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December 06, 2010

SpaceX Scrubs Second Falcon 9 Launch

Technical Problems Push The COTS 1 Test To Later This Week

SpaceX scrubbed Monday's planned second launch of the Falcon 9 rocket, which was also to have been the first test of the Dragon COTS module. Technical issues caused SpaceX to push the launch to no earlier than Thursday.

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Balloonists Bodies Recovered Off Italian Coast

Richard Abruzzo, Carol Rymer Davis Went Missing During Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race

The bodies of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis have been recovered off the coast of Italy, according to a port official with the Vieste port in Italy.

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French Judge Finds Continental Guilty Of Homicide In Concorde Case

Ruling Names Airline, Mechanic As Liable In 2000 SST Accident

Continental Airlines and one of its mechanics are guilty of homicide in the 2000 accident which spelled the beginning of the end of the Concorde, a French judge has ruled.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.06.10

A 210 on approach in heavy fog doesn't make the airport.
The crew of that Qantas A380 is praised by investigators.
And the E-Flight Initiative finally produces actual flight.


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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.06.10

A 210 on approach in heavy fog doesn't make the airport.
The crew of that Qantas A380 is praised by investigators.
And the E-Flight Initiative finally produces actual flight.


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ANN Special Feature: A SkyCatcher Enters Service - 12.06.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves, who evaluates the Cessna 162 SkyCatcher which entered service as a trainer minutes after it was delivered to his flight school.


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SwRI Researchers Continue Starfighters Suborbital Flight Training Aboard F104

One Heckuva Ride...

As part of their suborbital spaceflight training program, Southwest Research Institute researchers and suborbital payload specialists Dr. Alan Stern and Dr. Dan Durda have continued their spaceflight training with a new series of jet fighter flights in F-104 aircraft operated by Starfighters Inc. at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. This new round of SwRI Starfighter flights and ground training took place Nov. 16.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Monday 12.06.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 12.06.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) AN ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.06.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: A SkyCatcher Enters Service - 12.06.10 (ANN Sp

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U.S Proposes Sale Of Mission Equipment for AWACS Aircraft To Japan

Equipment And Support Would Bring $119 Million

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress November 29 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan for installation and checkout of mission equipment for AWACS aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $119 million.

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Analyst: Middle Eastern Bizjet Market Isn't Solely Based On Oil

Region Has Diversified Interests In World Economies, Says Brian Foley

Just looking at the health and resiliency of the business aviation market in the Middle East, which has held relatively strong for the first ten years of this century, the casual observer might want to link it to the soaring price of oil.

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Cessna v Taylorcraft -- Everyone Lives, But Nobody Wins

SEE and AVOID!!!!

 No Mid-Air is the result of a single error... but a series of errors in which the avoidance of any one factor might have averted disaster for all concerned. In this case, two high-wing aircraft's flight paths converged... with a surprisingly survivable result. It doesn't usually end this way. Read on and learn a few things from the sequence of events that almost destroyed two aircraft and their crews.

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NASA Awards Space Shuttle Reusable Solid Rocket Motor Contract Modification

Shuttle Launch Schedule Continues To Slip Into 2011

NASA has signed a $42.1 million contract modification to space shuttle reusable solid rocket motor manufacturer ATK Launch Systems Inc. of Brigham City, UT, to provide continued prelaunch through postlaunch support from Oct. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2011.

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Navy Awards Cargo UAS Contracts

One Will Be Fielded After Assessment, Second Will Be Held In Reserve

The Navy announced Friday the award of two fixed-price contracts to Boeing/Frontier Systems and Lockheed Martin for Cargo Unmanned Aircraft System services for $29.9 and $45.8 million respectively.

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Final Lot Of F22 Forward Booms Shipped By Aerojet

Deliveries Of The Key Component Spanned 17 Years

While they'll likely be flying for a good, long time, Aerojet said Thursday that it shipped the last F-22 Raptor forward boom to The Boeing Company in Seattle, WA. The shipment completed the 10th lot of a procurement that spanned 17 years in support of the Boeing/Lockheed Martin/U.S. Air Force team.

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Aero-TV: Working In The Big Leagues -- Garmin's Aggressive G5000 Program

Garmin Takes On The Big Boys With An Innovative Cockpit System

While it wasn't exactly a surprise, NBAA 2010 provided the opportunity for Garmin to roll out their latest salvo in the avionics war to see who was going to be making tomorrow's cockpits... this time for the Part 25 set.

Aero-TV: Working In The Big Leagues -- Garmin's Aggressive G5000 Program

Garmin Takes On The Big Boys With An Innovative Cockpit System

While it wasn't exactly a surprise, NBAA 2010 provided the opportunity for Garmin to roll out their latest salvo in the avionics war to see who was going to be making tomorrow's cockpits... this time for the Part 25 set. The G5000 features WXGA high resolution, wide aspect ratio (12-inch or 14-inch diagonal) primary flight displays (PFD) and multi-function displays (MFD). Because the G5000 is scalable, aircraft manufacturers can choose as many displays as cockpit real estate will allow.

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Klyde Morris (12.06.10)

Behold The Power of the B787 Avionics System!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aviation Hall Of Fame Seeks New Executive Director

Board Chair: "We're Looking For A Proven Leader"

The National Aviation Hall of Fame has launched a nationwide search for an Executive Director, the organization's chairman announced Thursday.

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USAF Announces New Air Force Museum Director

Retired Lt. General John Hudson Assumes The Top Museum Post

The Air Force announced Dec. 2, 2010, the assignment of Senior Executive Service member and retired Air Force Lt. Gen. John "Jack" L. Hudson as Director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, effective Dec. 16, 2010.

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NASA Offers Space Shuttle Tiles To Schools And Universities

7,000 Heat Shield Tiles Up For Grabs To Qualified Insitutions

As of Wednesday, NASA is offering 7,000 shuttle heat shield tiles to schools and universities that want to share technology and a piece of space history with their students.

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Summer Helicopter Internships Available Through ERAU Prescott Campus

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Opens New Opportunities For Embry-Riddle Helicopter Students

A new agreement signed by Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters, Universal Helicopters, and the Prescott campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will open summer internships for helicopter flight specialty students and potential future flight positions for graduates.

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Army Unit Flies New Unmanned Aircraft In Iraq

One Of Two Deployed Army Units Currently Flying The Gray Eagle

An Army unit deployed to Camp Taji, Iraq, is shaping the future of the Army's unmanned aircraft systems program with a handful of its newest aircraft, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle.

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NAFI To Participate In FAA Instructor Renewal Process Meeting

Topics To Range From FARs to Renewal Clinics

The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) says it plans to attend a public meeting hosted by the FAA concerning "Updating the Flight instructor Renewal Process to Enhance Safety of Flight" on December 6-7, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.06.10): Bright Band

Bright Band A narrow, intense radar echo due to water-covered ice particles at the melting level where reflectivity is at its greatest.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.06.10)

Aero-Linx: SpaceX Falcon 9 Overview SpaceX notes that the Falcon launch vehicle family is designed to provide breakthrough advances in reliability, cost, flight environment and time to launch. Falcon 9 has nine Merlin engines clustered together. This vehicle will be capable of sustaining an engine failure at any point in flight and still successfully completing its mission. This actually results in an even higher level of reliability than a single engine stage. The SpaceX nine engine architecture is an improved version of the architecture employed by the Saturn V and Saturn I rockets of the Apollo Program, which had flawless flight records despite losing engines on a number of missions.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.06.10)

"NAFI feels it is important to continue discussions that may lead to more effective and professional flight training efforts... We want to help make sure that if any changes are made, they are to enhance safety and professional ability of flight instructors, while at the same time not place unnecessary burdens on instructors for keeping their certificates active or eliminate the ability of senior and more experienced instructors to share their knowledge with new pilots." Source: NAFI Executive Director Jason Blair, in comments related to NAFI's announced plans to attend a public meeting hosted by the FAA...

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