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November 15, 2012

U.S. House Passes McCaskill-Thune On First Day Back From Recess

Bill Would Prevent U.S.-Flagged Carriers From Abiding By EU-ETS

The announcement by the European Climate Commission that it would be pushing back the full implementation of the EU-ETS on Monday did not deter members of the U.S. House of Representatives from overwhelmingly approving a plan by U.S. Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and John Thune (R-SD), which the bill's authors say would protect American consumers and jobs from a European Union tax on the U.S. airline industry. The measure, which cleared the Senate before the election, passed on a voice vote in the House and now heads to President Obama's desk.

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Airbus, EADS, ENN Push For A New Generation Of Aviation Fuels

Speeding Up Commercialization And Production, Test Flights In 2013

Airbus, EADS Innovation Works and Chinese bio-energy company ENN have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the China International Air Show in Zhuhai. The partners aim to explore innovative solutions for alternative aviation fuels.

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Dassault Falcon Practical Training Program Graduates 300th Trainee

System Allows Participants To Work On Actual Production Aircraft

Dassault Falcon's Certified Practical Training Program has passed the 300th trainee mark. Mr. Wu Jian Ming from Business Aviation Asia, based in China, was the 300th participant. By using real production aircraft and actual work cards, the Practical Training Program puts students in real-life maintenance and trouble-shooting conditions, providing a smooth transition from required theoretical training and simulator training.

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Industry, Government Officials Speak At NATA Aviation Business Roundtable

EADS North America Chairman And CEO Sean O'Keefe Was Keynote Speaker

NATA's annual Aviation Business Roundtable brought key executives in the industry together with some of the most influential decision makers in Washington, D.C., for a two-day event this week. The high-level meetings were held to discuss critical financial and political issues affecting the aviation business community.

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Interjet Signs Purchase Agreement For 40 A320neo Airplanes

Mexican Airline Latest In Latin America To Select The Re-Engined Airbus

Mexican low-cost carrier and all-Airbus operator Interjet signed a purchase agreement for 40 A320neo aircraft. Interjet will announce the aircraft’s engine selection at a later date. The A320neo has over 95 percent airframe commonality making it an easy fit for Interjet’s fleet of 36 A320s. Later this month, Interjet will receive an additional A320 aircraft.

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NBAA Applauds Business Aviation's Sandy 'Airlift'

Encourages Continued Support for Coordination Efforts

The NBAA on Wednesday recognized the business aviation community’s impressive response to the devastation produced by “Superstorm” Sandy in the northeast, and encouraged Association Members to continue providing assets, supplies and cash contributions to humanitarian groups.

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Azerbaijan Airlines Buys Six E-Jets

Deliveries Expected In Third Quarter 2013

Embraer has signed a firm order of four Embraer 190s jets with Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL), the national carrier of Azerbaijan. Deliveries are planned to start in the third quarter of 2013. The total value of the deal is USD 180.8 million, at list price, which will be included in Embraer’s fourth quarter of 2012 backlog.

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COMAC, Bombardier Announce Launch Of Phase II Agreement

Covers Program Commonalities Between C919 And CSeries Aircraft

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd (COMAC) and Bombardier Inc. say they have successfully completed Phase I of the the definitive agreement signed on March 21, 2012, covering program commonalities between the C919 and CSeries aircraft, and the launch of the second phase.

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New C919 Orders Drive LEAP Engines Past 4,300 Units

COMAC To Power New Single-Aisle Aircraft With The CFM Powerplant

CFM International’s LEAP family continues to be the engines of choice for next-generation single-aisle aircraft. The order for 50 LEAP-1C-powered C919 aircraft announced by COMAC at the Zhuhai Air Show pushed total LEAP engine orders and commitments to 4,352 engines at a list price value of more than $52 billion.

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Spring Expands CFM56-5B Fleet With $40 Million Engine Order

Adding Two Additional A320 Aircraft

China’s Spring Airlines has signed the agreement with CFM International for CFM56-5B engines to power two new Airbus A320 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $40 million at list prices, and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of the first aircraft in January 2014 and the second aircraft in July 2014.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Division Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-16

PRODUCT: All Pratt & Whitney Division PW4050, PW4052, PW4056, PW4060, PW4060A, PW4060C, PW4062, PW4062A, PW4152, PW4156, PW4156A, PW4158, PW4160, PW4460, PW4462, and PW4650 turbofan engines, including models with any dash number suffix.

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AD: PIAGGIO AERO INDUSTRIES S.p.A Airplanes (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 2003-17-03 R1

PRODUCT: Certain Piaggio Aero Industries S.p.A. Model P-180 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.15.12

The US House Moves To Block the EU Emissions Tax…

Cessna to Venture Into the China BizJet Market… 

NTSB Seeks Safer Skies on the

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Aero-TV: Completing The King Air -- Elliott Aviation's G1000/MD302 Panel

A Truly Comprehensive King Air Panel, Done Right by Elliott Aviation

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics pulled the wraps off an amazingly gifted new standby system at this year's NBAA Convention with the introduction of their MD302 SAM (Standby Attitude Module). Knowing a good thing when they see it, the folks at Ellliott Aviation were among the first adopters with an STC for installation that serves as part of its Garmin G1000 avionics upgrade in King Air aircraft. Elliott Aviation expects to receive FAA certification for the MD302 SAM installation by year end.

Aero-TV: Completing The King Air -- Elliott Aviation's G1000/MD302 Panel

A Truly Comprehensive King Air Panel, Done Right by Elliott Aviation

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics pulled the wraps off an amazingly gifted new standby system at this year's NBAA Convention with the introduction of their MD302 SAM (Standby Attitude Module). Knowing a good thing when they see it, the folks at Ellliott Aviation were among the first adopters with an STC for installation that serves as part of its Garmin G1000 avionics upgrade in King Air aircraft. Elliott Aviation expects to receive FAA certification for the MD302 SAM installation by year end.

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Airport Surface Operations, GA Safety On NTSB Most Wanted List

Board Says It Sees The Same Issues While Investigating GA Accidents 'Time After Time'

Aviation issues make up only two of the ten items on the NTSB's 'Most Wanted' list, released by the Board Wednesday, but Airport Surface Operation Safety captured the number one spot on the list. "We're releasing the list now so it is available to policymakers at the state and federal levels as well as industry groups as they craft their priorities for 2013," NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman said.

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ALPA Gives 'Qualified Support' To NTSB Most Wanted List

Airports Council Welcomes Infrastructure Investment Recommendation

In a statement released shortly after the NTSB's "Most Wanted List" was made public, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) expressed qualified support for the list, but the union said that with cargo pilots due to receive a lower level of protection from aircrew fatigue than their passenger counterparts, ongoing concerns about pilot fatigue remain.

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Cessna, CAIGA Sign Contract For Joint Venture

Will Assemble And Sell Citation XLS+ Business Jets In China

Cessna has entered into a joint venture contract with China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Company Ltd. (CAIGA), in accordance with their previously announced strategic agreement, for the formation of a joint venture company to conduct final assembly of Cessna Citation XLS+ aircraft in China for the Chinese market.

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SpaceX Tests Grasshopper Rocket In Two-Story Hop

Vehicle Recovery System Flew To An Altitude Of Just Under 20 Feet, Hovered For A Brief Period

SpaceX’s Grasshopper – a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle -- rose nearly two stories off the ground in an 8-second duration test hop conducted on November 1. The rocket rose 17.7 feet, hovered, and touched back down safely on the pad at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

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Markus Bucher Takes Over As CEO Of Pilatus Aircraft

Succeeds Oscar Schwenk, Who Remains As Chairman Of The Board

At the meeting of the Board of Directors of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd on Monday, members voted to elect Markus Bucher as the new CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board with as of January 1, 2013. He will take over from Oscar J. Schwenk, who will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors with responsibility for the strategic management of the company.

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Last Flying B-29 Grounded, Faces Costly Repair

'Keep FIFI Flying' Campaign Launched To Get B-29 Back In The Air

During the last airshow flight of the season, the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, experienced an engine problem. The crew returned the airplane safely to the ground, but it was soon determined that FIFI's number two engine would need major repairs.

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Accident Fatally Injures Three CAP Mississippi Wing Officers

Airplane Went Down In A Residential Neighborhood Tuesday Evening

An accident Tuesday involving a Piper PA-32 Cherokee 6 resulted in the fatal injury of three Civil Air Patrol Mississippi Wing members – Col. John E. Tilton Jr., former member of Civil Air Patrol’s Board of Governors and Alabama Wing and Southeast Region commander; the Mississippi Wing’s standardization/evaluation officer, Lt. Col. David Williams; and Capt. William C. Young, finance officer for the Maj. James McKinnie Composite Squadron

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.15.12)

“The European Union seems not to have noticed that it is not sovereign in the United States and has no right to levy taxes here.” Source: Representative Thomas Petri (R-WI) on passage of the McCaskill-Thune bill in the House.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.15.12): Jet Stream Cirrus

A loose term for filamentous cirrus that appears to radiate from a point in the sky, and exhibits characteristics associated with strong vertical wind shear, such as twisted or curved filaments.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.15.12)

Naval Air Systems Command

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is a United States Navy command, headquartered in Patuxent River, MD with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight principal continental United States sites and one site overseas.

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