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October 15, 2011

FAA Amends Changes In Turbojet Proficiency Rules

Pilots Of Single-Place And Experimental Jets Given A Reprieve From Proficiency Check Requirements

The FAA has listened to those commenting on its proposed changes to FAR Section 61.85 and has proposed an amendment to the new rule pushing back the implementation of proficiency check requirements for pilots of single-place and experimental turbojets for a year.

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NASA, Virgin Galactic Sign Deal For Research Missions On SpaceShipTwo

Space Agency Places Order To Carry Technology Payloads To Space

In another sign that NASA will begin to rely sooner rather than later on commercial space ventures to complete its missions, the agency has signed a deal with Virgin Galactic for up to three charter flights on its privately-built spacecraft to provide opportunities for engineers, technologists, and scientific researchers to conduct experiments in suborbital space.

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DOT Approves Delta, US Airways Slot Swap

Justice Department Still Not Completely Satisfied As Airlines Trade Positions In New York, Washington, DC

The DOT has given final approval to a slot swap proposed by Delta and US Airways that will mean changes in the number of flights each airline offers at LaGuardia and Reagan National airports. The two airlines have been working on the deal for more than two years.

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First Domestic Dreamliner Rolls Out Of Factory

United Airlines Will Be First U.S. Carrier To Fly Boeing's New Airliner

Final assembly of the first Dreamliner slated for delivery to a domestic airline was completed by Boeing Wednesday night, finishing the first major step in the aircraft's production. United Airlines will be the first North American carrier to take a 787 delivery, with plans to introduce the first of 50 Dreamliners into revenue service in 2012.

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Airbus Delivers China Southern Airlines’ First A380

CSA Becomes The First Chinese Operator Of The Superjumbo Airliner

Airbus has delivered the first A380 to China Southern Airlines. During a very special celebration ceremony held Friday at the Airbus Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, the first out of five aircraft ordered was handed over from Airbus President and CEO, Tom Enders to China Southern Airlines Chairman, Si Xianmin.

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Dash 8 Down In Papua New Guinea

Four Of The 32 People Aboard The Aircraft Reportedly Survive

Reports out of Papua New Guinea indicate that an Airlines PNG Dash 8 went down Thursday in a storm on a flight from Lae to Madang. The flight was reportedly carrying parents on their way to a university graduation.

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K-State Women Have Fundraiser Today

Proceeds Will Benefit WAI Chapter Travel Needs

Kansas State University Salina's Women in Aviation International chapter is hosting its third annual Plane Wash & Wax Saturday, Oct. 15 in Salina Municipal Airport's Hanger 600, from 0800-1700. Pilots can enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while their planes are cleaned.

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Chinese Fighter Jet Down At Air Show

Pilot Ejected, Status Still Unknown

A Chinese fighter jet went down during an air show performance Friday in the northern Chinese province of Shaanxi.There had been conflicting reports about the type of jet and whether the pilot survived the accident. The French news service AFP and the Associated Press report that the official Chinese news agency Xinhua said the aircraft was a two-place JH-7 fighter-bomber. Early reports from China state television CCTV indicated that it might have been a Xiaolong FC-1 fighter jet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.15.11)

"An enormous range of disciplines can benefit from access to space, but historically, such research opportunities have been rare and expensive." Source: Virgin Galactic President and CEO George Whitesides.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.15.11): Marginal Visual Flight Rules (MVFR)

In an aviation product, refers to the general weather conditions pilots can expect at the surface. MVFR means Minimum or Marginal Visual Flight Rules.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.15.11)

FC-1 Xiaolong/JF-17  

We have a story today which may involve a Chinese FC-1 Xiaolong/JF-17 fighter going down during an airshow in that country.

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