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September 04, 2011

Feds Warn of Nondescript Terrorist Threat Via Small Aircraft

Despite Studies Suggesting GA Makes For A Poor Weapon System, DHS and FBI Publish Warnings

OK... let the pre-9/11 anniversary paranoia begin! A Friday missive credited to both the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security is warning the nation's security forces to be alert for a possible threat to the nation via small aircraft. While admitting that there is no specific or even credible threat yet defined (or accompanied by any real evidence), that hasn't kept the Feds from ratcheting up the paranoia factor and implicating a weapon system that, at best, would make for a pretty poor mode of attack -- namely small airplanes.

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Lawsuits Against CA Balloonists Dropped

But Defending Against JCM Litigation Has Closed Some Down

Hot air balloonists in California have achieved what may be a hollow victory over JCM Farming, Inc. of Solana Beach. In an apparent effort to impose its own restrictions on the use of airspace above its facility, the company filed lawsuits against hot air balloon ride providers. After more than two years, on August 15th, the suits were dropped, but some of the plaintiffs say their businesses are gone.

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China Punishes Private Airline

Ignoring ATC Earns Juneyao 90-Day Capacity Cuts

The Chinese government has come down hard on privately-held Juneyao Airlines after the South Korean pilot of one the carrier's planes refused to obey controllers and yield a landing slot to a Qatar Airways flight which was low on fuel.

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South Pole Airdrop Delivers Critical Medical Supplies In Total Darkness

Will Assist In Treatment Of A Civilian At Amundsen-Scott Station

Airmen with the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Christchurch, New Zealand, airdropped urgently needed medical supplies September 1 at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The supplies will augment a South Pole medical team's treatment of an ailing civilian wintering there with the U.S. Antarctic Program.

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Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle To Speak At AFA Air Force Breakfast Series

Deputy Chief Of Staff For Formulation Of Policy For Operations, Plans and Requirements

The September speaker at the Air Force Association breakfast series will be Lieutenant General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements. This session will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2011, from 0700-0900 EDT, at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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FAA Certifies Huntsville International Airport For Boeing 747-8

Atlas And Cargolux Among First To Take Inventory Of New Boeing 747-8 Freighter

The FAA has certified Huntsville International Airport (KHSV) in Alabama to accommodate the Boeing 747-8. The August 17th certification approved the airport’s request, which will allow it to accommodate the aircraft on its 10,000-foot runway and 12,600-foot runway – the second-longest in the Southeast – as well as all associated taxiways. Huntsville International Airport is among 21 airports currently approved to accommodate this type of aircraft, including Chicago O’Hare, John F. Kennedy, Atlanta and Miami.

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Gleim Announces New Course For IA Rating

'IATC' Is Conducted Online, Offers Free Study Unit Sample

Gleim has expanded its training curriculum for aviation maintenance with the addition of a new Inspection Authorization Training Course (IATC).

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AeroVironment Introduces Shrike VTOL UAS

Aircraft The Result Of More Than Four Years Of DARPA Research

A lightweight and man-portable VTOL UAS has been introduced by AeroVironment. Dubbed the Shrike VTOL, the aircraft was developed through a contract awarded in 2008 from DARPA to develop a portable, stealthy, persistent perch and stare (SP2S) unmanned aircraft system. Shrike VTOL represents the conclusion of this development effort.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.04.11)

Aero Linx: The Flying Aces of World War I For many, the "ace" is the most enduring image of World War I. The aces were the top pilots of each nation who had downed at least five enemy aircraft during aerial combat. Their governments promoted them to raise morale; civilians adored them for embodying courage, perseverance, and skill; and the press memorialized them as knights of the air.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.04.11): Outer Area

Outer Area (Associated With Class C Airspace):  Nonregulatory airspace surrounding designated Class C airspace airports wherein ATC provides radar vectoring and sequencing on a full-time basis for all IFR and participating VFR aircraft. The service provided in the outer area is called Class C service which includes: IFR/IFR-standard IFR separation; IFR/VFR-traffic advisories and conflict resolution; and VFR/VFR-traffic advisories and, as appropriate, safety alerts. The normal radius will be 20 nautical miles with some variations based on site-specific requirements. The outer area extends outward from the primary Class C airspace airport and extends from the lower limits of rad

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.04.11)

"During the winter, the only option was to airdrop supplies in... Rapid global mobility is one of the Air Force's core capabilities in supporting the joint military team. Year-round airdrop at the South Pole is one of the specific capabilities that the 304th EAS brings to JTF-SFA operations." Source: Lt. Col. Edward Vaughan, Operation Deep Freeze's interim director of joint operations, in comments concerning the 304th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron in Christchurch, New Zealand, which recently airdropped urgently needed medical supplies September 1 at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. The supplies will augment a South Pole medical team's treatment of an ailing civilian wintering there with the U.S. Antarctic Program.

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