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August 21, 2011

Not Again... Airshow Industry Suffers Third Tragedy This Weekend

One Of The Most Tragic Weekends In Recent Airshow History?

There is nothing common in any of the horrific events that transpired this weekend, but three amazing aerial performers, dedicated to entertaining people all over the world with the excitment and thrills inherent in aviation, lost their lives in airshow demonstrations in three unique airshows and airshow acts. The most recent accident happened just a few hours ago as wing walker Todd Green (pictured above in a Franklin Airshows pic) was engaged in a plane to helicopter transfer and fell from a height estimated at 200 feet. The 1330 (Local time) accident occurred at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base during a weekend airshow at a location some 20 miles NE of Detroit. 

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Boeing Working With Leading Russian Airports To Increase Capacity

Initiative To Optimize Ground And Air Operations Prior To 2014 Sochi Olympics

Boeing announced Tuesday at the Moscow Air Show that it has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate toward increasing the efficiency and capacity of leading Russian airports. Boeing will work with the Basel Aero Company, operator of Sochi Airport in Basel and with Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography.

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AIAA SPACE 2011 Conference Set For September In Long Beach

Emphasis On Commercial Spaceflight, Robotic Developments

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its SPACE 2011 Conference & Exposition September 27–29 at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA, focusing on the theme “Enhancing Today, Inspiring Tomorrow.”

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Japan Coast Guard To Boost Its Fleet With New EC225 Helicopters

Aircraft Used In Intensive Rescue Missions Following The Japanese Earthquake And Tsunami

Following intensive relief operations after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March, the Japan Coast Guard, Eurocopter Group and Eurocopter Japan have signed a tripartite contract for the supply of three additional EC225 helicopters to the Japan Coast Guard. These aircraft will be the first civilian helicopters to be equipped with the most advanced mission system, to be deployed for search and rescue as well as law enforcement missions.

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Boeing, Thai Airways International Finalize Order For 777-300ERs

Carrier Expands Its Boeing 777 Fleet To 39 Airplanes

A firm order for six 777-300 Extended Range (ER) airplanes has been finalized between Boeing and Thai Airways International (THAI). The order completes an agreement to purchase Boeing 777-300ERs announced during the Paris Air Show in June. At list prices, the order is valued at $1.7 billion.

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U.S. Company Will Provide Eurocontrol Test System

ARINC Selected To Validate VDL Mode 2 Avionics Under 2013 Mandate

The contract to provide Eurocontrol with a test system to validate the functioning of VDL Mode 2 (VDL2) avionics in a multi-frequency environment has been awarded to Annapolis, MD-based ARINC Incorporated. ARINC’s validation system will be installed in a new laboratory at the Eurocontrol Experimental Center (EEC) in Bretigny, France, the same location where ARINC installed a VDL2 testbed in 2004 for Eurocontrol under the Link2000 Program..

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Argument Over Airplane Parts Ends In Gunfire

New Smyrna Beach, FL, Man Charged With Attempted Murder

An argument over airplane parts in Edgewater, FL wound up with one man arrested on charges of attempted murder.Jose Louis Leyva, 38, reportedly got into an argument over the phone with Remy Colin over some airplane parts missing from one of three aircraft owned by Colin.

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Delta Experimenting With iPads In Cockpits

Real-Time Communication With Pilots As Important As E-Charts

Delta Airlines has started testing the Apple iPad for use as an electronic flight bag, providing 22 of the devices to its pilots for experimenting during flights. The company wants to see if the iPads allow it to keep in better contact with pilots in real time.

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Greensorb Touts Aviation Potential

Company Cites Testimonial From Airport Hazmat Responder

Sorbent Greensorb, LLC is celebrating its product's increasing use in cleaning up fuel and oil spills at airports. "Greensorb" can be used to absorb fuel, oil, most acids and many other environmental contaminants, and the company says it can be reused or safely disposed of in landfills.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.21.11)

Aero Linx: RAF Red Arrows The Red Arrows are renowned throughout the world as ambassadors for both the Royal Air Force and the United Kingdom. Since the Team was officially formed in 1965, the Red Arrows have completed over 4,000 displays in 53 countries. The Red Arrows’ reputation is built on the commitment and professionalism, combined with Royal Air Force skills, training and equipment. Many of the Red Arrows’ pilots and support staff have recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and many will be temporarily detached on operations overseas during their time with the Red Arrows.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.21.11): Hazardous Weather Information

Hazardous Weather Information Summary of significant meteorological information (SIGMET/WS), convective significant meteorological information (convective SIGMET/WST), urgent pilot weather reports (urgent PIREP/UUA), center weather advisories (CWA), airmen's meteorological information (AIRMET/WA) and any other weather such as isolated thunderstorms that are rapidly developing and increasing in intensity, or low ceilings and visibilities that are becoming widespread which is considered significant and are not included in a current hazardous weather advisory.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.21.11)

"Modern technologies of air traffic management and air navigation will allow us to reduce the risk of closing our airports in low visibility conditions, update our ground operations as well as optimize airspace utilization. In order to stay competitive and offer the best services to airlines and their passengers, especially prior to such high profile events as the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup, we need to work with the best experts and introduce proven and modern solutions." Source: Sergey Likharev, chief executive officer of the Basel Aero Company, following the announcement, at the Moscow Air Show, that Boeing has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate toward increasing the efficiency and capacity of leadi

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