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August 20, 2010

WhiteKnightTwo Slightly Damaged In Landing Incident

Scaled Composites Says There Was A Mechanical Problem With Left Landing Gear

WhiteKnightTwo, which is designed to serve as the launch platform for Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two, was slightly damaged Thursday morning when the aircraft had what was described by Scaled Composites as a mechanical problem with its left main landing gear.

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Divers Work To Salvage Helldiver

First Attempts Were Stymied By Mud, Breakdowns

Divers attempting to salvage a rare SB2C-4 WWII Helldiver from the bottom of the Lower Otay Reservoir near San Diego were frustrated earlier this week when a pump needed to clear mud from in and around the airplane broke down, forcing them to abandon the attempt.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.20.10

Federal tax breaks are proposed for Florida's Space Coast.
Cessna furloughs 75 more workers.
And the airlines have found yet another fee opportunity.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.20.10

Federal tax breaks are proposed for Florida's Space Coast.
Cessna furloughs 75 more workers.
And the airlines have found yet another fee opportunity.


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ANN Special Feature: Making "The Mac" Reliable

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Rick Whittridge about what it takes to make the McCulloch two-stroke drone engines reliable enough for use on experimental aircraft.

FMI: 1 - (937) 878-2598


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.20.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.20.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Making "The Mac" Reliable (ANN Special Report, with Rick Whittridge)

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Rolls-Royce Balks At A320 Re-Engine Plan

Engine Maker Thinks Airbus Should Build An Entirely New Aircraft

Both Airbus and Boeing have made noises over the last year about re-engining their popular single-aisle mid-range airliners ... the A320 for Airbus and the 737 for Boeing. But Rolls-Royce, the primary engine supplier for the A320, doesn't think that's the best course of action for Airbus.

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Rod Machado Rolls Out Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual Third Edition

An IFR Pilot's Favorite Just Became Better

Instrument flying has changed, with the advent of so many glass cockpits and related developments. With that in mind, Rod Machado's Instrument Pilot's Survival Manual has been completely revised.

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Watching The Weather In Space

AMPERE Successfully Demonstrate Space Weather Observation

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), with help from Boeing and Iridium Communications , has successfully implemented a new space-based system to monitor Earth's space environment.

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PMA Conference Examines Safety Management Mechanisms

Special Workshop Planned On Practical Implementation Of New Law

The Modification and Replacement Parts Association (MARPA) announced Monday that its 2010 conference will feature a special workshop on practical implementation of Safety Management, as well as general session presentations on Safety Management Systems (SMS).

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Wisconsin Pilot Injured In Piper Aerostar Accident

Octogenarian Aviator Has Been Flying Over 70 Years

An 88-year-old pilot was seriously injured Wednesday when the Piper Aerostar he was flying went down in a cornfield in Sauk County, Wisconsin.

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Upgraded Engines Delivered For UK Chinook Fleet

Honeywell Says The T55 Engine Increases Soldier Safety With More Power In Hot Climates

The UK's Chinook Fleet is getting some upgraded powerplants, as Honeywell delivered the first 28 T55-L-714A engines and fielding kits for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense (MOD) Chinook helicopters.

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Having Mustang Dreams?

Bob Hoover Will Name JSSI's 'Fly A P-51' Winner At NBAA Annual Convention

Most pilots start to get that wistful look in their eye when they see a P-51 Mustang. That "what would it be like to fly one of those" look. At the NBAA annual meeting in Atlanta this fall, one pilot will have a chance to find out.

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Air Force Week In Central Florida Ramps Up Social Media Efforts

Launches Web Site And Facebook Page To Publicize Events

As hosts of Air Force Week in Central Florida, with a theme of Honoring Hometown Heroes, the 45th Space Wing has created a Facebook page and a Web site to publicize the week's activities.

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Fulton County GA Commission Debates Aviation Museum

One Commish Questions Putting The Museum Near ... An Airport

The Fulton County Commission spent part of its meeting on Wednesday debating the merits of an Aviation Museum and community center planned near Fulton County Airport-Charlie Brown Field (KFTY).

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Aero-TV: Coming Home To Roost -- The 'Last Time' For The DC-3 Community

An Extraordinary Gathering That May Truly Be The Last Of Its Kind

What a concept... An historic event, billed as “The Last Time”, was organized to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 type aircraft. Designed as an airliner in 1935, the DC-3 was pressed into military service in WWII as the C-47 and served in every theater of the war. Formerly; the largest gathering of them, in any one place, was at the English air fields in preparation for the D-day invasion of Normandy. Some of these same crew members once again flew in these magnificent birds gathering at Whiteside Airport (KSQI) in Rock Falls, IL, just a few weeks ago.

Aero-TV: Coming Home To Roost -- The 'Last Time' For The DC-3 Community

An Extraordinary Gathering That May Truly Be The Last Of Its Kind

What a concept... An historic event, billed as “The Last Time”, was organized to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the DC-3 type aircraft. Designed as an airliner in 1935, the DC-3 was pressed into military service in WWII as the C-47 and served in every theater of the war. Formerly; the largest gathering of them, in any one place, was at the English air fields in preparation for the D-day invasion of Normandy. Some of these same crew members once again flew in these magnificent birds gathering at Whiteside Airport (KSQI) in Rock Falls, IL, just a few weeks ago.

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About 75 Layoff Notices Handed Out By Cessna

Workforce Reduction Comes At The SE Kansas Plant

Cessna has notified approximately 75 workers at its Independence, KS plant that they will be laid off in 60 days. The workforce reduction is part of a previously-announced plan put in place by Cessna in its Citation Mustang program.

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Klyde Morris (08.20.10)

TSA Is All About... What?

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Boeing Expands St. Louis Area Operations

Will Open New Manufacturing Facility At MidAmerica Airport

Boeing intends to expand its St. Louis-area operations with the planned opening of a new manufacturing facility at MidAmerica Airport in Mascoutah, the planemaker announced Thursday.

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AA Mechanics May Leave FAA ASAP Program

Union Officials Say Confidentiality Has Been Breached In Come Cases

Mechanics at American Airlines say they are considering pulling out of the FAA ASAP program, which is designed to allow mechanics, pilots, and other airline workers to report possible safety violations without fear of reprisal.

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Embraer Eyes NE Florida Facility

Brazillian Manufacturer Looks At Hangar At Jacksonville International Airport

Embraer is once again looking at a manufacturing facility in northeast Florida near where it had once considered building a spy plane.

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North Korean Pilot May Have Been Defecting When He Crashed

Fighter Jet Went Down In China About 90 Miles From N. Korean Border

Some sources in South Korea are quietly speculating that the pilot of North Korean military jet which went down in China near the Korean border may have been defecting.

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Missing UK Vulture Could Be A Hazard To Airplanes

"Gandalf" Gone With The Wind

A vulture with a 10 foot wingspan went missing when it was "caught by a gust of wind" during a demonstration in Cumbernauld, Scotland, and the bird's handlers say it could be a hazard to aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.20.10)

"I’m happy to support Boeing’s investment in America’s work force and the State of Illinois. In this economy, every single job counts.” Source: Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.10): Thermal Low

Also known as heat low, it is an area of low pressure due to the high temperatures caused by intensive heating at the surface. It tends to remain stationary over its source area, with weak cyclonic circulation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.10)

The Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society

Yep, some people still believe it. Members of the Man Will Never Fly Memorial Society are not opposed to flight; birds do it, bees do it, even educated fleas do it, as Cole Porter once said. But when you stop to think about it, do you actually believe that a machine made of tons of metal will fly?

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