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August 27, 2012

NTSB Says Trim Tab Separation Caused Reno Accident

Modifications To Galloping Ghost Weakened The Airplane Structurally

The NTSB determined at a meeting Monday in Washington, D.C. that deteriorated locknut inserts found in the highly modified North American P-51D airplane that crashed during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, allowed the trim tab attachment screws to become loose, and even initiated fatigue cracking in one screw. This condition, which resulted in reduced stiffness in the elevator trim system, ultimately led to aerodynamic flutter at racing speed that broke the trim tab linkages, resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Announces Las Vegas Airport Grant

McCarran International Airport Slated For Taxiway Construction

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced a $17.8 million federal grant on Friday that will reconstruct two major taxiways at McCarran International Airport. The Secretary made the announcement during a tour of the airport, where he was joined by U.S. Senator Harry Reid. “We must continue to invest in our nation’s airports and ensure we maintain the highest level of safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Night Vision Advisory Council Invites NVG Industry Participation

Seeks Additional Members, First Meeting Scheduled September 19

The newly formed Night Vision Advisory Council (NVAC) is seeking additional members with a desire to aid in shaping the future of the night vision industry.

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NASA Study Provides New Findings On Protecting Astronauts' Bones

Proper Diet And Exercise Are Critical In Long-Duration Space Missions

Eating the right diet and exercising hard in space helps protect International Space Station astronauts' bones, a finding that may help solve one of the key problems facing future explorers heading beyond low Earth orbit.

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LEO-7 Second Stage Rocket Motor Completes Hot-Fire Test

Aerojet Engine To Boost Nanosatellites Into Low Earth Orbit

Aerojet said Thursday that its Low Earth Orbit (LEO)-7 second stage rocket motor successfully completed a hot-fire test at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Edwards Air Force Base in California. Aerojet monitored the recent full-duration test in support of the Low Earth Orbiting Nanosatellite Integrated Defense Autonomous System program.

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Ball Aerospace Leads NASA Green Propellant Technology Demo

Named Prime Contractor For GPIM Program

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has been awarded a contract from NASA to lead a government-industry team in the demonstration of an alternative fuel option for future space vehicles. The Ball team will develop and fly the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) to demonstrate a high-performance, non-toxic fuel alternative to conventional hydrazine. 

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Canadian Coast Guard To Modernize Helicopter Fleet

Plans An 'Industry Day' To Begin Engaging Potential Contractors For The Procurement Process

The Canadian Coast Guard is laying the groundwork for the modernization of its helicopter fleet. The Honorable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and the Honorable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, said announced Thursday that the Government of Canada is setting the stage for the purchase of new helicopters for the Canadian Coast Guard.

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AFA's 2012 Air & Space Conference Upholds Air Force Heritage

Conference Includes Sessions With Candy Bomber, Korean War Aircrews, World War II Fighter Pilots

In the pre-dawn hours of June 25 th, 1950, six columns of North Korean forces stormed across the 38th parallel into South Korea. Ninety thousand communist troops augmented by armored columns and close air support rapidly overwhelmed South Korean soldiers. The newly-created U.S. Air Force swung into action, and by June 27 th, an F-82 crew claimed the first aerial victory of the war.

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Associated Air Center Completes 23rd Boeing Business Jet

Airplane Delivered To An Eastern European Energy Company

A 23rd "green" Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) completion was recently delivered to an Eastern European-based energy company customer by Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s Large Scale VIP Transport Completions Center in Dallas, TX.

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North Dakota Army National Guard Aviation Expands East

Three Black Hawk Helicopters Will Eventually Call Fargo 'Home'

Backed by the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, state, local and military leaders announced an expansion of North Dakota Army National Guard aviation assets in the state Thursday. The event took place at the Jet Center's south hangar, the new Fargo home of the rotary winged aircraft.

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Airbus A320 Family Has History Of Cockpit Electrical Issues

Two Years Remain On Compliance Order From FAA, EASA

Two years ago, the FAA and EASA both issued airworthiness directives requiring Airbus to fix an electrical problem that causes a nearly-complete failure of instruments in the cockpit of its A230 airplanes. There have been more than 50 documented cases in which an A320 family aircraft's cockpit has gone dark, with unreadable instruments and inoperative radios.

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Austin, TX, City Council Greenlights Helicopter Purchase

Votes To Spend $2.6 Million On New Public Safety Aircraft

The Austin, TX, City Council voted Thursday to allocate $2.6 million to purchase a new police helicopter, and an additional $1 million to kit it out for public safety missions.

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Turkish Airlines Implements Jeppesen Crew Tracking

Assist Carriers In Managing Flight Crews

Turkish Airlines, the third largest international carrier in Europe, has implemented a Crew Tracking solution developed by Jeppesen to help the airline manage its crew operations as the airline continues to expand its air service.

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Airborne 08.24.12: Qantas Nixes 787s, FAA Finds Pipistrel, NTSB Opens Reno Doc

Also: Meigs Field, JCS Attack, Nextant Sells 10 More, EASA Approves Rotax, Moving On Mars, Rebooting The Aviation Biz...

Qantas Airlines, Australia's troubled flagship airline, announced Thursday that it is canceling orders for 35 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The aircraft are valued at $8.5 billion at list price. You may recall that earlier this week that ANN reported that the FAA said it was unable to locate the manufacturing facilities claimed by Pipistrel using Google Earth, and cited that as one reason why it would no longer authorize the import of the motorgliders into the U.S. As part of its continuing investigation into the September 2011 crash of a

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Buzz Aldrin Remembers Neil Armstrong

Dr. Aldrin Issues Statement In memory Of Fellow Moon-Walker

Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon -- just scant minutes after Neil Armstrong took the historic first step, has issued a statement in memory of his friend and fellow Apollo 11 astronaut, Neil Armstrong...   "I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, and space exploration companion, Neil Armstrong today. As Neil, Mike Collins and I trained together for our historic Apollo 11 Mission, we understood the many technical challenges we faced, as well as the importance and profound implications of this historic journey. We will now always be connected as the crew of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, yet for the many millions w

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US Retains The World Championship In Hot Air Ballooning

Nick Donner Wins Coveted Top Spot

Few pilots get to wear the title of "World's Best" in any aspect of this overtly complex business, but in the case of a US Balloonist, one pilot can now proudly note that he truly is the best on/over earth. Nick Donner of Fischerville, KY is the new World Champion Hot Air Balloonist. Donner claimed the title Saturday after a week of competitions in Battle Creek, MI. Defending World Champion John Petrehn finished 2nd while Yudai Fujita of Japan was 3rd. Donner's younger brother Chase, finished 4th as Team USA claimed 3 of the top 5 positions. Uwe Schneider of Germany rounded out the Top 5.

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Lee Bottom $100 Hamburger Tornado Relief Fundraiser Fly-In Announced

Legendary Lee Bottom Flying Field, Damaged By Tornado, Needs YOUR Help

Lee Bottom Flying Field, a near legendary airport favored by grass roots aviators the world over, will hold the $100 Hamburger Tornado Relief Fundraiser Fly-In on September 29th, 2012. On March 2nd, 2012, the Indiana airport (as shown below, in better times) suffered a direct hit by a Tornado -- and the results weren't pretty. When the winds died, every piece of equipment, and every building, was either damaged or destroyed. Soon thereafter, it was realized the facilities no longer existed to host their well known annual fly-in, The Wood, Fabric, & Tailwheels Fly-In. This gave rise to the idea of a much-needed fundraiser.

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Klyde Morris (08.27.12)

TSA Strikes Another Blow For The First Amendment


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Marine Corps’ Leaders Reinforce Ospreys’ Safety

Corps Deploying The Aircraft In Japan Despite That Country's Concerns

Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr., deputy commandant of Marine Corps aviation, recently reinforced the safety of the MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in a statement and press briefing in Washington, D.C.

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Pilots Move From Cape Air To JetBlue Airways

Gateway University Program Welcomes First Graduates

A four way collaboration with JetBlue Airways, Cape Air, the University of North Dakota (UND) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) has paid off for two Captains joining JetBlue's flight crew as First Officers. Cape Air Captains Shanti Merriman and Daniel Thurber, both Embry-Riddle graduates, successfully passed the JetBlue interview process and report for duty in a few weeks.

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December Trial Date Set For Man Who Fired On A Helicopter

Idaho Resident Accused Of Firing Four Times, Hitting The Aircraft Twice

Nearly to years ago, 58-year-old John Ross who lives in north-central Idaho allegedly fired four shots at a helicopter, hitting the aircraft twice. In December, Ross will stand trial in Shoshonoe County's 1st Distric Court for the action.

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Pilots At Allegiant Air Vote To Join Teamsters

Some 350 Pilots Are Included In The Bargaining Unit

Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted to join the Airline Professionals Association (APA), Teamsters Local 1224 in Wilmington, Ohio, the Teamsters Airline Division announced Thursday. There are approximately 350 pilots in the bargaining unit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.27.12)

Aero Linx: NASA's Neil Armstrong Photo Gallery Apollo 11 lifted off on July 16, 1969, with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins aboard. Collins remained in lunar orbit in the command module while Armstrong and Aldrin descended in the lunar module they had named Eagle to their historic landing on the moon's surface. This site serves as NASA's photo gallery in memory of the first man to walk on the Moon...

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.27.12): Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse A phenomenon in which the Moon’s disk passes in front of the Sun, blocking sunlight. A total eclipse occurs when the Moon completely obscures the Sun’s disk, leaving only the solar corona visible. A solar eclipse can only occur during a new phase of the Moon.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.27.12)

"I am deeply saddened by the passing of my good friend, and space exploration companion, Neil Armstrong today. As Neil, Mike Collins and I trained together for our historic Apollo 11 Mission, we understood the many technical challenges we faced, as well as the importance and profound implications of this historic journey. We will now always be connected as the crew of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, yet for the many millions who witnessed that remarkable achievement for humankind, we were not alone..." Source: Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, in a statement issued following the death of Neil Armstrong.

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