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August 24, 2011

Russian Cargo Flight Fails To Reach Orbit

NASA Reports An "Off-Nominal Situation"

Mission Control Moscow reported an abnormal situation from the Progress 44 cargo craft that launched on time at 0900 EDT Wednesday.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.24.11

DOT expands airline consumer protections.
GE says the growing Chinese aviation market won't wait.
And Maine residents don't want F-15s flying at 500 AGL.

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DARPA Hypersonic Vehicle Splash Down Confirmed

Flight 1 Engineering Changes Believed Effective

During a test flight Thursday, 11 August, DARPA's Falcon HTV-2 scramjet powered aircraft experienced a flight anomaly post perigee and into the vehicle's climb. The anomaly prompted the vehicle's autonomous flight safety system to use the craft's aerodynamic systems to make a controlled descent and splash down into the ocean, according to a DARPA news release.

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NTSB Applauds Survey Response E-AB Aircraft Community

Encourages More Participation Among Those Who Use The System

More than 5,000 Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) owners, operators and builders have responded to an invitation by both the NTSB and the EAA to complete a survey on how E-AB aircraft are built and operated so safety issues in this sector of general aviation can be better understood.

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Officials View Video In Todd Green Accident

A Bird May Have Been A Factor In The Wing Walker's Fall

Video has surfaced that shows a fairly large bird passing just above the wing of the Stearman biplane where Todd Green was attempting to make a transfer to a helicopter flying above him. Officials are trying to determine if the bird was a factor in the stuntman's fatal fall last weekend.

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F-35C Completes Jet Blast Deflector Testing

Exercise Resulted In "No Surprises"

The F-35C is another step closer to initial ship trials on an aircraft carrier at sea. The F-35 integrated test force completed jet blast deflector (JBD) testing at the NAVAIR facility in Lakehurst, N.J. Aug. 13 with a round of two-aircraft testing. F-35C test aircraft CF-1 along with an F/A-18E tested a combined JBD cooling panel configuration to assess the integration of F-35s in aircraft carrier launch operations.

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How Many Dreamliners Does It Take To Turn A Profit?

Analyst Says About 1000

While Boeing still hopes to finally deliver the first Dreamliner to a customer next month, analysts are saying the company won't make a profit on the airplane until 1,000 of them are flying for customers. That assessment comes from Bernstein Research in New York, which cites the company's three years of issues and delays in a report released August 16.

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Challenger Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Pledges Expanded Commitment To STEM Education

Challenger Center for Space Science Education announced Monday that the chairman of its board of directors, Dr. Scott Parazynski, will detail the organization's strategic growth plan and the expanded role it will play in strengthening America's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in the next five years at the center's annual conference this week.

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Diverse Technologies Selected For NASA Flight Demonstrations

Communications, Navigation And In-Space Propulsion Systems To Fly On Future Missions

NASA has selected three proposals as Technology Demonstration Missions to transform space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities. The projects will develop and fly a space solar sail, deep space atomic clock, and space-based optical communications system.

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National Aerospace Week Launched

Highlights Industry Around US Sept. 11-17

Ongoing and emerging security threats, aging civil and space infrastructure, fiscal challenges and keeping and creating jobs are all part of the debate in the US over space exploration policy. This year's National Aerospace Week, an event established by Congress, will focus on informing the debate over choices our government will make in the coming months.

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Former Platinum Jet Management Pilot Sentenced

Admitted To Conspiracy To Defraud The U.S., Wire Fraud

A pilot for a now-closed Florida jet charter company has been sentenced six months in federal prison following a guilty plea on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and defrauding the United States.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-17-12

MANUFACTURER: Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2C10 (Regional Jet Series 700, 701 & 702), Model CL-600-2D15 (Regional Jet Series 705), and Model CL-600-2D24 (Regional Jet Series 900) Airplanes  

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AD: Embraer

AD NUMBER: 2011-17-15

MANUFACTURER: Embraer–Empresa Brasileira de Aeronautica S.A. (EMBRAER) Model EMB-500 Airplanes

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Hilton Software Joins Aspen Connected Panel Partnership

Announces WingX Pro7 Support By Year's End

Hilton Software LLC has announced support for Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel. WingX Pro7, the company's iPad Navigation Application, will include comprehensive interoperability when Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel becomes available for installation by the end of this year. Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel includes hardware, software, and application components that provide two-way wireless communications between panel avionics and personal smart devices to streamline flight-related activities.

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Classic Aero-TV: Kitfoxes Travel The World--Globe/Island Hopping, You Name It

It's A Long (But FUN!!) Flight From Idaho To Florida... In The Winter

Getting to a number of aviation events can be tough... especially in the midst of the winter season when Mother Nature may have other ideas than to present one with the warm VFR we all desire... and especially if you're starting in Idaho. Mind you, Idaho is a lovely state... in the summer... but in early January, you have to be prepared for anything... especially when you have a 2100 mile trip ahead of you.

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U.S. DOT’s Expanded Airline Passenger Protections Take Effect

Includes Fee Refunds For Lost Baggage, Greater Protection From Tarmac Delays

New consumer protections for airline passengers established by the U.S. DOT went into effect Tuesday, which Secretary Ray LaHood says will make flying more convenient and hassle-free for air travelers nationwide. The new consumer protections, finalized earlier this year, include requirements that airlines refund baggage fees if bags are lost, increase compensation provided to passengers bumped from oversold flights, and provide passengers greater protections from lengthy tarmac delays.

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NTSB Makes Safety Recommendations For Robinson R44 Helos

Aircraft Involved In An Alaska Accident Involving Main Rotor Transmission Design

The NTSB has made a series of recommendations to the FAA concerning Robinson R44 helicopters. The recommendations come following an NTSB investigation involving one of the aircraft in Alaska in May of 2009. In that accident, an R44, N7196H, sustained substantial damage to the main rotor and tailboom during a hard landing, about 57 miles northwest of Iliamna, Alaska. The commercial pilot and the two passengers were not injured. The helicopter was being operated by the State of Alaska, Alaska State Troopers, Anchorage, Alaska, in VFR conditions.

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Redbird Skyport Firms Up Seminole Deal

Delivery Expected In April, 2012

A deal struck at Oshkosh last month between Piper and Redbird for a new twin-engine Seminole has been firmed up between the two companies. The training twin will join Redbird Flight Simulations' innovative and multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory beginning in the first quarter of 2012. The airplane will be based at the Redbird Skyport laboratory in San Marcos, TX.

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Hutchison Calls On NASA To Announce SLS Design Immediately

Senator: "The Plan Is Financially And Technically Sound"

The ranking Republican on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee issued a statement late last week regarding NASA’s implementation of the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, particularly with regard to the direction of U.S. human spaceflight programs.

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Air Guard Again Proposing F-15 Training At 500' AGL

Residents Of Maine Gearing Up For Third Fight Against Noise, Hazards To GA

As government agencies look for ever more ways to tighten national security, there is increasing push-back from citizens unwilling to let precautions against hypothetical, once-in-a-lifetime scenarios degrade their lives 365 days a year. Such a case is unfolding in Maine, where Governor Paul LePage has joined residents fighting an Air National Guard proposal for low-level F-15 training flights in the mountains of Western Maine.

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AEA Members Optimistic Despite Economic Concerns

2011 Rate And Labor Survey Finds Improvements In Business Outlook In The Industry

The Aircraft Electronics Association released the results from its 2011 Rate & Labor Survey this week to participating AEA member companies. In comparing this year's  survey results with the 2010 survey, the AEA discovered some improvements in business outlook despite business activity that appears to be leveling off in 2011.

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GE Defends Joint Venture With AVIC

Share Of Unfolding Chinese Aviation Market Trumps IP Concerns

GE's contract to supply synthetic vision technology to the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has raised some eyebrows in the U.S., where companies often worry about the security of intellectual property provided to Chinese joint venture partners. The GE deal is even more controversial in that it will help AVIC develop airliners which compete with Boeing and Airbus.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.24.11)

"(T)he Administration could have approved the vehicle design concept months ago, prevented the loss of thousands of jobs, and ensured U.S. leadership in space and science." Source: Senator Kaye Bailey Hutchison.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.24.11): Off-Route Vector

A vector by ATC which takes an aircraft off a previously assigned route. Altitudes assigned by ATC during such vectors provide required obstacle clearance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.24.11)

National Sundowners

National Sundowners' web site is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of the stewardesses and flight attendants of the original National Airlines.

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