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August 25, 2011

Boeing Expects Dreamliner Certification Friday

FAA And EASA Set To Clear The New Airliner For Service

The buzz around the Puget Sound region is that the FAA and EASA will announce Friday that the Boeing Dreamliner is  a certified airplane, clearing the way for entry into service with ANA later this year. The first airplane is expected to be delivered to the Japanese customer in September.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.25.11

Russia loses a Progress supply ship over Siberia.
Qantas denies it's received a buyout offer.
And the NTSB reports on a problem with the R44.

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New Service Information Sharing System Available Soon For Aviation Type Clubs

Online Interface For Owners And Mechanics Focused On Specific Aircraft Types

As part of an effort to increase safety in general aviation aircraft, the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University is making it possible for type clubs to create their own service information sharing systems to catch and correct service and maintenance issues before they begin to impact safety.

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Texas Gets DHS Grant To Test UAVs

VDI ShadowHawk Mini Helicopters To Be Tested For Homeland Security

Vanguard Defense Industries is promoting its ShadowHawk unmanned aerial system as an aviation asset good not only for surveillance, but also for carrying weapons. Now, reports the state of Texas has been awarded a grant by the Department of Homeland Security for a squadron of ShadowHawks.

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Boeing Delivers 737 Test Bed To United Airlines

Plane Was Used To Test Efficiency Improvements In Flight

Boeing says the Next-Generation 737 that served as a flying test bed for a series of efficiency improvements has now been delivered to United Airlines. Boeing began performance improvement testing in November 2010 with the goal of reducing fuel consumption by up to two percent. For customers, that would mean saving an average of $120,000 per airplane, per year, based on current fuel prices.

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Inc. 500 List Of Fastest Growing Companies Includes Two Jet Charter Companies

Private Jet Charter Companies Check In At 296 And 420 On The 2011 Inc. 500/5000 List

It seems to be a good time to be in the Jet Charter business. Inc. magazine has ranked two such companies on its list of the nation's fastest-growing businesses. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy -- America's independent entrepreneurs.

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QRA Interception Training Conducted With New Lufthansa A380

Typhoon Fighters Fly Alongside The Superjumbo

Two Austrian Eurofighters conducted a QRA training interception of Austrian Airlines new A380 on its flight through Austrian airspace on Monday, August 22nd. After Vienna's Mayor Dr. Haupl christened the new Lufthansa A380 "Wien" at the hub of Austrian Airlines, the Eurofighters, scrambling from their base in Zeltweg/Styria, intercepted and flew in formation with the A380.

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NASA Aeronautics Is Focus Of Research And Technology Roundtable

Administrator Charles Bolden Will Open The Session

NASA officials will meet with aeronautics industry, academia, and government leaders August 25 to kick off a series of roundtable discussions about future directions for aeronautics research and technology. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will address the participants. The roundtable is sponsored by NASA and organized by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.

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FlightAware Chooses DediPower Hosting In Europe

UK Online Hosting Service Helped With Implementation Of Service

In the United States, if you're not getting up-to-date information on an airline flight from the airlines, you can get it from third-party services such as FlightAware. Sensing a big opportunity for a similar service in Europe, FlightAware went looking to provide it. But as a US-based company, FlightAware needed a competent online hosting partner on the other side of the world.

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UK Awards Contract For 14 New Chinooks To Boeing

Royal Air Force To Receive Helicopters Starting In 2013

The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) has awarded a $1.64 billion contract to Boeing to provide 14 new CH-47 Chinook helicopters and associated support for the first five years to the Royal Air Force (RAF). The new-build CH-47 Mark (Mk)-6 Chinooks are part of the MOD's Strategic Helicopter Vision to modernize its helicopter force structure, and will expand the RAF fleet to 60 Chinooks.

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CONECT Upgrade Successful In Flight Test Aboard B-52

Flight Demonstrates Functionality Of CONECT Interphone System

A successful evaluation flight of the B-52 Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) interphone system was recently completed by Boeing. The six-hour flight from Edwards Air Force Base, CA, evaluated the interphone system's readiness for formal flight tests and accomplished formal flight tests of other CONECT capabilities.

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Utility Helicopters Benefit From Fly-By-Wire Technology

Some Black Hawk Helos Now Equipped With Electronic Interface

In use in other Defense Department aircraft for years, fly-by-wire has replaced the conventional manual flight controls in some Black Hawk helicopters. The electronic interface technology can automatically perform functions without input from the pilot, such as systems that automatically stabilize the aircraft.

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Pilatus Leads Survey Of Corporate Turboprops

Company Notes Category Dominance Since 1998

In the 2011 Corporate Aircraft Product Support Survey of business aircraft operators, conducted annually by Professional Pilot magazine, Pilatus reports it again earned the top ranking in the turboprop division, for the tenth year in a row.

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Castleberry Instruments Ready To Open At Austin Executive

FAA Certification Allows Firm To Service Majority Of General Aviation Avionics

Castleberry Instruments and Avionics announced that its repair station has earned FAA full Class 1, 2, and 3 Radio, Class 1, 2, 3, and 4 Instrument and Limited Airframe ratings. These upgrades enable Castleberry to add all avionics, all instruments, as well as installations and certain aircraft certifications to its current service offerings.

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ANN Special Report: Russian Progress M-12M Launch Failure

Hanging By The Single, Weak Thread That Is The Russian Soyuz

At 9:00 EDT on the morning of Wednesday, August 24, 2011 the Progress M-12M vehicle lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on an unmanned supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Boosted atop the Soyuz version of the basic R-7 rocket that has been flying from Baikonur since the late 1950s and has lofted such spacecraft as Sputnik, Vostok and most recently the manned Soyuz, the launch looked good- at least for the visible portions.

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Classic Aero-TV: Sweet Little Gyro -- The Affordable HoneyBee G2

There Are Good And Affordable Times to Be Had Under A Free-Wheeling Rotor!!!

Everyone in aviation loves the concept of flight... even more so when that concept doesn't mean having to mortgage your house. Some of the most affordable flying, mind you, can be had if you care to partake of the delights inherent in the latest generation of sport gyroplanes... a breed of aircraft that evolved very nicely since the esteemed Dr. Igor Bensen popularized the critters with the original Bensen Gyrocopter. ANN is ALWAYS on the lookout for a cool new flying machine... and few places paid off, in that regard, as well as our visit to the annual PRA Fly-I

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Aviation High School Launches Next Era

Groundbreaking Held For New Permanent Campus At Museum Of Flight In Seattle

Aviation High School has launched its next era as they celebrated their planned new, $43.5 million campus at The Museum of Flight near Boeing Field in Seattle, WA. The groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday  included five planes piloted by Aviation High School alumni, a student-built robot assisting with the first shovel of dirt and a symbolic, student-designed rocket launch.

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Flyers Rights Happy, Disappointed With DOT

Consumer Protections Welcomed, But Some Are Being Delayed

Kate Hanni, founder and executive director of, praised Tuesday's implementation of new Department of Transportation airline passenger protections. International flights will now be subject to the DOT's three-hour tarmac stranding law, certain passenger compensations have increased, and airlines will have to refund you the fee they charged for your checked bag if they lose it. 

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Paperless Flight Deck Now In UAL, Continental Cockpits

Airline Says Move To iPad Improves Safety, Saves Fuel, Boosts Efficiency

United Continental Holdings announced Tuesday that it is converting to paperless flight decks and deploying 11,000 iPads to all United and Continental pilots. The electronic flight bags (EFB) replace paper flight manuals, and as a first for major network carriers, provide pilots with paperless aeronautical navigational charts through an iPad app.

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Cessna Citation CJ4 Earns Brazilian Type Certification

First Deliveries Expected By Close Of 2011

Cessna now has type certification for the Citation CJ4 from the Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil, and expects to make first deliveries of the newest and largest member of the popular CJ family of business jets in Brazil by year's end.

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Elon Musk To Address The National Press Club

Multi-Faceted Entrepreneur Will Discuss The Future Of Human Space Flight

Elon Musk, CEO/CTO of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), will discuss the future of human spaceflight in advance of his company's planned Nov. 30 flight to the International Space Station, the first private mission to ISS for NASA, at a National Press Club luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 29.

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NYC Inmate Pays For Banner Flight

Tries To Draw Attention To His Case With An Aerial Display

An inmate facing deportation on charges he stole credit card numbers is said to have hired a plane Tuesday to fly a banner of a jail complex in New York City. The banner reportedly read "V. Vassilenko jailed 5+ yrs - no trial - is this legal?"

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.25.11)

“Today’s groundbreaking represents a giant step forward in securing the future of Aviation High School.” Source: AHS Principal Reba Gilman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.25.11): Back-Building Thunderstorm

A thunderstorm in which new development takes place on the upwind side (usually the west or southwest side), such that the storm seems to remain stationary or propagate in a backward direction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.25.11)

WSI Hurricane Tracking

Aviation weather mavens WSI are offering analysis and graphic tracking for hurricane Irene, which is taking aim at the Bahamas, North Carolina, and then the northeastern states.

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