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August 30, 2012

California Eyes NY Helicopter Noise Rules

Some In The Golden Bear State Hope To Impose Similar Restrictions

Specific flight corridors for helicopter flights over Long Island, NY, have some in California hoping they can convince the FAA to impose similar restrictions in their state.

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GE38 Turboshaft Engines Accumulate 2,300 Test Hours

Engine Developed For Sikorsky's Ch-53K Helicopter

Four GE38 turboshaft engines continue to demonstrate maturity and durable operating capabilities at GE’s testing facility in Lynn, Massachusetts, and MTU’s testing facility in Munich, Germany, supporting Sikorsky Aircraft’s CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter program in development for the U.S. Marine Corps.  A fifth factory test engine will join the program later this year.

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Space Exploration Should Be A Presidential Priority

Coalition For Space Exploration Board Member Has A Message For The Candidates

Coalition for Space Exploration Board Member Wayne Hale is calling on the Republican and Democratic candidates for President to make space exploration a top priority, saying to not do so would stagnate America in the 21st century and beyond.

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WACO Classic Aircraft Making Progress On New Great Lakes Bipe

First Airframe Is In Primary Assembly

WACO Classic Aircraft is making progress on the first Great Lakes biplane airframe, as well as the first airplane ordered by a customer. The company says the project is moving into high gear with nearly all vendors online, all of the engineering updates approved, and drawing updates mostly complete.

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AF C-130 Firefighting Efforts Reach Milestone

Record Two Million Gallons Of Retardant Dropped On Wildfires This Season

Air Force Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s reached a major mission milestone Aug. 24 by dropping the 2 millionth gallon of retardant for the season. MAFFS 5, assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing, dropped the record-breaking gallon during its third sortie of the day battling the Halstead fire north of Stanley, ID.

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West Houston Airport (KIWS) Adds Automated Weather Observation System

AWOS Installed At Houston Reliever Airport

An Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) AV with Ceilometer has been installed at West Houston (TX) Airport (KIWS) by Belfort Instrument Company of Baltimore, MD. KIWS is an FAA designated reliever airport with some 400 based aircraft and 130,000 annual operations.

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Single NIMBY Leads To Helo Relo

Medical Helicopter Moved From Its Base At Ashley Regional Medical Center In Vernal, UT

After a year of operations flying critically injured and ill patients to and from Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal, UT, a single person's complaints to the FAA has forced an air ambulance company to relocate its aircraft to Vernal Regional Airport ... about two miles from the hospital.

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Jet Aviation Forms 2 Regional Divisions For Its EMEA, Asia Operations

New Executives Named To Lead Restructured Divisions

Jet Aviation recently restructured its EMEA & Asia organization by forming two separate regional divisions, one for Asia and one for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The company appointed Kim Chan as vice president and head of Jet Aviation Asia and Stefan Benz as vice president MRO and FBO services of its EMEA operations.

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Winning Canadian Foods To Fly In Space

Astronaut Chris Hadfield Will Have A Taste Of Home During ISS Stay

A year ago, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) invited Canadians to suggest their favorite regional foods as part of the "Canadian Snacks for Space" contest. Wednesday, CSA announced the Canadian foods and names of the winners who will have their treats flown to the International Space Station (ISS) to be included on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's menu.

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New UAS Training School Welcomes Marines

Future Unmanned Air System Operators Now Have Access To A New Training And Logistics Activity At Camp Lejeune, NC

A team from the Navy and Marine Corps Small Tactical UAS program office (PMA-263) at Camp Lejeune, NC launched the Training and Logistics Support Activity (TALSA) in mid-July to Marines from II Marine Expeditionary Force. The activity allows troops to receive UAS training on short notice and expand the previous curriculum to include all Group I UAS assets.

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AD: Univair Aircraft Corporation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-06

PRODUCT: Certain Univair Aircraft Corporation Models (ERCO) 415-C, 415-CD, 415-D, E, G; (Forney) F-1 and F-1A; (Alon) A-2 and A2-A; and (Mooney) M10 airplanes.

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AD: Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-17-05

PRODUCT: Certain Honeywell International Inc. models TFE731-4, -4R, -5, -5R, -5AR, and -5BR series turbofan engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.30.12

Can You Hear Me Now? – the FAA Eyes A New National Voice System…

XCOR Selects Its Cockpit Contractor…

Boeing Opens a Third Dream

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Aero-TV: Of Course It's Yellow -- Redbird’s J-3 Cub Simulator

Innovative and Inspirational.... You Can Teach An Old Cub New Tricks!

One of the hands-down favorites of the most recent Oshkosh Fly-In was not a real live airplane.... but a reasonable facsimile thereof. In fact, Redbird Flight Simulations J-3 Cub Simulator, adorned in stereotypical eye-catching Cub Yellow, wowed the crowds at Oshkosh -- and while it was built strictly as a "One-Of-A Kind" promotional gimmick, it caught on with such fervor that the one they brought was sold within hours of the show's opening and others have asked for Cub-Sims of their own.

Aero-TV: Of Course It's Yellow -- Redbird’s J-3 Cub Simulator

Innovative and Inspirational.... You Can Teach An Old Cub New Tricks!

One of the hands-down favorites of the most recent Oshkosh Fly-In was not a real live airplane.... but a reasonable facsimile thereof. In fact, Redbird Flight Simulations J-3 Cub Simulator, adorned in stereotypical eye-catching Cub Yellow, wowed the crowds at Oshkosh -- and while it was built strictly as a "One-Of-A Kind" promotional gimmick, it caught on with such fervor that the one they brought was sold within hours of the show's opening and others have asked for Cub-Sims of their own.

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FAA Selects Harris Corporation As Voice System Provider

NVS Will Replace 40-Year-Old Legacy Technology

The FAA has selected Harris Corp. of Melbourne, FL, to support an essential element of NextGen.  The program is called the National Airspace System (NAS) Voice System (NVS). NVS replaces the 40-year-old, legacy voice switches with a modern and flexible operational voice capability. NVS supports ground-to-ground voice communications between air traffic controllers and air-to-ground voice communications between controllers and aircraft.

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XCOR Announces Lynx Mark I Cockpit Manufacturer

Suborbital Vehicle Pressure Vessel To Be Fabricated By AdamWorks

XCOR Aerospace announced Tuesday that the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV) carbon fiber cockpit will be manufactured by AdamWorks of Centennial, Colorado. The Lynx Mark I is the prototype of the Lynx family of suborbital RLVs from XCOR Aerospace.

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Third Dreamliner Assembly Line Ramping Up Production

Boeing Working To Catch Up On 800 Orders For The 787

With some 800 Dreamliners on the order books, Boeing has opened a temporary assembly line for the composite airliners at its Everett, WA, plant. The line is the second producing the airplane in the Puget Sound area, and the third for the company overall.

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GE Aviation Signs Contract For Systems On Boeing KC-46A Tanker

Will Provide Mission Systems Including FMS

GE Aviation announced Tuesday that they have signed an agreement with Boeing potentially worth up to $180 million to provide the mission control system for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-46A tanker. The agreement includes design, development and production throughout the life of the program.

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US Airways, AA Sign Non-Disclosure Agreement

Moves Stops Discussions Between US Airways, AA Pilots' Unions

US Airways and AMR Corp., the parent of American Airlines, have reportedly signed a non-disclosure agreement that prevents the two company's pilots unions from discussing a potential merger.

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Consistency Of Regulatory Interpretation ARC Requests Industry Stakeholder Input

Survey Being Conducted Online Through September 25

The Consistency of Regulatory Interpretation Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) is seeking industry input in the form of an industry stakeholder survey.

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WWII Bomb Discovery Causes Flight Cancellations, Delays In Amsterdam

Explosive Discovered During Construction At Amsterdam-Schiphol Airport

Workers discovered a live bomb left over from WWII during an excavation operation at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport Wednesday, causing flights to be delayed and cancelled at Europe’s fifth-largest airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.30.12)

“This system is another example of the critical role that interconnecting technologies serve as part of NextGen.” Source: Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.30.12): Rain Induced Fog

When warm rain falls through cooler air, water evaporates from the warm rain. It subsequently condenses in the cool air forming fog.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.30.12)

Instrument Procedures

If you're thinking about upgrading your private cerificate with an instrument rating, or even if you've had an instrument ticket for a while, it will be instructive to review the procedures for instrument flight.

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