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August 20, 2011

Another Weekend Airshow Tragedy... 'Beast' Biplane Pilot, Bryan Jensen, Killed

Pilot of Modified Pitts Model 12 Lost

ANN is monitoring recent details of yet another tragic airshow accident, the second today, involving a highly modified Pitts Model 12 biplane. It was the first airshow accident for the annual Kansas City Aviation Expo Air Show, based at the Wheeler Downtown Airport. Limited details suggest that the pilot, Bryan Jensen, failed to recover from a maneuver (described by various local media sources as a spin or descending 'spiral') and impacted the ground in a grass field away from spectators. The show was closed thereafter and for the rest of the day and is expected to reopen Sunday, according to local officials.

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Red Arrows Hawk T1 Downed In UK, Pilot Lost

Accident Occurred At Bournemouth Air Festival 2011

A RAF Red Arrows aircraft has gone down in the midst of a Saturday afternoon airshow at the Bournemouth (UK) Air Festival. The nine-ship military formation aerobatic team was in the midst of concluding a public demonstration flight when one aircraft apparently separated from the formation and impacted the ground close to the nearby Stour river.

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FAA Issues Rule On Ice Detection

Requires Installation Of Detection Equipment Or Flight Manual Updates

The FAA has issued a new rule to enhance aviation safety by requiring scheduled airlines to install ice detection equipment in their existing fleets or to update their flight manuals to make sure crews know when they should activate their ice protection systems.

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NBAA Thanks Regional Groups For Backing Court Fight To Preserve BARR

Surge Of Contributions Seen To The Legal Defense Fund

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said Friday he appreciates a recent surge of contributions from a host of regional business aviation associations to a legal defense fund established to support a court fight to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. "The business aviation community is once again demonstrating its readiness to mobilize behind the industry's priorities," said Bolen.

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August Proclaimed 'General Aviation Appreciation Month' In Virginia

Governor Robert F. McDonnell Applauded By National Aviation Organizations

Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell is being commended by national aviation organizations for his recognition of the importance of general aviation by declaring the month of August “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” General Aviation generates $728 million in economic impact annually, and supports 5,155 jobs.

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NTSB Opens Public Docket On 2010 American Airlines Decompression

Incident Occurred Shortly After Departure From Miami

As part of the continuing investigation into the 2010 rapid decompression that occurred following a fuselage rupture aboard an American Airlines flight shortly after departing Miami, FL, the NTSB opened its public docket on Friday.

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Teamsters Airline Division Says It Supports JetBlue Pilots

Teamsters Airline Division Director David Bourne Says Pilots Have Done "What Is Best For Them"

In a statement following the rejection of union representation by JetBlue pilots, David Bourne, Teamsters Airline Division Director, said the division respects the efforts of the pilots of JetBlue as they have undertaken this uniquely personal process to determine what is best for them at this time.

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South Florida Residents Protest Change In Airport Traffic Pattern

Some Had Bought Homes In An Area They Thought Would Be Free Of Airplane Noise

More than 50 Naples, FL, residents attended a meeting conducted by aviation consulting company ESA Airports Wednesday a part of an FAR Part 150 Noise Study. The voluntary study us used to maximize noise and land use compatibility near airports, according to the project manager.

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Comet Elenin Poses No Threat To Earth

NASA Says It May Not Even Be Visible To The Naked Eye

Often, comets are portrayed as harbingers of gloom and doom in movies and on television, but most pose no threat to Earth. Comet Elenin, the latest comet to visit our inner solar system, is no exception. Elenin will pass about 22 million miles (35 million kilometers) from Earth during its closest approach on Oct. 16, 2011.

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Bees Smuggled Aboard Russian Plane Generate A Bad Buzz

Airport Official Skipped Security To Bring The Insects Onto The Flight

A Russian airport official used his position to smuggle a beehive aboard a commercial flight at the airport in the Blagoveshchensk province, and stowed the insects in a coat locker in business class. Mid-flight, the bees escaped from the locker ... causing a disturbance among the passengers on the plane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.20.11)

"The business aviation community is once again demonstrating its readiness to mobilize behind the industry's priorities." Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.11): IFR Military Training Routes (IR)

Routes used by the Department of Defense and associated Reserve and Air Guard units for the purpose of conducting low-altitude navigation and tactical training in both IFR and VFR weather conditions below 10,000 feet MSL at airspeeds in excess of 250 knots IAS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.11)

The Aviation Zone: Home Of The Heavies

The Aviation Zone is a comprehensive online aviation resource for modern and vintage military transports, aerial tankers and fixed-wing gunships. This web site contains over 2,500 high-quality aircraft photos, images, diagrams and detailed fact sheets.

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