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November 21, 2012

Airports Are Prepared For Millions Of Thanksgiving Holiday Travelers

Survey Shows Some Are Offering Unique Passenger Services

Airports are ready to meet the needs of the 24 million travelers who are expected to fly this week to visit family, friends and colleagues, according to Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).

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U.S. Navy, Northrop Grumman Conducting Triton Ground Testing

Team Checking Control Software, Subsystems Prior To Beginning Flight Operations

The U.S. Navy and Northrop Grumman added a second Triton unmanned aircraft to ground testing efforts in late September – part of an initial step in preparation for flight operations. Two Triton unmanned aircraft systems are being used to flight test and mature the system for operational use.

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Swedish Maritime Administration Orders Seven AW139 Helicopters

Aircraft Will Be Flown In Search And Rescue Missions

The Swedish Maritime Administration has agreed to purchase seven AW139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be equipped for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations with the first helicopter scheduled to be delivered in the spring of 2013 and the final one in 2014.

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Perdue Aviation Offering Aviation Safety Events

Webinars And In-Person Lectures Help Pilots Identify And Mitigate Risk

Southwest Tennessee CFI David Perdue Jr. has a couple of events on the calendar for the week after Thanksgiving. One is  a condensed, interactive seminar (live webinar) based on the Human Factors course that were taught to Fortune 500 companies for several years.

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FAA Certifies 5-Blade MT Propeller For Beech King Air 200

Company Claims Smoother, Quieter Flight

The FAA has granted an STC for MT-Propeller for the next generation 5-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-27-1-E-C-F-R(P) / CFR225-55f on the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200 Series with the Engine P&WC PT6A-41, -42, -52, -61. The installation is certified by FAA STC No. SA03209NY and EASA STC No. 10036196.

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Canada Opens New Space Boutique

CSA And Museum Make Official Products Available To The Public

Just in time for holiday shopping, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum announced have signed an agreement making the Museum the authorized supplier of CSA products, including products associated with Expedition 34/35, in which Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield will be participating.

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Turkish Airlines Orders GE90-Powered Boeing 777-300ER Aircraft

Signs OnPoint Maintenance Agreement For New Engines

Turkish Airlines (THY) has ordered 15 GE90-115B-powered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft with options for five additional aircraft. Delivery will begin in 2014. THY has also signed a long-term OnPoint solutions agreement for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its new GE90-115B engines. The total engine order and OnPoint solution agreement is valued at more than $1.4 billion.

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FAA Approves Life Extensions For Bell 206 Airwolf Tension-Torsion Straps

Operators Can Fly Up To A Year Longer Before Replacement Is Required

The FAA has approved a life extension to 36-months/1,200 hours for Airwolf Aerospace's Tension-Torsion (TT) straps for Bell 206 helicopters. TT straps for the Bell 206 Jet Ranger, 206L Long Ranger and OH-58 helicopters, previously had a 24-month/1,200-hour life limit.

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Pigeon Hunters Take Down Animal Rights UAV

Group Has Been Campaigning Against The PA Hunting Club

An animal rights group with a beef against the Wing Pointe hunting club in Berks County, PA, have been flying an octocopter UAV over the club's property, using a video camera mounted on the aircraft to record the club's pigeon shoots.

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New Zealand Health Board Swaps Air Ambulance Providers

Regulations On Single Engine Helos Factor Into The Decision

New Zealand's MidCentral Health has awarded its air ambulance services contract for patient transfers to HeliPro. The contract had previously been held by Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter operated by Philips Search and Rescue Trust.

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-05

PRODUCT: All Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model MBB-BK117 C-2 helicopters with certain Generator Control Units (GCU) installed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.21.12

Tyndall Air Force Base Resumes F22 Operations…

The LearJet 85 Gets Its Wings…

ARSA Cautions the FAA on Its Part 145 Rewrite…

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Airborne 11.20.12: Riggs GROUNDED, Eurocopter Suffers Bizarre Jury Verdict

Also: Raptor Down, 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

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FAA Issues AD For Airbus Rudder Pedals ... 11 Years After Fatal Accident

Requires Modifications To Rudder Control System Or Installation Of Rudder Stops

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive predicated on an incident which occurred 11 years ago. The AD (2012-21-15) applies to all Airbus Model A300 B4-600, B4-600R, and F4-600R series airplanes, and Model A300 C4-605R Variant F airplanes (collectively called A300-600 series airplanes); and Model A310 series airplanes.

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Learjet 85 Jet Gets Its Wings

First Complete Wing Set Arrives In Wichita

The first wing shipment for Bombardier's Learjet 85 jet has arrived at the Wichita assembly line and is now in the process of being readied for mating to the fuselage of Flight Test Vehicle one (FTV1). Alongside the arrival of the first complete Learjet 85 aircraft wing, the fuselage for FTV2 has successfully completed its integrity inspection. Installation of the nose, bulkheads, floor, windshield and door surrounds are scheduled to begin in the coming days.

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Tyndall Resumes F-22 Flight Operations

Wing Was Stood Down Following November 15 Accident

The 325th Fighter Wing resumed normal flight operations at Tyndall AFB in Florida Monday, as Wing Commander Col. David Graff flew one of the first F-22 Raptor missions at approximately 0745 EDT. A total of eight F-22 aircraft completed training missions in the morning and six others flew in the afternoon. Graff stood the Wing's flying operations down following an F-22 accident on the base Nov. 15.

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ARSA Cautions FAA On Proposed 145 Changes

Association Is Concerned The Proposed Rules Mean Unnecessary Regulatory Complications

In comments submitted Nov. 19 to the FAA’s rewrite of 14 CFR part 145, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) warned the FAA against further muddying the rules governing aviation maintenance. The association expressed concerns the agency’s proposed rulemaking unnecessarily complicates the regulatory framework.

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H75, H85 Turboprop Engines Receive EASA Engine Certifications

Larger Engine Will Power CAIGA's Primus 150 Airplane

GE Aviation’s new H75 and H85 turboprop engines have received engine type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The two new engines are derivatives of the H80 engine.

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Carter Says Prototype Aircraft Beating Helicopter Efficiencies In Flight Tests

Proof Of Concept VTOL Aircraft Undergoing 'Conservative' Trials

Working in conjunction with Carter Aerospace Development, Carter Aviation Technologies says it has made significant progress as performance flight-testing of the current prototype, the Proof of Concept demonstrator (the “POC”), continues. The POC is a variant of the company’s four passenger vertical takeoff and landing (“VTOL”) aircraft, known as the SR/C 4-Place PAV.

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Aviation Consumer Groups Critical Of DOT Report

On Eve Of Year's Busiest Travel Season, 'Consumer Protection' Panel Recommends No New Protections For The Flying Public

A recently-released report from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Aviation Consumer Protection is drawing fire from two non-profit organizations focused on consumer protection, who say the report is "toothless" in that it fails to recommend any new regulations or federal legislation to protect U.S. air travelers from abuses.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.21.12)

"I have complete confidence in the F-22 and its reliability." Source: 325th Fighter Wing Commander, Col. David Graff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.21.12): Light Gun

A handheld directional light signaling device which emits a brilliant narrow beam of white, green, or red light as selected by the tower controller.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.21.12)

Hyner View

Hyner View, located in scenic central Pennsylvania, has been home to foot-launched flying for both hang gliders and paragliders since 1975. Launch is located on D.C.N.R land known as Hyner View State Park.

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