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December 15, 2012

NATCA: 2,000 Air Traffic Controllers Could Go Over The Fiscal Cliff

Union Predicts That Many Layoffs Possible If No Deal Is Reach On Sequestration

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) has released a report outlining the major impact sequestration will have on the aviation industry and the U.S. economy if Congress does not act to avert the across-the-board cuts.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Aspen MFDs

Unintentional Reset Occurs When High Volume Of TFRs Displayed

The FAA has issued a  Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for Aspen Avionics EFD1000 and EFD500 Multifunction Displays (MFD), resulting from an unintentional reset occurring in certain display modes when there are a large number of Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs).

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AIA Study Warns Of Sequestration Impacts To NASA, NOAA Programs

Budget Cuts Would Put  More Than 22,500Jobs At Risk, Harm Regions With Innovative Aerospace Clusters

As negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff heat up, little attention has been paid to the impact that mandatory budget cuts would have on the nation's civil space program and our ability to accurately forecast dangerous storms. A new economic impact analysis concludes that over 20,000 NASA contractor jobs and over 2,500 NOAA jobs related to weather satellites could be lost in 2013 if the Budget Control Act's sequestration mandate takes effect on January 2, 2013. 

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Twin NASA Probes Prepare For Dec. 17 Mission-Ending Moon Impact

'Ebb' And 'Flow' Flying Low And Nearly Out Of Fuel, Their Mission Is Complete

Twin lunar-orbiting NASA spacecraft that have allowed scientists to learn more about the internal structure and composition of the moon are being prepared for their controlled descent and impact on a mountain near the moon's north pole at about 1728 EST Monday, Dec. 17.

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FAA Proposes AD For Some GE CF34-8C And CF34-8E Engines

Two Instances Of Engine Fires Prompted The Move

The FAA posted a proposed AD in the Federal Register Thursday for all General Electric Company (GE) CF34-8C and CF34-8E turbofan engines with certain part numbers (P/N) of operability bleed valves (OBV) installed. This proposed AD was prompted by three failure events of ring lock fuel  fittings on the OBV.

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Company That Owned Jenni Rivera Airplane Has A Checkered Past

Starwood Management Executive Was Accused Of Falsifying Documents In 1990s, 2000s

The company that owned the airplane which went down early this week resulting in the fatal injury of Latin-American celebrity Jenni Rivera and six others had been accused of falsifying records about airplanes they had bought and sold in the past.

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L-29 Down In Texas, Two Fatally Injured

Likely An Airplane Owned By The Cold War Air Museum

An L-29 Delfin went down Thursday near Scurry in Kaufman County, TX, resulting in the fatal injury of both people on board the airplane. It is possible that the aircraft belonged to the Cold War Air Museum at Lancaster Regional Airport (KLNC) southeast of Dallas.

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Alabama Airport Fatality Lawsuit Settled Before Trial

Five-Year-Old Child Was Fatally Injured During A Weather Event

The lawsuit stemming from the death of a five-year-old boy at an airshow at Huntsville International Airport in June, 2008, has been settled, according to court documents. The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.15.12)

“If Congress allows sequestration to become a reality, the aviation community and the economy will take a major hit. We cannot afford to let that happen.” Source: NATCA Executive Vice President Trish Gilbert.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.15.12): Cardinal Altitudes

“Odd” or “Even” thousand-foot altitudes or flight levels; e.g., 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, FL 250, FL 260, FL 270.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.15.12)

Aviation Weather

There are probably hundreds of flight planning tools on the web, but occasionally we come across one that seems particularly useful, or at least has a nice "gee whiz" factor. Aviation Weather is one of those.

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