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February 16, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.16.12

The FCC has pulled the plug on LightSquared.
The alphabet groups line up against user fees, again.
And Airbus CEO Tom Enders admits, "We screwed that up."

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Concorde RG-244 Certified For Bell LongRanger

Direct Drop-In Replacement For Existing Battery

The higher capacity RG-224 Concorde battery has been certified for installation in the Bell LongRanger. Concorde’s sealed lead acid recombinant gas (RG), absorbed glass mat (AGM) RG-224 is a 24Ah battery designed for improved performance and longer life in demanding applications.

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Bird Strike Conference Organizers Issue Call For Materials

August Conference Will Focus On Off-Airport Hazards

The Bird Strike Committee-USA has issued a all for papers, presentations, and posters to support the theme for its August conference: “Beyond the Fence: Operations and Off-airport Hazards”. The 2012 meeting will be held August 13-16 in Memphis, TN.

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Gulf Helicopters To Buy 15 AW189s

Qatar-Based Operator Serves Offshore Platforms

AgustaWestland has announced that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has signed a preliminary sales contract for 15 AW189 helicopters for use in offshore oil transport missions. The AW189 was developed to serve what the company says is a growing need for a versatile, affordable, multi-role helicopter in the eight-tonne class, and adds it has quickly found success for long-range missions, especially in the offshore oil and gas market.

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Columbia River Bar Pilots Set To Receive An AgustaWestland GrandNew

New Light Twin Replaces AW109 Power Helo

The Columbia River Bar Pilots in Oregon has selected the GrandNew light twin engine helicopter as its platform of choice. AgustaWestland made the announcement Tuesday at Heli-Expo in Dallas. The GrandNew will replace an existing AW109 Power helicopter that has served as their transport since the early 2000’s.

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Life Flight Signs For 15 AW119Ke Helos

Cites Cabin Space, Avionics, Reduced Costs

AgustaWestland has announced a contract to sell 15 AW119Ke helicopters to Life Flight Network for use in meeting future needs for air medical transport. The contract was signed Sunday at Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX. Aircraft deliveries will start in late 2012 and continue through to 2014 operating from bases in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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NASA Seeks Space Launch System Advanced Booster Risk Reduction Solutions

Agency Will Spend $200 Million On Safety Measures

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, has issued a NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch System (SLS) Advanced Booster risk-reduction effort. NASA is looking for an advanced booster concept with the goal of reducing risk in the areas of affordability, reliability and performance.

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Bombardier Reports Orders For CRJ1000 Airliners, Q400 Turboprops

Both Customers Request That They Not Yet Be Named

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm order for six CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets and has taken options on another 18. Based on the list price of the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, the airline’s firm order is valued at approximately $297 million US and could increase to approximately $1.32 billion US should all 18 options be exercised.

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Sikorsky Opens Bi-Directional Whirl Tower For Rotor Blade Balancing

Dallas, TX Facility Can Accommodate Blades For Aircraft As Large As CH-53

One of the world's most powerful structures to dynamically balance helicopter main rotor blades has been opened by Composite Technology Inc. (CTI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

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Relentless Fly-By-Wire System To Come From BAE

Company Will Provide Control Computers For New Bell Helo

Bell Helicopter has selected BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire flight control computers for its 525 Relentless super medium class helicopter. BAE says its systems flight control computers provide the ability to operate in austere environments safely and reliably, with decreased pilot workload.

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T-33 Involved In Gear-Up Landing

No Injuries, Limited Damage To Plane Reported

A 1957 T-33 trainer came in for a belly landing at St. George, Utah Friday, after the gear malfunctioned. The pilot, Kay Eckardt, flew to burn off excess fuel, then executed the landing flawlessly. He was not injured, and the plane is said to have sustained little damage.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-03-01

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Classic Aero-TV: Tornado Alley Turbos -- GA’s Propulsion Development Powerhouse

One Of The Most Inventive Companies In GA Propulsion Updates ANN On Their Plans For The Future

It would be hard to make a list of some of the most inventive and innovative companies in GA without putting Tornado Alley near the top. The creator of a number of upgrades and the inventor of a host of GA technologies, this company (we believe) is poised for even greater things than it has accomplished already... despite some pretty tough impediments in recent years (even beyond the vagaries of an economy hitting the dumpster).

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U.S. Airlines Set New Records For On-Time Performance, Customer Service

DOT Report Shows Lowest-Ever Rate Of Mishandled Baggage

Airlines for America (A4A) on Tuesday released a report showing the best performance ever in 2011 for three key customer-service metrics, including the best on-time arrival rate for any fourth quarter in history. According to the DOT Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday, airlines also posted the lowest-ever recorded annual rates in mishandled baggage and bumped passengers.

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G650 Hits Certification Milestones For Speeds, Hydraulics, Flight Controls

Twelve Aircraft Now Ready For Final-Phase Manufacturing

Gulfstream's G650 continues to make significant progress in the flight-test program on the path to type certification later this year from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). As of January 25, the four aircraft in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,675 flight hours over 820 flights.

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Asia-Pacific Leading Demand For New Aircraft

Airbus Estimates The Region Will Require Nearly 10,000 New Aircraft Over 20 Years

Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will take delivery of around 9,370 new aircraft over the next 20 years, according to the latest market forecast by Airbus. Valued at $1.3 trillion, the deliveries will account for 34 per cent of all new aircraft with more than 100 seats entering service worldwide over the forecast period, with the region overtaking North America and Europe as the world's largest air transport market.

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Virginia Startup Airline Assumes PEOPLExpress Brand

The Original Was Acquired By Continental In 1987

A start-up airline based in Virginia has resurrected the PEOPLExpress brand for its new regional carrier. Airliners painted in PEOPLExpress livery last flew in 1987, when the airline declared bankruptcy and was acquired by Continental Airlines.

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Enstrom Helicopter, Japan Sign Follow-On Contract For 28 TH-480B Aircraft

Deal Struck With Government Of Japan For Defense Force Primary Training Helos

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a follow-on contract Monday for 28 aircraft contract with Aero Facility Co. Ltd., of Japan, at the HAI convention. This signing, which took place at the Enstrom display, follows a contract awarding the aircraft between the Japanese government and Enstrom’s Japanese representative.

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ESA Touts 'Largest Range' Of Launch Services

Monday Success Of Vega Completes Suite Of Capabilities

Monday morning saw the successful launch at 1000Z of the first Vega by the European Space Agency (ESA), putting two scientific satellites and seven picosatellites into orbit. Arianespace now claims the largest range of commercial launch services.

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Second U.S.-Based Factory Service Center Endorsed For Twin Otter Aircraft

Wipaire Joins the Twin Otter Series 400 Support Network

Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada has appointed Wipaire of Saint Paul, Minnesota, as a Factory Endorsed Service Center (“FESC”) to join the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy de Havilland support network. Wipaire was selected for their proven track record providing quality products and service to the world wide Twin Otter fleet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.16.12)

“We will eliminate most fees for items such as checked bags and seat assignments aboard our fleet of Boeing 737-400 aircraft. Passengers will be seated in a single cabin with 158 seats with a pricing structure that is significantly more affordable than regional service provided by feeder airlines.” Source: Mike Morisi, Chief Operating Officer of the new PEOPLExpress airline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.16.12): On-Course Indication

An indication on an instrument, which provides the pilot a visual means of determining that the aircraft is located on the centerline of a given navigational track.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.16.12)

SAIB Database

This database is a searchable repository of all Special Airworthiness Information Bulletins (SAIBs). You can look at the SAIBs by their SAIB Number, or by applicable Make and Model.

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