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November 06, 2011

NTSB Confirms Brake Failure Reports In G150 Over-Run

Thrust Reversers Unable To Halt Plane Before End of Runway

There are few more lousy feelings in an airplane than when you actuate a system control and discover a failure to respond. In the case of a hapless Gulfstream G150, this issue resulted a runway over-run and four injuries, one of them serious. The resulting accident was a serious one and could have been FAR worse...

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Stricken Pilot Lands Plane Safely In Illinois

But 65-Year-Old Dies In Hospital After Heart Attack

When we consider the arguments surrounding the need for a third-class FAA medical requirement, we usually debate two outcomes of medical incapacitation - fatal crashes, and non-fatal crashes. But there is at least a third possible outcome - no crash at all. Tuesday night at about 2130 CDT, a pilot who suffered a heart attack during a flight over McHenry County, Illinois put the plane down smoothly and without a scratch in a farm field, where responders were able to reach him.

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Air Transport Association Projects Full Flights For The Holidays

But Predicts A Two Percent Decline In Thanksgiving Air Travel

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) is advising passengers to expect full flights during the upcoming Thanksgiving travel season, even though about 37,000 fewer people per day are expected to fly during the holiday period compared with last year, as U.S. carriers have reduced capacity to match demand and offset higher costs.

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NASA Names New Advisory Council Chairman

Group Offers Guidance And Policy Advice To Agency

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Cornell University Astronomy Professor Steven W. Squyres chairman of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), an assembly of experts from various fields that offer guidance and policy advice to the administrator of America's space agency.

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Air Force Modernization Takes B-2 To North Pole

Endurance Mission Ended With Inert Bombing Run At Edwards AFB

Taking off from the flightline at Edwards Air Force Base October 27, a B-2 Spirit travelled to the top of the world and back again on a mission to test the aircraft's hardware and software upgrades, endurance and performance at extremely high latitudes. The more than 18-hour mission to the North Pole and back to Edwards AFB consisted of developmental and operational test points to prove that the B-2's software upgrade works well and is able to operate anywhere in the world.

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First 747-8 Freighter Delivered To Atlas Air

Airline Subsidiary GSS To Operate Freighter For British Airways World Cargo

The first 747-8 Freighter for Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings was delivered on Thursday. The airplane is the first of nine 747-8 Freighters Atlas Air has on order. Atlas Air's 49 percent subsidiary, Global Supply Systems (GSS), will operate the new freighter for British Airways World Cargo through a five-year wet-lease agreement.

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Cobham, Carson Helicopter To Retrofit Sikorsky Aircraft With Avionics Upgrades

Glass Panels For S-61, S-76, UH-60 Aircraft

Cobham and Carson Helicopters have announced a partnership to provide an advanced suite of avionics for Sikorsky S-61, S-76, and UH-60 derivative helicopter retrofits. The Integrated Systems business unit of Cobham Commercial Systems will supply a highly integrated flight deck that features large-format synthetic vision flight displays and other features.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.06.11): Precision Obstacle Free Zone (POFZ)

Precision Obstacle Free Zone (POFZ) An 800 foot wide by 200 foot long area centered on the runway centerline adjacent to the threshold designed to protect aircraft flying precision approaches from ground vehicles and other aircraft when ceiling is less than 250 feet or visibility is less than 3/4 statute mile (or runway visual range below 4,000 feet.)

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.06.11)

Aero Linx: Washington Air Search and Rescue (WASAR) Washington Air Search and Rescue (WASAR) is made up of state trained and qualified search pilots, observers, communications and base support personnel who live in or near Washington and who want to do something meaningful in service to the State’s citizens. Our members are dedicated to the ideals of search and rescue, come from all walks of life, and are willing to give of their time, equipment and expertise in order to help save lives.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.06.11)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "A goal of the test force is to prevent a situation where an aircraft experiences an anomaly with a new system for the first time in an operational mission... This flight to the North Pole could reveal data and lessons that were not seen in a lab or simulated environment." Source: Lt. Col. Hans Miller, the 419th Flight Test Squadron commander, describing the rationale behind the flight of a B-2 Spirit that travelled to the top of the world and back again on a mission to test the aircraft's hardware and software upgrades, endurance and performance at extremely high latitudes. The more than 18-hour mission to the North Pole and back to Edwards AFB consisted

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland Model MBB-BK

AD NUMBER: 2011-21-13

MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model MBB-BK 117 C-2 Helicopters

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