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January 04, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.04.13

GA is Not Off the Cliff Yet…

United Launches First International Dreamliner Service…

Relatives of Passenger on Jenni Rivera’s Pl

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FAA Issues SAIB Addressing Airplanes In Ground Effect

Bulletin Stems From NTSB G650 Accident Report

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to advise manufacturers of airplanes certified under parts 23 and 25 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR parts 23 and 25) to consider the possibility that the airplane’s maximum lift coefficient in ground effect may be lower than its maximum lift coefficient in free air.

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AIA Urges Leaders To Find Permanent Bipartisan Solution To Sequestration

Blakey: Deal "Does Not Eliminate Uncertainty" About Jobs And The Economy

While the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) says that the recent deal reached between Congress and the President to at least delay the so-called "fiscal cliff" is welcome, a permanent solution is needed to give stability to the aerospace industry and the economy as a whole.

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Indiana Student Wins Second Annual Sikorsky Helicopter 2050 Challenge

Dreamed Up A New Medevac Helicopter To Win A $1,000 Scholarship

Sikorsky Aircraft and By Kids For Kids Co., an organization that inspires kids to become successful inventors, last month awarded the Igor Sikorsky Youth Innovator Award to an Indiana teenager for his conceptual design of a circular-shaped medical evacuation helicopter.

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United Airlines Launches First International Dreamliner Service

Boeing 786 Debuts On LA-Tokyo Route

United Airlines introduced daily nonstop 787 Dreamliner service between its hub at Los Angeles International Airport and its hub at Tokyo Narita International Airport as of Thursday, January 3. The service – previously operated with a 777 aircraft – is the first regularly-scheduled international route operated using United's 787 Dreamliner. 

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Relatives Of Passenger On Rivera Plane Seek Maintenance Docs

Have Asked A Court To Force Bombardier And Learjet To Turn Over Records

In a petition for discovery filed in Cook County, IL, Circuit Court Wednesday, the relatives of singer Jenni Rivera's makeup artist, who was fatally injured when the plane in which he was a passenger went down, hope to force Bombardier and Learjet to release maintenance records for the airplane.

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Helicopter Attempting Rescue Goes Down In The Water Off Rio's Copacabana Beach

Witness Captured Video On His Phone And Posted It To YouTube

A rescue helicopter attempting to save a swimmer who had ventured out into rough water off Copacabana Beach in Rio do Janeiro December 29th suffered an unspecified "mechanical difficulty" and wound up going down in the water. All on board the aircraft, as well as the swimmer they were attempting to save, survived the incident.

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Airbus Military Begins Flight Tests Of C295 Fitted With Winglets

Hopes For Improvements In Takeoff, Climb, And Cruise Performance As Well As Fuel Efficiency

Airbus Military has begun flight-testing a modification to add winglets to the C295 medium transport and surveillance aircraft – one of a series of product developments underway on the market-leading type. The winglets, which are short extensions to the wingtips of the aircraft, have the potential to improve performance in the take-off, climb and cruise phases of flight by increasing the lift-drag ratio.

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Discovery Of Brewster Buffalo Off Midway Spurs New Interest In The Warbird

Fighters' Reputation Among Its Pilots Was Less Than Stellar

The wreckage of a rare Brewster Buffalo fighter from WWII has been discovered in just 10 feet of water off the beach at Midway Island, a find that historians are calling an "exciting discovery."

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FAA Releases New Design For A&P Certificate

Picture Of Wright Brothers' Mechanic Charles Taylor Now Featured On The Back

The FAA has started issuing Mechanic and Repairman certificates with a new design on the back of the certificate honoring Charles Taylor.

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Airborne 01.04.13: DA40 Best For 2012, Huerta Confirmed, Solar Impulse To Fly USA

Also: Bolen Looks Ahead, GDL 88 Approved, CargoPlane Lands Short, TU-204 Crash, UFO Video, Pilot Spots Thief!

With 2012 still fresh in our memories it’s time for ANN to unveil our annual Best of the Breed – recognizing top aircraft in a number of specific categories. You can see all of our choices on our website at www.aero-news.net over the next few days, but let’s face it, it’s the Best of the Best that most people will be interested in. This year’s award winner is a solidly built little four seater built by a trustworthy company that has weathered a fair amount of tough times without selling its soul. We speak, specifically, of the Diamond Aircraft DA40 XLS -- an outstanding GA airplane with one of the most

Airborne 01.04.13: DA40 Best For 2012, Huerta Confirmed, Solar Impulse To Fly US

Also: Bolen Looks Ahead, GDL 88 Approved, CargoPlane Lands Short, TU-204 Crash, UFO Video, Pilot Spots Thief!

With 2012 still fresh in our memories it’s time for ANN to unveil our annual Best of the Breed – recognizing top aircraft in a number of specific categories. You can see all of our choices on our website at www.aero-news.net over the next few days, but let’s face it, it’s the Best of the Best that most people will be interested in. This year’s award winner is a solidly built little four seater built by a trustworthy company that has weathered a fair amount of tough times witho

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EAA: GA Could Face New 'Cliff' In Early 2013

Late-February budget Cuts Could Affect FAA, Services

While Congress reached a last-minute tax deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" on Tuesday, its decision to move consideration of major budget cuts until the end of February presents potential threats to GA.

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ANN 2012 Year In Review: Military Aviation

Embraer Wins, Then Loses LAS Competition, The Air Force Clears The F-22, And The X-37B Makes Its Third Trip To Space

Embraer was on a roller coaster ride this year when it won the LAS competition from the Air Force, and then had the deal pulled after a protest from Hawker Beechcraft. That issue is still unresolved. The Air Force also said it had ironed out its problems with the beleaguered F-22 Raptor, but not before some pilots went public on national television. The X-37B returned to space, and the X-47B went to sea. those are just a few of the top stories in Military Aviation from 2012. 

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ANN 2012 Year In Review: Business Aviation

New Airplanes Come Online, More Introduced, But Fights Over Helicopter Noise And User Fees Continue Through The Year

Business aviation led the fight against user fees and an administration that characterized it as being the exclusive realm of corporate VIPs and other very wealthy individuals. The sector saw its share of new airplane introductions, as well as the certification of Gulfstream's long-awaited G650 with deliveries getting underway at year's end, and a production certificate issued for the Eclipse 550. Meanwhile, certain members of Congress continued their crusade against "helicopter noise" on both coasts.

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HAI, ALPA Congratulate FAA Administrator Huerta On Confirmation

Accolades For The New Permanent Administrator Continue To Roll In

The Helicopter Association International and the Airline Pilots Association have joined the chorus of those congratulating now-permanent FAA Administrator Michael Huerta on his confirmation by the U.S. Senate Tuesday.

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Boeing Completes 2012 With Record-Setting Performance

1,203 Net Commercial Orders Is Second-Largest In Company History

Boeing says it booked 1,203 net commercial airplane orders in 2012, the second-largest number in company history. The company also delivered 601 airplanes, the most since 1999. Boeing's unfilled commercial airplane orders at the end of the year stood at 4,373, the most in company history.

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Senate Space Exploration Act Substitute Passed By The U.S. House

Measure Written By Senators Hutchison, Nelson Designed to Sustain And Encourage U.S. Leadership In Space

U.S. Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) applauded the House passage of HR 6586, "Space Exploration Sustainability Act" which included the Nelson-Hutchison amendment. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX-21), incoming Chairman of the House Science Committee, presented the bill on the House floor Wednesday, where it passed without objection.

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Klyde Morris 01.04.13

Perhaps A Classic Case Of 'Be Careful What You Wish For ...'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Alabama Teenager Fatally Injured In Accident Did Not 'Steal' The Airplane

Teen's Mother Said The Aircraft's Owner Had Given Him A Set Of Keys

The real tragedy of this story is that a young man who was said to be a checkride away from getting his private pilot certificate was fatally injured on Tuesday night along with two of his friends apparently doing something he should have known better than to do. The 17-year-old was reportedly piloting a Piper PA 30 Twin Comanche that, according to his mother, he "had used many times before."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.04.13)

“This action by Congress reaffirms the intent of the 2010 NASA Authorization Act, which reflected a hard-fought Congressional and Administration consensus for the future of NASA in the post-shuttle era.” Source: Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.04.13): LPV

A type of approach with vertical guidance (APV) based on WAAS, published on RNAV (GPS) approach charts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.04.13)

The Airchive

"The Webseum of Commercial Aviation". This site features vintage route maps, timetables, photos, and other memorabilia. Step back in time to a more civilized era of air travel by spending some time at this site.

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