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September 30, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.30.11

A terrorist planned to attack Washington using R/C model planes.
China has taken the first step toward its own space station.
And Ed Bolen argues for aviation's contribution to the US

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ATR Reports New Annual Sales Record

Has Signed Firm Orders For 145 Aircraft, Plus 72 Options, Since The Beginning Of The Year

Officials for European regional turboprop maker ATR say 2011 has been a record year for sales, with 145 firm aircraft orders and an additional 72 options since the beginning of the year. The value of these orders is estimated at 3.2 billion dollars (4.8 billion including the options). The previous record was in pre-recession 2007, with 113 firm orders and 26 options.

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Helo Powerline Construction Flights Halted In CA

Utility Company Did Not Report Two Rotor Strikes By Work Crews

San Diego Gas & Electric is spending $2 billion to build an electrical transmission line between San Diego and Imperial Counties in California and the state of Arizona. It's called the Sunrise Powerlink, and the project involves lots of work for helicopter crews. But a few days after a newspaper revealed two helicopter incidents which were not reported to the California Public Utilities Commission, the agency has halted the project until pilots receive safety reviews.

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Luxair Confirmed As Previously Unidentified Customer For Q400

Luxembourg Airline Orders Four NextGen Turboprop Airliners

A firm order for four Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop airliners, which was announced on August 16, 2011, was placed by Luxair, the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Bombardier confirmed Thursday. The transaction also included options on an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft. As previously announced, based on the Q400 NextGen aircraft list price, the firm order contract is valued at approximately $126 million.

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Avianca Signs Firm Order for 4 Airbus A330 Freighter Aircraft

First A330-200 Freighter customer in Latin America

Avianca, part of the airline group AviancaTaca Holdings, has signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft. The new aircraft will be operated by Avianca's cargo subsidiary Tampa. Avianca will announce its engine choice at a later date. The new airplanes will replace Tampa's current cargo fleet and play a key role in expanding Avianca's international cargo business.

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Pima County (AZ) Sheriff's Department Places Helicopter Order

PCSO Re-Defining Helicopter Mission With New Aircraft

The Pima County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) in Tucson, Arizona has recently placed an order for its first helicopter from American Eurocopter – an AS350 B3e (AStar). After a tragic accident earlier this year, Lt. Bob Kimmins and Capt. Don Kester were tasked with redefining the Department's helicopter mission and identifying the appropriate aircraft for that mission.

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HondaJet Tour To Make Stops Before, After NBAA In Las Vegas

Visits Phoenix October 7th, Dallas-McKinney October 14th For Public Displays

The HondaJet will be making a couple of stops as it wends it way to and from Las Vegas for the NBAA Annual Meeting & Conference. On the way to the show, the airplane will be on display Friday, October 7th and Dallas, TX, then following the convention it will be in McKinney, TX, on Friday, October 14th. The local visits are being scheduled to take place on the first trip of the HondaJet proof-of-concept aircraft West of the Mississippi River.

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Raytheon Radar Electronics Cleared For Production

FAA Decision Allows Moving Forward With Upgrades

Raytheon reports the FAA has certified that the company's advanced electronics system has met a milestone for the Long Range Radar Service Life Extension Program regarding the upgrade of aging radar electronics. The new radar transmitters have greater range and will provide improved detection and clutter management capability.

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China Airlines Joins Skyteam

Alliance Grows To 15 Members, Adds Taipei To Asian Hub Network

Global airline alliance Skyteam added China Airlines as its 15th member at a joining ceremony held in Taipei Tuesday. The flag passenger and cargo carrier of Taiwan, China Airlines becomes the first Taiwanese airline to join SkyTeam.From its hub in Taipei, China Airlines operates a diverse passenger and cargo network throughout the wider Asia pacific region, North America and Europe.

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United Technologies Announces New Leadership, Organizational Structure

Changes Expected To Improve Competitive Position And Long-Term Growth Opportunities

Following its recent acquisition of Goodrich, United Technologies has announced a new organizational structure that groups some of the company's businesses into new aerospace and commercial organizations. Company management says this new structure will allow United Technologies to better serve customers through greater integration across product lines and to drive growth by taking full advantage of technology investments and the company's global footprint.

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Journalist Skypes From Airliner Lav

Time Magazine Editor Appeared On MSNBC In Flight

This may be a first. With WiFi becoming more prevalent on airliners, it's not surprising that someone has used Skype in flight, but using the lav as an impromptu TV studio ... that may be another thing entirely.

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AD: Piper PA-23, PA-42 (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 2009-13-06 R1

MANUFACTURER: Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes PA-23  

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Classic Aero-TV: World's Greatest Biplane?--Steve McDonald Praises the Stearman

Biplane Fever Comes In Many Forms... But Stearman Fever May Be The Best Of Them All!

There is something about a biplane... especially when that biplane happens to be a Stearman... one of the most iconic bi-wingers to take flight since this whole shebang got going on Kill Devil Hill. ANN happened upon an old friend, Steve McDonald, at a recent aero-social gathering at the St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) and coerced him (OK... no actual coercion was involved... to get an aero-opini

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NBAA's Bolen: Business Aviation Vital To Balance of Trade

Remarks In Testimony To The International Trade Commission

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that the U.S. civil aviation industry remains one of the strongest positive contributors to the nation's balance of trade, despite the daunting economic challenges that have confronted the industry in recent years.

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EBAA Says Airport Slots Revision Must Fairly Address Needs Of All Users

Says Recent Recommendations Heavily Favor Commercial Airliners

In remarks Thursday at the European Airport Coordinators Association’s (EUACA) Seminar held in Amsterdam, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) applauded the European Commission’s initiative to revise the Regulation on airport slots, but cautioned against over-simplicity in the choice of indicators for the purpose of the revision.

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Airlines Fight Higher User Fees

Carriers Say Anti-Terrorism Costs Are Taxpayers' Responsibility

The airline industry, which two years ago was an active proponent of user fees for general aviation, now finds itself on the defensive against an Obama administration proposal to jack up its own user fees by 50 percent to cover bloated airport security costs. The proposal may bring a more serious look at the cost/benefit of what is commonly called "security theater."

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Klyde Morris 09.30.11

Beware The Law Of Unintended Consequences


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NASA, Aerospace Business Leaders Discuss Space Launch System

Industry Day Event Held In Huntsville, AL, Thursday

NASA leaders met Thursday to discuss acquisition plans for the agency’s new SLS heavy-lift rocket with hundreds of representatives of aerospace industry companies, small businesses and independent entrepreneurs. The Industry Day event, hosted by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, provided industry representatives with an overview of the SLS Program and defined its near-term business requirements

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China Successfully Launches Tiangong-1

Experimental Module Could Lead To A Chinese Space Station

China launched its Tiangong-1 module from the Jiuquan launch center in the Gobi Desert Thursday, the first step in what the government there hopes will be a Chinese space station 2020. The module, whose name translates to "Heavenly Palace," is part of a program developed to refine spacecraft docking technology.

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Wyatt: Air Guard Is Affordable, Operational, Accessible

Remarks Made During Speech At Air Force Air And Space Conference

The Air National Guard is the affordable, operational, fully accessible force the Air Force needs during uncertain economic times, the director of the Air National Guard Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt said in a speech to the Air Force Association’s 2011 Air & Space Conference and Technology and Exposition held in Maryland. "The Air Guard provides to the United States Air Force 34 percent of the combat capability on seven percent of the budget," he said. "I like where the Air National Guard is positioned."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.30.11)

"The Air National Guard is positioned exactly where it needs to be at this critical time to provide the most combat capability for the least amount of money." Source: Air Force Lt. General Harry Wyatt.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.30.11): Category

When used with respect to the certification, ratings, privileges, and limitations of airmen, means a broad classification of aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.30.11)

ISTAT - International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading

For over 25 years, the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) has been dedicated to fostering and promoting interest and educational opportunities in commercial aviation while providing a forum for those involved in the aviation and supporting industries.

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