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August 13, 2012

NTSB Prelim: Aileron Cable Failure May Have Led To Fatal Accident

Pilot Reported Control Problems Prior To Impact

This is a tough accident to think about. Control failures are one of the most feared inflight failures one can imagine... but then again, with the stability and control profile of the average C172, its hard to understand why aggressive use of the rudder wasn't able to right the airplane from most bank scenarios. We're looking forward to seeing the final report on this accident...

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New NASA Mission Ready To Brave Earth's Radiation Belts

RBSP Mission Set To Launch August 23

NASA's Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission will send two spacecraft into the harsh environment of our planet's radiation belts. Final preparations have begun for launch on Thursday, Aug. 23, from Florida's Space Coast.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New Members

Arizona State University, Near Space Corporation, And Qwaltec Join As Associate Members

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce the addition of three new Associate Members: Arizona State University, Near Space Corporation, and Qwaltec.

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AFA's Next Mitchell Hour To Focus On NATO Air Operations In Afghanistan

Major General Tod Wolters Will Be The Guest Speaker

The Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Airpower Studies welcomes Major General Tod D. Wolters, former commander of the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Afghanistan, as the guest speaker for an upcoming Mitchell Hour. He will discuss Air Force and NATO air operations in Afghanistan.

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NASA And Smokey Bear Team Up In Massachusetts

Event Commemorates Smokey's Visit To ISS

Smokey Bear will explore the stars with NASA's Cosmo astronaut mascot August 15 at Myles Standish State Forest near Plymouth, MA. This event commemorates Smokey Bear's historic journey into space, as he accompanies NASA astronaut Joe Acaba aboard the International Space Station. The public is invited to attend this free event and learn about space, wildfire, and how NASA and the U.S. Forest Service work together for the conservation of trees, water, and natural resources.

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F-35 Testing Aircraft Comes Full Circle

Aircraft Used In Static Test Program Returned To LMC In Fort Worth

After successfully completing the static test program on the F-35 (known as AG-1) BAE systems says it has returned the aircraft back to Lockheed Martin. BAE says the static test program broke all records for the speed of testing, having applied more than 150 different loading configurations in just over nine months.

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Aero-TV: Senator James Inhofe – Taking On The Bureaucracy (Part 1)

A Foot In The Door -- 25 Years After We Proposed The Need For A Pilot's Bill Of Rights... We Have One

US Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today announced that his Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year.  In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June.  The House passed the measure by a voice vote.

Aero-TV: Senator James Inhofe – Taking On The Bureaucracy (Part 1)

A Foot In The Door -- 25 Years After We Proposed The Need For A Pilot's Bill Of Rights... We Have One

US Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK.), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, today announced that his Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June.  The House passed the measure by a voice vote.

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Airborne 08.10.12: Via Exits Glasair, Andrew Leaves EAA, NASA On Mars!

Also: FAA Suspends Reverse Ops, NTSB's 787 Investigation, Barnstorming, ABX Pilot Firing, Armstrong Recovering

Following a flight of just over eight months, Curiosity landed on Mars in the very early morning hours -- Eastern time --- Monday near the foot of a mountain three miles tall and 96 miles in diameter inside Gale Crater. During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate whether the region ever offered conditions favorable for microbial life. "The Seven Minutes of Terror has turned into the Seven Minutes of Triumph," said NASA Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. After 26 years of continuous service on the EAA Boa

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Klyde Morris (08.13.12)

Klyde Doesn't Quite Believe 'A-POO' Accounting Practices.... Sound Like Any Association You Know???

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Prelim: Second Takeoff Attempt Goes Bad In Luscombe

Pilot Aborted A Previous Attempt Due To Engine Problems

The decision to abort a takeoff should be one of the easiest things to do in all of aviation... i.e., the minute something seems wrong or improper, its time to stop the takeoff (if you can) and figure out the source of concern. Unfortunately; in the case of a recent fatal accident, the pilot did not take the time to go back to the hangar to see why an engine acted improperly and, instead, decided to try the takeoff a second time... with disastrous result.

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Pilot Becomes Guard's First F-35 Instructor

Maj. Jay Spohn First To Qualify To Teach Others To Fly The JSF

An Airman became the Guard's first F-35 Lightning II instructor pilot recently at Eglin's multi-service, multi-national F-35 Integrated Training Center. Maj. Jay Spohn, assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing here as the assistant director of operations for the 58th Fighter Squadron and the chief of standards and evaluation for the 33rd Operations Group, successfully flew his final of six flights Aug. 3 becoming fully qualified and able to teach follow-on pilots to fly the F-35A.

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No Airshow For Upper Cumberland Regional Airport In 2013

Board Committee Votes To Suspend The Event Following Management Change

The operations committee of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (KSRB) board of directors voted Thursday night to recommend the suspension of the airport's annual airshow following a recent management change. But cancellation of the event, until now held annually at the airport located between Cookeville and Sparta, TN, appears to be just the tip of the iceberg of the airport's issues.

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Pilatus Appoints AZ FBO As Authorized PC-12 Service Center

Landmark Aviation Scottsdale Will Support The 1,200 Aircraft Fleet

Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd has appointed Landmark Aviation in Scottsdale, AZ, to its roster of authorized service facilities for the PC-12 business turboprop. Landmark’s facility at Scottsdale Municipal Airport will serve as a satellite service center in the southwestern United States, under the Pilatus sales and service region managed by Tempus Aircraft Sales and Service.

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NATA Presents Its FBO Success Seminar

Industry Group Calls the Session 'An MRI For Your FBO'

The National Air Transportation Association's (NATA) FBO Success Seminar Series will head to Dallas, Texas, September 12-14, with an emphasis on improving the vital parts of an FBO operation. The seminar will be hosted by The Business Jet Center, and is the first time an FBO Success Seminar will be hosted by an FBO facility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.13.12): Scud

Scud Low fragments of clouds, usually stratus fractus, that are unattached and below a layer of higher clouds, either nimbostratus or cumulonimbus. They are often along and behind cold fronts and gust fronts, being associated with cool moist air, such as an outflow from a thunderstorm. When observed from a distance, they are sometimes mistaken for tornadoes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.13.12)

Aero Linx: Aviation Fuel Club Are you concerned about the future availability of fuels for sport aviation? We are. That's why we started the Aviation Fuel Club. As a nonprofit organization, we have one major goal: to reduce the cost of recreational flying by providing safe, environmentally friendly fuels and facilities. We unite those who like to fly for fun, and fight to keep the dream of flying alive for future generations.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.13.12)

"Over the course of my years in Congress, I have helped an untold number of pilots facing the pressure of dealing with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This bill remedies many of the most serious deficiencies in the relationship between general aviation and the FAA, and ensures that pilots are, like everyone else, treated in a fair and equitable manner by the justice system.” Source: Senator James Inhofe, in comments made after the passage of the Pilot's Bill of Rights.

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