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September 22, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.23.11

An eight-ton satellite may re-enter the atmosphere this morning.
California lawmakers cut small flight schools a break.
And a theory emerges in the Reno crash.

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FAA Proposes $2.4M Civil Penalty Against Cessna Over Corvalis Wing Failure

Corvalis Composite Issues Required Emergency Landing

Ouch... The fallout from an incident (and near-accident) that occurred to a Cessna Corvalis, last year, is likely to be an expensive one. The FAA is proposing an aggressive $2,425,000 civil penalty against Cessna Aircraft Co. after carbon composite parts of the wing of one of its aircraft came apart during flight. On Dec. 6, 2010, an FAA test pilot performing a production audit test flight in a Cessna Corvalis experienced a failure of the skin on the left wing. About seven feet of the left wing skin separated from the forward spar and damaged a fuel tank.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.22.11

The toll in Reno reaches 11.
NTSB says records it needs to solve cases are being discarded.
And after four months, F-22s will be back in the air.

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Union Leaders Turn Up Heat On Congress For Long-Term FAA Bill

Representative Of 14 Industry Unions Send A Letter To House And Senate Members

The leaders of 14 unions with ties to the aviation industry have sent a letter to members of Congress urging the quick passage of a long-term FAA funding measure. The agency has been operating on continuing resolutions since the last full appropriation bill expired in 2007.

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Airmen Missing In Action From WWII Identified

B-17 Crew Shot Down Over Papua New Guinea In 1943

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Tuesday that the remains of nine servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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The Era Of The $400 Fee Is Here

USA Today Survey Finds Airline Fees Keep Escalating

When they first started popping up a few years ago, the new list of a la carte fees charged by airlines were a nuisance. Now, they're rising to the point at which fees could cost you more than your seat under some circumstances. USA Today notes that some fees for overweight checked bags have now passed the $400 milestone.

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USMC Identifies Two Lost In Cobra Crash

Second Helo Down This Summer At Camp Pendleton

US Marine Corps officials have identified two pilots killed in Monday's crash of a Cobra attack helicopter at Camp Pendleton in California. The Chicago Tribune reports both were Illinois residents. First Lieutenant Thomas Heitmann was a 27-year-old from Mendota, while Captain Jeffrey Bland was a 37-year-old from Champaign.

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City Of Reno Identifies Those Fatally Injured In Air Race Accident

Family Members Of The Eleven People Have Been Notified

In a statement released Wednesday, the City of Reno identified the 11 people fatally injured in last Friday's accident at the Reno Air Races.

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Illinois Senator Meets With LaHood, Babbitt On O'Hare Project

Major Renovation Continuing At The Major Midwestern Hub

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) met this week with the Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Randy Babbitt to discuss Illinois transportation priorities including the O’Hare Modernization Program and FAA Reauthorization.

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North Little Rock Hangar Lawsuit Tossed By Judge

County May Evict River Cities Aviation After 25 Years

A judge in a Pulaski County, AR circuit court has thrown out a lawsuit against the city of North Little Rock and the local airport commission which could lead to the eviction of a tenant of 25 years.

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Skybolt Down In Idaho, Pilot OK

Pilot Says Structural Failure Led To Bailout

An unidentified pilot told the Canyon County Sheriff's Office that he was practicing aerobatic maneuvers in a Steen Skybolt Monday afternoon when the aircraft suffered a structural failure. He parachuted to safety as the plane crashed into an alfalfa field near Greenleaf, west of Boise, Idaho.

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First EC155 B1 For EMS Use In US Getting Painted

Metro Aviation Built Scale Model To Plan Livery

Metro Aviation tells HAI's Rotor News it is in the process of completing the first of three EC155 B1 aircraft for the University of Michigan Survival Flight. The aircraft will reportedly be the first EC155 B1 equipped and operated with an EMS package in the United States.

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AIAA Initiates 'New Horizons In Aviation' Conference

Event Kicks Off Thursday In Virginia Beach

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is initiating an annual aviation conference to look at the future of aviation. The organization built the conference based on the premise that challenges and opportunities abound in aviation, despite the common misperception that the industry is a mature one with little need for technology investments.

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Classic Aero-TV: SAFE'S Doug Stewart -- Leading the Flight Training Reformation

Looking At Rebuilding The Art and Craft Of Flight Instruction

One of the few bright lights of 2009-2010 was the rise of SAFE... an uncommon new aviation association that seems to be on the road to DOING THINGS rather than just bragging about how good they are. Born of the political strife that resulted during the NAFI/EAA melt-down, we have come to find that th leading personalities in SAFE are some of the most dedicated flyers and aero-education professionals we've ever met. Doug Stewart is (very much) one of those folks.

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Bill Providing Relief To California Flight Training Industry Becomes Law

Flight Schools Exempted From Postsecondary Education Regulations

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed Senate Bill 619 into law, which provides relief to many of the flight training facilities that were facing burdensome regulation from the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). With the signing of SB 619, flight training providers and flight training programs that pose no financial risk to students are exempted from the BPPE's regulations.

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Phoenix Heliparts Gaining STC For Aspen Evolution Flight Display System On MD500

'H' Series PFD And MFD Designed Specifically For Helicopter Market

Phoenix Heliparts and Aspen Avionics are preparing to receive an FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the installation of Aspen’s H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFD) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFD) in the international fleet of MD500 helicopters. Aspen’s H-series PFD and MFD systems are designed and manufactured to meet the unique rigors of helicopter operations.

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GAMA Strongly Supports Asia Pacific Biz-Av Proposal

APEC Pledges To Focus On Benefits Of Business Aviation

GAMA has expressed its strong support for an initiative to facilitate business aviation operations in the Asia-Pacific region. The proposal was agreed to by transport ministers at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in San Francisco on September 14, 2011.

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EASA Publishes Proposed Rules For Instrument Ratings

Agency Says Advance Ratings Will Be 'More Accessible' To Holders Of PPLs

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) released proposed rules on Qualifications for flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC). With Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) 2011-16, the Agency puts forward for consideration new and more accessible instrument ratings for holders of private pilot licenses.

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Hangar Ready For The Spaceship Company

Scaled/Virgin Joint Venture Will Build Private Spacecraft

The Scaled Composites facility in California's Mohave Desert offered a secluded location to experiment and low rent when Burt Rutan moved in years ago. But the ambiance was decidedly more show-biz Monday as Scaled and Virgin Galactic celebrated the completion of a new, $8 million production facility for their joint venture known as The Spaceship Company.

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NASA Satellite May Re-Enter Atmosphere Friday

Most Of The Seven-Ton Spacecraft Will Burn Up Before Reaching The Ground

NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS), which ceased operations on December 14, 2005, is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere Friday morning, but NASA scientists are still not sure where the remains of the seven-ton satellite will eventually fall to the ground.

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Jimmy Leeward May Have Blacked Out Prior To Accident

Analysis Suggests High 'G' Forces In Violent Pitch-Up

The leading theory, and we're quick to stress that it is only a theory, behind what may have led to Friday's accident at the Reno Air Race points to the possibility that pilot Jimmy Leeward blacked out after his modified P-51 pitched up sharply before nosing over and impacting the ground. Analysis points to the loss of an elevator trim tab as a possible factor in the accident.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.22.11)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues. Sometimes, you'll find them timely and in keeping with the content of the day's news... and sometimes, they'll just be thought-provoking. Reader suggestions and comments are welcome... and if particularly intriguing, timely, or poignant, may themselve

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.22.11): Ceilometer

A device using a laser or other light source to determine the height of a cloud base.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.22.11)

Women Soaring Pilots Association

The WSPA was founded June 11, 1986 in Tucson, AZ. The charter meeting was the result of a year's effort and input by the pilots who attended the 1985 Women Soaring Seminar at Air Sailing near Reno, NV. The organizations' current membership exceeds 200 pilots including International pilots.  

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