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December 14, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.14.12

2,000 Air Traffic Controllers Could be Going “Over the Cliff”…

Riggs Remains Grounded…

Jenni Rivera Crash Investigation Ta

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Embraer Regional Jets Receive Type Approval for Operation in Russia and the CIS

Russian Airlines Now Able To Buy E190, E195

The Embraer 190 and the Embraer 195 jets have received the Type Certificates from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), also known by its Russian acronym MAK, paving the way for Russian airlines to acquire the 112 to 124-seat aircraft.

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AirAsia Orders 100 More A320s

Another Major Order For Ongoing Growth At Asia's Largest Low Cost Carrier

AirAsia has placed a new order with Airbus for 100 more A320 Family aircraft. The contract covers an additional 64 A320neo and 36 A320ceo aircraft for operation across the carrier’s network.

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Six NJ Gas Stations Get 100LL By Mistake

Some Was Sold To Motorists Before Error Discovered

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs confirmed Wednesday that approximately eight tankers of aviation fuel were mistakenly delivered to six gas stations last week in four New Jersey counties. This fuel was sold to motorists last week before the stations were shut down.

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Garmin Expands Global Aviation Charting Capabilities

Releases European VFR, IFR Charts For aera Portable Devices

Garmin has released European VFR and IFR charts for the aera 795/796 aviation portable GPS, with VFR data sourced directly from Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS). These charts are the most recent addition to the growing list of worldwide aviation charting products available from Garmin.

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Scan Eagle UAV Conducts First Flight On LPD Class Ship

First Operational Deployment Aboard The USS San Antonio Is Planned For Next Summer

A Scan Eagle Unmanned Air Vehicle was launch-tested aboard the amphibious transport dock class ship USS San Antonio (LPD 17) on Nov. 28 off the coast of North Carolina. The flight on the San Antonio LPD class ship was part of a post-installation and functional flight-check exercise. Scan Eagle’s first deployment aboard USS San Antonio is planned for summer 2013.

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Navy Awards E-6B Aircraft Upgrade Contract

Rockwell Collins Awarded $295 Million Full Rate Production Contract for Block I Modernization

The U.S. Navy has awarded $54 million full rate production contract, with unexercised options valued at an additional $241 million, to Rockwell Collins for the upgrade of eleven aircraft as part of the E-6B Block I Modification program.

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New Hampshire Pilot Pleads Guilty In Fatal Accident

Was Flying Without An Instructor In An Airplane For Which He Was Not Rated

A guilty plea has been offered by 58-year-old Steven Fay of Hillsboro, NH, who had been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 35-year-old daughter. Fay was at the controls of a Cessna 310F when it went down on approach to Orange Municipal Airport (KORE) in Massachusetts on January 1, 2011.

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Advanced Unmanned Completes First Stage Of UAV Development

Aerial Imagery Company Approves Custom Aircraft Specs

Aerial imagery company Advanced Unmanned has approved the specifications for its customized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) fleet, completing the design phase of the aerospace project.

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NASA Outlines Accomplishments In The Post-Shuttle Era

New Rover On Mars, Commercial Crew Developments Touted As Year's Highlights

NASA says it has continued to implement America's ambitious space exploration program even as its shuttles were transferred to museums in 2012 ... landing the most sophisticated rover on the surface of Mars, carrying out the first-ever commercial mission to the International Space Station and advancing the systems needed to send humans deeper into space.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (757)

AD NUMBER: 2012-25-03

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model 757 airplanes.

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AD: Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-02

PRODUCT: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109E and Model A109S helicopters with certain lower semichannel assemblies installed.

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Airborne 12.14.12: Riggs Stays Grounded, AIG Sells Out, X-37B Orbits

Also: USAFA Soars, Falcon 2000S Exceeds, Remembering Vicki, NASA Awards

As this edition of Airborne went into production, David Riggs' hearing before the NTSB had was well into its second day with Riggs' attorney trying to mount a defense against the Emergency Revocation Order issued by the FAA ordering Riggs to surrender his pilot certificate. We have now learned that the NTSB has upheld the FAA Emergency Revocation order and barring a successful last minute appeal, Riggs is grounded for at least a year. American International Group and an investor group led by Mr. Weng Xianding, the Chairman of New China Trust Co. Ltd., announced Sunday that they have entered into an agreement under which AIG will sell up to a 90 percent stake in International Lease Finance Corporation. All th

Airborne 12.14.12: Riggs Stays Grounded, AIG Sells Out, X-37B Orbits

Also: USAFA Soars, Falcon 2000S Exceeds, Remembering Vicki, NASA Awards

As this edition of Airborne went into production, David Riggs' hearing before the NTSB had was well into its second day with Riggs' attorney trying to mount a defense against the Emergency Revocation Order issued by the FAA ordering Riggs to surrender his pilot certificate. We have now learned that the NTSB has upheld the FAA Emergency Revocation order and barring a successful last minute appeal, Riggs is grounded for at least a year. American International Group and an investor group led by Mr. Weng Xianding, the Chairman of New China Trust Co. Ltd., announced Sunday that they hav

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Witnesses Stress Need For National Consensus On Strategic Vision For NASA

Hearing Before The House Science, Space, And Technology Committee

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing Wednesday with a panel of distinguished experts to hear their perspectives on NASA’s strategic vision and the future of America’s space program.

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McCaskill to Huerta: Fix Electronic Device Rules Or Face Legislation

Senator Urges FAA To Change Rules Preventing Use Of Electronic Devices During Flight

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has sent a letter to FAA acting administrator Michael Huerta urging the agency to allow expanded use of electronic devices during air travel as the FAA convenes a committee specifically designed to evaluate in-flight policies.

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Klyde Morris 12.14.2012

So Were They Flying Monkeys, Or Black Helicopters?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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EASA Solicits Comments On European Progressive B2 License Process

Notice Of Proposed Amendment (NPA) Would Lower Requirements For Mechanics Working On Light Aircraft

In October, EASA published a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) that would adapt the current B2 licensing requirements for maintenance of avionics and electrical systems to the lower complexity of light aircraft. It also proposes a simple and proportionate system for the licensing of certifying staff involved in the maintenance of aircraft other than airplanes and helicopters, and in the maintenance of ELA1 airplanes.

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'No-Hassle Flying Act' Passes House, Heads To The White House

Legislation Would Waive Redundant Rescreening Requirement At Certain International Airports

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation originally introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) to eliminate redundant baggage screening for travelers arriving from airports that have established a preclearance agreement with the United States, and installed U.S.-equivalent baggage scanners.

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Mitsubishi Aircraft Inks Deal For As Many As 200 MRJ90 Aircraft

SkyWest Places Firm Order For 100 Aircraft, 100 Options

Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation and SkyWest, Inc., the holding company for two regional carriers that conducts the world's largest combined regional airline operations, announced that they have executed a definitive agreement for the purchase of 100 MRJ90 aircraft and up to an additional 100 option aircraft.

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly To Receive Magellan Award In New York

Presented By The Circumnavigators Club To Those Who Have Circled The Globe

NASA astronaut and retired U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Kelly has been selected to receive the Magellan Award by the Circumnavigators Club of New York on Dec. 14, 2012. The award is given to individuals who have circumnavigated the globe for the purpose of making the world a better place.

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40 years ago; Apollo 17, 'The End Of The Beginning'

Part 3; Perhaps Not Again In Our Lifetime

During Apollo 17, no one, other than Gene Cernan himself, saw his first step upon the lunar surface. This was not due to reduced network TV coverage, nor to some systems glitch- it was because the TV camera was simply “not hooked-up.”

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.14.12)

“Fiscal realities demand that NASA become more efficient and sized correctly to accomplish its goals.” Source:  House Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.14.12): Basic Empty Weight

Standard empty weight plus optional equipment.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.14.12)

Wings of Rogallo

The Wings of Rogallo hang gliding club was founded in the mid-1970's to serve the interests of hang gliding pilots in the San Francisco Bay area.

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