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November 13, 2012

Tecnam Launches New Low Cost Aircraft

P92 Echo Classic Light Is A Predominantly Metal Construction, Factory Built LSA

Tecnam North America has launched the new P92 Echo Classic Light at a special introductory price through to the end of 2012. Tecnam says the airplane responds to market demand for a no frills, basic, aircraft that will still retain the great flight characteristics of the P92 family of aircraft.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report In 2011 American AA-1A Fatal Accident

Flight Was In Introductory Lesson For A New Student

The NTSB has released a factual report for an an accident which occurred in California involving an American Aviation AA-1A under VFR conditions. The instructor held a Commercial certificate with an instrument rating ... at just 18 years of age. A witness to the accident said she saw the airplane performing turns that bordered on "aerobatic" before going down. There was a post-impact fire, and neither occupant of the aircraft survived the accident.

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Piper, FIT Form Aviation Career Alliance

Florida Institute Of Technology Launch Customer For The Program

Piper Aircraft and the Florida Institute of Technology have launched a Piper Aviation Career Alliance to educate and provide enhanced vocational opportunities for aviation program graduates as well as graduates from other programs offered through the school. The five-year agreement includes a fleet of new Piper training aircraft for the institute and enhanced career opportunities for its students and graduates.

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New Officers To Lead Citation Jet Pilots Association

Member Growth And Engagement A Top Priority

The Citation Jet Pilots and Owner Pilots Association (CJP) recently completed a successful convention in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Record attendance, along with the participation of 100 Citation jet aircraft, was among the highlights of the convention activities. CJP also announced the establishment of the Citation Jet Pilots Hall of Fame, to be housed at Cessna Aircraft Company headquarters in Wichita, KS.

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ESA's IXV Reentry Vehicle Prepares For Soft Landing

Designed To Return From Low Earth Orbit Autonomously

Europe’s IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle is completing a series of descent and landing tests, including a full-scale splashdown planned for early next year, allowing the mission to move ahead towards launch in 2014.

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BAE Delivers Its 300th F-4 Flying Drone For USAF

Decommissioned Airplanes Flown As UAV Target Aircraft

BAE Systems successfully converted its 300th F-4 Phantom fighter jet into an unmanned flying drone for the U.S. Air Force. The achievement is a significant milestone in the 16-year-long QF-4 program, which provides full-scale, remotely controlled aerial targets that the Air Force uses for weapons testing and aircraft training.  

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Boeing, Maintenance Company Sued In Polish Airline Incident

Attorney For Passengers Says They Were 'Traumatized' By The Gear-Up Landing

At the time, the pilot of a LOT Boeing 767 which executed a perfect gear-up landing in Warsaw was hailed as a national hero for making the landing with no loss of life. But now, an attorney has filed a lawsuit against Boeing and the Mach II Maintenance in New York ... the facility where the airplane was serviced ... saying that the passengers on board suffered "severe emotional trauma" thinking they would lose their lives in the crash.

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Fulton, MO, Police Seize Airplane, Pot

Cessna 172 Had Landed Shortly After Midnight With Contraband On Board, Two Arrested

Two men have been arrested and an airplane seized in Fulton, MO, after the Cessna 172 landed at Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton (KFFT) with a reported $450,000 worth of marijuana on board.

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Clayton Osbon Allowed To Return Home

Judge Allows Former JetBlue Captain Leaves Texas Prison Medical Facility

The JetBlue captain who went through the cabin of an airplane on a flight from New York to Las Vegas in March yelling about al-Qaida and Jesus has been released from a prison medical facility, though records of his psychiatric evaluations have been sealed.

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Japanese Company Developing Personal Electric Helicopter

UAV And One-Seat Models May Be Flying By 2021

RC helicopter manufacturer Hirobo made a splash at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Nagoya, Japan last week with the unveiling of a "personal" electric helicopter capable of reaching speeds of up to 62 miles per hour.

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Canadian Travel Company Objects To Use Of Non-Canadian Pilots And Aircraft

Says Transport Canada's Policies Need To Be Reviewed

Canadian tourism company Transat A.T. says the rulings issued on November 6 and 7 by the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA), which uphold the absence of restrictions on the systematic importing of aircraft flown by foreign pilots to serve the Canadian market, clearly show the immediate need for the applicable Canadian policies to be reviewed.

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Cluster Balloonist Plans Atlantic Ocean Crossing

Lifeboat Gondola Will Be Suspended By 365 Helium Balloons

The lawn-chair "Cluster Balloonist" who flew his unusual aircraft across the English Channel has his sights set on a more ambitious project ... a trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

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Female LA Photographers Plan Lingerie Leap

Skydiving In Their Skivvies To Help Convince Women To 'Take Risks In Their Lives'

The founders of a woman-owned photography studio in Los Angeles have come up with a great publicity stunt ... heck we "fell" for it ... they say is designed to urge women to "Take Risks In Their Lives" by skydiving dressed only in lingerie. The jump is planned for November 17th.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.13.12

American’s Pilots Have an Agreement in Principle…

TSA Workers Have Their First Union Contract…

They’re Back at Work at Bom

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Airborne 11.13.12: SeaRey Approved!, SportPlane Guide Returns, More Bad Hawker News

Also: Tuskegee Remembrance, Frozen AA Pensions, Drones Under Attack, Whistleblower Reinstated, 'Zen' Ship, Klyde Morris's 10th!

Progressive Aerodyne’s SeaRey, a Light Sport Amphibian Airplane, has received the necessary blessings from the requisite authorities to be offered for sale, fully-built, to the flying public. If you plan to be in the market for an entry level aircraft, an affordable aircraft, or an LSA you'll be excited to learn that ANN’s Jim Campbell has announced plans to publish a 3rd Edition of his robust sport and kit plane reference book, the Sport Plane Resource Guide. Unemployment continues to be high and the latest news from Hawker won't help the situation. The company said it plans to cut just over 400 more jobs in four states as part of its bankr

Airborne 11.13.12: SeaRey Approved!, SportPlane Guide Returns, More Bad Hawker N

Also: Tuskegee Remembrance, Frozen AA Pensions, Drones Under Attack, Whistleblower Reinstated, 'Zen' Ship, Klyde Morris's 10th!

Progressive Aerodyne’s SeaRey, a Light Sport Amphibian Airplane, has received the necessary blessings from the requisite authorities to be offered for sale, fully-built, to the flying public. If you plan to be in the market for an entry level aircraft, an affordable aircraft, or an LSA you'll be excited to learn that ANN’s Jim Campbell has announced plans to publish a 3rd Edition of his robust sport and kit plane reference book, the Sport Plane Resource Guide. Unemployment continues to be high and the latest n

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American, APA Close In On Contract Deal

'Agreement In Principle' Reached Between The Two Parties

In a brief video statement released by the Allied Pilots Association, APA President Keith Wilson says the union has reached an "agreement-in-principle" on a new contract with American Airlines. The video was released late Friday.

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Bombardier Learjet Employees Accept Labor Agreement

Union Workers Back On The Job As Of Monday

Members of the International Association of Machinist who have been on strike against Bombardier Learjet in Wichita since October 8 voted Saturday to end their walkout and accept a tentative contract worked out between the union and the company. Employees returned to work November 12, 2012.

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TSA Workers Ratify First Union Contract

Union Says Deal Will Mean 'Better Working Conditions, Safer Workplaces'

Workers at the Transportation Security Administration have voted to ratify the first-ever collective bargaining agreement at the agency. The agreement between the American Federation of Government Employees and TSA was ratified with a vote of 17,326-1,774. “AFGE is proud that TSA workers finally have a union contract that will improve their working lives and bring stability to the workforce,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox.

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Boeing Increases Dreamliner Production Rate

Now Rolling Off The Assembly Line At Five Airplanes Per Month

Boeing has rolled out the first 787 Dreamliner built at the new rate of five airplanes per month. The airplane is the 83rd 787 to be built. Earlier this year, the planemaker increased the rate from 2.5 to 3.5 airplanes per month and is on track to achieve a planned 10-per-month rate by late 2013.

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NTSB Says Five-Year-Old Girl Likely Contributed To 2010 Helicopter Accident

Child Was Seated In Her Father's Lap, Believed To Have Stepped On The Collective Control

This story is a true tragedy, and yet also a cautionary tale. The NTSB has released its probable cause report from a Valentine's Day, 2010 accident in which five people, including a five-year-old girl, were fatally injured when the helicopter they were aboard went down. And it would appear, at least to the NTSB, that it is "highly likely" the child stepped on the collective control of the aircraft, contributing to the accident.

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Delta Dedicates Boeing 757 In Salute To Servicemen And Women

Christening Of The 'Spirit Of Freedom' In Atlanta Opened Veterans' Day Weekend Celebration

Delta Air Lines on Friday unveiled a Boeing 757 as the "Spirit of Freedom" in honor of the men and women – including more than 10,000 Delta employees – who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Funeral For Tuskegee Airman To Be Held At University

Services Thursday For Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter

The funeral for retired Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter will be held Thursday at Tuskegee University Chapel at 1:00 p.m. CST. The public service will be officiated by Father Liston Garfield of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Tuskegee, AL. Wednesday, there will be a viewing of Carter’s body at Saint Andrew’s, 1:00-3:00 p.m. CST.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.13.12)

“While we must respect employee rights to be represented by organized labor, TSA has failed to represent the flying public and has missed the mark on improving procedures and protocols while focusing on tie tacks and tattoos.” Source: House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica (F-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.13.12): D-ATIS

The Digital-Automatic Terminal Information Service (D-ATIS) provides text messages to aircraft, airlines, and other users outside the standard reception range of conventional ATIS via landline and data link communications to the cockpit.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.13.12)

IBEX Mission

This space mission, proposed by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, was designed to study the interstellar boundary - the region between our solar system and interstellar space. IBEX was launched by a Pegasus LV from Kwajalein Missile Range on October 19, 2008 and is still going strong.

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