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November 16, 2012

F-22 Raptor Down In Florida

Airplane Was On A Training Mission, Pilot Ejected Safely

An F-22 Raptor attached to Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida went down Thursday afternoon, causing a fire and closing a highway for about two hours. The pilot of the airplane was able to safely eject and was not seriously hurt, according to the Air Force.

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LOT Polish Airlines Takes Delivery Of 787 Dreamliner

First European Airline To Fly The New Airplane

Boeing and LOT Polish Airlines celebrated the delivery of the airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner Wednesday. The Polish carrier is the first European airline to take delivery of the 787. Senior LOT and Boeing executives, as well as Polish and US government officials, celebrated the historic delivery at an event at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo, WA, near Boeing's 787 final assembly plant in Everett.

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Jeppesen Flitedeck Pro For iPad Earns Industry-First Evaluation Report With EASA

'No Technical Objections' Seen For EFB Implementation

After an extensive cooperative engagement, Jeppesen has successfully passed an EASA Operations Evaluation Board (OEB) review, clearing a major hurdle toward European airline use of Jeppesen FliteDeck Pro and Jeppesen Mobile TC Pro applications for iPad/iOS. This evaluation report is the first that EASA has ever granted for mobile electronic flight bag (EFB) with navigation charting.

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Gulfstream Begins Delivering G280 Aircraft To Customers

A U.S.-Based Manufacturer Receives First Fully Outfitted Super Mid-Sized Aircraft

Gulfstream has delivered its first super mid-sized G280 aircraft. The fully outfitted business jet went to a U.S.-based manufacturer with a worldwide presence spanning 190 countries. The G280 aircraft earned type certificates from the FAA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel on Aug. 30.

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US Airways Flight Attendants Conduct Nationwide Protest

Strike Vote Is Underway, Concludes November 20

US Airways flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), held protests at four airports across the country Wednesday after it says the airline's management failed to negotiate a single contract for over 6,700 flight attendants. The America West/US Airways merger of 2005 remains incomplete and flight attendants are still working under separate contracts, in separate operations.

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FAA Certified Part 141 Public Flight School Opens In Upstate SC

Accreditation Culminates Five Years Of Aviation Education

The FAA has granted Part 141 certification to Airwold Aviation Services, making it the only public Part 141 certified flight school in the Upstate. The school has locations at the Greenville Downtown and Spartanburg Downtown Airports. “The accreditation recognizes the excellence of Airwolf’s training program and the quality of graduates they produce” said Adam Lockamy, Assistant Chief Flight Instructor of the school.

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Whooping Cranes Soar Into Walker County, Alabama

Once Again Following An Ultralight 'Parent' On Their Way to Florida

Riding smooth air currents, five whooping cranes soared into Walker County in Northwest Alabama, near Birmingham, Tuesday. These birds, following Operation Migration’s ultralight aircraft, skimmed along at 5,700 feet and 70 miles per hour ground speed.

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XCOR Taps ATK As Lynx Mark I Wing Detailed Design-Build Contractor

'Critical Milestone' In Progress Towards Assembly Of Test Spacecraft

XCOR Aerospace has issued the initial phase of a two-phase contract to ATK's Aerospace Structures Division for the detailed design and manufacture of the Lynx Mark I suborbital reusable launch vehicle (RLV) wings and control surfaces. This announcement represents a critical milestone in the march toward assembly, test and entry into commercial service of the Lynx.

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Flight Design Celebrates 25 Years

Special Limited Edition 'Jubilee' Models Offered Worldwide

While the U.S. Light-Sport Aircraft sector is just eight years old, and the first FAA-accepted aircraft began arriving in 2005, Flight Design GmbH has been involved with aircraft development and manufacturing aircraft for 25 years. To mark this milestone, the company is offering a special “Jubilee” series of their models with unique features and value pricing.

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Boeing, SilkAir Finalize Order For 54 737s

Order Includes 23 Next-Generation 737-800s And 31 737 MAX 8s

SilkAir has finalized an order with Boeing for 54 Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX 8s worth $4.9 billion at list prices. With this agreement, the 737 MAX has accumulated 969 orders to date. SilkAir's order for 23 737-800s and 31 737 MAX 8s is the largest order in the airline's history and begins a fleet transition to Boeing airplanes.

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Tower Builder Sued In Connection With 2011 Accident

Pilot's Family Said Structure Was Purposely Designed To Avoid FAA Visibility Requirements

Ag pilot Stephen Allen was fatally injured in January, 2011, after his airplane struck a 198-foot-tall meteorological tower that, according to the NTSB's probable cause report, he likely did not see. His family has filed suit against the tower's builders, saying it was purposely designed to avoid FAA visibility requirements.

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Wolf Aviation Fund Grant Proposals Due December 15

Foundation Seeks Applications For Funding For Projects And Programs In Seven Program Areas

Each year the Wolf Aviation Fund provides grants for a number of individuals and organizations doing great work in general aviation. To date more than 330 awards have been given, providing worthy applicants the funding and recognition that is so vital for folks working on new ideas.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.16.12

 A Raptor is Down in Florida!

Airship Ventures Flightseeing Operations Get Deflated…

NBAA Congratulates Congress for Blocking the EU's-ETS

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Airborne 11.16.12: Airship Program Deflates, FIFI Grounded, New Affordable Tecnam LSA

Also: NTSB, Barnstorming, Personal Helo, EU-ETS on Hold, SpaceX Grasshopper, Skivvy Skydives

Airship Ventures of Moffet Field, CA operators of the world's largest passenger airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, are closing their doors effective immediately! Founded in 2008, Airship Ventures made history by bringing passenger airship operations back to the U.S. for the first time since the 1930s and they enjoyed a stellar safety record, but it wasn't enough. The often heard battle cry "Keep 'Em Flying" has taken on a fresh new urgency with the news that the last flying B-29 Superfortress has been grounded and is in need of serious repair. During the last airshow flight of the season, the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, experienced an engine problem. Tecnam has lau

Airborne 11.16.12: Airship Company Deflates, FIFI Grounded, New Tecnam LSA

Also: NTSB, Barnstorming, Personal Helo, EU-ETS on Hold, SpaceX Grasshopper, Skivvy Skydives

Airship Ventures of Moffet Field, CA operators of the world's largest passenger airship, the Zeppelin Eureka, are closing their doors effective immediately! Founded in 2008, Airship Ventures made history by bringing passenger airship operations back to the U.S. for the first time since the 1930s and they enjoyed a stellar safety record, but it wasn't enough. The often heard battle cry "Keep 'Em Flying" has taken on a fresh new urgency with the news that the last flying B-29 Superfortress has been grounded and is in need of serious repair. During the last airsho

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Airship Ventures Ceases Operations

Lacking Sponsorship, World’s Largest Passenger Airship Grounded

Airship Ventures, has been forced to close its doors and ground its aircraft ... the Zeppelin Eureka ... despite what they say has been a very successful run with a "stellar performance and safety record." The company ceased operations Wednesday.

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Boeing 737 MAX Achieves 'Firm Concept'

Program Transitions To Finalizing Configuration Details By Mid-2013, On Track For First Delivery In 2017

Boeing has finished defining in broad terms its newest single-aisle airplane, the 737 MAX, recently completing a major milestone in development known as 'Firm Concept'. "The program has achieved this development milestone by defining the significant changes needed to deliver the performance we've committed to our customers," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager 737 program.

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NBAA Welcomes Congressional Approval Of EU-ETS Prohibition Act

Bolen: President Obama Can Send A 'Strong Signal' To The EU

The NBAA congratulated members of Congress Wednesday following House passage of a bipartisan measure (S.1956) that would prohibit U.S.-based aircraft operators from participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The House previously approved a similar bill last year.

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Klyde Morris 11.16.2012

Klyde Seems To Be Having A Sinking Feeling ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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FAA InFO Bulletin Addresses International Flight Plan Changes

Agency Adopting The ICAO Format For Filing IFR Flight Plans

In an effort to harmonize with the international airspace standards with respect to flight planning, the FAA has transitioned to the ICAO format for IFR flight plan filing. Any operator with an advanced area navigation (RNAV) system who wishes to file any RNAV procedure or any international flight must file using the ICAO format and FAA form 7233-4.

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USAF Report Indicates Microburst A Factor In C-130 Firefighting Accident

Crew Misjudged Wind Conditions While Flying In The South Dakota Black Hills

The crew of a MAFFS C-130 engaged in a firefight mission misjudged wind conditions and flew into the area of a microburst, which caused the airplane to impact the ground. That is the assessment of an Air Force accident panel investigating the crash.

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GAMA Welcomes Inclusion Of GA Safety On NTSB's Most Wanted List

Bunce: Industry Has Long Made Safety Its Top Priority

GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce welcomed Wednesday's announcement that "General Aviation Safety" was included on the NTSB's "Most Wanted List." “The general aviation (GA) industry has long made safety its number one priority. The GA manufacturing industry has aggressively taken on numerous initiatives to further reduce and ultimately prevent (GA) accidents and incidents," Bunce said.

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FedEx Pilots’ Union Responds To NTSB’s Most Wanted List

Applauds Inclusion Of Fire Safety, But Disappointed That Cargo Pilot Fatigue Issues Not Addressed

The FDX Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Int’l is encouraged by the NTSB's publication of its Most Wanted List for 2013. This list represents the top ten advocacy priorities for the board.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.16.12)

“Operating this unique aircraft has been an inspiring experience and it is with a very heavy heart that we’ve come to this point requiring us to cease operations and ground Eureka.” Source: Airship Ventures CEO Brian Hall.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.16.12): Hung Start

In a gas turbine engine, a Hung Start condition is a  normal light off (ignition) but RPM remains at some low value rather than increasing to the normal idle rpm.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.16.12)

NCAR Research Applications Laboratory

As the principal laboratory responsible for aviation weather projects for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), The Research Applications Laboratory (RAL), composed of the former Research Applications Program and the Developmental TestBed Center, has been the recognized leader in aviation weather research and technology since 1980.

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