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August 10, 2012

Green Laser Halts Coast Guard Air Search

Incident Causes Search To Be Delayed, Is 3rd Of Its Kind In 3 Weeks

A green laser directed at a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter temporarily blinded the aircrew and forced them to land abruptly Wednesday morning while attempting to search for the source of three orange flares spotted near Garden City Beach, SC. This is the third time in three weeks a Coast Guard search has been hindered due to green lasers in the Grand Strand, the beach region from Little River, SC to Georgetown, SC.

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The Cost Of Buying An Airliner Just Went Up

Boeing Announces A 5.5 Percent Price Hike

If you were thinking about buying an airliner from Boeing, the base price for their airplanes just went up by 5.5 percent. Boeing said in announcing the price hike that it was necessary to cover higher costs for wages, goods, and services.

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Draken International Purchases Eight A-4K Skyhawks

Company Buys Surplus Fighters From The Government Of New Zealand

Draken International has signed an agreement with the New Zealand government to purchase eight McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawks as well as various other equipment and accessories. This successful transaction marks the end of a great chapter in New Zealand aviation history and the beginning of a great foundation for Draken International.

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Indiana, Ohio Partner To Pursue FAA UAV Test Site

Officials Say Bi-State Effort Creates A Competitive Advantage

Indiana’s National Center for Complex Operations (NCCO) announced the state's new partnership with Ohio Wednesday to pursue a designation as one of the six FAA UAS test sites. The NCCO is Indiana’s lead organization for coordinating access to the state’s defense assets for military, government and non-government customers.

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Neil Armstrong Reportedly Recovering From Bypass Surgery

First Moon-Walker 'Doing Great' According To His Wife, Carol

Neil Armstrong, who in 1969 became the first human to walk on the surface of the Moon, recently underwent a quadruple coronary bypass after four blocked arteries were discovered during a routine checkup.

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California Science Center Announces Details for Mission 26: The Big Endeavour

Transport Route Established. Arrival Date And Grand Opening In Los Angeles Set For This Fall

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Inglewood Mayor James Butts and California Science Center President Jeffrey Rudolph today announced details of Mission 26: The Big Endeavour, Endeavour's journey from Kennedy Space Center to its new home at the Science Center.

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First Flight Test For Army's LEMV Air Vehicle

Medium-Altitude-Long-Endurance Lighter-Than-Air Aircraft Can Operate Manned Or Unmanned

In its first flight, the Army's hybrid air vehicle known as the Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicle, or LEMV, stayed aloft over Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, for more than 90 minutes on August 7. The LEMV, like a blimp, is capable of carrying multiple intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance payloads for more than 21 days at altitudes greater than 22,000 feet.

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Teamsters Press Lawsuit In Support Of 'Unfairly' Fired ABX Pilot

Union Says Captain Wrongfully Terminated For Exercising FAA-Mandated Authority Over Flight Safety

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and its Teamsters Airline Division expressed strong support Wednesday for an ABX Air pilot who they say was wrongfully terminated for his refusal to operate an aircraft according to a flight plan that was prohibited by FAA-approved procedures.

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FAA Certifies Flat Panel Display System (FPDS) For Classic B737

STC Covers Installation On -300, -400, and -500 Models

The FAA has granted an STC to Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. for the installation of its Flat Panel Display System (FPDS) on Classic B-737 aircraft. The STC covers the B737-300/-400/-500 series aircraft and provides B-737 operators with a retrofit of their flight deck avionics with a modern pilot and copilot suite of high resolution multi-color LCD flat panel displays.

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Bell 429 Receives Airworthiness Certificate In China

Move Follows Successful Flight Testing At CAAC Facility

Bell Helicopter has received its airworthiness certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) for the Bell 429, the company said in a news release Thursday. The certification follows the first complete assembly and successful flight testing of a 429 at a CAAC 145 service facility.

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Note On The Wing Of Alaska Airlines Plane Causes Concern

Damaged Wing Noticed By A Passenger, Shown On Twitter

Alaska Airlines says that the plane was structurally fine to fly, but a message written on the wing of one of the carriers airplanes caused some consternation for a passenger that saw it, and passed it around on Twitter.

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PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8 series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.10.12

American Pilots Reject a Tentative Agreement
 
FAA Proposes $1 Million Civil Fine Against Horizon Air…
 
Neil Armstrong Recovering from Bypass Surgery&h

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 08.10.12: Via Exits Glasair, Andrew Leaves EAA, NASA On Mars

Also: FAA Suspends Reverse Ops, NTSB's 787 Investigation, Barnstorming, ABX Pilot Firing, Armstrong Recovering

Following a flight of just over eight months, Curiosity landed on Mars in the very early morning hours -- Eastern time ---  Monday near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life. "The Seven Minutes of Terror has turned into the Seven Minutes of Triumph," said NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. After 26 years of continuous service on the EAA Board of Directors, Louie Andrew announced his retirement on August 3, 2012. For the past year Andrew served as Chai

Airborne 08.10.12: Via Exits Glasair, Andrew Leaves EAA, NASA On Mars!

Also: FAA Suspends Reverse Ops, NTSB's 787 Investigation, Barnstorming, ABX Pilot Firing, Armstrong Recovering

Following a flight of just over eight months, Curiosity landed on Mars in the very early morning hours -- Eastern time ---  Monday near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life. "The Seven Minutes of Terror has turned into the Seven Minutes of Triumph," said NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. After 26 years of continuous service on the E

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FAA Proposes $1 Million Civil Penalty Against Horizon Air

Fine Stems From Rivets Used In Secure Cockpit Doors

The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $1,005,000 against Horizon Air of Seattle, for allegedly operating 22 Bombardier DHC-8-402 turboprop airliners on more than 186,000 revenue flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Vans RV-14 Surprised Crowds At Oshkosh

RV-FOURTEEN? Where did that come from? 

Something of a “stealth” project, the RV-14 made its inaugural public appearance at AirVenture a couple of weeks ago. but by the time the public got its first look at the new kit-built plane, it had already completed a comprehensive test program.

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Klyde Morris 08.10.2012

Lineboy Poetry For Our Economic Times

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Curiosity Beams Back First 360-Degree Panorama Of Gale Crater

Rocket-Assisted Descent Exposed Martian Bedrock

Remarkable image sets from NASA's Curiosity rover and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) are continuing to develop the story of Curiosity's landing and first days on Mars. The images from Curiosity's just-activated navigation cameras, or Navcams, include the rover's first self-portrait, looking down at its deck from above. Another Navcam image set, in lower-resolution thumbnails, is the first 360-degree view of Curiosity's new home in Gale Crater.

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NASA Seeks Industry Partners To Use Shuttle Landing Facility

Issues Request For Information For Current And Future Spaceflight Support

NASA's Kennedy Space Center is seeking new ways to use the Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) for current and future spaceflight mission support through a Request for Information, or RFI.

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US Airways Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement For Single Contract

Subject to Membership Approval, Agreement Would Extend Job Protections, Lift Pay

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) reached a tentative agreement with US Airways late Tuesday night for a contract covering all US Airways mainline flight attendants. The union said that, under the supervision of the National Mediation Board (NMB), three intense mediation sessions successfully led to a tentative agreement that would extend job protections and overall economic improvements to all US Airways flight attendants

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A319 Lands On Antarctic Ice In Rescue Mission

Person At McMurdo Research Station Needed Medical Attention

An Airbus A319 made a dramatic flight to Antarctica Thursday to evacuate a person in need of medical attention from McMurdo Station. The crew had to wait for a break in the harsh Antarctic winter and land on a runway built of ice during a narrow "twilight" window during the near 24-hour darkness this time of year.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.10.12)

"We've been very fortunate that the green laser incidents haven't yet resulted in tragedy. But every time we send our aircrews to the Grand Strand, we're telling them to fly into the equivalent of a storm, where it's almost guaranteed they'll be hit." Source: Cmdr. Gregory Fuller, commanding officer at Air Station Savannah.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.10.12): Vertical Separation

Separation between aircraft expressed in units of vertical distance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.10.12)

Misty Blues All-Women Skydiving Team

A few interesting facts about this all women's skydiving team: It's the only all women's skydiving demonstration team in the world which has been performing all around the world for over 20 years.

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