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December 13, 2012

Aero-News Alert: NTSB Upholds FAA's Revocation of Riggs' Airman's Certificate

No Surprises... Judge Geraghty Supports FAA's Efforts, Calls Riggs Warbird Operations A "Sham"

ANN has just learned that NTSB Administrative Law Judge Patrick Geraghty has upheld the FAA's Emergency Revocation Order against a man that many have called the most dangerous pilot in all of general aviation, David Glen Riggs. The original November 13th 'Emergency Order Of Revocation' Letter stated that, "Under 49 U .S.C. Section 461 05( c), the Acting Administrator has determined that an emergency exists related to safety in air commerce. This determination is based on your lack of qualification to hold your Commercial pilot certificate, or a FAA issued pilot certificate of any kind, because of the nature and seriousness of the violations set forth in this Order."

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Portland, Oregon Flights To Be Cleaner, Greener

FAA Publishes RNAV NextGen Approaches To KPDX

The FAA announced Tuesday that pilots will start using new NextGen technology and procedures that will enable aircraft to fly more efficient, environmentally-friendly flights into Portland International Airport (KPDX) beginning next year.

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Dassault Inks Deal At MEBA

Sells Two Falcon Bizjets To Saudi Arabia's Wallan Aviation

Dassault Falcon has concluded the sale of two aircraft to Saudi Arabia’s Wallan Aviation. The announcement came at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show which runs at Al Maktoum International Airport, Dubai World Central through Thursday.

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Starflyer Takes Delivery Of Its 1st Directly Purchased Airbus A320

Japan's Carrier Strengthens Its Network With All-Airbus Fleet

Japanese low-cost carrier Starflyer has taken delivery of its first ever directly purchased aircraft, an Airbus A320, during a delivery ceremony in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of three A320s ordered by the company in 2011, and is powered by CFM56-5B4/P engines.

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NORAD Confirms North Korean Missile Launch

Indications Are The Country Deployed An Object Into Orbit

North American Aerospace Defense Command officials acknowledged Wednesday that U.S. missile warning systems detected and tracked the launch of a North Korean missile at 1949 EST Tuesday. The missile was tracked on a southerly azimuth. Initial indications are that the first stage fell into the Yellow Sea. The second stage was assessed to fall into the Philippine Sea.

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Georgia Businessman Fatally Injured In DA40 Accident

Airplane Went Down Shortly After Takeoff From Valdosta Regional Airport (KVLD)

A pilot described as a prominent businessman in Wayne County, GA, was fatally injured when his Diamond DA40 went down Monday night in Lowndes County, GA. Rick Poppell, 52, was the only person on board the airplane at the time of the accident.

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ExecuJet Middle East Named GE Authorized Service Center For CF34-3

Engines Provide Power For Bombardier Challenger Series Airplanes

GE Aviation named ExecuJet Middle East as an authorized service center for GE’s CF34-3 engines that power the Bombardier Challenger series. Under this agreement, ExecuJet Middle East can perform line maintenance inspections and routine installed engine maintenance, including removal and replacement of engines and engine components.

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Bell 412 Tows 'World’s Largest Banner' In Abu Dhabi

Fifth Year For Falcon Aviation Services To Fly The 50K Square-Foot Flag

A Bell 412, owned by Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) of Abu Dhabi, flew along the shore of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while displaying what is described as the world’s largest aerial banner in celebration of UAE’s National Day on December 2.

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DoD To Send F-16s To Egypt As Part Of Foreign Aid Package

First Jets To Be Delivered In January

Four F-16 fighter jets are to be delivered to Egypt next month as part of an overall foreign aid package worth approximately $1 billion, and the move is causing some concern given that the recently-elected Islamic government has not shown a lot of signs of stability.

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Santa Barbara County, CA, Sheriff's Office Reveals 'New' Helo

'Copter 3' Refurbished From A Military Surplus Aircraft

The Santa Barbara, CA, County Sheriff's Office has a newly-refurbished helicopter joining its fleet this week. Sheriff Bill Brown called the aircraft "a true multi-mission capable helicopter," which can support everything from air ambulance flights to firefighting.

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UK Coastguard Helo Becomes Maternity Ward

Baby Delivered By Air Crew Enroute To The Hospital

Despite their best efforts to get an expectant mother to the hospital on time, the crew of a UK Coastguard helicopter found themselves delivering a baby boy as the aircraft flew from the far north of Scotland to the nearest hospital.

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AD: Rolls-Royce plc Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-24-05

PRODUCT: Certain Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 900 series turbofan engines.

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AD: Embraer S.A. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-09

PRODUCT: All Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 190-100 STD, -100 LR, -100 IGW, -200 STD, -200 LR, and -200 IGW airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.13.12

 The FAA Accuses David Riggs of Witness Intimidation…

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Aero-TV: Introducing The MD302 -- Mid-Continent's Standby Attitude Module

Extensive Expertise in Backup Solutions Makes MCICO Uniquely Qualified In This Market

There's no such thing, in aviation, as TOO much caution... hence the reason the industry has expended so much time, energy and talent in creating backup systems for critical functions in today's aircraft. One of the true leaders in the aero-backup technology arena is Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. 

Aero-TV: Introducing The MD302 -- Mid-Continent's Standby Attitude Module

Extensive Expertise in Backup Solutions Makes MCIA Uniquely Qualified In This Market

There's no such thing, in aviation, as TOO much caution... hence the reason the industry has expended so much time, energy and talent in creating backup systems for critical functions in today's aircraft. One of the true leaders in the aero-backup technology arena is Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. Their latest offering is an impressive effort to create an even more redundant cockpit... and to do so with a bit of technology that not only provides critical standby info, but does so elegantly and easily. The MD302 Standby Attitude Module (SAM) is an entirely self

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X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle Successfully Launched

Air Force Officials Say The Re-Usable Spacecraft Is Designed To Be In Orbit Nine Months

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched its third X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle December 11, officials said. The launch from Cape Canaveral's (FL) Launch Complex 41 comes on the heels of the successful flight of OTV-2, which made an autonomous landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, June 11 after a record 469 days in space.

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AIAA To Host Policy Symposium On Civilian UAV Applications

March Event Will Examine Role Of UAVs From A California Perspective

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host a March symposium on the nonmilitary uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. The event is co-hosted by California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-44), California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, California State Senator Steve Knight (R-21), and California State Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-51).

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Thunderbirds Announce 2013 Show Schedule

Will Spend Part Of August And Much of September In Asia

The USAF demonstration team The Thunderbirds has released their 2013 show schedule which includes an extended tour of several Asian countries in the months of August and September.

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Blue Angels Announce 2014 Schedule

As Always, Performances Planned From Coast To Coast

It never hurts to plan ahead. The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced its show schedule for the 2014 season at the annual International Council of Airshows convention.

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AMR Near End Of Bankruptcy Proceedings

Horton Says The Company Could Look To Private Equity

AMR Corporation is nearing its exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, according to CEO Tom Horton, and could be willing to accept private equity to help bring the company back to solvency.

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First Flight: Production Eurocopter EC175

Eurocopter Announces Projected Performance Figures For The Medium Twin Helo

Eurocopter has conducted the first flight of its no. 1 series-production EC175, and confirmed the performance of this next-generation multi-role helicopter. The maiden flight occurred last week at Eurocopter’s Marignane, France headquarters facility, with company pilot Augustin Dupuis at the controls.

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T-51 Mustang Replica Down In DeKalb County, IL

Pilot Who Built The Aircraft Survives The Accident

A pilot flying a T-51 Mustang replica in Illinois Tuesday survived when the airplane went down in a cornfield south of DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB). The airplane is a 3/4 size replica of the iconic P-51 Mustang from WWII.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.13.12)

"The X-37B OTV is designed for an on-orbit duration of approximately 9 months." Source: Lieutenant Colonel Tom McIntyre, X-37B program manager for the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.13.12): Occluded Front

A composite of two fronts, formed as a cold front overtakes a warm or quasi-stationary front. Two types of occlusions can form depending on the relative coldness of the air behind the cold front to the air ahead of the warm or stationary front.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.13.12)

Aero Files

Occasionally, as you browse through the vastness that is the Internet, you come across a site that has obviously been put together just for the love of it. Aero Files (no affiliation with is one of those sites.

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