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February 27, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.27.13

Sequestration Could Mean Closed Towers and Delayed or Canceled Flights…

The ILO Wants A Sustainable Civil Aviation Industry…


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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report In CA Helo Accident

Aircraft Went Down During Filming Of TV Reality Series

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from a helicopter accident which occurred February 10 in Acton, CA, resulting in the fatal injury of all three people on board the aircraft. The report indicates that the weather was "Night VFR" when the Bell 206B JetRanger went down about a minute after takeoff. The pilot reportedly had to remove frost from the aircraft's main rotor blades just before the accident flight.

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HAI President Matt Zuccaro Lambastes White House

Calls Out The Administration For Anti-GA Stance On Tax Law

HAI President Matt Zuccaro has called out the White House for its position on a tax law that makes it more affordable to invest in aircraft for business uses. The White House wants to extend the period over which a general aviation aircraft buyer can depreciate the purchase, thus reducing the incentive to buy.

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Piper Introduces Three-Display Garmin G1000 In Seneca V Models

Integrated, All-Glass Avionics Suite Improves Situational Awareness

Piper Aircraft Inc. is one of the first manufacturers to adopt the most recent G1000 software supporting a three display avionics suite as standard equipment in new Twin-Class Piper Seneca V aircraft models available in 2013. The announcement was made at Airshow 2013, the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition which wrapped up Tuesday.

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USAF Retires First Operational KC-135R Stratotanker

Airplane Headed To The 'Boneyard' After 50 Years Of Service

After more than 50 years of service and 22,500 flying hours, the first operational KC-135R Stratotanker retired from service, Feb. 21, 2013. The aircraft made one last high-speed pass on the runway before heading to the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, better known as the "Boneyard," where Air Force aircraft go to provide parts to satisfy critical supply needs without any major holds.

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FAA Grants STC For Five-Blade Propeller On PA31 Series

Company Claims Improved General, Climb, And Cruise Performance

The FAA has granted an SCT (#SA03249NY) to MT-Propeller Entwicklung for the next generation 5-blade scimitar composite propeller MTV-27-1-E-C-F-R(P)/CFR210-58d on the Piper PA31T (Cheyenne II),PA31T1 (Cheyenne 1, 1A), PA31T2 (Cheyenne IIXL) powered by Pratt and Whitney PT6A-11, PT6A-28 and PT6A-135, 135A Blackhawk modification engines. The installation is also certified by EASA (STC No.10038174) and by ANAC Argentina (STC #1212.42 (A)).

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Sikorsky Innovations Names Second Entrepreneurial Challenge Competition Winners

EvoLux Transportation Wins For Social Media Platform For VIP Helicopter Market

Sikorsky Innovations, the technology development organization of Sikorsky Aircraft, has selected EvoLux Transportation, LLC as the winner of its second Entrepreneurial Challenge Competition and awarded special recognition to Rescale. The Entrepreneurial Challenge competition is designed to identify and accelerate the development of emerging, transformational business solutions across all markets that can be applied to specialized aerospace and rotorcraft markets.

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EASA Raises TBO For Austro Engine’s AE300 To 1,500 Hours

Up From 1,000 Hours In Less Than A Year

EASA has raised the Time Between Overhaul (TBO) for the Austro Engine AE300 170 hp turbocharged Jet-A1 and diesel engine to 1,500 hours. In less than a year, the agency has increased the TBO from 1,000 to 1,500 hours after an interim TBO of 1,2000 hours.

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ANA Cancels Entire Dreamliner Schedule

More Than 1,700 Flights Axed In April And May

Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) has cancelled its entire schedule of Dreamliner flights through May, including the country's Golden Week holiday. The airplanes remain grounded as U.S. and Japanese aviation safety officials work with Boeing to get at the root cause of a battery fire and other issues with the airplane's batteries.

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ICAS Warns Of Effects Of Sequestration On Air Show Industry

Says Military Jet Demonstration Teams 'Touch Millions Of Lives' Through Appearances

Should automatic budget cuts go into effect Friday, it is highly likely that the air show schedules of the nation's two best-known jet demonstration teams ... the Navy's Blue Angels and the Air Force's Thunderbirds ... will be scrapped. The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) says that not only could that affect attendance at many shows, it would mean the loss of a valuable connection to the millions of civilians that come out to see them perform every year.

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FAA Grants STC For GH-3900.2 In Dassault Falcon 2000/2000EX

Duncan Aviation Completes Installation Of The Electronic Standby Instrument System

Certification for the installation of an an L-3 Communications Avionics Systems GH-3900.2 Electronic Standby Instrument System for Dassault Falcon 2000 and 2000EX aircraft was recently granted to Duncan Aviation. This multi-use Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) also includes a Securaplane standby instruments backup battery.

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Greek Authorities Stop Helicopter Prison Escape Attempt

Inmate Hit By Gunfire, Fell From The Departing Aircraft

A convicted killer used a helicopter to make his fourth escape attempt from a prison about 205 miles northwest of Athens. But he was hit by gunfire that eventually brought down the aircraft in the prison's parking lot.

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Paper Airplanes Cause A Stir At The Oscars

'Paperman' Wins An Award, But Producer Briefly Booted From The Theater

Who knew that there was a standard of decorum in Hollywood. Apparently there is a rule that you can't toss a paper airplane in the theater during the Oscars.

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Classic Aero-TV: A Sea Of Yellow -- 75 Years of Piper Cubs

America's Iconic GA Airplane Celebrates Its Heritage

Whether you fly ultralight, LSA, certified airplane, military jets, or wide-bodied airliners, there is one aircraft type that practically personifies aviation. That airplane is the Piper J-3 Cub. The 75-year-old design is perhaps the most recognizable, and most copied, airplane that has ever graced the skies. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the airplane, more than 125 Cubs have landed on the grounds of Wittman Regional Airport for AirVenture, 2012. And 75 of those airplanes flew in in a "mass arrival" early in the week, filling the south parking area along runway 18-36 with a virtual sea of

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LoBiondo To Kick Off Aviation Agenda Focusing On FAA

Holding Hearing Wednesday On Implementation Of FAA Reform Act

Subcommittee on Aviation Chairman Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) will hold a hearing on Wednesday to focus on the FAA's progress in implementing the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, following the one-year anniversary of the measure being signed into law.  This will be the first hearing of the Subcommittee in the 113th Congress, as well as LoBiondo’s first as Aviation Chairman.  

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DOT: San Juan Airport Can Move Forward With Privatization

Puerto Rican Company Granted A 40 Year Lease For The Facility

Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood has approved a plan that would allow the Puerto Rico Port Authority (PRPA) and its selected operator to move forward with their privatization of Luis Muñoz Marìn International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Full-Flight Simulator Training Prepares ERAU Students For New FAA Rules

New Sims Being Installed At Daytona Beach, FL And Prescott, AZ Campuses

This fall, students in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s flight programs in Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ, will receive training in sophisticated motion-based full-flight simulators in preparation for new FAA training requirements. In Daytona Beach, students will be trained in a full-motion simulator from FlightSafety International in the campus’ Advanced Flight Simulation Center. Students at the Prescott campus train in full-motion simulators alongside airline crews in Phoenix.

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ILO Meeting Calls For Sustainable Civil Aviation Industry

Forum On The  Effects Of The Global Economic Crisis On The Civil Aviation Industry Discussed How To Promote Sustainability

An International Labour Organization (ILO) tripartite meeting on civil aviation held last week concluded with a call for a “sustainable civil aviation industry” as a “common goal for governments, employers and workers.” In its conclusions, the meeting noted that, “to achieve that goal, the industry needs a sustainable workforce, sustainable enterprises and a balanced value chain.”

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Canadian Director Fatally Injured In Aircraft Accident

John Driftmier Was Filming An Installment Of The 'Dangerous Flights' Program

While shooting aerial footage for the Discovery Canada television series "Dangerous Flights," the channel's Director of Photography (DOP) John Driftmier was fatally injured when the plane he was shooting from went down on location. Driftmier was 30 years old.

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AF Academy Glider Instructor Named Most Active In The Nation

Civilian Instructor Assigned To The 94th Flying Training Squadron

For Mark Matticola, a civilian soaring instructor pilot assigned to the 94th Flying Training Squadron, being recognized as the most active glider instructor in the nation by the Soaring Society of America was easy. "I get paid to do my hobby every day," said Matticola, who was recognized earlier this month. "We mentor the cadets. We teach them disciplined standards, enthusiasm and teamwork. The cadets do all the real work."  

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Balloon Fire In Egypt Fatally Injures 19

Aircraft Was Carrying 20 Tourists, Was Landing When Accident Occurred

A fire aboard a hot-air balloon in Egypt has fatally injured at least 19 of the 20 tourists who were on board, and led to a suspension of balloon flights in the country.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.27.13)

"I get paid to do my hobby every day." Source: Civilian USAF Glider Instructor Mark Matticola.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.27.13): PASSUR

Passive Surveillance Radar System : A system capable of plotting radar tracks of individual aircraft in flight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.27.13)

The B612 Foundation

The B612 Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to opening up the frontier of space exploration and protecting humanity from asteroid impacts.  On June 28, 2012, the Foundation announced its plans to build and operate the first privately funded, launched, and operated interplanetary mission.

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