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October 29, 2010

Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Friday 10.29.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.29.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.29.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: Why Student Pilots Drop Out - 10.29.10 (ANN Special Report, with CFI Max Trescott)

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.29.10

The Robinson R66 is cleared to start deliveries.
Joe Bartells is out at Lancair.
And Southwest Airlines pilots have a new union president.

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 10.29.10

The Robinson R66 is cleared to start deliveries.
Joe Bartells is out at Lancair.
And Southwest Airlines pilots have a new union president.


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ANN Special Feature: Why Student Pilots Drop Out - 10.29.10

CFI Max Trescott wanted to find out why more women than men drop out of flight training. His survey found a few surprises applicable to all students, and some sobering implications for instructors.

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FAA Awards $18 Million Environmental Grant To Seattle-Tacoma Int'l Airport

Agency Highlights Greener Skies Over Seattle Program

The FAA said Thursday it is awarding its largest Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) grant for an $18.3 million project at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) to improve air quality and to reduce the use of conventional fuels at the airport.

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NASA: Earth-Size Planets Are Probably Common

Research Finds Smaller Planets Likely To Vastly Outnumber Larger Ones

Nearly one in four stars similar to the sun may host planets as small as Earth, according to a new study funded by NASA and the University of California.

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EU Challenges Security Measures For U.S. Bound Flights

BA Chairman Calls Some Checks "Redundant"

The European Union, and at least one UK airline, are questioning security measures that have been put in place for flights bound for the United States.

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Missing WWII Airmen Identified

Remains Of Two Flyers Buried With Full Military Honors

Two airmen missing from World War II have recently been identifed by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).

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ATK and NASA Report Initial 30-Day Findings From Development Motor (DM-2)

Data Confirm ATK Five Segment Solid Rocket Motor Is Ready For Flight Testing

Data from the second successful five segment Development Motor (DM-2) test conducted by ATK and NASA show that the new motor performed precisely as designed, providing substantially higher performance and reliability than the heritage space shuttle solid rocket booster at a lower cost.

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Southeast Aerospace Receives STC For Airbus Retrofit

Allows Installation Of Second MultiScan Radar

The FAA has issued STC approval (STC ST02084SE) to Southeast Aerospace (SEA) for modifications to the Airbus A318/A319/A320/A321 series aircraft. The STC allows the installation of a second Rockwell Collins WRT-2100 (MultiScan Radar) Receiver-Transmitter in the aircraft listed above.

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Able Flight Scholorships Program Announces Gifts From Corporate Sponsors

Jet Aviation, Landmark Aviation Contribute To The Cause

Able Flight's national scholorship program has received donations from Jet Aviation and Landmark Aviation to assist with their mission to provide flight training for people with physical disabilities.

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'No Joy' In Latest Airborne Laser Test

But One Analyst Says The Program Has Merit

In the most recent test of the airborne laser being developed as part of a missile defense program, the target was successfully acquired and tracked by the equipment aboard a specially-modified B747 off Point Magu, CA, but the megawatt class lethal chemical laser failed to switch on to destroy it.

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Downed Paraglider Pilot Found By Hikers

Powered Parachute Went Down In A Remote Area In Idaho

A man flying a paraglider over Boundary County in Idaho was rescued by a pair of hikers after his powered parachute lost power and went down in what was described as a remote area.

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Alaska Town Rolls Out Remarkable Support For 'New Build A Plane' Project

High School Students Build An Airplane For Class Credit

Talkeetna, Alaska sits at the front door of Denali National Park and has a legendary history of aviation. When residents learned of a proposed new Build A Plane program where local high school students combine classroom learning with hands-on efforts to build a real airplane, word spread through the town immediately.

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Fuel Supplier Moves Into Flight Planning Arena

Avfuel Unveils Avplan, An In-House Flight Planning Company

Avfuel Corporation is set to offer a dedicated flight and trip-planning subsidiary called Avplan. The company acquired Pacific Coast Forecasting (PCF) of Van Nuys, CA, in the first quarter of 2010 to enhance the trip-planning and ground-handling arrangements that have been its core business.

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Aero-TV: America's Challenge -- Gas Balloon Race Launch at ABQ

This Program Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis

The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race was founded by the Balloon Fiesta in 1995 due to the vision and efforts of Mark Sullivan, former Balloon Fiesta President and recipient of the Montgolfier Diplome (one of ballooning's highest honors), who saw the need for America to be identified with the world's most prestigious ballooning sport. The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race is modeled after the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, but it differs from the older event in allowing balloons from all countries, without limits on the number of entries from each. The team that travels the longest distance wins. 1995 was the first year of the America’s Challenge, and has been held in Albuquerq

Aero-TV: Sounds Like Privacy -- Acousticom's Sound Egg

Can You Hear Me????

Acousticom traces its roots back three decades to October, 1980, when Ben and Jean Cochran set out to supply high quality audio and communication products to government and industry. If you use a rebuilt military-style aviation headset or helmet, you may have personal experience with products found in the Acousticom catalog. Mark Cochran took over as president in 2005, making this a second-generation family business.

Some Cargo Planes Grounded By 'Credible' Terrorist Threat

President Obama Says Packages Contained "Explosive Materials"

Packages found abroad addressed to U.S. addresses contained "explosive materials" according to President Obama. Discovery of the packages caused some cargo planes to be grounded Friday, and led to a day of heightened tensions.

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Aero-TV: America's Challenge -- Gas Balloon Race Launch at ABQ

This Program Is Dedicated To The Memory Of Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis

The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race was founded by the Balloon Fiesta in 1995 due to the vision and efforts of Mark Sullivan, former Balloon Fiesta President and recipient of the Montgolfier Diplome (one of ballooning's highest honors), who saw the need for America to be identified with the world's most prestigious ballooning sport.  

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Aero-TV: Sounds Like Privacy -- Acousticom's Sound Egg

Can You Hear Me????

Acousticom traces its roots back three decades to October, 1980, when Ben and Jean Cochran set out to supply high quality audio and communication products to government and industry. If you use a rebuilt military-style aviation headset or helmet, you may have personal experience with products found in the Acousticom catalog. Mark Cochran took over as president in 2005, making this a second-generation family business.

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R66 Turbine Receives FAA Type Certificate

Amended Production Certificate Delivered The Same Day

Three years and eight months after Robinson Helicopter publicly announced plans to develop a five-place turbine helicopter, the FAA presented Frank Robinson with Type Certificate No. R00015LA for the much-anticipated R66 on Monday.

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Joe Bartels Out At Lancair

New Management Team Sends Letter To Builders, Buyers, Vendors

The new management team at Lancair has sent a letter to its customers and vendors saying former owner Joe Bartels has been "terminated", while explaining their position on what could become a sticky legal situation which is embroiling the company.

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Klyde Morris (10.29.10)

Klyde's Got This Klingon Fixation...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Notes Controllers' Role In Minneapolis Near-Collision

US Airways Airbus Instructed To Turn Into Path Of Beech 99

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in a near-collision incident which occurred on September 16. A US Airways Airbus A320 was separated by only about 50-100 feet of vertical separation from a Beech 99 cargo plane at about 1,500 feet agl.

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GA ADS-B Unit Available For Shipping From NavWorx

Company Says Low-Cost Aircraft Traffic And Weather Now Available To GA Pilots

An ADS-B Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) designed to receive subscription-free aircraft traffic and aviation weather described as the industry's first is being shipped by NavWorx, the company announced Wednesday.

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CommutAir Pilots Protest Pay Cut Plan

ALPA: Management Proposal Would Make Pilots Lowest Paid in the Industry

Pilots for Continental Connection carrier CommutAir conducted an informational picket at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Ohio on Tuesday to protest proposed pay cuts that they say would make them the lowest-paid pilots for their aircraft type in the airline industry.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.29.10)

"Earth-size planets in our galaxy are like grains of sand sprinkled on a beach -- they are everywhere." Source: Andrew Howard of the University of California, Berkeley.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.29.10): Aerodynamic Center

A point on the wing chord through which aircraft lift is directed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.29.10)

Calgary's Aero Space Museum

Founded in 1975, the Aero Space Museum is located in Calgary. The museum’s mission is to “preserve and promote the stories of people who contributed to the aviation and space industry in Western Canada.” 

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