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February 18, 2012

GAO Report Indicates NextGen Billions Over Budget

Half Of The Programs Examined Are Experiencing Delays

In a review of 30 major ATC acquisition programs, all of which will contribute to the transition to NextGen, The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that costs for 11 of the 30 programs have increased from their initial estimates by a total of $4.2 billion, and 15 programs experienced delays. The 11 acquisitions that experienced cost increases account for over 60 percent of FAA’s total acquisition costs ($11 billion of $17.7 billion) for the 30 programs.

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Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing Sport Aircraft Receives FAA NKET Approval

Kits And Accessories Now Fully Developed

The FAA National Kit Evaluation Team (NKET) has approved and published amateur building checklists for the new Onex Single-Place, Folding-Wing Sport Pilot Aircraft. Availability of these approved checklists allows current and future Onex builders to show compliance with the "major portion" requirement of 14 CFR section 21.191(g) for experimental/amateur-built aircraft, commonly referred to as the "51 Percent Rule."

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Bill Boosting Space Industry

Increases Funding Eligibility for Space-Related Projects

Florida Governor Rick Scott gave Florida’s space industry a boost Thursday by signing Senate Bill 634 increasing funding eligibility for space-related projects. Governor Scott was joined by bill sponsors Senator Benacquisto and Representative Workman, as well as Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll for the bill signing in the Governor’s office in Tallahassee.

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Investors Sue Philip Falcone, Harbinger Over LightSquared

Suit Claims Falcone Was 'Deceptive And Misleading'

A group of investors unhappy with the "all in" investment Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners poured into LightSquared have sued the hedge fund manager and the fund, saying "billions" of dollars were squandered on the wireless startup.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In West Palm Beach Off-Airport Landing

Pilot Landed His Piper Navajo On Beach In Florida, Was Uninjured

The pilot of a Piper Navajo who departed the Bahamas for Florida ran into a problem near the end of his flight, but fortunately he managed to make it just to the shore. The NTSB preliminary report indicates the pilot followed correct procedures for a fuel problem, but he wound up landing on the sand in West Palm Beach, FL, when both engines lost power.

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Workers Furloughed By Ryan International Airline Return To Work

ALPA Says Furloughs Were 'Illegal'

ALPA reports in its "Fast Read" online that Thirty-three pilots from Rockford, Ill.-based Ryan International Airlines returned to work on February 13th after being illegally furloughed less than two weeks earlier. The airline said the move was due to a company cash shortfall.

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S-92, S-76 Aircraft Delivered To Zhuhai

Third Delivery To Occur Next Week

Two offshore utility helicopters have been delivered by Sikorsky to China Southern Airlines' Zhuhai Helicopter Branch company, with a third delivery scheduled for next week. The aircraft will support the offshore oil operations in the South China Sea by Zhuhai's customers.

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Helijet International Operates Highest Airtime S-76 Helicopter

Aircraft Has Racked Up Over 37,000 Flight Hours

Sikorsky Aircraft has recognized Helijet International as operator of the world's highest airtime Sikorsky S-76 airframe — an S-76A helicopter (serial number 760074) with 37,025 flight hours. Since 1986, aircraft 760074, an S-76A helicopter operating in Helijet's airline service, has carried more than 500,000 scheduled service passengers more than 3 million miles.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.18.12)

“With more than 2,000 aviation and aerospace companies employing more than 83,000 workers in Florida, there’s no denying how important the space industry is to our economy.” Source: Florida Governor Rick Scott.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.18.12): Rain Induced Fog

When warm rain falls through cooler air, water evaporates from the warm rain. It subsequently condenses in the cool air forming fog. Such fog can be quite dense.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.18.12)

The Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons (SUSNFS)

The Society of U.S. Naval Flight Surgeons (SUSNFS) was founded in 1976 to advance the science, art, and practice of Aerospace Medicine and the mission of the United States Navy.

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