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March 26, 2012

NASA Congratulates Winners of YouTube Space Lab Contest

U.S. Team Experiment Will Fly On A Future Space Station Mission

Two U.S. teenagers are among the winners of the YouTube Space Lab Contest. YouTube and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures and space agencies including the NASA, the ESA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and other partners around the world, developed the initiative that challenged 14-18 year-old students to design a science experiment that can be performed in space.

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CAE And APS Announce New Web-Based LOC-I Training Tool

Industry Feedback Invited On Loss Of Control In-Flight (LOC-I) And Upset Recovery Scenario

CAE and Aviation Performance Solutions (APS) have announced a new web-based tool designed to help standardize full-flight simulator (FFS) instructor knowledge for loss of control in-flight (LOC-I). LOC-I is defined as flight that occurs outside of the normal flight envelope in which the pilot is unable to control the aircraft.

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Airbus, Virgin Australia Study New Alternative Fuel Process

Commercialization Of Alternative Aviation Fuels Takes A Step Forward

Airbus has joined a consortium including Virgin Australia to study a new pathway to produce sustainable aviation fuels. Eucalyptus mallee trees, grown in Western Australia’s wheat belt are sustainably harvested and converted to a feedstock for refining into alternative aviation fuel via a process called Pyrolysis.

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International Helicopter Safety Team Upgrades Online Presence

New 'Toolkits' Developed For Ongoing Safety Improvements

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter accident rate. The group’s mission is to reduce the international civil helicopter accident rate by 80 percent by 2016.

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Rockwell Collins Recognizes 2011 Engineers Of The Year

Internal Awards Given For Work On Company Projects

Three employees who embody excellence in engineering have received the 2011 Rockwell Collins Engineer of the Year Award.

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All Nippon Helicopter Acquires Two Eurocopter AS365 N3+ Dauphin Helos

Aircraft Will Fly Electronic Newsgathering Missions With Japanese Broadcaster NHK

Eurocopter Japan has received an order for two new AS365 N3+ Dauphins from All Nippon Helicopter (ANH) to replace two rotary-wing aircraft from its existing fleet for use in electronic newsgathering missions on behalf of Japanese national broadcaster, NHK.

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Atlantic Airways Takes Delivery Of New A319

Aircraft To Boost Travel To And From Faroe Islands

The national carrier of the Faroe Islands Atlantic Airways has taken delivery of an Airbus A319 as part of its plan to increase its capacity, while becoming Airbus’ newest operator. The aircraft, equipped with CFM engines,is configured in a single economy class layout with 144 seats. It will be deployed on route from Faroe Islands to Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Mercy Jets Finalizes Testing On In-Flight Automated Medical Records

Medical Transport Company Will Soon Feature Ipad Integration On Air Ambulance Flights

Mercy Jets is finalizing testing of iPad integration on its air ambulance flights. The innovative technology automates the monitoring of the patient's vital signs and assists in recording patient interactions, ensuring Complete Continuity of Care during the medical transport.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-06-18

PRODUCT: All Pratt & Whitney PW4050, PW4052, PW4056, PW4060, PW4060A, PW4060C, PW4062, PW4062A, PW4152, PW4156, PW4156A, PW4158, PW4160, PW4460, PW4462, and PW4650 turbofan engines, including models with any dash number suffix.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-06-08

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A340-211, -212, -311, and -312 airplanes.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney (PW) Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-06-14

PRODUCT: PW JT9D-7R4G2 and -7R4H1 turbofan engines.

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-06-17

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) Models Tay 611-8 and Tay 611-8C turbofan engines.  

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.26.12

Cessna & AVIC Join Forces To Develop Aviation In China

Vertical Power Introduces a NextGen EFIS

TSA Should Become More Efficient, Not Collect More Taxpayer Money

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Airborne 03.23.12: No More 3rd Class Meds?, Searching For Amelia, SnF Pays Up!

Also: AOPA, EAA, Pipistrel, TSA, Airbus, Boeing, SpaceX, Piper in 1943, Glen Moyer... and Ashton Kutcher In Space???

The sport and general aviation business scored some serious equal time this week as they made more news than they have in quite the while. First and foremost, two of the alphabets appeared to have eaten their wheaties and taken on the FAA over the issue of requiring a Third Class medical cert for strictly recreational aviating. Other top stories include the welcome news that an advisory circular published by the FAA, says the agency would not be issuing Airworthiness Directives for airplanes in the Experimental category. We also ha

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Vertical Power Introduces Next-Generation Backup EFIS

The VP-400 Flies Experimental And LSA Aircraft To The Best Runway In Case Of An Emergency

Vertical Power on Monday rolled out its VP-400 system, a back-up EFIS that flies the aircraft safely to the best runway in an emergency. During flight, the VP-400 constantly searches for the best runway to land in an engine-out glide scenario. In an emergency, the pilot presses a red button on the instrument panel and the system automatically flies the aircraft to the best runway for landing.

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Klyde Morris (03.26.12)

Klyde Is 'Stunned'


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B-25 Bombers To Gather At Urbana, Ohio

Largest Gathering Of The Aircraft Since World War II

Flying in from around the U.S., about two dozen B-25 Mitchell bombers will converge on Urbana, Ohio’s municipal airport, Grimes Field, beginning Saturday, April 14. The largest gathering of B-25s since World War II, the Grimes Gathering of B-25s will lead into the 70th Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force (NMUSAF), near Dayton, OH.

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FATA Lobbies FL Governor Scott On Aviation Tax Bill

Urges The State's Chief Executive To Sign The Measure

The Florida Aviation Trades Association (FATA) has sent a letter to FL. Governor Rick Scott urging him to sign a bill passed in the recently completed legislative session which provides tax relief to companies performing maintenance work on GA airplanes.

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Airlines for America (A4A) Urges More TSA Efficiency, Not More Passenger Taxes

Notes That TSA Staff Has Grown 400 Percent Over The Past 10 Years

Airlines for America (A4A) has called on Congress to consider further efficiency within the TSA – not further taxes on airline passengers as proposed in the fiscal year 2013 budget passed by the House Budget Committee.

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F-35 Reaches Critical Juncture After Strong Year, Official Says

Acting Undersecretary Of Defense For Acquisition Calls Airplane 'Essential'

The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program -- the centerpiece of future tactical aviation and a key to implementing new military strategic guidance -- made strong progress in its development last year, a defense official said Wednesday. Frank Kendall, the acting undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the House Armed Services Committee that the fighter aircraft is essential to the Defense Department.

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NTSB Issues Prelim In NC Citation Accident

Five Fatally Injured When The Bizjet Went Down On Approach

A missed approach and then a poor second landing attempt resulted in a accident which fatally injured five people on board a Cessna Citation in Franklin, NC March 15th. In its preliminary report, the NTSB indicates that the pilot held the proper ratings for the jet, and 185 hours in the accident airplane. The weather was reported to be VFR at the time of the accident. 

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NASA's Swift Narrows Down Origin Of Important Supernova Class

Study Of Type Ia Events Critical In Understanding The Stellar Explosions

Studies using X-ray and ultraviolet observations from NASA's Swift satellite provide new insights into the elusive origins of an important class of exploding star called Type Ia supernovae. These explosions, which can outshine their galaxy for weeks, release large and consistent amounts of energy at visible wavelengths.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.26.12)

Aero Linx: US Centennial Of Light -- Modified Wright Model B The modified Wright Model B Flyer was the first aircraft model produced in quantity by the Wright brothers. It was one of the planes used for training by the U.S. Signal Corps. It was a standard biplane and could seat a pilot and one passenger. The modified Wright Model B had a wingspan of 39 feet (11.9 meters), a length of 28 feet (8.5 meters), and stood 8 feet, 9 inches (2.7 meters) high. It was powered by an eight-cylinder 75-horsepower (56-kilowatt) Rausenberger engine, which was its major change from the original Model B, which was powered by a four-cylinder Wright engine. It also used ailerons on the training edges of the wings in place of the Wright's leve

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.26.12): Visibility

Visibility A measure of the opacity of the atmosphere, and therefore, the greatest distance one can see prominent objects with normal eyesight. The National Weather Service has various terms for visibility. Surface visibility is the prevailing visibility determined from the usual point of observation. Prevailing visibility is considered representative of visibility conditions at the station. Sector visibility is the visibility in a specified direction that represents at least a 45 degree arc of the horizon circle. Tower visibility is the prevailing visibility determined from the airport traffic control tower (ATCT) at stations that also report surface visibility.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.26.12)

“This is a tremendous privilege and honor, for the Urbana area and Grimes Field to play a role in honoring these American heroes. The Grimes Gathering of B-25s is living history at its best. Seeing these meticulously restored aircraft and hearing the roar of their engines, I believe, brings you closer to appreciating the sacrifice and bravery of the men who put their lives on the line for our freedom.” Source: Jim White, who is co-chairing the Grimes Gathering of B-25s with Dave Millner. About two dozen B-25 Mitchell bombers will converge on Urbana, Ohio’s municipal airport, Grimes Field, beginning Saturday, April 14. The largest gathering of B-25s since World War II, the Grimes Gathering of B-25s will lead into the

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