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September 19, 2013

Redbird Skyport Releases Details Of The October $1 Avgas Experiment

Experiment Depends On Large Numbers Of Aircraft And Preparing For The Additional Demand

The Redbird Skyport "Fly More" avgas experiment will kick off in a couple of weeks, and the flight training facility in San Marco, TX has released additional details about the effort.

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NASA Visits USS San Diego In Preparation For Space Capsule Recovery

Orion Will Splash Down Off The Coast Of California In January If All Goes According To Plan

Senior project managers from NASA managing the Orion spacecraft's Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) visited San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego (LPD 22), Sept. 12 in preparation for a test to retrieve the Orion space capsule in January off the coast of Southern California. NASA representatives met with Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3 and Capt. William R. Grotewold, the ship's commanding officer to discuss plans for the upcoming recovery mission.

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The Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New Executive Member

Planetary Resources Asteroid Mining Company Joins The Association

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF) is proud to announce that Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, has joined CSF’s Executive Membership. The company had been an Associate Member since January 2012. Planetary Resources’ President and Chief Engineer Chris Lewicki will be the newest addition to CSF’s Board of Directors.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In Virgin Islands Accident

Pilot Of The Aircraft Was Never Found, One On Board Survived

The NTSB has published its probable cause report for an accident that occurred last October in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Teddy Bear Airplane For Sale On eBay

French Jodel Was Used To Drop Teddy Bears Over Belarus In Protest Against The Government

Another airplane with an unusual history has popped up for sale on eBay. This time, the airplane on the auction block was used to protest the human rights and free speech (or lack thereof) policies of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.

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Illinois Group Hopes To Open Aviation Museum In Springfield

Aviation History Educational Center Would Be At Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport

A museum at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport is the goal of a recently-formed group of aviation enthusiasts in Springfield, IL.

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Study: Phoenix-Mesa Airport Generates $1.3 Billion In Local Economic Impact

Arizona State University Research Shows Airport Supports 10,000 Jobs In The Region

A study just released by a research institute at Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business shows that Phoenix-Mesa Airport (KIWA) pours $3.6 million in direct and indirect economic impact into the local economy every day, totaling about $1.3 billion annually. The airport also supports about 10,000 jobs in the region.

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Aurora's Orion UAS Successfully Completes First Flight

Milestone Announced At Air Force Association Air And Space Conference

It may not have had the impact, and certainly not the media coverage, of the first flights of the CSeries or 787-9 airliners, but Aurora Flight Sciences announced Tuesday at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference that the Orion Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) successfully completed its first flight on August 24, 2013.

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NASA Collaborates With Boys And Girls Clubs Of America

Hope To Inspire the Next Generation Of Explorers

NASA signed a Space Act Agreement Wednesday with the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) to infuse the agency's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content into their activities and inspire students nationwide. The signing ceremony took place at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington during a celebration to announce BGCA's 2013 Youth of the Year.

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Comet Found Hiding In Plain Sight

Spitzer Telescope Detected 'Comet Activity' From Don Quixote

For 30 years, a large near-Earth asteroid wandered its lone, intrepid path, passing before the scrutinizing eyes of scientists armed with telescopes while keeping something to itself. The object, known as Don Quixote, whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter, now appears to be a comet.

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Rhode Island Men Plink Abandoned Car From Helicopter

Neighbors Complained About The Gunfire, But It's Apparently Not Illegal (Yet)

Police were called to a gravel pit near Charlestown, RI Sunday afternoon by neighbors complaining of people in a low-flying helicopter shooting at something in the quarry. It turns out they were taking a few potshots at an abandoned car.

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Pilot Fined For Flying Low Over U.K. Shopping Center

Aircraft Was Towing An Advertising Banner As Low As 500 Feet Over The Populated Area

Altitude rules for VFR flight in the U.K. are similar to those in the U.S., including a prohibition from flying below 1,000 feet over a populated area. That rule was reportedly ignored by a 23-year-old pilot towing a banner over a shopping area in Preston, Lancashire U.K., who admitted to flying low over the Guild Centre, the tallest building in Preston.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.19.13

Orbital Sciences Marks Its First Commercial Space Success…

American Eagle Flight Attendants Question The Merger…

FAA Amends Its Flight

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Aero-TV: Bendix/King Builds For The Future -- Kevin Gould on 'Upgrading and Innovating'

New Products, New Ideas... And An Aggressive, Forward-Thinking Attitude!

Some time ago, when I heard that Bendix-King was in the midst of being revamped, it was like hearing that an old friend who had been ailing for some time was now on the mend. And when I heard that Kevin Gould was going to run the show, iI was certain that good things were in the offing... and they certainly are following a solid course for the future.

Aero-TV: Bendix/King Builds The Future--Kevin Gould on Upgrading and Innovating

New Products, New Ideas... And An Aggressive, Forward-Thinking Attitude!

Some time ago, when I heard that Bendix-King was in the midst of being revamped, it was like hearing that an old friend who had been ailing for some time was now on the mend. And when I heard that Kevin Gould was going to run the show, I was certain that good things were in the offing... and they certainly are following a solid course for the future. After Bendix/King established new business operations in Albuquerque, NM, the folks at that august operation set forth developing not only new products, but a new course for the company.

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FAA Updates Rules On Biennial Flight Reviews

Adds Exemptions For Some Pilots, Flight Instructors

The FAA posted a final rule and request for comments in the Federal Register Monday that will exempt some pilots from having to complete a biennial flight review. This rule permits an airman who passes a practical test for issuance of a flight instructor certificate, a practical test for the addition of a rating to a flight instructor certificate, a practical test for renewal of a flight instructor certificate, or a practical test for the reinstatement of a flight instructor certificate to meet the 24-calendar month flight review requirements.

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Orbital Sciences Launches Demonstration Mission To Space Station

Cygnus Cargo Spacecraft On Its Way To ISS

NASA commercial space partner Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, VA, successfully launched its Cygnus cargo spacecraft aboard its Antares rocket at 1058 EDT Wednesday from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad-0A at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. This is the first time a spacecraft launched from Virginia is blazing a trail toward the International Space Station, heralding a new U.S. capability to resupply the orbiting laboratory.

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American Eagle Flight Attendants Question Merger Benefits

Express Concerns Over Outsourcing, Competitive Disadvantages For Workers

American Eagle flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), say they are increasingly concerned about their future in the American/US Airways merger. Executives promise growth, but a steady stream of outsourcing appears to be the plan for their work. The 1,800 American Eagle flight attendants are seriously questioning the benefits of a merger where wholly owned carriers of the proposed new airline are already being pitted against each other.

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KC-46 Progress Hinges On Requirements, Funding Stability

Thompson: Test Program Must Be Fully Funded For Progress To Continue On Schedule

An Air Force official speaking at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference & Technology Exposition Sept. 17 announced production and high-priority upgrade plans to refresh its fleet of KC-135 Stratotankers. In his presentation at the at the conference, Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the Air Force program executive officer for tankers, outlined continued progress in the cargo jet’s design and acquisition timeline.

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Experimental Spaceplane Shooting For 'Aircraft-Like' Operations In Orbit

New Program Seeks To Lower Satellite Launch Costs By Developing A Reusable Hypersonic Unmanned Vehicle

Commercial, civilian and military satellites provide crucial real-time information essential to providing strategic national security advantages to the United States. The current generation of satellite launch vehicles, however, is expensive to operate, often costing hundreds of millions of dollars per flight. Moreover, U.S. launch vehicles fly only a few times each year and normally require scheduling years in advance, making it extremely difficult to deploy satellites without lengthy pre-planning.

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Texas Passes Tough Laws Regulating UAV Use

Makes It Illegal To Photograph Property From The Air Without Consent

The state of Texas has passed a law that can lead to penalties of up to $10,000 for using a UAV to take photographs of someone's property without their consent. The law went into effect September 1.

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Crew Of Canadian Coast Guard Helo Succumbed To Hypothermia Following Accident

Preliminary Post-Mortem Indicates Impact Did Not Cause Fatal Injuries

The three men aboard a Canadian Coast Guard helicopter that went down last week in the Arctic Ocean were not fatally injured by the impact, but succumbed to hypothermia after about an hour in the water, according to Cathy Menard, Northwest Territories chief coroner.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.19.13)

"Today marks a milestone in our new era of exploration as we expand the capability for making cargo launches to the International Space Station from American shores." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.19.13): Peak Wind Speed

The maximum instantaneous wind speed since the last observation that exceeded 25 knots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.19.13)

NOAA Rescue Coordination Centers (RCCs)

Rescue Coordination Centers (RCCs) in the United States are operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force.

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