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January 16, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.16.14

Battery Issues Grounds Another JAL Dreamliner 
Fisher Flying Products is for Sale…
US Appropriations Leaders Approve Key Aviation Issues… 

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Kitfox Conspicuously Absent At Sebring

Company President Says It Was A 'Hard Decision', But Producing Airplanes Already Ordered Comes First

As you're walking the flight line at Sebring this weekend, you'll probably notice that one of the show's staples is nowhere to be found. Kitfox made what company president John McBean called a very difficult decision to skip the Florida show this year, in part, because business is good.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.15.14

Looking Toward Deep Space in Louisiana…
The Searey LSA is Ready for Takeoff…
Dragonfly Introduces the Shadow and th

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Boeing Begins 777X High-Speed Wind Tunnel Tests

Airplane Being Evaluated In Boeing's Transonic Wind Tunnel In Seattle

High-speed wind tunnel tests have started for the Boeing 777X. Testing began last week at Boeing's Transonic Wind Tunnel in Seattle. Last month, engineers started wind tunnel tests at QinetiQ's facility in Farnborough, U.K., where testing of the low-speed performance of the airplane continues.

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American Eagle Airlines, Inc. Changing Name To Envoy

Regional Air Service For American Airlines Will Continue To Operate Under The American Eagle Brand And Livery

American Eagle Airlines, Inc. (American Eagle Airlines), a wholly owned subsidiary of American Airlines Group Inc., announced that the company will be changing its name to Envoy in spring 2014. This change is being made to give the company its own distinct identity and eliminate the confusion between the company's current name and American Eagle, the regional flying brand of American Airlines, Inc.

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Embraer Meets Aircraft Delivery Guidance For 2013

Delivers 90 Commercial And 119 Executive Jets

Embraer delivered 32 commercial and 53 business jets during the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), thus closing out the year with 90 airplanes delivered to the airline market and 119 to executive aviation, that is, 90 light and 29 large jets.

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NASA's Commercial Crew Partners Aim To Capitalize, Expand On 2013 Successes

Next Year Will Be 'Pivotal' For Commercial Crew Program

Several companies, working closely with NASA, ended 2013 with an impressive string of achievements to build on in 2014 as the American aerospace industry continues to develop and demonstrate commercial human spaceflight capabilities with the potential to support both commercial and government customers.

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Boeing 787-9 Testing In Australia Could Shorten 787-10 Time To Market

Hot Weather Testing Could Be Applied To Yet-To-Be-Built Larger Airplane

Some of the testing being done on a Boeing 787-9 in Australia to determine how the airplane will deal with extremely hot conditions could be germane to the 787-10, according to Boeing engineers.

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United Adjusts Airliner Order

Drops 12 Airbus Airliners Worth $1.08 Billion

United Continental Holdings has reportedly changed its plans to buy six A319s and six A320s from Airbus, saying the airplanes are no longer needed. The cancellation means a $1.08 billion hit to the European planemaker.

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NBAA's 2014 Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference Sets Registration Record

Over 2,500 Registered To Attend The Four-Day Conference

The 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference (SDC2014) officially began this morning at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, and the number of registrants has already reached an all-time high, with a record 2,600 people signed up to attend the four-day event, the Association reports.

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Pilot Suffered Heart Attack In Mid-Flight

Plane Made Safe Emergency Landing In Omaha, Pilot Survived

It was like a scene from a movie. First a flight attendant came on the intercom of an United Airlines airliner on a flight from Des Moines, IA, to Denver, CO and asked if anyone on board had medical experience.

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Government Considers Sale Of V-22B Block C Aircraft To Israel

Package Would Be Valued At $1.13 Billion

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress January 13 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel for V-22B Block C Aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.13 billion.

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Baker Aviation Promotes Ray Goyco, Jr. To President

Joined The Company In 2012 As Chief Operating Officer

North Texas aircraft maintenance, management, and charter company Baker Aviation has announced the appointment of Ray Goyco, Jr. to the role of President. Goyco joined Baker Aviation in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer and has successfully implemented a fast-track business plan to grow and expand the Addison, Texas based maintenance facility.

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Gulfstream Names Fabio Rebello Regional Senior VP International Sales

Aviation Veteran Responsible For Sales In Latin America And Florida

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has appointed Fabio Rebello as regional senior vice president, International Sales, Florida and Latin America. He reports to Scott Neal, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and Marketing. 

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Airline, Deceased Pilot Named In Lawsuit By Sole Survivor

Plane Had Encountered Icing In A Blizzard In Canada

The only person to survive an accident which occurred on January 10, 2012 has sued Keystone Air Service and the estate of the pilot of the airplane who was fatally injured in the accident. Brian Shead claims the pilot did not have the necessary experience to fly in the conditions described as a "blizzard" near North Spirit Lake in Ontario.

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Aero-TV: EAA AT NBAA 2013 -- Jack Pelton on Flight Training, LSAs, and BizAv

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell Interviews EAA’s Jack Pelton

At the 2013 NBAA convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell interviews EAA’s Jack Pelton. As usual, Jim knows the right questions to ask. Jim starts his questioning by asking Jack why EAA is at the NBAA convention. Pelton’s response is that EAA is not a business aircraft organization; it’s for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and that’s part of NBAA.

Aero-TV: EAA AT NBAA 2013 -- Jack Pelton on Flight Training, LSAs, and BizAv

ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell Interviews EAA’s Jack Pelton

At the 2013 NBAA convention, ANN CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell interviews EAA’s Jack Pelton. As usual, Jim knows the right questions to ask. Jim starts his questioning by asking Jack why EAA is at the NBAA convention. Pelton’s response is that EAA is not a business aircraft organization; it’s for pilots and aviation enthusiasts, and that’s part of NBAA. Because of Pelton’s previous experience with the Cessna Aircraft Company, Jim asked pointed questions about the Sky Catcher and about the remanufacturing of Cessna 172’s to be used as

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Major Changes Coming For Fisher Flying Products

Getting Out Of The Kit Business, But Plans Will Still Be Available

In an open letter, Fisher Flying Products president Paul Riedlinger has announced that the company will no longer be offering airplane kits to new customers, effective immediately. Full size plans will still be available for anyone who wants to build one of the company's 14 models from scratch, and full technical support will continue to be offered.

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GAMA Praises U.S. Appropriations Leaders For Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Strong Funding Of Two Key Programs Recommended In The Legislation

GAMA Wednesday thanked U.S. House and Senate negotiators for recommending robust funding of two key GAMA priorities—the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service and the transition to an unleaded aviation fuel for piston aircraft—in the omnibus appropriations bill.

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JAL Grounds A Dreamliner Following Another Battery Problem

Cell Appeared To Be Leaking, Workers Noticed White Smoke Outside The Airplane

A Japan Airline Dreamliner was grounded Tuesday when workers at Tokyo's Narita International Airport noticed white smoke coming from the airplane, and it was discovered that a battery cell appeared to be leaking.

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Navy Divers Recover Remains Of Missing Pilot

Was Located In Aircraft's Cockpit Late Monday

Navy Divers searching the wreckage of the MH-53E "Sea Dragon" recovered the remains of missing pilot Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder Tuesday.

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Trig Aerobatic Team – Taking To The Skies In 2014

Avionics Company Continuing Sponsorship For The Coming Season

Trig Avionics will continue their sponsorship of the Trig Aerobatic Team for 2014. Last year over 1 million air show spectators witnessed the team’s extreme and close formation flying. The team displays in two Pitts S1-D biplanes - these classic aircraft don’t just feature Trig branding, they also carry Trig Mode S transponders and 8.33 VHF radios.

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American Eagle, ALPA Reach Tentative Agreement

Ten-Year Contract Will Freeze Pay, Increase Health Insurance Premiums, Guarantee New Airplanes

A tentative contract has been reached between American Eagle's pilots union and the regional carrier that will freeze the pilots pay scale and boost what they pay for health insurance, but also guarantees new Embraer 175 airplanes for the carrier.

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First Flight: Aeromarine-LSAs New Zigolo SSDR

Part 103 Compliant Airplane Has Electric Power Option Coming In The Future

Aeromarine-LSA announces the first US flight of the new Zigolo SSDR concept motor-glider. The Zigolo is an FAR Part 103-compliant Single Seat De-Regulated (SSDR) aircraft which means it does not require any pilot’s license, medical, registration, or certification to fly.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.16.14)

"With all of this in mind, I would also like to announce that the company is for sale. With 14 different designs, a huge worldwide customer base of over 4000 people it is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to immerse themselves in the aviation world." Source: Letter from Fisher Flying Products president Paul Riedlinger, announcing major changes with the company.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.16.14): Measured Ceiling

A ceiling classification applied when the ceiling value has been determined by an instrument, such as a ceilometer or ceiling light.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.16.14)

The DC-3 Aviation Museum

Who doesn't love the venerable DC-3? We recall hearing someone say once of this classic "If you sat any further forward your toes would be out in the slipstream."

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