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August 02, 2012

Suborbital Reusable Vehicles: A 10-Year Forecast Of Market Demand Released

Space Florida And The FAA See 'Great Promise' In The Sunshine State

Space Florida – the State of Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace economic development agency – and the FAA's Office of Commercial Space (FAA-AST) – partnered in November 2011 to commission a study prepared by The Tauri Group, on the forecast 10-year demand for suborbital reusable vehicles. The research and analysis-focused process is considered a conservative first analysis of the suborbital flight segments for personal spaceflight and science missions.

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FAA Report Questions Oklahoma Airport Land Transfer

Says Transfer For Industrial Development Inappropriate

The FAA has sent a report to city officials in Woodard, OK, saying a  land swap deal "inappropriately transferred title to airport land to the municipal authority for industrial development purposes." The city is reportedly looking into the questionable deal.

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Report Calls NASA Essential To National Security

Space Agency Is Well Positioned To Promote U.S. Success And Provide Technological Benefits For Many Sectors

Maintaining and advancing an international leadership role in space is an essential component of national security for the United States, according to a new report published by TASC, Inc. The report details ways in which NASA can strengthen the country's national space security posture, foster international collaboration and benefit the economy, even during times of budget austerity.

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Ninety-Nines Install New International President

Martha Phillips, 71, Now Leading The Organization

The Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women licensed pilots, recently installed 71-year-old Martha Phillips of Newbury Park, CA as its latest International President. The 5,000 member organization in headquartered in Oklahoma City. Its first president was Amelia Earhart.

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Tecnam Has Lowest Cost Twin Trainer In The Business

State-Of-The-Art Airplane Training For Less Than Legacy Airplane Training

Who the heck is Tecnam?  This relatively unknown airplane manufacturer in the United States is an Italian company with its headquarters in Capua, Italy, a city north of Naples, and has its North American headquarters in Richmond, VA. It is the largest GA manufacture outside of the United States and is one of the few airplane manufactures, other than Boeing and Airbus that has a backlog of orders.

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GAO Calls For FAA Update On Commercial Space Launch Risk

Concerned About Government Responsibility For Third Party Losses

A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that the U.S. provides less commercial space launch indemnification for third party losses than China, France, and Russia, according to recent studies. These countries put no limit on the amount of government indemnification coverage, which in the United States is limited by the Commercial Space Launch Act Amendments of 1988 (CSLAA).

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WestJet Firms Order For As Many As 45 Q400 NextGen Aircraft

Deal Includes 20 Firm Orders And 25 Options

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that the conditional order placed by WestJet, an Alberta partnership on June 28, 2012, has been converted to a firm purchase agreement for up to 45 Q400 NextGen airliners. The transaction includes 20 firm-ordered Q400 NextGen aircraft and options on an additional 25 of the aircraft.

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VX-1 Flies P-8 Poseidon During RIMPAC 2012

First Pacific Rim Exercise For The P-3C Replacement Aircraft

The P-8A Poseidon jet, a replacement maritime patrol aircraft for the P-3C Orion, made its Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise debut this year, flown by two air crews from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, during the 23rd edition of the biennial exercise.

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USMC Extends K-MAX Deployment

Unmanned Cargo Re-Supply Helicopter To Be Kept In Theater For Second Deployment Extension

For the second time this year, the U.S. Marine Corps has approved the deployment extension of K-MAX Cargo UAS, the first unmanned helicopter to deliver cargo and resupply troops in a combat zone. By supplying forward operating bases with K-MAX instead of ground convoy or manned aircraft, the Marine Corps has reduced the threat posed to personnel by improvised explosive devices by thousands of hours.

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Advanced Stabilized Imaging Systems For Small UAVs Showcased At AUVSI

Hood Technology's Platform To Be Demonstrated

A variety of advanced stabilized imaging platforms and payloads for small unmanned aerial systems, unmanned aircraft, manned and unmanned land vehicles, ground systems, stationary mounts, and marine systems will be displayed by Hood Technology at the upcoming Unmanned Systems North America (AUVSI) show at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV, next week.

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EC145 Delivered To University Of Utah AirMed Program

First Eurocpter To Be Included In The Program

The University of Utah's AirMed program has taken delivery of an EC145 helicopter, the first Eurocopter aircraft to be utilized by the program. AirMed currently has a fleet of four helicopters.

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AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems To Upgrade RQ-7B Shadow TUAS

Awarded $358 Million Contract To Produce Fleet Of 45 Aircraft

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems has received a $358 million award from the U.S. Army’s Program Manager – Unmanned Aircraft Systems for engineering support and system upgrades that will create a fleet of 45 upgraded RQ-7B Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems (TUAS). Deliveries of 43 systems for the Army and two for the Marine Corps are expected to begin in late 2013.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.02.12

Hightower calls Airventure “Solid”…

Norweigan Flight School Orders Cessna Skycatchers…

Piedmont Flight Attendants Begin St

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Airborne-Oshkosh Day 4 Redux: Huerta Evades, Eclipse Serves Vets, WAI Grows

Oshkosh Day Four Coverage -- Part Four Of Five Part Hightower Interview, Part 145 Chat With AEA's Ric Peri

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta made his first official appearance in the top job on Thursday, making a speech at Forum Pavillion 7 and answering questions from the audience. While the administrator was well received, the forum was not particularly well attended, with only about a third of the seats in the pavillion filled. Huerta’s speech sounded familiar themes of safety and the promise of NextGen and ADS-B. Many of his answers to questions were short on specifics, though questions that were deferred to staffers who had traveled wi

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Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) Releases Discussion Draft Of UAV Legislation

Says Bill Would Deal With Privacy And Transparency Concerns In Licensing The Aircraft

With the Secretary of Transportation scheduled to develop a comprehensive plan for non-government drones as soon as November 2012, Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA) on Wednesday released a discussion draft of legislation that would ensure that privacy considerations are included in the rulemaking process for licenses for “unmanned aircraft systems”, commonly known as drones.

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Norway Flight School Orders Cessna Skycatchers

Three LSAs To Join Other Cessna Aircraft At The School

Pilot Academy of Sandefjord, Norway placed orders for three Cessna 162 Skycatchers last week during AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI. Company executives noted that the effort to facilitate EASA certification by moving the Skycatcher into the primary category with the FAA played a large role in the decision.

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NTSB Investigates Dreamliner Engine Failure

Has Sent A Team To The GE Facility Where The Engine Is Being Inspected

The NTSB is investigating an engine failure that occurred on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner during a taxi test in Charleston, South Carolina.

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US Airways Express Flight Attendants Open Strike Vote

Vote Count Scheduled For August 17

Piedmont Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), began casting Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike at the carrier after unproductive negotiations. Strike vote ballots have been sent to the over 200 flight attendants and a vote count is scheduled for August 17.

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Republic Airways Shareholders Send Message To Board With Vote On Union Proposal

Call For Independent Chairman Of The Board Receives 48 Percent Support

In a vote held Wednesday, 48 percent of the shareholders in Republic Airways Holdings cast ballots backing the appointment of an independent chairman of the board. The Teamsters unions says that the vote indicates current CEO and Chairman Bryan Bedford faces growing investor concerns about what they say is  the company’s mismanagement and weak governance structure as "worker unrest spreads through the airline."

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Damaged Assessed In NJ FAA Facility Fire

Estimated Costs For Repair And Cleanup Top $2.2 Million

A fire at an FAA airport technical center in New Jersey earlier this year caused an estimated $2.2 million in damage, according to the agency.

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Tetraethyl Lead (TEL) ... What’s A Pilot To Do?

Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It:  What Is Old Is New

A gnawing question that keeps many in GA up at night is whether there will be fuel in the future for their airplanes. As ANN has reported, there are several companies working on the problem (see previous articles on GAMI and Swift Fuels).Unfortunately it is not just those who fly high compression engines that need to be concerned.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.02.12)

“Drones are already flying in U.S. airspace – with thousands more to come – but with no privacy protections or transparency measures in place. This discussion draft will help ensure that pilotless aircraft isn’t privacy-less aircraft and the strongest safeguards are put into place for Americans.” Source: Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.02.12): Polar Front

A semipermanent, semicontinuous front that separates tropical air masses from polar air masses.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.02.12)

CAFE Foundation

CAFE Foundation creates and advances the understanding of personal aircraft technologies through research, analysis, and education. The diverse members of the CAFE team each contribute a special talent and expertise to the organization.

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