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September 20, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.20.11

Reno continues to produce both bad news and heroes.
The navigator on a airliner that crashed in Russia was drunk.
And despite a crackdown, laser attacks on aircraft are rising.

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NBAA2011 Second-Day Session To Feature Aviation Luminaries, Leaders

Participants Include Harrison Ford, Randy Babbitt, Sean Tucker, Gene Cernan, Bob Hoover, Fig Newton

An all-star lineup of distinguished pilots representing the highest levels of professional achievement will be featured speakers at the second-day Opening Session of the 64th Annual Meeting & Convention of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA2011), when NBAA bestows its highest honor on aviation legend Clay Lacy.

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Idaho Declares September 'General Aviation Appreciation Month'

Governor Otter: Community Airports "Play A Critical Role" In The Lives Of Idaho Residents

Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter has declared September “General Aviation Appreciation Month” in Idaho. The proclamation was issued September 1 in the state capitol of Boise. “The economic effect of general aviation in Idaho is over $429 million,” the governor states in his official proclamation, “and over 23,000 residents owe their jobs to aviation in [this state].”

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St. Augustine, FL Airport To Get Taxiway Upgrade

FAA Approves $6.19 Million For The Project

The FAA has approved a $6.19 million AIP grant for a taxiway improvement project at Northeast Florida Regional Airport. The award was announced late last week by House Transportation Committee chair John Mica (R-FL).

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Video Contest Announced To Find 'What's Next?' In Space Exploration

Coalition For Space Exploration Looking For Ideas From The Public

During this historic time of change within the space industry, the Coalition for Space Exploration (Coalition) says it wants to hear from the American public about what they envision for the future of space exploration. The Coalition is launching a contest based on a simple question, "What's Next?" Participants are encouraged to share their ideas for the future direction of America's space program in a video.

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Space Expedition Curacao To Lease XCOR Lynx

Hopes To Reach 50 Suborbital Bookings By Holidays

On Monday, Space Expedition Curacao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced the completion of a multi-million-dollar transaction that secures the wet lease of production Lynx tail number two for operation on the Caribbean island of Curacao, pending export licensing action.

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Grant Approved For Repair Work At Paine Field

Most Recent Grant Is For $8.2 Million For Improvements To Runway Infrastructure

Snohomish County in Washington State has received an $8.2 million federal grant for repair work at the county’s Paine Field Airport. With approval Friday by County Executive Aaron Reardon and the County Council, the federal Airport Improvement Grant from the FAA will be used to repair the paved shoulders along the main runway by installing edge drains, repaving the shoulders, and installing a new electrical duct bank system.

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Build-Up Is Underway For The No. 1 Soyuz To Be Launched From French Guiana

Integration Process Initiated By Arianspace

The first Soyuz to be operated from French Guiana has begun the integration process, marking a major step toward Arianespace's introduction of the workhorse medium-lift vehicle into its launcher family at the Spaceport. During activity last week, the Soyuz launcher's central core Block A second stage was fitted with one of four strap-on boosters that constitute the Russian-built launcher's first stage.

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F-22 Raptor 2011 Air Show Schedule Canceled

Air Force Officials Say Focus Is On Return To Readiness

In a brief statement, the U.S. Air Force announced late last week that the Air Combat Command has cancelled the remaining 2011 schedule of air show appearances for the F-22 Raptor. The action is intended to permit F-22 wings to focus all flying activity toward returning the F-22 to mission-ready status.

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Financing Appears To Be Available For Airliner Purchase

Money People See A Robust Traffic Numbers, Fleet Upgrade Possibilities

The people and companies who put up money for the purchase or lease of airliners seem to be at least cautiously optimistic about a return on investment in new, quieter, fuel efficient aircraft. The buzz at the meeting of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading, being held this week in Barcelona, Spain, is that airlines are poised to rebuild their fleets with newer, more efficient airplanes in an effort to increase their bottom lines.

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Sikorsky, Zhuhai Hold Ceremony For Helicopter Purchase

Rotorcraft Branch Of China Southern Airlines To Acquire Three Aircraft

Representatives of Sikorsky Aircraft and China Southern Airlines' Zhuhai Helicopter Branch company held a signing ceremony late last week at the first China Helicopter Exposition in Tianjin for the purchase of two Sikorsky S-92 and one S-76 offshore utility helicopters by Zhuhai Helicopter. The new acquisitions are aimed at supporting the ever-expanding offshore oil operations in the South China Sea by Zhuhai's customers.

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Wichita Aviation Companies Back Interactive Museum Aviation Pavilion

Exploration Place To Overhaul Flight Exhibits With Help From Local Businesses

Wichita's "Exploration Place" interactive museum raising money for a renovation of its flight pavilion, and it's getting help from of some of the city's best-known companies.

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NASA Awards Space Radiobiology Research Grants

Looking At Long Term Risks From Cosmic Radiation To Human Heart, Central Nervous System

NASA is funding nine proposals from eight states to investigate space radiation's effect on human explorers. The proposals from researchers in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York and Texas have a total value of approximately $12 million. The ground-based studies will work to better understand and mitigate risk of damage to the heart and central nervous system from cosmic rays.

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Aero-TV: Redbird's XWind -- Revolutionizing Crosswind Training

Bringing A New Approach to The Age-Old Problem Of Teaching Crosswind Landings

In the decades (yeesh, I'm getting old) that I've been flying as a CFI, there are few skills more difficult to teach a new pilot than dealing with the vagaries of a crosswind approach. It's a tough skill to tutor because it takes so long to set up each landing and there are a myriad of tasks to accomplish during each takeoff and preparation for landing that the learning retention can often take a dive. In really good conditions, a clear pattern, no tower, and few distractions, you'd be lucky to get 5 or 6 landings in each hour... and that is IF you can find the right conditions to challenge your student.

Aero-TV: Redbird's XWind -- Revolutionizing Crosswind Training

Bringing A New Approach to The Age-Old Problem Of Teaching Crosswind Landings

In the decades (yeesh, I'm getting old) that I've been flying as a CFI, there are few skills more difficult to teach a new pilot than dealing with the vagaries of a cross wind approach. It's a tough skill to tutor because it takes so long to set up each landing and there are a myriad of tasks to accomplish during each takeoff and preparation for landing that the learning retention can often take a dive. In really good conditions, a clear pattern, no tower, and few distractions, you'd be lucky to get 5 or 6 landings in each hour... and that is IF you can find the right conditions to challenge

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Barnstorming: The Coming Storm

Don't Let Anyone Kid You -- Bad Things Are Lining Up To Hurt Our Community... If We Don't Stand Up For Ourselves

News/Analysis and OPINION By J.R. Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief If my life can be tied to one philosophical statement above all else, it is this: It is a tragedy to die before your time... but it is the worst kind of tragedy not to LIVE until you die. It has been a tough weekend... people we respected, and even loved, have gone to meet God and the very joys that have been the cornerstone of our lives are well and truly under attack... and I fear that there is much more... and worse... to come. And yet, we barely have time to grieve.

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Airbus: Strong Growth In Airliner Numbers And Seating Capacity Foreseen

2011-2030 Global Market Forecast Projects Demand For Nearly 27,000 New Airliners

The continuing “democratization” of air transport – driven by emerging economies, a global increase in wealth, greater urbanization, the need for more eco-efficient aircraft and a nearly doubling of major airport hubs for mega-cities – will lead to the demand for more than 26,900 new passenger airliners and over 900 new factory-built cargo aircraft during the next 20 years, according to Airbus’ latest Global Market Forecast.

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FAA Updates NYC UN TFR

Flight Restrictions Over Much Of The Area Through Wednesday

The FAA has updated the TFR in place for the United Nations General Assembly to cover much of the metropolitan area through Wednesday afternoon and evening.

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Strong Need For Aviation Personnel In Asia Pacific Projected By Boeing

More Than 400,000 New Pilots And Technicians Essential To Support Rapid Growth

The Asia Pacific region will require hundreds of thousands of new commercial airline pilots and technicians over the next 20 years to support airline fleet modernization and the rapid growth of air travel, according to a forecast released Monday by Boeing.

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Obama Deficit Reduction Plan Hits Airlines For Increased Security Fees

Also Proposes Changes In The Way The Fees Are Collected

While business aviation took a huge hit in President Obama's proposal to reduce the federal deficit, airlines did not go unscathed either ... and it's a pretty sure bet that the fee increases imposed for airlines would be passed directly on to the passengers.

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NASA Announces Two 'Game-Changing' Space Technology Projects

'Ride The Light' And Advanced Battery Projects Get Funding For Future Development

NASA has selected what is says are two "game-changing" space technology projects for development. The selections are part of the agency's efforts to pursue revolutionary technology required for future missions, while proving the capabilities and lowering the cost of government and commercial space activities.

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Crewmember Of Crashed Tu-134 Intoxicated

Russian Investigators Include Poor Crew Resource Management In Causes

Russian investigators are now saying there were several factors involved in the crash of a RusAir Tu-134 airliner just minutes before it was scheduled to land June 20 at Petrozavodsk airport in northwest Russia. Of the 52 onboard, including four flight crew members, only five people survived.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.20.11)

“Key factors identified in our new 20-year forecast include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic.” Source: John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer-Customers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.20.11): Manufacturer

A person who causes a product or part thereof to be produced. Also Called Production Approval Holder (PAH). 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.20.11)

Interactive F-16

Are you a fan of the Fighting Falcon? The Interactive F-16 lets you learn more about the F-16 with the click of your mouse, from the cockpit to the afterburners.

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