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March 24, 2012

Cessna, AVIC Join Forces To Develop Aviation In China

Companies Will Pursue GA And Biz Av Ventures In The Region

Two strategic agreements signed by officials of Cessna and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) could lead to the joint development of general and business aviation in the People's Republic of China. The agreements together pave the way for a range of business jets, utility single-engine turboprops and single-engine piston aircraft to be manufactured and certified in China.

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FAA Still Developing Digital Charting Products Proposal

Has Not Finalized Proposal, Completion Date, Or Implementation Timeline

Late last year, the FAA developed a draft proposal to address security, safety and cost recovery issues for paper and digital electronic products.  The FAA’s AeroNav Products Directorate hosted a session with authorized aeronautical chart agents, application developers, and representative stakeholder groups such as NBAA, AOPA, and GAMA on December 13, 2011, to gather feedback and ideas about the draft proposal.

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FAA Official Predicts Space Tourism Within Two Years

Statement Comes In Testimony Concerning Office Of Commercial Space FY13 Budget

In testimony before a U.S. House subcommittee considering the FY2013 budget for the FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation, or AST, the Associate Administrator in charge of the office said that he expects space tourism to get underway within the next two years.

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Airbus CEO Calls On EU To Freeze Carbon Emissions Plan

Reiterates That As Many As 2,000 Airbus-Related Jobs Are At Stake

In a speech to an industry meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, Airbus CEO Tom Enders has reiterated his call for the EU to freeze its Emissions Trading System (ETS), saying it could cost as many as 2,000 jobs.

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Lisa Airplanes Carries On Its Successful Series Of Test Runs For Akoya S-LSA

Freezes The Materials Choices For The  Aircraft

In preparation for the S-LSA American certification, Lisa Airplanes is continuing its series of test runs at both Chambery-Savoy Airport and Bourget Lake. Meanwhile, the French company is completing its industrial process and unveils its technological choices regarding materials.

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AMR Corp. Says It May Ask A Judge To Void Union Contracts

Lead Lawyer Says He Does Not Expect A Compromise To Be Reached

Lawyers handling American Airlines' bankruptcy case say the airline may soon ask a judge to throw out its union contracts if the carrier and its labor organizations are unable to reach cost-cutting deals.

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DOT IG Tells Congress Many First Officers Short Of 1,500 Hour Requirement

Revelation Comes During Testimony Before A Senate Subcommittee

Answering questions during testimony before the Senate transportation subcommittee on aviation, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said that three-quarters of the first officers flying for two regional airlines recently visited by federal officials do not meet the new 1,500 hour standard soon to be imposed by the FAA.

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Russian Airliner Flies With Open Access Panel

Several Passengers Reportedly Demanded To Be Let Off The Plane Before Departure

A Russian Boeing 737 flying for a private airline reportedly made a trip from Moscow to Siberia with an open engine access panel on one of the wings, and there are conflicting reports about an aborted takeoff on the flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.24.12)

"Based on market studies, we expect to see this type of activity result in a billion dollar industry within the next 10 years." Source: Congressional testimony of Dr. George C. Nield, Associate FAA Adminisrator, Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.24.12): Breakout

A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream. In the context of close parallel operations, a breakout is used to direct threatened aircraft away from a deviating aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.24.12)

Beechcraft Heritage Museum

The Beechcraft Heritage Museum is a distinctly original one-of-a-kind, “living and working” aviation museum that traces the lineage of the Beechcraft family of airplanes.

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