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August 09, 2012

Flight Instructor Cautioned Accident Pilot About Mountain Flying

NTSB Factual Report In October 2010 Accident Contains CFI Statement

The factual report produced by the NTSB from an October 25, 2010 accident near Lander, WY, contains a statement from the pilot's instrument flight instructor which indicates he cautioned the pilot about flying in mountainous regions with limited experience.

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Boeing Demos Autonomous Ship-Based Capability Of Unmanned Rotorcraft

'Little Bird' Conducted 14 Operations From A Private Vessel

The Boeing Unmanned Little Bird H-6U successfully performed 14 autonomous takeoffs and landings from a ship during flight tests in July, a significant milestone for a medium-size vertical-takeoff-and-landing unmanned airborne system (UAS).

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Laser-Powered UAS Tested In An Outdoor Environment

First-Ever Outdoor Test Completed By LMC Stalker

A series of flight tests of the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) conducted by Lockheed Martin and LaserMotive, Inc. has further validated the performance of an innovative laser power system, the company's said in a news release. These tests mark the first-ever outdoor flight of a UAS powered by laser.

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Piper Names Beijing-Based Sales Manager

Jeremy Prost Brings Extensive Aerospace Experience In China To The Company

Jeremy Prost, a veteran of aviation in China, has been named by Piper as the company's sales manager for Asia. With a focus of developing Piper sales in China, Prost will be based in Beijing and report to Piper Director of Global Fleet Sales Chuck Glass.

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Flare Fired Near Australian Rescue Helicopter On Approach

Pilot Said Action Could Have Prevented A Safe Landing

A rescue helicopter owned by the state of Western Australia was on approach for landing at Jandakot airport in Perth Tuesday night (local time) when an emergency flare was fired from about 600 feet away from the aircraft. The Western Australian newspaper reported that the flare came within 90-120 feet from the aircraft flying at about 1,000 feet agl at the time of the incident.

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Bell 429 Receives Increased Weight Approval In Thailand

Thirteenth Country To Approve A Boost In The Max Gross Weight For The Aircraft

The Department of Civil Aviation in Thailand is now the thirteenth country to approve the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429 based on Transport Canada's certification. Transport Canada approved operation of the Bell 429 at 7,500 lbs. in January, 2012 after an extensive technical evaluation.

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Aerosonde SUAS To Be Equipped With UTC Aerospace Nav And Payload Systems

Autopilots, Stabilized Camera Platforms, And Flight Management Software Included In The Contract

UTC Aerospace Systems has received a contract from AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems to supply Cloud Cap Technology autopilots, stabilized camera payloads, ground station software components and flight management software from its business in Hood River, OR. These will be utilized for AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems' expeditionary Aerosonde Small Unmanned Aircraft System fleet.

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Royal Saudi AF Becomes Largest International Operator Of F110 Engines

Will Power That Country's Fleet Of New F-15SA Aircraft

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) has ordered 193 F110-GE-129E engines to power 84 new twin-engine Boeing F-15SA aircraft. With the order the RSAF becomes the largest operator of F110 engines other than the U.S. government. This follows earlier RSAF orders for 156 engines to power 71 re-engined F-15S aircraft.

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AD: HPH s.r.o. Sailplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-03

PRODUCT: All HPH s. r.o. Models 304C, 304CZ, and 304CZ-17 sailplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-15-17

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A300 B4-603, B4-605R, and B4-622R airplanes; Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes; and Model A300 F4-600R series airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-15-13

PRODUCT: All Model 747-100B SUD, 747-300, 747-400, and 747-400D series airplanes; and Model 747-200B series airplanes having a stretched upper deck.  

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Aero-TV: AEA's Ric Peri -- Discussing Concerns Over The Future Of Part 145

Watch This Carefully, Folks... This Is IMPORTANT Info And It Needs YOUR Input!

There is a critical issue that all of aviation needs to know about, be informed about and get involved in... the FAA's recent attempt to rewrite the part 145 regs that oversee the industry's Repair Stations. To help understand the scope of the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed significant and potentially damaging rewrite of Part 145, the Aircraft Electronics Association provided the expertise of their Ric Peri (Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs), to Aero-TV during the busy days of Oshkosh 2012.

Aero-TV: AEA's Ric Peri -- Discussing Concerns Over The Future Of Part 145

Watch This Carefully, Folks... This Is IMPORTANT Info And It Needs YOUR Input!

There is a critical issue that all of aviation needs to know about, be informed about and get involved in... the FAA's recent attempt to rewrite the Part 145 regs that oversee the industry's Repair Stations. To help understand the scope of the Federal Aviation Administration's proposed significant and potentially damaging rewrite of Part 145, the Aircraft Electronics Association provided the expertise of their Ric Peri (Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs), to Aero-TV during the busy days of Oshkosh 2012.

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NTSB Provides Factual Update On Boeing 787 Engine Failure In South Carolina

Compressor Fan Fractured At The Forward End Of Its Shaft

The NTSB's investigation of the July 28, 2012 contained engine failure that occurred on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a pre-delivery taxi test in Charleston, South Carolina is ongoing. A contained engine failure is a specific engine design feature in which components might separate inside the engine but either remain within the engine’s cases or exit the engine through the tail pipe.

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We're Hiring! ANN Puts Out 'Help Wanted' Sign

ANN Is About To Grow -- Again -- And Is Seeking EXCEPTIONAL New Staffers   The 2010-2011 time-frame has been about as challenging a time as we can recall... but we survive and look forward to 2012 and what we see as a very rewarding (and yes, still challenging) year for ANN. ANN continues to expand slowly but surely and we have some truly intriguing upgrades coming up in just a few months. In other words, we're about to grow again -- and in some novel directions. The much-appreciated debut of "AIRBORNE" is but the tip of the iceberg. We're about as excited about our future, as we've ever been, but we're concerned about finding good people -- the RIGHT people -- for a number of jobs we need to fill now and in the near future. We have

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Tuskegee Airman Donates Congressional Gold Medal To Alaska Reserve Unit

Officer's Personal Medal Presented to 302nd Fighter Squadron, The Original Red Tails

The 302nd Fighter Squadron is now home to a Congressional Gold Medal in Aviation. Tuskegee Airman retired Col. Charles McGee presented his personal medal to Col. Bryan Radliff, 477th Fighter Group commander during the 41st Annual Tuskegee Airmen Convention in Las Vegas, NV last week.

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Bell 241ST Test Crew Forced To Make Emergency Landing

Pilot And Second Crewman Uninjured When Tail Rotor Apparently Failed

A Bell 214ST serving as a test bed for new helicopter technologies went down Tuesday in Ellis County, TX, after its tail rotor apparently failed.

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L-3 Purchases Thales’ Civil Aircraft Simulation And Training Business

Transaction Completed Monday Worth About $130 Million

L-3 Communications has completed the acquisition of Thales Training & Simulation Ltd’s civil aircraft simulation and training business effective August 6, 2012. The company paid approximately $130 million, subject to certain contractual adjustments to the purchase price, and was funded with cash on hand.

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Airmen Missing From Vietnam War Identified

Crew Went Down In An F-4C Accident On A Close Air Support Mission

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Commuter Airline Pilot Lands At Wrong Airport

Airplane Far Heavier Than Runway Rating

A Silver Airways Saab 340 Turbo landed at Fairmont Municipal Airport in West Virginia (4G7) Tuesday. Normally, that wouldn't be news, but the commuter airliner was actually bound for Clarksburg, and Fairmont's runway is not rated for the 22,000 pound airplane. The single-wheel weight of the runway is listed at 12,500 pounds.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.09.12)

"It is a humbling experience to be in the presence of such aviation greatness as Col. McGee and the other Tuskegee Airmen." Source: Senior Airmen Marren Clay.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.09.12): Wind Advisory

Sustained winds 25 to 39 mph and/or gusts to 57 mph.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.09.12)

Aero-Law

Aviation law governs the operation of aircraft and the maintenance of aviation facilities. Both federal and state governments have enacted statutes and created administrative agencies to regulate air traffic.

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