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October 03, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.03.11

A judge won't stop the United/Continental pilot integration.
That right seat may soon require 700 hours.
And Elon Musk talks about the future.

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ANN Special Feature: Passages: Pilots as We Age - 10.03.11

CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves says we gradually become different people as we age, which can affect our marriages, and our relationship with aviation safety.

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CAE Brings FFS To Czech Republic

Airbus, Boeing Aircraft Training To Start In Prague

CAE announced Thursday it is initiating commercial pilot training operations for the Airbus A320, Boeing 737NG and Boeing 737 Classic aircraft types at Prague-Ruzyne Airport in the Czech Republic. CAE will relocate a B737NG full-flight simulator (FFS) to the Czech Airlines (CSA) training center.

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Lufthansa To Expand Fleet With More Airbus, Embraer Aircraft

Airline's Orders Range From A380s To E195s

Lufthansa’s Supervisory Board has approved the purchase of additional Airbus and Embraer aircraft as part of a fleet modernization program. The aircraft comprise two A380s, four A320s and one A330-300, as well as five Embraer E195 Regional jets.

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Eugene Ely To Be Honored

Hometown Marks Centennial of Naval Aviation Pioneer

The year 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of US naval aviation, and in addition to a few big celebrations we've heard about are many smaller ones honoring local pioneers. One such is coming on Sunday, October 23, when a fly-by is being coordinated over the grave site of Eugene Ely, the native Iowan who became the first person to take off and land an airplane on a ship.

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NTSB Announces Public Aircraft Forum

Two-Day Gathering On Safety Issues Set For Late November

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a two-day forum on safety issues related to the oversight of public aircraft operations on November 30 and December 1, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The event, entitled "Public Aircraft Oversight Forum: Ensuring Safety for Critical Missions," will be chaired by NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman and all five Board members will participate.

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Two Jet Teams Booked For Culpeper Virginia Airfest

Show Offers Free Admission October 8 At Culpeper Airport

Michael Dale, director of The Culpeper Virginia Airfest, says organizers have locked down two headline acts for their October 8 Air Show - Nalls Aviation’s Sea Harrier and Red Star and the Dragon.

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Four Full-Flight Simulators Headed To Asia, Middle East, Russia, Australia

CAE Will Deliver Sims For Aircraft Ranging From A380 To Phenom 100

Four Level D full-flight simulators (FFS) have been ordered by customers in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Australia, according to a news release Tuesday from CAE. The four FFSs include: an Airbus A380 to Thai Airways International, an Airbus A330 to Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA), an Airbus A320 to Russian aviation equipment company NITA, and an Embraer Phenom 100 to CAE Global Academy Perth.

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Flexjet Launches First Learjet 85 Fractional Jet Ownership Program

Among Incentives Is A Waiver Of Early Termination Fees On Existing Contracts

Flexjet is launching a fractional jet ownership sales program for Bombardier’s Learjet 85 aircraft as the manufacturer’s first customer. Designed from a clean sheet, the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft is the first FAR Part 25 certified business jet with both fuselage and wing built primarily from carbon composites and features the latest advances in aerodynamics, structures and efficiency to usher in a new class of performance and comfort.

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NASA Awards NextGen-Related Contract

Company Will Collect Wake Vortex Data For Modeling

NASA has selected Northwest Research Associates, Inc., for a contract award in support of the NASA Airspace Systems Program's Concepts and Technology Development project at NASA Langley's Aeronautics Research Directorate. The Redmond, WA-based Northwest Research Associates was awarded the contract after a competitive selection, and will be responsible for "Wake Vortex Data Collection for Robust Modeling Validation to Enable Advanced, NextGen, Wake-Conscious, Capacity-Enhancing Concepts."

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Lockheed Martin Showcases F-35 Cockpit Demonstrator During Visit At BAE Systems

F-35 Program Highlighted As A Vital Job Creator In New Hampshire And Across The United States.

Federal, state and local elected officials, as well as BAE Systems Nashua, HN-area employees and suppliers got a first-hand look at the F-35 Lightning II mobile cockpit demonstrator during a presentation by prime contractor Lockheed Martin Thursday.

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FAA Awards Contact For Final Phase Of Airspace Capacity Study

Flatirons Solutions Will Continue With The Research

The FAA has awarded the remaining phases of its critical Airspace Capacity Study to Flatirons Solutions. As part of the FAA's strategic effort to build the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen), this study will provide important data to assure that the long-term capacity of the aviation system matches forecasts of future demand. Awarded under the FAA's preferred small business acquisition vehicle, eFAST, the potential three-year contract has an estimated value of approximately $1.3 million.

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Boeing P-8I Aircraft Completes First Flight

Poseidon Variant Ordered By The Indian Navy Gets Its First Airborne Checks

The first P-8I aircraft for the Indian Navy completed its initial flight Wednesday, taking off from Renton Field at 1202 PDT time and landing two hours and 31 minutes later at Boeing Field in Seattle.During the flight, Boeing test pilots performed airborne systems checks including engine accelerations and decelerations and autopilot flight modes, and took the P-8I to a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet prior to landing.

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Aero-TV: GAMI's G100UL Fuel -- The Future Of GA Fuels?

Taking A Different Approach To Find A Creative Solution
 
There is a lot of talk these days about the future of GA fuel, and we all know that 100LL will be phased out at some point in the likely not-too-distant future. ANN spoke with representatives from GAMI/Tornado Ally Turbo at Oshkosh this summer which took a different approach to the problem. Head of Engineering, George Braly, told us that what they did was find a fuel that works, and then write a specification around that fuel.

LEAP Awards First Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft to e-Genius

Quietest Aircraft Prize Addresses One Of The Biggest Threats To Aviation

At the NASA Green Flight Challenge, Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP, announced the first winner of the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft. The prize was awarded to e-Genius, a two-seat electric airplane designed and built by University of Stuttgart Institute of Aircraft Design under the leadership of Professor Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann and his two assistants Len Schumann and Steffen Geinitz, and piloted by Eric Raymond and Klaus Ohlmann. Accompanying the prize was a cash award of $10,000, generously donated by Jean Schulz, widow of Charles M. Schulz for whom the airport where the competition took place was named.

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Aero-TV: GAMI's G100UL Fuel -- The Future Of GA Fuels?

Taking A Different Approach To Find A Creative Solution

There is a lot of talk these days about the future of GA fuel, and we all know that 100LL will be phased out at some point in the likely not-too-distant future. ANN spoke with representatives from GAMI/Tornado Ally Turbo at Oshkosh this summer which took a different approach to the problem. Head of Engineering, George Braly, told us that what they did was find a fuel that works, and then write a specification around that fuel.

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Klyde Morris (10.03.11)

Klyde Calls Out The Latest DoT Stupidity

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Michigan Helo Crash Under Investigation

Witness Saw R44 Sink Below Trees, But No Smoke Or Fire

The NTSB is investigating the crash of a Robinson R44 in Caledonia, Michigan which claimed the lives of the pilot and a passenger on their way to a private hunting area. The aircraft wasn't reported missing for more than two days, and a witness who saw it go down didn't report it, because she thought it was a routine landing.

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California NIMBYs May Have Valid Complaints

Residents Say Helos Carry Big External Loads Over Their Homes

California has gained a reputation as a state where residents, all too happy to make use of modern conveniences, stage protests to stop development of the infrastructure necessary to operate them. But if the claims of residents protesting safety violations by helicopter operators working on a new powerline are true, this is not just another NIMBY story.

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Boeing Workers Caught Up In Drug Sting

Current, Former Employees Charged With Dealing Painkillers, Anti-Anxiety Drugs At Assembly Plant

Nearly two dozen current and former Boeing employees have been arrested and charged with the illegal sale of painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs at the company's assembly plant in Ridley Park, PA. Authorities said the investigation began four years ago, and resulted in the arrests on charges of selling Oxycontin and other drugs.

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Bombers Take The Skies At AIRSHO 2011

Aircraft From B-24s To The B-2 Will Entertain The Crowd

The 2011 Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AIRSHO is just a few short days away. And this year, the CAF will be darkening the skies with the massive bombers of World War II and today. “This year is all about the bombers,” said CAF Colonel/Volunteer AIRSHO Chairman, Gena Linebarger. “No other show in the country can feature this massive array of aircraft."

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ARSA Launches 'Lift the Ban' Survey

Looks To Measure Impacts Of Foreign Repair Station Certificate Ban

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched a survey to measure the impact of the ban on new foreign repair station certificates. Congress prohibited the FAA from acting on foreign repair station certificate applications submitted after August 3, 2008 because the TSA had not finalized repair station security rules.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.03.11)

Aero Linx: Beech Aero Club The Type Club for the Beechcraft Musketeer, Sport, Super, Sundowner, Sierra, Skipper and Duchess series of aircraft, this outstanding example of a truly empowered type club does aan amazing job of protecting the interests of those who are such big fans of the "Baby Beeches", among others. Membership in the organization provides an extensive list of member benefits, such as... Technical Support Assistance Locating Parts Special Members-only Discounts from participating vendors Development of less expensive FAA-PMA parts, and STC'd parts and options, for the BAC aircraft models -- and much more!

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.03.11): Ground Stop (GS)

Ground Stop (GS) The GS is a process that requires aircraft that meet a specific criteria to remain on the ground. The criteria may be airport specific, airspace specific, or equipment specific; for example, all departures to San Francisco, or all departures entering Yorktown sector, or all Category I and II aircraft going to Charlotte. GSs normally occur with little or no warning.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (10.03.11)

"Noise is one of the most significant social and environmental impacts of aviation... When aircraft noise is used as a reason to close airports we all lose. This inaugural Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft recognizes significant achievements in the development of quieter aircraft and compliments our efforts to advance the electric aircraft industry. With quieter aircraft using renewable energy we can revolutionize how we travel about the planet.” Source: Erik Lindbergh, founder of LEAP, in comments associated with the awarding of the Lindbergh Prize for Quietest Aircraft, at the NASA Green Flight Challenge.

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