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February 25, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.25.13

The Pentagon Grounds the F-35 Fleet…

Bombardier Delays the Learjet 85…

Another Airshow Could Bite the Sequestration Dust…

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EASA Welcomes ICAO Agreement On New Aircraft CO2 And Noise Standards

Safety Agency Will Publish An NPRM Proposing Incorporation Into Its Basic Regulations

EASA says it welcomes progress made by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) at their 9th Meeting February 4-15 in Montreal.  Agreement was reached within CAEP on a new aeroplane CO2 certification requirement, as well as a new global noise standard that will result in quieter skies and airports.

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Grounded Dreamliners Costing Polish Airline

LOT Airline Says Losses Amount To $50,000 Per Day

Having its two Dreamliners sit idle on the ground is costing the struggling Polish state-run airline LOT some $50,000 per day, according to Deputy Treasury Minister Rafal Baniak. For the month they been grounded, the losses have added up to some $2.5 million.

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Boeing, Istanbul Technical University Launch Research Collaboration

First Joint Project Will Explore Advanced Filtration Technology To Improve Air Quality In Commercial Airplane Cabins

Boeing and Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey’s leading aerospace engineering and technology institution, have announced a new collaboration in aerospace research to benefit the flying public. Boeing Turkey President Bernard Dunn and ITU Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca held a signing ceremony at the university campus to celebrate an agreement to launch joint research and development programs.

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ESA Chooses Instruments For Its Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer

JUICE Will Carry 11 Scientific Experiments

The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected instruments that will be launched aboard the JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission, JUICE, which will carry a total of 11 scientific experiments to study the gas giant planet and its large ocean-bearing moons, ESA announced last week. JUICE is the first Large-class mission in ESA’s Cosmic Vision 2015–2025 programme. Planned for launch in 2022 and arrival at Jupiter in 2030, it will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the biggest planet in the Solar System and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

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NASA Student Mars Project Wins Education Award

Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) Placed Camera Aboard Mars Odyssey

A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science. NASA's Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP), a component of NASA's Science Mission Directorate education and outreach activities, enables students from fifth grade through college to take an image of the Red Planet's surface with a camera aboard NASA's Mars Odyssey.

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KSC Atlantis Exhibit Scheduled For June 29 Opening

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Also Unveils Name, Logo For New $100 Million Home To The Retired Shuttle

NASA's Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has marked another major milestone in the construction of its 90,000-square-foot, $100 million home for space shuttle Atlantis. The center on Thursday announced the official name and visual identity for the exhibit, as well as the grand opening date of June 29, 2013.

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USAF Awards Contract To Build Iraq F-16 Block 52 Full Mission Trainers

L-3 Link Simulation And Training Division To Build The Devices In Texas

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, OH, has awarded a contract to L-3 Communications' Link Simulation & Training (L-3 Link) division to build two F-16 Block 52 Full Mission Trainers (FMTs) for the Iraqi Air Force.

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NASA Seeks University Participants For Summer Rocket Workshop

RockOn Event To Be Held In Mid-June At Wallops Flight Facility

University faculty and students interested in learning how to build scientific experiments for spaceflight are invited to join RockOn 2013 from June 15-20 at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. RockOn 2013 is an annual workshop held in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia. Registration is open through May.

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A4A Names Mark Millam Managing Director For Safety

Recognized Safety Expert Joins Organization From Compass Airlines

Airlines for America (A4A) has named Mark Millam as Managing Director for Safety. Millam, who brings 30 years of experience in airline operations and safety, joins A4A from Compass Airlines, where he was director of safety and compliance and responsible for implementing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Management System (SMS) pilot program. Previously, Millam was the managing director of safety at Northwest Airlines during the Delta/Northwest integration, where he managed the safety alliance between Delta and its Delta Connection carriers.

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Who Knew? The Pope Has A Pilot's License

But The Holy See Never Learned To Drive A Car

The retirement of Pope Benedict XVI came as a surprise to Catholics around the world, and his retirement ceremony will likely be full of pomp and circumstance, broadcast live around the world. But it's less well known that when the Pope flies off into retirement aboard the papal helicopter ... he wouldn't necessarily have to be sitting in the back waving. He could be up front in the cockpit flying the aircraft himself.

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Dart To Announce Consolidated Branding At HELI-EXPO

Will Bring Various Sub-Brands Under Dart Aerospace Umbrella

The management of DART Aerospace has launched a new corporate identity for the company. This new corporate identity is a direct result of DART’s prominent investments in product development and an increased focus on organic product lines that will be designed, manufactured and certified by DART.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles In Plant City

Community Event Features A Variety Of Aircraft For Public Viewing

Plant City Airport is hosting its third annual "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" event Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event's organizers say it's a chance to see real airplanes, remote control planes, helicopters, model trains in operation and on exhibit, and classic and exotic car displays. Antique railroad maintenance equipment, train artifacts and memorabilia will be on site for guests to explore.

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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 eff

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Klyde Morris (02.25.13)

Klyde Gets All Charged Up...


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McDill Air Show Faces Sequestration Cancellation

Event Planned For April Normally Draws 100,000 To The Base

The MacDill AirFest air show planned for April at McDill AFB near Tampa, FL, faces cancellation should sequestration go into effect this week. The show regularly draws as many as 100,000 people to the base, and the show lists the Navy's Blue Angels and the headline act.

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ATC Services Could Suffer From Effects Of Sequestration

ALPA President Warns Of Reduced Flights, Possible Delays

If sequestration is allowed to go into effect on March 1, the ripple effect could be felt throughout the aviation industry as the FAA is forced to reduce its budget and furlough staff.

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Trig Avionics Becomes A Connected Panel Program Partner

Allows Flight Planning Software To Communicate With Certified Avionics

Trig Avionics Limited has joined Aspen Avionics' Connected Panel Program. Trig joins a number of industry leading players involved in this initiative. The Connected Panel concept champions the compatibility of third party avionics products and wireless based technologies.

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FAA May Not Move Abilene TRACON Functions To DFW

Agency Said To Be Re-Evaluating The Proposed Consolidation Of Services

The FAA may re-consider its plan to consolidate TRACON services in central Texas, which would merge the facility currently operating at Abilene Regional Airport with the one at Dallas/Fort Worth International. Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) requested a review of the proposed consolidation last week.

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Florida Charges Vision Airlines With Grand Theft

Carrier Had Tried To Create A Hub In The Florida Panhandle Near Destin

A failed effort to establish a hub at Northwest Florida Regional Airport (KVPS) near Destin and Fort Walton Beach has led the state of Florida and Okaloosa County to file grand theft charges against Vision Airlines.

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NATA Plans FBO Success Seminar

Two-Day 'Spring Training' Event To Be Held In Mid March

NATA's FBO Success Seminar series heads to Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 11 and 12 as part of the association’s Spring Training Week. Developed for FBO owners, operators, managers and financial personnel, this seminar focuses on maximizing profits, reducing expenses and improving FBO productivity and bottom-line performance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.25.13): Execute Missed Approach

Execute Missed Approach Instructions issued to a pilot making an instrument approach which means continue inbound to the missed approach point and execute the missed approach procedure as described on the Instrument Approach Procedure Chart or as previously assigned by ATC. The pilot may climb immediately to the altitude specified in the missed approach procedure upon making a missed approach. No turns should be initiated prior to reaching the missed approach point. When conducting an ASR or PAR approach, execute the assigned missed approach procedure immediately upon receiving instructions to "execute missed approach."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.25.13)

“We’ve become a Connected Panel Program Partner as we wish to become part of a growing group of vendors committed to open interfaces. It’s clear that more pilots wish to use their own portable uncertified avionics in the cockpit. The Connected Panel Program enables flight planning applications to integrate with certified avionics, enabling a more efficient cockpit set up for flight. This technology will allow different avionics vendors to offer greater cross product compatibility; this will be good for customers providing more choice and easier integration.” Source: Andy Davis, CEO at Trig Avionics, commenting on their decision to join the Aspen Avionics' Connected Panel Program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.25.13)

Aero Linx: Kentucky Aviation Association The Kentucky Aviation Association is a non-profit corporation organized under the 501(c)(6) federal tax code. They foster and promote aviation facilities, safety, industry, business, recreation, and aerospace education in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and pool and bring together the various interests and talents of individuals, bureaus, agencies, departments, professional people, and municipalities, for those purposes.

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