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November 22, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.22.13

EAA Pans Sleep Apnea Testing…

The Government Shutdown Was Costly to General Aviation…

The FCC To Consider Phoning Home While In-Flight

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Monmouth Executive Airport Sold

New Owner's Representative Says The Airport Will 'Join The 21st Century'

For 75 years, Ed Brown and later his family has owned and operated Monmouth Executive Airport in eastern New Jersey. But all that has changed with the sale of the airport announced Thursday.

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Analyst Sees Growth In Helicopter Systems Market

Fleet Rationalization, Ongoing Renewal Cycles Cited As Factors

Increasing rationalization of helicopter fleets and the adoption of a "one-size-fits-all" approach to reduce costs and enhance platform capabilities is driving the global military, parapublic and commercial helicopter systems market.

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Navy X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes Carrier Tests

Aircraft Evaluated In Higher Wind Conditions Aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt

The Navy concluded another round of carrier testing Nov. 19 to further demonstrate and evaluate the X-47B unmanned air system integration within the aircraft carrier environment. Tests aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) included deck handling, carrier approaches and landings in off-nominal wind conditions, digitized ship systems interfaces, and concept of operations development.

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Boeing, TUI Travel PLC Complete Order For Two 787-8s

Leisure Travel Company Extends Its Dreamliner Order Book To 15 Airplanes

Boeing and TUI Travel PLC ... a leisure travel company ... have completed an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners. The deal, worth $424 million at current list prices, extends TUI Travel's 787 commitment to 15 airplanes. The purchase was originally attributed on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website to an unidentified customer.

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Volocopter Development Progressing

Personal Electric Aircraft Making Autonomous Test Flights

The German company e-volo, together with a network of notable partners from the fields of research and industry, is pressing ahead with the development of the technology for the Volocopter during the next few years.

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Additional Remains Of Air Force Pilot Found

Maj. Troy Gilbert Lost During Combat Operations In Iraq In 2006

Additional remains of an Air Force pilot who died in combat in 2006 in Iraq have been found, service officials announced Nov. 19. Maj. Troy Gilbert was killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq Nov. 27, 2006, while engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations.

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Rover Team Working To Diagnose Electrical Issue

Precautionary Investigation To Identify Source Of Unusual Voltage Changes

Science observations by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have been suspended for a few days while engineers run tests to check possible causes of a voltage change detected on Nov. 17. "The vehicle is safe and stable, fully capable of operating in its present condition, but we are taking the precaution of investigating what may be a soft short," said Mars Science Laboratory Project Manager Jim Erickson at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA.

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LSA Seized By Monroe County, FL Sheriff's Office

Unlicensed Pilot Was Flying An Unregistered Plane

It was a stunt that harkened back to the old barnstorming days when pilots would fly low over a community to entice people to come out to a nearby field for airplane rides. But there were a lot fewer regulations back then.

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Pilot Who Landed On PA Turnpike Hit With Big Bill

Emergency Landing In August Saves Lives But Proves Costly

Pilot Brian Nicholson was flying along minding his own business one day last August when his airplane's engine "clunked and started vibrating very badly," according to the pilot. The plane lost power and Nicholson declared an emergency. He reportedly dodged overpasses and signs on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Route 43) and made as close to a perfect emergency landing as he could.

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JetBlue Plane Diverts To Orlando

Emergency Slide Deployed Inside The Plane In Flight

A JetBlue flight from Fort Myers, FL to Boston, MA was diverted to Orlando Wednesday after one of the plane's emergency slides was activated inside the cabin during the flight.

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Former Army Helicopter Pilot Sentenced For Theft Of Military Equipment

Will Spend Three Years In Federal Prison, Three Years On Supervised Release

A former helicopter pilot stationed at Fort Bragg, NC was sentenced to three years in federal prison last Friday for his part in the theft of $1.3 million of military equipment while deployed overseas.

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Airborne 11.22.13: AEA 3Q/13 Avionics Market, FAA v Fat Aviators, Lear 75 Cert

Also: B777X Launch Record, Deadstick Landing Bill, B737 Down, Super Legend, Boeing To Hunt For New Plane Building Site?

The Aircraft Electronics Association announced its third quarter Avionics Market Report for this year. In the months of July, August and September 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.72 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report. The FAA, which many industry insiders claim is out of control already due to other issues, is preparing new guidelines for its medical examiners that could disqualify many pilots because of their Body Mass Index, also known as BMI. Neck size is an indicator that the body mass index may exceed FAA limits. Ralph Acs, VP and General Manager, Learjet, Bombardier B

Airborne 11.22.13: AEA 3Q/13 Avionics Market, FAA v Fat Aviators, Lear 75 Cert

Also: B777X Launch Record, Deadstick Landing Bill, B737 Down, Super Legend, Boeing To Hunt For New Plane Building Site?

The Aircraft Electronics Association announced its third quarter Avionics Market Report for this year. In the months of July, August and September 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to more than $1.72 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report. The FAA, which many industry insiders claim is out of control already due to other issues, is preparing new guidelines for its medical examiners that could disqualify many pilots because of their Body Mass Index, also known as BMI. N

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AEA Issues Third Quarter 2013 Avionics Market Report

Industry Total Avionics Sales Amount To More Than $1.72 Billion

The Aircraft Electronics Association has announced its third quarter Avionics Market Report for this year. In the months of July, August and September 2013, total worldwide avionics sales amounted to $1,721,888,397.14, or more than $1.72 billion, as reported by the 20 aviation electronics manufacturers participating in the report.

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FAA And Industry Move Forward On U.S. Air Carrier Training

Agency Calls On Industry To Prioritize Voluntary Actions To Improve Performance

At a meeting Thursday with commercial aviation safety leaders, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta called on the airline industry to work together to assess and prioritize voluntary actions to further improve pilot, flight attendant, and dispatcher training through a new joint government and industry steering group.

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EAA Medical Council Pans FAA Sleep Apnea Testing Proposal

Pelton: Little Or No Evidence Exists That Sleep Apnea Affects Aviation Safety

EAA's Chairman Jack Pelton and EAA Aeromedical Advisory Council Chairman Dr. Stephen Leonard have sent a strongly worded letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta detailing EAA's strenuous objection to the sleep apnea testing policy announced in the current Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin.

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Sally Ride Posthumously Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom

Nation's Highest Civilian Honor Presented For Her Work In The Space Program

The Presidential Medal of Freedom has been posthumously to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. As a role model to generations of young women, Ride advocated passionately for science education, stood up for racial and gender equality in the classroom, and taught students from every background that there are no limits to what they can accomplish.

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Bipartisan Bill Extends Commercial Space Liability Protection

Covers Third-Party Liability For Licensed Commercial Space Launches

A bipartisan group of Science, Space, and Technology Committee leaders introduced a bill Wednesday to extend for one year a commercial space transportation risk-sharing and liability regime that was established by Congress in 1988 with passage of the Commercial Space Launch Act Amendments.

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Klyde Morris 11.22.13

Sometimes, Klyde, You Have To Think Outside The Tank ... Errrr .... Box

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Partial Government Shutdown Costly To Aviation Industry

Delayed 156 Airplane Deliveries Worth $1.9 Billion

The White House Office of Management and Budget has released its estimates of the economic impact of the partial government shutdown in October. Among the specific items mentioned in the report was delayed aircraft purchases and deliveries caused by the closure of the FAA’s Aircraft Registry.

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Dreamlifter Lands At GA Airport ... By Mistake

Huge, Modified 747 Normally Requires Nearly 10,000 Feet Of Runway For Takeoff

There's a pilot in Kansas that has to be concerned about keeping his or her job after landing Boeing's Dreamlifter ... a modified cargo 747 designed to haul huge airplane parts ... at a GA airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.22.13)

"FAA's charge is to protect the flying public, not to practice predictive medicine or further public health policy." Source: Letter from EAA's Jack Pelton and Dr. Steven Leonard concerning the FAA's recent announcement it will begin collecting Body Mass Index data on pilot candidates.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.22.13): Density altitude

Pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature. Density altitude is used in computing the performance of an aircraft and its engines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.22.13)

Scholarship Flight Training

Welcome to Scholarship Flight Training. High school teens from across the country train to be pilots and learn about careers in aviation.

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