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February 22, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.22.13

The Loss of Aviation Jobs – A Tough Call for the White House

The NBAA Joins In Criticism of the Obama Administrations Biz Av Comments

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Texas Mid-Air Collision

Fortunately, No One On Board Either Aircraft Was Fatally Injured

A mid-air collision which occurred February 1 near College Station, TX, is notable for a couple of reasons. The best news from the accident is that none of the three people aboard the two airplanes involved were seriously injured.

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Russia's Ilyushin Finance Signs Deal With Bombardier

Agrees To Purchase Up To 42 CSeries Aircraft

Moscow-based Russian leasing company, Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC), has signed a purchase agreement to acquire 32 Bombardier CS300 aircraft and options for an additional 10 CS300 aircraft. The transaction, which follows a letter of intent signed by IFC in 2011, is subject to approval by the company’s shareholders.

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NASA Releases Glory Taurus XL Launch Failure Report Summary

Satellite Was To Have Assisted In Climate Research

NASA has released a summary report on findings from a panel that investigated the unsuccessful 2011 launch of the agency's Glory spacecraft. The satellite, designed to improve our understanding of Earth's climate, was lost March 4, 2011, when it failed to reach orbit after launch aboard an Orbital Sciences Corp. Taurus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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Airbus Predicts Move To Larger Planes

Says Airlines Want To Lower The Cost-Per-Seat On Existing Routes

An Airbus executive says that the company thinks airlines will begin looking at larger aircraft as they seek to lower their cost-per-seat on existing routes. Airbus' director for strategic marketing and analysis Andrew Gordon said in an interview in Helsinki that there has been an "upscaling" in the airplanes that are being sold.

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Baton Rouge Community College A&P Program Hopes To Be Open By Fall

But Still Under Review By FAA Two Years After Its Planned Launch

An A&P program at Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana hopes to be able to open in time for the fall term, but for now, it's still under review by the FAA. The program has been in the works since 2010, when it was announced by the school. At that time, officials said they hoped to have the program in a position to accept students by 2011 ... but that hasn't yet happened.

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Simplex Receives EASA Approval For Eurocopter Cleaning And De-icing System

European Agency Validates FAA STC

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has completed the validation of the FAA's STC for the Simplex Model 510 powerline insulator and windmill cleaning and de-icing system. EASA has granted certification (EASA # 10043539) for installation and operation on AS 350 and AS 355 series aircraft. Simplex received an FAA STC for the Model 510 in December of 2011.

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Rolls-Royce Completes T56 Engine Enhancement Testing

Upgraded Powerplants For The C-130 Fleet

The USAF, in conjunction with Rolls-Royce, has completed the final element of testing for the Series 3.5 enhancement for the T56 engine, leading to military qualification and FAA certification later this year. Accelerated Mission Testing (AMT) was successfully completed ahead of schedule last month and proved the durability of the new blades, vanes and other parts of the T56 engine over a period of 400 hours and 1,000 cycles.

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Blogger Removed From United Flight For Taking One Picture

Claims FA Lied To The Flight Crew About Following Her Instructions

In a lengthy post on his blog "Live and Let's Fly," a travel writer and consultant who is identified only as "Matthew" recounts an incident in which he was removed for a United Airlines flight from Newark to Istanbul. Matthew says he asked to leave the flight for taking one photo of the seatback video screen in front of him.

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Report: 2013 Global Military Helicopter MRO Market To Be Worth $10.25 Billion

Emerging Markets Will Help Offset Potential Losses From U.S. Military Budget Cuts

Although in the mature markets of North America and Europe slower growth is expected due to military budget cuts and reforms, opportunities are abundant in the emerging markets. That's according to new analysis which indicates that the military helicopter MRO market will reach a value of $10.25 billion in 2013, as the shift from conventional to asymmetric warfare increases the demand for military helicopters, and the emerging markets of the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America offer significant opportunities.

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PRODUCT: All Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-524 series turbofan engines.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-04-02

PRODUCT: Reims Aviation S.A. Model F406 airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2013-04-05

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 737-200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Airborne 02.22.13: Obama v GA, Beechcraft Lives, 787 Battery Miswiring

Also: AOPA Needs Transparency, Pipistrel Record, Airtime's 100, Camcopter, AgustaWestland, FlyThisSim, Beware ANN On April 1st!

The President's press secretary said Wednesday that the potential loss of middle-class manufacturing jobs in places like Wichita where bizjets are built is a "difficult choice" that has to be made to preserve jobs for teachers or the national defense. And the remarks, not surprisingly, drew the ire of GAMA. Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, announced Tuesday it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process. The company’s Joint Plan of Reorganization (Plan) was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court  and became effective on Feb. 15, 2013. The Japanese Transport Ministry said Wednesday that a battery in the auxiliary power uni

Airborne 02.22.13: Obama v GA, Beechcraft Lives, 787 Battery Miswiring

Also: AOPA Needs Transparency, Pipistrel Record, Airtime's 100, Camcopter, AgustaWestland, FlyThisSim, Beware ANN On April 1st!

The President's press secretary said Wednesday that the potential loss of middle-class manufacturing jobs in places like Wichita where bizjets are built is a "difficult choice" that has to be made to preserve jobs for teachers or the national defense. And the remarks, not surprisingly, drew the ire of GAMA. Beechcraft, formerly Hawker Beechcraft, announced Tuesday it has formally emerged from the Chapter 11 process. The company’s Joint Plan of Reorganization (Plan) was approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court  and

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NBAA Criticizes White House's Renewed Distortions About Business Aviation

Press Secretary Jay Carney's Remarks Called A 'Caricature' Of BizAv

The NBAA has strongly criticized the dismissive remarks from the White House this week regarding business aviation. Specifically, on Feb. 20, an assertion was offered by the White House that the only reason American companies use business aircraft is because “it’s extremely convenient and they can afford it.”

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Boeing To Propose Battery Fix To FAA

Dreamliners Could Be Flying Again In Two Months, Sources Say

Boeing has an appointment with FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Friday to discuss a possible fix for the battery issues that have kept its Dreamliner airplanes grounded for more than a month. Sources close to the company say that if they are approved, the fleet could be carrying passengers again in two months.

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Transport Canada Certifies PW1500G Engine

Will Power Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

Transport Canada has granted type certification to Pratt & Whitney for its first PurePower Geared Turbofan engine – the PW1500G engine that will power Bombardier's CSeries aircraft. Pratt & Whitney has conducted over 4,000 hours of rigorous engine testing since the initial engine began testing in September 2010. The PW1500G engine test program included 340 hours of flight testing on P&W's experimental 747 Flight Test airplane.

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Klyde Morris 02.22.2013

Better Go For Door Number 3 ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Runway Excursion Results In Five Fatal Injuries In Georgia

Two Survived The Accident At Thomson-McDuffie County Airport Near Augusta

A Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I business jet appeared to overrun the end of the runway at Thomson-McDuffie County Airport Near Augusta, GA, Wednesday night resulting in the fatal injury of five of the people on board the airplane. There were two survivors, one of whom is said to be the pilot.

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Group Eyes Private Manned Mission To Mars

Dennis Tito, The First Space Tourist, Leading The Effort

The first person to fly as a tourist in space has set his sights on a goal well beyond low Earth orbit. Dennis Tito, who in 2001 became the first person to pay for the privilege of flying aboard a Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station, said in a news release that he has founded a new non-profit organization "The Inspiration Mars Foundation," and that he hopes to launch a manned mission to Mars in 2018.

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NASA Mars Rover Confirms First Drilled Martian Rock Sample

Dust Will Be 'Sieved' And Analyzed Aboard The Rover

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever has drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior. Transfer of the powdered-rock sample into an open scoop was visible for the first time in images received Wednesday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.22.13)

“The White House is promoting a caricature of business aviation that is at odds with reality.” Source: Statement by NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.13): Radar Contact Lost

Used by ATC to inform a pilot that radar data used to determine the aircraft's position is no longer being received, or is no longer reliable and radar service is no longer being provided.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.13)

Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association

Welcome to the Sentinel Owners and Pilots Association home page. The organization provides information and support to owners, pilots and enthusiasts of the Stinson L-5 "Sentinel", also affectionately called the "Flying Jeep."

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