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November 30, 2012

SCOTUS Will Not Block AA Passenger Service Union Vote

Balloting Set To Begin Next Week

A request for a hearing before the Supreme Court of the United States by American Airlines in an effort to block its passenger service agents from voting on union representation has been denied by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, allowing a vote to go forward next week.

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South Korea Delays Rocket Launch

Booster Removed From Launch Pad Following 'Technical Problem'

South Korea has been forced to delay a rocket launch that is critical to its efforts to develop a domestic satellite launch system. The countdown was halted 17 minutes before the spacecraft was to have launched Thursday.

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Airbus Increases A330 Takeoff-Weight Capability

Extra Fuel Capacity Extends Range By Around 500nm At Full Passenger Payload

Airbus has increased the maximum take-off weight (MTOW) capability of the A330-200 and -300 models to 266 tons, along with an increased fuel capacity option for the -300 that will be available for operators in 2015.  

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NOAA's Next Generation Geostationary Satellite Program Successfully Reviewed

External Audit Of Weather Satellite Program Moves New Spacecraft Closer To 2015 Launch

The GOES-R Series Program, which is leading the effort to replace and upgrade NOAA’s existing fleet of geostationary satellites that track severe weather across the United States, received a favorable appraisal conducted by an external team of aerospace experts of its preparations to launch the new series, beginning in late 2015.

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AWAM Scholarship Deadline Extended Until Dec 15, 2012

Companies Are Funding Scholarships Totaling Over $100,000

The deadline to apply for many scholarships from the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance (AWAM) has been extended to December 15, 2012.  Last year, 18 scholarships and 34 recipients were awarded a total of $79,520.

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Qantas Becomes A Launch Customer For Airbus’ iPad Electronic Flight Bag

Combining Airbus’ EFB Content With The iPad Tablet

Qantas has become a launch customer for the ‘FlySmart with Airbus’ cockpit applications on iPad. These ‘Electronic Flight Bag’ (EFB) applications will be used by all pilots in the airline who fly Airbus aircraft.

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Delta To Close NC Private Jet Facility

Airline Consolidating Operations In Cincinnati Area

Delta Airlines had informed the North Carolina Department of Commerce that it plans to close a facility near Kinston southeast of Raleigh and consolidate its private jet operations near Cincinnati. The move will cost about 50 people their jobs.

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FAA Grants STC For EC130 Fresh Air Vent Kits

DART Helicopter Services Approved For Ventilation Installation

The FAA has approved Fresh Air Vent Kits for EC130 model helicopters manufactured by DART Helicopter Services. EASA approval is already underway and is expected to be received by end of fourth quarter. Transport Canada approval is expected first quarter of 2013.

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Biggest Black Hole Blast Discovered

New ESO Observations Reveal Most Powerful Quasar Outflow Ever Found

Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) have discovered a quasar with the most energetic outflow ever seen, at least five times more powerful than any that have been observed to date.

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Dutch Training Center Granted EASA Part-147 Approval

Facility Prepares Mechanics For International Careers

After five years of hard work, the National Aviation Authority of the Netherlands has granted the EASA Part-147 approval Certificate for Basic Training to the Aviation Competence Center (ACC).

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AD: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-13

PRODUCT: Sikorsky Model S-70, S-70A, and S-70C helicopters, which are restricted category helicopters derived from the military Model UH-60 helicopter.

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-24-01

PRODUCT: Certain serial number (S/N) Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) TAY 620-15 turbofan engines.

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Airborne 11.30.12: Riggs Loses Again, 406 ELTs, Flawless Legacy 500 First Flight

Also: Bombardier Big Bucks, Huerta Unblocked, Cessna/CAIGA, Anti-EU-ETS Law, X47B Carrier Quals, Missing Moon Rocks Found

David G Riggs, quickly assuming the aura of aviation's best known crook and con-man, has lost another battle with the Feds... this time, namely, the NTSB and the FAA. FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta recently issued an Emergency Order commanding Riggs to surrender his pilot certificate but Riggs filed an appeal with the NTSB claiming, among other things, that the flights questioned in the Emergency Order were legal as they were performed under a “Movie Waiver.” However the FAA has repeatedly ruled that the filming of ‘personal hero’ or ‘aviation thrill’ videos do not qualify under the conventional cinematic waivers.

New Controversy Emerges Over 'AOPA Holding Corporation'

Michael Skarzynski, Accused Of Lying To Congress in 2009-2010, To Advise/Lead AOPA Investment Scheme

Just about the time that we thought/hoped that the worst of the recent AOPA scandals were behind us comes some puzzling information that confirms the prior ANN reports of AOPA's intent to get involved as an investment group, under a separate legal entity... but the latest details reveal that it will do so under the leadership of a man who allegedly had to resign a prior leadership position (CEO) after he was accused of lying to Congress.

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Airborne 11.30.12: Riggs Loses Again, 406 ELTs, Flawless Legacy 500 First Flight

Also: Bombardier Big Bucks, Huerta Unblocked, Cessna/CAIGA, Anti-EU-ETS Law, X47B Carrier Quals, Missing Moon Rocks Found

David G Riggs, quickly assuming the aura of aviation's best known crook and con-man, has lost another battle with the Feds... this time, namely, the NTSB and the FAA. FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta recently issued an Emergency Order commanding Riggs to surrender his pilot certificate but Riggs filed an appeal with the NTSB claiming, among other things, that the flights questioned in the Emergency Order were legal as they were performed under a “Movie Waiver.” However the FAA has repeatedly ruled that the filming

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Change At The Top Of The House Transportation Committee

PA Representative Bill Shuster To Take Over As Committee Chair

Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has been selected by the House Republican Conference to be the next Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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French Court Overturns Conviction In SST Accident

Judgments Against Continental, Mechanic John Taylor Reversed

A French appellate court has overturned involuntary manslaughter convictions against the former Continental Airlines and mechanic John Taylor stemming from a July 2000 accident involving an Air France Concorde SST. One-hundred-thirteen people were fatally injured when the plane caught fire on takeoff and went down in a residential area.

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FADEC International Signs Joint Venture With GE

Will Provide Digital Controls For LEAP Engines

FADEC International, a BAE Systems and Sagem jointly-owned venture, has established a joint venture with GE to develop, produce, and support the full-authority digital electronic control (FADEC) for aircraft engines and related specialized technologies.

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Klyde Morris 11.30.2012

Something For Which Mr. Huerta Can Be Thankful

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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First Global Aircraft Delivered To NetJets

Company Has 670 Airplanes On Order For Its 'Signature Series'

The first Bombardier Global aircraft has been delivered to Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets, the first of hundreds of airplanes the fractional management company has on order. The airplane is a Global 6000 aircraft, and is the first NetJets Signature Series aircraft to enter the marketplace.

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AAR Corp Duluth Operation Welcomes First Aircraft

First Air Canada Jet In Line For Maintenance At Former Northwest Airlines Facility

Jet aircraft maintenance is once again being performed at the former Northwest Airlines facility in Duluth, MN. AAR Aircraft Services welcomed its first airplane into a refurbished hangar Monday ... an Air Canada A320 in for service.

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Senate Passes Udall Amendment On Military Biofuel Purchase

Removes The Biofuel Restriction From 2013 National Defense Authorization Act

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill sponsored by Colorado Senator Mark Udall (D) removing provisions from the act that would have prevented the Department of Defense from using biofuels except in very limited circumstances.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.30.12)

"Bill Shuster is an experienced and well respected member of our Conference and as the incoming Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee his leadership will be critical to our important work next Congress.” Source: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.12): Fixed Wing

Denotes a heavier than air aircraft that is supported in all phases of flight by the dynamic reaction of the air against its wings.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.30.12)

Ontario Seaplane Association

From the site's homepage: "We are a group of people interested in, pilots of, or owners of seaplanes in Ontario, Canada. Our goal is to promote the social side of seaplane flying in Ontario."

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