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January 30, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.30.13

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iWOAW To Track Commercial Flights Operated In Part By Women

Institute For Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) To Depict Women's Influence On Aviation

In a partnership described as a social and technological first, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide and PlaneFinder.net will collect the flight tracks of commercial flights operated in part by a woman in a technical capacity as well as the flight tracks of female introductory flights conducted worldwide thorough Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 4-10.

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NASA Launches Second International Space Apps Challenge

Two-Day Event In April Will Seek App Ideas To Contribute To Space Exploration Missions

NASA and government agencies worldwide will host the second International Space Apps Challenge April 20-21, with events across all seven continents and in space. Participants are encouraged to develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth.

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Avantair Names New Chief Operating Officer

David Haslett Joins The Company With Extensive Customer Service Experience

David Haslett, a veteran finance and customer service executive, has been named as Chief Operating Officer of Avantair in Clearwater, FL. Mr. Haslett will be responsible for day-to-day performance of the company, focusing on customer service and satisfaction.

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Cobham Granted HeliSAS EASA Certifications

Allows Installation Of The System On A Significant New Range Of Eurocopter Helicopters

EASA has granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval to Cobham for its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). STC #10049171 allows installation of HeliSAS on a significant new range of Eurocopter helicopters.

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Piper Names B&C Piper Sales As Italian Sales Agent

Thiene Airport Location Said To Be 'Center' Of Italian GA Activities

Piper Aircraft Inc. recently named B&C Piper Sales as the company’s new aircraft sales agent for Italy. Located at Thiene Airport (LIDH) in Northern Italy close to Venice, B&C Piper Sales is situated in the center of Italian general aviation activities.

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Bag From Missing Airplane Found On Curacao

Aircraft That Went Down Was Carrying U.S. Fashion House Director

A suitcase that had been placed on an airplane carrying the director of the U.S. Missoni Fashion House and his wife has been found on the beach in Curacao.

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Remotely Piloted Assets Enhance Navy’s Warfighting Capabilities

But Vice Admiral Fox Says Navy Will Never Go Totally To UAVs

Vice Adm. Mark Fox, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5), said in a recent interview that Unmanned Aerial Systems enhance the Navy's ability to wage war, but added that the service will never totally do away with piloted aircraft.

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Classic Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- 'When Did You Start Flying?'

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Remains THE Pilot In The Minds Of Flyers

Ask any pilot who he thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man whom many have no hesitation calling the best they ever saw.

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LaHood Will Not Serve A Second Term As DOT Secretary

Calls Position 'The Best Job I've Ever Had'

Secretary Ray LaHood announced to the employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation that after serving for four years in President Obama’s Cabinet, he would not be staying on for the second term. Tuesday morning, the Secretary sent an email to DOT employees across the country, informing them of his plans.

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Japan Finds No Major Problems With Dreamliner Battery Manufacturer

GS Yuasa Essentially Cleared By Japanese Transport Ministry

The company that made the battery which caught fire aboard a parked 787 Dreamliner has been essentially cleared by the Japanese Transport Ministry. Inspectors reportedly found no major issues on the production line that produced the lithium-ion cell.

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NTSB Cites Loose Nut In Fatal Nevada Helicopter Accident

Fatigue On The Part Of Mechanic Also A Contributing Factor

The NTSB said Tuesday it has determined that a loose locking nut in a rotor mechanism was the probable cause of an accident near Lake Mead, NV, that resulted in the fatal injury of all five people aboard a Eurocopter AS350-B2 helicopter, operated by Sundance Helicopters, Inc., on a sightseeing trip. The aircraft went down in mountainous terrain about 14 miles east of Las Vegas, NV.

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Debris Recovered Off The Italian Coast Thought To Be From Missing F-16

Plane Was On A Training Mission Monday Evening

U.S. military officials are coordinating search and rescue efforts with Italian military and civilian teams following the loss of communication with an Aviano F-16 fighter jet Monday evening.

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BTS Releases November Passenger Airline Employment Data

November 2012 Employment Down 2.0 Percent From November 2011

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 381,639 workers in November 2012, 2.0 percent fewer than in November 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. Scheduled passenger airline categories include network, low-cost, regional and other airlines.

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Two Rescued After Plane Goes Down In The Hudson River

Both Wearing Life Jackets Rescued By Local Police

An evening sightseeing trip over the Hudson River nearly ended in tragedy Sunday night when a Piper PA-32 with two people on board suffered an engine problem and went down in the cold water. Fortunately, the man and the woman on board managed to put on life vests and get out of the airplane before it sank.

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State Of Missouri Plane Gets Twitter Account

Only One Tweet So Far, Account Owner Unknown

The Beech King Air 250 acquired by the state of Missouri for official transportation has its own Twitter account, but it's not something that's been officially done by the state.

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NASA Launches Rocket From Wallops Flight Facility In Virginia

Lithium Vapor Visible From New Jersey To The Outer Banks

NASA successfully launched a Terrier-Improved Orion suborbital rocket at 1750 EST Tuesday evening from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. During the flight, two red-colored lithium vapor trails were produced.  Reports from those viewing the launch or vapor trails came from as far away as the Outer Banks, NC, eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.30.13)

"This is the best job I’ve ever had." Source: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, announcing his resignation from the agency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.30.13): General Visual (Surveillance) Inspection (GVI)

A visual examination of an interior or exterior area, installation or assembly to detect obvious damage, failure or irregularity.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.30.13)

Hughes Airwest

This Website is dedicated to the 4000+ men and women that made Hughes Airwest one of the leading "regional" airlines in the United States during the 1970's prior to the airline industry being deregulated by the federal government.

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