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September 11, 2011

Back To The Moon: NASA Launches Grail Missions

Will Study Moon From Crust To Core

NASA's twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:08 a.m. EDT Saturday to study the moon in unprecedented detail. GRAIL-A is scheduled to reach the moon on New Year's Eve 2011, while GRAIL-B will arrive New Year's Day 2012. The two solar-powered spacecraft will fly in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field. GRAIL will answer longstanding questions about the moon and give scientists a better understanding of how Earth and other rocky planets in the solar system formed.

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Gone West: Aviator/Actor Cliff Robertson

Cliff Robertson, One Of Aviation's 'Great Souls' Has Gone West, 09.09.23 - 09.10.11

Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't. Richard Bach As the aviation world shudders with the memory of what occurred barely a decade ago, we have received news of yet another loss -- this one quite personal and profound. Cliff Robertson was a man known to many as a fine actor in everything from "Charly" to "Spiderman" -- but, far more important to me, hew was known to those us in the aviation world as a quiet, friendly and uncommonly humble flyer with a heart of gold and a never-ending supply of flying stories.

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FAA Proposes $590,000 Civil Penalty Against Alaska Airlines

2010 Flight Deck Fire Caused By Improperly Installed Hose Clamp

The FAA is proposing a $590,000 civil penalty against Alaska Airlines of Seattle, WA, for allegedly operating a Boeing 737-400 on 2,107 flights when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

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September 11th, Ten Years Later: TSA’s ‘LASP’ Stirs Industry’s Ire

But NBAA Says The Large Aircraft Security Program Proposal Had A Silver Lining

At NBAA’s 2008 Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, the top GA manager for the TSA assured NBAA Members that new security regulations planned by TSA officials would not be onerous. “She told us that ‘everything will be stuff you’re already doing,’” recalls NBAA Vice President, Safety and Security Doug Carr. “Then, two days later, TSA released its Large Aircraft Security Program [LASP], and after we read it, we wondered if it was the same document she had been referring to.”

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Russian President Seeks Civil Aviation Overhaul

Demand Follows Accident In Which The Lokomotiv Hockey Team Was Lost

Following an accident in which the 43 people, including nearly the entire Lokomotiv ice hockey team, were fatally injured, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for "radical changes" for Russia's civil aviation system. There were two survivors among those aboard the Yak-42, which went down Wednesday. One player and the flight engineer were severely injured.

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NAS Pensacola Hosts Blue Angels

November Airshow Features Free Admission, Kids Activities

Airshows have thrived during the recession because they provide terrific bang for the buck. The upcoming Homecoming Air Show at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida is an especially good deal - there is no admission charge for the show, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, November 11 - 12, and the US Navy Blue Angels are headliners.

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USAF Air Crews To Get Color Helmet Mounted Displays

Places Color Symbology In Helmet Display And Tracking Systems

A contract to supply Boeing Military Aircraft with the CV-22 Color Helmet Mounted Display (HMD) for the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) has been awarded to Elbit Systems of America, LLC ("Elbit Systems of America"). Work will be performed in Fort Worth, Texas.

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New Aerial Camera Extends Medium-Format Application Range

Trimble 80 Megapixel Device Designed To Improve Resolution From Fixed-Wing, UAV Platforms

An 80 megapixel aerial camera was unveiled Tuesday by Trimble at Photogrammetric Week. The TAC 80MP is designed extending the range of applications for existing medium-format aerial cameras. Utilizing features such as forward motion compensation (FMC) technology, the TAC 80MP allows aerial service providers to fly faster or increase ground sampling distance, Trimble says.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.11.11)

Aero Linx: Flight 93 National Memorial On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, the U.S. came under attack when four commercial airliners were hijacked and used to strike targets on the ground. Nearly 3,000 people tragically lost their lives. Because of the actions of the 40 passengers and crew aboard one of the planes, Flight 93, the attack on the U.S. Capitol was thwarted. The Flight 93 National Memorial has a place on the nation's honor roll of iconic places which includes Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor. Why is this ground so special? Why is this story so important? What began as an ordinary morning ended as a historic day when a common field in Pennsylvania was forever changed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.11.11): Hold In Lieu Of Procedure Turn

Hold In Lieu Of Procedure Turn A hold in lieu of procedure turn shall be established over a final or intermediate fix when an approach can be made from a properly aligned holding pattern. The hold in lieu of procedure turn permits the pilot to align with the final or intermediate segment of the approach and/or descend in the holding pattern to an altitude that will permit a normal descent to the final approach fix altitude. The hold in lieu of procedure turn is a required maneuver (the same as a procedure turn) unless the aircraft is being radar vectored to the final approach course, when "NoPT" is shown on the approach chart, or when the pilot requests or the controller advises the pilot to make a "straight-in" approach.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.11.11)

"If there was ever any doubt that Florida's Space Coast would continue to be open for business, that thought was drowned out by the roar of today's GRAIL launch. GRAIL and many other exciting upcoming missions make clear that NASA is taking its next big leap into deep space exploration, and the space industry continues to provide the jobs and workers needed to support this critical effort." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, following the lqunch of GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B.

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