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August 31, 2012

NASA Completes Maximum Parachute Test For Orion Spacecraft

Simulated Highest Loads Expected During Re-Entry

NASA successfully completed another parachute test of its Orion spacecraft high above the skies of the U.S. Yuma Army Proving Ground in southwestern Arizona on Tuesday. The test examined the maximum pressure Orion's parachutes might face when returning from exploration missions.

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UAL Announces Temporary Domestic Routes For Its Dreamliners

Flights Between U.S. Hubs Will Precede The Start Of International Routes

United Airlines plans to fly its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on domestic routes starting in November as it prepares to begin previously-announced international service in December and January. The company said Wednesday that as the initial aircraft are inducted into the fleet late in September, they will be based at United's Houston hub.

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China’s ICBC Leasing Places Order For 50 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft

Emerging Lessor Enhances Portfolio With New Airplanes

ICBC Financial Leasing Co. Ltd.  (ICBC Leasing), has signed an agreement with Airbus for a total of 50 A320 Family aircraft, including 30 A320ceo and 20 A320neo. The aircraft purchase agreement was signed at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing by Li Xiaopeng, Senior Executive Vice President of ICBC and Chairman of ICBC Leasing, and Fabrice Bregier, President and CEO of Airbus.

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Six Boston TSA Screeners' Jobs In Jeopardy

Agency Cites 'Inattention' In Baggage-Screening Area

The TSA has begun termination procedures for six baggage screeners at Boston's Logan International Airport because of "inattention" to their jobs. They were reportedly distracted by their cell phones and other electronic devices while screening luggage for explosives.

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From Vietnam To Afghanistan – End Of An Era For An Icon Of Marine Aviation

Corps Retires The CH-53D After More Than 40 Years Of Service

First deployed during the Vietnam War, the CH-53D helicopter made its final flight in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Aug. 16. For the “Ugly Angels” of Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), being a part of the final flight that ended a legacy in Marine aviation came with mixed emotions.

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Airman Missing In Action From WWII Identified

First Lt. Harry Eck Was Aboard A B-17G That Went Down Over Germany

The remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).

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Eurocopter, Tianjin Free Trade Zone Establish A Partnership Framework

Will Explore A Helicopter Completion And Customization Center In China

In a signing ceremony Wednesday witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, Eurocopter and Tianjin Free Trade Zone inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the creation of a completion and customization center for Eurocopter’s Ecureuil family of light helicopters in Tianjin through a joint venture.

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Aviation Campaign News: Another Misspelled Banner, Gun Found On Romney Plane

Firearm Belonged To A Secret Service Member Protecting The GOP Nominee

A couple of items have cropped up from the campaign trail with an aviation slant, and one seems to be a reprise of a theme from over the weekend.

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New Rudder Pedal Seals Introduced For Twin Commander

Designed To Prevent Leaks In The Pressure Vessel

Twin Commander Aircraft LLC has just developed a kit that ensures good results in an area that can be difficult to protect from pressurization leaks--the rudder-pedal horns. Leaks in the boots that enclose the rudder-pedal horns can result in noticeable loss of pressure differential, which means a higher cabin altitude at cruise.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (777)

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-04

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 777-200 and -300 series airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce RB211 Trent 800 engines.

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AD: Goodyear Aviation Tires

AD NUMBER: 2012-17-01

PRODUCT: Goodyear Aviation Tires, part number 299K63-1 (Brazilian made new tires only), installed on various transport category airplanes, including but not limited to Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.31.12

Gamera II is 2/3rds to the Sikorsky Prize…

California is Eyeing New York’s Helo Restrictions…

The FAA Responds to the Pilots Bil

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Airborne 08.31.12: Great Lakes Rebirth, Gamera Hovers High, New World Balloon Champ!

Also: Firefighting By Night Vision, B787 Turns One, NIMBY Screws Helo Program, Remembering Armstrong, Space Snacks

WACO Classic Aircraft is making progress on the first Great Lakes biplane airframe, as well as the first airplane ordered by a customer. The company says the project is moving into high gear with nearly all vendors online, all of the engineering updates approved, and drawing updates mostly complete. A team of students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland have soared to new heights in their quest for the Sikorsky Prize. With new freshman pilot Henry Enerson providing the power, the human powered helicopter Gamera II soared to an altitude of 8 feet during a recent 25 second flight. Who’s the king of Hot-Air? Nick Donner of

New Page On FAA Website Outlines Air Traffic Data Request Procedure

Information Must Be Made Available To Pilots Under 'Pilot's Bill Of Rights'

The FAA has established a web page explaining to pilots who may be under investigation by the agency how they may obtain FAA contractor air traffic date related to that investigation.

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Gamera Human-Powered Helicopter Makes 65-Second Flight

Clark School Team Unofficially Satisfies Two Sikorsky Prize Requirements

Students on the Gamera human-powered helicopter team at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have unofficially satisfied two of the three American Helicopter Society Sikorsky Prize competition requirements with a flight that unofficially lasted 65 seconds, stayed within a 10 square meter area and hovered at two feet of altitude.

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FAA Announces $10 Million Grant To Danville Regional Airport

Main Runway Will Be Reconstructed, Improved

Danville Regional Airport (KDAN) in Danville, VA, will receive a $10 million grant for a runway project, the FAA announced Thursday.

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NASA Launches Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission

First Twin-Spacecraft Mission To Investigate The 'Hazardous Region' Of Near-Earth Space

NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP), the first twin-spacecraft mission designed to explore our planet's radiation belts, launched into the predawn skies at 0405 EDT Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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DOT IG Bird Strike Report Welcomed By Anti-Garbage Plant Group

'Friends Of LaGuardia Airport' Working To Stop Construction Of Trash Processing Facility

A group working to stop the construction of a trash processing plant less than half a mile from the end of one of LaGuardia Airport's runways in New York says a recent report from the Department of Transportation's Inspector General on wildlife mitigation at airports reinforces their argument that the plant not be built.

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Klyde Morris 08.31.2012

Not Exactly Hearing Laughter In The Rain

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A Cosmic Nod To Neil Armstrong

'Blue Moon' Occurs On The Day Of His Memorial Service

We've all heard the expression "Once in a blue moon." And while the moon doesn't actually turn blue, it is a rare occurrence. A Blue Moon is a second full moon in a calendar month, and there will be on on August 31st.

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Teamsters Demand That Republic Airways Allow Union Vote

Employees Hold Rally, March Outside Company’s Headquarters In Indianapolis

Republic Airways pilots, flight attendants and mechanics, members of a Monitoring Committee and other allies rallied and marched outside the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis Thursday to demand that "the company honor its professional employees who keep passengers safe."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.31.12)

"Our students are not only highly creative engineers, but are also able to build on past successes in a systematic way, learning and improving as they go." Source: Clark School Dean Darryll J. Pines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.31.12): Indicated Altitude

The altitude read directly from the altimeter (uncorrected) when it is set to the current altimeter setting.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.31.12)

JPL Education Page

Curiosity's recent landing on Mars will make for some great teaching opportunities at all levels. The Education home page for NASA JPL is the perfect place for parents and teachers to find activities for a budding rocket scientist, engineer, technician, or any kid that dreams of going to space.

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