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February 01, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.01.13

Our Nation’s Airports Need A Lot of Work…

North Dakota Airports Seek Federal Assistance…

The Cockpit Voice Recorder is Recovered

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Dynon Announces Skyview Version 5.1

Featuring User Configurable Data Logging

Dynon Avionics has added internal data logging to the SkyView Integrated Glass Panel system for in its latest release. This oft-requested feature enables SkyView to record and store up to 150 hours of flight and engine data for later retrieval and analysis. Data logging is included in SkyView firmware Version 5.1, a free upgrade for all existing SkyView owners.

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What Takes Off In 19 Feet?

CubCrafter’s Ideal Fun Airplane

Among the many beautiful aircraft on display at the Sebring U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Florida last month, one that stood out for me was the CubCrafters Carbon Cub. This aircraft is a monument to working within a system of FARs addressing LSA that are constantly changing and at times appear to be less than logical.

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Corporate Angel Network Flies 42,000th Cancer Patient

First Flight Took Place In 1981

Corporate Angel Network, an organization that arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients in the empty seats of corporate aircraft, has transported its 42,000th patient. The first patient was flown in 1981.

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SNC, LMC Partner On Dream Chaser Programs

Legacy Aerospace Company Becomes Exclusive Partner With Sierra Nevada Corp On NASA Contract

The Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Dream Chaser team has been joined by Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Littleton, CO, in an exclusive partnership on NASA's Certification Products Contract (CPC), and has been competitively selected to build the composite structure for the Dream Chaser at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA.

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NASA Researchers, Tuskegee Airmen To Honor Black History Month

'Red Tails To Red Planet' Presented At Langley Research Center In VA

A full-scale Mars Curiosity rover model that was featured in President Barack Obama's Inaugural Parade is one of the highlights of a Black History Month celebration, called "Red Tails to Red Planet," at NASA Langley Research Center's official visitors' facility, the Virginia Air & Space Center (VASC).

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Juice Plus+ and Julie Clark Take 'Live Life To The Plus+' To New Heights

Kicks Off National Marketing Partnership with Celebrity Aerobatic Pilot

Juice Plus+, the whole food based nutritional brand, today announced a national partnership with acclaimed airshow pilot, Julie Clark. The partnership between Clark and Juice Plus+ is ideal as both parties echo the importance of healthy lifestyle and living life to its fullest. With more than 40 years of flight experience and an average of more than 20 airshow performances each year, Clark has spent much of her life engaging with and bringing excitement to those around her.

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Pratt & Whitney Expands Southeast-Asian Manufacturing Capability

Breaks Ground On A New Facility In Singapore

Pratt & Whitney Singapore Manufacturing broke ground on a new facility at the Seletar Aerospace Park Wednesday. This new production facility will manufacture fan blades and high pressure turbine disks for Pratt & Whitney's PurePower Geared Turbofan engines. This new 180,000 square foot facility will border Pratt & Whitney's existing flagship facility at Seletar.

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Flight Schools And Colleges Are Beefing Up UAV Course Offerings

Curricula Anticipate Their Eventual Acceptance Into The NAS

Flight schools as well as colleges that offer aviation programs are beefing up their courses in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations in anticipation of drones being allowed to fly in the National Air Space by 2015. That date has been set as the likely timeframe for the FAA's release of its policy on commercial UAV use.

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Ohio Woman Says Unlawful Arrest Resulted From Racial Profiling

Files Suit Against Frontier Airlines, Detroit Metro Airport

An Ohio mother of two who says she was unlawfully arrested, detained and strip-searched because of her ethnicity has filed a lawsuit against Frontier Airlines, Detroit Metro Airport officials and federal authorities.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2013-01-07

PRODUCT: Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2D turboshaft engines.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (737 Overhead Stowage)

AD NUMBER: 2013-02-07

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes.

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Airborne 02.01.13: LaHood Resignation, 787 Update, HeliSAS Cert

Also: Aero-Integrity, Iran's Monkey-In-Space Program, and Remembering Columbia, Challenger and Apollo 1
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has 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. In its sixth update on its investigation into a battery fire aboard a JAL Dreamliner January 7, the NTSB said its examination of the damaged battery has transitioned from macroscopic to microscopic. The Islamic Republic of Iran says it has taken another step towards becoming a space-faring nation by launching a monkey into space and recovering the animal alive after a sub-orbital flight - though a prior attempt failed.

Memphis RECAT Significantly Increases Airport Capacity

Adds Sixth Wake Turbulence Category Based On Multiple Criteria

Capacity at Memphis International Airport has increased significantly since the FAA revised wake turbulence separation standards. Memphis Tower and TRACON were the first facilities to apply the new standards on Nov. 1, 2012.

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Voice Recorder Recovered From Twin Otter Down In Antarctica

SAR Team Recalled Because Of Unsafe Conditions At Accident Site

Officials with the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) and Antarctica New Zealand have jointly decided to recall search-and-rescue teams from the site of an Antarctic aircraft crash after examination of the plane indicated that it would be unsafe at this point to further disturb the wreckage that is largely embedded in snow and ice on a steep mountain slope.

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ND Legislators Call For Support Of State's Western Airports

Hoeven, Heitkamp, Cramer Urge FAA Administrator To Back Airport Expansions At Minot, Williston, Dickinson

In a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, North Dakota Senators John Hoeven (R) and Heidi Heitkamp (D), and Congressman Kevin Cramer (R) asked the agency to support vital airport expansion projects in Minot, Williston and Dickinson. The trio said all of these cities are experiencing rapid population growth and record boardings as a consequence of expanding energy development.

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ACI-NA Releases 2013 Capital Needs Survey

Indicates Over $71 Billion Needed For Essential Infrastructure Projects

America’s airports need to complete $71.3 billion worth of essential infrastructure projects between now and 2017, including major runway and terminal expansions that are required to keep pace with passenger growth forecasts, according to a new report issued today by Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).  

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NASA Launches Next-Generation Communications Satellite

Two Additional TDRS Spacecraft To Be Placed In Orbit Over The Next Two Years

The first of NASA's three next-generation Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), known as TDRS-K, launched at 8:48 p.m. EST Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "TDRS-K bolsters our network of satellites that provides essential communications to support space exploration," said Badri Younes, deputy associate administrator for Space Communications and Navigation at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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FAA Grants Extension Of LOX Maintenance Exemption

Agrees With HAI, AAMS Position That Exemption Remains Valid

The FAA has granted an extension of an exemption to the FARs that will allow properly trained pilots employed by HAI and Association of Air Medical Services (AAMS) member operators to remove and reinstall Liquid Oxygen System (LOX) containers in their aircraft. The two associations had petitioned the FAA for the extension in November.

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Klyde Morris 02.01.2013

At Least He Wasn't Ridden Out ON A Rail ...


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AIA Sounds Alarm On Economic Downturn Report

Blakey: Sequestration Threatens National Security And Country's Economic Health

The contraction of the U.S. economy in the fourth quarter underscores AIA's warning for the past 18 months that severe across the board budget cuts—both to defense and non-defense discretionary spending—threaten to throw the economy into a tailspin. That's the assessment of Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Marion Blakey.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.01.13)

“As North Dakota, the number two oil-producing state in the nation, helps to provide fuel and electricity for our nation, impacts on the aviation infrastructure of this region must be addressed." Source: Letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta from the North Dakota legislative delegation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.01.13): St. Elmo's Fire

A corona discharge which lights up the aircraft surface areas where maximum static discharge occurs. Although referred to as “fire”, St. Elmo’s fire is, in fact, plasma.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.01.13)

Rearwin Airplanes

Rearwin Airplanes was founded by Raymond Andrew ("Rae") Rearwin in 1928. Following Charles Lindbergh's historic transatlantic flight in 1927, the world's fascination with aviation grew significantly. Moreover, the Air Commerce Act of 1926 established the government certification program of pilots and aircraft that gave the fledgling industry safety and legitimacy.

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