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February 21, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.21.12

A maintenance worker dies in a baggage conveyor.
The Israeli military has a drone down during testing.
And both pilots survive a mid-air over California.

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FAASTeam Approves Latest CFI/DPE Forum

SAFE Delivers Presentation On Takeoff And Initial Climb

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently delivered another in its series of twelve “Seminar-in-a-Box” (SIB) products for use by the FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam). The SIBs are designed to facilitate interactive discussion among instructors, examiners, and FAASTeam members on topics related to flight training and accident prevention. They further encourage the sharing of best practices in an effort to reduce the fatal accident rate.

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Air Force Officer Honored For Actions In Reno

Went To The Aid Of Spectators Injured In The Accident

When Jimmy Leeward's P-51 went down at Reno September 17th, one of the people in the crowd was Air Force Lt. Col Ryan Osteroos, an instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Osteroos, a test pilot, had attended the race with 15 students in his flight test techniques course who at the time of the accident were talking to race crews.

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ForeFlight Launches Mobile Account Management Portal

ForeFlight Manage Geared To Individual Pilots And Corporate Flight Departments

An online portal for individual and business aviation customers has been rolled out by ForeFlight that provides access to account information and ForeFlight Mobile pilot and device management tools. Called 'ForeFlight Manage', it is available now to ForeFlight Mobile customers.

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Both Pilots Survive California Mid-Air

Night Collision Between Bonanza, R22 Causes Minor Injuries

ANN is thankful to report that a collision between a Beechcraft Bonanza and a Robinson R22 near Rio Vista Municipal Airport in California Sunday night produced an unusual result for a mid-air - no fatalities. KTXL-TV reports the R22 came down in a field on Sherman Island, while the plane made it 30 more miles, and landed at the Byron airport.

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Wings With Memories

First-Hand Account Of A Flight Aboard A Consolidated B-24 Liberator

Frequent ANN contributor David Juwel had the opportunity recently to take a flight in a Consolidated B-24 Liberator, which remains the sole flying example of a B-24 Liberator left in the world. The aircraft is operated by The Collings Foundation. He offers a first-hand account.

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NASA Aeronautics Is Focus Of Research And Technology Roundtable

Event Sponsored By The Agency's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

NASA officials will meet with aeronautics industry, academia and government leaders Feb. 21-22 for the second in a series of roundtable discussions about future directions for aeronautics research and technology.

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NTSB Prelim Released In Training Incident

Pilot Simulating Power-Off Landing Landed Short, Hit A Hidden Object

Consider this a story that things aren't always what they appear to be. A flight instructor who thought it would be ... instructive ... to allow his BFR candidate to land short of the runway during a simulated power-off landing wound up with a damaged airplane, and probably ego as well. Fortunately, the airplane was the only thing damaged in this incident. Both of the pilots walked away uninjured.

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GE Aviation Expands Its U.S. Network Of Operations

Three New GE Facilities Are Part Of $580 Million Investment

With its global business base growing, GE Aviation is expanding its manufacturing and research & development footprints in the United States with three new facilities to open by 2013. GE Aviation's production rates are expected to grow from approximately 3,000 commercial and military engine deliveries in 2011 to 3,400 deliveries in 2012, and 3,800 deliveries in 2013.

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Lt. Gen. Hawk Carlisle To Speak At AFA's Air Force Breakfast Series

February Session To Focus On 5th Generation Fighters

The Air Force Association is pleased to announce Lieutenant General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, as the guest speaker for the February session of AFA's 2012 Air Force Breakfast Program. This event will be held on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, from 0700-0900 EST at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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Virginia Festival Of Flight Announces 'Parade Of Flight'

New Event Responds To Attendees Requests

After 14 successful years, the Virginia Aviation Council is adding what it hopes will be a crowd pleasing flying event to their popular Virginia Regional Festival of Flight. Surveys have shown that attendees want to see more aircraft in flight in addition to static displays. So this year, a Directed Parade of Flight will take place on Saturday, April 28 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm at the Suffolk Executive Airport (KSFQ).

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PurePower Geared Turbofan Certification Test Program Progressing 'Rapidly'

Icing Tests Next On The Agenda For New Powerplant

Icing testing has begun on Pratt & Whitney's  PurePower PW1524G engine that will power the Bombardier CSeries aircraft family. The company anticipates completing engine certification by the end of 2012. To date the PW1524G engine test program has run more than 1,200 hours of full engine testing – including more than 200 flight hours on its 747 flight test airplane.

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US Airways Employee Killed At KPHX

Baggage Conveyor Trapped Maintenance Worker

A US Airways maintenance worker has been killed in the mechanism of a baggage handling system, according to authorities at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Sixty-year-old Robert Demarco was said to have been with the airline for several years before Friday's incident.

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U.S. Says Nigerian Pilots Poorly Trained And Equipped

Manuals Have Blank Pages, Pilots' Medical Histories Covered Up

The Nigerian government was lax in its enforcement of safety regulations during a period which included three fatal airline accidents, according to a report in the Associated Press.

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Aero-TV: Bell's Relentless Unveiling -- The New 525 Super Medium Helicopter

Bell Steps Up With An Aggressively Innovative New Helo Design

Promoted with a fair degree of showmanship, ANN had a ringside seat as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first public view of what they call the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless, early on the opening day of the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The Bell 525 Relentless defines the new “super medium” product class - positioned at the upper end of the medium class and designed to offer best-in-class capabilities to our customers. It features superior payload and range, cabin and cargo volumes and crew visibility.

Aero-TV: Bell's Relentless Unveiling -- The New 525 Super Medium Helicopter

Bell Steps Up With An Aggressively Innovative New Helo Design

Promoted with a fair degree of showmanship, ANN had a ringside seat as Bell Helicopter unveiled the first public view of what they call the world’s first “super-medium” helicopter, the Bell 525 Relentless, early on the opening day of the 2012 Heli-Expo in Dallas, Texas. The Bell 525 Relentless defines the new “super medium” product class - positioned at the upper end of the medium class and designed to offer best-in-class capabilities to their customers. It features superior payload and range, cabin and cargo volumes and crew visibility.

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LightSquared Defaults On Inmarsat Payment

Had Owed The UK-Based Satellite Spectrum Owner Over $56 Million

LightSquared has reportedly defaulted on a $56.25 million payment to UK-based Inmarsat, and in keeping in character, has partly blamed the satellite provider and spectrum owner for the move.

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Reno Air Race Plans Progressing On Pace

But Officials Are Concerned Liability Insurance May Be Much Higher Than In The Past

Officials for the Reno National Championship Air Races are making progress with plans for the 2012 event, thought permits for the races have not yet been issued. In a meeting with the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, Mike Houghton, president of the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) told the airport officials that planning had to be done prior to the release of the NTSB probable cause report.

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Four Hurlburt Airmen Die In U-28A Accident In Djibouti

Military Variant Of The Pilatus PC-12 Was Returning From A Mission

A U-28A aircraft attached to the 25th Intelligence Squadron went down near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa on February 18th, resulting in the fatal injury of four U.S. military personnel. The Air Force says Capt Ryan P. Hall from the 319th Special Operations Squadron, Capt Nicholas S. Whitlock and 1st Lt Justin J. Wilkens from the 34th Special Operations Squadron and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten in the accident 

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AMR Corp Seeks Additional Consultants In Reorganization

Court Filings Show Plan To Save $750 Million Per Year In Operating Costs

American Airlines parent company AMR has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York for permission to hire additional consultants to assist in its restructuring, according to documents filed with the court.

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A350's Trent XWB Engine Makes 1st Flight On Airbus' A380 Test Aircraft

Engine Flight-Test Campaign Underway One Year Ahead Of Airplane’s First Flight

The A350 XWB’s new engine – the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB – has successfully made its maiden flight aboard Airbus’ dedicated A380 “Flying-Test-Bed” aircraft. The aircraft took off from Airbus facilities in Toulouse and performed a flight of more than five hours during which the engine covered a wide range of power settings at altitudes up to 43,000ft.

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Obama Praises Boeing Plant NLRB Tried To Close

Remarks Come During Visit To Boeing's Everett, WA Location

During a recent visit to Boeing's assembly facility in Everett, WA late last week, President Barack Obama held up the company's new 787 assembly plant in Charleston, SC, as an example of the strength of American manufacturing.

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50 Years Of Americans In Orbit Celebrated By ULA

Atlas Rockets Integral To Commercial Crew Program

Reflecting upon NASA's tremendous successes over the last five decades, the United Launch Alliance released a statement saying it is "honored that our heritage Atlas vehicles launched the historic Mercury launches of John Glenn and Scott Carpenter 50 years ago ... Monday."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.21.12)

"So this company is a great example of what American manufacturing can do in a way that nobody else in the world can do it." Source: President Barack Obama. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.21.12): Apron

That part of an airport, other than the maneuvering area (by ICAO) intended to accommodate the loading and unloading of passengers and cargo, the refueling, servicing, maintenance and parking of aircraft, and any movement of aircraft, vehicles and pedestrians necessary for such purposes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.21.12)

The National Coalition for Aviation Education (NCAE)

The National Coalition for Aviation Education is a membership organization that was formed in 1993 when the founding member groups signed a formal charter and established a partnership with the FAA.

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