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October 16, 2012

NASA, United Launch Alliance Complete Space Act Agreement

Final Milestone Reached For Atlas V Rocket

NASA partner United Launch Alliance (ULA) has completed the fifth and final milestone for its Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) agreement with the agency's Commercial Crew Program. The Hazard, System Safety and Probabilistic Risk Assessment detailed how ULA's Atlas V rocket launch system hardware would ensure crew safety during launch and ascent.

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Compass Airlines Flight Attendants Overwhelmingly Support Strike

NMB Would Have To Start 30 Day 'Cooling-Off' Clock Before Labor Action Could Occur

Compass Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have authorized a strike should negotiations with management fail to reach an agreement that can be ratified. The strike was authorized by an overwhelming 94 percent of participating flight attendants. Compass is a Delta Connection carrier. 

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Sound Barrier Pioneer Celebrates 65 Years

Re-Enacted The Bell X-1 Flight In An F-15D Eagle

Retired Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound, celebrated the 65th anniversary of his ground breaking event with a re-enactment October 14.

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Men Who Went To The Edge Of Space … And Jumped Off

Felix Baumgartner Latest In A (Short) Line Of High-Altitude Jumpers

Just before dawn on October 14th, 2012 a balloon lifted off near Roswell, New Mexico. Aboard was extreme parachuter Felix Baumgartner. His goal, basically, was to smash three records. Garbed in a full pressure suit, Baumgartner was out to set a new record for the highest parachute jump as well as the longest free-fall and become the first person to break the sound barrier in flight without an aircraft.

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West Virginia Governor Proclaims October GA Appreciation Month

Joins 45 Other State Chief Executives Who Recognize The Value Of General Aviation

National aviation organizations are applauding West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) for declaring October “General Aviation Appreciation Month.”  The proclamation highlights general aviation’s pivotal role in supporting access to medical treatment, commerce and critical services throughout the state.  The general aviation industry in West Virginia contributes $616 million to the economy annually.

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Electric Racing Plane Company Sets Sights On Speed Record

Teaco Bat Could Top Current Record Of 202 Miles Per Hour

The U.K. company developing an electric-powered racing airplane hopes to be able to break the speed record for electric aircraft next year. The founder of The Electric Aeroplane Company (Teaco) in Gloucestershire, U.K. says the airplane may be "substantially faster" than any previous electric-powered aircraft.

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16 Year Old Spends Birthday Soloing Three Different Aircraft Types

Cessna 150, Blanik Glider, And A Piper Twin Already In The Young Man's Logbook

A solo flight series showcasing one young man’s efforts to learn to fly three different kinds of aircraft has been successfully accomplished over the weekend, beginning with a spectacular night three ship formation flight launched at midnight, on October 14, 2012.

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FAA Grants TSO Approval For New Digital Fuel Level Senders

CIES Corporation Devices Designed For A Wide Variety Of Aircraft

The FAA has granted TSO C55a approval to CIES Corporation of Redmond, Oregon for its line of digital fuel level senders. The float based fuel level senders are designed to replace the majority of the existing fuel level sending systems in general aviation aircraft. The proprietary and patented system provides a new level of accuracy, reliability, and stability to fuel level indication in the cockpit.

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Texas School District Works With Flight School For Pilot, Mechanic Training

Students Can Start Learning To Fly And Repair Airplanes In The 10th Grade

The Georgetown, TX, school district is offering students the opportunity to earn their pilot certificates, as well as learn their way around the inner workings of airplanes. The aviation program is offered in conjunction with Pilot's Choice Aviation, a flight school based at Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU).

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Army UH-1H Finds New Home With Air Force

Aircraft Will Be Used For Maintenance Training

The Inter-American Air Forces Academy at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland recently landed a new training tool that upgrades the helicopter maintenance courses it offers to students from Latin American partner nations. The arrival of an Army UH-1H helicopter at IAAFA's 318th Training Squadron is expected to meet the growing needs of students who are here to learn how U.S. Airmen perform their mission.

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Corporate Angel Network, CharterNation Partner On Cancer Patient Travel

Alliance With New Online Search Engine Aims To Increase Use Of Private And Charter Aircraft By CAN

A new online charter flight search engine has formed an alliance with the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) in an effort to increase the use of private and charter aircraft to transport cancer patients to treatment centers across the country.

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United Airlines Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month With Pink Program

Wearing Pink Uniform Accessories From The Cockpit To The Ramp

United Airlines employees are showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness by sporting pink uniform items throughout the month of October. United's Pink Program allows frontline employees to purchase exclusively-produced pink uniform items to wear to work – including ties, neck scarves and hats – with proceeds benefiting nonprofit organizations dedicated to breast cancer awareness, greater access to screening services and support services for individuals battling breast cancer.

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Airborne 10.16.12: Stratos Succeeds, Fully-Built RV-12s, Simpler FAA Certs???

Also: Hawker Hurricane, Mars Rocks, Sikorsky Certifies S-76D, Endeavour Retired, CSeries underway, Helo Attacker Jailed

No baby steps here... After flying to an altitude of 128,097 feet in a capsule suspended below a helium-filled balloon, Felix Baumgartner completed a record breaking jump for the ages from the edge of space Sunday, exactly 65 years after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier flying in an experimental rocket-powered airplane. Vans Aircraft announced that it will offer a factory-built version of its RV-12 LSA next year. The aircraft will be built by Synergy Air of Eugene, OR, which currently offers a ‘builders assistance’ program for kit builders. Acting FAA administrator Michael Huerta said the agency is working towards reducing the time it take

Certified: Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter

First Deliveries Expected Before Year's End

The FAA has approved the type certificate for the S-76D helicopter, moving the aircraft forward to its highly anticipated delivery into the medium-sized marketplace. The FAA signed the certificate on Oct. 12, capping an intensive flight test program to introduce the S-76D helicopter.

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Assembly Of First CSeries Test Flight Aircraft Underway

Wings Being Joined To Static Test Airframe

The cockpit and all fuselage sections for the CSeries aircraft’s first flight test vehicle (FTV1) have arrived at Mirabel, Québec, and that the assembly of FTV1 is in progress. Additionally, the first wings for the all-new CSeries aircraft are now being mated to the test airframe that will be used during the Complete Airframe Static Test (CAST), Bombardier announced Monday.

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Pilot Proficiency Project Scenarios Now Available Online

SAFE, Redbird Make Training Scenarios Accessible To All Redbird Operators

In cooperation with Redbird Flight Simulations, the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently made its Pilot Proficiency Project simulator training scenarios available for download through the SAFE website.

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Tentative Agreement Reached Between Pinnacle Airlines, AFA

Moves Airline Closer To Successful Restructuring In Chapter 11

Pinnacle Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), the legal representative of the Pinnacle Airlines Flight Attendant group. The two sides reached a tentative agreement on concessions that cover pay, retirement, work rules and benefits.

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Endeavour Reaches California Science Center

Towed 12 Miles Through Los Angeles, CA, Streets To Its Final Resting Place

The California Science Center has its space shuttle. Endeavour was towed 12 miles through the streets of Los Angeles, CA, over the weekend to the museum, which will open the permanent exhibit on October 30th.

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NATA: Candidates Need To Focus On General Aviation Benefits

Contributes $150 Billion To U.S. Economy, Accounts For 1.3 Million Jobs

With the second Presidential debate on tap Tuesday night, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is encouraging both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney to focus on the vital role that aviation plays in the U.S. economy.

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Kingfisher Airlines Calls For Meeting With Pilots, Engineers

Hopes To Break Labor Impasse And Return The Airline To Operation

With its planes sitting on the ground and bankruptcy looming large, management at India's Kingfisher Airlines had scheduled a meeting Monday with the pilots and engineers hoping to break the labor impasse and get the airline flying again.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.16.12)

“The CAST, FTV1 and ‘Aircraft 0’ are all key elements in the testing and development of the CSeries aircraft."  Source: Rob Dewar, Vice President and General Manager, CSeries, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.16.12): POFZ- Precision Obstacle Free Zone

A section  of airspace above an area beginning at the runway threshold, at the threshold elevation, and centered on the extended runway centerline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.16.12)

Classic Jet Aircraft Association

The Classic Jet Aircraft Association (CJAA) is a federally chartered, tax exempt 501(c)7 organization with headquarters in Maryland.

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