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February 28, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.28.12

Rising fuel prices delay an expansion by Southwest Airlines.
That guy who stole a Cessna in California last month was a heavy meth user.
And the airline pilot shortage is about to get

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CAAC Administrator Li To Join Deputy Secretary Porcari In Opening ABACE2012

Li: 'Business Aviation Has Huge Potential In China'

The Administrator of the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), Mr. Li Jiaxiang, will be a featured speaker at the Opening General Session of the upcoming Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2012), to be held next month in Shanghai.

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Airline In Ghana Acquires Two BAe 146 Aircraft

Will Operate On Regional And Domestic Service Routes

Ghanaian regional carrier Aero Surveys Limited, operating under the commercial name ”Starbow” and based in the capital Accra, has acquired two additional BAe 146 regional jetliners for use on regional and domestic routes. The aircraft, one BAe 146-300 and one BAe 146-200 will double its fleet size to four aircraft and will add additional capacity to satisfy increasing demand.

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Jet Charter Company Shows 3,700 Percent Sales Increase

Desert Jet Has Tripled Its Office Space Over Three Years

The California-based charter and aviation management company Desert Jet reports its sales have grown 3,700 percent over the past three years, and has tripled its office space to go along with its sales growth.

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Television Station Shows Video Of Controllers Sleeping On The Job

At Other Times Reading, Texting, Working On Laptops

Some air traffic controllers at Westchester County Airport in New York State have been videotaped sleeping on duty. They were also secretly recorded reading, texting, and working on laptops during their shifts.

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Lockheed Martin Expands Florida Facility For F-35 Component Manufacturing

Additional Jobs Expected For Canopy Production

Lockheed Martin's operation in Pinellas Park, FL, officially opened a new 57,000 square foot manufacturing facility today to produce aircraft canopy components for the F-35 Lighting II fighter. The new facility is an annex to Lockheed Martin's existing 197,000 square foot building that has been producing structural components for more than 10 different types of aircraft since 1997.

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US UAV Down Near Afghan Border

Officials Say Militants Recovered Part Of The Wreckage

A UAV reportedly went down Saturday in North Waziristan near the Afghan border, according to U.S. military officials. The unmanned reconnaissance aircraft went down about 20 miles east of Miranshah, a town that is the frequent target of UAV attacks against Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets.

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AFA's Next 'Mitchell Hour' To Focus On FY13 Budget's Effect On Industry

Former Navy Chief Economist Among The Presenters

The speakers for the next Air Force Association "Mitchell Hour" will be Dr. Nayantara Hensel, Professor of Industry and Business at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and Fred Downey, Vice President of National Security for the Aerospace Industries Association.

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No Wind Turbine For Mars Chocolate Factory

Planned Generator Would Interfere With Forbes Field Operations

There will be no wind turbine constructed at the Mars Chocolate North America plant in Topeka, KS, because of potential interference with operations at Forbes Field (KFOE).

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Sacramento Terminal Shut Down When Security Checkpoint Left Unattended

Five People Reportedly Went Through Unscreened

A metal detector at Sacramento International Airport Terminal B was reportedly left unattended for less than a minute Saturday, and five people got through the security checkpoint without being screened.

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Noted Animator Runs Afoul Of UK Airport Security

Creator Of 'Fireman Sam' Children's Character Detained For Alleged Racist Comments

A cartoonist and animator best known for his character "Fireman Sam" was accused of racism by airport security personnel at Gatwick Airport in the UK and detained for about an hour recently.

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Australian Woman To Be Medically 'Re-Evaluated' After Witnessing Accident

An Airplane Went Down In Her Daughter's Back Yard, She Claims Traumatization

A grandmother in Cheltenham in South Australia, will be medically re-assessed following a decision by that country's Supreme Court.

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Extra Looks To Newly-Funded FAA For Type Certificate

Company Hopes Passage Of Funding Bill Will Speed Approval

Extra Aircraft, which has plans to move its manufacturing operations to its North American headquarters in Montrose, CO, hopes that the recent passage of a long-term funding bill for the FAA will expedite the approval of the type certificate for the Extra EA 500 and 330 LP aircraft.

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Aero-TV: WAI 2011 NextGen Panel -- What's the Greatest Challenge on the Horizon?

An Excellent Look At The Process And Progress Of NextGen Via WAI 2011!

One of the high points of our year is our annual trek to the Women in Aviation gathering. Unfortunately; due to commitments overseas, we're going to miss most of the event this year but for those of you with the ability, we can't recommend a visit highly enough... no matter what gender you represent.

Aero-TV: WAI 2011 NextGen Panel -- What's the Greatest Challenge on the Horizon?

An Excellent Look At The Process And Progress Of NextGen Via WAI 2011!

One of the high points of our year is our annual trek to the Women in Aviation gathering. Unfortunately; due to commitments overseas, we're going to miss most of the event this year but for those of you with the ability, we can't recommend a visit highly enough... no matter what gender you represent. This year's rendition takes place in Dallas (which we visited a few days ago for the 2012 HeliExpo). The 23rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference will be held from Thursday, March 8 through Saturday, March 10, 2012. This year's Conference will take place at the Hilton Anatole. Participants

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NASA Official Announces Chair Of New Mars Program Planning Group

Veteran Program Manager Orlando Figueroa Tapped For The Post

NASA's associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate, John Grunsfeld, has named former veteran NASA program manager Orlando Figueroa to lead a newly established Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG) tasked to reformulate the agency's Mars Exploration Program. Figueroa's first assignment is to develop a draft framework for review by March 15.

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Pentagon Estimates $1 Trillion For JSF Operations

Amount Projected To Fly 2,443 F-35 Fighters For 50 Years

Operation of a fleet of 2,443 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will cost the U.S. taxpayers nearly a trillion dollars over 50 years, according to Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation. The Pentagon is reportedly looking into ways to drive those costs down.

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XCOR Announces New Lynx Vehicle Payload Integrators

EMXYS of Spain, Texas A&M, Planetary Science Institute Join The Team

At the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) 2012 in Palo Alto, California, XCOR Aerospace announced that EMXYS of Spain, Texas A&M's Space Engineering Research Center, and the Planetary Science Institute have joined XCOR's payload processing sales channel for the Lynx suborbital vehicle.

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ExpressJet, Delta Put Aviation Students On Career Pathway

Program Allows Students To Begin Pilot Screening Process Early

A new agreement between Western Michigan University's College of Aviation and two closely allied commercial air carriers will put WMU students on a clear pathway to careers as commercial airline pilots. The WMU/ExpressJet Airline Pilot Pathway Program—AP3—will allow WMU aviation students to begin a pilot screening process early in their WMU careers that will prepare them for and guarantee jobs as first officers with ExpressJet.

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NTSB Makes Safety Recommendations For ECi Cylinder Parts

Cylinder  Assemblies Failed Due To Fatigue Cracking

In a letter to acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the NTSB has recommended that the agency require repetitive inspection of Engine Components, Inc. cylinder assemblies produced between May 2003 and October 2009 (serial numbers 7709 through 52884) installed on Teledyne Continental Motors model 520 and 550 engines and removal of these cylinder assemblies once they reach the engine manufacturer’s recommended normal time (hours) in service between overhauls.

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FAA Says John Wayne Airport Departure Corridors Are Set

Agency Will Not Consider Further Modifications To The Flight Paths

The FAA has told city leaders from Newport Beach, CA, that the departure corridors for John Wayne Airport (KSNA) are set, and it will not be considering any further adjustments.

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Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs Get Air Transport To New Home

Two Cubs Flown To Scottsdale, AZ Wildlife Sanctuary

A LightHawk volunteer pilot from Woodside, CA donated a flight in her Pilatus PC-12 single engine turboprop to transport two orphaned, injured mountain lion cubs to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center on Monday.  No word on what in-flight snacks were offered.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.28.12)

“I believe this proposed rule will ensure our nation’s pilots have the necessary skills and experience.” Source: Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on proposed new flight time rules for airline pilots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.28.12): D-ATIS

The service 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 (02.28.12)

The Doug Doty Vertical Flight Foundation

Founded by Jesika Doty in 2010 after the death of her husband, a flight instructor, in a training accident,the foundation is dedicated to helping helicopter pilots pursue their dream of flying – keeping Doug’s dream alive through them.

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