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March 14, 2012

Global Airline Capacity Grows For 10th Consecutive Month

But Continued Tough Trading Conditions In North America Impacts Aviation Markets

The growth in scheduled flights worldwide continues again in March, albeit at a slower rate than in February, with airlines providing 2% more flights. The trend for larger aircraft is set to continue as capacity increases at a higher rate of 3%. This marks the tenth consecutive month of growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics from OAG.

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Boeing Phantom Eye Conducts Medium-Speed Taxi Test

Hydrogen-Powered HALE Aircraft Approaching First Flight

Medium-speed taxi tests are underway on Boeing's Phantom Eye high altitude long endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle. The hydrogen-powered aircraft is designed for persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), and communications. The test was conducted March 10 at Edwards Air Force Base in coordination with the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

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WingX Pro7 Version 6.2 Adds Advanced Features

Passive RADAR Altimeter, Flight Simulation Mode, and Real-Time Descent Profile Information In Latest Version

The latest version of WingX Pro7 features new Passive RADAR Altimeter technology for iPad and iPhone. The Passive RADAR Altimeter displays terrain elevation and the aircraft’s approximate AGL; together with Dynamic Terrain Overlays and Synthetic Vision, Hilton Software says WingX Pro7 continues to significantly reduce the risk of Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT).

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Delta Jet Suffers Significant Damage In Taxi Accident

No Passengers On Board When B737 Slid Off A Taxiway During Maintenance

Delta officials say one of their aircraft was significantly damaged when it slid off a taxiway at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

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Spirit Flight Attendants Say They Are Prepared To Strike

National Mediation Board Asked To Define Negotiations' End Date

Flight Attendants for Spirit Airlines have officially requested a process that would encourage reaching an agreement or a strike deadline. On Friday, AFA asked the National Mediation Board (NMB) to declare that negotiations are at an impasse and requested a proffer of arbitration. This step is required prior to setting a 30-day cooling-off period, the time during which intense negotiations typically take place and lead to an agreement or a strike.

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Bell Helicopter Signs Contract With Turkish National Police

Aircraft Slated For Use In Multiple Roles

The Turkish National Police have agreed to the purchase of 15 Bell 429 helicopters with deliveries to begin in May 2013. The Bell 429 was selected after an extensive evaluation period during which members of the Turkish National Police Undersecretariat for Defence Industries SSM and Turkish Aeronautical Industries (TAI) visited several large helicopter OEM's in North America and Europe.

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Flight Attendants At Hawaiian Reach Tentative Agreement

Negotiations Facilitated By NMB Resulted In The Deal

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) at Hawaiian Airlines announced Monday they have reached a tentative agreement with management. The agreement was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) utilizing a "Facilitated Problem Solving" approach to negotiations.

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Three European Projects Validate Fuel Savings Measures

AIRE Trials Supported By Airbus

Three Airbus-supported projects in the Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE) have demonstrated how improved ground operations and air traffic management procedures can contribute to reductions in fuel consumption for the air transport industry. One element in this second wave of European AIRE flight trials were the Transatlantic Green Flights, using Air France’s A380 in service between New York and Paris.

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Iraqi Air Chief Sees Son Graduate From USAF Pilot Training

Air Force Chief Of Staff Among The Speakers At Graduation Ceremony

The top generals from the U.S. Air Force and Iraq Air Force united here March 9 to award silver wings to 23 of the countries' newest pilots. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Iraqi Air Force Commander Staff Lt. Gen. Anwer Hamad Amin Ahmad were the keynote speakers at the graduation ceremony for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Class 12-06, which included one Iraqi officer ... Anwer's son Capt. Mohammed Hama Ameen.

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Despite Recent Setbacks, Russia Sets Sights On The Moon, Mars

Reportedly Plans A Manned Lunar Mission By 2030

Roscosomos will send cosmonauts to the moon by 2030, according to a plan presented to the government earlier this month. While the mission statement does not reveal any financial details, it does outline plans for a manned lunar mission and the establishment of research stations on Mars in cooperation with other nations.

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AD: Burl A. Rogers (TC Previously Held by William Brad Mitchell and Aeronca)

AD NUMBER: 2012-04-10

PRODUCT: Burl A. Rogers (type certificate previously held by William Brad Mitchell and Aeronca, Inc.) Models 15AC and S15AC airplanes.

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AD: Airbus A320 Family Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-04-11

PRODUCT: Certain A320 Family Airplanes

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Aero-TV: Re-Shaping Flight Training -- How Skyport is 'Doing it Differently'

With The Failing Business Model Of "Old" Flight Training Fading Away... Who Will Lead The Way To The New???
 
ANN has expended a great deal of time and energy examining the fact that they way that we, as aviators, have been doing business all wrong and come to the conclusion that we have a fading failing action model that simply does NOT fit the times. If that's the case, though, WHERE will the NEW models come from? One exciting place to look is in the direction of Texas, where the Redbird Experiment is underway and showing GREAT promise. 

Aero-TV: Re-Shaping Flight Training -- How Skyport is 'Doing it Differently'

With The Failing Business Model Of "Old" Flight Training Fading Away... Who Will Lead The Way To The New???

ANN has expended a great deal of time and energy examining the fact that the way that we, as aviators, have been doing business is all wrong -- and come to the conclusion that we have a fading failing action model that simply does NOT fit the times. If that's the case, though, WHERE will the NEW models come from? One exciting place to look is in the direction of Texas, where the Redbird Experiment is underway and showing GREAT promise.

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Airbus, European Aviation Leaders Urge EU To Find ETS Solution

Enders: China Has Already Suspended Airbus Orders Worth $12 Billion

In joint letters, Airbus, Air Berlin, Air France, British Airways, Iberia, Lufthansa, MTU Aero Engines, Safran and Virgin Atlantic have called upon Prime Ministers David Cameron (UK), Francois Fillon (F), Angela Merkel (GE) and Mariano Rajoy (Sp) to take action and stop an escalating trade conflict with China and other countries opposing the European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

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Materials Shortage Prompts Furloughs At HBC

Workers To Be Idled On A Rolling Basis Over The Next 30-60 Days

A shortage of composite materials is the reason behind a series of rolling furloughs affecting workers involved in the assembly of Hawker Premier 1A and 4000 business jets, according to a company spokeswoman.

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ATSB Releases Final Report On Two A380 Oil Pipe Malfunctions

Leak Similar To One Which Led To An Uncontained Engine Failure In 2010

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has released its final report incidents which occurred on two separate Qantas A380s involving oil leaks in the airplane's Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engines. The leaks were similar to the one identified as the probable cause of an uncontained engine failure on a Qantas A380 in November, 2010.

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NTSB Releases Factual Report On 2011 Double-Fatal Accident

Fort Wayne, IN Surgeon And Wife Fatally Injured, 16-Year-Old Son Survived

The FAA has released a factual report for an accident which occurred on June 24th of last year in which a noted Indiana neurosurgeon and his wife were fatally injured. Their 16-year-old son, who was also aboard the Beech Bonanza when it went down, was critically injured in the accident. The weather was reported to be IFR, but the pilot held a valid instrument certificate and according to his logbook had performed 19 instrument approaches since his last proficiency check June 25, 2010.

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Record-Setting Astronaut Lopez-Alegria Departs NASA

Flew Four Missions And Performed 10 Spacewalks During His Career

Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA's most experienced spacewalker and the American holding the record for the single longest spaceflight mission, has left the agency. Lopez-Alegria flew on four missions and performed 10 spacewalks during his career. He most recently served in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston as assistant director for the International Space Station (ISS).

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Air Canada Pilots Choose New Chair Of Governing Council

Captain Jean-Marc Bélanger Has 33 Years In The Cockpit For The Airline

The Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA) today elected Captain Jean-Marc Bélanger as Chair for the remainder of its two-year term. As Chair, Captain Bélanger will preside over MEC meetings and act as the pilots' principle representative to Air Canada on employment matters, including negotiation and administration of their collective agreement.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.14.12)

"The aim must be to find a compromise solution and to have these punitive trade measures stopped before it is too late." Source: Letter from European aviation industry CEOs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.12): Go Around

Instructions for a pilot to abandon his/her approach to landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.12)

The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

The purpose of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association is to promote the growth of sport flying in foot-launchable soaring aircraft.

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