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September 18, 2011

Updated: Trojan Horsemen T-28 Down In WV Airshow

Team Performing at the Thunder Over The Blueridge Open House And Airshow In Martinsburg, WV

ANN RealTime Update, 09.17.11, 1821ET: While no official word has been released as to the identity of a pilot killed at the Thunder Over the Blueridge Open House And Airshow, the aircraft involved is registered to Jack "Flash" Mangan -- an alternate wing team member of the Trojan Horsemen. Mangan has an impressive bio, he is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and spent 13 years on active duty, flying more than 2,500 hours in F15s and F4s. He was awarded three Meritorious Service Medals and the Tactical Air Command's Instructor Pilot of the Year award and is reported to have logged more than 4,000 flight hours and holds Airline Transport Pilot and s

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Updated: Tragedy At Reno--Leeward Killed, 8 Spectator Fatalities, Races Canceled

Horrific Accident Puts Mustang Down In Occupied Ramp Area

ANN RealTime Update, 09.17.11, 1802ET: I haven't hated my job this much for a little over two years... but Reno officials have confirmed that the total death toll now stands at nine people, including race Pilot Jimmy Leeward. Seven were reported dead at the scene (with Leeward), and two more apparently died after being transported for emergency medical attention. The scene at Reno is quiet, with our people there telling us that things are sad, quiet and orderly, and with access to the facility still being severely limited... and with some GA departures only recently being allowed as the NTSB and other authorities scour the area for every bit of evidence possible. Reno Air racing organization off

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AIA Praises NASA SLS Announcement

Blakey: Plan Is A "Ray Of Hope For A Better Future"

Aerospace Industries Association president Marion Blakey issued a statement Thursday welcoming NASA's announcement of its Space Launch System development plan, which it is hoped will provide the foundation for a return to human-rated launch capabilities following the retirement of the space shuttle.

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Breakthrough Claimed For Biofuel Processing

AliphaJet Says New Technology Uses Catalysts Instead Of Hydrogen

AliphaJet, Inc. says it has developed and successfully demonstrated a highly cost-effective catalytic method for making jet biofuel from renewable products such as plant and animal triglycerides and/or fatty acids.

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Families Of Colgan 3407 Victims Press OMB

New FAA Crew Rest Rules Tied Up In Administrative Review

One of the outcomes of the 2009 crash of Colgan Air 3407 near Buffalo was tighter regulations covering crew rest for airlines. Congress ordered the FAA to make the update, and the FAA complied. But the new rules are mired in review at the Office of Management and Budget.

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Boeing Marks 20th Anniversary of C-17 Globemaster III's 1st Flight

To Celebrate, First Test Airplane Re-Created Its First Flight

On Sept. 15, Boeing celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first flight of the C-17 airlifter. On that date in, 1991, test aircraft T-1 took off from the Boeing Long Beach site on a two-hour flight that proved the engineering and design concepts of the aircraft and marked the beginning of the program.

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Embry-Riddle Named Best Aviation Program

US News & World Report Rankings Make It 12 In A Row

For the 12th year in a row, the “Best Colleges” guidebook published by US News & World Report ranks Embry-Riddle’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program #1 in the nation and has named Embry-Riddle to the top tier of universities granting mainly bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

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NASA Awards Five Propulsion Contracts

Agency Selects Contractors For Solar Propulsion Spacecraft

NASA has selected five long-time aerospace contractors to develop concepts for demonstrating solar electric propulsion in space. NASA says these capabilities are important for the agency's future human exploration missions to deep space.

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Gyroplane Becomes Star In Texas

Tomball Police MTOSport Draws Attention To Department, Manufacturer 

AutoGyro GmbH, a German manufacturer, is pushing to bring its popular gyroplane line to the US, and supplying aircraft for a law enforcement experiment is bringing the company lots of free marketing.

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MASkargo Takes Delivery Of First A330-200F

Newest Operator Of Airbus' Mid-Size Freighter

MASkargo, the freight subsidiary of Malaysia Airlines, has become a new operator of the A330-200F, following the delivery of the first of four PW4000-powered aircraft ordered by the airline. The aircraft was handed over at a ceremony in Toulouse Thursday attended by MASkargo Managing Director Shahari Sulaiman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.18.11)

Aero Linx: Trojan Horsemen Formation Demonstration Team In memory of Pilot Jack Mangan, we direct you to the very interesting website for Trojan Horsemen Formation Demonstration Team. The team's repertoire includes both 4-ship and 6-ship formation demonstrations including formation aerobatics by the 2 solo pilots. The routine is a patriotic tribute to the United States Armed Forces with music and narration, and can also include a very stirring Missing Man tribute.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.18.11): Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes

Air Traffic Service (ATS) Routes The term "ATS Route" is a generic term that includes "VOR Federal airways," "colored Federal airways," "jet routes," and "RNAV routes." The term "ATS route" does not replace these more familiar route names, but serves only as an overall title when listing the types of routes that comprise the United States route structure.

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Aero-News: Quote of the Day (09.18.11)

"We were fortunate that the safety measures put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration ensured the safety of those on the ground... Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the deceased." Source: Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, following the tragic loss of a member of the Trojan Horsemen Warbird Formation Acrobatic Teamat the Saturday airshow.

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