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January 02, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.03.12

The Air Force gets its first Predator C.
Flight 1549 finally gets its wings back.
And Bombardier ends 2011 on a decidedly upbeat note.

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NTSB Prelim: Open Door Preceded Power Loss For Downed Piper

1965 Cherokee Strikes Trees During Forced Landing

The preliminary report on the downing of a 1965 Cherokee that injured all four people on board (one seriously) raises a number of questions but until the final report comes in, we're simply going to have to chalk this one up to a lot of distractions and problems all at the same time... in which case one primary adage comes to mind... again and again... Fly The Airplane!

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FAA Permit Comes Two Months After Date Needed

Alaska Day Festival In Sitka, AK Did Without Vintage Amphib

A major milestone in the history of Alaska is October 18, 1867, when the transaction with Russia to buy the territory was completed. It's commemorated each year as Alaska Day, and this year, organizers of a celebration in Sitka, AK decided to commemorate the anniversary by celebrating the history of aviation in in the state.

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Seven Flyers Earn Master Instructor Designation In December 2011

Two New Masters Join Five Renewing Master Instructors

Seven flight instructors have received or renewed their "Master" designation from Master Instructors LLC. The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA and industry that is earned by a candidate through a rigorous process of continuing professional activity and peer review. Much like a flight instructor's certificate, it must be renewed biennially. This process parallels continuing education regimens used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism.

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New Aero-Marketing Company Formed

Former JSSI Marketing VP Hangs MKTG Shingle

Kandi M. Spangler, has announced the launch of Vertical Markets, a company specializing in marketing solutions for the business and general aviation industries. Vertical Markets provides marketing services that help companies effectively communicate their value proposition, achieve brand recognition and drive sales through the development and execution of a comprehensive marketing plan.

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AD: Thielert Aircraft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2010-06-12R1

MANUFACTURER: Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH Reciprocating Engines SUBJECT: TAE 125-02-99 and TAE 125-01 reciprocating engines ACTION: Final rule.

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AD: General Electric Company

AD NUMBER: 2011-26-11

MANUFACTURER: General Electric Company SUBJECT: GE90- 110B1 and GE90-115B Turbofan Engines

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AD: Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2011-27-02

MANUFACTURER: Lockheed Martin Corporation/Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company SUBJECT: L-1011-385-1, L-1011-385-1-14, L-1011-385-1-15, and L-1011-385-3 airplanes ACTION: Final rule.

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AD: Boeing Company

AD NUMBER: 2011-26-09

MANUFACTURER: Boeing Company Airplanes SUBJECT: B737-600, -700, -700C, -800, -900, and -900ER series airplanes ACTION: Final rule.

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Airborne 12.30.11: LightSquared Attacks, China GPS, & 2011's Best/Worst Stories

Also: Medevac Tragedy, HBC Sues, Waco Ditches, 2011 Safer, $$AeroNav$$, Buh-Bye VORs, NORAD/Santa (and SO Much More)!!

Airborne 12.30.11 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, December 30th, 2011... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: Bell 206 Medical Flight Crash LightSquared Files with FCC, Releases Interference Study Hawker Beechcraft Files Suit Over LAS Dism

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And Then There Were Two: GRAIL-B Joins GRAIL-A In Lunar Orbit

NASA'S Twin Grail Spacecraft Reunite

The second of NASA's two Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft has successfully completed its planned main engine burn and is now in lunar orbit. Working together, GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B will study the moon as never before. "NASA greets the new year with a new mission of exploration," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. "The twin GRAIL spacecraft will vastly expand our knowledge of our moon and the evolution of our own planet. We begin this year reminding people around the world that NASA does big, bold things in order to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown."

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'Stick & Rudder' Adds Another Kitfox To Grassroots Flight Training Program

One Of The Few Success Stories In The LSA World Expands Its Reach

Stick & Rudder Aviation (based in Boise Idaho), a unique-in-the-world Kitfox-Specific Mountain & Tailwheel flight training program - has purchased a SECOND brand-new, 100% factory built, Kitfox S-LSA "Super Sport" due to the success of their second year in business. This aircraft is equipped to fly in the canyons and operate out our high-altitude, short, one-way airstrips -  with a Turbo-charged ROTAX 914, Alaska Bushwheels, VG's, Whirlwind climb prop, and Advanced Flight Systems AF-5600 EFIS.

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Klyde Morris (01.02.12)

Klyde Has No Love For The FAA's New Crew Rest Regs

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Prelim: Bad Runway, Downdraft May Have Contributed To C206 Ditching

Alaska Take-Off From Bad Runway Winds Up In The Drink

Sometimes, the great skill that a pilot can have is to know when to quit and judging from the factors involved in this accident, there seems to have been a number of issues to conntend that may have benefitted from a change in plans. A short runway, potholes and the reported downdraft made this takeoff a mess right from the start.

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ANN 2011 Year In Review: Sport Aviation

LSA's Come And Go, Tragic Accidents Mar The Industry

2011 was not a very good year for the air show industry , with several high-profile accidents leading to the NTSB to call for a special hearing on air show and air race safety ... which will take place in January. Meanwhile, Piper dropped its Piper Sport offering, leaving Cessna as the only legacy manufacturer with an LSA in its stable ... and that airplane got a lot more expensive. But other LSA manufacturers had a pretty good year. 

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Nice Way to Close 2011 -- Bombardier Adds Five Challenger 850 Orders

Undisclosed Customer Buys Mach 0.80 BizJets

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that it closed the year with a firm order for five Challenger 850 jets from an undisclosed customer. The total value of the order is approximately $156 million US, based on the 2011 list price for typically equipped aircraft. The Bombardier Challenger 850 is the largest super-mid size business aircraft currently offered by Bombardier Aerospace and is based on Bombardier's 50-seat CRJ200LR. The transcontinental bizjet is capable of accommodating 15-19 passengers.

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SAFE Offers 'Flying Tips' CDs to New and Renewing Members

Incentive Provides 37 Minutes of Practical Information to Pilots

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently announced that it is providing new and renewing members with complimentary copies of the 37-minute CD, "Flying Tips." Produced and donated to SAFE by GoldSealFlight.com, the CD features sixteen audio tips recorded by SAFE member and Master Instructor Rich Stowell on subjects ranging from human factors, to the fundamentals of aircraft control, to flying in the traffic pattern, and more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.02.12)

Aero Linx: Aero-TV On YouTube While most ANN readers and viewers take advantage of the easy way that they can access each of our Aero-TV programs from the ANN site itself... there is an alternative -- and it works very well on the iPhone and iPad devices so many of us are carting around these days. Virtually every single on of our Aero-TV and Airborne programs is posted there, in low and hi-rez... all the way to (in many cases) glorious 1080P. Enjoy!!! 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.02.12): Gravity Assist

Gravity Assist An effect through which an orbiting object, such as a spacecraft or a comet, gains or loses speed by virtue of the gravitational might of a planet or other celestial object that it passes. For example, the Cassini spacecraft in its journey to Saturn used a gravity assist from Earth to increase its velocity by about 36,000 kilometers per hour (22,300 miles per hour).

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.02.12)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "NASA greets the new year with a new mission of exploration. The twin GRAIL spacecraft will vastly expand our knowledge of our moon and the evolution of our own planet. We begin this year reminding people around the world that NASA does big, bold things in order to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, as the second GRAIL lunar satellite took orbit to explore the Moon in greater detail than ever before.

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