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August 22, 2012

AUVSI Urges Quick Site Selection For UAS Testing

Letter Sent To Secretary LaHood, Acting Administrator Huerta In a letter addressed to the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International calls for quick selection of the six testing sites for Unmanned Aerial Systems for their integration into the NAS.

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Sikorsky Innovations Launches 2nd Entrepreneurial Challenge

Designed To Identify And Accelerate Development Of Innovations Applicable To Rotorcraft Market

Sikorsky Innovations has initiated its 2nd Entrepreneurial Challenge, expanding on its inaugural challenge that was completed in the spring. The challenge is open to any small company with revenue under $5 million, including newly formed and pre-revenue entities.

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Quarreling Qantas Pilots Grounded By The Airline

Row Allegedly Over Takeoff Calculations Led To 'Heated Argument'

Two Qantas pilots who got into a "heated argument" in the cockpit of their 747 prior to a flight from Dallas, TX, to Brisbane, Australia have been grounded by the airline pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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Helipad To Be Built At Portsmouth, NH Hospital

City Planning Board Approved The Landing Facility Last Week

The City Planning Board of Portsmouth, NH, has approved the construction of a helicopter landing pad at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The vote to approve the helipad was unanimous.

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Marine Units Transition To 'Y' Model Huey

Training Included Flight Characteristics, Landings In 'Confined Areas'

Marines from Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 269 gained proficiency in the new UH-1Y “Venom” Hueys by practicing flying and landing in confined areas aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, August 9.

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Voyager At 35 - Break On Through To The Other Side

Deep Space Probes Will Eventually Be In Interstellar Space

Thirty-five years ago this week, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft, the first Voyager spacecraft to launch, departed on a journey that would make it the only spacecraft to visit Uranus and Neptune and the longest-operating NASA spacecraft ever. Voyager 2 and its twin, Voyager 1, that launched 16 days later on Sept. 5, 1977, are still going strong, hurtling away from our sun.

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Gone West: Tuskegee Airman George Hickman

Passed Away Early Sunday In Seattle, WA

Another of the original Tuskegee Airmen has passed away. Former Capt. George Hickman, who was among the first of the ground crews of the segregated unit, died Sunday in Seattle, WA, at the age of 88.

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Curtiss Flying Boat Feted At Hammondsport, NY

Centennial Celebration Of The Collier Trophy Winner From 1912

The Curtiss Flying Boat Centennial Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 0900-1700 at Depot Park in Hammondsport, NY. This free outdoor event will feature the Glenn Curtiss Salute, a parade of visiting seaplanes around Keuka Lake, at 1300.

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HFI Seeks Heritage Aircraft

Planning Display For Next Year's HELI-EXPO In Las Vegas

Helicopter Foundation International is looking for heritage aircraft to display at HELI-EXPO 2013 in Las Vegas, NV, to help highlight the importance of early rotorcraft to the industry. Heritage aircraft are defined as those rotorcraft that were able to sustain vertical flight and that are no longer in production.

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Civil Air Patrol Launching 70-Year Cadet Celebration In Baltimore

Over 600 CAP Members Expected To Annual Conference

More than 600 Civil Air Patrol members are gathering in Baltimore this week as the U.S. Air Force auxiliary officially wraps up its yearlong 70th anniversary celebration with all eyes on its high-flying cadet program. CAP officially celebrates the 70th anniversary of its cadet program in October of this year, but gets started early at the 2012 Annual Conference and National Board meeting Aug. 21-25 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

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Officials Propose New Airport In Livingston Parish, LA

New GA Facility 'Highly Feasible' According To Study

Officials in Livingston Parish, LA, are in discussions with state and federal officials about the possibility of constructing an new GA airport in their community.  And out of the box, a study by the consulting firm LJC Poole calls the potential for getting the airport built is "highly feasible."

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PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) airplanes.

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Airborne 08.21.12: LISA $$ Troubles, FAA Mulls Certification, V22 Still 'OK'

Also: A380 Order Loss?, Longer Legs For Latitude, X51 Crash and Burn, DA42 Testing, Princely Helo Rescue

Something of the darling of AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, the founders of Lisa Airplanes, which is developing the Akoya Amphibious Ski Plane LSA, decided to place the company into receivership on July 30th "in order to protect its future." The FAA this week released a report to Congress from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee on the aircraft certification process. The Marine Corps has concluded its investigation into an accident involving a V-22 Osprey, in which two Marines were killed, in Morocco, last April. While no decision has yet been made,

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NTSB Opens Docket On Reno Air Race Accident

Information Includes Photographs, Video, Technical Data

As part of its continuing investigation into the September 2011 crash of a highly modified P-51D airplane at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board has opened the public docket.

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EASA Certifies Rotax 912 iS

Approval Comes Just Five Months After The Engine's Introduction

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has granted a Type Certificate (TC) for the new Rotax 912 iSc aircraft engine only five months after its introduction.

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SAFE Issues Final Report On Pilot Proficiency Project

Next Venue Will Be Announced Soon

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently issued a final report on its first Pilot Proficiency Project, which debuted during AirVenture 2012. Conceived by SAFE in 2010, the demonstration project was a cooperative effort that involved Redbird Flight Simulations (Redbird) and the EAA.

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Nextant Aerospace Grabs 10-Plane 400XT Order

Deal With Asia Pacific Jets Represents First In The Asian Market For The Aircraft

Multiple-plane orders are often a sign that a company has gotten their business model right, and if that's the case here, Nextant Aerospace is hitting its stride with an order from Asia Pacific Jets for 10 of its re-manufactured 400XT aircraft.

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New NASA Mission To Take First Look Deep Inside Mars

Goal Is To Determine Why Mars Evolved Differently Than Did Earth

NASA has selected a new mission, set to launch in 2016, that will take the first look into the deep interior of Mars to see why the Red Planet evolved so differently from Earth as one of our solar system's rocky planets.

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United Airlines' First 787 Makes First Flight

Initial Trip Around The Seattle Area To Check Systems, Controls

United Airlines' first 787 Dreamliner has completed its first production flight as Boeing makes final preparations for delivering it to United at the end of September. The aircraft took off from Boeing's Paine Field in Everett, WA, on Sunday. Boeing pilots flew the 787 around the Seattle area for more than three hours as part of planned tests of the aircraft's controls and systems.

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Afghan Militants Fire On Joint Chief Chair's Plane

Scored A Hit, But General Martin Dempsey Was Not Near The Aircraft

A rocket fired into a U.S. military base in Afghanistan by militant rebels managed to damage the airplane being used by the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin Dempsey, but the officer was nowhere near the plane when the attack occurred.

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In Search Of ... The Fastest Blimp

Texas Man Envisions An Around-The-World Airship Race

It's an old adage ... at least among men ... that whenever two of something are traveling along the same course that somehow, no matter how subtly, they're racing. Speed and distance seems to have very little relevance in this observation.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.22.12)

"The exploration of Mars is a top priority for NASA, and the selection of InSight ensures we will continue to unlock the mysteries of the Red Planet and lay the groundwork for a future human mission there." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, announcing a new planetary exploration mission to Mars dubbed "InSight".

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.22.12): Glideslope

Part of the ILS that projects a radio beam upward at an angle of approximately 3 from the approach end of an instrument runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.22.12)

British Parachute Association

The British Parachute Association (BPA) was founded in 1961 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, British Parachute Association Limited, in 1966. 

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