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November 11, 2011

Mexico's Interior Minister Fatally Injured In Helicopter Accident

Seven Others On Board Also Killed, No Reason For Accident Given

A helicopter accident Friday has fatally injured Mexican Interior Minister Francisco Blake and seven other people on board the aircraft. The helicopter went down on a hillside south of the Mexico City. Blake was a key member of the security team put together by Mexican President Felipe Calderon in the fight against powerful drug cartels.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.11.11

Airbus says the A350 is being delayed again.
TSA adds more airports to its trusted traveler test.
And the game of Chicken between the EU and China intensifies.

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China Urges EU To Drop Carbon Scheme

ETS Would Cost Chinese Airlines $123 Million In 2012

China and the US are competitors in many ways, but they're on the same side of the fight against the European Union's proposed Emission Trading System (ETS) for foreign airlines, set to go into effect January 1. China says its aviation watchdog Tuesday urged the European Union to drop the plan, while Chinese airlines plan to sue the EU over the scheme.

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Pilot Error Probable Cause In 2010 CH 701 Accident

Cites Lack Of Experience In The Model As A Contributing Factor

The NTSB has released a probable cause report for an accident which fatally injured a 74-year-old pilot who had only recently returned to flying after a 25 years out of the cockpit. The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane ratings. His last medical certificate was a second-class medical issued on March 8, 1991.

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Tuskegee Airmen To Be Honored in Colorado

Red Tail Squadron Celebrating 70th Anniversary in 2011

Colorado is known for the Rocky Mountains, great skiing and the "Mile High City," but it also happens to be home to more surviving Tuskegee Airmen than any other state. On Saturday night, November 19, the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver's historic Lowry neighborhood is hoping for a good turnout at a gala to honor the eight Red Tail Squadron members who reside in the state.

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NASA'S New Upper Stage Engine Passes Major Test

J-2X Engine To Carry Orion Spacecraft Into Orbit, Beyond

NASA conducted a successful 500-second test firing of the J-2X rocket engine on Wednesday, Nov. 9, marking another important step in development of an upper stage for the heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). SLS will carry the Orion spacecraft, its crew, cargo, equipment and science experiments to destinations in deep space. SLS will be safe, affordable and sustainable to continue America's journey of discovery from the unique vantage point of space.

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NASA Research Pilots To Enter Virginia Aviation Hall Of Fame

Two Pilots Racked Up A Combined 17,000 Hours Flying At Langley

Two retired research pilots, who combined logged more than 17,000 hours of flight time at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, are set to enter the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Virginia Aviation Museum.

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Asia, Next-Generation Aircraft Drive Continued Airline Capacity Growth

Low-Cost Carriers Double Share In Less Than A Decade

The world's airlines have scheduled 4% more capacity on 2.5% more flights in November 2011, marking six consecutive months of growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics from OAG.

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Navy Ups Production Of P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

2nd Phase Of Low-Rate Initial Production Also Includes Spares, Logistics And Training

The U.S. Navy has awarded Boeing a $1.7 billion low-rate initial production (LRIP) for seven additional P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft. LRIP-II is the follow-on to an initial LRIP-I contract awarded in January to provide six Poseidon aircraft. Overall, the Navy plans to purchase 117 Boeing 737-based P-8A anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to replace its P-3 fleet.

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Assembly Of 1,000th 777 Underway

Program Reaches Milestone Faster Than Any Other Twin-Aisle Airplane

Workers began assembling the 1,000th 777 on Wednesday. The airplane, a Boeing 777-300ER, will be delivered to Dubai-based Emirates Airline in March 2012.

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Dassault Falcon Looks For Further Sales Growth In The Middle East

Presence And Support Infrastructure Develops Across The Region

Despite recent challenging market conditions, Dassault Falcon claims a fleet of more than 60 Falcon business jets operated by customers in the middle east, and says it has a backlog of a dozen additional aircraft to be delivered to regional buyers over the next two years. Company officials say the number represent 15 percent growth in the regional fleet.

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Oops! Transport Canada Links To Escort Services

Obsolete Link To Centennial Of Flight Exploited After Domain Expires

In 2009, Canada was celebrating its own centennial of powered flight, and had a website dedicated to the celebration. The official Transport Canada website added a link to the celebration site, and all was well until the registration of the URL was allowed to lapse. The link stayed on the Transport Canada website, but for a while it led to a provider of Turkish and American escort services.

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FAA: Laser Incidents Increasingly Common

Phoenix Holds Unwelcome Distinction As Laser Attack Capital Of US

The state of Arizona is a great place for aviation. Lots of sunshine and VFR, a thriving Embry-Riddle campus - but the state capital also happens to lead the nation in boneheads with lasers pointing them at aircraft. Phoenix ranks first so far in 2011 with 96 reports through October 20. Philadelphia is a close second at 95, with Chicago third at 83.

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Air Canada Low-Cost Carrier Stalled By Labor Issues

Airline Still Believes The Market Is Critical To Its Success

Air Canada has been looking for some time to enter the low-cost leisure market, saying it is "critical" to the long-term sustainability of the airline. But Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu says the only way to proceed is to be certain that the venture is truly low-cost, and for that he would need concessions from the carrier's unions in wages and benefits ... concessions that unions are loathe to grant.

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Classic Aero-TV: Redbird FMX -- The Leading Edge in GA Flight Sims

Redbird Creates A Great Leap Forward In GA Flight Simulation Technology

Redbird Flight Simulations, Inc. is a VERY interesting Austin, Texas based company dedicated to revolutionizing aviation by designing, manufacturing and delivering affordable and innovative flight training technologies. Each of the Redbird devices is designed to enhance the training experience for pilots of all levels, from student to ATP. Redbird is quickly becoming the industry standard for flight training systems. Since Redbird introduced its line of training devices in 2007, which includes the highly successful FMX, an increasing number of flight training providers are

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A350 XWB Production Delayed

Airbus Ends A340 Program

It hasn't been the best news cycle for Airbus, which said Thursday that while pre-Final Assembly Line (FAL) activities for the A350 XWB composite airliner have started, production of the airplane will be delayed due to the late availability of some key composite and detailed parts. The start of the FAL is now scheduled for the first quarter of 2012. Entry into service is now rescheduled to first half of 2014 to "ensure smooth production ramp-up capability."

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NTSB Requests Additional Documents From Pinnacle

Hersman Asks For All Information Relating To Colgan 3407 Be Made Available

In a statement released to the media Thursday, NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman said the board was disappointed to learn two weeks ago about internal documents released by Pinnacle Airlines Corp., parent company of Colgan Air, that were not provided to the NTSB during the course of the investigation into the February 12, 2009, crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407.

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Wounded Veteran Earns Career In Aviation

Worked Through His Injuries To Earn Sport Pilot And LSA Repairman Certificates

When Chris Gschwendtner was airlifted to a field hospital after a rocket exploded next to him in Bagdad, no one could look ahead and see where he is today. The concussion of the explosion left the young infantryman with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the hidden injury so common to those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. For Chris, his injury was compounded  by being the second TBI he had experienced in less than six weeks.

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NAA Awards 2010 Mackay Trophy To Four F-15E Strike Eagle Airmen

April 2010 Dude Flight Mission Saved 30 Trapped Joint Special Operators In Bala Morghab, Afghanistan

Four F-15E Strike Eagle crewmembers then assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, UK serving on temporary duty at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan were awarded the 2010 Mackay Trophy by USAF Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, and National Aeronautic Association Chairman, Walter Boyne, at the NAA Fall Banquet in Arlington, VA on November 7th.

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Alaska Airlines Inaugurates Biofuel-Powered Service To D.C., Portland

75 Flights Hailed As 'The Future Of Aviation' And Path To A New Industry

Alaska Airlines inaugurated biofuel-powered passenger service Wednesday afternoon with two flights from Seattle to Washington, D.C., and Portland, OR. Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, are operating 75 select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking oil.

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Klyde Morris 11.11.2011

Klyde Confronts The Realities Of International Trade ...

  FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Help Needed For WA Couple Injured At Reno

Non-Profit Established To Accept Donations, Project Planned This Weekend

A message posted in an EAA discussion forum indicates donations and volunteers are needed to help a couple who were injured at the National Championship Air Races at Reno this year. Larry and Tracy Cruz were injured when Jimmy Leeward's plane went down, and Larry is scheduled to be released from the hospital this weekend.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.11.11)

" The previously undisclosed documents do not appear to give reason for reconsideration of the NTSB's final report and probable cause determination." Source: A letter to Pinnacle Air from NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.11.11): Lateral Separation

The lateral spacing of aircraft at the same altitude by requiring operation on different routes or in different geographical locations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.11.11)

Aircraft Engine Historical Society

The Aircraft Engine Historical Society, Inc. was organized in July of 2001 by a small group interested in preserving the rich history of all engines used in aerial propulsion, including rocket engines.

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