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December 27, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.27.12

Grasshopper is Able to Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound!

The FAA’s WAAS Program Reaches A Significant Milestone…

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Classic Aero-TV: Trig Avionics -- Light Avionics For Light Aviation

Innovative GA Manufacturer Targets Light Aero-Market

It was a grand week for the avionics world as AEA2012 took place in early April, 2012. One of the highlights of that event is the annual "New Product Introductions" session whereby dozens of avionics manufacturers and vendors line up for a chance, rapid-fire, to tell the aviation world what great new products they'll be offering for the coming year.

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SpaceX's Grasshopper Takes Giant Leap Towards Reusability With 12-Story Flight

Twenty-Nine Second 'Hop' Tested Closed Loop Thrust Vector And Throttle Control

SpaceX's Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

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GA Growth Will Help Drive Aerospace Gains In 2013

AIA Predicts Modest Increases Over The Next Five Years

Sales of general aviation (GA) aircraft and related products and services are expected to increase modestly over the next five years, fueled largely by sales of business aircraft, according to the Aerospace Industry Association’s (AIA) 2012 Year-End Review & Forecast.

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Contracts For American Eagle Labor Unions Approved By Judge

All Collective Bargaining Agreements For American, American Eagle Now In Place

In bankruptcy court just before Christmas, Judge Sean Lane placed his stamp of approval on three labor contracts between American Eagle airline and its primary collective bargaining units, the last such agreements that needed approval before AMR Corp could emerge from bankruptcy.

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Coalition To Save Our GPS Files Comments With FCC

Agency’s Consideration Of LightSquared’s Requests Must 'Not Come At The Expense Of Critical GPS Services'

In a comments filing made before Christmas, the Coalition to Save Our GPS has stressed to the FCC that as it considers expansion of terrestrial use of the mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) adjacent to GPS it is vitally important that expansion “not come at the expense of critical GPS services.”

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AS350 Delivered To Canada's Kootenay Valley Helicopters

Company Supports Mining, Forestry, Air Taxi, And Other Industries

Eurocopter Canada has delivered an AS350 B3e to Kootenay Valley Helicopters to assist with utility missions throughout British Columbia, Canada.

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Boeing, China Airlines Announce Order For Six 777s

Order Marks The First 777 Purchase For China Airlines

China Airlines has placed an order with Boeing for six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, which is valued at approximately $2 billion at list prices, includes purchase rights for four additional 777-300ERs. The new airplanes will become the first 777s to join China Airlines' fleet.

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Delta Swamped With Applicants For Flight Attendant Jobs

About Two Applications Came In Every Minute For The Positions

When Delta recently posted 300 flight attendant jobs outside the company, the response it got seems to indicate that there are still a lot of people in the country looking for a job. The airline received 22,000 applications for the 300 openings in the first week of the posting, or about 73 hopeful employees for every job.

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Florida Town Banking On SeaRey Production To Solidify Brand As 'Seaplane City'

Progressive Aerodyne Manufacturing The Amphib LSAs In Tavares, FL

Tavares, FL, hopes to gain wider recognition of its official brand as "America's Seaplane City," and with Progressive Aerodyne manufacturing the popular SeaRey amphibious airplane on the shores of Lake Dora, they may have a moved a step closer towards that goal.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.27.12)

"The Commission should modify LightSquared’s license expeditiously to remove its ATC authority in the Upper L-Band." Source: Comments filed with the FCC by the Coalition to Save Our GPS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.27.12): Pilot Balloon (PIBAL)

A small helium-filled meteorological balloon that is tracked as it rises through the atmosphere.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.27.12)

Glenn Curtiss Museum

Dedicated to the memory of pioneer aviator, Glenn Curtiss, the museum contains a priceless collection relating to early aviation. The museum also features a 75-seat theater and a large open area for special events.

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