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October 18, 2012

HBC Announces Intent To Emerge from Chapter 11 As Standalone Company

No Longer Pursuing Deal With Superior Aviation Beijing, Will Drop 'Hawker' From Company Name, Focus On Pistons And Turboprops

It looks like when Hawker Beechcraft emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it will do so as a standalone company. After an engagement with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd. (Superior), the wedding is off.

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NTSB Announces Final Rules On Appeals Procedures And Requests Public Comment

Move Prompted In Part By The 'Pilot's Bill Of Rights'

The NTSB has issued a set of new rules addressing the review of aviation enforcement cases. The changes allow appeals to a federal district court, apply federal rules of evidence and civil procedure to NTSB proceedings and allow parties to move to dismiss a complaint if the FAA fails to disclose its enforcement investigative report.

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Groups Join Forces To Form Education Alliances

Fly to Learn, Powered by X-Plane And Deaf Pilots Association To Work Together To Promote STEM Education

Fly To Learn, Powered by X-Plane, and the Deaf Pilots Association have formed alliances implementing real-world Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs for the profoundly deaf, or those who may be hard-of-hearing or late-deafened, in middle school classrooms.

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World War II B-24, P-51 And B-17 Will Be In Greenville, SC

'Wings Of Freedom' Tour Allows Public To View WWII Airplanes Up Close

On Friday, October 26th, the “Wings of Freedom Tour” will land at the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina.  They will depart on Sunday, October 28th.  This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of our aviation history.

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EADS North America Names Tina Jonas To Board Of Directors

Served As Undersecretary Of Defense - CFO And Comptroller

Tina Jonas has been appointed to EADS, North America's Board of Directors. Jonas has held a number of senior positions in both the public and private sector, having served the Department of Defense from 2004 to 2008 as Undersecretary of Defense-Chief Financial Officer and Comptroller, as well as in numerous leadership positions in the defense and aerospace industry.

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Avolon Fleet Exceeds 160 Aircraft

Total Capital Raised By The Leasing Company Reaches $5 Billion

International aircraft leasing group Avolon said Wednesday in a trading update announcing that its fleet now exceeds 160 aircraft and that total capital raised has reached $5 billion.

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Pilatus PC-12 Pilot Makes 200th Atlantic Crossing

Twenty-Two Hours Of Flying Time Over Three Days Delivered The Aircraft

This has got to be one of those dream jobs for a lot of people ... and it appears to be open. In a ceremony Tuesday at Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd in Broomfield, CO, ferry pilot Roger Engel was honored for his 200th and final PC-12 delivery flight.

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Waterproof SAR Radio System Made Compatible With NVG

Responds To Increased Use Of NVG In Civilian Helicopters

An NVG compatible version of the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System has been introduced by Becker Avionics and its sales an marketing partner Axnes Aviation AS. This is in response to the SAR market upgrading to NVG Compatible modern Helicopter platforms and the increasing use of NVG systems in civil rotorcraft to increase operational safety.  

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Two Charter Operations Add Aircraft To Their Fleets

Priester Aviation, Talon Air Offering New BizJets For Hire

Two private jet charter companies have added new airplanes to their operations. Priester Aviation has acquired a Hawker 800XP and a Challenger 300, while Talon air has made a deal for a Gulfstream V.

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Paris-Orly Aéroports de Paris Set For A Makeover

'Major Modernization Project' Unveiling Presents The Future Face Of The Airport

Pierre Graff, Chairman and CEO of Aéroports de Paris and Franck Mereyde, Managing Director of Paris-Orly airport has unveiled a major modernisation project for Paris-Orly Airport, planned as part of the Horizon 2020 initiative.

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Private Jet Charter Company Named To Inc. 500|5000 'Fastest-Growing' List

Fourth Consecutive Year For New Flight Charters, Fastest-Growing Private Jet Company Since 2005

For the fourth consecutive year, New Flight Charters has been named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list considers companies' prior four years' sales growth. Now with four Inc. 500|5000 awards, New Flight Charters continues as the fastest-growing private jet company in America since 2005.

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AD: Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. (Rescission)

AD NUMBER: 2000-07-11 R1

PRODUCT: All Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A Model P-180 airplanes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER:  2012-20-08

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.18.12

NTSB Announces New Rules on Appeals Procedures…

New Mexico Wants to Ban Seaplanes From State Parks…

AMR Posts a $238 Million Net Loss&

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Aero-TV: Aero-Statesman Phil Boyer – Representing The Aviation Community

Retired AOPA President Still Understands What An Association Must Do To Serve An Embattled Industry

Its been nearly four years since Phil Boyer stepped down as the president of AOPA at the end of 2008. When Boyer took the controls in 1991 (only the third president in AOPA’s 69-year history), the GA industry was in crisis, beaten down by product liability lawsuits. He helped pass the General Aviation Revitalization Act, which turned around aircraft manufacturing. He also championed civilian use of GPS and WAAS, and later ADS-B to benefit general aviation. Boyer had quite an effect... He upgraded AOPA management and member service, resulting in a 40-percent membership growth -- despite declining pilot numbers. He devoted considerable assets to increasing GA advocacy and memb

Aero-TV: Aero-Statesman Phil Boyer – Representing The Aviation Community

Retired AOPA President Still Understands What An Association Must Do To Serve An Embattled Industry

Its been nearly four years since Phil Boyer stepped down as the president of AOPA at the end of 2008. When Boyer took the controls in 1991 (only the third president in AOPA’s 69-year history), the GA industry was in crisis, beaten down by product liability lawsuits. He helped pass the General Aviation Revitalization Act, which turned around aircraft manufacturing. He also championed civilian use of GPS and WAAS, and later ADS-B to benefit general aviation. Boyer had quite an effect... He upgraded AOPA management and member service, resulting in a 4

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New Mexico Proposes Seaplane Ban In State Parks

Public Hearing Held Wednesday On The Proposed Amendment

The state of New Mexico wants to ban all seaplane operations from its state parks. Not a conditional ban ... a complete ban.

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French Court Rules In Favor Of Bell Helicopter

Bell 429 Production Skid Gear Does Not Infringe On Eurocopter Patent

A three Judge panel of France’s Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris recently ruled that the Bell 429 production skid gear does not infringe Eurocopter’s French landing skid gear patent. All Bell 429s have been and will continue to be delivered with the current production gear.

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Navy Awards $1.9B For 3rd Phase Of P-8A Production

Fleet Receives Fourth Production Poseidon

On the heels of the U.S. Navy announcing on Sept. 21 its plans to buy 11 P-8A Poseidon Multi-Mission Maritime low rate initial production (LRIP) Lot III aircraft from Boeing, the fourth production aircraft was delivered to the fleet Oct. 9.

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AMR Corp Posts $238 Million Net Loss

Number Represents More Revenue For Each Seat Mile Flown

In the midst of bankruptcy proceedings and a spate of flight cancellations due to a variety of issues, AMR Corp. reported Tuesday that it had actually earned more revenue per seat mile flown in the third quarter of 2012.

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Boeing Starting Production Of KC-46 Tanker Refueling Boom

Program Shifting Into Production From Design Work

Boeing has started assembling the first refueling boom for the U.S. Air Force's next-generation aerial refueling tanker aircraft in the KC-46 Boom Assembly Center that opened Tuesday at Boeing Field in Seattle. "We're pleased that this facility opened on schedule," said Maureen Dougherty, KC-46 vice president and program manager for Boeing.

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FAA Proposes AD For Robinson Emergency Floats

Would Require Replacement Of Inflation Valve Assembly

The FAA has published an NPRM in the Federal Register proposing an AD for Robinson Helicopter Company (Robinson) Model R44 and R44 II helicopters equipped with emergency floats, which would require replacing the inflation valve assembly.

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NTSB To Assist Government Of Turkey In Aviation Accident Investigation

Corendon Airlines B737 Experienced A Cockpit Fire On The Ground

The NTSB has dispatched a team of investigators to assist the government of Turkey in the investigation of an Oct. 14 fire in the cockpit of a Corendon Airlines Boeing 737-800.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.18.12)

"This ruling by the French court, once again validating the design of the Bell 429 production skid gear, is a resounding victory for Bell Helicopter." Source: John L. Garrison, President and CEO of Bell Helicopter.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.18.12): Have Numbers

Used by pilots to inform ATC that they have received runway, wind, and altimeter information only.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.18.12)

Aerial Refueling

There are two basic ways to refuel and aircraft in flight. The "Hose and Drogue" and the "Flying Boom" methods. This White Paper prepared for Congress in 2006 explains the differences.

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