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October 27, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.27.11

SF100 works in round engines, too.
NASA says its commercial partners are hitting their milestones.
And the F-35B is tested at sea for 18 days.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Extra EA 300 Rudder Cables

Wear Ocurred In Only 50 Hours Of Flying

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletain for Extra EA 300 airplanes after abnormal wear was found on a rudder cable during a scheduled 100 hour inspection. During the inspection conducted on an Extra EA 300/L airplane, the rudder cable assembly, part number 50155, was found to have its rudder cable frayed where only three of the seven wire strands remained.

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JP Aerospace Airship Flies To The Edge Of Space

If Confirmed, New Airship World Altitude Record Established At 95,085

On Saturday morning, October 22, 2011, The Tandem airship was launched from Nevada's Black Rock desert. The airship flew to 95,085 feet, higher than any airship in history.

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Carrington Charitable Foundation Raises $350,000 For VAC

Proceeds Will Be Used By The Veterans Airlift Command To Provide Administrative Support And Awareness Of The Transportation Services

The Carrington Charitable Foundation (CCF) announced Wednesday that its Inaugural Golf Classic was a tremendous success, raising $350,000 to benefit the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). Funds raised through this event will support the administrative functions required to coordinate the efforts of the VAC volunteer pilot network.

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Selects NVIO NVG CBT Program

Night Vision Courses To Be Taught At Arizona Campus

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has selected Night Flight Concepts NVIO NVG CBT program to be used within the Bachelor of Aeronautical Science  Specialty degree program. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott, Arizona campus will be integrating the NVIO NVG CBT program into one of their Advanced Helicopter Specialty Courses: “Environmental Helicopter Operations.”

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Path Cleared For LAN, TAM Merger

Chilean Airline PAL Removes Objectctions, Court Approves Deal

Chilean airline PAL has decided to withdraw its appeal before the Supreme Court of Chile against the merger process between LAN and TAM. After detailed analysis of the resolution of the Tribunal de Defensa de la Libre Competencia (TDLC), the company is convinced that LAN accepts the large majority of the mitigation measures imposed by the TDLC.

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Omni Flight Attendants Join AFA

Vote To Organize Tops 80%

Omni Flight Attendants voted to join the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) by a margin of 83 percent. In a union representation election that concluded Tuesday, the National Mediation Board (NMB) announced that out of 284 votes cast, 237 elected AFA as their collective bargaining representative.

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IAM Welcomes NMB Ruling For ExpressJet/ASA Flight Attendants

National Mediation Board Recognizes Merged Airline

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) welcomed Wednesday's National Mediation Board (NMB) single carrier ruling for Flight Attendants at ExpressJet Airlines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA).

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Shea Field Museum To Open Saturday

Former NAS South Weymouth Facility Formerly Appointment-Only

Those who'd like to spend a Saturday checking out the base formerly known as Naval Air Station South Weymouth in Massachusetts will no longer have to plan ahead and make an appointment. Beginning this weekend, the the Shea Field Naval Aviation Historical Museum now plans to open its doors from 0900 to 1100 Eastern Time on the last Saturday of each month.

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Turkey Looks To Produce Domestic Light Utility Helicopter

Hopes To Have First Aircraft Flying In Five Years

The government of Turkey says it is launching a program to develop its own light utility helicopter in the under-12,000-pound category. The head of the program says that the expect to have an aircraft in the air within five years.

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Michigan Flight School Assets Sold At Auction

Six Airplanes Sold To The Highest Bidder After Company Fails

A flight school in Allegan, MI has come to something of an ignoble end, and its assets, including six airplanes, were sold at auction this week to cover its debts. Dodgen Aircraft and Skykid Aviation were grounded earlier this month, their assets siezed by the bank that had financed them.

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TSA: Inappropriate Note Author Identified

Employee Has Been Removed From Screening Duty, Termination Pending

It turns out that the note that was placed in a female attorney's suitcase referencing a very personal item packed in the luggage was written by a TSA employee ... who has been identified and removed from screening operations.

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First Cirrus Full Motion Flight Simulator Placed In Europe

Company Expands Flight Training Globally

The first Cirrus full motion flight simulator in Europe became operations in Poznan, Poland Tuesday. Cirrus' first European SIM Center will offer simulation training for the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 aircraft with Cirrus Perspective by Garmin avionics.

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Classic Aero-TV: Clarity Aloft At Oshkosh 2011

Bluetooth Headsets For Pilots!!!

It was already one of my favorite headsets...and with the addition of Bluetooth technology, it's likely to stay that way. The first Clarity Aloft Aviation Headset was introduced at EAA AirVenture in 2004... light, quiet and very comfortable, there is little doubt that this little headset would be a hit... and it sure was. Now, Clarity Aloft has raised the bar (again) by partnering with Pilot Communications, whose BLULINK headset adaptor has garnered an exceptional following.

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WACO Classic Aircraft Obtains Great Lakes TC

Hopes To Soon Return The Iconic Biplane To The Air

Big news coming from the folks at WACO Classic Aircraft. A post on their blog Wednesday says they have officially received the Type Certificate for the Great Lakes 2T-1A series of aircraft. Now, with the TC in hand, WACO Classic is able to better work with the FAA to return the Great Lakes to the air.

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Bell 429 Earns Certification in China

Model Now Certified In More Than 40 Countries

Bell Helicopter says it has received type certification for the Bell 429 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The Bell 429 is now certified in more than 40 countries.

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All's Well That Lands Well: Brian Norris Deadsticks Sean Tucker Airshow Bipe

"Professional" Piloting of Tucker's Bipe Goes Well Despite Forced Landing

It's been a tough year for all things 'airshow' so it sure is nice to report one incident that went rather well. ANN has learned that  Sean D. Tucker's airshow biplane, executed a forced landing Tuesday when a sudden engine stoppage turned the normally thrusty bipe (the 'Oracle Challenger III') into an immediate glider. Flying home at the end of a long and very successful season, Sean Tucker tells ANN that Ferry Pilot and Team Member Brian Norris did what he expected, "he flew the aircraft like a professional, dealt with the situation as it occurred and put together a great outcome by staying ahead of the airplane."

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CA Congressman Get Helicopter Noise Roundtable

Secures Transportation And Infrastructure Committee Review Of Helicopter Related Complaints Above Los Angeles

At the request of Congressman Howard L. Berman’s (CA-28), the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee is convening a roundtable to examine helicopter flight operations in metropolitan areas.

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Rocketplane Kistler Assets To Be Auctioned November 11

Company Was An Advanced Developer Of Fully Reusable Space Transportation Vehicles

A global webcast bulk auction of the company assets of Rocketplane Kistler is planned for next month. The approval of Debtor’s Motion to engage Heritage Global Partners is currently pending in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

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FAA Poised To Issue Boeing 757 Safety Directive

Corrosion On Tail Parts Could Lead To Loss Of Aircraft

The FAA has proposed a mandatory safety directive for Boeing 757s due to a corrosion issue in the airplanes' horizontal stabilizers. The document would require inspections of all domestically-registered 757s, and could be expanded to cover foreign-flagged airplanes as well.

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Two People Fatally Injured In Oregon Mid-Air

Two Planes Collided Near A State Park Tuesday

A mid-air collision in Oregon Tuesday resulted in the fatal injury of both people aboard the aircraft that was struck. The accident occurred about 1600 PDT Tuesday. The preliminary report from the FAA indicates that the aircraft which went down was a V35 Bonanza with two people on board.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.27.11)

“I have heard from many Valley residents about the nuisance caused by intrusive, low-flying helicopter traffic above their neighborhoods.” Source: Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.27.11): Warm Front

A transition zone between a mass of warm air and the colder air it is replacing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.27.11)

American Association Of Airport Executives

Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports.

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