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August 18, 2010

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.18.10

The Pentagon ponders closing foreign bases.
The engine quit over the middle of Lake Michigan.
And "Ol' 927" fills in for "Fifi."

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ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.18.10

The Pentagon ponders closing foreign bases.
The engine quit over the middle of Lake Michigan.
And "Ol' 927" fills in for "Fifi."


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ANN Special Feature: The Hornets Nest at Sonex - 08.18.10

ANN's Paul Plack talks with Jeremy Monnett, CEO of Sonex Aircraft LLC, about the Onex, the Sub-Sonex, and the other exciting projects percolating in the "Hornets Nest."

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What Could YOU Do With $40 Million?

Space Coast Task Force Delivers Economic Strategies Report To The White House

The President's Task Force on Space Industry Workforce and Economic Development released its report Tuesday to President Barack Obama with recommendations to enhance economic development strategies along Florida's Space Coast.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Wednesday 08.18.10

ANN Daily Touch-And-Go: 08.18.10 (ANN's Short-Form Daily News Program) ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.18.10 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program) ANN Special Feature: The Hornets Nest at Sonex - 08.18.10 (ANN Special Report, with Jeremy Monnett, CEO of Sonex Aircraft LLC)

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Getting Dreamliner Pilots Ready To Fly

FAA Grants Provisional Approval For 787 Dreamliner Pilot Training Courses

The FAA has granted provisional approval to Boeing Training & Flight Services for its 787 Dreamliner pilot training courses. With the 787 pilot training courses, pilots can transition to the new airplane in five to 20 days, depending on pilot experience.

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NTSB Appoints Alfonso J. Montano Administrative Law Judge

Previously Held Similar Posts With HHS, SSI

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman on Monday announced the appointment of Alfonso J. Montano as an Administrative Law Judge for the agency.

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Next Giant Leap Offering Lunar Mission Data To NASA

Consortium Will Participate In The Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) Program

A consortium of industry and academia which came together with a goal of winning the Google Lunar X PRIZE is offering lunar mission data to NASA from its planned lunar robotic lander mission via the recently announced NASA Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) program.

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GOP Candidates Make Russian Helos A Political Football

Debate Centers On The State And Congressional District Sikorsky Calls Home

Two Republican candidates in Connecticut who are hoping to win seats in Congress this fall currently held by Democrats have made a Navy plan to buy Russian helicopters an issue in their campaigns.

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'Global Observer' UAS Makes First Flight

Flight Tests Begin For UAS Developed To Provide Long-Term Coverage Over Any Spot On The Globe

The first aircraft developed under the Global Observer Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program has successfully completed its first flight.

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F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) Tested

Final Step Before Installation On Flight Test Aircraft

The first flight of the F-35 Electro-Optical Targeting System has been successfully completed by Lockheed Martin on the Cooperative Avionics Test Bed (CATBird) platform. EOTS maturation on the CATBird is the final step prior to integration on the mission systems-equipped F-35 test aircraft.

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Pistole: TSA Considering Making Some TSO's Sworn Officers

Any Such Move Would Be At Least A Year Away

Two years ago, TSA angered some police groups by issuing police-inspired uniforms and badges to its screeners, which it calls "Transportation Security Officers," or TSOs.

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Consumer Group Says DOT Data Shows That 3 Hour Rule Works For Passengers

Report Shows Only 3 Airplanes On The Tarmac Over Three Hours In June

FlyersRights.org says that the latest official DOT data refutes claims by airlines that the 3 Hour Rule is causing cancellations and not helping passengers. According to the most recent report, last year in June there were 268 tarmac delays of over 3 hours. This year in June there were 3.

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Embry-Riddle Aerospace Engineering Program Ranked Tops Again

U.S. News Media Group Says Program Is "Best in Nation" For An 11th Straight Year

For the 11th year in a row, the annual "America's Best Colleges" guide published by U.S. News Media Group has ranked Embry-Riddle's aerospace engineering program #1 in the nation and has also named ERAU to the top tier of universities granting mainly bachelor's and master's degrees.

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Aspiring Aviation Pros Invited 'Focus On The Future' At Atlanta Job Fair

EAA And Fltops.com Hosting Career Conference

Future professional pilots or those considering another career in aviation can join EAA in the "Focus On The Future" session held in conjunction with the FltOps.com Global Pilot Career Conference and Job Fair on Saturday, August 28, in Atlanta.

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Aero-TV: Steel Aviation Inc -- The Ins and Outs of Buying/Selling Aircraft

Its One Of The Biggest Purchases In A Pilot's Lifetime... So Why Not Learn From The Pros?

A little over a year and half ago, we undertook the biggest purchase of our lives... more expensive than any house we've ever owned, we cast fate to the wind and sunk a huge chunk of cash in a Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo demo bird... and while it wasn't the only time we've ever bought an airplane, it was definitely the scariest. Simply put, we'd NEVER spent that kind of money before... and the ability to consult with a number of experienced pros (like Jaime) was the only reason the whole deal ultimately came off.

Aero-TV: SubSonex 'Teeny' Jet -- Re-Engined and Ready For Flight Test

Even Smaller Than A Micro-Jet, 'Monnett's Madness' Has Produced Something Even Cooler Than Usual

I think John Monnett is nuts... a pure, certifiable, grade-A, crazy-man... and in the best of all possible ways. His inspired madness has not only brought forth some great airplanes that have furnished the necessary means (and yes, madness) by which hundreds, even thousands, of pilots (overall) have managed to keep their hearts, minds and bodies in the world of flight, but he shows NO signs of slowing down. And for that, aviation is a better (and more affordable) place.

Red Bull Air Racer 'Alex' Maclean Killed During Aerobatic Training

Former Captain Of The Spanish National Aerobatic Team

Red Bull Air Race pilot Alejandro (Alex) Maclean was fatally injured Tuesday at the age of 41 in an accident in his native Spain. Maclean was practicing aerobatics for an air show.

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Aero-TV: Steel Aviation Inc -- The Ins and Outs of Buying/Selling Aircraft

Its One Of The Biggest Purchases In A Pilot's Lifetime... So Why Not Learn From The Pros?

A little over a year and half ago, we undertook the biggest purchase of our lives... more expensive than any house we've ever owned, we cast fate to the wind and sunk a huge chunk of cash in a Cirrus SR22 G3 Turbo demo bird... and while it wasn't the only time we've ever bought an airplane, it was definitely the scariest. Simply put, we'd NEVER spent that kind of money before... and the ability to consult with a number of experienced pros (like Jaime Steel) was the only reason the whole deal ultimately came off.

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Aero-TV: SubSonex 'Teeny' Jet -- Re-Engined and Ready For Flight Test

Even Smaller Than A Micro-Jet, 'Monnett's Madness' Has Produced Something Even Cooler Than Usual

I think John Monnett is nuts... a pure, certifiable, grade-A, crazy-man... and in the best of all possible ways. His inspired madness has not only brought forth some great airplanes that have furnished the necessary means (and yes, madness) by which hundreds, even thousands, of pilots (overall) have managed to keep their hearts, minds and bodies in the world of flight, but he shows NO signs of slowing down. And for that, aviation is a better (and more affordable) place.

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Ten-Day TFR Begins Over Martha's Vineyard Thursday

President Obama Will Be Vacationing On The Island

A VIP TFR is set to go into effect in airspace surrounding Martha's Vineyard Thursday, August 19th, and be in effect until the 29th, as President Barack Obama vacations with his family on the resort island.

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Hillsboro Aviation Faces $580,000 FAA Fine

Oregon Company Allegedly Performed Improper Repairs, Falsified Maintenance Records

The FAA is proposing a $580,000 civil penalty against Hillsboro Aviation, Inc., of Hillsboro, OR, for allegedly performing improper repairs, deliberately falsifying maintenance records and operating a helicopter in a reckless manner.

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Air Transat Pilots Overwhelmingly Authorize Union To Call Strike

97 Percent Of Pilots Vote In Favor Of A Walkout

The pilots of Canada-based Air Transat have voted to support conducting a lawful strike if a collective agreement is not reached with their management. In a recent strike ballot issued by the union leadership to the pilot group, an overwhelming 97 percent of pilots voted in favor of a lawful strike.

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ELT Aboard Downed DeHavilland Otter Appears To Have Malfunctioned

NTSB Chair Hersman Confirms No Signal Was Received From 406-MHz Transponder

As authorities continue to look into the crash of the DeHavilland DCH-T3 Otter which went down in Alaska last week, there is a good possibility that there will be an investigation within an investigation. The accident killed former Senator Ted Stevens and four others.

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Oregon ANG F-15s Make Some Noise Enroute To TFR Violation Intercept

The Military Aircraft Broke The Sound Barrier After A Floatplane Strayed Into A Presidential TFR

A pair of F-15 fighter jets scrambled from Portland to intercept a floatplane which violated a Presidential TFR in Seattle on Tuesday got the attention of people living along their route of flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.18.10)

"As we transition to a new era in our national space policy, President Obama has made it a top priority to foster innovation and create job opportunities for those who helped make America the leader in international space exploration." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.18.10): Terminal Doppler Weather Radar (TDWR)

Doppler radar installed at major airports throughout the United States to detect microbursts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.18.10)

Space Frontier Foundation

Since 1988 the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) has been championing ideas for opening the space frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible.

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