrenton Air Park in Fauquier County, VA. Shannon Beebe was flying with Elizabeth Pignatello when the accident occurred.

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Altius Space Machines Wins NewSpace Business Plan Competition

System Focuses On A 'Nanosat' Launch Vehicle

The winner of the $25,000 grand prize in the 2011 Heinlein NewSpace Business Plan Competition, hosted by the Space Frontier Foundation, was a "Direct to Station" space station delivery solution put forth by Altius Space Machines.

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Aero-TV: Redbird FMX -- The Leading Edge in GA Flight Sims

Redbird Creates A Great Leap Forward In GA Flight Simulation Technology

Redbird Flight Simulations is a VERY interesting Austin TX based company dedicated to revolutionizing aviation by designing, manufacturing and delivering affordable and innovative flight training technologies. Each of the Redbird devices is designed to enhance the training experience for pilots of all levels, from student to ATP.

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Aero-TV: Redbird FMX -- The Leading Edge in GA Flight Sims

Redbird Creates A Great Leap Forward In GA Flight Simulation Technology

Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. is a VERY interesting Austin, Texas based company dedicated to revolutionizing aviation by designing, manufacturing and delivering affordable and innovative flight training technologies. Each of the Redbird devices is designed to enhance the training experience for pilots of all levels, from student to ATP. Redbird is quickly becoming the industry standard for flight training systems. Since Redbird introduced its line of training devices in 2007, which includes the highly successful FMX, an increasing number of flight training providers are integrating Redbird

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Greg Poe Memorial Set For August 17

Airshow Performer Passed Unexpectedly At Age 57

Final details were publicized this week for a memorial service for airshow performer Greg Poe, who on July 24 passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack at the age of 57.

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Elected Officials, Industry Leaders Headline GA Rally

GAMA Sponsored Event To Highlight Contributions Of GA To Iowa Economy

GAMA has teamed up with Rockwell Collins to hold a GA rally this week featuring Senator Charles Grassley and Representatives Tom Latham, Leonard Boswell, Steve King and Bruce Braley. 

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Klyde Morris (08.15.11)

Klyde Gets a Lesson In Magic

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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1st Embraer 190 Jet Delivered To China's CDB Leasing

With China Southern Airlines To Operate The Jet, Embraer Expands Its E-Jets Operators' Base In China

Embraer delivered the first EMBRAER 190 jet to China's CDB Leasing Co., Ltd. (CLC), Thursday, at the Company's headquarters in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The aircraft will be operated by China Southern Air Holding Xinjiang Company, a branch of China Southern Airlines, which is the largest airline in China and the third in the world, in terms of traffic volume.

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G650 Passes Several Testing Milestones

Gulfstream Says The Aircraft Is On Track For Certification In 2011, Deliveries In 2012

Gulfstream’s G650 recently completed several flight-testing milestones en route to its anticipated type certification later this year by the FAA and EASA. As of July 16, the four aircraft in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 1,760 hours over more than 535 flights.

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Donated Liver Survives UK Crash

Organ Saved From Burning Wreckage, Transplanted Successfully

There's a remarkable story out of the UK about a GA aircraft that crashed during a landing attempt in fog at Birmingham Airport, and while only two pilots were on board, three lives were saved by first responders.

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NASA's Mars Rover Still On The Job

Opportunity Escapes Crater, Travels 13 Miles To New Target

The Opportunity Mars Rover, arguably one of the best values NASA has ever got for its money, has completed a journey of almost three years and reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.15.11): Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach

Charted Visual Flight Procedure Approach An approach conducted while operating on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan which authorizes the pilot of an aircraft to proceed visually and clear of clouds to the airport via visual landmarks and other information depicted on a charted visual flight procedure. This approach must be authorized and under the control of the appropriate air traffic control facility. Weather minimums required are depicted on the chart.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.15.11)

Aero Linx: Building Scale Model Aircraft Building Scale Model Aircraft is a web site about the hobby of building scale model airplanes. The site has been updated with a new design. The new site allows users to publish comments on the front page articles. New pictures decorate the site and help explain the process of building a model airplane. There is a video tutorial available in the Construction Section of the site divided in three parts. The site is updated with more examples, reference material and articles.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (08.15.11)

“We’re on track and moving steadily toward certification later this year... We’ve accomplished a great deal in the past two months. The aircraft continue to perform extremely well.” Source: Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream... in remarks accompanying an update on the progress of the G650 program as it nears certification. 

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