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September 02, 2007

Company Developing Method To Generate Electricity Using Power Of Jet Streams

Device Uses Helicopter Technology To Utilize High Altitude Winds

What do a World War II code-cracker and an Australian engineering professor have in common? A mutual desire to decrease dependence on fossil fuels and a love of turbines, for starters.

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NZ Pilot Tapes Lacerated Scalp To Head After Accident

Student Unconscious, Pilot Forced To Hike Two Hours For Help

Improvisation has saved lives before... and it may very well have saved a New Zealand flight instructor and his student last weekend.

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Second Bell 429 Begins Flight Testing

Company Has Over 200 Orders: Cert Expected In 2008

Bell Helicopter told ANN last week the company's second 429 prototype recently completed its maiden flight, and entered Bell's flight test program.

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GAO Upholds Protests, Once Again Asks USAF To Rebid CSAR-X

Boeing "Extremely Disappointed" With Ruling

Score one for Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft Company, as those manufacturers attempt to overthrow the selection of Boeing for a lucrative USAF contract. On Thursday, the Government Accountability Office sided with protests lodged by the two companies in June, and recommended the Air Force allow revised proposals in its competition for a new combat search and rescue helicopter.

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Osprey Crews Practice Aerial Refueling Ahead Of Combat Deployment

Low On Gas? Nearest Pump Just Ahead... At 8,000 Feet

When running on empty, a driver pulls into a station, pays, selects a fuel type, inserts the nozzle into the vehicle and fills their tank. A Marine Corps pilot, on the other hand, radios to another aircraft for support, and ascends 8,000 feet into the clouds at speeds of 200 knots to hook up to an 85-foot tube, trailing from either wing of a supporting aircraft.

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Branson Says Virgin Atlantic Will Look To Twinjets From Now On

Fuel Efficiency Concerns Outweigh Perceived Safety

So much for "4 Engines 4 Long Haul." On Friday, Virgin Group's Sir Richard Branson announced he would avoid buying thirsty four-engined airliners in the future for Virgin Atlantic.

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NBAA To Honor Flying Safety Award Recipients At 2007 Meeting & Convention

60th Annual Event Kicks Off September 25 In Atlanta

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) announced the recipients of the Association's 2007 Flying Safety Awards Program this week. These winners will be formally recognized during NBAA's 60th Annual Meeting & Convention in Atlanta, GA.

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Things That Go Bump On The Ramp... Supersize Edition

Bang-What?

His boss may have cleared him of responsibility... but it still must have been embarrassing for the pilot of an Airbus A380 now on a demonstration tour throughout Asia, when his plane accidentally scraped a building while taxiing for departure Saturday morning from Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport.

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Augusta Systems Technologies Support Unmanned Vehicle 'Swarming'

Technologies Power On-Board Processing During Unmanned Systems Demo

Aero-News learned recently unmanned vehicles equipped with on-board sensor data processing capabilities developed by Augusta Systems Inc. successfully "swarmed" during recent field tests and demonstrations, operating autonomously, with limited intervention by human operators.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.02.07)

"We were both strapped in, Nick was unconscious. I was feeling bad, I knew I had some injuries. I was bleeding from my head and my wrist was out of shape. I got out and then shut everything off. I was pretty dazed... I was concerned for myself. I was losing a lot of blood, I was pretty shattered. I thought there was a fairly good possibility I could die."

Source: New Zealand flight instructor Richard Bateman, who with student Nick Eagleson survived a crash in the rugged terrain of New Zealand's South Island last Sunday.

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