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August 23, 2009

Allied Pilots Association Denounces Scotland’s Release Of Lockerbie Bomber

Libya's Welcome Also Draws Condemnation

“On behalf of the pilots we represent and the passengers we are charged with protecting, we oppose in the strongest possible terms the release of convicted terrorist Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from prison,” said APA President Captain Lloyd Hill.

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Frasca Helicopter FTD Gets Level 7 Approval

Certification Includes Many Of The Same Tests As A Full Flight Simulator

Frasca International has received FAA Level 7 qualification on its AS 350 B2 Flight Training Device (FTD) installed at FlightSafety's Helicopter Learning Center in Tucson, Arizona.  This is the highest level of qualification for Flight Training Devices and the first FTD qualified to the Level 7 standard.

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Gulfstream Airlines Says FAA Penalty Is Too Steep

Hopes To Pay Less Than 1 Percent Of Assessed Fines

While Gulfstream Airlines admits that there are errors in its record keeping, and that it engaged in some other improper practices, company executives say they should only be liable for less than one percent of the $1.3 million in fines levied by the FAA.

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ATA Reports Declines In Passenger Demand, Cargo

Fewer Passengers Flying Despite Double-Digit Declines in Fares

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), said Thursday that passenger revenue based on a sample group of carriers fell 21 percent in July 2009 versus the same month in 2008 -- the ninth consecutive month in which passenger revenue has fallen from the prior year.

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Senators Seek Funding For Additional C-17s

A Group Of 18 Hopes To Convince Appropriators To Buy 12 More Cargo Planes

In a letter sent Thursday to Senate Appropriations Chairman Daniel Inouye(D-HI) and ranking member Thad Cochran (R-MS), a group of 18 senators urged the committee to add funding for an additional 12 C-17 Globemaster III cargo planes to the DoD appropriations bill.

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Battlefield UAS Systems Could Be Worth $1.1 Billion Through 2019

Military Procurement Will Lull, Then Pick Up Again In 2017

A detailed 11-year world acquisition spending analysis from G2 Solutions titled “Battlefield UAS: Market Analysis and Outlook” says Unmanned Aerial Systems will be a billion dollar business in the next decade.

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Trespassers NOT Welcome At Hill AFB

A man accused of illegally entering Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah about 0400 Wednesday has been turned over to authorities in Davis County, where he's in jail facing charges of unlawful entry onto a military installation and destruction of government property.

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National Magazine Ranks Embry-Riddle Best In Nation For 10th Straight Year

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Aerospace Engineering Programs

For the 10th year in a row, the annual "America's Best Colleges" guide published by U.S. News & World Report has ranked Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program #1 in the nation and has placed the University in the top tier of all schools granting master's degrees.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.09): Frise Aileron

Frise Aileron A type of aileron that has a beveled leading edge projecting beyond its inset hinges. When lowered, it forms an extension of the wing surface; when raised, its nose protrudes below the wing, increasing DRAG and reducing YAW. Named for its inventor, British engineer Leslie George Frise.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.09)

Aero-Linx: Astronaut Nicole Stott's Blog The NASA blog of Astronaut Nicole Stott, scheduled to launch this week on the Space Shuttle Discovery mission STS-128, living and working for 4 months as a crewmember onboard the International Space Station (ISS), and then returning to Earth on the Space Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-129.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.23.09)

"Vicki was an amazingly smart, talented, dedicated woman who was the center of my world for a few short years... who then went out to be a huge part of the aerobatic world that she embraced and loved so much. That world, today, is a much smaller, sadder place than it was a few hours ago." Source: ANN's Jim Campbell, writing in memory of Vicki Cruse...

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