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July 20, 2011

Letter Groups Weigh In On GA User Fees, Fuel Taxes

Industry Associations Send Open Letter To House Speaker John Boehner

As the deadline for raising the debt ceiling looms just after AirVenture, the associations that represent GA have come together to jointly send an open letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) to express their collective opposition to proposed aviation user fees.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.20.11

TSA didn't follow the law when introducing body scanners.
A defector says Libya was behind the bombing of UTA Flight 772.
And Airbus may force Boeing to change its product strategy.

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FAA Safety Team Unveils Aid For Avoiding Close Calls With Military Aircraft

See And Designed To Help GA Pilots Avoid Midair Collisions Through Proper Flight Planning

The FAA, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, has launched the "See and Avoid" website on

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Tape Solution Addresses New FAA-Mandated Robinson AD

Airwolf Aerospace Offers STCd Rotor Blade Tape To Protect Against Delamination On Robinson Helicopters

FAA-certified (STC) blade tape kits are being marketed by Airwolf Aerospace LLC as a protective measure against blade skin delamination on Robinson R22 and R44 helicopter main rotor blades. The FAA recently issued a second Airworthiness Directive (AD 2011-12-10) on all Robinson helicopters.

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First Flight For First Production Poseidon

Navy Plans To Eventually Acquire 117 Of The Aircraft

The first P-8A Poseidon production aircraft completed its first flight on July 7, taking off from Renton Field and landing three hours later at Boeing Field in Seattle.

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United Launch Alliance Marks 50th Successful GPS Launch

IIF-2 Mission Delivered To Orbit

A Delta IV rocket carrying the Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-2 payload lifted off from Space Launch Complex-37 at Cape Canaveral, FL at 0241 EDT Saturday. This was the seventh United Launch Alliance launch this year.

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Two NASA Probes Tackle New Mission: Studying The Moon

ARTEMIS Spacecraft Will Fly As Low As 60 Miles Above The Lunar Surface

Two small NASA probes that had been used to study space weather now are orbiting the moon to study its interior and surface composition.

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Managed Gate Operations Tool Under Development

NYSERDA-Funded Project To Reduce Taxi Times, Increase On-Time Performance, Lessen Fuel Burn And Emissions At Congested Airports

Excessive delays on the airport tarmac are often caused by ramp area congestion and limited gate resources.

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American Eurocopter To Highlight Training At ALEA 2011

Company's Texas Training Center Will Take Center Stage

American Eurocopter plans to highlight its custom training solutions during the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 20 to 23.

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Bell Helicopter Showcases Its Newest 407 ALEA

Attendees Will See The 407GX Optimized For Parapublic Missions

Bell Helicopter will display its newest 407 – the 407GX – during the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) 41st Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans this week.

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Transport Canada STC Issued For AFIRS 228 Installation On Boeing 777

AeroMechanical Services Authorized For The Retrofit

AeroMechanical Services Limited has received a provisions only STC from Transport Canada for AFIRS 228 installation on the Boeing 777 series of aircraft.

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Dynamic Aviation’s Aerial Spray Team Preps For Hurricane Season

Mosquito Populations Can Explode Following A Tropical Event

As hurricane season deepens, Dynamic Aviation, which provides aerial insect control and other services to government and commercial organizations, is preparing its fleet of aircraft equipped with specialized application systems.

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CTLS Proves A Worthy International Flier

Flight Design Cites Class Win In Morane-Saulnier In Touting Efficiency

Not everyone thinks of an LSA as a first choice for international flights, but Flight Design says the CTLS proved by its performance in the Morane Saulnier Paris-Madrid Air Race that it is a very capable aircraft.

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PC-12 NG Chosen For Satellite Transport Mission

Single-Engine Turboprop's Unique Capabilities Cited

Pilatus Business Aircraft, Ltd. says a charter operator of its PC-12 single-engine turboprop, Mayo Aviation, was recently contracted to move a one-of-a-kind satellite across the USA.

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A320 Sales Surge May Force Boeing's Hand

Newer Engines For 737NG Would Be Good News, Bad News For Renton Plant

Industry analysts says Boeing may be taking the success of its popular 737NG too much for granted, and that the recent surge in sales for the Airbus A320neo (as in "new engine option") may force the US manufacturer to change its product development strategy.

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Avidyne Extends ADS-B Avionics Portfolio

AXP340 Mode S Transponder Meets NextGen ADS-B Out Mandate

Avidyne Corporation has introduced their new AXP340 Mode S Transponder with ADS-B Out capability to meet the mandate for the NextGen airspace initiative.

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Classic Aero-TV: Raising Horizons -- The Org. of Black Aerospace Professionals

An Enlightening Discussion About Color In Aviation

In the exhibit hall of the Women In Aviation Convention, aviators of all types walked the floors... talking, sharing, and enjoying the distinction of being among an elite group of people -- AVIATORS. And no matter their sex, color, origin or preferences; it was a place where the true spirit of aviation was alive and well.

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PA Governor To Invest $3.8 Million To Improve Operations At Eight Airports

FAA Providing $3.7 Million In Block Grants

An investment of $3.8 million in federal and state funds will improve operations at eight Pennsylvania airports, Governor Tom Corbett announced Tuesday.

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'DeBird 2' Is Down, But Karol's OK

Innovative Homebuilt Jump-Gyroplane Hit By Turbulence On Takeoff

One of the more interesting and unusual aircraft profiled by Aero TV at last year's annual Popular Rotorcraft Association convention at Mentone, IN is described as a total loss after a weekend accident in Michigan.

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BTS Releases May Passenger Airline Employment Data

May 2011 Employment Rose 2.1 Percent from May 2010

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.1 percent more workers in May 2011 than they did in May 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported Tuesday.

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G-YROX Record Attempt Resumes

Norman Surplus Granted Permission To Cross Japan In Autogyro

Norman Surplus, a pilot, adventurer and cancer survivor from Northern Ireland, has received permission from Japan to cross its airspace, which will allow the continuation of his attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate the globe in an autogyro.

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AIA Applauds Common Sense Export Control Reforms

Some Restrictions Removed From Low-Risk Technology Exports

The Aerospace Industries Association said Monday it welcomes the administration's proposed rule to relieve low-risk technology exports of burdensome and unnecessary restrictions. 

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NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image Of Asteroid Vesta

Orbit Around Second-Most Massive Object In Asteroid Belt Achieved Friday Night

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.20.11)

"The aviation industry employs more than 290,000 people statewide, which is nearly 5 percent of the state workforce. These investments go directly to improving operations at the airports that are responsible for so many jobs." Source: PA Governor Tom Corbett.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.20.11): Radar

A device which provides information on range, azimuth, and/or elevation of objects in the path of the transmitted pulses.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.20.11)

Flying Clippers

For a world coming out of economic depression, these majestic flying boats symbolized not only elegance and luxury, but adventure and romance to a degree not equaled since.

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