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July 20, 2012

Contract Tower Program Shown To Save Taxpayers Money, Enhance Safety

Testimony From The DOT IG At A House Transportation Subcommittee Hearing Wednesday

A Congressional hearing Wednesday highlighted the benefits to the taxpayers of the FAA Contract Tower program, which allows the FAA to contract with the private sector to provide cost-effective air traffic control services at airports where these services would otherwise be cost prohibitive.

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Air Force's National Museum To Receive NASA's Crew Compartment Trainer

Museum Plans Payload Bay Mockup To Give Visitors Full Shuttle Experience

After many months of intensive planning, the first steps have been put in motion to move NASA's first Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer from Johnson Space Center to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. CCT-1, which was one of three trainers built to train astronauts for space missions, is scheduled to arrive at the museum, which is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, later this summer.

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Navy Carriers Prepare For X-47B Arrival Next Year

First Unmanned Jet Aircraft To Fly From A U.S. Carrier

The Navy is one year away from landing its first unmanned jet aircraft aboard a carrier after completing the most recent round of surrogate tests aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). In early July, members from the Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstration (UCAS-D) carrier integration team engaged in extensive software testing aboard Truman to validate the concept of autonomous UAV operations around an aircraft carrier and prepare for the X-47B unmanned aircraft’s arrival on a carrier next year.

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GAMA Partners With IMC Club At Oshkosh

Announces Proficiency Forum Dates And Times

GAMA has partnered with the IMC Club to host instrument proficiency forums at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  AirVenture is held from July 23-29, 2012 and the three forums will be held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of that week from 1130-1245 CDT in the EAA Welcome Center.

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FreeFlight Systems Introduces XPLORER

Weather Receiver Will Be Upgradable For ADS-B Compliance

FreeFlight Systems is introducing the XPLORER weather receiver, which will give pilots access to free datalink weather today and has a built-in upgrade path to fully compliant ADS-B capabilities to meet the 2019 mandatory equipage deadline.

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Japan Orders Two More AW139s For Fire Fighting Missions

Brings Total Number Of The Aircraft To Five Purchased In 18 Months

Two additional AW139 intermediate twin helicopters have been ordered in Japan to perform fire fighting missions. Contracts have been signed by the Fire Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and Yokohama City respectively. AgustaWestland announced Monday at Farnborough that these latest orders bring to five the number of fire fighting-configured AW139s purchased in Japan in just 18 months.

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Smithsonian Air And Space Director To Receive Award From The Wings Club

Former Marine Corps Pilot Gen. John R. "Jack" Dailey (Ret) Honored With Distinguished Achievement Award

The Wings Club will honor General John R. “Jack” Dailey (USMC Ret.), Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award. Acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the field of aviation, The Wings Club will present the Award on Friday, October 26 at its 70th Annual Awards Gala to be held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.    

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EADS To Work With Russian Scientists On New Propulsion System

Receives Grant From Skolkovo Foundation For Research On Continuous Detonation Wave Engine Technology

The EADS Corporate Technical Office (CTO) and Russian researchers from the Lavrentiev Institute are collaborating on the evaluation of a new, innovative and efficient propulsion technology. The Skolkovo Foundation Investment Committee approved a grant for a joint research program concerning Continuous Detonation Wave Engines.

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SkyFusion Pak Approved For Installation In Canada

Canadian STC Received For Installation On 30 Cessna Models

In conjunction with STC approval from the FAA, the SkyFusion aerial imaging system has been approved by Transport Canada for installation on 30 Cessna aircraft models in Canada.

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Gone West: Former Kennedy Director Forrest McCartney

Led The Space Center From 1987-1991

Forrest S. McCartney, former director of NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, died July 17, 2012, with his family in attendance. He was 81 years old. McCartney, of Indialantic, FL, was Kennedy's director from Sept. 1, 1987, until Dec. 21, 1991.

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Doug Doty Foundation Announces Scholarship Recipients

Winners Recently Completed Assicates Degrees In Aviation Fields

The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of the Accelerating Possibilities scholarships that were offered in the amount of $2,000 each. Ryan DeJong of Salt Lake, Utah and James (Jay) Bunning of Bend, OR, both demonstrated their commitment and dedication to becoming professional pilots through their application essays as well as from personal feedback from their instructors and other individuals that have close ties with their training.

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Sikorsky Delivers 500th 'M' Model Black Hawk Helicopter

Multi-Role Aircraft In Service In U.S., Six Other Militaries Worldwide

Sikorsky and the U.S. Army celebrated the delivery of the 500th H-60M Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday. The deliveries to date comprise 400 UH-60M utility and 100 HH-60M MEDEVAC aircraft, the latter used exclusively as an air ambulance by the U.S. Army to rush wounded soldiers to field hospitals.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.20.12

Oshkosh opens a Grass Field…

Contract Towers are Safe and Cost Effective...

Minnesota’s Supreme Court Stands with Cirrus on a Fatal Cra

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 07.20.12: OSH2012!, Sonex Upgrades, United/Continental

Also: Ballooning Nationals, Congress Targets Aviation, Solar Impulse, Islands Open Up Airspace... and More!!

Oshkosh is just hours away and ANN is thick in the middle of the most extensive coverage prep in the business. Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

No, it’s the JSX-1 -- the JSX-1 will be flying a 5-minute demonstration in three of AirVenture’s pre-airshow showcases, appearing Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Famed airshow pilot Bob Carlton will pilot. And for those who prefer to travel at a slightly slower pace, Sonex has announced the addition of pre-fabricated parts for its popular Sonex and Waiex kit models, making the kit aircraft faster and easier to assemble than ever before. On Wednesday, two Congressional Subcommittees w

NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 07.20.12: OSH2012!, Sonex Upgrades, United/Continental

Also: Ballooning Nationals, Congress Targets Aviation, Solar Impulse, Islands Open Up Airspace... and More!!

Oshkosh is just hours away and ANN is thick in the middle of the most extensive coverage prep in the business. Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the JSX-1 -- the JSX-1 will be flying a 5-minute demonstration in three of AirVenture’s pre-airshow showcases, appearing Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Famed airshow pilot Bob Carlton will pilot. And for those who prefer to travel at a slightly slower pace, Sonex has announced the addition of pre-fabricated parts for its popular Sonex and Waiex kit m

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Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Aviation Competitiveness

Rockefeller: 'The Aviation Sector Has A Substantial Impact On Our Economy'

A Senate Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing Wednesday focusing on competitiveness of the U.S. Aviation Industry, which included testimony from industry groups like A4A and GAMA.

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Minnesota Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Cirrus In 2003 Accident

Says The Company Not Required To Teach Pilots To Fly Its Airplanes

The Minnesota Supreme Court has handed down a ruling favorable to Cirrus Aircraft stemming from a 2003 accident which fatally injured a pilot and his passenger, both from Grand Rapids, MI.

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Klyde Morris 07.20.2012

It's All In Managing Expectations, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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BRS To Feature Parachute Pull Survivors At Oshkosh

Company Bringing A Whole-Airframe Parachute Simulator To The Show

At a forum at Oshkosh next week, whole-airplane parachute manufacturer BRS Aerospace is presenting two pilots, who each deployed a BRS parachute after engine failures. Dick McGlaughlin and John Farese will tell the complete stories of the dramatic events which led up to their life-saving experiences. A question and answer session will follow.

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Homeland Security Subcommittee Holds Hearing On UAV Use In NAS

Nearly 60 Private And Government Entities Authorized To Operate Drones

The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), held a hearing Thursday entitled “Using Unmanned Aerial Systems Within the Homeland: Security Game Changer?” on Capitol Hill.

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Avemco Announces Educational Forums For AirVenture

Sessions Focus On Cross County Planning, Insurance 'Myths'

Among the educational forums being held at Oshkosh next week are three educational sessions open to all pilots and aircraft owners presented by Avemco president Jonathan “JJ” Greenway and former president Jim Lauerman.

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NASA Completes Another Successful Orion Parachute Test

Planning For Orbital Test Flight In 2014

NASA completed another successful test Wednesday of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert in preparation for the spacecraft's orbital flight test in 2014. A C-17 plane dropped a test version of Orion from an altitude of 25,000 feet above the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.20.12)

“The Contract Tower Program is a key component of our nation’s aviation system and provides vital air traffic services to communities, businesses, and travelers After almost three decades, this program remains highly popular with its users." Source: House Aviation Subcommittee Chair Tom Petri (R-WI).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.20.12): Back-Building Thunderstorm

A thunderstorm in which new development takes place on the upwind side (usually the west or southwest side), such that the storm seems to remain stationary or propagate in a backward direction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.20.12)

Apollo 11 Conversations Earth Didn't Hear

You're in a spacecraft, on a mission to land on the moon for the first time in history, and the microphone to Earth is off. What do you say?

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