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October 03, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.03.12

All Is Not Well At AOPA…
 
EASA Proposes New Rules on Pilot Fatigue…
 
The DFC90 Autopilot is Certified for the Cessna 182…
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Sierra Nevada Corporation Acquires 3S Engineering

Deal Grows Aircraft Modification And Certification Capabilities

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has announced the acquisition of 3S Certification and 3S Engineering of Wichita, KS. The privately owned 3S Certification holds an FAA authorized Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).

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American Resupply Missions To The Space Station Progressing

Orbital Sciences Preps To Launch From Wallops Island, VA, SpaceX Readies Dragon For Oct. 7 Liftoff

Orbital Sciences Corporation Monday rolled the first stage of its Antares rocket to the launch pad of the nation's newest spaceport - the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, VA - while in Florida, Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) moves ahead with preparations for an Oct. 7 launch to the International Space Station for NASA's first Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) mission.

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Wichita Aero Club Will Host Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta Next Week

Luncheon, Which Was Added To Schedule, Will Begin At 12:30 PM To Accommodate Speaker

There’s a very tight interval between the Wichita Aero Club’s September luncheon, which featured IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger on Thursday, the 27th, and the next luncheon, scheduled for October 11 at which Michael P. Huerta, the Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, will address the organization. In order to accommodate Mr. Huerta’s schedule, the WAC added the luncheon to its schedule and has pushed the starting time back to 12:30 PM.

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Air Canada Announces Fleet Plan For International Growth

Adding Two Boeing 777 Airplanes, Bringing Fleet To 20

Air Canada on Monday unveiled a fleet plan providing for international growth at both the mainline carrier and its new low-cost leisure airline to be launched in 2013.

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AFA Flight Attendants First Through Known Crewmember Security Check Points

7,000 US Airways FAs First To Gain Access To Expedited Security Screening

As of Monday, flight attendants for US Airways are able to access the alternate, expedited security screening program Known Crewmember (KCM) in 18 airports across the country. The successful program was launched by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in 2011, tested thoroughly and today Flight Attendants begin to use the risk-based security screening. 

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Worldwide Helium Shortage Affects America's Challenge Race

All Aircraft Will Use Hydrogen To Make Them Lighter Than Air

For the first time in its history the America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race has a gas problem. A worldwide helium shortage is forcing the 2012 event into an all hydrogen-lifted challenge.

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Oshkosh, Winnebago County Try Again For Aviation Industrial Park

Previous Proposal Was Rejected In February

The county executive of Winnebago County, WI, said Thursday that he was again proposing a partnership with the City of Oshkosh to create an aviation industrial park next to Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH). A similar proposal offered in February failed when county board did not pass the authority to borrow money to purchase the necessary land by the required three-quarters majority.

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Army Developing New Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Looking To Replace 112 Different Airframes With A Common Platform

The Army is refining an initial capabilities document for a new fixed-wing utility aircraft that is designed to replace more than 112 airframes with a common platform. The new platform should be able to perform a range of key mission sets and services, officials said.

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Airport Congestion Problems Addressed By New LMC Software Suite

Company Says System Supports A Fully Collaborative Air Traffic Management Environment

Lockheed Martin has rolled out a comprehensive set of decision support tools it calls The Logic Suite that helps connect more passengers to their flights, reduces surface congestion at airports and lowers operating costs for airlines.

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U.S. Coast Guard To Acquire Three Additional HC-130J Surveillance Aircraft

Will Bring The USCG Fleet Of The Airplanes To Nine

The U.S. Coast Guard has entered into a contract with Lockheed Martin for three additional HC-130Js. This will increase the U.S. Coast Guard fleet of HC-130Js from six to nine. The contract also includes funding for two mission suites, which are critical in supporting U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue operations.  The new aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in early 2015.

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Passenger's Airport Video Reportedly Deleted By TSA

Lawyers Say Agency May Have The Authority To Do So In Puerto Rico Where The Incident Occurred

A traveler heading for St. Kitts who was creating video of his trek through the airport in Puerto Rico reportedly had his camera confiscated and images deleted by TSA, and local laws may give them the right to do so.

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Airborne 10.02.12: AOPA Scandal, RedBull Stratos, More GA Airports Under Attack

Also: More TSA Ripoffs, GENx Engine Probs, SpaceX Grasshopper, Honda Update, NASA Endeavour Prep

In an exclusive investigative report appearing on the Monday edition of Aero-News, it appears that all is NOT well at 421 Aviation Way, AOPA's HQ. Over the course of the last few months, and in particular, under the direction of current president Craig Fuller, AOPA is dealing with some tough issues and reportedly losing ground -- some say, rapidly. Mission managers for the Red Bull Stratos Program say that Felix Baumgartner is prepping for his record-setting free fall from the fringe of space on October 8. If all goes according to plan, Baumgartner will exi

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DFC90 Autopilot Certified For Cessna 182

Avidyne's First Certification With Aspen EFD1000 Pro PFD

The FAA has granted an STC to Avidyne Corporation for the installation of their DFC90 Digital Autopilot in Cessna 182-series aircraft when interfaced with the Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) from Aspen Avionics. This is the first in a series of DFC90 certifications in aircraft with the Aspen PFD.

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LaHood, Huerta Announce $5.4 Million In Sustainability Grants For Airports

Facilities Taking 'Innovative Steps' To Reduce Environmental Impact

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced $5.4 million in FAA grants for 13 airports nationwide that are taking innovative steps to reduce their impact on the environment.

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GOL Announces Order For 60 737 MAX Airplanes

Brazil's Largest Low-Cost Airline To Use 737 MAX To Replace Airplanes With More Efficient Fleet

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes has made a deal with Boeing for the purchase of 60 737 MAX airplanes. GOL plans to use the new super-efficient 737 MAX to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs. The order is valued at approximately $6 billion at published list prices, making it the largest order in GOL's 12-year history and the largest airplane order from a single airline in South America's aviation history.

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Pilot Proficiency Project Coming To AOPA Summit

SAFE Instructors To Provide Training In Redbird FMX Simulators

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) has announced that its Pilot Proficiency Project will be available during next week's AOPA Summit. Conceived by SAFE in 2010, the upcoming project in Palm Springs will be a cooperative effort between SAFE, Redbird Flight Simulations, and AOPA.

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FAA Looks At Potential Seat Maintenance Issues At American

Rows Of Seats Came Loose From The Floor On Two 757s

FAA and American Airlines officials are inspecting two AA Boeing 757s that had rows of passenger seats come loose from the floor during flight over the past several days. The airline said it has grounded its other six 757s as a "precaution."

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Sigma 7- Fifty Years Ago Today

First Flight To Go Beyond Three Orbits Presented Unique Challenges

Often in spaceflight documentaries it is portrayed that Wally Schirra’s Project Mercury flight, Sigma 7, took place during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The fact is, the American public, the Kennedy Administration, the Department of Defense and even the CIA were unaware of a Cuban Missile Crisis at the time of Schirra’s flight- because the was no Cuban Missile Crisis at the time. The events of the Cuban Missile Crisis would not even begin for another two weeks.

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SPEEA Members Overwhelmingly Reject Boeing Contract Offers

Union: Boeing Is Out Of Touch With Its Workforce

In a move that union negotiators say shows that the leadership at Boeing is out of touch with its workforce - engineers and technical workers on Monday voted overwhelmingly to reject the aerospace giant’s contract offers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.03.12)

"NASA's commercial space program is helping to ensure American companies launch our astronauts and their supplies from U.S. soil." Source: NASA Associate Administrator for Communications David Weaver.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.03.12): Balloon Inflation Ballast

Ballast in gas ballooning is used to control buoyancy (affecting altitude) during flight. Ballast is frequently in the form of sand or water and is carried aloft at launch.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.03.12)

FAA MedExpress

The FAA MedXPress system allows anyone requiring an FAA Medical Certificate or Student Pilot Medical Certificate to electronically complete the FAA Form 8500-8. Information entered into MedXPress will be transmitted to the FAA and will be available for your AME to review at the time of your medical examination

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