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October 23, 2012

Two Fatally Injured In Long Island Accident

Globe Swift Went Down In The Water And Sank In Moriches Inlet

Two people aboard a Globe Swift were fatally injured Saturday when the airplane went down in the water of Moriches Inlet off Long Island, NY. The airplane reportedly sank and became lodged against the pilings of a jetty in about 20 feet of water. It took rescuers about six hours to retrieve the bodies from the aircraft.

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West Virginia Air Show Officials Seek Additional County Assistance

Asks For $22,000 To Help Cover Debts

Officials for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport Air Expo have gone to the Wood County commission seeking additional funding to cover debts incurred by the event. Committee co-chair Donna Rusche has asked the commissioners to allocate an additional $22,000.

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2012 USPA National Skydiving Championships Opens October 25

Country's Top 500 Skydivers Set To Compete In Arizona Beginning Thursday

The top 500 skydivers nationwide are set to compete at the 2012 U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships, the world's largest annual skydiving competition, October 25 through November 3 at Skydive Arizona in Eloy, AZ.

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Analysts See Collapse Of HBC Sale To A Chinese Firm As A Sign Of The Times

Harsh Rhetoric In Presidential Campaign May Have Contributed To The Outcome

U.S. government trade policy and harsh campaign rhetoric on the part of the candidates for President may have contributed to the collapse of a deal to sell Hawker Beechcraft to a Chinese concern, analysts say.

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Air Force Releases RFP For Next Search And Rescue Helicopter

Program Will Replace HH-60G Pave Hawk Aircraft

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition has posted the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of this high priority Air Force acquisition program.

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SAS To Distribute Aero Dynamix’s Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS)

Cockpit Lighting Solutions For S-76 Aircraft

Sikorsky Aerospace Services (SAS) has entered into an exclusive international sales and distribution agreement with Aero Dynamix, Inc. (ADI) of Euless, Texas, to equip Sikorsky S-76 helicopters with ADI’s Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) lighting solutions. Aero Dynamix will manufacture and service the NVIS and components, and SAS will distribute the product and related services.

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World War II B-24, B-17 Will Be In Greenville, SC

P-51 Unable To Make The Trip Due To Mechanical Difficulties

On Friday, October 26th, the “Wings of Freedom Tour” will land at the Greenville Downtown Airport in South Carolina and be on hand at the airport through Sunday, October 28th. This is a rare opportunity to visit, explore, and learn more about these unique and rare treasures of our aviation history.

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A350 XWB Vertical Stab Gets Its Livery

Fresh From The Paint Shop To The Assembly Line

The vertical tail plane of the first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) has just come out of the paint hall in Toulouse sporting the well-known Airbus blue and white livery. This is the first A350 XWB component to be painted in the Airbus livery.

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Elbit Systems To Re-Design Apache Helo 'Brain'

Contract For Mission Processors Valued At $17.5 Million

A contract worth some $17.5 million has been awarded to Elbit Systems of America by Boeing for the redesign and upgrade the Apache Block III AH-64D Mission Processor. The company has received an order for the technology refresh to be performed over five years.

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X-Ray Scanners Disappearing From Larger U.S. Airports

TSA Moving The Older Technology To Terminals That See Fewer Passengers

The old-style X-ray scanners at major U.S. airports like LAX, New York's Kennedy, Chicago's O'Hare, and Orlando International are being quietly replaced with the newer backscatter scanners, according to TSA. The agency says it is doing so to speed up the screening process in heavily-used terminals, and that the older machines are being re-deployed to smaller airports.

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Astronomers Uncover A Surprising Trend In Galactic Evolution

Galaxies Substantially Changed Over The Past 8 Billion Years

A comprehensive study of hundreds of galaxies observed by the Keck telescopes in Hawaii and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has revealed an unexpected pattern of change that extends back 8 billion years, or more than half the age of the universe.

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No Fly List Strands Military Husband In Hawaii

Was Traveling To Japan To Visit His Wife Deployed There

Gulfport, MS, resident Wade Hicks Jr. got an unwelcome surprise when he landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii recently. He was flying on a military flight to Japan to see his wife who is on active duty and deployed there ... but was told during the layover there that he was on the FBI's "No Fly" list, and would not be allowed to continue.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.23.12

Hightower Steps Down at EAA…

TSA’s Newark Firings are Problematic…

Bendix King’s myWingMan Now Available on iTunes…

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Airborne 10.23.12: EAA Prez Resigns, Preparing For NBAA2012, myWingMan Debuts

Also: More TSA Screw-Ups, FAA Delays Seattle Mtg’s, EADS Wants US Mil-Bucks, F35 Fears, Tiger Moth v Cow...

We heard Monday morning that something "huge" was in the works... but this is hardly what we and many at EAA expected... ANN has confirmed that the EAA Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Rod Hightower early Monday. Jack Pelton, recently retired Chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAA. In his role as EAA Chair, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition. Bendix/King's myWingMan application is now available for download from the Apple iTunes Store. Bendix/King developed myWingMan, a flight-planning and inflight navigation support app, 'to

Airborne 10.23.12: EAA Prez Resigns, Preparing For NBAA2012, myWingMan Debuts

Also: More TSA Screw-Ups, FAA Delays Seattle Mtg’s, EADS Wants US Mill-Bucks, F35 Fears, Tiger Moth v Cow...

We heard Monday morning that something "huge" was in the works... but this is hardly what we and many at EAA expected... ANN has confirmed that the EAA Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Rod Hightower early Monday. Jack Pelton, recently retired Chairman, president and CEO of Cessna Aircraft, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of EAA. In his role as EAA Chair, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition. Bendix/King's myWingMan application is now available for download

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Mica On TSA Firings: 'Not A Newark Problem'

Says Issues With Agents Is 'Obviously' System-Wide

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) said reports of the latest TSA security meltdown – 44 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees at Newark Liberty International Airport to be fired or suspended for checked baggage screening failures – sounds like a broken record.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Certain Eurocopter Helicopters

Stems From Premature Failure Of Bearings In The Tail Rotor Assembly

The FAA has issued an Emergency AD (EAD) for certain Eurocopter Model AS350B3 helicopters. The EAD is prompted by premature failures of laminated half-bearings (bearings), three cases of vibrations originating from the tail rotor due to premature failure of bearings installed with certain tail rotor blades, and an accident.

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Lawsuits Settled In 2010 Accident In Palo Alto

Two Employees Of Tesla Motors Fatally Injured When Cessna 310 Went Down

Three lawsuits filed as a result of a February 17, 2010 accident in Palo Alto, CA, have been settled, court documents reveal. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of two employees of Tesla Motors. Terms of the settlements have not been released.

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MD Helicopters Donates Scholarship To ERAU

Award For Transition Training Worth About $10,000

One very accomplished student enrolled in Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Helicopter Specialty degree program will be even more prepared to enter the helicopter industry when they graduate. MD Helicopters generously donated an MD 500 Transition Scholarship to students from the Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science Rotary-Wing program.

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NTSB Prelim Shows Pilots Discussed Fuel Mixture Prior To Lake Tahoe Accident

Engine Shut Down While Airplane Was Taxiing After Landing, Restart Difficult

The pilots aboard a Piper PA-32 Saratoga which went down just after takeoff from Lake Tahoe Airport in August had a discussion with airport personnel about the airport's density altitude and the air-fuel mixture after landing, according to the NTSB's preliminary report.

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NASA C-20A Completes Radar Study Of Pacific Rim Volcanoes

Modified Gulfstream III Made 10 Flights Conducting The Research Over Eight Days

NASA's Airborne Science C-20A aircraft, carrying a specialized synthetic aperture radar, recently completed a mission to study active volcanoes in Alaska, Aleutian Islands and Japan in early October. The aircraft, a modified version of the Gulfstream III business jet, made 10 flights totaling more than 50 hours during the eight-day campaign.

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Court Blocks SEA-TAC Aircraft Refuelers' Strike

Workers Have Not Been Through A Dispute Resolution Process Required Under Federal Law

Workers who refuel airplanes at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport may not walk off their jobs, a federal judge has ruled, because they have not been through any federally-mandated dispute resolution process.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.23.12)

“The unfortunate parade of TSA failures quietly announced at the very end of the week continues. Clearly this is not a Newark problem or a Honolulu problem, or a problem isolated to one or two airports." Source: Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.23.12): Flight Check

A call-sign prefix used by FAA aircraft engaged in flight inspection/certification of navigational aids and flight procedures.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.23.12)

Flight Safety Foundation

An independent, non-profit, international organization engaged in research, education, advocacy and publishing to improve aviation safety.

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