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August 27, 2009

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.28.09

NTSB wants new rules for the Hudson River VFR corridor.
There's new help coming to pilots trying to avoid high wires.
And American Airlines retires its last A300.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.28.09

NTSB wants new rules for the Hudson River VFR corridor.
There's new help coming to pilots trying to avoid high wires.
And American Airlines retires its last A300.


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ANN Special Feature: Larry Simburger: Becoming a Balloon Pilot - 08.28.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Larry Simburger, the Director of Balloon Operations for the Arlington Fly-In, about the challenges of training to fly lighter-than-air craft.

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NTSB Issues Recommendations For Hudson River Class B Exclusion Area

Five Recommendations Forwarded To The FAA Resulting From August 8th Mid Air

The NTSB issued five safety recommendations Thursday to the FAA resulting from the Safety Board's ongoing investigation of the midair collision over the Hudson River near Hoboken, New Jersey on August 8, 2009.  The collision of a Eurocopter AS350 BA helicopter, and a Piper PA-32R-300 airplane caused nine fatalities.

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Discovery Launch Postponed Again

Now Set For Liftoff Just Before Midnight Friday

ANN Realtime Reporting 8/27 1405: It was announced at Thursday's Mission Management Team meeting that the teams need another 24 hours to review data from yesterday's fill and drain test before pressing forward with launch of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-128 mission.

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Somali Pirates Fire On U.S. Helicopter

"Large Caliber Weapon" Did Not Hit The Aircraft

Somali pirates holding 4 vessels off the coast of Somalia reportedly opened fire on a U.S. Navy SH-60B conducting a surveillance flight over the captured ships Thursday. The helicopter was not hit, did not return fire, and no casualties were reported.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 08.27.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.27.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.27.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Ross Granley: Joining Dad in the Family Business - 08.27.09 (ANN Special Report, with Airshow Pilot Ross Granley)

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Nextant Aerospace Completes Initial Certification Flight

Pro Line 21 Flight Deck Upgrade Certification On Schedule

Nextant Aerospace announced Tuesday they have completed the initial certification flight for the Beechjet 400A/XP Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 Flight Deck Upgrade.

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FBO Accused Of Illegal Ops -- By Another FBO

Suit Says Conglomerate’s Unit Flouts Aircraft Fueling Restrictions

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleges Castle & Cooke Aviation Services, Inc. has been unlawfully operating and marketing itself as a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at Van Nuys Airport, flouting rules restricting its authority to fuel aircraft.

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Engine Program Aims To Meet Military's Need For Speed

DARPA Developing The Vulcan Engine For Mach 4 Aircraft

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is striving to build an engine that will propel a hypersonic jet at Mach 4 and faster, while also bringing new efficiencies to ships and ground vehicles. DARPA's Vulcan program kicked off this spring .

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Avidyne And Key Dealers Deliver First Cirrus 'G3-R9' Aircraft

Program Offers Trade-Up To Newer Model Cirrus With Entegra R9 Avionics

Avidyne Corporation announced Wednesday that Leading Edge Aviation Services of Tampa, and Lone Mountain Aviation of North Las Vegas, have each delivered their first "G3-R9" aircraft.  "G3-R9" is a program that provides late-model Cirrus SR22 aircraft for sale with Avidyne's Entegra Release 9 IFD already retrofitted.

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Aviation Job Aggregator Using Twitter For Postings

"Tweets" Are Then Sent On To Other Social Networking Sites

JSfirm, an online employment and resume search tools for aviation professionals, has started "Tweeting" job listings on the popular social networking site Twitter, which then posts them to other sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Dad Takes Son To First Day Of School In A Helicopter

Unfortunately, He Forgot To Tell The School

School officials at East Ridge High in Clermont, Florida, were less than thrilled that Bart Sutherin rented a helicopter to take his son to his first day of classes Monday. Southerin landed the blue-and-white Schweizer/Hughes 300 helicopter behind some portable classrooms at 0700 Monday morning.

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FAA Investigating Fatal Ohio Crash

An Ultralight And A Powered Parachute Collided In Landing Attempt

Ohio authorities are investigation the collision of a powered parachute and an ultralight aircraft while both were attempting to land at a private grass airfield in Darke County, Ohio.

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American Eurocopter Delivers EC145 To Cook Children's Medical Center

New Helicopter Joins Teddy Bear Transport

American Eurocopter Wednesday announced the delivery of a state-of-the-art EC145 to Cook Children's Medical Center. The new EC145 will join Teddy Bear Transport services that also includes ambulance and fixed-wing airplane transport.

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Aero-TV: Arlington Aglow - Balloonists Light Up the Night

Larry Simburger Introduces One of Arlington’s Most Acclaimed Attractions

This July, the Arlington Fly-In celebrated its 41st year.  Now the nation’s third largest general aviation event, the Fly-In continues to attract over 50,000 aviation enthusiasts annually.  Spirited volunteers help transform the Arlington Municipal Airport for over 1,000 attending aircraft, as well as for the exciting aviation performances exhibited each year.

Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Fly the Departure Procedure

John and Martha King Discuss How to Maximize Departure Safety

On the last weekend of June, 2009, COPA and Cirrus Aircraft held their seventh annual “Migration,” a yearly invitation to all Cirrus owners and associates to travel to the company headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota.  This year’s featured speakers were the internationally renowned duo, John and Martha King.

Aero-TV: Arlington Aglow – Balloonists Light Up the Night

Larry Simburger Introduces One of Arlington’s Most Acclaimed Attractions

This July, the Arlington Fly-In celebrated its 41st year. Now the nation’s third largest general aviation event, the Fly-In continues to attract over 50,000 aviation enthusiasts annually. Spirited volunteers help transform the Arlington Municipal Airport for over 1,000 attending aircraft, as well as for the exciting aviation performances exhibited each year.

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Aero-TV: Flight Tip of the Week - Fly the Departure Procedure

John and Martha King Discuss How to Maximize Departure Safety

On the last weekend of June, 2009, COPA and Cirrus Aircraft held their seventh annual “Migration,” a yearly invitation to all Cirrus owners and associates to travel to the company headquarters in Duluth, Minnesota. This year’s featured speakers were the internationally renowned duo, John and Martha King.

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FAA Approves OCAS Audio Visual Warning System

First Such System Installed, Tested And Approved For Use In National Airspace

The FAA recently published a memo announcing the approved use of Audio Visual Warning Systems (AVWS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) and the administration’s intentions to update the recommended marking standards for obstacles that penetrate the NAS.

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Flyer's Rights Organization Renews Calls For Passenger Protection

Group's Executive Director On Martha's Vineyard During Obama Vacation

 Rumors of a possible one-year emergency extension of FAA Reauthorization have led a non-profit consumer organization representing airline passengers to tell Congress that "however long you extend the FAA, you must limit the time passengers must spend on the tarmac."

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American Airlines Retires Airbus A300

Aircraft Gave 21 Years Of Service To AA

American Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A300 in 1988, and the last A300 flight under American colors landed in New York's Kennedy Airport shortly after midnight on Wednesday, bringing to an end the airplane's career with American. 

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South Korea Launches Satellite Into Wrong Orbit

Payload Was Boosted 38 Miles Too High

A week after South Korea's first space launch was scrubbed at the last minute, Space Launch Vehicle-1 lifted off from the Naro Space Center at 1700 local time Tuesday. But while the rocket performed as expected, the satellite was placed in an orbit that is higher than planned.

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Gone West: Major General Charles Bond Jr.

Decorated WWII Pilot Flew With The Flying Tigers

Retired Air Force major general Charles R. Bond Jr.,  one of the last surviving Flying Tiger pilots of World War II, passed away in Dallas, TX August 18th. Bond was 94.

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Cessna 150 Makes Second Unintentional Trip Into DC Prohibited Airspace

A Different Pilot Was Flying, But The Result Was The Same

Back in 2005, a Cessna 150 (N5826G) made an unintentional incursion into the prohibited airspace over Washington, CD, causing partial evacuations of the White House, the U.S. Capital Building, and The Surpeme Court.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.27.09)

"All aspects of the launch were normal, but the satellite exceeded its planned orbit and reached an altitude 225 miles." Source: Korean Science and Technology Minister Ahn Byong-Man.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.27.09): Below Minimums

Weather conditions below the minimums prescribed by regulation for the particular action involved; e.g., landing minimums, takeoff minimums.  

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.09)

Roscosmos

When the shuttle fleet retires next year, the only way to transport crews to ISS will be on Russian spacecraft. As we reported on planned Russian launches from the ESA facility in French Guiana today, we thought you might like to have a glimpse into the workings of the Russian Space Agency, Roscomsos.

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