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November 27, 2012

FAA Wins 1st Round: NTSB DENIES Riggs' Attempt To Battle FAA's Emergency Order

Story Developing... Riggs Loses First Round In Battle With FAA/NTSB

ANN Real-Time Update, 11.27.12, 1543 ET: David G Riggs, quickly assuming the aura of aviation's best known crook and con-man, has lost another battle with the Feds... this time, namely, the NTSB and the FAA. It is a battle that could see Riggs losing his tickets for at least year and could the first in a wave of other actions that are rumored to be heading his way... not just from the FAA, but from Federal authorities investigating hundreds of reports of individual illegalities and misconduct. In a document completed just moments ago by the NTSB's Alfonso J Montano, their Chief Administrative Law Judge, the Judge completed an "ORDER DENYING RESPONDENT'S PETITION CHALLENGING

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.27.12

Avadyne and L3 Will Have Their Day In Court…

Does A New 4 Years Mean A New Ride???

365/24/7 --- in Space!


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Frank Christensen Featured Speaker At EAA’s Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet

New Museum Exhibit Honoring Pioneering Aircraft Designer's Aircraft To Be Dedicated

Aircraft design pioneer Frank Christensen, who advanced kit-built aircraft with his innovative Eagle aerobatic airplane, will be the featured speaker at EAA’s annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 14, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

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Money Goes Missing From Kansas Honor Flights Fund

Flights To WWII Memorial Halted After Thefts Discovered

The program director for an organization in Great Bend, KS, which raised money to fly WWII veterans to Washington, DC, to visit the WWII Memorial has been arrested and charged with two counts of theft by deception. LaVeta Miller is accused of taking about $110,000 from Central Prairie Honor Flights.

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Tallahassee, FL, Airport Supports General Aviation Community

Self-Serve Fuel Pricing, Runway Improvements Cited

A new self-service Avgas fueling facility was officially opened for business November 20 at Tallahassee Regional Airport (KTLH) in the Florida panhandle. Through a partnership with Million Air, general aviation customers will have access to a cost saving alternative to the full-service fueling option.

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Bonhams To Auction Airplane Featured In ‘Out Of Africa’

DH 60GMW Gipsy Moth Bipe On The Block In February

Movie buffs and pilots will both be interested in one of the items to be auctioned by Bonhams in February ... a 1929 de Havilland DH 60GMW Gipsy Moth flown by character Denys Finch Hatton (played by Robert Redford) in the seven-time Oscar-winning 1985 film "Out of Africa."

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NASA Plans Air Pollution Monitoring Mission

TEMPO Will Track Pollutants Across North America

NASA has selected a team to build the first space-based instrument to monitor major air pollutants across the North American continent for NASA's Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) mission.

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RC Helo Found In NJ Back Yard

RC Aircraft Discovered By Homeowner Gathering Firewood

While Mayer Dubinsky was out gathering some small twigs to add to a fire over which he was grilling his family's Thanksgiving turkey, he came across an RC helicopter lying on the ground in the woods behind his home in Hackettstown, NJ.

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Woman Dies In Hungary After Airlines Refuse Passage

Three Different Carriers Said She Was 'Too Fat To Fly'

A woman described as "sickly and obese" has passed away in Hungary after she was refused transportation on three flights to New York because she was "too fat," according to her husband.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-03

PRODUCT: All Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model SA.315B Alouette III, SE.3160 Alouette III, SA.316B Alouette III, SA.316C Alouette III, SA.319B Alouette III, SA 3180-ALOUETTE ASTAZOU, SA 318B-ALOUETTE ASTAZOU, and SA 318 C-ALOUETTE ASTAZOU helicopters.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes (A330)

AD NUMBER:  2012-22-18

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330- 243, -243F, -341, -342, and -343 airplanes equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (747)

AD NUMBER: 2012-22-03

PRODUCT: All Boeing Model 747-100, 747-100B, 747-100B SUD, 747-200B, 747-200C, 747-200F, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400D, 747-400F, 747SR, and 747SP series airplanes.

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Airborne 11.27.12: AA Pilot Recall, Yeager Suit, Honor Flights Dishonored

Also: USAF SpacePlane Ready, NASA's Year-Long ISS Mission, 13K Mile Lancair Flight, VXX RFP, Build Your Own Cub

If you’re a furloughed pilot at American Airlines, you had more than turkey and all the trimmings to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving. The airline will begin recalling pilots effective January of 2013. Operational needs combined with recent and expected retirements are credited with creating the recall opportunities. It’s not just anyone who could stand up and call a statement by Chuck Yeager a “sham” but a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, CA has done just that, ruling against the retired General in a publicity lawsuit. The program director for an organization in Great Bend, KS, which r

Classic Aero-TV: Seated On The Edge Of Forever -- A PPC's Bird's Eye View

A Segment Of The Sport Aviation World That Truly Lives "Low And Slow"

Pity the life of ANN's Chief videographer, Nathan Cremisino... shoot the most exciting aircraft in the world, attend the most intriguing events in the aerospace community... and now and then, just fly along to geek out at how cool aviation, in all its many forms, can be. Yeah... Nathan has a hard life... as you can plainly see by this video shot at the Popular Rotorcraft Association Fly-In in Mentone, IN. The event, normally populated by rotorcraft, shared the skies with quite a few members of the powered parachuting community and it was clear that every one had a ball.

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Trial Date Set In Avidyne – L3 Patent Suit

Proceedings Set To Begin in February

A U.S. District Court has set the date for a jury trial in a long-standing patent dispute between Avidyne and L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc. Trial is scheduled to begin in February 2013.

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Navy Releases RFP For VXX Helicopter Program

First Step In Replacing 'Marine One' VIP Transport Aircraft

The U.S. Navy has released a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) beginning once again the process of replacing the helicopters which transport the President under the "Marine One" call sign. The RFP is the first step in the process of acquiring an aircraft to replace the aging fleet of VH-60N “Night Hawks” and VH-3D “Sea Kings,” both produced by Sikorsky.

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NASA, Roscosmos Assign Veteran Crew To Year-Long Space Station Mission

Goal Is To Better Understand How Humans Will React To Extended Spaceflight

NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This mission will include collecting scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. NASA has selected Scott Kelly and Roscosmos has chosen Mikhail Kornienko.

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Air New Zealand Unveils 'Stunning' Movie-Inspired 777-300

Special Livery Depicts Characters And Scenes From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

Air New Zealand, which has taken to billing itself a "The official airline of Middle-earth," has unveiled a "stunning" 777-300 aircraft which is set to become a flying billboard for the soon-to-be-released movie "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."

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Third AW169 Performs Its Maiden Flight

Program On Schedule For 2014 Certification

The third prototype of the new generation 4.5 tonne light intermediate AW169 helicopter recently successfully completed its maiden flight at Cascina Costa in Italy. In a news release announcing the flight, AgustaWestland said a fourth prototype in scheduled to fly in early 2013.

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China Reportedly Conducts First Carrier Ops

J-15 Fighter Jet Shown Completing Departures, Traps

China's new aircraft carrier reportedly saw its first flight operations recently as a J-15 aircraft has been shown taking off and landing on the deck of the ship.

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The A350 XWB Is Readied For Static Testing

Airbus Also Extends Sharklet Testing To A319

Airbus’ A350 XWB static test airframe has moved into the facility where it will undergo testing to validate the structural design of this next-generation jetliner. The airframe rolled out of the A350 XWB final assembly line at Toulouse, Blagnac Airport earlier this week and was transferred to the L34 static test hall situated across the airport in the Lagardère industrial zone – home to the A380 final assembly line.

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EASA Publishes New Rules For Third Country Operators In The European Union

Proposal Has been Vetted Twice In Public Consultation

EASA has published a proposal to establish a single system for the safety approval of Third Country Operators (TCO) operating into, within or out of the European Union (EU). Released in a document known as an Opinion, the proposed rules have been subject to two rounds public consultation in 2011 and 2012 fully involving all concerned stakeholders. The proposal was released Monday.

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U.S. Citizen Fatally Injured In Bahamas Helicopter Accident

Four Others Survive When The Aircraft Went Down Thanksgiving Day

A U.S. citizen was fatally injured Thursday when the helicopter in which he was a passenger went down en route to a resort on Great Guana Cay in the Abacos. He was reportedly the owner of the aircraft. Four others on board, including the pilot, were injured in the accident.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.27.12)

"Congratulations to Scott and Mikhail on their selection for this important mission. The one-year increment will expand the bounds of how we live and work in space." Source: William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.27.12): Complex Aircraft

An aircraft with retractable landing gear, flaps, and a controllable pitch propeller.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.27.12)

Why Is There A Helium Shortage

In a recent story about the America's Challenge gas balloon race, it was noted that all of the balloons that were competing would be using hydrogen for their lift, rather than helium.

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