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January 08, 2013

Search For Missing Skydiver Suspended In Washington State

Florida Man Jumped From A Helicopter Wearing A Wingsuit, Vanished

The ground search for a skydiver missing since Thursday was suspended by King County, WA, authorities Sunday with no trace of the missing 29-year-old Floridian having been found.

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Hawaiian To Add Fleet Of Long-Range, Single-Aisle Aircraft

Deliveries Of New Airbus A321neos To Begin In 2017

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to acquire 16 new A321neo aircraft between 2017 and 2020, with rights to purchase an additional nine aircraft. The long-range, single-aisle aircraft will complement Hawaiian's existing fleet of wide-body, twin-aisle aircraft used for long-haul flying between Hawai'i and the U.S. West Coast.

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Ball Aerospace Realigns Civil And Operational Space Business Units

Three Appointed To Leadership Roles Within The Company

Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has announced three leadership appointments and an organizational structure change that will position operating sectors for improved customer efficiency. Effective January 2, Ball's Civil and Operational Space business unit will become two separate business units.

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FAA Seeks $633,000 In Civil Penalties Against Trans States Airlines

Agency Says Airline Operated Embraer Regional Jets Not In Compliance With FARs

The FAA is proposing two civil penalties totaling $633,000 against Trans States Airlines, Inc., of Bridgeton, MO, for allegedly operating two Embraer 145 regional jets on 3,660 passenger flights while the planes did not comply with Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Team Battle Axe Welcomes Navy's First Female Air Wing Commander

Capt. Sara A. Joyner Assumes Group's Leadership Role

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, assigned to the Harry S. Truman Strike Group, welcomed the Navy's first female CVW commander during CVW-3's change of command ceremony Jan 4. During the ceremony, which was conducted at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, VA, Capt. Michael S. Wallace, commander of "Team Battle Axe," was relieved by Capt. Sara A. Joyner.

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Max-Viz-600 Gets Cessna Service Bulletin for 172, 182, 206 Models

Allows For Retrofit Installation In Recently-Delivered Airplanes

Astronics Corporation’s Max-Viz-600 enhanced vision system has received a Cessna Aircraft Service Bulletin for retrofit installation in recently-delivered Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane and Stationair single-engine aircraft models.

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FAA Reverses Maintenance Duty Time Legal Interpretation

Move Comes In Response To ARSA Protest, Trade Association Says

The FAA has withdrawn its legal interpretation of maintenance duty time limitations prescribed in Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) section 121.377, according to the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA). In a news release, ARSA said the move came the day after Christmas in response to the trade association's protests.

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Aerion Promotes Doug Nichols To CEO And Board Member

Previously Served As Chief Operating Officer

Aerodynamic technology company Aerion Corporation announced Monday that Doug Nichols, previously chief operating officer, will serve as chief executive officer and join the board of directors effective immediately.

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Massive Airship Reaches Milestone In Development

Ground Handling Demonstration Completed, Three Tests Remain

The Aeros Pelican prototype has reportedly completed the first of its four tests required by the Pentagon's Rapid reaction Technology Office. The 230-foot-long 36,000 pound variable buoyancy airship showed that it could move near the ground without assistance from ground personnel. The airship was maneuvered from the cockpit using air-bearing landing gear.

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New York Stock Exchange Salutes Civil Air Patrol

Officers, Cadets On Trading Room Podium To Ring Opening Bell

Civil Air Patrol was front and center Friday morning at the New York Stock Exchange, with high-ranking CAP officers as well as cadets perched atop the podium on the trading room floor to open the third day of business for the new year.

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Denver Based Aspen Flying Club Introduce New Aircraft Rental Options

Stable Includes Airplanes Ranging From Cirrus To Skycatcher

Denver-based Aspen Flying Club has recently announced new additions to their suite of aircraft rental options. The company’s latest acquisitions will provide local area pilots with the access to "the best in cutting-edge aircraft for their unique flight requirements."

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

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PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model AS350BA helicopters with certain AERAZUR emergency flotation gear container assemblies installed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.08.13

Aspen Releases a Correction for an XM Weather Software Issue

A Dreamliner Fire is Reported in Boston…

Another Pre-Merger Step Taken by Americ

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Airborne 01.08.13: NAFI Loses Exec Director, Boeing Sets Records, ANN Ready For Sebring LSA Show

Also: EAA Doesn't Like 'Cliff', Gulfstream Hires, FAA Wings At Sebring, AIA Worries About Sequestration, Helo Rescue Gets Dunked

After several tough years which saw NAFI engaged in a number of scandals and the separation of a significant relationship with the EAA, the fortunes of the National Association of Flight Instructors continue to crash and burn. Boeing says it completed 2012 with a record setting performance. 1,203 net commercial airplane orders were booked in 2012, the second-largest number in company history. The company also delivered 601 airplanes, the most since 1999. Boeing's unfilled commercial airplane orders at the end of the year stood at 4,373, the most in company history. The 2013 US Sport Aviation Expo is nearly upon us, and, The Aero-News Network, the aviat

Aero-TV: Rotax 912 is -- Updating the Rotax 912 Series Powerplants

The Latest Version of the Rotax 900 Series Shows Immense Promise

Nearly a year ago, one of the worst kept secrets in sport aviation finally went public. A new variant of the much used (and abused) Rotax 912 was announced... this one, fuel injected. According to Rotax sources, the Rotax 912 iS engine will deliver 38% to 70% better fuel efficiency than comparable competitive engines in the light sport, ultra-light aircraft and the general aviation industry. Mass production of the Rotax 912 iS engines started a few months later and a number are already flying over North America.

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Quick Turn-Around: Aspen Issues Correction For XM WX Data Issue

Affects Evolution Flight Displays with EWR50 Evolution Weather Receiver

ANN has been informed that there is a recent issue that has cropped up with Aspen Evolution Flight Displays with EWR50 Evolution Weather Receivers... but we've been informed that a fix is already in the pipeline. An Aspen memo to their customers indicates that there is a "known, temporary issue with displaying XM weather on your Evolution Flight Displays." The company informed its users that, "The Evolution Software that interfaces with your weather receiver continually checks the age of the XM weather information it is receiving in order to ensure that the most current information is displayed; under normal operation when the information is updated, the software discards the expired weather data. Th

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FAA Issues NOTAM For Obama Inauguration

Tighter Than Normal Airspace Restrictions In Place On January 21

The planned 2013 Presidential Inauguration Festivities in Washington, DC are scheduled for January 21, 2013. At the request of the Department of Homeland Security and as part of the airspace security measures for the event, the FAA will be modifying the Washington Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ).

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Shuster Likely Will Present Contrast To Mica As Transportation Chair

Incoming Committee Leader Says 'Transportation Is Not Necessarily A Partisan Issue'

Representative Bill Shuster (R-PA), the incoming chair of the House Transportation Committee, may approach the panel's issues differently than his immediate predecessor, Florida Republican John Mica.

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Eclipse Submits RFI To USAF Request For Very Light Jet Fleet

EAI Response Shows Converting Legacy Fleet To Eclipse Aircraft Could Save $1 Billion

Eclipse Aerospace has responded to the U.S. Air Force's Request for Information (RFI) for a large fleet of Very Light Jets (VLJ) to support their Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) Multi-place Training Track. Eclipse Aerospace estimates that its proposed solution could save 13 million gallons of jet fuel per year.

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Dreamliner Fire Reported At Boston Logan Airport

Airplane Belongs To JAL

FAA officials say a fire was reported at Boston's Logan International Airport involving a Boeing Dreamliner belonging to Japan Airlines which had recently landed and routinely disembarked passengers. The airplane flies a non-stop Tokyo-to-Boston route for the airline.

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Alpha Trainer Certified For Night Flight In Poland

First European Ultralight To Receive The Approval From The CAA

Pipistrel is officially flying the first European Ultralight aircraft certified for Night Flight in Poland, the Alpha Trainer. The company says the approval is due in large part to the efforts of its Polish distributor, Mr Krzysztof Bedkowski, and what the company says is an "excellent" relationship with the CAA of Poland.

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American, US Airways Issue Joint Statement Concerning MOU

Airlines Acknowledge Pilots' Unions Framework For Pilot Integration Should A Merger Occur

American Airlines and US Airways, with the participation of committee counsel for the Unsecured Creditors Committee, said Friday that they have completed discussions with the Allied Pilots Association and US Airline Pilots Association intended to develop a framework for the terms of employment for pilots, as well as a process for pilot integration, in the event of a merger between AA and US during restructuring.

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First Burmese Spitfire Dig Underway

Salvager Hopes To Find Airplanes Well Preserved, Eventually Flyable

After 17 years of work and research, British farmer and aircraft enthusiast David Cundall has finally begun digging at the first of three sites where he thinks crates of rare WWII Spitfire airplanes were buried as the war was coming to a close.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.08.13)

"Our submittal was fully responsive to the Air Force's request. It shows that the Eclipse Jet meets and/or exceeds all of the SUPT syllabus requirements." Source: Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason Holland.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.08.13): Takeoff Run Available (TORA)

The runway length declared available and suitable for the ground run of an airplane taking off.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.08.13)

Air Zoo

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located in Portage, MI. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop, and banquet facilities.

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