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October 04, 2011

Breaking News: Bell 206 Down In New York's East River

Sightseeing Helo Had Five People Aboard

A Bell 206 carrying four passengers on a sightseeing tour has gone down in the East River in New York. All five people have reportedly been extracted from the aircraft.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.04.11

Three Navy airmen survive an encounter with the "Dead Man's Curve."
LightSquared's CEO is confident of a win.
And...was the death of 30 Yemeni soldiers really "friendly

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Yemen Kills 30 Of Its Own Soliders In Bombing

Observers Say 119th Brigade May Have Been Targeted Intentionally

A deadly friendly-fire incident in Yemen has killed at least 30 of the county's soldiers, but observers there say it may have been intentional. The Yemeni Army's 119th Brigade rebelled against the government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh during the regional uprising now known as the "Arab Spring."

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Volusia County, FL Airports Face Increasing Noise Complaints

Airports Working To Be Good Neighbors In Busy Flight Training Area

As the home to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and several GA airport, flight training in Volusia County, FL, is a $1.2 billion business. But to some people living near the airports, students practicing touch-and-goes and engaging in other flight training is a reason to complain about the noise generated by the airplanes.

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NASA Invites Students To Name Moon-Bound Spacecraft

GRAIL-A And -B Need Their Own Identities

NASA has a class assignment for U.S. students: help the agency give the twin spacecraft headed to orbit around the moon new names. The naming contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade at schools in the United States. Entries must be submitted by teachers using an online entry form.

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Aerosim Flight Academy Wins FAA Diamond Award

Seventh Year For The Flight School To Be So Recognized

For the seventh time, Aerosim Flight Academy in central Florida has won the FAA's prestigious Diamond Award, which is presented annually to those organizations recognized  for safer and more proficient mechanics or technicians.

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Boeing Delivers Qatar Airways' 100th Airplane

Doha-Based Carrier, Boeing Celebrate Milestone 27th 777 Delivery

Boeing has delivered Qatar Airways' 100th airliner, a Boeing 777-200LR (longer range), at a ceremony in Everett. The Doha-based airline now operates 27 Boeing 777s of various types, including 16 777-300ERs (extended range), two 777 Freighters and nine 777-200LRs. Boeing handed over the airplane to Qatar Airways on Friday at a ceremony attended by the airline's Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker.

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Fire Scout Completes 1st Navy Unmanned Flight On Biofuel

VTOL UAS Becomes The Seventh Navy Aircraft To Demonstrate Biofuel Compatibility

The Navy has successfully flown its first unmanned biofuel flight with an MQ-8B Fire Scout. The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Directorate at Webster Field in St. Inigoes, MD piloted the helicopter fueled with a combination of JP-5 aviation fuel and plant-based camelina. The biofuel blend reduces carbon dioxide output by 75 percent when compared to conventional aviation fuel.

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West Coast Pilot Caught With Contraband In Fitchburg, MA

'Suspicious Activity' In Illinois Led To East Coast Arrest

A pilot from Oregon has been arrested after allegedly flying an airplane carrying three duffel bags stuffed with marijuana from Santa Monica, CA to Fitchburg, MA. He is being held on $50,000 bond. The pilot, identified as Hoang H. Nguyen, reportedly departed Santa Monica a week ago Monday, and stopped to rest at Morris County airport in Grundy, IL.

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Glowing Necklace Helps Air Crew Locate Missing Girl

Five-Year-Old Had Wandered Away From Family Campsite

Here's one from the "pilots and aircraft doing good" files. A five-year-old girl who had wandered away from her family's campsite in northern California was located by a helicopter SAR team in part because of her glow-in-the-dark necklace.

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Microlight Impacts Ferris Wheel In Australia

No Injuries, But Airplane Remained Wedged In The Ride For Several Hours

A microlight aircraft operating from a grass airfield near Taree, Australia became wedged in the metalwork of a Ferris wheel set up as part of a local festival Saturday. Fortunately neither the two people on board the Cheetah S200 or two children on the ride were injured. It did, however, take several hours to get everyone safely back on the ground.

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AD: Boeing 737

AD NUMBER: 2011-18-10

MANUFACTURER: The Boeing Company Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER Series Airplanes

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Classic Aero-TV: Lawrence Bell's 47H -- The Original Businessman's Helicopter

An Attempt To Redefine The Business Rotorcraft

Preserving history is a tough gig... especially bits and pieces of it that comprise a fairly small part of it all. Such is the ultra-dedicated mission of the Lawrence D. Bell Aircraft Museum, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the legacy of the man that created one of the iconic helicopter companies of the century.

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Flight Design Announces Powerplant For C4

Certified Four Seat Model To Use Continental IO-360-AF Engine

The specifications for Flight Design's new four-place C4 are becoming a bit more clear. The German company announced last week that Continental Motors’ new IO-360-AF has been selected as the engine for the company’s four seat C4 entry currently under development. A full-scale mockup of the new certified aircraft was initially shown overseas at Aero in Friedrichshafen, Germany and in the USA at AirVenture 2011.

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Preliminary NTSB Report Released In Martinsburg T-28 Accident

Still And Video Images Do Not Show Any Anomalies With The Airplane

The NTSB has released its preliminary report for the accident last month which fatally injured the pilot of a North American T-28C performing as part of the Trojan Horsemen aerobatic team. The report does not indicate anything overtly wrong with the accident aircraft based on high-definition still and video images captured during the performance.

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NASA Awards Historic Green Aviation Prize

Pipistrel USA Takes Top $1.35 Million Award

NASA has awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry. The technologies demonstrated by the CAFE Green Flight Challenge competitors may end up in general aviation aircraft, spawning new jobs and new industries for the 21st century.

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FAA Releases Independent Report On Air Traffic Controller Training

Process From Selection To Organizational Structure Reviewed By Panel

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has rolled out a set of recommendations from an independent panel on how to improve all aspects of an air traffic controller’s experience at the FAA, including hiring, training, placement and career development.

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Furloughed FAA Workers To Receive Back Pay

Transportation Secretary LaHood Does Not Need An Act Of Congress For Reimbursements

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood does not require Congressional authorization to supply back pay to FAA employees who were furloughed during this summer's temporary shutdown of the agency, according to the Congressman who introduced legislation for that purpose.

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US Navy Seahawk Makes Hard Landing

Witnesses Say Tail Rotor Lost Power During Ferry Flight

The US Navy pilot of a Seahawk helicopter made what is being called "aggressive emergency landing" from an estimated 25-30 feet above the runway at Jefferson City Memorial Airport in Missouri Saturday afternoon.

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Sikorsky Chief Test Pilot Awarded SETP Honor

Recognized For Achievement With X2 Technology Demonstrator

Kevin Bredenbeck, the pilot who flew the revolutionary X2 Technology demonstrator last year to an unofficial speed record for conventional helicopters, has been recognized by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) with the Iven C. Kincheloe Award for the year’s outstanding professional accomplishment in the conduct of flight testing.

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Daycare Group Turned Away From Canadian Air & Space Museum

Tour Was Cancelled Because Of Museum Eviction Notice

A group of daycare workers and their charges showed up at the Canadian Air & Space Museum at Downsview Park Friday morning to give the kids a tour of the museum, unaware of the facility's recent circumstances. But the museum wasn't allowed to let them in according to its landlord Downsview Park, who closed the its doors to regular business the previous week.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.04.11)

“ As we move towards NextGen, we need to make sure that our controllers are getting the best training possible. This report shows us we are doing a great job, but there are things we can and will do better.” Source: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.04.11): Operate

With respect to aircraft, means use, cause to use or authorize to use aircraft, for the purpose (except as provided in §91.13 of this chapter) of air navigation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.04.11)

VHFCN - The Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network

The Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network (VHFCN) is a non profit veterans organization. Topics cover the entire spectrum from Vietnam to reunions and everything in between.

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