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August 28, 2009

Flight Data Recorder Recovered From Comoros Crash

Cockpit Voice Recorder Still Missing In 3,600 Feet Of Water

Authorities have confirmed that the Flight Data Recorder from an Airbus A310 which went down off the coast of the island of Comoros has been recovered. Some debris and the bodies of six of the passengers have also been found in the search.

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Aviation Faces Pressure To Reduce CO2 In Europe

Airlines Must Submit Paperwork Outlining Reductions In CO2 By January

Airlines may be required to obtain permits regarding their CO2 emissions to land at European airports, and could face problems flying in European airspace after 2012 unless they join the EU's carbon trading scheme.

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Boeing Seeks Help Permitting South Carolina Assembly Plant

Says State's Reaction Has Been Positive So Far

Boeing sent a letter to the South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Wednesday seeing assistance in permitting the former Vaught assembly plant for manufacturing the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing spokesman Russ Young called the move "procedural."

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 08.28.09

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.28.09 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.28.09 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Larry Simburger: Becoming a Balloon Pilot - 08.28.09 (ANN Special Report, with Balloon Pilot Larry Simburger)

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Lockheed Martin Airborne Intelligence Test Bed Completes Maiden Flight

FAA Certification Receive For Modified GIII

Warfighters will receive critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities sooner, now that the airborne test bed developed by Lockheed Martin has received its Experimental Airworthiness Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. Lockheed announced the certification Wednesday.

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Demand Improves, But International Passengers And Cargo Still Declining

Middle East Is The Only True Growth Region In Either Category

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced international scheduled traffic results for July showing passenger demand declining 2.9% compared to the same month in the previous year while freight demand was down 11.3%. The international passenger load factors stood at 80.3%.

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Sikorsky Boosts Prize in Human-Powered Helicopter Contest To $250,000

Aircraft Must Fly 10 Feet In The Air And Hover 60 Seconds

OK, so it's not exactly the X-Prize, but still it is a significant amount of money. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has increased the prize in the Igor I. Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Competition more than ten-fold to $250,000.

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L-3 Completes First Phase Of F/A-18C/D Roadmap Procurement Program

Six Trainers Delivered To USMC, Simulators Upgraded

L-3 Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) announced Thursday it has successfully completed the first phase of the U.S. Navy's F/A-18C/D Roadmap Procurement Program (RPP).

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China Signs Purchase Agreement For Two Additional EC225 Helicopters

China's Rescue And Salvage Bureau Will Operate Aircraft For SAR Missions

Eurocopter and the Chinese Government Wednesday signed an agreement for another 2 EC225 helicopters for the Ministry of Transport (MOT) / China Rescue and Salvage Bureau.

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San Antonio Expects Dreamliner Work Next Year

Boeing Facility Currently Rebuilds KC-135 Tankers

Boeing's operation at the former Kelly Air Force Base just outside San Antonio hopes that when the Dreamliner goes into production, as many as 1,700 jobs will be added at the facility to work on the all-composite aircraft.

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NASA Awards Contract For Aircraft Maintenance

$163 Million To Keep Training And Research Aircraft Flying

NASA has awarded a follow-on contract to Computer Sciences Corp. of Fort Worth, Texas, to support the agency's aircraft used for astronaut training and flight research. The contract has a potential value of approximately $163 million.

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Aero-TV: AirVenture 2009 - Oshkosh in 150 Seconds

Experience EAA AirVenture 2009 as You Have Never Seen Before

Each July, Oshkosh Wisconsin becomes home to hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts from all corners of the world as visitors flock to EAA AirVenture.  Started in September of 1953, the gathering has grown into the world’s foremost aviation event.  During the week, roughly 10,000 attending aircraft transform Wittman Field from a quiet country airport to the world’s busiest air traffic control center. 

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Aero-TV: Feature Preview - Upholding the Twin Beech Legacy

Catch a Sneak Peek of Aero-TV’s Exclusive Interview with Matt Younkin

Aero-TV is premiering a new aspect to our video coverage, offering viewers the opportunity to preview one of our upcoming exclusive features.  This aero-minute offers a sneak peek of our time with Matt Younkin at EAA AirVenture 2009.

Aero-TV: AirVenture 2009 – Oshkosh in 150 Seconds

Experience EAA AirVenture 2009 as You Have Never Seen Before

Each July, Oshkosh Wisconsin becomes home to hundreds of thousands of aviation enthusiasts from all corners of the world as visitors flock to EAA AirVenture. Started in September of 1953, the gathering has grown into the world’s foremost aviation event.

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Aero-TV: Feature Preview – Upholding the Twin Beech Legacy

Catch a Sneak Peek of Aero-TV’s Exclusive Interview with Matt Younkin

Aero-TV is premiering a new aspect to our video coverage, offering viewers the opportunity to preview one of our upcoming exclusive features. This aero-minute offers a sneak peek of our time with Matt Younkin at EAA AirVenture 2009.

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Michael Kraft To Head Lycoming Engines

Has Led Product Development And Safety Units

Lycoming Engines announced Thursday that Michael Kraft will be the new senior vice president and general manager, replacing Ian Walsh who was promoted to Chief Innovation Officer at Textron Systems.

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Boeing Announces New 787 Schedule

Test Airplane And Static Test Units Are Prepped For Wing And Fuselage Modifications

We've been hearing this for a week or so, but Boeing has finally made it official. The company announced late Thursday that the first flight of the 787 Dreamliner is expected by the end of 2009 and first delivery is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2010.

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Sikorsky Aircraft Begins Testing Active Rotor System

Helicopter Maker Says New Rotor Technology Will Improve Aircraft Performance

As part of an effort to improve helicopter performance, Sikorsky has begun whirl testing a demonstration rotor system with active flaps.  The effort is jointly funded by Sikorsky and the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD). Sikorsky Aircraft is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.

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NTSB Preliminary Report On Florida Medstar Crash Released

Pilot Does Not Recall Disengaging Autopilot, Flight Impacted The Water

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a Florida incident involving a Medstar helicopter. Fortunately no one was injured when the helicopter went down in the water off Captiva Island.

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Klyde Morris (08.28.09)

Klyde -- LOTS Of 'Stuff' Happens in Nevada...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Qantas Takes Delivery Of Fourth A380

The Super Jumbo Will Be Placed On Sydney To LA And London Routes

Qantas Airways has taken delivery of its fourth Airbus A380, with the aircraft arriving in Sydney following a ferry flight from Toulouse, France. The addition of the aircraft to the fleet will see Qantas A380 services increase at Los Angeles and London from September 7th.

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Soyuz Launch From French Guiana Pushed To April 2010

Mobile Launch Pad Is Cited As The Cause

Russia's first launch of a Soyuz spacecraft from the European Space Agency facility in French Guiana has been pushed back to April of 2010, according to the international news service AFP.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.28.09)

"The FAA has established procedures for operation within the Hudson River class B exclusion area that are designed to minimize the risk of collision, but as this accident demonstrates, there are still situations when these established procedures are not enough." Source:  NTSB Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.28.09): Hold Procedure

A predetermined maneuver which keeps aircraft within a specified airspace while awaiting further clearance from air traffic control. Also used during ground operations to keep aircraft within a specified area or at a specified point while awaiting further clearance from air traffic control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.28.09)

Aero-Linx: Human Powered Helicopter Competition The site has not yet been updated to reflect today's announcement of the $250,000 prize, but it is a good starting place to learn about competition to build a human powered helicopter. It will be an engineering marvel when it happens.

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