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November 08, 2012

Joint Manned, Unmanned Aircraft Ops Using COTS ADS-B Tracking Demonstrated

Sagetech, Arcturus-UAV Show Feasibility Of UAS Integration Into The NAS

Joint flight operations between a piloted aircraft and a drone using the FAA NextGen ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast) system have been demonstrated by avionics company Sagetech Corporation and unmanned aircraft manufacturer Arcturus UAV, the companies claim.

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Gone West: Chuck Bush, First African-American Academy Grad

Reported As A Cadet In June 1959

The first African-American to graduate from the Air Force Academy passed away Nov. 5 at his home in Lolo, MT. "The United States Air Force Academy is saddened to learn of the passing of one our most notable graduates, Chuck Bush," said Lt. Gen. Mike Gould, Academy superintendent. "Our hearts go out to Tina, Chip, Kyra, Bettina and all of the Bush family.

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Formation Of Atlantic Aviation Creates New Nigerian Helicopter Service

Jagal Group Subsidiary Is Supported by CHC Helicopter

Jagal Group has announced the operational start-up of its subsidiary Atlantic Aviation, a helicopter-transportation company providing services to Nigeria's oil-and-gas industry. Atlantic Aviation is supported by CHC Helicopter, a world leader in providing high-quality helicopter services to customers with offshore O&G platforms and vessels.

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Boeing To Convert 767s To Freighters For Guggenheim Aviation Partners

Work To Take Place In Singapore

An agreement to convert three 767-300ER passenger airplanes to freighters has been reached between Boeing and Guggenheim Aviation Partners. The Boeing Converted Freighters (BCF) will be delivered to Guggenheim Aviation Partners in 2013.

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Pinnacle Flight Attendants Ratify Bankruptcy Agreement

But The Union Is Not Necessarily Thrilled With The Results

Pinnacle Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) have ratified a six-year agreement that the AFA says "preserves wages, protects affordable health care and provides job security for over 1,500 flight attendants." The agreement includes $6.4 million in concessions demanded by management through the Chapter 11 restructuring process.

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Rapid Decompression Tests On New Generation iPads Successful

Jeppesen Evaluates The 4th Generation Tablet, New iPad Mini

Rapid decompression tests of a new iPad (4th generation) with Retina display and iPad mini  have been successfully completed by Jeppesen, proving device integrity in the unlikely event of sudden cabin pressure loss. The successful tests were completed to an altitude of 51,000 feet and are part of the program used by operators to obtain FAA authorization for in-flight use of Jeppesen’s mobile app solutions on iPad.

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Airbus Makes Last Call For Entries In €30,000 Fly Your Ideas Challenge

Students Still Have Chance To Shape Future Of Flight With One Month To Go

Students wanting to help shape the future of flight still have time to take part in the global Airbus Fly Your Ideas challenge. Airbus is asking students worldwide to develop ideas for a more sustainable aviation industry. The winners will share the top prize of €30,000 (about $38,000); the runners-up €15,000 (approximately $19,000). Those wanting to get involved can register until November 30, and submit their initial proposal by December 7.

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First BA Dreamliner Is On The Assembly Line

Due To Join The Airline's Fleet In May Next Year

The first Dreamliner ordered by British Airways is on Boeing's assembly line. The airline is on track to be first in Europe to have both the Dreamliner and the Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft types operating in its fleet.

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New Travel Option ... Jethiking

Blogger Hitching Rides On Private Planes, Hopes To Visit All 50 States

There's no doubt about it, air travel is expensive and likely to continue to increase in the future. But an enterprising freelance travel writer and blogger has found an innovative way to get around the country which takes a page out of the books of budget-minded travelers of the past.

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A380 Wins 'Prestigious' UK Award

Noise Abatement Society Award Recognizes Aircraft For Reduced Noise

The UK’s national noise reduction charity, the Noise Abatement Society, presented the Airbus A380 with one of its top award at their annual award ceremony Tuesday night ... recognizing the aircraft for its reduced noise signature around airport communities.

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Boeing Delivers Royal Australian Air Force’s 6th C-17

Airlifter Delivered 5 Months After Contract Signing

The sixth Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17 Globemaster III was recently delivered from the company's final assembly facility in Long Beach, CA. The airlifter will be assigned to No. 36 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley near Brisbane, where it will help meet increased demand for airlift to support military, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

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Airline Pilot Charged In Airport Car Theft, DUI

Allegedly Took A Rental Car From A Random Person At A Hotel Near SEA-TAC

An incident that might have come out of the movies happened in real life at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Saturday. A 43-year-old pilot for Omni Air, a charter airline, was arrested for stealing a car from a random person at a hotel near SEA-TAC, as well a driving under the influence.

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Aero-TV: 'The Worst Rule Making' -- AEA's Ric Peri On The Part 145 Proposal

The Worst Proposal He's Seen, AEA's Washington Expert Warns About The Perils Of The Part 145 Re-Write

We've devoted a lot of verbiage to the topic... but as more and more of the details of FAA's current Part 145 proposal emerge, we're wondering if we've underplayed it. Short and sweet, the current version of FAA's Part 145 Rule-Making is just plain bad news.

Aero-TV: 'The Worst Rule Making' -- AEA's Ric Peri On The Part 145 Proposal

The Worst Proposal He's Seen, AEA's Washington Expert Warns About The Perils Of The Part 145 Re-Write

We've devoted a lot of verbiage to the topic... but as more and more of the details of FAA's current Part 145 proposal emerge, we're wondering if we've underplayed it. Short and sweet, the current version of FAA's part 145 Rule-Making is just plain bad news. For instance... The rule proposes a 24-month transition period to reissue new certificates, and there is no implementation period. With the current lack of FAA workforce and sequestration initiatives, how will the agency approve and reissue certifications to 4,000 repair stations in a 24-month peri

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Precision Formation Aerobatic Team Adopts New Name

Team RV Changes To Team AeroDynamix Going Into 2013 Air Show Season

Team RV, the world's largest air show team, has announced it is changing its name to Team AeroDynamix with the onset of the 2013 air show season. The brand change is for marketing reasons only. Team RV Founder and Flight Lead Mike Stewart said the new name better communicates the high entertainment nature of the team's precision formation aerobatic performance.

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SPEEA Wins Back Pay, Benefits For Hundreds Of Boeing Employees In California

Ruling Culminates A 12-Year Effort On The Part Of The Union

Employees of The Boeing Company who worked in Palmdale, CA, and at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, are due back pay and benefits that could total in the millions, according to an arbitrator. The Nov. 1 ruling said the company for years wrongly denied the engineers and technical workers the better pay and benefits of employees represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001.

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CHC Returns Specific Super Pumas To Service

Aircraft Were Grounded Following Ditching Incident In October

On October 22, a CHC Super Puma helicopter with 19 people aboard ditched in the North Sea, the second such accident involving an EC225 this year. All of the people on board both aircraft were rescued, but the incidents prompted the grounding of all of all of the Super Pumas flying workers to North Sea oil rigs. The decision was made by CHC, Eurocopter, Bristow, Bond, Era and others in consultation with customers and other groups.

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Aviation Industry Representatives Meet With FAA And SBA Concerning Part 145

Tell Government Officials That The Latest Iteration Of The New Rule Is Still Seriously Flawed

Representatives of the aviation industry met with FAA and Small Business Administration officials November 5th for a discussion of the proposed re-write of the FAA's rules governing Part 145 repair stations. The deadline for comments on the proposed new rules is November 19.

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Re-Elected President Obama Can Expect To Hear Quickly From Airlines On EU-ETS

EU Will Start Billing Airlines In April

Newly re-elected President Obama can expect to hear sooner rather than later from the airline industry concerning the European Unions Emissions Trading Schedule (EU-ETS). While both the U.S. House and Senate have passed resolutions barring participation in the plan by U.S.-flagged carriers, the EU plans to begin sending out bills to airlines in April.

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Canadian Air Show Facing Financial Difficulties

Organizers Dealing with $350,000 In Debt

A barrel of red ink is threatening to cancel the Waterloo Air Show in Ontario, Canada. Organizers reportedly are trying to deal with a $350,000 (CAD) debt accumulated over the past couple of years. The show's producers said if they are not able to secure additional funding by next month, they will be forced to cancel next year's show.

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FedEx Pilot Fatally Injured In Kansas Accident

Was Departing Mid-Continent Airport When The Engine Appeared To Fail

A pilot from Lawrence, KS, was fatally injured Tuesday when the FedEx airplane he was flying experienced engine problems just after takeoff and went down in a wheat field near Mid-Continent Airport (KICT) in Wichita.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.08.12)

“This is not a technical violation. It’s a violation that took money out of employee paychecks and benefits away from their families.” Source: Rich Plunkett, SPEEA director of strategic development.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.08.12): VX (Best Angle-Of-Climb Speed)

The airspeed at which an airplane gains the greatest amount of altitude in a given distance. It is used during a short-field takeoff to clear an obstacle.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.08.12)

A Pilot's Guide to In-Flight Icing

What do you say to a FREE online course that teaches some of the rudiments of in-flight icing? NASA has just that, for you. Every pilot who could encounter in-flight icing needs to spend some time with this site.

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