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December 18, 2012

Airborne 12.18.12: AOPA Docs Questioned, Rivera Crash 'Problematic', C206 SAIB

Also: Aspen SAIB, Qatar 787s, Fiscal Cliff Diving, XGPS170, Mistaken 100LL

After some questionable delays, ANN finally got a look at the annual IRS 990 report that non-profit organizations like AOPA have to file every year. Despite the fact that AOPA claims that salaries are declining at what they unabashedly call the most powerful voice for general aviation, the ratio of top salaries to the amounts taken in by the association are kinda worrisome. The investigation into the crash of a Lear 25 that killed Latin-American celebrity Jenni Rivera and six others has taken several interesting turns. First, the Los Angeles Times reports the company that owned

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AUVSI Calls For Quick Confirmation Of Huerta

UAS Advocacy Group Says Permanent Leadership Is Needed

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) President & CEO Michael Toscano says the U.S. Senate should expeditiously vote to confirm  Michael Huerta as the administrator of the FAA. Huerta has been serving as the acting administrator for over a year.

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FAA Grants ADS-B Out STC For King Air C90A

Authorization For UND Covers FreeFlight Systems 1201 WAAS GPS Sensor Installed With 1090 Out Mode S Transponder

The FAA has granted a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to the University Of North Dakota for the first rule-compliant 1090 MHz Extended Squitter ADS-B Out solution for Hawker Beechcraft C90A aircraft. The STC covers FreeFlight Systems model 1201 WAAS GPS sensor as the high-integrity position source installed with a 1090 MHz ADS-B Out solution provided by FreeFlight Systems.

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Hartzell Prop Selected For Firebird OPB

Bantam Series ASC-II Composite Propeller Selected For The Aircraft

Hartzell has been chosen as the propeller supplier for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems’ Firebird Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OPV). The Firebird will be the first production aircraft outfitted with Hartzell’s new Bantam series ASC-II composite propeller.

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Boeing Names Michael Kurth As VP/GM, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs

David Pitchforth To Lead Boeing Defence UK Ltd.

Boeing company veteran Michael Kurth will oversee the planemakers' unmanned airborne systems as of Jan. 1. Kurth, currently managing director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd. (BDUK), will relocate to St. Louis as vice president and general manager, Unmanned Airborne Systems Programs, reporting to Boeing Military Aircraft President Chris Chadwick.

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Laughlin AFB Pilot Relays Coordinates Of Civilian Pilot In Distress

Helped Air Traffic Controllers Keep Track Of Airplane Having Engine Problems

During a two-aircraft formation flight Dec. 5, a T-6A Texan II instructor pilot with the 85th Flying Training Squadron at Laughlin AFB in TX demonstrated poise and composure when faced with a situation he had yet to come across in his career.

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Quicksilver Reports Strong Foreign Exports

Kits Shipped Worldwide From U.S. Company Headquarters

As part of a business analysis of Quicksilver aircraft, operations chief Daniel Perez reviewed where the 15,000 Quicksilver kits that have been sold have been shipped. Although an American company since the early 1970s, domestic (U.S.) distribution makes up only about 31 percent of the company's business.

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United's Top Passenger Tom Stuker Reaches 1 Million Miles In A Calendar Year

Has Flown Over 13 Million Miles With The Airline

Talk about your customer loyalty. United Airlines' most frequent flyer, Tom Stuker, this month became the first United customer to fly one million miles on United and United Express in a calendar year, reaching the mark on Dec. 6 onboard United flight 949 between London and Chicago.

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New Helicopter Products Announced By Elite Simulation Solutions

Range Of Simulators For Eurocopter Pilots

Three new simulators developed by Elite Simulation Solutions have been introduced by the company. Elite designs and manufactures flight simulators powered by PCs.

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Sikorsky's Newly Certified S-76D Helicopter AHRS Provided By NGC

Latest In A Line Of Avionics To Be Provided For Sikorsky Helos

Sikorsky's newly-certified S-76D helicopter is equipped with the LCR-100 attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) built by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The LCR-100 is a standard component of the Thales TopDeck avionics suite on the new medium-sized, twin-engine helicopter. Northrop Grumman provided both the LCR-92 and LCR-100 fibre-optic AHRS on earlier versions of the S-76 helicopter platform.

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Texas Lawyer Questions Damages In NASA Laptop Lawsuit

Says It Will Be Difficult For Employees To Prove They Were Harmed

A lawyer in Texas writes on his blog that NASA employees will have difficulty proving actual damages in a case stemming from a laptop theft in Washington, D.C. The computer reportedly contained unencrypted personnel data, and at least four employees have retained a California attorney to pursue a class-action lawsuit.

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TSA Pre-Check Begins At Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Expedited Screening Offered To Delta Frequent Flyers, CBP Trusted Travelers

The TSA has expanded its Pre-Check operations to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL). Under TSA Pre-Check U.S. citizens traveling domestically who are select Delta Air Lines frequent travelers or members of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs, are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits.

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Airborne 12.18.12: AOPA Docs Raise Questions, Rivera Crash 'Problematic', Cessna 206 SAIB

Also: Aspen SAIB, Qatar 787s, Fiscal Cliff Diving, XGPS170, Mistaken 100LL

After some questionable delays, ANN finally got a look at the annual IRS 990 report that non-profit organizations like AOPA have to file every year. Despite the fact that AOPA claims that salaries are declining at what they unabashedly call the most powerful voice for general aviation, the ratio of top salaries to the amounts taken in by the association are kinda worrisome. The investigation into the crash of a Lear 25 that killed Latin-American celebrity Jenni Rivera and six others has taken several interesting turns. First, the Los Angeles Times reports the company that owned the plane had been accused of falsifying records about airplanes they had bought and sold in the past. All this... and MORE in to

Aero-TV: Redbird's Roger Sharp (Part 2) -- Transforming the Art and Craft of Flight Instruction

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 2 of 5)

Aviation has been undergoing some rough years... and the future is, as yet, quite uncertain. There are few facets of the aviation world more uncertain, though, than that of the flight training industry and community. Years of "...that's the way we've always done it," have created a serious culture clash among those who feel the old ways are the good ways, and those who feel that its time for something "completely different."

Aero-TV: Redbird's Sharp--Transforming the Art & Craft of Flight Instruction (2)

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 2 of 5)

Aviation has been undergoing some rough years... and the future is, as yet, quite uncertain. There are few facets of the aviation world more uncertain, though, than that of the flight training industry and community. Years of "...that's the way we've always done it," have created a serious culture clash among those who feel the old ways are the good ways, and those who feel that its time for something "completely different."

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NBAA Urges NTSB To Change Its Position On Emergency Appeals

Comments Filed With The Board On Monday

In comments filed Monday with the NTSB, the NBAA disagreed with the board’s position that an NTSB judge must continue to assume that FAA’s allegations are true. Under the current rules, in an emergency appeal situation, the NTSB defers to the FAA on the facts of the case.

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United, Continental Pilots Ratify Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement

Over 97 Percent Of Those Eligible Cast Ballots In The Election

The pilots of United and Continental, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l, have approved a joint collective bargaining agreement with United Continental Holdings, Inc. Of the 10,193 eligible pilots, 97.66 percent participated in the ratification vote. 67 percent approved the agreement.

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President Obama Proclaims December 17, 2012 'Wright Brothers Day'

Continues Annual Tradition Dating Back To 1963

President Barack Obama issued a proclamation Monday in observance of the 109th anniversary of the first the first successful flight in history of a self-propelled, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17th, 1903.

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NASA Awards Human Spaceflight Certification Products Contract

Ten-Million-Dollar Award Could Help Propel SNC Corp Dream Chaser To The ISS

Officials with NASA's Commercial Crew program have awarded a $10 million Certification Products Contract (CPC) to Sierra Nevada Corporation that the company says is the first step on the road to providing for government certification of the Dream Chaser commercial crew orbital transportation system, and enabling commercial ISS transportation services.

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Spaceport America May Lose Virgin Galactic

Space Tourism Company Wants New Mexico To Pass Liability Exemption Laws

With Spaceport America nearly complete but also nearly empty in the New Mexico desert, Virgin Galactic is asking lawmakers in the state to pass new liability exemption laws for its suppliers or risk losing the company to another state. And Spaceport America acknowledges that Sir Richard Branson could easily pack up his tent and set up shop elsewhere.

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Precision Airmotive Seeks Bankruptcy Protection

Entered Chapter 11 On December 7th Due To Product Liability Litigation Costs

Precision Airmotive said in a letter to its customers dated December 13th that it had entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In the letter, the company said the move was taken as the result of "product liability litigation costs incurred with respect to our former carburetor line and does not reflect upon the viability of the business itself."

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Boeing Completes Sale Of First 777 To Republic Of Iraq

Order Book Also Includes Next-Generation 737s, 787 Dreamliners

A 777-200LR has been delivered to the Republic of Iraq, marking the beginning of Boeing’s renewed partnership with the country. The airplane touched down at Baghdad International Airport and was welcomed with a traditional water cannon salute.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.18.12)

“The FAA needs a confirmed leader at its helm to ensure the United States remains at the forefront of aviation safety and aviation-related technological advancements, such as unmanned aircraft.” Source: AUVSI president & CEO Michael Toscano.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.18.12): Obstruction Light

A light or one of a group of lights, usually red or white, frequently mounted on a surface structure or natural terrain to warn pilots of the presence of an obstruction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.18.12)

International Helicopter Safety Team

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) was formed to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address the factors that were affecting the unacceptable helicopter accident rate.

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