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August 05, 2011

Senate Passes House Version Of FAA Extension By Unanimous Consent

But A Partisan Undercurrent Could Still Threaten A Long-Term Solution

There is widespread support across the industry and government for the deal reached Thursday to extend funding for the FAA for a 21st time since 2007, but the politics and finger-pointing which has caused a four-year delay in passing a long-term bill does not seem to have abated. Under the terms of the agreement, the Senate has largely accepted the package passed by the House about two weeks ago, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has the authority to waive provisions which would cut subsidies for some rural airports.

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Spoof Of TSA Video Now Used At Airport

Calypso-Themed Parody Being Shown In Screening Line

An airport in Montana commissioned a local novelty band to spoof those boring TSA videos shown to passengers waiting in screening lines. It's now being shown at the airport, with TSA's blessing.

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FLY Leasing To Acquire 49 Aircraft

Takes Over Assets Of Australian Company And Grows Its Fleet By More Than 80 Percent

Dublin, Ireland-based FLY Leasing Limited ("FLY"), a global lessor of commercial jet aircraft, announced Wednesday it has entered into an agreement to purchase a $1.4 billion portfolio of 49 aircraft, increasing FLY's total aircraft under operating lease to more than $3 billion. The aircraft were previously managed by Global Aviation Asset Management, an Australian company.

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Tree Credited With Saving Helo Passengers

All Three Pax Walk Away, Pilot Receives Minor Injuries

The passengers in a Robinson R44 that went down during a photo shoot Wednesday in South Africa credit trees around the University of Cape Town for preventing a crash into a building.

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Fire Scout UAVs Return From Seven Month Naval Deployment

USS Halyburton Returns To Naval Station Mayport In Florida

The USS Halyburton (FFG 40), its two Fire Scout unmanned aerial vehicles and Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42, Det. 2, returned to Naval Station Mayport in northeast FL Wednesday, completing a seven-month deployment. "Every Halyburton Sailor can be proud of our accomplishments during this deployment; the work was hard, the hours were long and the mission was challenging and worthwhile," said Cmdr. John Schmidt, former commanding officer of Halyburton.

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U.S. Company To Offer Aviation Leadership Training In China

Hamilton Sundstrand Signs MOU With AVIC To Teach Project Management, Competitiveness

Officials of Hamilton Sundstrand representing United Technologies Corporation (UTC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), for cooperation on leadership training for AVIC's commercial aviation businesses, including project management training and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) training.

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Class 2 Electronic Flight Bag To Be Installed On Some B737NG Aircraft

Deliveries To Ethiopian Airlines To Include Esterline CMC Electronics’ New 10.4 Inch  EFB

The Next-Generation B-737 production aircraft ordered by Ethiopian Airways will include Esterline CMC Electronics’ 10.4 inch Class 2 PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). Boeing has received its first order from the airline for ten B737NG production aircraft. CMC’s Class 2 EFB system is now available on production aircraft and for retrofit on B737NG and BBJ aircraft.

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NASA Launches New Open Government Blog

Designed To Provide Public Access, Promote Openness And Accountability

NASA has launched a new open government blog ( blog) to highlight the agency's Open Government success stories. The site is part of the White House's Open Government Initiative, which requires federal agencies to create a new level of openness and accountability and provide public access to unclassified data.

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UAV Training And Sim Sales Forecast To Be $375 Million This Year

New Visiongain Defense Industry Report Finds Global Demand On The Rise

A new report detailing the UAV Flight Training & Simulation Market 2011-2021 indicates that sales in the global UAV flight training and simulation market will be worth $375 million in 2011. Visiongain, the report's publisher, says it offers a "comprehensive analysis of the global market for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator flight training & simulation products and services, ranging from unmanned aircraft system (UAS) simulators to live UAV flight training courses."

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NASA Sends Three LEGO Figurines To Jupiter

Juno Spacecraft Carries Galileo, Jupiter And Juno Mini-Statues

NASA's Juno spacecraft will carry the 1.5-inch LEGO likeness of the Roman god Jupiter to orbit his namesake planet. Jupiter's wife, Juno, and famed astronomer Galileo Galilei will share the ride.

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Cutter Aviation San Antonio Now Cirrus Aircraft Authorized Service Center

Authorized For Service On All Cirrus Models

Cutter Aviation's San Antonio aircraft technical service facility located at San Antonio International Airport (KSAT) in San Antonio, TX, has been named an Authorized Service Center by Cirrus Aircraft to provide service support for owners of all aircraft models produced by Cirrus.

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AD: Cessna

AD NUMBER: 2011-15-11

MANUFACTURER: Cessna Aircraft Company (Cessna) Models 337, 337A (USAF 02B), 337B, 337C, 337D, 337E, T337E, 337F, T337F, 337G, T337G, M337B, F 337E, FT337E, F 337F, FT337F, F 337G, and FT337GP Airplanes

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AD: Superior Air Parts/Lycoming

AD NUMBER: 2011-15-10

MANUFACTURER: Superior Air Parts and Lycoming Engines (Formerly Textron Lycoming) Fuel-Injected Engines.  

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Aero-TV: Recapping ANN's Live Video Coverage Of AirVenture 2011, 07.29.11, Day 5

What A Week!!! Wrapping Up The Week of Nightly LIVE Shows From Oshkosh 2011!!!

Welcome to our final daily wrap-up program from AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Boeing's Dreamliner made is U.S. public debut at Oshkosh today, executing one low pass over the airfield before touching down on runway 36L and making the turn at the intersection for Conoco-Phillips Plaza, just 6000 feet down the runway.

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Piper Increases Top-Of-The-Line Deliveries

Revenue From Aircraft Sales Up In The First Half Of 2011

While GAMA's overall shipment numbers were down across the board, Piper Aircraft Inc. reports that it grew its overall billings, and total deliveries of its banner Meridian, Matrix and Mirage single-engine aircraft series, during the first six months of 2011, ended June 30. The company recorded $57,300,885 in new aircraft billings over the first six months of the year, up nearly 16 percent from the first six months in 2010.

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Preliminary Report Indicates Possible Engine Failure In Demopolis, AL Accident

Family Of Seven Fatally Injured When Airplane When Cessna 421 Went Down After Declaring An Emergency

The NTSB is looking at a possible engine failure in an accident July 9th which fatally injured all seven people aboard a Cessna 421C. The pilot reported engine problems while in cruise flight at FL210, and an examination of the engine found damage on the camshaft gear teeth of the airplane's right engine.

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Teamsters Sue To Block Frontier Pilot Concession Deal

Union Says The Agreement Is Illegal

The  union representative of the pilots of Republic Airlines and Frontier Airlines filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Denver against Frontier Airlines Inc., its parent company, Republic Airways Holdings Inc. and a "shell company" set up by the rejected former union of Frontier.

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AirTran To Leave Four Small Markets

Airline Says Decision To Drop 'Underperforming Markets' Not Made In Haste

AirTran Airways, which is preparing for a merger with Southwest, says it will drop service to Asheville, NC; Atlantic City, NJ; Moline/Quad Cities, IL; and Newport News, VA.

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Klyde Morris 08.05.11

And HOW Did Most Of Them Get Out Of Washington ...


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FedEx Donates $5 Million And MD-10 To ORBIS International

World’s Only Flying Eye Hospital Launches North American Goodwill Tour at LAX

FedEx and ORBIS International have announced a new 5-year, $5.375 million commitment including the donation of an MD-10 cargo aircraft to to be the third-generation Flying Eye Hospital.

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Former US Airways Mechanic Gets Two Year Sentence

Pennsylvania Man Became Angry Over Cuts In Pay, Retirement Benefits

A 53-year-old Pennsylvania man, who said he became angry when US Airways cut his pay and retirement benefits, was sentenced last Friday to prison for stealing equipment from the airline.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.05.11)

"This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain. But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences, and this agreement will do exactly that." Source: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.05.11): Instrument

A device using an internal mechanism to show visually or aurally the attitude, altitude, or operation of an aircraft or aircraft part. It includes electronic devices for automatically controlling an aircraft in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.05.11)

A Brief History Of The FAA The FAA has been in the news a lot lately, particularly as the agency shutdown deepened. The agency has been in existence since 1958, but has its roots in the Air Commerce Act of 1926.

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