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June 29, 2012

Pilots' Bill Of Rights Passes U.S. Senate On A Unanimous Vote

Bill Had 65 Senate Co-Sponsors, No Companion Bill In The House

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, hailed the Senate’s unanimous passage of his bill, the Pilots’ Bill of Rights (S.1335) on Friday. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year.  His bill has 65 co-sponsors, including U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK).

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Klyde Morris (06.29.12)

Farm Bill??? Really???

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.29.12

Airbus Eyes a US Assembly Plant…

The FAA Expands Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Production

Certificate…

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FAA Releases Global Commercial Space Transportation Forecast

FAA/AST Report Focuses On Two Primary Areas

The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA/AST) and the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) have prepared forecasts of global demand for commercial space launch services for the 10-year period from 2012 through 2021.

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German Federal Police Take Delivery Of Final EC155 B1 Helicopters

Marks The End Of An Extensive, 20 Aircraft Fleet Updgrade Program

A ceremony at Blumberg, Brandenburg marked the entry into service of the 19th and 20th EC155 B1s, joining others that are deployed at German Federal Police bases throughout the country for a wide range of duties – including border patrol, transportation of personnel and special forces, along with diverse search-and-rescue missions.

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Memphis Belle Undergoing Extensive Renovation

Will Be Displayed At The National Museum Of The U.S. Air Force

An airplane that is considered one of the most famous bombers to emerge from World War II was the Memphis Belle, and that iconic B-17 is now undergoing a loving restoration in Dayton Ohio at the National Museum of the US Air Force.

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EIS Now Available For iOS, Android Platforms

Combines With Primary Flight Instruments, ADS-B, Weather, Traffic, And GPS

A year after announcing the release of the first iPad compatible Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS-G mini), Levil Technology now announces engine monitoring capabilities with the introduction of the iLevil for mobile devices.

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Skydive Debuts Google Glass Project

Seeing The Freefall From The Skydivers Point Of View

Google co-founder Sergey Brin came up with a pretty novel way to introduce Google Glass, which is a pair of glasses designed to deliver much of the same information as you might get from your smart phone, but in a wearable HUD. The glasses allow the user to interact with the Internet through voice commands, getting the display literally right before his or her eyes.

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Canada Mulls New Jet Trainer Options

Time To Replace BAE Systems CT-155 Hawk Aircraft

The Canadian Air Force is considering its options as it gets ready to replace its fleet of aging BAE Systems CT-155 Hawk aircraft. The replacement comes as Canada is also preparing for its acquisition of F-35 JSF aircraft.

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Virgin Galactic Back In The Satellite Launch Business

Revives Program To Deploy Satellites From WhiteKnightTwo

A program originally announced by Virgin Galactic in 2009 has been brought back to the table and re-branded as "Virgin Galactic Cargo." The program has been designed to launch small satellites boosted to orbit on rockets launched from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft.

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Houston Workshop Marks Key Step In Planning Future Mars Missions

Participants Looked At Several Possible Scenarios For Such A Flight

A recent workshop conducted for NASA by the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) in Houston, marked a key step in the agency's effort to forge a new Mars strategy in the coming decades. A report that summarizes the wide range of cutting-edge science, technology and mission concepts discussed is available online.

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Kennedy Space Center's Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Equal Parts Nod To The Past And Look To The Future

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, July 1 with a program that includes NASA officials discussing the historic spaceport and the dynamic transformation underway to support the next generation of space exploration.

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Russian Helicopters, Turbomeca Sign Engine Agreement

Two Companies Will Offer Mutual Support And Service On Light Helos

Helicopter manufacturer Russian Helicopters, which is part of Russian state defence holding Oboronprom, and Turbomeca (Safran Group) announced Wednesday that they have signed a general agreement on support cooperation of Turbomeca helicopter engines in Russia.

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Mexican Navy Helo Wreckage Found In Mexico

Missing Panther Helicopter Apparently 'Impacted The Side Of A Mountain'

The Mexican Navy Secretariat said Wednesday that the wreckage of a missing Panther helicopter has been located in the western Mexican state of Jalisco. The aircraft apparently "impacted the side of a mountain," according to officials.

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TSA Workers In Newark Shown The Door

Some Reportedly Sleeping On The Job At Liberty International Airport

The TSA has reportedly handed pink slips to eight of its employees at Liberty International Airport in Newark, NJ, for a variety of rules violations. Some of the workers were allegedly videotaped sleeping on the job. Others allegedly violated rules dealing with SOPs involving checked baggage.

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Airborne 06.29.12: AvGas Future, American Champion Gets Sued, No Confirmation Yet For Huerta

Also: NTSB, Gamera II, SkyCatchers Across The USA, Solar Impulse, X3 Tours, and ANN Prepares For Oshkosh!!!
 
Another Aero-Week means MOIRE Aero-News! There may be hope for the future of available AvGas... The FAA has published the final report and recommendations from the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT ARC), a collaborative industry-government task force of key stakeholders representing aircraft and engine manufacturers, fuel producers and distributors, operator groups, aviation associations, the FAA and the EPA. There was supposed to be a big surprise announcement at Oshkosh 2012... whereby Former Eclipse Boss Vern Raburn and his wife Susan should have become the new owners of American Champion Aircraft -- but that did NOT happen... Act

Airborne 06.29.12: AvGas Future, American Champion Sued, Huerta Unconfirmed

Also: NTSB, Gamera II, SkyCatchers Across The USA, Solar Impulse, X3 Tours, and ANN Prepares For Oshkosh!!!

Another Aero-Week means MORE Aero-News! There may be hope for the future of available AvGas... The FAA has published the final report and recommendations from the Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT ARC), a collaborative industry-government task force of key stakeholders representing aircraft and engine manufacturers, fuel producers and distributors, operator groups, aviation associations, the FAA and the EPA. There was supposed to be a big surprise announcement at Oshkosh 2012... whereby Former Eclipse Boss Vern Raburn a

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FAA Expands Boeing Commercial Airplanes Production Certificate

South Carolina Operation Added After Demonstrating It Meets FAA Requirements

The FAA has added Boeing's South Carolina operations to the company's Commercial Airplanes production certificate, PC 700. The production certificate allows the company to produce and sell commercial airplanes.

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Airbus Reportedly Eyes U.S. Assembly Plant

Proposal For Alabama Airliner Assembly Line May Be Announced At Farnborough

Airbus is said to be considering setting up shop to assemble airliners in Alabama, and the announcement may come at the Farnborough Air Show next month, though a earlier announcement may be possible.

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Ex-Im Approves $75.7 Million For Export Of U.S. Helicopters To Brazil

Loan Guaranteed For Three Sikorsky S-92 Aircraft

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a $75.7 million loan guarantee for Lider Taxi Aereo S.A.--Air Brasil that will support the export of three Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation S-92 helicopters to Brazil.

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Girls With Wings Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching

Programs Include Private Pilot And Dreams Take Flight

The deadline for applying for summer scholarships from Girls with Wings is just around the corner. The organization is offering assistance for girls who wish to learn to fly.

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Wreckage Discovered On Alaska Glacier From 1952 Accident

Air Force C-124A Globemaster Went Down, Fatally Injuring All 52 Aboard

The wreckage of an airplane discovered earlier this month on an Alaska glacier is that of an Air Force C-124A Globemaster which went down in 1952. All 52 people on board the airplane were fatally injured in the accident.

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Texas College Researchers Hijack Drone On A 'Dare'

Reportedly 'Spoofed' A Predator UAV With A $1,000 Device

Sometimes, the words "don't dare me" carry some pretty significant meaning. Take the example of researchers at the Austin Radionavigation Lab at the University of Texas, who were in essence "dared" to try to hack a supposedly hackproof drone by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Helmets And Boots From Turkish Pilots Found After Syrian Shoot-Down

No Sign Of The Airmen Themselves Near The Plane's Wreckage

The boots and helmets belonging to a pair of Turkish military pilots have been found with the wreckage of their airplane, which was shot down by Syrian forces last week. But what has not been found are parachutes, or the pilots themselves.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.29.12)

"Earning the right to join the production certificate is a significant achievement that validates Boeing South Carolina as a producer of commercial airplanes that meet the FAA's requirements and Boeing's high standards." Source: Jack Jones, Boeing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.29.12): Negative Static Stability

The initial tendency of an aircraft to continue away from the original state of equilibrium after being disturbed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.29.12)

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