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November 28, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.28.12

Michael Huerta May Soon Remove “Acting” from his Title…

It’s the FAA 1, Riggs ZERO!

Bombardier Grabs the Brass Ring!

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FAA Adds New Members To Space Advisory Panel

New Members Have Significant Experience In All Aspects Of Commercial Space Transportation

The FAA’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation has added eight new members to its Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) to provide recommendations about the agency’s oversight and regulation of the commercial space transportation industry.

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AIA Calls for Balanced Solution To Fiscal Cliff

Blakey: 'We Urge ... A Balance Approach'

It's no secret that lawmakers have only a couple of weeks to come up with a solution to the looming "fiscal cliff" that will trigger automatic tax increases and spending cuts at the first of the year. As negotiations continue, Marion C. Blakey, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, issued a statement urging a balanced approach to getting the nation's fiscal house in order.

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Airbus Likens Boeing To Pinocchio

European Planemaker Says 737 MAX, 747-8 Claims Are 'Exaggerated'

Readers of airline industry trade magazines are apparently being treated to an ad campaign from Airbus, with the European planemaker accusing Boeing of exaggerating its performance data for the 737 MAX and the 747-8. Boeing, meanwhile, is not letting the charges go unanswered.

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First Legacy 500 Empennage Shipped From Portugal

Composite Components Heading To Embraer HQ In Brazil

The first shipset in composite material in its Embraer Compósitos factory in Évora, Portugal have been completed and shipped. This first part, a Legacy 500 empennage, is on its way to Embraer headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil.

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Alaska Department Of Public Safety Opts For AS350 B3e

New Aircraft To Be Based In Fairbanks

The Alaska Department of Public Safety has purchased an AS350 B3e to support operations of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and State Troopers. The new AS350 B3e will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska, bringing enhanced capabilities to the agency’s existing helicopter fleet, which also includes an AS350 B3.

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4th Soyuz Rolls Out In French Guiana For Launch Pad Integration

Pleiades 1B Passenger To Be Mated To The Booster

The well-planned choreography involved in final pre-launch preparations of a Soyuz vehicle at the Spaceport is now underway as Arianespace’s flight with the Pléiades 1B satellite remains on schedule for liftoff on Friday, November 30 from French Guiana.

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Consumer Groups: 'Airlines Play Scrooge With Fees'

Coalition For Airline Passengers Calls On DOT To Mandate True Fee Transparency In New Consumer Rule

This holiday season, the nation's air carriers have a gift for you; a myriad of hidden fees, according to two consumer groups focused on air travel.  These fees are in addition to other charges you paid at the time of ticket purchase, and the coalition says they were entirely concealed from passengers.

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IDEX 2013 To Launch Dedicated Zone For Unmanned Systems

New Zone Showcases UAE Technical Advancements Alongside The Latest Defence Tools From International Industry Leaders

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) plans a focused Unmanned Systems Area to be launched at the show’s next edition in February 2013. Dedicated to the technology and equipment of unmanned vehicle systems, the area will feature a one-day technology workshop, a purpose-built exhibition hall and a static and live demonstration area.

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A330s Delivered To TransAsia, Corsair

First Of Two Of The Airliners Scheduled For Delivery To Each Carrier

Corsair and TransAsia airlines have each taken delivery of an A330-300 at ceremonies in Toulouse, France this week, and each has one more of the airplanes on order from Airbus.

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One Year After Launch, Curiosity Rover Busy On Mars

Scientists Getting Good Data From NASA's Latest Martian

The NASA Mars rover Curiosity began its flight to Mars on Nov. 26, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, tucked inside the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft. One year after launch and 16 weeks since its dramatic landing on target inside Gale Crater, Curiosity has returned more than 23,000 raw images, driven 1,696 feet and begun helping researchers better understand the area's environmental history.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (737)

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-08

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing 737-600, -700, -700C, -800, and -900 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes (A320 Family)

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-10

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes.

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Airborne 11.27.12: AA Pilot Recall, Yeager Suit, Honor Flights Dishonored

Also: USAF SpacePlane Ready, NASA's Year-Long ISS Mission, 13K Mile Lancair Flight, VXX RFP, Build Your Own Cub

If you’re a furloughed pilot at American Airlines, you had more than turkey and all the trimmings to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving. The airline will begin recalling pilots effective January of 2013. Operational needs combined with recent and expected retirements are credited with creating the recall opportunities. It’s not just anyone who could stand up and call a statement by Chuck Yeager a “sham” but a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, CA has done just tha

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Bombardier Wins Largest Single Transaction In The History Of Business Aviation

VistaJet Places Firm Order For 56 New Bombardier Global Jets, with Options for 86 More

In what is being called the largest single transaction in the history of business aviation, luxury transportation company VistaJet has placed a firm order for 56 new Bombardier Global aircraft, with 86 further options. The deal has a value of more than $7.8 billion at list prices. First deliveries of this order are expected in 2014.

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DeMint Lifts Blockade Of Huerta Confirmation

Republican Senator Had Objected To Confirmation Before The Election

South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint has put aside his objections to the confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator. DeMint had been blocking the confirmation hearings until after the election, which would have allowed Governor Romney to make his own nomination for the post should he have been elected President.

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Cessna, CAIGA Sign Contract For Joint Venture

Will Assemble And Sell Utility Turboprops In China

Cessna has entered into a joint venture contract with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd., (CAIGA) through CAIGA North China Aircraft Industry Co, in accordance with their previously announced strategic agreement, for the formation of a joint venture company to conduct final assembly of Cessna Caravan utility turboprop aircraft in China for the Chinese market.

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Piper Names Aircraft Dealer For China, Launches Meridian Tour

Caldecott: 'China Has A Rapidly Expanding Aviation Infrastructure'

Piper Aircraft has named Piper Summit Aircraft China, Beijing, as the aircraft manufacturer's authorized dealer in China for sales of new Meridian single-engine turboprop aircraft. The new Piper dealer conducted a number of Meridian demonstrations for potential customers as the airplane flew to Zhuhai this month for display at Air Show China 2012.

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Truman Hosts X-47B UCAS Demonstrator For Carrier-Based Testing

First Carrier In History to Host Unmanned Aircraft Testing

A team from the Navy Unmanned Combat Air System program office (PMA-268) has embarked aboard the U.S.S. Truman to conduct tests and demonstrations of the X-47B unmanned aerial system. The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate seamless integration into carrier flight deck operations through various tests with the aircraft.

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Two Fatally Injured In Experimental Airplane Accident

Witnesses Said Wing Came Off The Airplane

An experimental RV6 airplane went down Monday near Albany, OR, resulting in the fatal injury of both people on board the airplane.

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Apollo 11 Moon Rocks Found In Minnesota National Guard Storage

A Gift From President Richard Nixon, Artifact To Be Transferred To Minnesota Historical Society Wednesday

Five Apollo 11 moon rocks are scheduled to be transferred Wednesday, Nov. 28 from the Minnesota National Guard to the Minnesota Historical Society in front of an audience of children at Science and Technology Academies Reinforcing Basic Aviation and Space Exploration (STARBASE) Minnesota.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.28.12)

"The annual growth rate for piston and turboprop aircraft operating in China is approaching 40 percent, reaching 1,700 aircraft by the start of this year." Source: Piper Summit Aircraft China Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Jack Chan.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.28.12): Pitch Point

A fix/waypoint that serves as a transition point from a departure procedure or the low altitude ground-based navigation structure into the high altitude waypoint system.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.28.12)

Seaplane Pilot's Association of Australia

The Seaplane Pilots Association of Australia (SPAA) is a non-profit organization run by volunteers.

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