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October 05, 2012

FAA Promotes Aviation Education

Renews Two Partnerships To Promote STEM-AVSED Curricula

On September 14, Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta renewed two important partnerships to encourage young people to pursue a career in aerospace. “Our partnerships with FAA aviation and space education ambassador Jamail Larkins and the national Build-A-Plane program inspire students across the nation to explore the many opportunities that aviation and aerospace careers offer,” said Huerta.

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APA May Hold Strike Vote Results Close To The Vest

Union Says It May Not Reveal Results Right Away

While the expectation is that American Airlines pilots will have voted to authorize a strike in balloting that ended Wednesday at noon (CDT), union leaders said they may not immediately announce the results of that vote.

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Say What?? Spirit To Charge Up To $100 For A Carry-On

Tiered Fee System Dings Passengers Who Delay Declaring Their Intention To Bring A Suitcase On A Plane

Spirit Airlines is set to start charging passengers up to $100 for the privilege of bringing a carry-on bag onto one of its flight, but passengers can lower the cost by paying in advance.

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SpaceX Dragon To Carry 23 Student Experiments To Space Station

Each Will Study The Effects Of Microgravity On Physical, Chemical, Or Biological Systems

Twenty-three microgravity experiments designed by participants of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) will become part of space history Oct. 7. They will be launched to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon, the first commercially developed and built American spacecraft to fly a resupply cargo resupply mission to the station.

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EU Clean Sky Research Program To Be Extended

DLR Supports European Research Into Eco-Efficient Flight

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt or DLR) and 13 leading representatives of the European aviation industry and research sector have jointly agreed to intensify their cooperation in the field of eco-efficient aviation. Through the continuation of the EU 'Clean Sky' Technology Initiative, the partners aim to strengthen the transformation of aviation into an eco-efficient transport system.

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San Francisco Aeronautical Society Announces First Scholarship Winners

Open To High School Seniors Attending Public Schools

The San Francisco Aeronautical Society has revealed the names of the inaugural winners of the SFAS Scholars Program, in recognition of the historical contributions made by the many legends of aviation.

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NASA Awards Space Launch System Advanced Booster Contracts

Three Companies To Develop Demonstration Projects For The SLS

NASA has awarded three contracts totaling $137.3 million to improve the affordability, reliability and performance of an advanced booster for the Space Launch System (SLS). The awardees will develop engineering demonstrations and risk reduction concepts for a future version of the SLS, a heavy-lift rocket currently under development by NASA.

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Civil Air Patrol Welcomes Delivery Of Air Force Academy Gliders

Addition To CAP Soaring Fleet Comes As Glider Program Celebrates Banner Year Of 10,000-Plus Flights

Twelve TG-10B (L-23 Super Blanik) gliders from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs now belong to Civil Air Patrol. The recent Air Force transfer of the aircraft to CAP is a boost to the Air Force auxiliary’s glider program. It will allow the Air Force auxiliary to replace some of its older gliders and help modernize its existing fleet of 42 gliders.

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FAA Approves Wag-Aero STC For Cessna 120, 140, 150 Model Aircraft Mufflers

Agency Also Grants Approval For Company's Taylorcraft Replacement Parts

The FAA has approved the addition of Cessna 150 models L & M to Wag-Aero's existing approval for Cessna models 120, 140 and 150 A through K for a complete muffler system. The mufflers can be found on page 51 of the new Fall 2012 catalog.

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NASA's Curiosity Rover Checks-In On Mars Using Foursquare

Robot Is Sure To Become The 'Mayor Of Mars'

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover checked in on Mars Wednesday using the mobile application Foursquare. This marks the first check-in on another planet. Users on Foursquare can keep up with Curiosity as the rover checks in at key locations and posts photos and tips, all while exploring the Red Planet. "NASA is using Foursquare as a tool to share the rover's new locations while exploring Mars," said David Weaver, associate administrator for communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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JetBlue Airways Flies Above The Political Chatter

Offers Something It Calls 'Election Protection'

We admit that we don't often cover stories about airline promotional gimmicks, but we had to tell you about this one. With the first 2012 Presidential debate in the history books, JetBlue Airways says it is making good on an Election Protection promise: the chance for customers to freely leave the country (and return home!) if they need a break because their candidate doesn't win.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (Model 737)

AD NUMBER: 2012-19-11

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737 airplanes.

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Airborne 10.05.12: Avidyne DFC90-Aspen Cert, Obama Blasts BizAv, Boeing Bucks

Airborne 10.05.12: Avidyne DFC90-Aspen Cert, Obama Blasts BizAv, Boeing Bucks 

Also: Albuquerque Needs Helium, LightSquared Rears Ugly Head Again, AOPA Fallout, Footballers Are Crazy

The FAA has granted an STC to Avidyne Corporation for the installation of their D-F-C 90 Digital Autopilot in Cessna 182-series aircraft when interfaced with the Aspen Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) from Aspen. President Obama took another swipe at business aviation during Wednesday night’s debate,  saying “Why wouldn't we eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets? My attitude is, if you got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it.” That statement drew immediate fire from NBAA president and CEO Ed Bole

ForeFlight Releases Latest Software Upgrade

Version 4.7 Is Available In The App Store

There's a new version of ForeFlight Mobile available in the iTunes app store. The big feature in this release is Runway Proximity Advisor, a visual and audio alerting feature that advises you when ForeFlight Mobile predicts your aircraft is approaching, entering, or crossing a runway.

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Landing Gear Issue Forces AA Flight To Return To Dallas

Passengers Told To 'Brace For A Crash Landing,' But Pilot Landed Safely

Another American Airlines jet has been forced to return to its departure airport shortly after takeoff, but this time it was the landing gear that caused the problem, not the seats.

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Klyde Morris 10.05.2012

Those Who Do Not Learn From History Are Doomed To Repeat It (George Santayana)


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Cirrus Down In Northern Indiana

Two On Board Fatally Injured In Accident Near Gary--Third Cirrus Accident In Last Few Days

A Cirrus SR22 based in St. Augustine, FL, has gone down in northern Indiana near Gary resulting in the apparent  fatal injury of the two people on board. The airplane reportedly impacted the ground several hundred feet from a school where classes were taking place, according to police.

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Aero-Commentary: Business Aviation Supports Far More Than Just ‘The Rich’

A View From The Corporate Hangar From One Who’s Been There

Normally, I compose op-ed pieces for ANN concerning spaceflight. But not today. In the first Presidential debate on Wednesday night, October 3rd, the current President of the United States once again took a shot at “corporate jets.” When talking about Exxon and big oil the president chose to hold up general aviation executive aircraft as if they were a red flag pointing to part of what is wrong with America. This from someone who routinely, and in my opinion sometimes frivolously, makes use of the world’s most exclusive and America’s most expensive executive jet.

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Singer Sarah Brightman To Become Next Space Tourist

Will Bump An American Astronaut From A Soyuz Flight For The Privilege

Singer Sarah Brightman plans to pony up more than $51 million for a seat on a Soyuz spacecraft to take a vacation at the International Space Station ... and her trip will take up a slot that was to have been used by an American astronaut.

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Learjet 45 XR First Jet Aircraft To Land At New Kansas Airport

Governor Sam Brownback Was On Board The Aircraft, Arriving For Dedication Ceremony

A Learjet 45 XR aircraft was officially the first jet to land at the newly dedicated Rooks County Regional Airport on September 29, according to a news release from Bombardier. Governor Sam Brownback was on hand to inaugurate the new airport which was built to accommodate business jet travelers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.05.12)

"Why wouldn't we eliminate tax breaks for corporate jets? My attitude is, if you got a corporate jet, you can probably afford to pay full freight, not get a special break for it." Source: President Barack Obama.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.05.12): Optimum Altitude

The best aircraft cruise altitude for a given weight and corresponding air temperature. An increase in temperature will lower the level of altitude capability and the optimum altitude.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.05.12)

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

The society is dedicated to preserving Hawaii's aviation heritage by researching and recording the aviation history of the Hawaiian islands. 

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