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June 15, 2012

Clark School Team To Fly New Gamera II Human-Powered Helicopter

Flight Attempt For Re-Designed Aircraft Planned For June 20th

A team of A. James Clark School of Engineering students will fly their new human-powered helicopter, Gamera II.  The vehicle is an improved version of Gamera I, which last year set world records for flight duration.  Like Gamera I, Gamera II is an enormous hand- and pedal-powered X-shaped vehicle that has four rotors and is 103 feet across diagonally. But Gamera II weighs only 71 pounds.

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New York Congressional Delegations Presses For New FAA Facility In The State

Warn That Closing The Existing Facility Will Cost Jobs, Damage The Local Economy

New York Congressman Tim Bishop (D) met recently with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to make the case for Long Island as the site for a new integrated Air Traffic Control system for New York’s Airports. Bishop spearheaded a letter to LaHood and Huerta signed by the entire Long Island Congressional Delegation.

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Airbus Marks 10 Years Of Growth In Wichita

Announces Major Foundation Partnership With United Way To Mentor Local Youth

Ten years ago, Airbus appeared on the Wichita, KS, aviation scene with the opening of its first U.S. engineering center in the city’s Old Town section. A decade later, Airbus’ operation in Wichita has grown by more than 600%, and the company’s role in the local aerospace community and its commitment to the city continue to grow at an equally strong pace.

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ALPA Announces Presidential Committee For Remote Operations

Focus Is On Flights In Far Northern Areas Of North America

ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak has announced the creation of a special ALPA Presidential Committee for Remote Operations, to be chaired by Capt. Peter Black (FAB). The committee will have additional representation from ALPA carriers with operations and operational interests in the high Arctic and other remote locations in far northern areas of Canada and the United States.

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Nashua Flight Simulator Adds Two New Instructors To Experienced Team

Company Cites Growing Demand For Flight Training

Nashua Flight Simulator, the Northeast's premier provider of recurrent training for business-class piston twins, turbo-prop twins, and high-performance single engine aircraft, announces the addition of two experienced pilot instructors, Doug Lyons and Bob McCulla.

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Airline On-Time Performance Improves In April

Mishandled Baggage Reported To Be At An All-Time Low

The nation’s largest airlines posted an on-time arrival rate of 86.3 percent in April, up from both the 75.5 percent on-time rate of April 2011 and from March 2012’s 82.2 percent rate, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Thursday.

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Navy Proceeds With Plans To Unveil MQ-4C UAV

Aircraft Similar To One That Went Down In Maryland Tuesday

The first production version of the Navy's MQ-4C UAV was unveiled Thursday. The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) aircraft is similar to the one that went down earlier this week on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

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Survey Shows Most Parents Feel Cabin Crews Are OK With Children

Survey Prompted By Recent Alaska Airlines Incident

After a recent incident in which a cabin crew demanded a father remove his three year old son from an Alaska Airlines plane after the toddler was deemed too disruptive to fly, a survey conducted by U.K-based flight comparison site Skyscanner of more than 1,000 parents has revealed that, far from being an isolated incident, 12% of parents said they have found it difficult to get any sympathy from cabin crew in response to their children’s needs.

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California Teenager Arrested For Vandalism To Airplanes

Two Planes Damaged, Two Others Vandalized

Sheriff's detectives in Siskiyou County, CA have arrested an 18-year-old suspected of vandalizing several airplanes at Montague-Yreka Airport (1O5) on Tuesday. Dillon Connor Smith was arrested on June 12, according to a spokesperson for the Sheriff's office. The charges filed included taking an aircraft without consent, vandalism, and burglary.

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NASA Langley Celebrates Five-Year Partnership With Sierra Nevada

Working Closely On Development Of Dream Chaser Orbital Spacecraft

Engineers at NASA's Langley Research Center are marking five years of collaboration with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems in Louisville, CO, as partners in the design and development of the Dream Chaser Space System. NASA Langley and SNC joined forces to update Langley's HL-20 lifting body vehicle design into the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle, which is being developed as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program.

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Passengers Sue JetBlue Over March Incident

Captain Of The Aircraft Had To Be Restrained During Flight To Las Vegas

A lawsuit has been filed against JetBlue Airways related to an incident which occurred in March in which the captain of a New York to Las Vegas flight became unstable and had to be physically restrained by the passengers and crew.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.15.12

 An Air Force osprey is down with five injured…

The Solar Impulse is thwarted in its cross country Morroccan test flight…

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Solar Impulse Returns To Rabat

Encountered Unexpected Weather Conditions On Flight To Ouarzazate

The Solar Impulse aircraft was thwarted in its attempt to fly from Rabat, Morocco to Ouarzazate Wednesday. The aircraft encountered unexpected headwinds and turbulence, and it was determined that the best course of action was to return to its point of departure. André Borschberg landed safely at the Rabat-Salé International airport at just after midnight local time

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Airborne 06.15.12: Will Cessna Buy HBC?, CV-22 Down, Biggest Order EVER For BizJets!

Also: SNC Lawsuit, LHFE Warbird Fight, CFM56 Record, Gov Visits Kestrel, L-39 Crash Fallout, Gary Powers' Silver Star... and MORE!

OK, we keep saying it was a wild week... and we haven't been lying... but it seems that there is no end in sight to real honest-to-goodness Aero-News.... we just wish it was always GOOD Aero-News. As ANN was putting this episode of Airborne to bed, ANN received some interesting inside info that asserts that Cessna may make a play for bankrupt HBC--interested mostly in the King-Air line. Also; the Air Force has confirmed an accident involving a CV-22 at Eglin AFB--thankfully with no fatalities but there were five injuries requiring transportation to hospital facilities -- we wish those crew-members the best as they recover. In the largest aircraft pur

NASA Administrator Views Historic SpaceX Dragon Capsule

Bolden: 'Commercial Space Is Becoming A Reality'

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden joined SpaceX CEO and Chief Designer Elon Musk at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas, Wednesday to see the first commercial space capsule to complete a mission to the International Space Station. Bolden and Musk also thanked the more than 150 SpaceX employees working at the McGregor facility for their role in the historic mission.

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BizAv Associations Called Upon To Jointly Devise An EU-ETS Global Alternative

Cite Increasing Shared Frustration Over The Schemes 'Many Flaws'

On the occasion of CBAA 2012, Canada’s leading event for business aviation, several prominent national Business Aviation Associations and their international representative body, IBAC, gathered to review their joint positions on the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS). Fabio Gamba, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), set out the European perspective, emphasizing that he shared the audience’s frustration over the scheme’s many flaws.

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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In Firefighting Accident

Few Details Known About The Accident Involving A P2V-7 Aerial Tanker

While the NTSB has released its preliminary report for an accident in which an aerial tanker involved in a firefighting operation in Utah earlier this month went down, investigators are apparently going to have a lot of work to do to determine the probable cause of the accident. The prelim describes the path of the accident flight, and indicates that the airplane was "substantially damaged" by the impact and post-crash fire ... but little more.

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US Navy, NGC Complete X-47B Flight Testing at Edwards AFB

Move Second Unmanned Aircraft to East Coast

The first major phase of flight testing the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator aircraft came to a successful conclusion on May 15 when Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy wrapped up testing at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

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Klyde Morris 06.15.2012

Klyde Asks A Question To Which He Already Knows The Answer ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Northstar Aerospace Announces CCAA And Chapter 11 Filings

Move Intended To Facilitate Sale Of The Copmpany

Northstar Aerospace said Thursday that after full consideration of all its available alternatives, its U.S. subsidiaries, Northstar Aerospace (USA) Inc., Northstar Aerospace (Chicago) Inc., Derlan USA Inc. and D-Velco Manufacturing of Arizona, Inc. have filed Chapter 11 petitions in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The Corporation, Northstar Aerospace (Canada) Inc. and certain of its Canadian subsidiaries are applying for an Initial Order from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial Division) under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act ("CCAA"). The main purpose of the filings is to effectuate a going concern sale of the business.

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Airmen Missing From Vietnam War Identified

Crew Of Two Went Down Flying An F-4C In 1966

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. Air Force Lt. Col. Charles M. Walling, 27, of Phoenix, will be buried June 15, at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. There will be a group burial honoring Walling and fellow crew member, Maj. Aado Kommendant, 25, of Lakewood, N.J., at Arlington National Cemetery, on Aug. 8 – the 46th anniversary of the accident that took their lives.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.15.12)

"Commercial space is becoming a reality as SpaceX and our other commercial partners look ahead to future missions to the space station and other destinations." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.15.12): Special Flight Permit

A flight permit issued to an aircraft that does not meet airworthiness requirements but is capable of safe flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.15.12)

The Society Of Air Racing Historians

The Society was formed in late 1984 by a small group of dedicated air racing enthusiasts who wanted to pool their efforts and knowledge with others having the same love of this great aviation era.

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