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February 06, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.07.13

Airlines Consider Seeking Dreamliner Refunds…

Cessna Eyes India as A Growth Market…

Fearing Invasion of Privacy, the First Anti Drone

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DOT IG Says FAA Is Lagging In Airline Safety

Report Indicates Progress Is Being Made, But Challenges Remain In Implementing The Airline Safety Act

The Department of Transportation Inspector General says that the FAA has implemented many of the measures contained in the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act passed by the Congress in 2010, but the Agency and industry have not yet achieved the full measure of the Act’s intended safety enhancements.

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Federal Indictments Handed Up In 2008 Helicopter Accident

Two Face Criminal Charges For False Weight And Takeoff Power Data

A federal grand jury in Medford, OR, has handed up indictments accusing two Oregon men of falsifying weight and takeoff power data given to the U.S. Forest Service about helicopters they provided for firefighting missions. One of those aircraft, a Sikorsky S-61N, went down in northern California in 2008, resulting in the fatal injury of nine people on board.

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NASA's Super-Tiger Balloon Breaks Records While Collecting Data

Spent More Than 55 Days Aloft At 127,000 Feet

A large NASA science balloon has broken two flight duration records while flying over Antarctica carrying an instrument that detected 50 million cosmic rays. The Super Trans-Iron Galactic Element Recorder (Super-TIGER) balloon launched at 1545 EST, Dec. 8 from the Long Duration Balloon site near McMurdo Station.

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Esterline CMC Electronics to Supply Avionics For Pilatus PC-21 Programs

FMS, HUD, And Up Front Control Panel To Be Installed In Turboprop Training Airplanes

Esterline CMC Electronics' (CMC) has been awarded contracts by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. to supply its latest generation CMA-9000 Flight Management System (FMS), SparrowHawk Head-Up Display (HUD) sub-system as well as Up Front Control Panel for the fleets of PC-21 turboprop training aircraft selected by two international customers.

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Yakutia Airlines First To Operate Q400 Aircraft In Russia

Will Fly Three Of The Aircraft In Russia And The Commonwealth Of Independent States (CIS)

Bombardier Aerospace has welcomed Yakutia Airlines to the growing family of Bombardier Q400 aircraft operators. Yakutia Airlines, a domestic passenger carrier based in the northeast region of Russia, will fly three Q400 aircraft, with the first one having arrived this week at Yakutsk Airport.

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EU Supports Better Airport And Airspace Coordination With Grant

Primary Goal Is To Accelerate A-CDM Processes At Select European Airports

The EU will support with almost €4 million ($5.41 million) from the TEN-T Program, a project to support and accelerate Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) and Airspace Management (ASM) with a view of optimising resources at European airports and progressing towards an efficient and flexible use of airspace.

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Turkish Airlines Orders 5 Additional A330 Passenger Aircraft

Airbus: Repeat Order Great Vote Of Confidence In A330s Efficiency And Reliability

Turkish Airlines has signed a firm order for two additional A330-300 passenger aircraft and three options as part of the carrier’s continued growth plans. The additional order for the A330 family is taking their total firm order for the type to 38. Turkish Airlines placed their first order with Airbus in 1984, and today operate a total of 104 Airbus aircraft.

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ERAU Student And Army Veteran Wins NTBAA Scholarship

North Texas Business Aviation Association Awards $2,500 To Ft. Worth Student

The North Texas Business Aviation Association (NTBAA) awarded their first 2013 Scholarship to a student and Army Veteran from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University of Ft. Worth, Texas last month. Dago D. Toruga was awarded $2500 toward his studies at the University.

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Elbit Introduces Hermes 900 UAS In A New Configuration

UAV Adapted For Maritime Surveillance Missions

Maritime surveillance requirements are demanding specific capabilities and performance such as mission endurance, flight profiles, mission equipment and human factors. Until recently, such missions were performed exclusively by aircraft – some dedicated for the maritime surveillance mission, with others using off-the-shelf transport planes modified for the mission.

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CAAS Hosts World Forum On Aviation's Future

Singapore Offers New Civil Aviation Scholarships For Students In Developing Countries

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) hosted more than 100 aviation leaders from all over the world at the just-concluded 4th World Civil Aviation Chief Executives Forum (WCACEF).

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Iranian President Says He'd Fly In Space

But Seems To Have Forgotten An Iranian-Born Woman Flew To The ISS In 2006

In a speech to scientists in Tehran recently, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he stands ready to be the country's first astronaut, seemingly forgetting that an Iranian-born woman has already flown in space.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.06.13

NTSB Chairman Hersman Rumored As The Next Transportation Secretary…

Boeing Wants to Test Fly its Dreamliners…

Baumgartner Broke Mach 1

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Airborne 02.05.13: Bad News For The Blues?, HBC Reorganization, Collier Nominees

Also: Airbus, Dynon, Hang-Glider and BASE Jumpers, Corporate Angels, Julie Clark... and More!

If Congress fails to do its job and the USA goes over the financial cliff, fans of the Navy's Blue Angels may wind up singing "Bye, Bye, Birdie!" The Blue Angels have scheduled more than 30 events for the second half of 2013, and they may not fly any of them if automatic budget cuts go into effect due to sequestration. Hawker Beechcraft said in a statement Friday that Judge Stuart M. Bernstein has approved its entire Joint Plan of Reorganization, paving the way for the company to emerge from  Chapter 11 protection. The National Aeronautic Association has

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Boeing Asks FAA To Lift 787 Flight Ban For Testing

Has Submitted Applications For Permission To Test Potential Battery Fixes

In what may be the first breakthrough in a return to flight for Boeing's Dreamliners, the planemaker has asked the FAA to allow it to begin conducting test flights with the airplane to evaluate potential fixes for battery issues.

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NTSB's Hersman Mentioned As Possible New Secretary Of Transportation

Would Likely Have Bipartisan Support In Confirmation Process

Among the names being mentioned to replace Ray LaHood as Secretary of Transportation is NTSB chair Deborah A.P. Hersman, and some in the know say she is the leading candidate for the post.

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NBAA, GAMA Respond To Most Recent White House Swipe At GA

Both Organizations Say Facts, Not Rhetoric, Should Drive The Debate

The White House seems to be at it again. In a press briefing Tuesday in Washington, Press Secretary Jay Carney made a reference to "subsidies to corporate jet owners" as something that could be cut or eliminated as way to reduce the national debt.

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Flight Design Adds Dynon ADS-B

Completes First Installation Of Dynon System In CTLSi

Flight Design recently completed the first installation a full ASD-B system in one of its brand-new CTLSi models, which are powered by the fuel injected Rotax 912 iS engine. The newly equipped aircraft made its debut at the 2013 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring Florida.

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FAA Issues SAFO For L-39 Canopies

Possible In-Flight Separation Prompts The Safety Alert

The FAA has released a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) directed to owners, operators, repair stations, and mechanics holding Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) certificates, concerning service difficulties and safety issues associated with the Aero Vodochody L-39C and L-39ZA variants. According to the agency, aircrews have experienced one or both canopies separating from the aircraft, or partially opening, while in-flight.

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Baumgartner Broke Mach 1 And Then Some

Record-Setting Freefall Reached 833.9 MPH

When Felix Baumgartner stepped off his capsule into the fringe of space, he began a freefall that eventually reached 833.9 miles per hour ... or Mach 1.24. That makes him the first human to break the sound barrier without any kind of mechanical assistance.

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FAA To Hold Commercial Space Transportation Conference

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Industry And Academic Leaders To Participate

The FAA will hold its 16th annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C.  The two-day conference will get underway at 0800 at the National Housing Center. U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood will deliver keynote remarks at 1430 Wednesday afternoon.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.06.13)

"FAA has not provided the level of education, outreach, and guidance needed for air carriers to implement new safety programs, such as mentoring, leadership, and professional development committees. Until FAA takes a more focused approach working with and assisting smaller carriers, the full safety benefits associated with these programs will not be realized." Source: Report from the DOT IG's office.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.06.13): CDCCL

Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCL) identify the critical design features such as proper wire separation, proper installation of a panel gasket, minimum bonding jumper resistance levels, etc., that must be maintained in exactly the same manner throughout the life of the aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.06.13)

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre

The Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario is dedicated to preserving the history of Bush Flying and Forest Protection in Canada.

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