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December 21, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.12

The Court Approves AMR’s Pilot Agreement…

Space Ship Two Nears Go at Throttles Up…

Air Tour Operators Prepare to Report National

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EU Adopts Ambitious External Aviation Policy

Calls For Stronger Coordination, Unity And Solidarity At EU Level

European Union (EU) transport ministers have adopted a comprehensive set of Council conclusions which will lay down the framework for an ambitious EU external aviation policy for the coming years.

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Bell Helicopter To Expand Facilities In Piney Flats, TN

As Many As 125 Jobs Expected With The $10.1 Million Investment

Bell Helicopter will expand its completion and customer delivery facilities located in Piney Flats, TN. The company said in a news release Thursday that the announcement represents a $10.1 million investment by Bell Helicopter and was achieved through collaboration with the State of Tennessee and Sullivan County. The expansion is anticipated to create up to 125 jobs.

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Gulfstream Begins Deliveries Of Outfitted G650 Aircraft

First Ultra-Large-Cabin, Ultra-Long-Range Jet Delivered To U.S. Customer

The first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 aircraft has been delivered to its new owner... a U.S. customer.

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Carter Slowed-Rotor VTOL Demonstrates Impressive Lift-To-Drag Values

Four-Place VTOL POC Aircraft Continuing Test Flights

Carter Aviation Technologies ... working in conjunction with Carter Aerospace Development ... says it has made significant progress as performance flight-testing of its current Slowed-Rotor/Compound (SR/C) prototype, the Proof of Concept demonstrator (the “POC”), continues. The POC is a variant of the company’s four passenger vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft, known as the 4-Place PAV.

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WingX Pro7 Version 6.9 Adds Multiple Features

Includes Advanced SmartTaxi, Search And Rescue Grids, Search Patterns, XGPS170 ADS-B Support

Version 6.9 of WingX Pro7 has been relased by Hilton Software of Parkland, FL. The new version includes three significant enhancements including SmartTaxi, Search And Rescue Grids and Search Patterns, and is the first iPad app to support the Dual XGPS170 Bluetooth ADS-B Receiver.

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airBaltic Signs Firm Order For Up To 20 CSeries Airliners

Latvian Airline Transitions To An All-Bombardier Fleet

A firm purchase agreement has been signed between airBaltic and Bombardier for the acquisition of 10 all-new Bombardier CS300 airliners. The Riga, Latvia-based airline also has purchase rights on a further 10 CS300 aircraft.

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Unnamed Air Carrier Signs Letter Of Intent For Up To 30 CSeries Airliners

Airline Based 'In The Americas' Places Firm Order For 12 Of The Airplanes

An airline, which is based "in the Americas," has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire 12 CS100 airliners with options on an additional 18. Bombardier said in a news release that at this time the airline has requested to remain undisclosed.

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Centurion Celebrates A Decade Of Diesel Aircraft Engines

After 10 Years Of Serial Production, 3,500 Engines Have Accumulated 3.5 Million Flying Hours

Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) is celebrating a series of anniversaries at the end of this year. Centurion series engines for General Aviation aircraft have been manufactured in serial production for ten years. A total of more than 3,500 new engines have been delivered during this period.

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Venezuela Validates Bell 429 Certification

Approves Gross Weight Increase

Venezulae's Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) has validated the Bell 429  to operate in in that country. Additionally INAC has endorsed the operation of the Bell 429 at 7,500 pounds. This approval, based on Transport Canada’s certification, makes Venezuela the thirteenth country to endorse the increased maximum gross weight for the Bell 429.

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Santa Arrives By Seaplane In Marin County, CA

Traded His Sleigh For A 172 On Floats For The Appearance

We all know Santa's a pretty good pilot, and his certifications apparently extend to a seaplane rating. The jolly old elf reportedly flew a Cessna 172 on floats to Marin City in the San Francisco Bay area's Marin County, taxiing up to a dock at Seaplane Adventures with a delivery of toys.

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Lockheed Martin Marks 100th Anniversary

Company Founded December 19th, 1912

Lockheed Martin this week commemorated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Lockheed Company, which was originally incorporated on Dec. 19, 1912, in San Francisco, CA. To mark the occasion, Lockheed Martin has made donations in honor of Lockheed's founders to the Burbank Historical Society's Gordon R. Howard Museum and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

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FAA Certifies Santa’s NextGen-Equipped Sleigh For Christmas Eve

Just Don't Call Rudolph's Nose A 'Squitter'

FAA safety inspectors at the North Pole certified Santa One, the reindeer-powered sleigh piloted by Santa Claus, for its Christmas Eve round-the-world delivery mission.Santa One, led by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, is outfitted with new satellite-based NextGen technology, which will allow Santa to deliver more toys to more children with improved safety and efficiency.

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Airborne 12.21.12: Another Big HI TFR, Virgin Galactic Leaving NM?, A320 E-AD

Also: Piper Stays Put, Precision Airmotive Forced Into CH11, Quicksilver Worldwide, Happy Holidays From ANN!

It may be "the most wonderful time of the year" ... unless you happen to be a GA pilot or owner of an aviation business on the island on Oahu. The FAA has posted a TFR with a duration of more than two weeks that covers the entire island of Oahu in anticipation of President Obama's planned vacation. 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. Piper Aircraft will stay in Florida. The plane maker and Florida's Indian River County have agreed to amend an economic development in

Aero-TV: Redbird's Roger Sharp (Part 5) -- Transforming the Art and Craft of Flight Instruction

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

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 5 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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Airborne 12.21.12: Another Big HI TFR, Virgin Galactic Leaving NM?, A320 E-AD

Also: Piper Stays Put, Precision Airmotive Forced Into CH11, Quicksilver Worldwide, Happy Holidays From ANN!

It may be "the most wonderful time of the year" ... unless you happen to be a GA pilot or owner of an aviation business on the island on Oahu. The FAA has posted a TFR with a duration of more than two weeks that covers the entire island of Oahu in anticipation of President Obama's planned vacation. 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. Piper Aircraft

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AMR Corp Gets Court Approval For New Agreement With Pilots

Seen As Critical Move For Emerging From Bankruptcy

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, NY, has approved a new collective bargaining agreement reached between American Airlines and its pilots' union. The plan eliminated lump-sum payments of retirement benefits for the pilots, which the airline said could hurt the company financially if a large number of pilots chose to retire shortly after it emerged from reorganization.

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New Mexico Relents On Proposed State Park Seaplane Ban

State Received 'Hundreds' Of Comments In Opposition

Score one for grassroots advocacy. The State of New Mexico, which had proposed a general ban on amphibious aircraft and seaplanes from all of its state parks, relented following an effort spearheaded in part by Jason Baker, owner of 'The Seaplane Forum' online.

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John And Martha King Receive The Prestigious Frank G. Brewer Trophy

Award Presented Annually To Recognize Aviation Education

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) presented the prestigious Frank G. Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education to John and Martha King at its Fall Awards Banquet held November 13 in Arlington, VA near Washington, D.C.

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SpaceShipTwo Completes 1st Glide In Powered Flight Configuration

'All Objectives' Of Test Flights Met

SpaceShipTwo on Wednesday undertook its 23rd glide flight in the pre-powered portion of its incremental test flight program. This was a significant flight as it was the first with rocket motor components installed, including tanks.

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FAA, NPS Release Air Tour Reporting Guidance

Requires Air Tour Operators To Report Flights Over Or Near Many National Parks

The recently passed FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 included a provision requiring air tour operators conducting tours over national parks and abutting tribal lands to submit reports to the FAA and the National Park Service (NPS).

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Klyde Morris 12.21.2012

Maybe The Chinese Will Give Us A Better Deal ...

FHI: www.klydemorris..com

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Canada's New Leisure Airline Goes 'rouge'

Name Selected For New, Low-Cost Airline That Will Begin Flying In July

Air Canada has unveiled its new leisure airline, marking a milestone in the transformation of Canada's flag carrier to compete in the growing leisure travel sector. Along with details of the initial destinations it will fly to beginning in July 2013, the name of Canada's new leisure airline - Air Canada rouge - was announced following a contest launched on Facebook.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.21.12)

“We are deeply honored to be selected for this award." Source: King Schools co-founder John King, on winning the NAA's Frank G. Brewer Trophy.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.12): Certification Office

The FAA certification office at which the applicant applies for airworthiness certification or related approval.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.12)

International Council On Air Shows

The International Council On Air Shows has a lot of great information about air shows around the world, as well as stuff for performers and other "insider" information.    

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