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October 12, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.12.10

The America's Challenge is down to one.
Aluminum Overcast visits Upstate South Carolina.
And Houston prepares to welcome Embry Riddle.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.12.10

The America's Challenge is down to one.
Aluminum Overcast visits Upstate South Carolina.
And Houston prepares to welcome Embry Riddle.


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ANN Special Feature: Part I: EAA President Rod Hightower - 10.12.10

ANN's Paul Plack begins a conversation with Rod Hightower, new president of the Experimental Aircraft Association, by asking how Rod got his start in aviation.

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Legendary Pilot Clay Lacy Receives Prestigious Pathfinder Award

Honored For Pioneering Contributions To Aviation

Legendary aviator and entrepreneur Clay Lacy was honored with the Pathfinder Award at the Seattle Museum of Flight this past Saturday.

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Aviation Fatalities Dropped By 36 Over Last Fiscal Year

Transportation Fatalities Drop Overall in 2009; Pipeline, Marine Deaths Rise

Transportation fatalities in the United States decreased by 9.2 percent in 2009 from 2008, according to preliminary figures released recently by the NTSB.

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Canadian Firm Breaks Ground For JSF Advanced Composite Manufacturing Facility

Magellan Aerospace Will Manufacture F-35 Horizontal Stabilizer Components

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada visited Magellan Aerospace at its Bristol Aerospace division in Winnipeg late last week.

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ADS-B Safety System Makes First Inroads Into A U.S. Flight School

Phoenix East Aviation Claims First ADS-B Equipped Independent Training Fleet

Daytona Beach-based Phoenix East Aviation (PEA) said Monday it has installed ADS-B systems on its fleet of training aircraft. PEA says by doing so, it has become the first independent flight training academy in the U.S. to have such a system.

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New Cabin Audio Control Unit Introduced By Becker Avionics

ACU6101 Can accommodate Up To Eight Trancievers

Becker Avionics has rolled out its newest Audio Control Unit (ACU) ACU6101 Cabin Audio Control Panel. This new panel design is based on the standard ACU6101 Cockpit Panel.

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Embraer's Lineage 1000 And Legacy 650 Jets Debut At NBAA

Company Says It Will Be Its "Largest Presence Ever" At The Event

Embraer says it plans its largest presence ever at the NBAA meeing and convention in Atlanta next week.

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Air Force Looks At Flight Training For UAS Pilots

Colorado Firm Hopes To Expand From Screening To Training

The U.S. Air Force reportedly is looking at giving its UAS pilots some actual stick time, and a company in Colorado hopes to be able to provide that.

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New Litter Installations Unveiled By Metro Aviation

Enhancement Available For EC145

Helicopter completions company Metro Aviation has introduced some enhancements to the EC145 air medical interior, including the capability to now use the Ferno Model 28A1 litter assembly with ground ambulances.

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Nonegenarian Takes A Birthday Dive

And The 93-Year-Old Skydiver Got More Adventure Than She Was Planning

A 93-year-old Texas woman wanted to do something special for her birthday, and the something special she chose was skydiving.

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Aero-TV: Phil Boyer At Oshkosh 2010 -- Crafting A Better Future For GA

GA's Most Effective Leader Offers Advice For The Future

We had a good time with a wide-ranging interview with Phil Boyer at Oshkosh 2010 and began to realize just how much we missed seeing him at the helm of that organization. To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation. When he decided to retire after nearly two decades of challenging leadership, we all felt poorer for the loss of his participation but could not deny the that the guy deserved to retire and enjoy his life the way that he wanted... free of the pressures that he lived 24/7 for all those years.

Aero-TV: Powered Parachutes -- PRA Reaches Out to PPCs at 2010 Event

ALL That Flies Over Mentone Need Not Always Have Rotors

ANN and Aero-TV have had a ball bringing you the very best of the rotary sites, sounds and concepts that literally revolve around Mentone once a year... but we need to mention one of the more intriguing variants that typified this year's event -- as this year, a large contingent of Powered Parachutes joined the fun and added a decided sporty element to the festivities otherwise known as the PRA Fly-In.

Final America’s Challenge Balloon Lands

Fricke/Cuneo Unofficial Winners

ANN has learned that the final balloon aloft in the America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons has landed safely on the U.S./Canadian border. Albuquerque’s Barbara Fricke and Peter Cuneo are the unofficial winners of the race, having flown 1,350 miles (2,173 km) in approximately 57 hours and 30 minutes. The team landed on the east shore of the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Gas balloon landings in urban areas are very unusual, as the balloons usually land in rural and even remote areas.

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Aero-TV: Powered Parachutes -- PRA Reaches Out to PPCs at 2010 Event

ALL That Flies Over Mentone Need Not Always Have Rotors

ANN and Aero-TV have had a ball bringing you the very best of the rotary sites, sounds and concepts that literally revolve around Mentone once a year... but we need to mention one of the more intriguing variants that typified this year's event -- as this year, a large contingent of Powered Parachutes joined the fun and added a decided sporty element to the festivities otherwise known as the PRA Fly-In.

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Aero-TV: Phil Boyer At Oshkosh 2010 -- Crafting A Better Future For GA

GA's Most Effective Leader Offers Advice For The Future

We had a good time with a wide-ranging interview with Phil Boyer at Oshkosh 2010 and began to realize just how much we missed seeing him at the helm of that organization. To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation.

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President Obama Signs The NASA Authorization Act Of 2010

Obama Signed The NASA Authorization Act Of 2010 Monday

President Barack Obama signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010 into law on Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, setting spending levels for the space agency, and setting the stage for greater commercial participation in space. Following the signing, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden issued the following statement: "Earlier today, President Obama signed into law the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010. It is important bipartisan legislation that charts a new course for space exploration, science, technology development, and aeronautics. We are grateful for the President's forward-thinking plan and the hard work members of Congress put into this

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Tuesday 10.12.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.12.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.12.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Part I: EAA President Rod Hightower - 10.12.10 (ANN Special Report, with EAA President Rod Hightower)

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Auction Winners Experience Zero-G With James Cameron

Event Raised $210K For X Prize Foundation

"Avatar" Producer/Director and self-avowed "avid explorer" James Cameron took flight aboard the Zero-G Experience on Saturday to raise funds for the X Prize Foundation.

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Webb Telescope Sunshield Passes Launch Depressurization Tests

Verifies Flight Design For Space Observatory

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope continues to make significant progress, successfully completing a series of sunshield vent tests that validate the telescope's sunshield design.

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Park Rangers Fatally Injured In Friday Accident

C172 Went Down Near Mount Dutton, UT

The National Park Service says that on October 8, 2010, a privately-owned Cessna 172 with two occupants left the Bryce Canyon Airport for a pleasure flight over Mount Dutton before returning to Page, Arizona.

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Madera Aeromodelers Radio Control Society Blocked From Madera Airport

TTF Rules Affect RC Model Flyers

A member of the Madera Aeromodelers Radio Control Society (MARCS) informs ANN that they no longer have access to Madera Airport in CA because of Through The Fence rules.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.12.10)

“I commend the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for adopting (the) Declaration on Aviation Security." Source: Statement from Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.   

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.12.10): Minimum Descent Altitude

The lowest altitude, expressed in feet above mean sea level, to which descent is authorized on final approach or during circle-to-land maneuvering in execution of a standard instrument approach procedure where no electronic glideslope is provided.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.12.10)

SpaceShipTwo Video

Virgin Galactic has released video of Sunday's successful first gliding flight of SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise.

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