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September 01, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.01.11

China drops the boom on a private airline.
UAVs will share manned airspace in Kansas.
And Europe adopts common standards for air traffic controllers.

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'UAV, Taking The Active...'

Kansas State Gets Authorization To Fly UAVs From KSLN

The idea of unmanned aerial vehicles sharing airspace with manned aircraft is rapidly moving from controversial to ho-hum. Kansas State University Salina's UAS program office reports receiving authorization from the FAA for student teams to operate an Aerosonde Mk 4.7 from Salina Municipal Airport and in the National Airspace System.

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DHS Pilot On Trial In Rio Grande Drowning

Prosecutor Says Helo Pilot Tried To Use Downwash To Stop Illegal Immigrants

A US Department of Homeland Security pilot is accused of flying low over the Rio Grande River in an attempt to use the downwash from his helicopter to push two would-be illegal immigrants back toward Mexico on December 14, 2005. One of the men in the water, a Mexican national, lost his grip on his inner tube and drowned.

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Propeller Commits To Hiring Locally First

Resumes Being Accepted For Positions At Briscoe Field In Gwinnett County, GA

One of the companies hoping to secure a contract to manage Briscoe Field in Gwinnett County, GA says if it is awarded the deal, it will concentrate its hiring efforts in the local community.  In a news release Monday, Airport investment company Propeller Airports said that it is committed to hiring as many local employees as possible for its proposed operation at Briscoe Field.

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New Zealand Pilots Dropping Paid Briefings

Aviation Groups Warn $100 Annual Cost May Impact Safety

In the US, the federal government subcontracted weather briefings to Lockheed Martin a few years ago, but kept them free to pilots. In New Zealand, the Civil Aviation Authority has pulled its funding for the briefings, and pilots now have to pay $100/year to get them. Since the change took place on August 1, the number of pilots subscribing to the service, called Metflight, has dropped from 5,000 to 277.

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CAAC Validates Superior Air Parts Vantage Engine FAA Type Certificate

Texas Company Looks To Expand Into Growing Chinese Market

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has granted validation of Superior Air Part's FAA Type Certificate for its Vantage Engine. “The CAAC approval now clears the way for our engine build facility here in Coppell, Texas, to manufacturer Vantage Engines for sale in emerging Chinese markets,” explained Timothy T. Archer, Group CEO, Superior Air Parts.

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Iraqi Airspace Soon To Be Fully Under Iraqi Control

Air Force Transfers Final Sector Of Northern Iraq's Airspace To Iraq Civil Aviation Authority

The U.S. Air Force transferred the final sector of northern Iraq's airspace to the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority here on Aug. 25. With the assumption of this sector, the ICAA received control of airspace in Kirkuk from ground level to 15,000 feet.

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Eagle Creek Delivers First of Two Colombian Grand Renaissance Aircraft

Eagle Creek Delivers First of Two Colombian Grand Renaissance Aircraft

The first of two Grand Renaissance Twin Commanders has been delivered to the Colombian Army by Eagle Creek Aviation Services, which performed the Grand Renaissance conversions on the Colombian-owned airplanes. The two Grand Renaissance Twin Commanders—a Jetprop 980 (model 695) and 1000 (695A)--will serve dual roles in the Colombian Army as military executive transports and medevac aircraft.

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CEO of WD 40 To Address Airport Operators

Garry Ridge To Share Insights From Business

Garry Ridge, President & CEO of The WD 40 Company and co-author of the book Helping People Win at Work, will address attendees Oct. 18 at the Airports Council International-North America’s (ACI-NA) 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego. Ridge, leader of a successful publicly-traded corporation, will provide airport officials insight on how to build organizational capability to address current and future challenges.

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Simulated Hijacking Part Of U.S., Russia Exercise

Jet Charter Company Participates In Joint Training Scenario

A Challenger 604 was crossing the Bering Sea sometime in August when the aircraft stopped responding to communications. As a result, the FAA and TSA notified the U.S. military, and fighter jets were scrambled to intercept the plane. Russia also launched aircraft, and the two governments coordinated together to prevent a potential terrorist attack. Fortunately, the hijacking was a simulation.

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Quasar Enters Into 'Letter Of Intent' To Acquire An FAA Part 141 Flight School

But Company Has Been Down This Road Before

Quasar Aerospace Industries said in a news release Tuesday that their wholly owned subsidiary, Atlantic Aviation, Inc. has entered into a letter of intent to acquire a flight school that is a VA qualified FAA 141 air agency. The target acquisition is an operating business with assets which will be included in the acquisition.

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No Glamour Tour For Prince Harry

UK Royal To Train In El Centro, Gila Bend During US Visit

When Britain's Prince William and new bride Kate Middleton visited California briefly in July, they followed a carefully-planned itinerary which included polo in Santa Barbara and charity fundraisers. But when younger brother Prince Harry arrives in California for helicopter training in October, his itinerary, while just as carefully planned, will be decidedly less glamorous.

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Aero-TV: Stronger Together -- GA Associations Attempt a United Effort (Part 1)

The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????

It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems... our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of the need for understanding from the outside world.

Aero-TV: Stronger Together -- GA Associations Attempt a United Effort (Part 1)

The Alphabet Associations Attempt To Offer A Cohesive Face For The Industry - BUT... Too Little, Too Late????

It made for great aero-theater at this year's Oshkosh, but to many it typified one of the aviation world's biggest problems... our talent for preaching to our own choir... to the detriment of the need for understanding from the outside world. Leaders from seven aviation industry organizations sat together at the EAA Welcome Center on midway through Oshkosh 2011 to discuss critical concerns on the Federal and State legislative fronts that were consistently referred to as some of the greatest threats the aviation industry has ever faced.

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Air Force Celebrates JSF Arrival, Rolls Out Nation's Airpower Future

Ceremony Held August 26th At Eglin AFB In Florida

Air Force officials said the unveiling of the F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter August 26th was an "historic occasion" during a rollout ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The F-35A, on display during the ceremony, was delivered to Eglin in July by Lt. Col. Eric Smith, the Air Force's first F-35 pilot.

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FAA Grants Commercial Space Launch License For Orbital Sciences Taurus II

Company Secures Required Authorization To Conduct Launch To ISS After Extensive Technical And Management Review

The FAA has granted a Commercial Space Transportation Launch License to Orbital Sciences Corporation to conduct the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program demonstration mission in early 2012. An expanded license covering the test flight of the company’s Taurus II rocket in late 2011 is expected to be granted in the near future.

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ATCO Regulation Takes Effect In EU

Sets Standards, Offers Mobility For Controllers In Europe

EASA, the European Aviation Safety Agency, is noting the entry into force Wednesday of new rules for the licensing and medical certification of Air Traffic Controllers, or ATCO for short. The comprehensive agreement was adopted by member states August 10, but did not take effect until 20 days after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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GAMA Hosts Rally In South Dakota With Senator Thune, Governor Daugaard

GAMA Joins With Other Aviation "Letter" Groups To Show Support For The Industry

Over a hundred workers, state and local officials and aviation enthusiasts gathered Wednesday in Pierre, South Dakota for a general aviation (GA) rally organized by GAMA, with support from the AOPA, EAA, NATA, and the NBAA.

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Diamond DA20-C1 Cleared For EASA Night Ops

Two-Place Now Authorized For Night VFR

EASA has expanded the type certification for the Diamond DA20-C1 to include approval for night VFR operations, significantly increasing the DA20-C1's utility in the European market.

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SECNAV Addresses Energy Leaders

Blue Angels To Perform On Biofuel Blend At Labor Day Show

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus delivered the keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit 4.0 in Las Vegas Tuesday. The summit brought together leaders of industry, government, and those specializing in research and development to chart the course for the future of energy in America. Secretary Mabus told attendees that "changing the way the United States uses, produces, and acquires energy is one of the central policy challenges that confront us as a nation."

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Gov't Official Tells Air India To Tighten Belt

Aviation Minister Calls For Cuts, End To Unprofitable Routes

India's federal Civil Aviation Minister, Vayalar Ravi, called Friday on Air India, which is operated by the national government, to stop flying unprofitable routes and improve its cash flow. The company has lost money since 2007, when it acquired the former Indian Airlines.

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North Carolina Resident Finds Training Missile In His Back Yard

Inert Ordinance Apparently Fell From A Marine Helicopter

Of all the things you might expect to find in your back yard, an inert training missile is probably not high on the list. But that's exactly what Parker Radcliffe found last Thursday morning as he was getting ready for Hurricane Irene.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.01.11)

"While this celebration is taking place in the Air Force hangar with the Air Force variant of the F-35, this is really a story about the fully integrated team of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, industry and community partners who have been working years to make this day possible." Source: Col. Andrew Toth, the 33rd Fighter Wing commander.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.01.11): In-flight Shutdown

(IFSD) For ETOPS only, when an engine ceases to function (when the airplane is airborne) and is shutdown, whether self induced, flightcrew initiated or caused by an external influence.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.01.11)

U.S. Forest Service Fire And Aviation Management

Planes and helicopters are critical tools in managing wildland fire. Although aircraft are often used to fight wildfires, aircraft alone cannot put them out.

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