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November 20, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.20.12

 The Raptor Down Investigation Continues…

An Iranian National is Charged in a US Aircraft Export Scheme…

Historic Financing Sends 787s to Po

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Boeing Expresses Support For PNTR With Russia

U.S. House Of Representatives Voted For Permanent Normal Trade Relations Last Week

Following a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives approving legislation establishing Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia last week, Boeing said in a statement that the move could have a positive effect on the commercial airplane business in the United States.

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Army Awards $181.8 Million Contract Option For UH-72A Lakotas

EADS North America Will Deliver 34 Additional Helos From MS Manufacturing Plant

The U.S. Army has awarded EADS North America a $181.8 million contract option to deliver 34 additional UH-72A Lakota helicopters, bringing the total aircraft ordered to date to 312. Army plans call for procuring 347 Lakotas through 2016.

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Garmin Integrated Flight Deck Chosen For New Optionally Piloted Aircraft

Will Provide Avionics For Northrop Grumman Firebird OPV

Garmin has been selected to provide the flight deck avionics to Northrop Grumman Corporation for the new Firebird, an optionally piloted vehicle (OPV) designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The Firebird is equipped with a tailored version of Garmin’s touchscreen-controlled integrated flight deck system, leveraging the attributes of the company's commercial avionics technology to yield a highly capable Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) solution.

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AOPA Considering Palm Springs As Permanent Summit Location

May Extend Every-Other-Year Trip West To An Annual Event

Palm Springs already plays host to AOPA's annual summit every other year, and now there is talk of making the desert community the meeting's permanent home.

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Aviation Hiring On The Rise For October In SoCal

Aviation Staffing Website Notes A 2.17 Percent Increase In The Region

Southern California has seen a slight uptick in the number of aviation-related jobs during the month of October. The aviation job clearinghouse website AviationCrossing.com has noted a 2.17 percent increase in aviation job postings at least in Orange County, CA, since October.

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Six Officers Injured In Pasadena Police Helo Accident

Two Aircraft Collided At Helipad Saturday Afternoon

Two police helicopters collided during operations Saturday resulting in slight injuries to five officers aboard the aircraft and one on the ground. One of the aircraft had been assigned to monitor traffic leaving a football game at the Rose Bowl Saturday, and the other was a police patrol aircraft.

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Pratt & Whitney Builds Apprentice Training Program In China

Shanghai Engine Center Partners With Shanghai Civil Aviation College

An agreement for a joint venture has been signed between Pratt & Whitney global service partners Shanghai Engine Center ... known as Shanghai Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Maintenance Company Limited ("SEC"), a joint venture with China Eastern Airlines ... and Shanghai Civil Aviation College (SCAC) to collaborate on apprenticeships and advance license training programs.

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Departing Airplane Strikes Truck On Runway, Three Fatally Injured

Truck Was Authorized To Operate At The Airport, Was Crossing Active Runway

A Cessna 172 with three people on board struck a pickup truck that was crossing an active runway at Knox County Regional Airport (KRKD) in Maine late Saturday afternoon. The truck was being driven by a pilot who was transiting the runway to pick up another pilot at his hangar.

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Sixty-Year-Old Woman Fatally Injured On Third Solo Flight

Was Performing Touch-And-Goes When The Airplane Struck A Hangar

A 60-year-old woman from Jacksonville, TX, was fatally injured Sunday when the plane she was flying went down while she was practicing touch-and-goes on her third solo flight.

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Ethiopian Airlines, ASKY Airlines To Take Delivery Of New Q400 Aircraft

First NexGen Q440s On The Bombardier Assembly Line To Offer New Dual-Class Seating Configuration

Bombardier announced today that Addis Ababa-based Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline to take delivery of Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners outfitted with a dual-class configuration on the production line. The two airliners delivered so far have already entered service with Ethiopian Airlines and its affiliate, ASKY Airlines of Togo.

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Turkish Airlines Opts For GE's CF6 Engines For Its Airbus A330 Fleet

Aircraft Purchased As Part Of International Expansion

Turkish Airlines (THY) has selected GE’s CF6-80E1 engines to power its fleet of 15 firm Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Delivery will begin next year. THY has also signed a 12-year OnPoint solutions agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its new CF6-80E1 engines. The total engine order and OnPoint agreement is valued at more than $1 billion.

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Airborne 11.20.12: Aero-Conman Riggs GROUNDED, Eurocopter Suffers Bizarre Jury Verdict, Raptor Down

Also: Wolf Fund, FlightDesign's 25th, 737Max, Super-STOL, Jepp Flight Deck

It’s been a long time coming but the jig is finally up for David Riggs, aviation's Public Enemy Number 1. On Friday the FAA issued an Emergency Revocation Order against Riggs, directing him to immediately surrender any and all pilot certificates and advising him that no new pilot certificate will be issued to him for a period of one year from the date of the order. There's a running joke in the news reporting business that one should never let facts stand in the way of a good story. Unfortunately that seems to have been the case in a Texas trial where the jury - despite specific NTSB findings to the contrary, has decided that a 'defective flight control component caused the fatal crash of a U.S. Cus

Aero-TV: Politics At NBAA 2012 -- Forbes' Rich Karlgaard

Expert Observations On The Fortunes and Misfortunes of The BizAv Community

In addition to being the Publisher of one of the iconic business publications in the world, Rich Karlgaard is "one of us." He is a pilot, an aircraft owner and a user of General Aviation. His bio states that in addition to being the Publisher of Forbes magazine that is his "Digital Rules" column, Rich writes about technology, entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and the future of business and work. He also lectures on these subjects and is a regular participant on the Fox News Channel's Forbes on Fox.

Aero-TV: Politics At NBAA 2012 -- Forbes' Rich Karlgaard

Expert Observations On The Fortunes and Misfortunes of The BizAv Community

In addition to being the Publisher of one of the iconic business publications in the world, Rich Karlgaard is "one of us." He is a pilot, an aircraft owner and a user of General Aviation. His bio states that in addition to being the Publisher of Forbes magazine that is his "Digital Rules" column, Rich writes about technology, entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and the future of business and work. He also lectures on these subjects and is a regular participant on the Fox News Channel's Forbes on Fox.

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Ex-Im Approves Approximately $500 Million To Finance Export Of 787s To Poland

LOT Airlines Took Delivery Of Its First Dreamliner Earlier This Month

The board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) has authorized a comprehensive guarantee of an approximately $500 million loan to Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT S.A. (LOT Airlines) for the export of a fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft to Poland. Apple Bank for Savings of New York extended the loan.

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USAF: Safety Paramount As F-22 Accident Investigation Continues

Jet Went Down In Florida Last Week

The pilot of an F-22 Raptor, assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, safely ejected as the jet crashed November 15 around 1530 EST on Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, one-quarter mile east of the base's drone runway.

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Iranian Charged In U.S. Aircraft Part Export Scheme

Accused Of Plotting To Ship Military-Grade Parts To Iran

An Iranian national has been charged in a plot to illegally ship military-grade U.S. aircraft parts to the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was thwarted by the U.S. government. A Grand Jury in the Southern District of New York returned a six-count Indictment charging Alireza Moazami Goudarzi, an Iranian national, with various offenses related to a scheme to illegally export military and civilian aircraft parts from the United States to Iran.

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Pilots, Pinnacle Airlines Close In On Labor Agreement

Court Issues Section 1113 Decision Regarding Pilot Cost Savings

Pinnacle Airlines said late last week that, in accordance with Section 1113 of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has issued a ruling providing Pinnacle Airlines and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the legal representative of the Pinnacle Airlines pilot group, a clear path to a consensual agreement.

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Spirit AeroSystems President And CEO To Step Down Next Year

Jeffery Turner Plans To Retire In Early 2013

Jeffrey L. Turner, The President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit AeroSystems, has advised the company's Board of his intention to retire in early 2013, after the Board has had an opportunity to conduct a search for and hire a new CEO. Turner will continue to serve as President and CEO until his successor takes office.

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Avcorp Awarded $27.4 Million In Arbitration

Payments Associated With Loss Of Work Being Performed For Cessna

An arbitration panel has found in favor of Avcorp Industries in a reimbursement dispute with Cessna, and will require the Wichita planemaker to pay the airframe component manufacturer some $27.4 million.

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Australian Forensic Scientist Fatally Injured In Seaplane Accident

Had Flown To The Far North Of Queensland To View A Solar Eclipse

A well-known forensic scientist in Australia was fatally injured Thursday when the seaplane he was flying went down as he was returning from the far northern part of the state of Queensland. Ross Vining was the only person on board the SeaRey Amphibian airplane he had built himself when it went down.

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International Space Station Astronauts Land Safely In Kazakhstan

First Pre-Dawn Landing In The Dark For A Station Crew In Six Years

Three members of the Expedition 33 crew undocked from the International Space Station and returned safely to Earth Sunday, wrapping up a mission lasting more than four months. Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams of NASA, Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko undocked their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from the space station at 1726 EST and landed north of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, at 2056 EST ... or 0756, November 19, Kazakhstan time.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.20.12)

"This landmark transaction brings American state-of-the-art aircraft to a competitive marketplace in Europe." Source: Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.20.12): Ground Collision

Collision while taxiing to or from a runway in use.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.20.12)

Capital Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

The Capital Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (CHGPA), founded in 1974, is a non-profit association dedicated to the growth, safety, and solidarity of the sports of hang gliding and paragliding.

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