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September 08, 2011

Aero-TV: 'Airborne' Breaking News... The FAA Gets 'Serious' With The LSA Biz

Aero-TV: 'Airborne' Breaking News... The FAA Gets 'Serious' With The LSA Biz

The Grounding Of Criquet Aviation Raises Industry Fears About FAA Attitude Towards LSA

ANN RealTime Update, 09.08.11, 1121 ET: The FAA has refused further comment on this story and our attempts to interview staffers from AIR-200 have been politely turned away. Questions about the specifics of the grounding order and the reasons for its imposition remain unanswered.

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.08.11

A Yak 42 airliner is down in Russia.
A new problem could be serious for the F-35 program.
And unions rally to get FAA funding through Congress.

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Update: FAA Sez Grounding LSA Manufacturer Not 'Heavy-Handed'

The Grounding Of Criquet Raises Industry Fears About FAA Attitude Towards LSA

ANN RealTime Update, 09.08.11, 1121 ET: The FAA has refused further comment on this story and our attempts to interview staffers from AIR-200 have been politely turned away. Questions about the specifics of the grounding order and the reasons for its imposition remain unanswered. ANN reported the first known 'grounding' of an LSA manufacturer, by the FAA, last week when a memo produced by the FAA's AIR-200 was forwarded to us shortly after it was prepared. The August 30th Memo sent to "All Manufacturing Inspection Offices, All Manufacturing District/

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Wood, Fabric & Tailwheels Comes To Lee Bottom

Event Has Grown, But Faces Economic Pressures

The unofficial end of summer has passed, and the official Autumnal Equinox isn't far behind, but the fly-in season has some life remaining. Lee Bottom Flying Field in Hanover, IN has its 15th Annual Wood, Fabric, & Tailwheels Fly-In scheduled for the weekend the seasons officially change, September 23-25.

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Bush, Biden To Speak At Flight 93 Memorial

Dedication Saturday To Feature Live Webcasts At 1230 EDT

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, have announced that President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden will speak at this Saturday's dedication ceremony of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.

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NASA Spacecraft Images Offer Sharper Views Of Apollo Landing Sites

Photographs Show Tracks Made My Astronauts, Rovers

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites. Images show the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored the lunar surface.

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North American Bird Strike Conference Opens Monday

Annual Losses To Airlines From Strikes Estimated At $1.2 Billion

Niagara Falls will host the 2011 Bird Strike North America Conference September 12-15 at the Marriott Gateway on the Falls. The event, organized by The Bird Strike Association of Canada and The Bird Strike Committee USA, brings together aviation and wildlife professionals from all over the world dedicated to the understanding and prevention of bird strikes.

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FAA Admits Controller Errors Rising

DOT IG Will Study, Issue Report In Spring 2012

Federal data shows a disturbing trend - Air traffic controller operational errors resulting in a breakdown of separation minima are up 81 percent between 2007 and 2010, from 1,040 to 1,887, despite a ten percent decline in traffic. The Boston Globe reports that for the Boston region, the increase is 114 percent.

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CAE Awarded Military Contracts Valued At Nearly $101 Million

Includes Subcontract To Design And Manufacture Four Additional C-130J Simulators For USAF

CAE announced in a news release Tuesday that it has been awarded a series of military contracts valued at nearly $101 million, including a subcontract to design and manufacture four additional C-130J simulators for the United States Air Force (USAF) as well as contracts in Germany to provide support services for the German Air Force's Eurofighter simulators and to upgrade Tornado flight simulators.

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K-MAX Completes U.S. Navy Unmanned Cargo Assessment

Lockheed Martin/KAMAN Demonstrate Autonomous Resupply Capabilities

A five-day Quick Reaction Assessment (QRA) for the U.S. Navy’s Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program has been successfully completed by the Lockheed Martin-led unmanned K-MAX team. “The autonomous flying K-MAX is designed to resupply Marines on the battlefield and in remote locations,” said Roger Il Grande, director of Airborne Systems at Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors.

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NASA Gives Public New Internet Tool To Explore The Solar System

"Eyes On The Solar System" Combines Video Game Technology, NASA Data

NASA is giving the public the power to journey through the solar system using a new interactive Web-based tool. The "Eyes on the Solar System" interface combines video game technology and NASA data to create an environment for users to ride along with agency spacecraft and explore the cosmos. Screen graphics and information such as planet locations and spacecraft maneuvers use actual space mission data.

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Virtual 737 Built In 'The Cloud'

Simulated-3-D Model Will Bring The Airliner To Prospective Buyers

An virtual 737 has been introduced that will allow prospective customers with a way to view and understand the aircraft without standing next to one. Boeing's 737 Explained is a virtual model of the Boeing 737 generated from thousands of high-resolution photographs that create an immersive 3-D-like model.

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Southwest Passenger Busted For Not Turning Off Cell Phone

Flight Was Landing As Unidentified Man Pushed The 'On' Button

A man on a Southwest flight arriving in El Paso, TX, may have tried to get a bit of a jump on the "legal" use of his cell phone as the plane taxied to the gate ... and reportedly switched it on as the flight was landing Monday afternoon. The move got him arrested.

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Blogger Threatened With Half-Million Dollar Defamation Lawsuit By TSA Agent

Woman Equates TSA Patdown With 'Rape'

To say that advice columnist and blogger Amy Alkon was not happy about the patdown search she received while clearing security at KLAX on March 31st would be an understatement. In a posting following the experience, she equated the search to being "raped" by the agent who performed the patdown.

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Classic Aero-TV: AuRACLE At AEA 2011 -- Branching Out to the Rotorcraft World

Versatile Engine Monitoring System Takes On Turbine Tasks

Flightline Electronics introduced Auracle system some months back... and the engine monitoring game got quite a boost in the process, as the Auracle line worked heard and well to prove itself the most advanced, reliable engine management system available today for single and now twin-engine aircraft. The system offers comprehensive engine and fuel situational awareness, delivered on a stunning full-color glass panel display, with intuitive controls and easily recognizable indicators that mimic familiar analog gauges.

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NTSB Prelim: EMS AS350 Pilot Concerned About Fuel Prior To Power Loss

Pilot Registered Multiple Concerns About Fuel Remaining

Estimated fuel and actual are often, tragically, two different things... and the following preliminary report from the NTSB, following a tragic Air Methods EMS crash seems to be leading in that direction. The only sure thing, fuel-wise, is to gas up when there is a scintilla of doubt in your mind as to the true fuel capacity available... a lesson that is reinforced way too many times by tragedies like that described below...

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Pilot's Unions Call For Long-Term FAA Reauthorization

ALPA, APA Urge Congress To Act As Soon As Possible

In separate venues, the leaders of the Allied Pilots Association (APA) and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) urged Congress to quickly pass a long-term FAA re-authorization bill. The agency has been operating on a series of continuing resolutions since 2007, and has not seen a funding increase since that time.

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FAA Makes Grant To Sussex County, DE, Airport For Runway Extension

Project Will Add 500 Feet To Main Runway, Improve Approaches

Sussex County, Delaware has received a grant totally $723,900 from the FAA for the extension of the main runway at Sussex County Airport (KGED) in Georgetown. U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons (both D-DE) announced the grant late last week. The money will provide engineering and design funding for a project to extend the runway 500 feet to 5,500 feet, improve approaches and lighting, and bring it up to FAA standards.

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South African Team In LA On GA Circumnavigation Attempt

Change In Route Has Trip Tied Up In Red Tape

In a saga with undertones of "the best laid plans" ... an 'Around The World' attempt being undertaken by the manufactures of the Sling 4, a four-place airplane born out of the South African Sling LSA, have become bogged down in some red tape in ... Los Angeles. The Airplane Factory, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, is making the attempt to show off its latest airplane. After a long flight from Hawaii, they arrived in southern California late last week, and had planned to continue their journey Tuesday morning.

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Keep Your Shoes On. Napolitano, Pistole Hint At Possible Security Changes

Removing Shoes At Airport Security May Become A Random Check

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano told a gathering at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Tuesday that mandatory screening of shoes may become a thing of the past. But she did not say when such a shift might occur. TSA Administrator John Pistole hinted at a similar change at a separate event.

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G-YROX Stalled By Russian Bureaucrats

Enthusiasts Again Lobby Embassies To Allow Circumnavigation Attempt

The attempt of an Irish cancer survivor to become the first person in history to circumnavigate the globe in an autogyro is again at risk of being interrupted for the winter.

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NTSB Prelim Suggests Todd Green Lost Grip On Both Aircraft In Transfer

Apparently Attempted To Grab Helo Skid Before It Was In Place For The Stunt

The NTSB's preliminary report in the accident which fatally injured air show stuntman Todd Green suggests he attempted to reach for the skid of the helicopter before it was in the correct position to complete the stunt. Green lost his footing on the Stearman biplane in the attempt to transfer between it and a helicopter flying overhead during an air show at Selfridge Air National Guard Base on August 21st.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.08.11)

"(T)hanks to the Federal Aviation Administration funding, Sussex County Airport will be better equipped to accommodate large aircraft able to draw new business and jobs to the area." Source: Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.08.11): Secondary Radar Target

A target derived from a transponder return presented on a radar display.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.08.11)

The Guild Of Aviation Artists

The Guild was formed in 1971 and is recognized throughout the world as the premier society for the promotion of aviation art.

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