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January 05, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.05.12

Airlines start announcing carbon ticket price increases.
Chinese airlines are coming to the US to recruit pilots.
And the FAA may be about to open the door wide to police UAVs.

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Air Force Places Super Tucano Project On Hold

Temporary Stop Work Order Issued In Light Of HBC Legal Challenge

The Air Force had announced last week that the Super Tucano had been selected as its Light Air Support aircraft, and would be built at Jacksonville International Airport in Northeast Florida. Embraer has partnered with Sierra Nevada Corporation to build the airplane. But the $355 million contract for 20 airplanes, pilot training and support was put on hold Wednesday due to pending litigation brought by Hawker Beechcraft.

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DOT Fines AirTran Airways For Violating Price Advertising Rules

Slaps Budget Airline With $60,000 Penalty

The U.S. DOT has fined AirTran Airways $60,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. “Consumers have a right to know the full price they will be paying when they buy an airline ticket,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  “We will continue to take enforcement action when our airline price advertising rules are violated.”

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Airlines Prepare For Next Volcanic Eruption

April 2010 Eruption Of Eyjafjallajökull Caused Massive Financial Losses

Der Spiegel reports that the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano in April of 2010 resulted in the greatest closure of European airspace since World War II. Easyjet, a budget airline, now says it plans to equip 20 of its planes with a device called "Avoid," which claims to be able to discern between rain clouds and ash clouds at 20 kilometers out.

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Unnamed Customer In The Americas To Acquire Hermes 900 UAS

Elbit Systems Awarded Contract Valued At Approximately $50 Million

A contract valued at approximately $50 million has been awarded to Elbit systems to supply Hermes 900 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to a governmental office of a country in the Americas. The UAS will be operated in a variety of perimeter security missions.

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UAV Could Explore Saturn's Largest Moon

Titan Has Dense Atmosphere, Earth-like Surface Features

Earth's Moon has no atmosphere, so maneuvering close to the surface requires lots of rocket fuel and complexity. But scientists say Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a dense atmosphere, and they're ready to try a mature technology to explore it - the airplane.

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Navy Researchers Investigate Small-Scale Autonomous Planetary Explorers

Fuel Cells, Microrobotics Being Developed For Possible Future Space Missions

Robotic exploration to remote regions, to include distant planetary bodies, is often limited by energy requirements to perform, in repetition, even the simplest tasks. With this in mind, researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory are looking into a novel approach that could some day aid scientific space and planetary research without the need for power-intense options often used today.

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Rotech Engine Analyzer Introduce For Rotax Engines

Troubleshoots Electronics In Popular LSA Mill

A new engine electronics analyzer for Rotax 912 series engines has been introduced by the Light Sport Group. Dubbed "Dr. Rotech," the device has been designed to assist aircraft mechanics, pilots, and aircraft owners in troubleshooting the systems of the most popular line of Rotax engines.

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'Fly Marines' Set For Year-Long Run At NASM

Exhibit Coincides With Marine Aviation Centennial Celebration

A temporary exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) is set to open for a year-long run on Jan. 14. Presented in partnership with the National Museum of the Marine Corps, "Fly Marines! The Centennial of Marine Corps Aviation: 1912-2012" observes the 100th anniversary of the birth of Marine Aviation.

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Baffle Kit Available For Baron, Bonanza

Owners Purchasing Engine Upgrade Are Eligible

Owners of all Beechcraft Baron and Bonanza airplanes who purchase a factory engine upgrade from Continental Motors will automatically receive a D’Shannon Aviation baffle kit as part of the package. From January 2 - February 28, 2012, when Baron and Bonanza owners upgrade their Continental Engine, they will receive a D’Shannon Baffle Kit at no charge.

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Columbia Helicopters Finds Ways To Grow

Maintenance Contracts Part Of Success Through Recession

The helicopter industry in general has weathered the recession better than the fixed-wing side, in part because of continued military spending. But Columbia Helicopters, based in Aurora, OR, has also found new ways to make money, and reports growth and a boost in employment as a result.

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Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center Awards $22 Million Contract To SAIC

Company To Provide Instrument Landing System Modernization Services In Support Of The U.S. Air Force

A prime contract to provide Instrument Landing System (ILS) modernization services in support of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) from the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center (OC-ALC) has been awarded to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). The contract has a one year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of more than $22 million, if all options are exercised.

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FAA Skips North Platte Regional Airport For Third Straight Year

Low Passenger Numbers Preclude Airport From Receiving Federal Grants

North Platte Regional Airport (KLBF) has failed for a third straight year to reach 10,000 enplanements, which means the airport will not be eligible for about $1 million in federal grant money from the FAA.

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Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- 'How Did You Get Involved in Aerobatics?'

Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- 'How Did You get Involved in Aerobatics?'

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Aerobatic Beginnings

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. in this program, Bob talks his beginnings in aerobatic flight. Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man whom many have no hesitation calling t

Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- 'How Did You Get Involved in Aerobatics?'

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Aerobatic Beginnings

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob talks about his beginnings in aerobatic flight. Ask any pilot who he thinks is the best he (or she) ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man whom many have no

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National Championship Air Races Introduces Blue Ribbon Review Panel

Dates Announced For 2012 Event

In a news  conference to discuss the future of the National Championship Air Races, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced on Wednesday the formation of a Blue Ribbon Review Panel to study the event. The panel will examine any possible changes or modifications that could be made to enhance the already high level of safety established by the FAA and existing RARA procedures.

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NTSB Prelim Released In Florida Medical Helo Accident

Three Fatally Injured En Route To Pick Up A Heart For Transplant

The NTSB's preliminary findings from a December 26th helicopter accident which occurred near Green Cove Springs, FL, offers few clues as to what may have happened to the aircraft. The pilot and two medical personnel were en route to a hospital in Gainesville, FL, to pick up a heart for transplant at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

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Boeing To Close Wichita Facility By The End Of 2013

Defense Budget Reductions, Limited Opportunities For New Work And Competitive Cost Structure Driving Need To Close Facility

Boeing said Wednesday that the Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) facility in Wichita will close by the end of 2013. The Wichita facility currently employs more than 2,160 people. "The decision to close our Wichita facility was difficult but ultimately was based on a thorough study of the current and future market environment and our ability to remain competitive while meeting our customers' needs with the best and most affordable solutions," said Mark Bass, vice president and general manager for BDS' Maintenance, Modifications & Upgrades division.

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Delta To Add Three Dollar Surcharge To European Flights

Fee Imposed To Cover Airline's Costs Under The EU-ETS

Delta will begin charging an additional three dollars on tickets purchased for flights to Europe to cover the cost of its compliance with the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme. Delta is reportedly the first major U.S. carrier to announce a fee in response to the scheme.

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Pilot Fatigue And Laser Strikes Top DOT's FAA 2011 Year In Review

Agency Also Made Progress On NextGen With Implementation Underway

In the spirit of the new year, the DOT is spending some electrons on its blog highlighting the agency's accomplishments for the past 12 months. A recent post attributed to DOT secretary Ray LaHood shines the spotlight on what's been going on at the FAA.

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Final Orion Water Landing Test Friday

Test Capsule Splashes Down In Hydro Impact Basin In Virginia

NASA will conduct the final water test landing of the Orion crew capsule on Friday, Jan. 6, at NASA's Langley Research Center's Hydro Impact Basin in Hampton, Va. Testing began last summer to certify the Orion spacecraft for water landings. Orion will carry astronauts into space, providing emergency abort capability, sustaining the crew during space travel and ensuring safe re-entry and landing.

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First Phobos-Grunt Spacecraft Pieces Will Fall To Earth Next Week

Failed Probe's Orbit Decaying, Most Will Burn Up On Re-Entry

The first pieces of the Phobos-Grunt probe launched by Russia November 9th will begin to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere on January 15th, according to Russian space officials.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.05.12)

“(W)e are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to hold this historic event in 2012.” Source:  Mike Houghton, president and CEO of RARA (Reno Air Racing Association). FMI: www.airrace.org

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.05.12): Domestic Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum

Additional flight levels between FL 290 and FL 410 to provide operational, traffic, and airspace efficiency.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.05.12)

You can obtain the times of sunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset, transits of the Sun and Moon, and the beginning and end of civil twilight, along with information on the Moon's phase by specifying the date and location.

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