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May 23, 2009

Atlantis Gets To Enjoy Space For One More Day

Sunday Looks Good For Landing At Kennedy

Atlantis is staying in orbit for another day...I can see it now -- you are one of the privileged who have worked your whole life for the one or few times that you actually get to fly into space and once there, NASA tells you that you have to stay in orbit for an extra day or two. Aw, shucks.

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Weatherly Aircraft Heads Back Into Production

Rugged Ag Airframe Reappears On Production Scene

Weatherly Aircraft Nevada, Inc., is putting the Weatherly cropduster line back into production. The company had already started producing parts and offering services in support of Weatherly agricultural aircraft earlier this month, and anticipates starting "full aircraft production mode" sometime in June.

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GAMA 'Pleased' With House FAA Reauthorization Passage

BUT... Concerned with Repair Station Provision That Threatens US Jobs and Safety Cooperation

GAMA is praising the passage of the FAA Reauthorization bill but expressing concern over a provision that would invalidate a bilateral aviation safety agreement with the European Union (EU), threatening safety cooperation with Europe and potentially jeopardizing thousands of US jobs across the country.

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Helio Meets Glacier... Guess Who Wins

Severe Downdraft NOT Countered -- Even With Full Power

Landing on glaciers, on purpose, seems like a strange thing to do for this Florida pilot. Then again, if you know what you're doing it must be pretty cool... so long as no surprises are encountered. Well, a surprise is just what this Helio pilot ran into as she tried landing on the McCall Glacier.

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Navy Deploys Extensive Resources In Search for Downed Helo

Three mine countermeasure ships, USS Champion (MCM 4), USS Devastator (MCM 6) and USS Pioneer (MCM 9) participated in Navy search efforts May 21 for the HH-60 Seahawk helicopter that went down May 19 off the coast of Southern California and Mexico.

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NATA's Coyne Weighs In On Babbitt Confirmation

Coyne Looks Forward To Working With New FAA Administrator

NATA President James K. Coyne (a former member of Congress, by the way) has praised the United States Senate for confirming Randy Babbitt as the next FAA administrator. Babbitt is slated to serve a five-year term and takes over immediately for acting FAA Administrator Lynn Osmus.

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Cobham Avionics Announces Large-Format Flight Display

Cobham Avionics has introduced a large-format integrated flight display system. The six-by-eight inch portrait display, called the IDU-680P, is an extension of the certified IDU-450 four-by-five inch landscape display currently featured in the US Navy TH-57 cockpit modernization program and helicopter OEM applications.

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UAVs... The Future Of Aerial Warfare?

And It Sure Is Easier On The Pilots

The future of aerial warfare is UAVs. The writing is on the wall, but not everyone who reads it is happy. Quoted in Politico, Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, "We're at a real time of transition here in terms of the future of aviation."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.23.09): St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo's Fire A luminous, and often audible, electric discharge that is sporadic in nature. It occurs from objects, especially pointed ones, when the electrical field strength near their surfaces attains a value near 1000 volts per centimeter. It often occurs during stormy weather and might be seen on a ship's mast or yardarm, aircraft, lightning rods, and steeples. Also known as corposant or corona discharge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.23.09)

Aero-Linx: NAVAIR -- Naval Air Systems Command The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is a United States Navy command, headquartered in Patuxent River, MD with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight principal continental United States sites and one site overseas.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.23.09)

"It is clear that as the House approves its bill, that there is now momentum to pass FAA reauthorization legislation finally. I am hopeful that Administrator Babbitt's confirmation will carry us over the hump towards passage of a bill that modernizes our air traffic control system, rejects user fees, and invests in airport infrastructure." Source:  NATA President Jim Coyne, commenting on the confirmation of Randy Babbitt as the next FAA Administrator.

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