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July 14, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.14.11

The torch is being symbolicaly passed to commercial spaceflight.
Airline fuel bills skyrocketed in May.
And Delta's customer satisfaction rankings have tanked.

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ANN Preps For Its Most Expansive Oshkosh Coverage Yet

Be A Part of ANN's Annual Effort To 'OSHCast' The World!

Way, Way, WAY back in the dark ages of the Internet (like in the 1990s, man...), the folks who created the Aero-News Network were the first aviation news organization to post news and updates, every day, live from the grounds of Wittman Field and the Holy Land of Oshkosh. This was LONG before anyone else could even spell "World Wide Web" and well before any true competition arose to mimic our efforts to cover the greatest airshow on/over earth. Since then, we've done something amazing, EVERY YEAR, to raise the bar in terms of covering this event in new, exciting and intriguing ways... and this year we have a big update to share with you.

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ALPA: TSA Must Fully Embrace Threat-Based Aviation Security

Reauthorization Should Bolster Successful Programs, Close Gaps

In a letter to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Transportation Security, Capt. Lee Moak, president of ALPA, reiterated pilots’ call for a threat-based approach to security screening that focuses on intent rather than on objects.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 07.14.11

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.14.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)

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GAO: TSA Needs Enhanced Explosives Screening For Checked Bags

Report Presented To House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee

In a report presented Wednesday to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the GAO said that TSA needs to develop a better plan to screen for explosives in checked baggage on airliners.

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Boaters Join Chorus Against LightSquared

Concerns Raised About Navigation For Recreational Boating

File this one under "it's not just us." BoatUS, a lobbying organization for the recreational marine industry, has joined the growing chorus against plans by LightSquared to establish wireless broadband data services on frequencies that testing shows will interfere with GPS operation.

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NATA Puts Safety Training Programs Online

Association Has Launched 18 Modules Developed Following OSHA Guidelines

NATA has just made its 18 "Safety 1st" safety and health training modules available online.

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Louisiana Sheriff In Hot Water Over Tax Refund

Sheriff May Have Improperly Refunded Aircraft Taxes Paid Under Protest

Wouldn't it be great if, when you had a dispute with your county tax assessor over the ad valorem tax levied against your aircraft, you could just work things out informally with the sheriff one-on-one, agree that settling for half the amount was fair, and consider it done?

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Airline's Fuel Prices Showing Significant Rate Of Climb

DOT Figures Show Fuel Costs Up 31% In May

Data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics show that the average price per gallon of fuel used by airlines jumped 31% in May over the same month the previous year.

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True Blue Power, Eurocopter Sign Emergency Power Systems Agreement

Mid-Continent Division Will Supply EPS For Eurocopter's Newest Aircraft

True Blue Power has signed a contract with Eurocopter Deutschland to provide the True Blue Power MD835 Emergency Power Supply (EPS) for the EC135 and EC145 T2 next generation civilian helicopters.

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Capitale Helicoptere Orders Three AW169 Helicopters

Helos Tasked With VIP Transport, Utility, Medevac Missions For Canadian Firm

Canadian helicopter service provider Capitale Helicoptere has signed a contract for three AgustaWestland AW169 helicopters. These aircraft will be used to perform charter, VIP transport, utility and medevac operations.

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Tennessee Woman Charged After Airport Argument

Refused To Allow TSOs To Administer A Pat-Down Search Of Her Daughter

A woman from Clarksville, TN was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct Saturday after she refused to allow her daughter to be patted down at a security checkpoint at Nashville International Airport (KBNA).

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EA-18G Growlers Complete 1st Combat Deployment

Two Additional Growler Squadrons Now Deployed

The U.S. Navy's electronic attack squadron VAQ-132 EA-18G Growlers safely returned to their home base at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA, on July 9, after completing an eight-month deployment.

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Aero-TV: SAFE Symposium 2011 -- Randy Babbitt Q&A (Part 1)

The FAA's Boss Takes Questions From A TOUGH Crowd

You have to give FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt credit for guts... as he stood in front of well over a hundred of the finest aviation educators and instructors in the nation and took questions... no holds barred. It was fun, gutsy and tremendously educational... and pretty darned frank, too. The questions followed his address entitled, “Meeting the Training Challenges of the Second Century of Flight” on the second day of the two-day SAFE Symposium.

Aero-TV: SAFE Symposium 2011 -- Randy Babbitt Q&A (Part 1)

The FAA's Boss Takes Questions From A TOUGH Crowd

You have to give FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt credit for guts... as he stood in front of well over a hundred of the finest aviation educators and instructors in the nation and took questions... no holds barred. It was fun, gutsy and tremendously educational... and pretty darned frank, too. The questions followed his address entitled, “Meeting the Training Challenges of the Second Century of Flight” on the second day of the two-day SAFE Symposium.

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GA Aircraft Get Airline-Like Data Logging

AvConnect Now Processing G1000 Flight Data Logs

AvConnect on Thursday unveiled its capabilities to automatically upload, analyze and populate flight data from the G1000 directly into their customers' accounts.

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Boeing, ANA Conclude 787 Service Ready Operational Validation

Dreamliner Flown On International, Domestic Japanese Routes To Simulate Actual Operations

The day that passengers actually buckle their seat belts on a Boeing Dreamliner keeps getting closer. Over the weekend, Boeing and ANA completed the 787 service ready operational validation in Japan.

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House Lawmakers Call On DOT To Shelve Plan To Disable BARR

Thirty-Three Members Of Congress Call On LaHood To Continue Program

The NBAA welcomed a letter sent by 33 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives to Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood on Wednesday, expressing "serious concerns" with the government's proposal to severely curtail the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.

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Flight Design C4 Mockup To Make U.S. Debut At AirVenture

Company Taking 'Early Bird' Orders For The New Airplane

Flight Design's full scale C4 mockup has landed in America and will be presented at AirVenture.

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House Committee May Subpoena NLRB Documents In Boeing Case

July 26th Set As Deadline For Handover Of Information

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says it may have to subpoena documents it has requested from the NLRB relating to a complaint against Boeing.

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SpaceX Breaks Ground On Falcon Heavy Launch Site

Vandenberg AFB Will Be The Home Of "The World's Most Powerful Rocket"

SpaceX CEO and chief rocket designer Elon Musk was joined by California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, 30th Space Wing Commander Colonel Richard W. Boltz and Lompoc Mayor John Linn to break ground Wednesday on a new launch site for the Falcon Heavy–Space Launch Complex 4 East.

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McCain: JSF Has Racked Up $771 Million In Overruns

Number Given To Armed Services Panel Monday, Senator Informs Twitter Followers

Arizona Senator John McCain (R) issued a Tweet on Tuesday saying that Lockheed Martin overshot its cost targets for the early F-35 models by $771 million, and called the figure "outrageous."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.14.11)

“Airline pilots are already thoroughly screened as a condition of their employment. We are particularly pleased with the administration’s support of alternative screening for pilots.” Source: ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.14.11): Calm

A weather condition when no air motion (wind) is detected.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.14.11)

SATOP - Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program

The Space Alliance Technology Outreach Program (SATOP) is a cooperative program between the states of Florida, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.

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