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September 24, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 09.24.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 09.24.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.24.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Titan II Launch Simulator - 09.24.10 (ANN Special Report, with Larry Wood of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum)

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BRS Aerospace to Provide Airframe Parachutes For Indian Air Force

Company Will Design A Recovery System For The HPT-32 Basic Trainer

BRS Aerospace of South St. Paul, Minnesota, a manufacturer of whole-airplane parachutes used mainly in the sport and GA sectors, announced it has been contracted to integrate and help certify its parachute recovery systems for the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) HPT-32 basic training aircraft.

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APA Backs EC Accident-Investigation Regulation

New Rules Targeted At Prevention, Not Blame, In Accidents

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) on Wednesday expressed support for the European Commission's approval of a new regulation on the investigation and prevention of accidents.

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F135 Engine Exceeds 19,000 Hours

STOVL Variant Nears Initial Service Release Certification

The F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning Joint Strike fighter has surpassed 19,000 hours and the STOVL variant is in the final stages of testing prior to receiving Initial Service Release Certification from the U.S. Government later this year, Pratt & Whitney said Monday.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Finalizes Contract For Six 777-300ERs

Airline Will Eventually Fly A Total Of Three Dozen 777s

The Hong Kong-based carrier Boeing Cathay Pacific Airways has exercised existing purchase rights with Boeing for six additional Boeing 777-300ERs (extended range), the airline announced Wednesday.

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Mars Rover Opportunity Approaching A Possible Meteorite

Toaster-Sized Rock Just Sitting On The Sand

Images that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took at the end of an 81-meter (266-foot) drive on September 16th reveal a dark rock about 31 meters (102 feet) away.

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NASA Selects High Schools To Compete In New Challenge

Winning Software Designs Will Program Satellites On ISS

NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., have selected 24 high schools to participate in a new science, technology, engineering, and math education program.

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Moving Towards A Green Eagle

F-15 Engine Tested On Tri-Fuel Blend

An F-15 Eagle engine is undergoing performance testing at Arnold Air Force Base in Tennessee using a unique blend of three different fuel types.

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FAA Announces Completion Of Upgrade At 27K

Kentucky's Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport Received $3 Million From AARA

The FAA said Thursday that an airfield upgrade at Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport in Kentucky has been completed, paid for with $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.

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First Air Cargo Flight Re-enactment Planned

Century-Old Air Cargo Industry Has Roots In Dayton

In 1910, using one of their airplanes assigned to the Wright Exhibition team, and with one of their newly trained pilots, the Wright brothers accepted an order from an Ohio businessman and successfully transported the world’s cargo by air.

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Superjet 100 Cleared For Noise Testing Certification Flights

Seeking Parallel Certification From AR IAC, EASA

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 has been cleared by AR IAC and EASA for noise program certification flights following completion of five validation flights.

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Aero-TV: Phil Boyer At Oshkosh 2010 -- Advice For EAA's New President

One of Aviation's Best Known Leaders Has Some Advice For EAA's New Boss

To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation. When he decided to retire after nearly two decades of challenging leadership, we all felt poorer for the loss of his participation but could not deny the that the guy deserved to retire and enjoy his life the way that he wanted... free of the pressures that he lived 24/7 for all those years.

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Aero-TV: Secretary Of Homeland Security -- Janet Napolitano at Oshkosh 2010

Big-Time Feds Visit Oshkosh....

Oshkosh attracts all manner of people, products, programs and planes... and the occasional politician. This year, Wittman Field hosted a number of Feds... some of whom came, said a lot and left the rest of us wondering if they really looked around and got a glimpse of the amazing things taking place around them. Still; we're pleased that they showed up at all and despite the 'bureaucrat-speak' we have to be glad for the fact that they still are interested in visiting rather than just casting decisions on us without so much as a glance.

What’s The Point of ‘Next-Gen’ If ‘Now-Gen’ Crashes and Burns? (Part 1)

A Serious Look At The Obstacles We Face

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started this piece… and how many times, I’ve hit ‘delete’ or said ‘screw it’ and then forgot it about it for a few days or weeks. So, warts and all, here it is… convoluted, a little disorganized, but right from the heart… raw, aching, and unedited this one last time. FMI: ANN's 'Great Rant' -- I've Got Some Comments!

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Aero-TV: Phil Boyer At Oshkosh 2010 -- Advice For EAA's New President

One of Aviation's Best Known Leaders Has Some Advice For EAA's New Boss

To those of us who watched aviation work its way through several decades of various trials and tribulations, Phil Boyer proved himself to be the real deal... a solid leader with some serious smarts and a true passion for the world of aviation. When he decided to retire after nearly two decades of challenging leadership, we all felt poorer for the loss of his participation but could not deny the that the guy deserved to retire and enjoy his life the way that he wanted... free of the pressures that he lived 24/7 for all those years.

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Aero-TV: Secretary Of Homeland Security -- Janet Napolitano at Oshkosh 2010

Big-Time Feds Visit Oshkosh 2010....

Oshkosh attracts all manner of people, products, programs and planes... and the occasional politician. This year, Wittman Field hosted a number of Feds... some of whom came, said a lot and left the rest of us wondering if they really looked around and got a glimpse of the amazing things taking place around them. Still; we're pleased that they showed up at all and despite the 'bureaucrat-speak' we have to be glad for the fact that they still are interested in visiting rather than just casting decisions on us without so much as a glance.

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NTSB Investigating Near Midair Collision Over Minneapolis

Incident Involved A Commercial Jetliner And A Small Cargo Aircraft

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a near midair collision between a commercial jetliner and a small cargo aircraft that came within an estimated 50 to 100 feet of colliding near the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP).

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NBAA Hails Final Congressional Passage Of Bonus Depreciation

Bill Now Heads To The White House For President's Signature

The NBAA praised the vote by the U.S. House of Representatives of legislation that includes a provision for "bonus depreciation," to accelerate cost recovery of strategic business purchases this year, including business aircraft.

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SpaceX Pushes Back Dragon Test Flight

Earliest The Cargo Module Could Fly Is November

SpaceX announced in an e-mail Wednesday that it will not be attempting a demo flight of its Dragon cargo module atop a Falcon 9 booster in October. The company said the targeted launch date request is now November 8th or 9th.

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First Flight: Human Powered Ornithopter

First Sustained Flight Of A Human-Powered Aircraft With Flapping Wings

Aviation history was made when the University of Toronto’s human-powered aircraft with flapping wings became the first of its kind to fly continuously.

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Klyde Morris (09.24.10)

Klyde Gets Current

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.24.10)

“Throughout history, countless men and women have dreamt of flying like a bird under their own power. This represents one of the last of the aviation firsts.” Source: Todd Reichert.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.24.10): Short Range Clearance

A clearance issued to a departing IFR flight which authorizes IFR flight to a specific fix short of the destination while air traffic control facilities are coordinating and obtaining the complete clearance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.23.10)

da Vinci Ornithopter The concept of an ornithopter, an aircraft which flies by virtue of flapping wings like a bird, has been around literally for centuries.

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