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January 24, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.25.13

LaHood Says State of American Aviation is Strong….

The NTSB Examines Whistleblower Warnings about Boeings Batteries…

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Aviation Industry Stars Unite To Launch Turbine Aircraft Remanufacturing Venture

First Project For The Aviation Alliance Is A Remanufactured Cessna 421

Highly regarded executives from business and military aviation have joined forces to offer remanufactured, modernized turbine-powered aircraft to the aviation and defense industries. The new enterprise, The Aviation Alliance, LLC will evaluate and select aircraft models to modify and act as general manager/contractor throughout the various modernization programs.

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How To Sell An Airplane At An Air Show

Bristell Shows That They Came To Sebring To Do Business

Every year I point out the marketing failures I see at the various air shows and fly-in’s.  I do that because I hope to help companies sell better which will contribute to the success of general aviation overall.

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World’s First GE H80-Powered King Air Delivered

New Owner Will Fly The Airplane In A Charter Operation

The first King Air C90 to be powered by GE's H80 800 SHP engines has been delivered to its new owner by Smyrna Air Center in Smyrna, TN. A formal ribbon cutting and delivery presentation was held at Smyrna Air Center at Smyrna Airport (KMQY) in Smyrna Tennessee on Thursday December 20th, 2012. The ceremony was attended by Greg Ryan, Sales Director at GE Aviation.

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Terrafugia Looks Ahead To 2013

Company Continuing Flight Testing Of Its 'Transition' Roadable Aircraft

Terrafugia reached several milestones during the past year, and the company says it made considerable progress towards delivering a street-legal roadable aircraft to potential buyers. However, the company says it is still unable to project when the aircraft may be certified and production will begin.

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ATR Sets Delivery And Turnover Records In 2012

Also Holds The Largest Backlog In The Regional Aircraft Sector

Turboprop manufacturer ATR achieved a record annual delivery level of 64 aircraft in 2012, as well as posting its highest turnover at $1.44 billion. The delivery figures represent an 18 percent increase over 2011. The company also put 115 aircraft (74 firm orders and 41 options) on the order books, representing the largest backlog of all manufacturers of up-to-90-seats regional aircraft.

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Eclipse Aerospace Begins Demo Tour In Orlando, FL

Offering Potential Buyers An Opportunity To Fly The Eclipse 550 From February 8-11

Eclipse is coming to Orlando, FL, in a few short weeks and will have the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet with them. The event will offer potential buyers the opportunity to see and fly what Eclipse describes as "the most technologically advanced light jet aircraft in general aviation."

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Viral Video Shows Plane Narrowly Missing People On A Runway

Man Riding A Four-Wheeler On The Runway Was Captured On Video, Both Appear To Nearly Be Hit In Planned Stunt

A viral video making the rounds of the Internet shows a man riding a four-wheeler on a runway in Texas nearly being struck by a biplane making a high-speed, low-altitude pass down the strip with smoke on.

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Team Of Airmen To Attempt Mount Everest Climb

Would Be The First U.S. Military Team To Summit The World's Highest Mountain

Four Air Force Academy graduates may be busy preparing to climb the world's highest peak in May, but they haven't forgotten where mountaineering first began for them: here, climbing Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks as cadets. A team of six seasoned Air Force mountaineers currently stationed in Colorado, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Virginia, will venture on a bold, 50-day journey, encountering frigid temperatures and demanding conditions, to stand atop Mount Everest's 29,029-foot summit.

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ARSA Surveys Impact Of TSA 'Inaction'

Rules Bar U.S. Aviation Companies From Rapidly Expanding Into Overseas Markets

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) has launched a new survey to measure the impact of the ban on new foreign repair station certificates.

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Quest Kodiak Paper Airplane Supports Mission Aviation Fellowship

Only Way To Get A Kodiak For Under $10

The the owner/engineer of Inceptus has recently completed a paper airplane model of the Quest Aircraft Kodiak (with their blessing), and is using it to raise money for Mission Aviation Fellowship.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-17-08

PRODUCT: Bell Model 204B, 205A, 205A-1, 205B, and 212 helicopters.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-02-01

PRODUCT: Bell Model 206L, 206L-1, 206L-3, and 206L-4 helicopters.

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Aero-TV: Bendix/King's Kevin Gould -- GA Avionics Cost and Complexity

B/K's Kevin Gould Provides Insight Into GA's Potential Future

At its Migration Flight Training Conference last October, the Redbird folks that their school has graduated 20 Private Pilots, as well as completed 18 instrument ratings, one multi-engine rating and one instrument instructor certificate. It took an average of 38 flight hours to complete the private pilot rating, which is less than two-thirds the national average. The same Redbird event provided an outstanding opportunity for some of aviation's visionaries to opine about the future of GA -- including Bendix/King Boss Kevin Gould.

Down But Safe: Airshow Pilot Kirby Chambliss Suffers Engine Failure--Walks Away

Impressive Details Coming In...

Airshow pilot Kirby Chambliss, in preparation for an airshow in El Salvador has suffered an engine failure but is reported to be OK... though we understand the airplane is totaled. Preparing for the Ilopango Air Show in San Salvador on the 26th and 27th of January, Chambliss was flying with at least one other aircraft when the engine failed and he was left with few landing options near the end of the runway... and some pretty rough terrain.

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Aero-TV: Bendix/King's Kevin Gould -- GA Avionics Cost and Complexity

B/K's Kevin Gould Provides Insight Into GA's Potential Future

At its Migration Flight Training Conference last October, the Redbird folks that their school has graduated 20 Private Pilots, as well as completed 18 instrument ratings, one multi-engine rating and one instrument instructor certificate. It took an average of 38 flight hours to complete the private pilot rating, which is less than two-thirds the national average. The same Redbird event provided an outstanding opportunity for some of aviation's visionaries to opine about the future of GA -- including Bendix/King Boss Kevin Gould. Gould has big plans for B/K... "In early 2012, Bendix/King took

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Larsen Tapped As Top House Democrat On Aviation Subcommittee

Prioritizes Creating Pacific Northwest Jobs, Ensuring Safe And Efficient Air Travel System

Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) is now the top House Democrat on aviation issues after a vote Tuesday by his colleagues on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Larsen will serve as the ranking minority member on the Aviation Subcommittee.

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Fuel Line Issue Grounds F-35B

No Date Set For A Resumption Of Flight Operations

A problem with a fuel line prompted the Pentagon to ground all F-35B aircraft last Friday, with no firm date for the resumption of flight operations being set.

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EADS Exec Says Dreamliner Grounding Will Not Affect A350 XWB

"No Links" In Certification Of The Two Composite Airplanes

An Airbus official said that the grounding of all 50 Dreamliners that have been delivered will not affect the A350XWB program, and that the first of Airbus' composite-construction airplanes is on track for its planned 2014 manufacture.

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Hawker, Salaried Retirees Reach Tentative Pension Agreement

Agreement Will Cover Shortfalls Following Emergence From Bankruptcy

Hawker Beechcraft has reached a deal with an ad hoc group of former employees who retired from salaried positions with the company to cover a shortfall in their pensions when the plan is taken over by the government's Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

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NASA Selects Experimental Commercial Suborbital Flight Payloads

Thirteen Experiments Picked To Fly On Reusable Launch Vehicles, Parabolic Flights, Balloons

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft in 2013 and 2014. The flights will allow participants to demonstrate their technologies to the edge of space and back, before committing them to the harsh and unforgiving conditions of spaceflight.

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Cirrus Down In Danbury, CT

Pilot Deployed Parachute, All Aboard Uninjured

The pilot of a Cirrus SR20 on approach to Danbury Municipal Airport in Danbury, CT, deployed the airplane's parachute for "unknown mechanical reasons" Tuesday evening. While the airplane came to rest nose-down near a residential street, all three people aboard the airplane reportedly were uninjured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.24.13)

“As airlines consolidate, Congress must evaluate how customers are affected in terms of both service and ticket prices. On the manufacturing side, I maintain my strong belief that American workers will provide the best products when they can compete on an even playing field." Source: Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA), who was recently appointed to be the ranking Democrat on the House Aviation Subcommittee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.13): Thermal

A relatively small-scale, rising air current produced when the Earth's surface is heated.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.13)

Dryden Flight Research Center Photo Archive

Through the years, much aviation research has been done at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, with the emphasis generally on going higher, faster, and further. Much of that research has been documented in pictures, and is available online.

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