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November 12, 2011

FAA To Propose AD Monday To Address GE Engine Shutdowns

New AD Would Supersede 2007 Directive For Popular Widebody Engine

The FAA is set to supersede an existing airworthiness directive (AD) that applies to all GE CF6-80C2B series turbofan engines. The existing AD currently requires installing software version 8.2.Q1 to the engine electronic control unit (ECU), which increases the engine's margin to flameout. Since that AD was issued, the FAA has received reports of additional engine events.

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SAFE Appoints Its First Executive Director

Success, Growth Necessitate Professional Staff

The Board of Directors of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently accepted Doug Stewart’s resignation from the Board of Directors and voted unanimously to appoint him as the organization’s first Executive Director. According to one Board member, Stewart “was a logical choice to become our first Executive Director.

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A Look Back At STS-2 Launch Day, Part 1

I WAS THERE … Only this time I was closer.

Excitement concerning STS-2, the second launch America's space shuttle, was at a similar pitch in the second week of November, 1981. Yet that excitement came with a different tone. Now, although most of America- indeed most of the world- knew that there was a space shuttle but, most folks still didn't really know how it worked or what it was all about.

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Airbus Officially Announces End Of A340 Program

Completion Of Production "Marks New Chapter In The A340 Success Story"

Airbus has offically announced the end of the A340 program after not taking an order for the four-engine jet for over two years.In a statment posted on the company website, the planemaker said that the production run has ended twenty years after the A340s maiden flight, reflecting "changing market dynamics."

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Canadian Air And Space Museum Chair Stresses Importance Of History

Remembrance Day Speech Decries Slated Demolition Of Museum Building

Canadian Air & Space Museum chairman Ian A. McDougall used a Remembrance Day speech at the museum to strees the importance of the country's avaition history, and to call for the preservation of the building that houses the museum. The museum building is the original de Havilland Canada hangar in Toronto, and though certified as a ‘Heritage Building’ by the Canadian Federal Government, it is slated for demolition, to be replaced next year by a hockey rink.

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Five Fatally Injured In Hawaii Tour Helicopter Accident

Aircraft Went Down During A Flight Over West Maui

A helicopter carrying a pilot and four tourists has gone down in a mountainous region of east Molokai after departing from Kahului on the Hawaiian island of Maui. All five people on board were fatally injured in the accident.

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Airman From WWII Identified

Crewman On An Aircraft Shot Down On A Bombing Run Over Yugoslavia

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) said earlier this week that the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being returned to the family for burial with full military honors.

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U.S.S. Carl Vinson Hosts Carrier Classic

NCAA Basketball Game Played On The Carrier Deck

When describing an aircraft carrier, it's often compared, at least in length, to some number of football fields. But for the first Quicken Loans Carrier Classic basketball game played on Veterans Day, the deck of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) moored in San Diego was converted into a basketball arena.

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'Incentivated' Aids Airbus' Recruitment Process

Company Targeting Students Using SMS, QR Codes

Airbus is taking advantage virtual ubiquitousness of smartphones in the pockes and purses of students to get the word out about recruiting events and other company information. The mobile marketing and technology specialist Incentivated, is working with Dawson Walker Communications to deliver a messaging and mobile internet campaign for Airbus, targeted at students who are registering their interest in engineering recruitment events.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.12.11)

"Nobody passes through these portals and leaves only with a picture of a face. They see the machines, the battlegrounds, the factories, and hear the stories through the flow of the history that is represented within the Canadian Air & Space Museum." Source: Remberance Day speech by Canadian Air & Space Museum chairman Ian A. McDougall.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.12.11): Slaved Compass

An aircraft system whereby the heading gyro is slaved to, or continuously corrected to bring its direction readings into agreement with a remotely located magnetic direction sensing device.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.12.11)

The Early Birds of Aviation

Though this site does not appear to be updated regularly, there is some interesting information here. The site has entries for some 97 pioneer aviators, both the famous and the lesser known of them.

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