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December 28, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.28.12

Hawker Dumps Two Underfunded Pensions…

General Aviation Growth will Help Drive Aerospace Gains in 2013…

A Kazakh Military Transport is

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Airborne 12.28.12: SpaceX Leaps Tall Buildings, NM Relents on Seaplanes, G650 Delivers

Also: SpaceShipTwo Progresses, Seaplane City, 3000 WAAS Approaches, ForeFlight/WingX Updates, Carter VTOL Slows Down, Happy New Year!

SpaceX's Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Score one for grassroots advocacy. The State of New Mexico, which had proposed a general ban on amphibious aircraft and seaplanes from all of its state parks, relented following an effort spearheaded in part by  'The Seaplane Forum' online. The first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 aircraft has been delivered to its new owner... a U.S. customer. This important first delivery came just hours after Gulfstream Aerospac

Classic Aero-TV: The Nature of Airventure-A Unique Look at the Planes of Oshkosh

Aero-TV Takes A Creative Look At The Wilder Side Of Oshkosh

Sometimes, after a week of watching airplanes fly, they begin to seem to almost ... well ... begin to take on a life of their own. When videographers and writers start to look at airplanes in that way, strange things can happen. We call our airplanes "birds." They have names like KitFox, Goose, BearHawk, and ... yes ... Cub. And at an event like Oshkosh they do gather, like all the different animals at the watering hole on the African savannah, for a brief time before moving on. There are the fragile, the small and agile, the large and ponderous, and the swift predators. The only difference is

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Airborne 12.28.12: SpaceX Leaps Tall Bldgs, NM Permits Seaplanes, G650 Delivers

Also: SpaceShipTwo Progress, Seaplane City, 3K WAAS Approaches, ForeFlight/WingX Updates, Carter VTOL Slows Down, Happy New Year!

SpaceX's Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Score one for grassroots advocacy. The State of New Mexico, which had proposed a general ban on amphibious aircraft and seaplanes from all of its state parks, relented following an effort spearheaded in part by  'The Seaplane Forum' online. The first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 aircraft ha

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Aeromexico Finalizes Dreamliner Order

Will Acquire Six 787s, Plus Reconfirmation Rights For Four Additional Airplanes

An order for six 787-9 Dreamliners, with reconfirmation rights for four additional Dreamliners, has been finalized by Boeing and Aeromexico. The order by Mexico's largest airline, which was first announced as a commitment in July, is valued at more than $1.46 billion at published list prices.

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Kazakh Military Transport Plane Down

An-72 Had 27 People On Board, All Were Fatally Injured

A Kazakh military An-72 went down Wednesday about 12 miles from Shymkent airport resulting in the fatal injury of all 27 people on board the airplane. Among the passengers on the plane were Kazakhstan's top border guard officials, according to the state security service.

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Hawker Beechcraft Dumping Two Underfunded Pension Plans

Programs Cover Non-Union Workers And Retirees

In a filing made just a few minutes before midnight last Friday, Hawker Beechcraft dumped pension plans covering nearly 9,500 non-union workers and retirees that were severely underfunded. The move came as part of an agreement with the federal government's Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp (PBGC) and the planemaker's machinists' union.

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Klyde Morris 12.28.2012

Sure, Klyde, But Which Is More Plausible?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Russian Jet Demo Teams Get New Sukhois Ahead Of Combat Units

First Su-30SM And Su-35C Airplanes To Go To Russian Knights, Swifts

Russia's newest fighter jets will fly for the country's military demonstration teams before being deployed with combat units of the Russian Air Force, according to the service's commander Viktor Bondarev.

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Cargo Airline Founder Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

Was Convicted On Charges Of Child Pornography In Federal Court

The founder of the south Texas cargo airline Pan American Airways has been sentenced to 30 years in a federal prison after being caught in a child pornography sting online. Robert L. Hedrick, 61, continues to proclaim his innocence, saying he was framed by former business associates.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.28.12)

"To the best of our knowledge (the cargo airline) has never operated in any form.  We condemn Mr. Hedrick's actions and offer our heartfelt condolences to those suffering from them." Source: Statement by Pan Am following the sentencing of Robert Hedrick, founder of a cargo operation named Pan American Airways, on child pornography charges.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.28.12): Final Approach Fix (FAF)

The fix from which the IFR final approach to an airport is executed, and which identifies the beginning of the final approach segment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.28.12)

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum is recognized as East Anglia's Aviation Heritage Center.  Maintained and run by volunteers, with one paid staff member, the Museum celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2012. 

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AD: Airbus A330

AD NUMBER: 2012-25-12

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes.

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AD: Boeing (757)

AD NUMBER: 2012-25-11

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing 757-200, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes.

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