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November 01, 2011

LOT 767 Makes Gear-Up Landing In Poland

All 230 People On Board The Airplane Survive

There is some spectacular video making the rounds on the Internet Tuesday of an LOT 767 making a gear-up landing in Warsaw, Poland. All 230 people on board the airliner were evacuated with no injuries.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.01.11

Deja vu - JetBlue strands passengers in a northeast storm.
Airline cabin crews are offered self-defense training.
And at least one city loves its GA airport.

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Self-Defense Training Offered For Cabin Crews

Program Backed By TSA's Federal Air Marshal Service

The modern airline travel environment has become more stressful for passengers, and it's having implications for cabin crew members. The Workforce Development Center at Bunker Hill Community College is offering a Crew Member Self-Defense Training (CMSDT) program for all actively employed flight and cabin crew members of US passenger and cargo carriers. The one-day hands-on training course, which is free of cost to qualified crew members.

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F-35C Completes Initial Catapult Testing

Aircraft Performed 'Better Than Predicted'

F-35 integrated test force personnel and F-35C test aircraft CF-3 returned to NAS Patuxent River last week after completing two major catapult test events. Starting this past summer, the test team put the carrier variant of the Joint Strike Fighter through its first set of catapult launches. The goal was to complete an initial structural survey of the aircraft to withstand launch stresses and the impact of steam ingestion into the engine.

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NATA Fuel Summit 2011 Set For Next Week

FBO Success Seminar Series November 8-10 In Atlanta

The National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) FBO Success Seminar Series will head to Atlanta, GA, on November 8-10 for a comprehensive Fuel Summit 2011 symposium. As part of the three day event, several major aviation oil companies and third party fuel brokers will join a lively roundtable discussion and field questions from FBO owners and operators in attendance.

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Two Airmen Missing From WWII Identified

One P-38 Pilot, One B-17 Crewman Returned To Their Families

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced this week that that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Passengers Shocked As Airliner Fixed With 'Duct Tape'

Not True, But Apparently Plausible, For Infamous Cost-Cutter Ryanair

Passengers on a recent Ryanair flight thought the airline's cost-cutting had gone a bit too far when they saw their 737 having what looked like duct tape applied to the cockpit windscreen. Given the image Ryanair has cultivated for itself, with proposals such as pay toilets on planes and creating special new seats to allow standing on flights, the use of duct tape on a plane probably fit right in.

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China Reports First Sustainable Biofuel Flight

Flight Highlights Bilateral Cooperation On Renewable Energy Between China And The U.S.

Air China, Boeing, and Chinese and U.S. aviation energy partners conducted China's first sustainable biofuel flight late last week. The two-hour mainland flight from Beijing Capital International Airport was witnessed by officials from both countries and highlights the viability of using sustainable aviation biofuel sourced in China. 

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HFI Solicits Scholarship Applicants

Support Available For Upgrades To Commercial Helicopter Certificates

If you've done the math, you know it takes someone committed and passionate to commit to training for a career in aviation today. But scholarships help. Helicopter Association International's Commercial Helicopter Rating Scholarship is specifically geared to students currently in the process of obtaining their commercial licenses. Up to four winners will be selected from qualified applicants, and they will be invited to participate at Heli-Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas.

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Missing Vietnam War Airman Identified

RF-4C Aircraft Went Down During Photo-Recon Mission

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Friday that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Airbus President And CEO Calls For A Global Aviation Vision

Enders "Sets The Tone" For SAE Aerotech Congress In Toulouse

Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders delivered an opening address at the recent SAE Aerotech 2011 Congress and Exhibition in Toulouse, France, stressing the importance of a “truly global vision” for the air transport industry’s future. Enders, who was this biennial event’s honorary chairman, said such an approach would allow the aviation industry to align its efforts and focus on using resources to bring significant improvements for airlines and passengers.

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FAA To Investigate Hartford Airport Debacle

Nearly Two Dozen Planes Stranded On Tarmac During Northeast Snowstorm

The FAA says it will look into the situation at Hartford's Bradley International Airport in which passengers from nearly two dozen planes were stranded on board for as long as seven hours. The planes, including one international flight, had been diverted to Hartford from other destinations due to record early snowfall in the northeast corridor over the weekend.

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NASA Talk Pursues The Dream Of Unlimited Flight Time

What If An Aircraft Could Take Off And Stay In Flight – Forever?

On Tuesday, Nov. 1, at NASA's Langley Research Center, aerospace engineer Craig Nickol will present, "Fly Forever:  Pursuing the Dream of Indefinite Endurance Flight," at 1400 EDT in the Reid Conference Center. Nickol will discuss current and future projects where engineers are designing aircraft that use sustainable or renewable energy for virtually unlimited flight.

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FAA Determines Pilot Not Distracted By Skydiving Sex Stunt

No FARs Were Violated During Video Filming

The FAA has determined that no FARs were broken when a skydiving instructor who is also a porn star and a receptionist for the California skydiving operator ... his former employer ... made a video of themselves engaged in what can best be described as "adult activities" before and during a jump.

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Aero-TV: The Faces of the 2011 SAFE Symposium -- On the Eve of Real Change

Now That The SAFE Report Has Been Published, Let's Look At How It Started...

"General Aviation is facing decreased student starts, increased student attrition, a flat lined fatal accident rate, and stagnated growth...projections through 2025 regarding overall flight activity and aircraft sales are discouraging."

Aero-TV: The Faces of the 2011 SAFE Symposium -- On the Eve of Real Change

Now That The SAFE Report Has Been Published, Let's Look At How It Started...

"General Aviation is facing decreased student starts, increased student attrition, a flat lined fatal accident rate, and stagnated growth...projections through 2025 regarding overall flight activity and aircraft sales are discouraging." That was the premise of the Pilot Training Reform Symposium gathered by SAFE, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators, in May 2011 in Atlanta. An ambitious agenda promised to produce industry and regulatory consensus on a culture change which might one day be recalled as what may be remembered as a watershed in general aviation.

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Boeing To Establish Commercial Crew Program Office In Florida

CST-100 Spacecraft To Be Manufactured And Operated At Kennedy Space Center

Boeing plans to consolidate its Commercial Crew program office, manufacturing and operations at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), the company announced Monday. Boeing, in partnership with Space Florida, has an arrangement to use the Orbiter Processing Facility-3 (OPF-3) to manufacture, assemble, and test the company’s Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft.

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Congressional Committee Explores Future Private Market For Human Spaceflight

Witnesses Highlight Potential For Profitable Business Models

The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing late last week to provide aerospace companies and NASA an opportunity to testify about progress being made toward the goal of establishing a commercial capability to fly humans to and from low Earth orbit and the long-term non-Government commercial market for private launch services.

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Spartanburg, SC Unveils Renovated GA Airport

KSPA Gets $4.4 Million Facelift To Terminal, Hangars

The small city of Spartanburg, South Carolina is touting an upgrade to its downtown general aviation airport as a sign it's friendly to business and ready to move forward. The $4.4 million renovation includes a makeover of a terminal building which opened in 1935, and now features warbird artifacts and a floor decor with a runway theme.

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EU Carbon Law Faces Multi-National Opposition

Twenty Six Governments Expected To File Formal Protests

The European Union may see a concerted international push-back against its proposed carbon trading scheme Wednesday, as 26 individual nations are expected to file formal protests against the EU's carbon tax.

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FAA Expands Its Role In Florida NextGen Test Bed

Expanded Facilities Located At ERAU

The FAA has doubled the size of the Florida NextGen Test Bed, where researchers from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and aerospace partners are demonstrating new technologies that will help transform the nation's air traffic system to increase safety, efficiency, and capacity for the flying public. The expanded facility, located at Daytona Beach International Airport, will officially open November 7.

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BTS: Airlines Collected $1.5 Billion In Fees In Second Quarter 2011

Statistic Includes Only Baggage And Reservation Change Charges

U.S. airlines collected $1.5 billion from baggage fees and reservation change fees in the second quarter of 2011, according to the airline financial data released recently by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS).

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China Set For Tuesday Unmanned Launch

Continuing With Docking Experiments With A Goal Of A Chinese Space Station

China was expected to launch an unmanned spacecraft Tuesday which will join the Tiangong-1 "Heavenly Palace" experimental module boosted into orbit September 29. The two spacecraft will conduct docking experiments as China moves towards construction of its own space station.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.01.11)

“I think that NASA owes Congress and the laudable companies that are before us today a much more thorough assessment of the situation ahead. It is time for NASA to deliver credible plans and analysis so that we can move forward with more confidence.” Source: House Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.01.11): Statement of Compliance

A statement of compliance (SOC) is a signed statement made by the aircraft manufacturer stating that the aircraft (specific by serial number) was designed, manufactured, and is supported with a monitoring and correction of safety-of-flight within a continued airworthiness system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.01.11)

International Civil Aviation Organization

A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world.

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