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Re-opening 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing NOAA announced yesterday that it is re-opening 26,388 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing in the southeastern portion of the closed area. The reopening of these areas took effect July 22 at 6 p.m. ET. Since mid-June, NOAA data have shown no oil in the area, and United States Coast Guard observers flying over the area in last 30 days have also not observed any oil. Additionally, trajectory models show the area is at a low risk for future exposure to oil, and fish caught in the area and tested by NOAA experts have shown no signs of contamination. NOAA will continue to take samples for testing from the newly re-opened area, and the agency has also implemented dockside sampling to test fish caught throughout the Gulf by commercial fishermen. NOAA will continue to evaluate the need for fisheries closures based on the evolving nature of the spill and will re-open closed areas as appropriate. Jul 22, 2010

Canada Institute for Aerospace Research will announce today a significant advance in icing research The National Research Council Canada Institute for Aerospace Research will announce today a significant advance in icing research. The Ottawa, Ontario-based establishment has developed an isokinetic probe that can measure total water content when flying at altitude through clouds with ice crystals. Since the 1950s, ice crystal conditions have been identified as a potential problem for aircraft, but there has been no real understanding of this phenomenon occurring at high altitudes, it continues. The NRC-designed and built probe samples clouds isokinetically and employs an evaporator that ensures an accurate total water content reading. Researchers have tested the probe extensively under simulated flight conditions that included ice crystals in the range of 70 to 270 microns in concentrations up to 15g per cubic metre. Total water content readings are proving accurate. Flight testing of the probe in ice crystal conditions is planned for 2011. Jul 19, 2010

Pensacola Beach Efforts to cap the oil well are under way. But even if they are successful at stopping the gusher, the tourist-dependent Florida Panhandle now faces the hurdle of luring visitors back to a coastline that still could see tar balls wash ashore. Businesses along the emerald-water coast fear the technical know-how being used to plug the runaway Gulf of Mexico well won't be enough to salvage its peak tourist season, with images of oily beaches still fresh in travelers' minds. The entire Panhandle has reported sluggish business even though its exposure to the spill has mostly been limited to its western end, near Pensacola. Even there, beaches have been mostly clean for the last two weeks, with scattered reports of tar balls and other oil. But even with the flow stopped, cleanup remains, and winds and currents could still bring the mess back to Florida. Jul 20, 2010

Porter Airlines, Bombardier Bombardier and Porter Airlines are working to complete the first biofuel trial on a large turboprop once a Q400 operated by the carrier completes the test in early 2012. Porter and Bombardier are part of a consortium led by Targeted Growth Canada to demonstrate a camelina-based biofuel on the aircraft supplied by Sustainable Oils. Other partners include Q400 engine supplier Pratt & Whitney and Honeywell subsidiary UOP. Sustainable Oils is pre-refining the camelina oil and UOP is responsible for producing the hydro-treated renewable jet biofuel from the oils supplied. Jul 21, 2010

Rockwell Collins Rockwell Collins has secured an active role in the Atlantic-interoperability initiative to reduce emissions (AIRE) as part of a consortium led by Swedish air navigation service provider Luftfartsverket. Other members of the group include Swedavia, SAS, and GE Aviation, and its goal is to develop initial concepts applied to AIRE, which is an agreement between the European Commission and the US Federal Aviation Administration to develop more environmentally friendly air transport on transatlantic routes. Jul 22, 2010

San Francisco Tourists visiting the famous hangout of San Francisco Bay's sea lions now can get some answers to their questions about the blubbery beasts. Pier 39 has joined with the Bay Institute, the Aquarium of the Bay and the Marine Mammal Center to launch an outreach program that will staff the pier with a naturalist every day to educate visitors. Before this venture kicked off on July 1, volunteers from the mammal center had been available on and off. Jeff Boehm, the mammal center's executive director, says visitors' curiosity makes it an excellent opportunity to pass on information about the sea lions and what can be done to protect their ocean habitat. The experts are available on the pier from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Jul 21, 2010

Sikorsky Aircraft Sikorsky has revealed that it has developed an all-electric 200hp (150kW) helicopter, the Firefly, that will be unveiled later this month and fly later this year. Based on the S-300C piston-powered helicopter, the electric version will feature a high-efficiency, electric motor and digital controller from power conversion specialist US Hybrid, coupled with a lithium ion energy storage system from Gaia Power Technologies. Eagle Aviation Technologies completed the airframe modifications and assembled the demonstrator helicopter. In the cockpit, Sikorsky says integrated sensors will provide real-time aircraft health information through a panel-integrated interactive LCD monitor. Jul 20, 2010

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Date:Jul 26, 2010
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