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November 06, 2012

Bendix/King Rounds Out Its Executive Team

Nick Bogner Tapped As VP Of Engineering

Nick Bogner has joined the Bendix/King leadership team as the Vice President of Engineering, Test and Certification. Nick joins Bendix/King after 12 years at Dynon Avionics, where he was Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Engineering.

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Pilot Makes Post-Crash Video Floating On The Gulf Of Mexico

Events Lead To Major Donation To His Aviation-Focused Charity

A pilot who ditched his airplane in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Lousiana had the presence of mind to grab his iPad as he was getting out of the sinking airplane. While floating in the water with the person who had been his passenger in the airplane, he made a 1 minute 22 second video with the device, which he said he didn't think anyone would ever see. Pilot T.R. Wright said making the video was just a "way to pass the time."

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Community College Aircraft Maintenance Program Closed After FAA Inspection

Issues With Record-Keeping Discovered By The Agency

The Academy at Shawnee's Aviation Maintenance Technology program has been temporarily shut down following an FAA inspection which turned up issues with record-keeping. The program coordinator has been removed by the Jefferson Community and Technical College and Jefferson County (KY) Public Schools, but he is still considered an employee of the school system.

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AAR Wins 3rd Year Extension For Airlift Support Of U.S. DoD

Largest Airlift Provider In Afghanistan Supports Military And NATO Operations

The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has exercised a renewal option for AAR Airlift to continue its airlift support in Afghanistan. The renewal is tied to one of several contracts AAR has with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide fixed and rotary wing airlift support in the region. The option has a value of approximately $161 million and is part of a contract originally awarded to AAR in October 2010.

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Brazilian Navy EC725 Helicopters To Get Advanced Mission Avionics

Cassidian Joins Forces With ATECH To Provide Tactical Data Management System Ensures Maritime Surveillance And Safety Of Helicopter Crews

New EC725 helicopters of the Brazilian Navy will be equipped with an advanced mission management system through an agreement between EADS defense defence and security division Cassidian and Brazilian systems specialist ATECH of São Paulo.

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Helicopter Incident Takes Center Stage In Michigan Election

Sheriff's Office Aircraft Was Used To Disperse A Car Show Crowd

A lawsuit stemming from the use of an Oakland County, MI, sheriff's helicopter to disperse a crowd during a car show has become an issue in the local election for Sheriff. The challenger, Democrat Jane Bordueau, issued a series of news releases over the weekend publicizing the suit in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican Michael Bouchard.

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Judge Rules NASA Employee Not Fired For Religious Beliefs

JPL Says Computer Specialist Let Go For Poor Attitude, Lack Of Skills

A Los Angeles judge has handed down a temporary ruling in favor of NASA's JPL in a case involving a former employee who claims he was fired because of his religious beliefs.

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Long-Time Colorado Aviator Inducted Into CO Aviation Hall Of Fame

Took His First Plane Ride In 1933

Jack Grenier's love of aviation began at age 13 when his father took he and his sister to the Minneapolis airport where a group of barnstormers was selling airplane rides. His sister got that first ride, as his dad could only afford one, but Greiner was undaunted. He returned as often as he could to sell tickets for the barnstormers in exchange for a small commission ... and airplane rides.

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Potential Aerospace Industry Workforce Learning From Flight Sims

Fly To Learn And Real World Design Challenge Promoting STEM Education

Fly To Learn, Powered by X-Plane and Real World Design Challenge have teamed together to promote aviation, engineering design opportunities to middle school and high school students preparing them in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Couple Takes Vows In The Air ... Skydives Into Their Honeymoon

Both Jumped With An Instructor Following The Airborne Ceremony

A couple in Utah wanted to do something a little different for their wedding, so they hopped into the back of an airplane, exchanged vows at 13,000 feet, and then exited the aircraft ... each strapped to a skydiving instructor as they plunged into matrimony.

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Inter-County Lawsuit May Have Had Unintended Consequences

Publicized Name Change Of An Airport In Hernando County, FL

The Hillsborough Aviation Authority may have unwittingly lent a helping hand to a competing airport in Hernando County, FL, when they filed a lawsuit challenging the new name of the airport in the neighboring county.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.06.12

 A Well Publicized Warbird Scam Takes a Dangerous Turn

Two Atlanta Policemen Die in a Helo Crash…

And “We’ve been Hit by an Airplane!

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Airborne 11.06.12: Air Combat Scam Intensifies, NBAA2012 Wraps, Airport Fence Feud

Also: ALPA Talks Movies, IS&S New Cockpit, RC Terrorist Gets Jail,

ANN has learned that the fake fighter combat adventures offered by aviation's best known scam artist David Riggs have taken a new and dangerous turn. Neither Superstorm Sandy or a campaign visit by President Obama could derail the NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention  which Association President and CEO Ed Bolen termed “a very good show.” Nothing helps a company working its way out of bankruptcy more than a positive order book. With that in mind Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced recently that it has signed orders for nine new Beechcraft products with a total value of more than $34 million. All this... and MORE in today's episode of Airborne!!!

Aero-TV: Bob Showalter's NBAA 2012 -- At The Busiest FBO In America

Orlando Exec Was One Of The Busiest Airports In The World During The 2012 NBAA Convention

Last week was intense... hundreds of BizJets, thousands of NBAA attendees and so MUCH to cover.... and while ANN's workload was intense, it paled in comparison to that undertaken by the very busy folks of Showalter Flying Service, Host FBO for this year's convention.

Airborne 11.06.12: Air Combat Scam Intensifies, NBAA12 Wraps, Airport Fence Feud

Also: ALPA Talks Movies, IS&S New Cockpit, RC Terrorist Gets Jail,

ANN has learned that the fake fighter combat adventures offered by aviation's best known scam artist David Riggs have taken a new and dangerous turn. Neither Superstorm Sandy or a campaign visit by President Obama could derail the NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention  which Association President and CEO Ed Bolen termed “a very good show.” Nothing helps a company working its way out of bankruptcy more than a positive order book. With that in mind Hawker Beechcraft Corporation announced recently that it has signed orders for nine new Beechcraft products w

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Aero-TV: Bob Showalter's NBAA 2012 -- At The Busiest FBO In America

Orlando Exec Was One Of The Busiest Airports In The World During The 2012 NBAA Convention

Last week was intense... hundreds of BizJets, thousands of NBAA attendees, and so MUCH to cover.... and while ANN's workload was intense, it paled in comparison to that undertaken by the very busy folks of Showalter Flying Service, Host FBO for this year's convention. Worst of all, though, was the uncertainty. A hurricane off the coast and a massive Presidential TFR combined to make the week of NBAA an uncertain and chaotic one, indeed. But, they persevered... as they always have, and NBAA 2012's "ground game" turned out to be one of the event's smoothest running

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Two Atlanta Police Officers Fatally Injured In Helo Accident

Had Been Searching For A Missing Child When They Impacted A Power Pole

The City of Atlanta Police Department (APD) lost two officers in a helicopter crash late Saturday night. The Department’s Air Unit had been called to assist with a search for a missing 9-year-old boy in northwest Atlanta when witnesses said the helicopter lost control and impacted the ground around 2230 local time.

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Mediator Comments On Work Stoppage At Bombardier

Statement By FMCS Director George H. Cohen On Bombardier Learjet, IAMAW Local 639 Labor Talks

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued a statement Friday regarding the current work stoppage involving Bombardier Learjet and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Local 639 in Wichita, Kansas.

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Boeing, ALAFCO Firms Up Order For 20 Boeing 737 MAXs

Planemaker Has Nearly 900 Orders For The Re-Engined Single-Aisle Airplane

Boeing and Kuwait airplane leasing company ALAFCO finalized an order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s valued at $2.0 billion at current list price. The order was first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July.

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Car Crossing Runway Struck By Landing Airplane

Couple In The Car Said They Did Not See The Cessna On Approach

A student pilot in Texas on his first solo struck a car that was crossing the threshold of an active runway, resulting in extensive damage to both the car and the airplane ... and the accident was caught on video by the pilot's wife. Only minor injuries were associated with the accident.

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NTSB Prelim Indicates Cirrus Pilot Had 'Lost Control' Of The Airplane

Deployed Airframe Parachute After Missing An Instrument Approach

The NTSB's preliminary report associated with an October 6th, 2012 accident involving a Cirrus SR22 airplane indicates that the pilot said he "lost control" of the airplane after missing an instrument approach to Birmingham International Airport (KBHM). The pilot deployed the airplanes emergency parachute, and survived the accident with minor injuries. A passenger on board suffered serious injuries, but also survived.

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Horizon Air, Pilots Tentatively Agree On Six-Year Contract Extension

Ratification Vote Expected In December

Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced Friday they have reached tentative agreement to extend the current contract for the carrier's 610 pilots for six years.

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NASA Rover Finds Clues To Changes In Mars' Atmosphere

Finds Heavier Isotopes Have Been Retained, Affecting Planet's Evolution

NASA's car-sized rover, Curiosity, has taken significant steps toward understanding how Mars may have lost much of its original atmosphere. Learning what happened to the Martian atmosphere will help scientists assess whether the planet ever was habitable. The present atmosphere of Mars is 100 times thinner than Earth's.

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Quicksilver Earns Multiple Kit Approvals From FAA

Recent FAA Review Shows Company Ready To Deliver

When Quicksilver Manufacturing became Quicksilver Aeronautics earlier in 2012, the ownership change for the Temecula, California company triggered a requirement to prove the company’s kits meet the provisions of Experimental Amateur Built category. Quicksilver is pleased to announce several kits received their letter of authorization from the FAA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.06.12)

"Since we reviewed the company very carefully upon taking over the management, we were sure we met the standards, but rules dictate that we go through the KET process.” Source: Quicksilver operations chief Daniel Perez.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.06.12): Delay Assignment (DAS)

Delays are distributed to aircraft based on the traffic management program parameters.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.06.12)

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