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October 01, 2012

AMR Threatens Legal Action Against Pilot's Union In Labor Dispute

Pilots Continue To Report Serious Maintenance Issues

Top management at AMR Corp, the parent company of American Airlines, has apparently threatened legal action against the Allied Pilots Association (APA) while agreeing to return to the bargaining table in their ongoing labor dispute.

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NASA Planning Deep-Space Outpost

Would Orbit Earth At 277,000 Miles

NASA has a plan on the drawing board that would establish an outpost some 277,000 miles from the Earth, according to documents obtained by a Florida newspaper. The space station would maintain an orbit beyond that of the moon, and be a "staging area" for potential Lunar and Martian missions.

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ATR Delivers First ATR 72-600 To Fly In Asia

Taiwan's UNI AIR Will Be The First Carrier In Asia To Operate The ATR 72-600

The European turboprop aircraft manufacturer ATR has delivered the first ATR 72-600 aircraft in the livery of an Asian carrier. The aircraft, with registration number B-17001, has been delivered Wednesday in Toulouse (France) to Taiwan-based carrier UNI AIR, a regional subsidiary of EVA AIR.

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NTSB: Engine Failure, Pilot Error Contribute To 2010 Queen Air Accident

Three Were Fatally Injured When The Airplane Went Down In A Lagoon In CA

The NTSB probable cause report from an accident in which three people were fatally injured indicates that the 1961 Beech Model 65 Queen Air suffered an engine malfunction, but does not absolve the pilot from all responsibility in the accident. The board did note that the airspeed indicator in the airplane was not required to be marked for speeds that are critical for single-engine operation of the aircraft.

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New Terminal Under Construction At Houston Executive Airport

Will House Henriksen Jet Center FBO

In a nod to robust growth of general aviation in Texas, Houston Executive Airport officials announced the construction of an FBO Terminal Building. The 22,500-square-foot FBO terminal building and arrival canopy are among recent upgrades to the airport located along Houston’s energy corridor in west Houston.

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Field Installations Of New B-2 Radar System Completed

Entire Fleet Now Equipped With Advanced Radar Giving Aircraft New Capabilities

All field installations of a new radar system for the U.S. Air Force's fleet of B-2 stealth bombers have been completed by Northrop Grumman Corporation. Every operational B-2 is now equipped with the new radar, which was developed for the Air Force's B-2 Radar Modernization Program (RMP).

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NGC Awarded A-10 Thunderbolt II Task Orders

Will Manage Testing And Validation Of Current A-10 Flight Spectrum Data

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation  two task orders under the A-10 Thunderbolt II Life-cycle Program Support (TLPS) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract.

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Chinese Airport Integrates Bird Control System During Construction

Included Multiple Electronic Repellers In Airport Design

The Kunming Changshui International Airport – located in the southwestern portion of China – has been designed and constructed with an integrated comprehensive bird control system. Since the New Kunming Airport opened in June of this year, airport facility managers have reported a significant reduction in pest bird presence.

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Dean Baldwin Painting Finishes New C130J Super Hercules

Recently Completed The New And Unique Aircraft Painting Project

The first of three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft for the Sultan of Oman was formally accepted August 30th at Lockheed Martin’s Marietta facility. The aircraft painted in a very unique livery was on display for the ceremonies. The aircraft was painted by Dean Baldwin Painting, LP. at its Roswell, New Mexico facility.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.01.12

The Senate Forms a UAS Caucus…

Illinois Submits Plans for its South Suburban Airport...

Honda Breaks Ground on a New MRO Facility…


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AOPA2012: Out of Touch, Off-Mission, And Out Of Control?

Industry Sentiment Grows Increasingly Skeptical Of The Current Course Of The Once-Mighty AOPA

News/Analysis By ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell  OK... let me start off with the following -- no one likes to do stories like this... but after weeks and months of questions, concerned input from readers/correspondents/sources, and no small number of complaints -- all combined with the over-riding concern that GA is swirling the drain and no one seems willing and able to help it -- it seems that it's time to relate some of the many curious and worrisome details that are emerging with today's AOPA.

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Airborne 09.28.12: R66 Copper-Chopper, Eclipse Anti-Skid Brakes, Fighting EU-ETS

Also: NASA Shuffles, More AA Messiness, ANN Offers 'Rules' For Aero-Associations, Balloon Racing, Movies In Space

The FAA has certified the Robinson R66 Turbine Police Helicopter. The R66 Police model is specially configured for law enforcement and meets the latest FAA crashworthiness regulations. The four-place R66 Police helicopter combines R66 power, altitude performance, and capacity with the latest in surveillance systems. Eclipse Aerospace has formally announced the addition of a new Anti-Skid Braking System available as an option on the new production Eclipse 550 jets and to be offered as a retrofit to the existing fleet...

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Klyde Morris (10.01.12)

Klyde Is Really Weirded Out About A-POO

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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LA Law Firm Sets Up Bizarre 'Informational' Website In R22 Accident Lawsuit

Trial Under Way In Brisbane, Australia

They say the website will be 'factual', but we're skeptical that the site that has been established by an LA law firm to follow a personal injury trial in Brisbane, Australia involving a Robinson R22 helicopter will have much good to say about the helo manufacturer or its products.

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NASA Rover Finds Old Streambed On Martian Surface

'Hottah' And 'Link' Outcrops Show Evidence Of Flowing Water

NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence - images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels - is the first of its kind.

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Centurion Engine Installation Certified For Cessna 172 In Ukraine

Expands Market For The Diesel Piston Powerplant

The Ukrainian aviation authority has granted an STC to Thielert Aircraft Engines for the installation of its Diesel piston aircraft engines Centurion 2.0 and 2.0s in Cessna 172s. On September 7, 2012, the agency issued the STC to the German company based in Saxony. The STC means that the Cessna models 172 R and S are now certified.

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Aviation Soldiers Turn 'Helicopter' Into 'Car'

Team From KS Entered A 'Chinook' In The Dallas, TX, Soap Box Derby

Five soldiers whose expertise lies in the realm of machines that fly tested their skills on an earth-bound machine Sept. 15 as part of a soapbox car crew that competed in a national derby held in Dallas, TX. “It was a blast,” said Spc. Noah Kim, an aircraft mechanic.

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Passengers Want All Fee Information Available On Travel Sites

Consumer Group Says Survey Points To Need For DOT Action To Assure Full Disclosure Of Travel Costs

The aviation consumer advocacy group Open Allies for Airfare Transparency has released the results of a summer 2012 travel experiences survey, conducted online by market research firm Harris Interactive among 2,310 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The survey found that 94% of Americans who recently used an online travel company (OTC) to book their travel this summer agreed that "All airline fee information should be available to travel agents and online travel websites."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.01.12)

Aero Linx: Maine Aeronautics Association The MAA was formed to fill a void in the state of Maine by establishing itself as a centrally recognized organization. We are a non-profit, professional organization dedicated to keeping flying safe and fun. We work with our neighboring communities to provide information and edcational opportunities. We promote aviation through education, legislation, advocacy, and community relations. This is done through sponsoring conferences, fly-ins, and FAA safety seminars. We provide aviation educational opportunites on both the state and local level.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.01.12): Unpublished Route

Unpublished Route A route for which no minimum altitude is published or charted for pilot use. It may include a direct route between NAVAIDs, a radial, a radar vector, or a final approach course beyond the segments of an instrument approach procedure.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.01.12)

"...we believe AOPA products and initiatives that detract from the organization's main goals are bad for members and the industry in general. And, as advertisers, we feel our financial contributions are furthering these initiatives that will ultimately compete with our own products - essentially we are funding a competitor." Source: From a letter sent to AOPA by a number of aviation businesses, expressing serious concerns about the direction of the organization and their allegedly competive practices... Right after AOPA received this letter, one of the businesses signing it, Sporty's Pilot Shop, was "fired" from a long-term marketing relatiosnhip with the once-mighty aviation organization.

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