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June 08, 2009

Air France Clarifies Sensor Issue

Airline Updates Pitot Probe Info

The feeding frenzy and guess work over Air France 447 has reached a pretty high-pitch... so much so that we're loathe to add to the mix with anything more than a "just the facts" approach.

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US Crews Aiding In Search For AF 447 Data Recorders

The Defense Department is flying a 19-person crew and Navy equipment to Natal, Brazil, to aid in the search for Air France Flight 447's data recorders, according to the Pentagon. The Airbus A330 jetliner with 228 people aboard disappeared May 31 in thunderstorms while traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.

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NTSB: SportPlane Accident Was First Instruction Flight

Aircraft "Spiraled Downwards" From Downwind Leg

 The first instruction flight in a Chinook two seat tandem pusher ultralight trainer aircraft (pictured at bottom) went astray when the aircraft appeared to have spiraled or spun in while on a down wind leg. Conditions were calm and VFR...

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Emergency Landing Outside Atlanta

US 41 Becomes A Runway

It started out as a routine check ride, but when 30-year-old instructor pilot Mike Davidson and his student, Mallory Zackery smelled smoke in the cockpit of the Arrow 600 Sport (file photo, below) they were flying, they knew there was trouble.

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Gulfstream Responds to FAA Fine

Company Says No Intentional Violations

Fort Lauderdale Based Gulfstream Airlines is preparing a response to the $1.3 million fine imposed by the FAA after it found the company over-scheduled pilots and violated other regulations.

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Another Fee For International Airline Travelers, Shippers

Money Collected Would Fund Climate Change "Fight"

192 countries meeting at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, have proposed a fee to be levied on international flight tickets as well as shipping that would be earmarked for fighting climate change. It's estimated the fee, proposed by the 50 wealthiest countries, could raise as much as $10 billion a year while raising ticket prices less than 1%, according to the attendees.

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Glendale AZ Airport Involved In Hangar Use Dispute

FBO Accuses City Of A Double Standard

 The city's regulations for hangars at Arizona's Glendale Airport clearly state: "No storage of equipment not necessary for the maintenance/assembly of the hangared aircraft...No storage of construction equipment or materials...There must be room for the aircraft in the hangar at all times, even when the aircraft is temporarily not located in the hangar."

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Deep Sea Submersible To Aid In Flight 447 Search

Mini-Sub Has Made Multiple Dives on Titanic

A 26-foot-long French submarine is being rushed to the likely site where Air France Flight 447 impacted the Atlantic Ocean a week ago, in hopes of locating the Airbus A330's cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Finding the black boxes is crucial to determining the cause of the in-flight breakup of the aircraft.

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Sailor Helps Bring Closure for Families Four Decades after Helo Crash in Vietnam

They All Count... And Four More Come Home

A USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) Sailor volunteered for a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) mission to Vietnam, in part because of his language skills and personal ties to the Southeast Asian country. JPAC is a military organization responsible for recovering the remains of U.S. troops who went missing in combat during any of the nation's past conflicts.

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Research Officials Study Energy Harvesting For Future Unmanned Aircraft

 The University of Washington's Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative project team is working on airborne solar cells that are dye-sensitized solar cells and expected to power Air Force unmanned aircraft in the future because they are an optimum energy harvesting source that may lead to longer flight times without refueling.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.08.09

More bodies are recovered from Air France 447.
A toxicology test yields startling data on a dead pilot.
And the aviation recession hits Little Rock.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 06.08.09

More bodies are recovered from Air France 447.
A toxicology test yields startling data on a dead pilot.
And the aviation recession hits Little Rock.


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ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: More on Flight 3407 - 06.08.09

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about new attention from Congress on the matter of pilot training, and how leaving lawmakers and the general public to solve training

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ANN Daily Touch N Go: 06.08.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.08.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: CFI Bob Miller: More on Flight 3407 - 06.08.09 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Bob Miller)

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Aero-TV: LSA Upgrade -- RANS Presents The S-6LS

Well-Tested Design Takes On The Light Sport Industry

If there's one thing that we're sure of, it's the fact that there will continue to be no shortage of intriguing designs brought into the somewhat over-populated LSA industry. Some of them, though, actually deserve to be there... and a case in point is the welcome (and arguably overdue) RANS update of the S-6 Coyote II... a durable and well-proven design that has amassed a respectable, if not legendary, record.

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Celebrating 50th Season

Amazing Show Season Begins On June 13th 

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is prepping for the beginning of a celebration of its Golden Anniversary, and the start of 2009 show season. A barnstorming air show on Saturday, June 13, featuring pioneering antique airplanes will open the season.

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Aero-TV: LSA Upgrade -- RANS Presents The S-6LS

Well-Tested Design Takes On The Light Sport Industry

If there's one thing that we're sure of, it's the fact that there will continue to be no shortage of intriguing designs brought into the somewhat over-populated LSA industry. Some of them, though, actually deserve to be there... and a case in point is the welcome (and arguably overdue) RANS update of the S-6 Coyote II...

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Mythbusters Episode Features Blue Angels, June 10th

Popular Program Gives Marines/Blue Angels The Chance To Strut Their Stuff

The results of an experiment filmed on a Yuma training range to test whether a sonic boom from a jet would shatter glass is scheduled to air June 10, 2009, at 9 p.m. EST on The Discovery Channel. In February 2009, popular television show “Mythbusters” teamed up with the Blue Angels and the air station to conduct the test in a section of the Barry M. Goldwater Range used for supersonic flights.

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With First Spacewalk Behind Them, Expedition 20 Prepares For Another

Second Spacewalk Set for Wednesday

Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Michael Barratt completed the first of two Russian spacewalks planned for June at 8:46 a.m. EDT Friday. The second spacewalk is set for Wednesday at 2:45 a.m.

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Klyde Morris (06.08.09)

Klyde REALLY Knows The True Nature Of The TSA...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Ocean City Air Show To Host NASA Exploration Exhibit

Airshow Runs June 13-14 

America's plans for opening the space frontier - including new human exploration of Earth's moon and future voyages into the solar system beyond - are featured in an interactive exhibit scheduled to visit the Ocean City (Md.) Air Show June 13-14.

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What Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Almost Forgot

Silicon Disk Left by Apollo 11 Contained Messages From Mankind 

I had a great time a few days ago catching up with Buzz Aldrin, a man we've had the great good fortune to work with on a number of occasions, including the flying of several dozen Zero-G parabolas a few years back (shown below, 2nd pic). In all the truly inspiring chats we've had, this is one story I'd not yet heard.

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Hawker Beechcraft Offers Price Matching Program

RAPID's Limited Time Offer Valid Through June 20, 2009

Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (HBC) has announced a limited-time Price Matching Program on all parts, including rotable and expendable parts. The program is administered by HBC's Rapid Aircraft Parts Inventory and Distribution (RAPID) and is valid through June 20, 2009.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.08.09): DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System)

DGPS (Differential Global Positioning System) DGPS achieves enhanced accuracy since the reference and user receivers both experience common errors that can be removed by the user. Position errors less than 10 meters are typically realized.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.08.09)

Aero-Linx: Heinlein Society The Heinlein Society exists to preserve the legacy renowned writer Robert Anson Heinlein left us in novels, essays, speeches, and short stories that remain as fresh as ever. We intend in Heinlein's words to "PAY IT FORWARD," since we can never pay back the benefits we got from him, by spreading the wisdom of Robert Anson Heinlein to others.   

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.08.09)

"I also hope that he would tell the Moon how beautiful it is when it illuminates the nights of the Ivory Coast. I especially wish that he would turn towards our planet Earth and cry out how insignificant the problems which torture men are, when viewed from up there." Source: One of the many international messages contained on a Silicon Disk left on the Moon, nearly 40 years ago by Buzz Aldrin, during Apollo 11. 

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