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January 16, 2013

JAL, ANA Ground Dreamliner Fleets

ANA Flight Made An Emergency Landing Wednesday After A 'Battery Problem' Was Detected

Two Japanese carriers, including launch customer ANA, have grounded their fleets of Boeing 787 Dreamliners after an ANA flight made an emergency landing Wednesday (local time) in the western region of Japan.

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Piper Names James Funk VP Of Operations

Previously Managed Bombardier Learjet's Lear 85 Program

Piper has appointed James W. Funk as Vice President of Operations, reporting to President and CEO Simon Caldecott. In his new role, Funk is responsible for aircraft manufacturing operations, production engineering, logistics and quality.

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NASA Awards Space Launch System Advanced Development Grants

Nine Universities To Share $2.25 Million

NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation's next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement.

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NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

Rosters Set Through Expedition 42

NASA and its international partners have named several future International Space Station expedition crews. They include NASA astronauts Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, Barry Wilmore and Terry Virts.

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BOC Aviation Orders 50 A320 Family Aircraft, Including 25 A320neo

Airbus Says Order Confirms Strong Market Demand For Current And New Engine Options

BOC Aviation, the Singapore-based aircraft leasing subsidiary of Bank of China, has placed a new firm order, signed in December 2012, for the purchase of 50 A320 Family aircraft including 25 neo airplanes. The order comprises A320 and A321 variants of both engine options. BOC Aviation will make its engine selection for the aircraft at a later date.

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TSA Expands Choices For Airport Identity Services

Authorizes MorphoTrust Channeling Services To Screen Airport Workers And Produce Secure Badges

The TSA has authorized Safran subsidiary MorphoTrust USA to support employee screening and badging at U.S. airports under its Other Transaction Agreement with TSA. MorphoTrust is one of three organizations authorized by TSA to offer Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services, following a thorough review to validate the company's security systems and procedures.

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Sebring EAA Chapter Hosts Dinner With Patty Wagstaff

Event To Raise Funds For Youth Education Programs

Here's an opportunity to sit down to dinner with one of the air show industry's best-known performers. On Friday, January 18, 2013, Heartland EAA Chapter 1240 will sponsor "Dinner with Patty Wagstaff,"  three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion.

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State Of The Air Force Is 'Strong'

Donley: Service Dealt With Many Challenges In 2012

The Air Force's top leaders say the service has accomplished much while dealing with many challenges in the last year. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III briefed members of the media in Washington, D.C. late last week on the state of the service and its focus on the areas of force structure, readiness and modernization.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In TX Helo Accident In November

Worker Suspended Under The Aircraft By A Long Line Fatally Injured When The Helicopter Went Down

The preliminary report issued by the NTSB in an accident involving a Hughes 369 helicopter in Childress, TX last November indicates that the aircraft experienced a "loss of engine power" while a worker was suspended below the aircraft working on a power line. The worker was fatally injured when the aircraft fell. The pilot sustained only minor injuries.

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Central Florida Sheriff Wants To Fly Drones By This Summer

Already Conducting Experiments With Aircraft It Hopes To Deploy Over Orlando

The Orange County Sheriff in central Florida is testing two UAVs that it hopes to have flying over the Metro Orlando area by this summer, but the FAA has not yet given a green light for their deployment.

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Jim Christiansen Joins FlightSafety

Takes Role As VP, International Business Development

FlightSafety International is pleased to announce that Jim Christiansen has joined the company as Vice President, International Business Development. Jim will lead FlightSafety’s ongoing efforts to increase the support it provides to Customers who live outside the United States.

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Silver Airways CEO Darrell Richardson To Retire

Caps 44-Year Career In Aviation

Silver Airways Corp. announced Tuesday that CEO Darrell Richardson plans to retire from the company, capping a long and distinguished career in aviation. Mr. Richardson informed the Board of Directors of his decision and has received its full support. Silver’s board of directors is actively conducting a search for a new CEO.

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Erickson Air-Crane Signs Contract With Pacific Rubiales Energy

Will Provide Heavy-Lift Services To Company Based In Peru

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated has signed a contract with oil and gas company Pacific Rubiales Energy to provide heavy lift helicopter services in central Peru. Operations commenced on January 2nd of this year, and will last for a minimum of 12 months. The contract has a value of between $11 and $14 million, depending on total flight hours completed.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.13

Japan Grounds its Dreamliner Fleet

Garmin Introduces New Aviation VHF Radios…

American Orders Hundreds of New Airplanes…

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Classic Aero-TV: CubCrafters 2012 -- Refining an Iconic Airframe

Packing As Much Airplane Into The 'LSA' Category As The FAA Will Allow

Every year, of late, the same old names show up in a list of LSA builders who seem to be standing up to the test of time. 'CubCrafters" Is one that flirts with the top of the list, every time. With offerings for certificated, experimental and LSA airframes, CubCrafters has established a tough rep for building tough planes that fly well, and perform even better. CubCrafters operates in a modern 40,000 square foot facility on the edge of McAllister Field Airport in Yakima, Washington. They say that it's an idyllic spot for flying and testing their planes... "Big skies, punctuated on t

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NTSB Conducts Close Examination Of JAL Dreamliner Battery

Agency Also In Possession Of Flight Recorders, APU Battery Charger, Memory Modules And Wire Bundles

In its second update on its investigation into a fire aboard a Boeing Dreamliner belonging to Japan Air Lines at Boston Logan International Airport, January 7th, the NTSB said the lithium-ion battery that powered the auxiliary power unit on the airplane was removed and transported back to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington on January 10. The battery is currently being examined by NTSB investigators, who plan to disassemble it this week.

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Pinnacle Airlines Pilots Vote To Ratify Restructuring Agreement

Eighty-Five Percent Of Pinnacle Pilots Participating In The Balloting Voted For The Pact

The pilots of Pinnacle Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), ratified a bankruptcy restructuring contract Tuesday that was tentatively agreed to in December. With more than 86 percent of eligible pilots casting ballots, 85 percent of Pinnacle pilots voted in favor of the agreement.

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EASA Certifies DFC90 Autopilot For Cessna 182 Aircraft

Provides Envelope Protection, Full-Time Envelope Alerting, And Straight & Level Capability

EASA has certified Avidyne's DFC90 Digital Autopilot in European-registered Cessna 182-series aircraft,  when interfaced with the Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display (PFD) from Aspen Avionics of Albuquerque.

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Industry Group Begins To Study Portable Electronics Use

Will Examine Policies To Determine When Devices May Be Used Safely During Flight

Government and industry experts including representatives from the mobile technology and aviation manufacturing industries, pilot and flight attendant groups, and airlines, kicked off their first meeting Tuesday to study portable electronic devices (PEDs). 

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American Airlines Moves Forward With Order For Dreamliners, 737MAX

New Agreements Are Subject To Approval By Bankruptcy Court

American Airlines has reportedly confirmed orders for hundreds of new airplanes, subject to approval by a bankruptcy court. Topping AA's order list are 42 Dreamliners worth some $8.7 billion at list prices.

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Lockheed Martin Highlights F-35 Program Achievements For 2012

Thirty Aircraft Delivered, Flight Test Goals Exceeded

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Program completed 30 aircraft deliveries and achieved significant advances in flight test highlighting a year of continued progress for 2012. The 30 F-35 deliveries in 2012 included 11 Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOLs), 18 Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing (STOVL) variants, and one Carrier Variant (CV).

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Nextant Aerospace Hires Aviation Sales Executive Sean McGeough As President

To Meet Increasing Demand, Nextant Has Expanded Its Capacity With A New 125,000 Square Foot Remanufacturing Facility In Cleveland

Nextant Aerospace has hired senior aviation executive Sean McGeough as president to help build on its strong growth. McGeough will concentrate on developing strategies that will allow Nextant to achieve even greater global market penetration and sustained growth for the Nextant 400XT.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.16.13)

“We are completing our third year of on-plan system development performance since the F-35 Program Executive Office completed its Technical Baseline Review in 2010.” Source: Orlando Carvalho, Lockheed Martin F-35 program executive vice president and general manager.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.13): Call For Release

Wherein the overlying ARTCC requires a terminal facility to initiate verbal coordination to secure ARTCC approval for release of a departure into the en route environment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.13)

US Military Aviation Designation Systems

This site is devoted to the various systems used by the US military aviation to designate all types of equipment. They try to provide thorough explanations of the designation systems, while avoiding all the "red tape" included in the official standards documents.

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