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October 24, 2012

FAA Solicits Public Comments On Kodiak Airport Expansion

Previous Plan Quashed By Public Pushback

Seven years after public opinion forced Kodiak Airport officials to re-think plans for an airport expansion, the FAA has released a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a second try. The airport wants to build safety overrun areas at the ends of its runways, but the initial plan would have come too close to the mouth of the Buskin River, which was widely opposed by commenters to the first plan.

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Boeing EMARSS Risk Reduction Prototype Makes 1st Flight

Intelligence, Surveillance And Reconnaissance Aircraft Cleared To Enter FAA Certification Program

Boeing completed the first flight of the Enhanced Medium Altitude Reconnaissance and Surveillance System (EMARSS) Risk Reduction Prototype (ERRP) aircraft on Saturday, Oct. 6, a critical step required to support a comprehensive FAA flight test program.

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NASA Commercial Crew Partner Blue Origin Completes Pad Escape Test

Pusher Design A Departure From Traditional Tractor Escape Systems

NASA's Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Blue Origin conducted a successful pad escape test Friday at the company's West Texas launch site, firing its pusher-escape motor and launching a full-scale suborbital crew capsule from a simulated propulsion module.

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New AW119Kx Single Engine Helicopter Unveiled At AMTC

Certification Of Latest Variant Expected In 2013

The latest variant of the AW119 single engine helicopter has been unveiled by AgustaWestland at the Air Medical Transport Conference in Seattle, WA. The AW119Kx features a Garmin G1000H glass integrated flight deck system and the very latest avionics, including synthetic vision, moving map, highway in the sky and obstacle/terrain avoidance systems, to improve situational awareness and increase safety.

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First A-29 Super Tucanos Delivered To Mauritania

Company Has Ten Clients For The Airplane On Its Order Book

Embraer Defense and Security delivered on Friday the first light attack and advanced training A-29 Super Tucano turboprops to the Air Force of Mauritania, at a ceremony held in its facility in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo, Brazil. The aircraft will be used for border surveillance missions.

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Boeing Starts Building First 777 At Increased Rate

At 8.3 Per Month Rate, It's The Highest Ever For A Boeing Twin-Aisle Airplane

Boeing has started building the first 777 at the highest rate ever for a Boeing twin-aisle airplane. The rate of 8.3 airplanes per month is a nearly 20 percent increase over the previous seven per month rate. The first part, the lower lobe of the aft fuselage, of the first 777 to be built at the new rate was loaded into position in the factory Tuesday.

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Astrium Presents Results Of Lunar Landing Study

Mission Concept Established For Automatic Lunar Lander Vehicle To Land Near The Moon’s South Pole In 2019

European space technology company Astrium has presented the major results of its Lunar Lander Phase B1 study at the ESA Preliminary System Requirement Review  Carried out on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA), the study has consolidated the mission concept for automatic landing near the Moon’s south pole in 2019 as well as the provisional design of the lunar lander vehicle.

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Cessna Renews Authorized Citation Service Facility Agreements With Jet Aviation

Continues Relationships In Germany, Switzerland

Cessna has signed agreements renewing the appointment of Jet Aviation's operations in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, as Citation Authorized Service Facilities.

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Gone West: Aircraft Designer Martin Hollmann

Founder Of Aircraft Designs Inc. In California

Martin Hollmann, who spent a career as an engineer and designer in the aerospace industry, passed away October 12th after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 72.

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Construction Underway On New UA Widebody Hangar At KIAD

Hangar Will Be Airline's First At The Airport

Ground was broken late last week on United Airline's first widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport, a major United hub and the airline's principal gateway to the Middle East. United expects to complete construction of the hangar in fall 2013.

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AD: Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-21-06

PRODUCT: Certain Hawker Beechcraft Corporation Model C90GTi (King Air) airplanes.

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AD: MD Helicopters, Inc.

AD NUMBER: 2012-21-01

PRODUCT: MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI), Model MD900 helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.24.12

Lawsuits from a 2010 Palo Alto, CA Accident Have Been Settled…

The FAA Seeks Civil Penalties Against 3 California Repair Stations…

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Airborne 10.23.12: EAA Prez Resigns, Preparing For NBAA2012, myWingMan Debuts

Also: More TSA Screw-Ups, FAA Delays Seattle Mtg’s, EADS Wants US Mil-Bucks, F35 Fears, Tiger Moth v Cow...

We heard Monday morning that something "huge" was in the works... but this is hardly what we and many at EAA expected... ANN has confirmed that the EAA Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Rod Hightower early Monday. Jack Pelton, recently retired Chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAA. In his role as EAA Chair, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition. Bendix/King's myWingMan application is now available for download f

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French Prime Minister Inaugurates A350 XWB Final Assembly Line

Facility Named After Airbus Pioneer And Founding Father, Roger Béteille

French Prime Minister, Jean-Marc Ayrault and Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer, Fabrice Brégier officially inaugurated the new A350 XWB Final Assembly Line (FAL), in Toulouse, France Tuesday morning. At full production, the FAL will employ some 1,500 people who by 2018 are expected to be building up to ten aircraft a month.

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FAA Seeks Civil Penalties Against Three Repair Stations

Fines Proposed For GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc., Circor Aerospace, Inc., Woodward, Inc

The FAA is proposing civil penalties against three California aircraft repair stations. GKN Aerospace Chem-Tronics, Inc., in El Cajon, Circor Aerospace, Inc. in Sylmar, and Woodward, Inc. in Santa Clarita, have all allegedly violated FAA drug and alcohol testing regulations.

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Prognosis Not Good For Kingfisher Airlines

Aviation Minister Said Resumption Of Operations Would Be 'Very Difficult'

India's embattled Kingfisher Airlines may not be able to return to operations, according to that country's aviation chief. Ajit Singh, India's civil aviation minister, told New Delhi Television on Monday that getting the airline flying again would be "very difficult."

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New Crew Headed To The International Space Station

Launched Tuesday Morning Aboard A Soyuz Spacecraft

NASA astronaut Kevin Ford and Russian cosmonauts Evgeny Tarelkin and Oleg Novitskiy launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket on their mission to the International Space Station at 0651 EDT Tuesday. The trio lifted off from Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Kiowa Warrior Block II Being Demonstrated To The Army

Voluntary Flight Demos At Army Bases This Week

Bell Helicopter is participating in a Voluntary Flight Demonstration (VFD) this week with the Bell Helicopter Block II OH-58 Kiowa Warrior. The U.S. Army is conducting these VFD's as part of their effort to replace to the current OH-58D scout helicopter.

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National Demo Tour For AAS-72X+ Concludes At Army Expo

Armed Version Of The UH-72A Lakota

A national demonstration tour that allowed Army aviators to experience the capabilities of EADS North America's AAS-72X+ Armed Aerial Scout helicopter offering has just concluded. The AAS-72X+, an armed derivative of the Army's UH-72A Lakota, is on display this week at the Association of the U.S. Army annual exposition in Washington, D.C.

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Research Shows Simulator-Based Training Works

Redbird’s Skyport Laboratory Creating Pilots In Two-Thirds The Time For Much Lower Cost

After one year of turning students into Private Pilots for a flat fee of $9500, Redbird Flight Simulation’s Skyport reports their experiment in simulator-based training is working. At its Migration Flight Training Conference this week, Redbird announced the school has graduated 20 Private Pilots, as well as completed 18 instrument ratings, one multi-engine rating and one instrument instructor certificate.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.24.12)

“It is a great honor for me to have my name associated with this magnificent, state of the art A350 Final Assembly Line.” Source: Roger Béteille, one of Airbus’ four founding fathers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.24.12): Hot Start

In gas turbine engines, a start which occurs with normal engine rotation, but exhaust temperature exceeds prescribed limits.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.24.12)

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An independent, educational, grassroots, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a spacefaring civilization.

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