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September 19, 2012

SecAF Highlights 'State Of Force' At AFA Conference

Donley: 'Best Course Of Action Is To Trade Size For Quality'

In his keynote address at the 2012 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley discussed major service accomplishments over the last 12 months and the Air Force's strategic way ahead.

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Open For Business: NASA Seeks Small Business Proposals For High Tech R&D

Seeks New Technologies That Will Enable Future Missions

NASA is seeking proposals for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs that will create the new technologies needed to enable the agency's future missions.

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Manchester Airport To Test New Security Scanners

'Naked' Scanners Will Be Phased Out In October In Favor Of More 'Privacy Friendly' Devices

Manchester Airport said Monday that its trial of “naked” body scanners will end in October when testing will also begin on a new generation of privacy friendly security scanners.

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GE Aviation To Negotiate Costs Of USAF Engine Technology Program

Selected To Finalize Adaptive Engine Technology Development

The United States Air Force (USAF) has selected GE Aviation for negotiations to mature a suite of technologies to include variable cycle technology for the Adaptive Engine Technology Development (AETD) program. AETD will enable GE to address the USAF's propulsion needs for improved fuel burn to provide combat aircraft in the beyond-2020 timeframe with significantly enhanced range, performance and thermal management capabilities.

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Call For Nominations: W.A. (Dub) Blessing Award

Presented Each Year By HAI To The Helicopter Flight Instructor Of The Year

For more than 50 years, HAI has recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the Salute to Excellence Awards. The annual Salute to Excellence Awards dinner is the premier event of HELI-EXPO.

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Bell Helicopter Innovators Honored With Lawrence D. Bell Awards

Honors Employees Whose Innovations Lead To Significant Improvements, Growth

Bell Helicopter has announced 18 employee winners of the 2012 Lawrence D. Bell Pioneer Award for innovation leadership. With this recognition, four Bell Helicopter teams will advance to the final stage of the Textron competition for the Chairman’s Award for Innovation.

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Eurocopter To Consolidate Its Growing Presence In Africa

Three Aircraft On Display At The AAD Airshow In Pretoria, South Africa This Week

The pivotal role played by Eurocopter helicopters in Africa in homeland security, law enforcement, rescue missions and military support will be highlighted at the AAD Airshow, being held in Pretoria, South Africa on September 19-23.

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JFK Bomb Hoax Leads To Testy Exchange Between Pilot, ATC

Plane Was Diverted To Isolated Area Of The Airport With No Explanation To The PIC

A bomb threat against two airplanes en route to JFK Airport in New York City Monday led to a terse radio exchange between the Captain of an American Airlines flight and ATC.

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Pregnant BASE Jumper Fatally Injured During What Was To Be Her Last Jump

Her Boyfriend, Who Had Jumped With Her, Could Only Watch As Her Chute Failed To Open

It was 18 years since the 37 year old self-proclaimed “adrenaline junkie” made her first jump in Malmo, Sweden, and had gone on to  BASE jump in France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the United States. But Wioletta Roslan had decided Sunday’s jump would be her last.

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AD: Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-17-06

PRODUCT: Certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-24, PA-24-250, and PA-24-260 airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-18-06

PRODUCT: Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. Model P-180 Airplanes.

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AD: Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam srl Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-04

PRODUCT: Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam srl Model P2006T airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.19.12

Atlas Air Worldwide Undertakes Inspection of its GenX Engines…

Celebrating General Aviation in Alaska…

To Be or Not To Be – Comm

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Airborne 09.18.12: Air Combat Scam Uncovered, 3 Astros Home, Reno Race Update

Also: AvGas, NTSB, Dreamliner, EAA Members Speak Up, Innocent ParaGlider Stirs 9/11 Hysteria

ANN, with the help of Aviation Criminal's Kristy Graham, has uncovered what appears to be an enormous and ongoing scam offering aerial combat "Top Gun" type flight experiences to the public for highly discounted rates in the $300 to $400 price range. These offers are being promoted through a variety of "Daily Deals" marketing sites like Groupon, Living Social, Member Deals US, even Amazon and others. Three members of the Expedition 32 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth on Sunday, wrapping up a mission lasting more th

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FAA Says Commercial Flights At Paine Field Would Have Little Impact

Studied The Feasibility Of Up To 23 Flights Per Day

The FAA has released an environmental study assessing the impact of commercial flights at Paine Field in Everett, WA. The airport is home to Boeing's primary assembly facilities, but is otherwise viewed as a GA airport. The agency said that adding up to 23 commercial flights per day by 2018 would have little impact on noise, traffic, or air pollution.

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Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight Rescheduled To September 19

Weather Again Delays The Last Trip For The Spacecraft

NASA's ferry flight of space shuttle Endeavour atop the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 due to an unfavorable weather forecast along the flight path on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Endeavour now is expected to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday, Sept. 21.

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China Partners With Florida's Space Coast For Aircraft Purchases

City Of Wuhan Triggers $28 Million Deal For Planes, Helicopters

With a promise of “bringing jobs back to America,” officials with the city of Wuhan, China and Federal Aerospace Holdings Group on Tuesday announced agreements to purchase 100 fixed- and rotary -wing aircraft from area manufacturers, including 50 Liberty Aerospace XL2s.

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Atlas Air Worldwide Undertakes GEnx Engine Inspection Program

Has Established A Program To Inspect All Engines Already In Service, Those On The Way

Following the NTSB's recommendation that the FAA issue an AD requiring frequent inspections of GEnx engines on some Dreamliners and 747-8 airplanes, Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. issued a statement in response to inquiries about the General Electric GEnx-2B engines serving the company’s Boeing 747-8 Freighter fleet.

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Aviation Enthusiasts Celebrate GA Month In Alaska

GAMA, NBAA, NATA, AOPA Assisted In Organizing The Event With Senator Begich

Over a hundred pilots, aviation enthusiasts and state and local officials gathered Monday in Anchorage for a Celebration of General Aviation in Alaska. The event, held at Signature Flight Support, was organized by GAMA, with support from the AOPA, NATA, and the NBAA.

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BA Confirms B787, A380 Deliveries

Dreamliners Expected In May Of Next Year, Airbus Super Jumbos In July

British Airways says it will be adding Boeing Dreamliners and Airbus A380s to its fleet in 2013, with entry into service for both airplanes planned for late in the year.

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Military Airplanes In DNC Video Were Turkish, Not U.S.

Likely Stock Footage Of Turkish Stars Display Team F-5s

A flight of F-5s shown in a video presentation just before President Obama accepted his party's nomination at the Democratic National Convention is made up of Turkish aircraft ... not U.S. military planes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.19.12)

"Our Air Force leadership determined the best course of action for our Air Force is to trade size for quality. Becoming smaller will allow us to protect a high-quality and ready force." Source: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.19.12): One Hundred Hour Inspection

A complete inspection that is required for all aircraft operated for hire every 100 hours.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.19.12)

Interagency Aviation Training

AMD, DOI bureaus and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are working in collaboration to offer expanded Interagency Aviation Training (IAT) opportunities for DOI and USFS aviation personnel.

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