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August 05, 2009

NASA Selects First Innovation Ambassadors

Program Will Allow NASA Scientists To Work With Industry

NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program, in coordination with the agency's Office of the Chief Engineer and Office of Human Capital Management, has announced the selection of the 2009 Innovation Ambassadors.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.05.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.05.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.05.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Stratos Aircraft CEO Michael Lemaire - 08.05.09 (ANN Special Report, with Stratos' Michael Lemaire)

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Flawless First Test Flight For New Bombardier Global Vision Flight Deck

Test Flights A Significant Milestone For FAA, Canadian, And EASA Certification

Bombardier’s Global Vision cockpit successfully completed its first Bombardier test flight on a Global Express XRS aircraft on Monday. Dedicated to testing basic system functionality, the flight marks another significant milestone for the program.

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WaveRider Test Vehicle Meets B-52

Mach 6 Scramjet Test Planned For December

Airmen successfully mated the X-51A WaveRider flight test vehicle to a B-52 Stratofortress last month at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. The fit check followed integration earlier in the month of the Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne scramjet propulsion system into the X-51 at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, CA.

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TSA To Begin Testing New Imaging Technology At Rochester Airport

They Say It Protects The Privacy Of The Traveling Public

TSA announced Monday that it will begin testing backscatter advanced imaging technology at Greater Rochester International Airport. Imaging technologies quickly and unobtrusively screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats without physical contact.

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Major Changes Ahead For Rotorcraft

Enhanced System Capacity And IFR Capabilities On The Horizon

In an in-depth interview with ANN, HAI President Matt Zuccaro describes the unique issues and opportunities facing the commercial application of rotorcraft. 

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Goodyear And NASA Invent 'Spring Tire' For Moon Missions

Team Develops Energy Efficient Tire That Won't Go Flat

It sort of goes without saying that if you have a flat on the moon, it's a long way to the nearest tire store. Not to mention air is kind of at a premium. So NASA and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company have developed an airless tire to transport large, long-range vehicles across the surface of the moon.

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GE Aviation Workers Rally To Save Their Jobs

400 Could Be Out Of Work In Fall Of 2010

GE Aviation workers staged a rally outside the company's Albuquerque plant Monday in an effort to convince GE management that the plant should not be closed. The plant, which has been in operation for 30 years, is slated to be shuttered in the fall of 2010.

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Severe Turbulence May Spark NTSB Investigation

26 Injured On Continental Flight From Rio To Houston

The NTSB is looking into whether to treat an encounter with clear air turbulence as an accident. A Continental flight en route to Houston from Rio de Janeiro Monday encountered CAT near the east end of the Dominican Republic, and 26 passengers were injured as a result.

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Teamsters Airline Division Supports HR 3371

The 'Airline Safety and Pilot Training Improvement Act' Is Still In Subcommittee

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division endorses the House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Jerry Costello's (D-IL) legislation, HR 3371, which would improve requirements for pilot hiring, training and duty time.

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Cessna Names Thress As Vice President, Customer Service

Former Air Force Pilot Now Flying Citations

Cessna Aircraft Company has named Brad Thress vice president, Customer Service, reporting to Mark Paolucci, senior vice president, Customer Service.

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Aero-TV: FAA Boss Randy Babbitt -- BizAv Day At Oshkosh 2009! (Part 2)

It Was Business Aviation Day At Oshkosh... But Its Business Aviation WEEK At Aero-TV (Part 2)!  

Last Friday, AeroShell Square was ringed with some of the best-known business aircraft flying, as EAA President Tom Poberezny, GAMA President Pete Bunce, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, and a parade of professionals brought the message of business aviation to the worlds largest sport aviation show.

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GA Shipments Continue To Decline

But Some Encouraging Signs Are Showing Up As well

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Tuesday released the industry's second quarter shipment and billings figures, and they do not bode well for a quick recovery.  In the first half of 2009, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 45.9 percent, from 1,918 units in 2008 to 1,037 units this year.

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Aero-TV: FAA Boss Randy Babbitt -- BizAv Day At Oshkosh 2009! (Part 2)

It Was Business Aviation Day At Oshkosh... But Its Business Aviation WEEK At Aero-TV (Part 2)!  

Last Friday, AeroShell Square was ringed with some of the best-known business aircraft flying, as EAA President Tom Poberezny, GAMA President Pete Bunce, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, and a parade of professionals brought the message of business aviation to the worlds largest sport aviation show.

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Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2009 REDUX: TCM -- Unleaded Power, Unlimited Speed

A "Powerful" Aero-Minute From Aero-TV!

Teledyne Continental Motors, Inc. (TCM) announced a week ago, Sunday, that it flew its Factory Turbocharged SR22 to Oshkosh fueled on UL94 Unleaded Aviation Fuel. With ASTM actively working the certification of UL94, TCM has shifted from testing the fuel to preparing its engines for its eventual introduction.

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Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2009 REDUX: Piper Aircraft - Company Update

Piper Aircraft Introduces the G600 on Entry-Level & Twin-Engine Aircraft

Tuesday, at Oshkosh 2009, Piper announced that it will add the Garmin G600 glass avionics suite to its primary trainers, its twin-engine aircraft and the newly revamped Piper Archer that will come to market next year.

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Col. Tim Kopra Sends First Tweets From ISS

He'll Be Aboard The Space Station For 6 Weeks

U.S. Army astronaut Col. Tim Kopra Tuesday became the first International Space Station crew member to communicate through Twitter. Col. Kopra sent the following message, "What a fun shuttle mission - especially with 13 people on board station."

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Master Instructors Names 8 In July

National Accreditation Recognized By The FAA

Master Instructors LLC and its Board of Review take pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of these very special aviation educators. Recently, they were all accredited as Masters by Master Instructors LLC, the international Master Instructor accrediting authority.

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British Airways Reports $250 Million Loss

Poor 1st Quarter Results Mean Cuts In Service, Jobs Are Coming

The first quarter of 2009 was difficult for British Airways, as the carrier reported a pre-tax loss of about $250 million. "Trading conditions continue to be very challenging with underlying revenue down 16.8% and no visible signs of improvement," said BA CEO Willie Walsh.

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Aero-Instruments Receives FAA Approval For Airbus Replacement Pitot Probes

Other Probes Previously Certified For Boeing Aircraft

Aero-Instruments of Cleveland, OH announced Tuesday that, after 18 months of rigorous testing and evaluation, the FAA has approved the company's 0851HL-AI Pitot Probe as a replacement part on Airbus S.A.S. airplanes flown worldwide.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.05.09)

"We are encouraged that the overall economic picture is showing some signs of improvement, which is a crucial condition for recovery in the general aviation market." Source: GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.05.09): Sea Breeze Front

A coastal phenomena, it is restricted to large bodies of water and their immediate coast lines. This is usually the landward extent of the sea breeze. Due to the imbalance of heating between land and water, a region of maximum upward motion or convergence occurs by mid-afternoon in the summer some 10 to 15 miles inland.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.05.09)

Aero-Linx: Col. Tim Kopra On Twitter So we'll see if we can generate some followers for Col. Kopra's tweets from space. Tuesday he sent the first twitter message from the International Space Station, inaugurating social networking in orbit.

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