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August 01, 2012

Hightower Calls 2012 AirVenture 'Solid'

Attendance Tops 500,000, Over 800 Vendors

Official attendance numbers for AirVenture 2012 show the number of people through the turnstiles topped 500,000 ... but just barely for the 60th annual EAA fly-in. EAA president and CEO Rod Hightower said that 508,000 people attended the show. "That is a tremendous total considering the intensely hot weather, storms, and struggles in the overall economy,” he said.

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Aviation And Commerce Groups Oppose European ETS In Letter To Officials

Emphasize They Are 'Fully Committed' To ICAO Solution To Emissions Issue

No fewer than 19 aviation industry and commerce organizations have sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood again expressing their opposition to the European Emissions Trading System unilaterally imposed by the EU in January. The letter was sent in advance of a two-day meeting of countries opposed to the emissions plan in Washington, D.C. held July 31-August 1.

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FAA Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee Plans Teleconferences

Three Initial Public Sessions Scheduled

The FAA plans to hold three teleconferences of the Systems Working Group of the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) over the next three months. The teleconferences will take place on Tuesday August 14, 2012, Tuesday September 18, 2012, and Tuesday October 23, 2012.

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Navy Conducts Pax River's First Flight of X-47B Unmanned Aircraft

Carrier Deployment Planned For 2013

The Navy made Pax River history July 29 with the historic first flight of the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator. At 1100 EDT, the tailless, unmanned aircraft launched from Patuxent River NAS in Maryland (Pax River) and flew for a planned 35 minutes. The aircraft reached an altitude of 7,500 feet and an air speed of 180 knots during its flight over the Chesapeake Bay before successfully landing back at the base.

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Teamsters File Suit Against ABX Air

Pilot Allegedly Lost His Job Because He Refused To Fly An Airplane He Felt Was Unsafe

The Airline Professionals Association, Teamsters Local 1224 filed a lawsuit Monday against ABX Air over a captain's termination for exercising his FAA-mandated authority to ensure safe flight operations and his refusal to operate the aircraft in a manner that was prohibited by FAA-approved aircraft procedures.

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The Jewels Of Oshkosh Part Deux

What To Do When The Planes Aren't Flying

This year I have seen more children and infants at AirVenture than in many years. That' s a good sign for the future of aviation, but we all know that the attention span of the little ones is limited.

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Canadian Space Agency 'Eyes' Hubble's Successor

Canada Delivers Its Contribution To The World's Most Powerful Space Telescope

The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) on Monday said that it has delivered its contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope (Webb), successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. The instrument arrived at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Baltimore, Maryland, Monday morning, where it will be integrated into the largest, most complex and most powerful telescope ever built.

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ACI-NA: Airports Are a Vital Economic Engine

Message Sent To Congress On Anniversary Of FAA Shutdown

One year after the unprecedented two-week shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 65 members of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) sent a letter to Senate and House leadership urging them to consider the important role that airports play in local communities throughout the country.

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Rolls-Royce Receives Service Contract For Kiowa Warrior Engines

Agreement To Support M250 Engines Valued At $183 Million

The U.S. Army has awarded a contract worth $183 million to Rolls-Royce to service M250 engines, which power the US Army’s fleet of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters.The contract, to support 500 M250 engines on more than 300 aircraft, begins in July 2012 for a year, and the Army has options to extend the contract for four additional years.

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CAE Inaugurates King Air 350 ProLine 21 Training Down Under

New FSS Unveiled Monday In Melbourne, Australia

Pilot and maintenance technician training programs offered by CAE got underway Monday in Melbourne, Australia for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft with ProLine 21 avionics. The inauguration was attended by The Hon Gordon Rich-Phillips, Minister for Technology and Minister for Aviation of the Victorian State Government, aircraft operators, industry representatives as well as CAE employees.

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NATF Announces First Scholarship Recipient

Florida College Freshman Will Benefit From The 'Navigate Your Future' Scholarship

The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is proud to announce the first winner of its new Navigate Your Future Scholarship.

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Triple Ace Tells Briefly About His Home And Aircraft

Bud Anderson Kept Flying After Serving His Country

About 70 years ago, 20 year old Clarence Emil “Bud” Anderson was enlisted in the United States Army as an Aviation Cadet for WWII. After flying two combat tours in his P-51, Bud Anderson came back home. However, he felt his work was not done. He spent another half of a tour as a volunteer on the training command so the people there could go to war.

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Helinet Technologies Certified As FLIR Service Center

One Of Only Four Outside Vendors Authorized To Work On The Devices

Helinet Technologies has received certification as a FLIR Systems Authorized Service Center. The firm joins a select group of outside vendors, and one of only four in the United States, officially recognized by FLIR to provide factory-authorized service and repairs across the FLIR line of gyro-stabilized EO/IR camera systems.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.01.12

Huerta’s Nomination Advances to the Full Senate…

A Senate Committee Moves to Block the EU’s carbon tax…

United Pilots Pick

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Airborne-Oshkosh Day Three Redux: Flight Design, Quicksilver, Bendix-King, Rotax

Oshkosh Day Three Coverage -- Part Three Of Five Part Hightower Interview, Chats With Alan Klapmeier and NTSB's Hersman!!!

LSA's and a visit from NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman topped the news Wednesday. Quicksilver Manufacturing announced in a news release that it had been bought by investors in California, and was becoming Quicksilver Aeronautics. The new owners, Will Escutia and Daniel Perez, say they will keep the company headquarters in Temecula, CA, and plan to bring new aircraft to market. Flight Design USA is adding to the number of places where new pilots can be trained. The Connecticut company has a 31-outlet network of representatives and f

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Senate Commerce Committee Moves Huerta Nomination To The Full Senate

Voted Tuesday To Continue The Confirmation Process On The Senate Floor

The Senate Commerce Committee voted Tuesday to report out the nomination of Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to the full Senate. The move clears the way for a vote by the full body to remove the "acting" designation from Huerta's title, and start the clock on a full five-year term in the agency's top job.

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Comments On The Proposed Policy Open Until August 29

The FAA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register that would clarify its policy towards Residential Through-The-Fence access to airports by private individuals. The FAA had initiated a review of the RTTF policy in 2010, and had published an interim policy in 2011 that would prohibit new residential through-the-fence access to a federally obligated airport.

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Senate Panel Approves Legislation To Block EU-ETS

Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Travelers, Airline Industry Jobs Clears Commerce Committee, Heads To Full Senate

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and John Thune (R-SD) which would protect American consumers and jobs from a European Union tax on the U.S. airline industry. The legislation now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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United Pilots Picket In Front Of The White House

Group Approved A Strike Measure July 17th, NMB Has Not Released Pilots From Talks

As many as two-hundred pilots for United Airlines took turns walking in a slow circle on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House Tuesday, protesting the lack of an agreement with airline management and accusing the airline of sending jobs overseas.

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Women in Aviation International (WAI) Brought Excitement to AirVenture 2012

A Broad Mix of Age Groups And Proactive Outreach Are Hallmarks of WAI Events

WAI takes a proactive and positive role in attracting and welcoming women to AirVenture through its ongoing collaboration with EAA and other organizations. 

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Sensenich Propeller Will Seek ASTM Compliance For Experimental Propellers

Propellers For The Light Sport Market, Potential Future Products Discussed

Sensenich President Don Rowell held a news conference late during AirVenture to present an update on Sensenich's LSA propellers. The company currently offers propellers for the LSA market in wood, composite and metal construction for Continental, Lycoming, Jabiru, and soon UL Power.

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Quest For Special Missions Capability Filled By Kodiak Air Claw

Big Turboprop Offers Short-Field Capability With High Useful Load

Federal and State budgets are having to be re-evaluated and cut-backs are being made. One of the areas being hit the most is Law Enforcement & Forestry aviation because it represents a high budget activity. Yet it is still very essential if the Law Enforcement and Forestry agencies are to continue providing the protection that the general public has come to expect.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.01.12)

"European governments have no business imposing a tax on our air travel, and I'm glad that our colleagues today moved our plan closer to the finish line." Source: News release from Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.01.12): Navigation Database

The information stored in the FMS/ RNAV; contains most of the time-sensitive navigational information found on en route and procedural charts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.01.12)

National Association Of Flight Instructors

One of the things Oshkosh can do is inspire people young and old to learn to fly. Standing ready to help make that a reality is the National Association of Flight Instructors.

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