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November 03, 2011

U.S. Spaceflight: Commercial Versus Federal

Digging Trenches And Making Tar Pits

On January 18, 2006 NASA announced the COTS program. COTS stands for Commercial Orbital Transportation Services and is rooted in the concept that private companies can provide a means of supplying cargo and later crews to the International Space Station (ISS) in light of NASA’s thinning budget.

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Air Force Assists In Historic Final Transfer Of Iraq's Airspace

Iraqi ATC Now Controls All Aircraft Movements

With the Air Force's assistance, Iraq now has full air traffic control responsibility for the country's airspace for the first time since 2003. The Air Force transferred management of the Baghdad and Joint Base Balad Airspace sector to the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority October 1.

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ForeFlight Discounts Software To Flight Students

Educational Licensing Program Launched At K-State

ForeFlight has announced a new program designed to put its apps for pilots into the hands of flight school students everywhere.The company's blog calls the program the "ForeFlight Educational Licensing Program (ELP), a volume licensing program for accredited aviation programs. This new program provides institutions the ability to offer ForeFlight services at a discount to their faculty and students."

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Idaho NIMBYs Fight To Rid Community Of Airport

Residents Suggest Bruce Willis, Other Sun Valley Vacationers Pay For Move

Yet another municipality which has taken federal funding to buy land for an airport, then promoted close-by residential development, is wringing its hands over the resulting conflict. But in this case, the protest by NIMBYs has an added dimension - the risk of a loss of airline service to the community.

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NASA, Space Florida Small Satellite Research Center Form Partnership

Space Flight Challenge Competition Encourages Innovation In Propulsion, Other Technologies

NASA has signed an agreement with the Space Florida Small Satellite Research Center of Cape Canaveral, FL, to manage the Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge, one of the agency's new Centennial Challenges prize competitions.

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'Falcon Dispatch Plus' Launched By Dassault

Program Is Aimed At Reducing Costs, Increasing Aircraft Dispatch Availability

As part of its ongoing effort to reduce operational costs for Falcon customers and further improve aircraft dispatch availability, Dassault Falcon has launched Falcon Dispatch Plus ... a new program available for all models of Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 aircraft.

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Southern Air To Lease Two Additional 777Fs

New Aircraft To Be Delivered In 2012, Utilized by DHL Express

Southern Air Holdings has entered into leases to add two Boeing 777F aircraft to its fleet. In March 2010, Southern Air became the first ACMI operator to fly the 777F. When the new airplanes arrive in March and April 2012, Southern Air will operate four of the aircraft and remain the only ACMI provider to do so.

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First A2D Kiowa Warrior To The U.S. Army

Bell Helicopter And CCAD Deliver Aircraft To Corpus Christi

Bell Helicopter, in partnership with Corpus Christi Army Depot and the Armed Scout Helicopter Project Management Office, delivered the first OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Wartime Replacement Aircraft to the United States Army at a special ceremony. The aircraft was the first of a contracted 19 in the Army’s Wartime Replacement Aircraft program.

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ATK and Air Force Successfully Test New Large Class Stage III Rocket Motor

Represents Air Force's First Investment in Potential Family of Motors

ATK reports it and the US Air Force successfully tested a Large Class (92-inch diameter) Stage III solid rocket motor at the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) in Tennessee.

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JetOptions' Network Reaches 3500 Aircraft

Company Says Anyone With A Computer Can Use Them

JetOptions, a Texas-based private jet charter company, has hit on a very unique model for allowing anyone with a computer to schedule his own private jet anywhere in the world.

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US Army Receives Turbomeca's 10,000th Arriel Production Engine

Powerplant To Be Installed In A Lakota Helicopter

Turbomeca has delivered its 10,000th Arriel production engine, which will power a United States Army UH-72A Lakota helicopter. During a ceremony at the Turbomeca USA site Friday, Olivier Andries, Turbomeca Chairman & CEO and Russ Spray, Turbomeca USA President & CEO, presented the United States Army a commemorative plaque to mark this event.

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AD: Boeing 737-300 -400 -500

AD NUMBER: 2011-23-05

MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model 737-300, -400, and -500 Series Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: Step by Step -- A Kestrel Aircraft Progress Report

One Of The Few Companies Making Real News In BizAv Updates ANN On The Latest

After some two years of doldrums and disappointment, its nice to update a story with real promise. At the 2011 NBAA Convention we sat down (literally) with Alan Klapmeier to find out the latest goings-on in the arduous process of bringing an innovative new turboprop to the market. The last big update on the Kestrel project involved their selection of the powerplant... The Kestrel team tells ANN that they went "through a vigorous process to determine which engine would be best suited to power the current product in development. The Kestrel mission is to combine high cruise speed and long range,

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Senate Approves FY2012 DOT/FAA Appropriations Measure

NBAA: Bill Has Language Reinstating the BARR

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved H.R. 2112, a funding package for several government agencies, including the Department of Transportation. The bill, which must be reconciled with a different version passed by the U.S. House, addresses the FAA's ATC modernization and NextGen programs, Essential Air Service, and other issues. What it doesn't do is resolve long-term funding issues for the FAA, which is being considered separately by the legislature.

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GE Aviation Breaks Ground At Auburn, AL

Facility Expected To Employ 300 to 400 Within Decade

GE Aviation Monday hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of its new jet engine components factory in Auburn, Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley, US Representative Mike Rogers, Auburn Mayor Bill Ham, Jr. and Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard were among those who joined company executives at the event.

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Russian Yak-42 Accident Caused By Pilot Error

Interstate Aviation Committee Report Says Brakes Applied During Takeoff, Co-Pilot Tested Positive For Drugs

The September crash of a Yak-42 which resulted in the fatal injury of the entire Russian hockey team Lokomotiv was caused by multiple pilot errors, according to the official report from the Interstate Aviation Committee. The report, published Wednesday in Russia, says that the primary cause of the accident was "incorrect braking," which caused problems during takeoff.

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Bell Seeks Texas-Sized Tax Break

Tax Abatement Request With Fort Worth City Council Totals $13.5 Million

The Fort Worth City Council has on its plate a tax abatement request from Bell Helicopter worth about $13.5 million over 20 years. The company is considering plans to consolidate operations in the city, and would be required to make a long-term commitment in terms of employment.

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A Line Crossed? Armed Police UAVs In Texas

DHS-Funded Vanguard Shadowhawk Can Fire Grenades

We've become accustomed to hearing reports of unmanned aircraft carrying weapons in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, a drone with similar capabilities is being put in the hands of Texas law enforcement.

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APA: Qantas Situation 'Highly Unfortunate'

Negotiated Settlement Urged With The Australian Carrier

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) has characterized the situation at Qantas as “highly unfortunate” following Fair Work Australia’s intervention in a labor-management impasse at the carrier.“Qantas management brought this highly unfortunate situation on itself by proceeding with plans to outsource mainline workers’ jobs to low-cost offshore subsidiaries,” said APA President Captain Dave Bates.

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Airbus Delivers Hello Kitty A330

Cartoon Livery Debuts This Week On Service To Japan

The Hello Kitty cartoon character has become an icon in Taiwan, with stuffed toys and other marketing expressions now popular for more than 35 years. The character was originally developed for little girls, many of whom are now adults and still love the character based on nostalgia. The latest product to feature a Hello Kitty theme is an Airbus A330, which has been delivered to Taiwan's EVA Air.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.03.11)

“(W)e urge Qantas management to commit to reaching a negotiated solution with the carrier’s unions for the good of all concerned.” Source: APA President Captain Dave Bates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.03.11): GBAS (NextGen)

An FAA NextGen Implementation Plan Acronym for Ground Based Augmentation System.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.03.11)

Airport Consultants Council

The Airport Consultants Council (ACC) is the international trade association that represents private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities.

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