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August 19, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.19.11

Congress may be strangling the American UAV industry.
The FAA warns Camarillo and the UARC to follow the rules.
And Kyle Franklin is back on the airshow circuit.

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FAA, EASA Certify Boeing 747-8 Freighter

Newest, Largest Member Of The Boeing Jumbo Family

Boeing has received FAA and EASA certification for the new 747-8 Freighter, passing two of the final landmarks on the airplane's journey to entry into service. The FAA granted Boeing an Amended Type Certificate (ATC) and an Amended Production Certificate for the 747-8 Freighter, while the EASA also granted the company an ATC for the airplane.

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Russian Leasing Company Looks To Canadian Airplanes

Bombardier And Ilyushin Leasing Announce Tentative Deal

Russian leasing company Ilyushin has reportedly signed a letter of intent with Bombardier for 10 new CSeries aircraft, the two parties announced Wednesday.

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City Of Albany, GA, Seeks FAA Funding For New Terminal

Airport Director Estimates The Project Will Cost $3.2 Million

The city of Albany, GA plans to ask the FAA to chip in $3.2 million for the construction of a new terminal at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (KABY). Airport director Yvette Aehle said that the figure represents the higher of the two lowest bids for the project.

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Wilcutt Appointed To Head Safety For NASA

Succeeds Bryan O'Connor As Chief Of Office of Safety And Mission Assurance

NASA reports Terrence W. Wilcutt has been appointed the agency's chief of safety and mission assurance, effective September 1. Wilcutt is a retired Marine colonel and veteran astronaut who is serving as director of safety and mission assurance at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. He will assume the post from Bryan O'Connor, who will retire from the agency on August 31.

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Fire Scout Completes Successful At-Sea Deployment

Northrop Grumman UAS Tested Aboard USS Halyburton

The MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff Unmanned Aerial Vehicle built by Northrop Grumman was credited with providing critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to special operations forces and U.S. Navy anti-piracy actions during the system's second at-sea deployment. Two Fire Scout air vehicles were deployed aboard the USS Halyburton (FFG 40) at the beginning of January. The system was tasked to provide ISR support for anti-piracy operations conducted by the Navy's 5th Fleet.

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Two Unmanned Aircraft Companies Form Strategic Alliance

AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems And AME Unmanned Systems Enter Into Cooperative Agreement

AME Unmanned Systems and AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) announced Tuesday that the two companies have entered into a strategic alliance agreement regarding unmanned systems development.

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C-130 Collides With RQ-7 UAV In Afghanistan

Cargo Plane Made Emergency Landing, All Aboard Safe

The US Air Force says that a C-130 collided with an RQ-7 Shadow UAV operating in eastern Afghanistan Monday, forcing the cargo plane to make an emergency landing. No one on board the aircraft was injured.

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Texas DOT Awards Heliport Grant

New FBO Chosen For DeSoto Facility

Helicopter Association International reports TX-DOT has awarded a grant of $500,000 from its Aviation Division for engineering, design and construction of a heliport serving DeSoto, TX. Under a current letter of intent, the city has identified Sky Helicopters, Inc. as its fixed base operator.

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Report: Airport Passenger Screening Systems A $10 Billion Business

New Visiongain Report Explores Security Needs Worldwide

In a report released Tuesday, London-based analysis firm Visiongain says that in 2011, the global expenditure on airport passenger screening systems is calculated to be $10 billion, a figure which is forecast to rise as current airport expansion plans continue.

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Barb Tolbert In Tight Race For Arlington Mayor

Fly-In Director Separated From Opponent By Only 0.5%

The annual Arlington Fly-In, held each July in that city in Washington state, is one of the most successful events of its type in the US. This fall, voters will get to decide whether fly-in Director Barb Tolbert should become the city's new mayor.

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Kansas Man Not Injured In Ultralight Crash

In Fact, He Wasn't Even Aboard The Aircraft

In a bad case of mistaken identity, a Salina, Kansas man was misidentified by the Kansas Highway Patrol as being involved in an accident involving an ultralight aircraft, and having been transported to a Wichita hospital in critical condition.

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New RC Helo Interfaces With iOS Devices

HELO TC Uses Multi-Touch Display As Aircraft Controller

And you thought your iOS device was just for keeping your calendar and phone numbers straight ... and maybe an occasional game of "Angry Birds." Well this is a "bird" of a different kind for your idle iPhone moments. Griffin Technology has launched its newest AppPowered accessory: HELO TC, a remote-controlled helicopter that you control with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. The HELO TC app transforms the Multi-Touch display of any iOS device into a remote control for HELO TC.  

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Exercises In Aero-Futility -- UARC To Fly 'Straight and Level Demonstration'

Kinda Like Watching Paint Dry, The Average GA Arrival Should Be A LOT More Exciting Than UARC's 'Performance' at KCMA

OK... I've said it before and I pray that I don't have to say it again... but this story could NOT get more bizarre. In a last ditch attempt to fly 'something... anything...' in order for the Camarillo Airshow to preserve the appearance of the act once espoused by the so-called Unlimited Air Race Challenge, the FAA has agreed to let the 'team' fly an exceedingly simple program at this weekend's event. How simple? How about a few passes well away from the spectators, straight and level, with no aerobatics and no aggressive maneuvering... kinda like the flying everyone will see from any private (or even student) pilot flying into the airport to watch the event.

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Top Gun: Dreamliner vs A380

From The Department Of People With A Bit Of Extra Time On Their Hands

We often hear about "rivals" Boeing and Airbus ... and indeed, the two mega-conglomerates are locked in a very competitve battle for the billions of dollars both say will be spent on airliners in the coming 20 years. But when it comes right down to it, its a war waged on paper ... or the electronic equivilant. It's all about balance sheets and profit margins, not actual combat. But what if it were? What if Boeing's Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 were to duke it out, plane-o-a-plane-o like they were ... oh we don't know ... a Tomcat and a MiG?

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Classic Aero-TV: Keeping The Dream -- Aerobatic Pilot Greg Poe

One Of The Nation's Finest Pilots Was A Life-Long Flyer

Aero-Note: The late Greg Poe, who passed away several days ago after a heart attack, was remembered in a memorial service that was held this week in in his beloved state of Idaho. The following Aero-TV story was played during the service and we hope that his friends and famiily understood through it how greatly we respected and admired Greg... and how much we're going to miss him. Out of the greatest of respect for this amazing flyer, we thought it fitting that we run this story again this weekend. God bless you, my friend... say Hi to Vicki for me... -- Ji

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Civil Air Patrol Elects 'Chuck' Carr National Commander

Joseph Vazquez Tapped As National Vice Commander

Civil Air Patrol National Vice Commander Brig. Gen. Charles L. “Chuck” Carr Jr. of Columbus, Ohio, was elected national commander Thursday by the CAP National Board, one of the nonprofit organization’s governing bodies, and Middle East Region Commander Col. Joseph R. Vazquez of Richmond, VA, was elected national vice commander.

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United Prepares For 787

Carrier Announces Its First Dreamliner Is Being Built

With the first customers now expecting their new Boeing 787s within days, United Continental Holdings announced Wednesday that the first of its Dreamliners has entered the assembly phase at Boeing's facility in Everett, Washington. In early 2012, United will be the first North American carrier to take delivery of the aircraft, the first of 50 it has on order.

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'Gamera' Human-Powered Helicopter Record Certified By NAA

Clark School Student Team Sets New U.S. Flight Records at 11.4 Seconds

The National Aeronautic Association has certified that on July 13, 2011, the human-powered helicopter Gamera, designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering and piloted by biology student Judy Wexler, achieved lift-off and hovered for 11.4 seconds, setting the new U.S. records for flight duration and flight duration by a female pilot.

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UAS Industry In US Jeopardized By Regulation

Northrop Grumman CEO Warns US Could Lose Industry Lead

The general aviation manufacturing sector in the US increasingly struggles to compete in the world marketplace due to the delays and costs of federal regulation, but it's far from alone in that plight. Robotics developers, particularly those developing unmanned aerial systems and other unmanned weapons, say the US now risks losing its lead in the field to clumsy congressional meddling.

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Embry-Riddle President & CEO Addresses Wichita Aero Club

Highlights Industry Concerns And Successes At August Business Luncheon

The members of the aircraft community, including many Embry-Riddle alumni, gathered at the monthly Wichita Aero Club luncheon on Tuesday to hear from guest speaker Dr. John P. Johnson, president and CEO of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Klyde Morris 08.18.11

Klyde Is "Tied Up" In A VIP TFR... 


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US Airways Discussing neo With Airbus?

Early Talks Could Lead To Replacement Of Older 757s

There are reportedly talks underway between US Airways and Airbus about the possibility of replacing some of its older Boeing 757s with one of the newest offerings in the Airbus line ... the A321neo.

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Data Logging Monitoring Added To EvoMX Systems

Evolution Aviators Adds Feature For Its G1000 And Cirrus Perspective Clients

Clients of Evolution Aviators EvoMX Maintenance Management Program with a Cirrus Perspective or traditional G1000 will receive data monitoring through their aircraft advocate. Clients simply upload their data via SD card directly to Evolution’s branded AvConnect software.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.19.11)

"Through the development of Gamera we have learned many things about extreme ground effect aerodynamic design and also about lightweight structural design." Source: UMD Gamera team student co-leaders Joe Schmaus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.19.11): Show

Unless the context otherwise requires, means to show to the satisfaction of the Administrator.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.19.11)

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