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December 03, 2012

NTSB Prelim: Heli-Lunch Break Goes Wrong

Pilot Secured Helo, Reached For Lunch, Helo Takes Off...

OK... ouch. There are those who will tell you that they've done this kind of thing without a hiont of a problem... but securing a running helo, and relinquishing the ability to quickly retake control simply sounds like an accident waiting to happen... and this time, in particular, it was.

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Aviation Educator Hall of Fame Now Tax Exempt

IRS Grants 501(c)(3) Status Effective May 7, 2012

The Aviation Educator Hall of Fame (AEHOF) tells ANN that they were recently granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. Begun in 2010 as an initiative of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), a coalition of more than 20 aviation organizations and individuals formally established the independent Hall of Fame in May 2012. The organization is led by President Jack Pelton, Vice President Steve Riethof, and Secretary Judy Phelps. Peggy Chabrian, Rod Machado, Rusty Sachs, and Thomas Turner make up the selection committee.

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Canadian Aerospace Review Calls For Policy And Program Renewal

Aim Is To Foster The Global Competitiveness Of Canada's Aerospace And Space Sectors

The aerospace and space sectors make critical contributions to Canada's prosperity and security, but if those sectors are to remain vibrant and competitive over the next 20 to 30 years, relevant public policies and programs will need to keep pace with rapidly changing global conditions. That is the central finding of the arm's-length Aerospace Review, which was launched by the Government of Canada on February 27, 2012.

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US Airways, Inc. Announces Pricing Of $546 Million For Aircraft Financing

Will Finance Eleven Airbus Aircraft To Be Delivered In May Of Next Year

US Airways has priced an offering of two classes of enhanced equipment trust certificates (the "Certificates") in the aggregate face amount of approximately $546 million. The Company intends to use the proceeds from the offering to finance its purchase of eleven Airbus aircraft scheduled to be delivered from May 2013 to October 2013.

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Pentagon Sees Need To Preserve Helicopter Design Capability

May Fund Development Work To Keep Industry Viable

A Pentagon official said in a speech Wednesday that the military may spend money on preliminary design work for a new military helicopter in the next year or two in an effort to be sure the United States does not lose critical design capability.

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EchoStar, Arianespace Sign New Satellite Launch Services Contract

Multi-Year Agreement Will Launch From French Guiana

An agreement has been reached between EchoStar and Arianespace for the launch of multiple new satellites over a multi-year period from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana. The new contract will provide EchoStar with launch capacity and flexibility for its industry-leading satellite program.

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NASA Seeks Concepts For Innovative Uses Of Large Space Telescopes

RFI Published Monday Looks For New Ideas For Former NRO Instruments

NASA is exploring options for innovative and imaginative uses of two large space telescopes recently transferred to the agency. In a request for information (RFI) published Monday, NASA seeks information about system concepts and architectures that would take advantage of these assets to address NASA's goals in astrophysics, heliophysics, planetary sciences, and human spaceflight.

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PennDOT Extends Aviation Art Contest Deadline To Dec. 19

Students Encouraged To Show Their Talents While Learning About Aviation

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has extended the deadline for elementary school students to submit entries for its aviation art contest until Wednesday, Dec. 19, recognizing that Hurricane Sandy resulted in school closings in some regions of the state.

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Space Stars: Generations ... New PSA's Celebrate NASA Spinoff Benefits

Ads Feature Space Entertainment Icons Lockhart, Shatner, Wheaton

June Lockhart, William Shatner and Wil Wheaton are the latest entertainment icons featured in new public service announcements that highlight how some of NASA's outstanding accomplishments in space are used to improve our life on Earth.

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NASA Spacecraft Finds New Evidence For Water Ice On Mercury

While It Is Closest To The Sun, Polar Craters Are In Permanent Shadow

A NASA spacecraft studying Mercury has provided compelling support for the long-held hypothesis the planet harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials within its permanently shadowed polar craters. The new information comes from NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.

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Airborne 11.30.12: Riggs Loses Again, 406 ELTs, Flawless Legacy 500 First Flight

Also: Bombardier Big Bucks, Huerta Unblocked, Cessna/CAIGA, Anti-EU-ETS Law, X47B Carrier Quals, Missing Moon Rocks Found

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. FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta recently issued an Emergency Order commanding Riggs to surrender his pilot certificate but Riggs filed an appeal with the NTSB claiming, among other things, that the flights questioned in the Emergency Order were legal as they were performed under a “Movie Waiver.” However the FAA has repeatedly ruled that the filming

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NTSB Prelim: R44 Turned 180 Before Collision

Helicopter Collides With Fuel Pumps, Crash/Fire Kills Pilot

Helicopters are an amazing type of flying machine... one that offers unparalleled capabilities and maneuverability. But with those capabilities and the maneuverability comes the responsibility to be wary of the hazards such complexities may entail... and in this case, the hover-taxiing helo apparently collided with the fuel pumps as it turned to leave the area.

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Klyde Morris (12.03.12)

Klyde Feels SO Secure....


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Northrop Grumman Plans Layoffs As Defense Budgets Cuts Loom

About 200 Positions In CA And UT To Be Cut In First Quarter Of Next Year

Citing the uncertainty of the defense budget in the coming years, Northrop Grumman said it plans to cut about 200 positions from its Woodland Hills, CA, and Salt Lake City, UT operations in the first quarter of next year.

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IMC Club Is Coming To The Tallahassee Regional Airport In Florida

Will Present Instrument Proficiency Forum Focusing On Decision-Making Process

The IMC Club is organizing an instrument proficiency forum in Tallahassee, FL. “The IMC Club Open Chapter Meeting” will be held Sunday, December 9, from 2 PM to 3 PM at Tallahassee Regional Airport.

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Airplane Mechanic's Need For Speed Leads To New Production System

Award-Winning Technology Reportedly Saving Aircraft Manufactures Time, Money

An airplane mechanic's need for speed has led to a revolutionary change in how large, complex products are built. A pioneering technology called ProjectionWorks is saving aircraft manufacturers hundreds of hours and has earned its inventor, Delta Sigma Company of Kennesaw, GA, one of the nation's top manufacturing innovation awards.

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Milestone Legacy 600/650 Family Aircraft Delivered

China's Minsheng Financial Leasing Gets 200th Aircraft

Embraer’s Legacy 600/650 program reached a significant milestone with the delivery of the 200th aircraft of the Legacy family, a Legacy 650 large executive jet, to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (MSFL) in a ceremony held this week at headquarters in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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X-Plane Helicopter Sim Users Get A New Head Up Display (HUD)

Plug-In Application Lets Users Concentrate On Flying, Not Computer

Newly-released plug-in software for the X-Plane helicopter platform gives users HUD capability that lets aviators concentrate on flying, maneuvering around terrain and obstacles, and landing at night ... even on a moving ship.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.03.12): Circle-To-Land

Circle-To-Land A maneuver initiated by the pilot to align the aircraft with a runway for landing when a straight-in landing from an instrument approach is not possible or is not desirable. At tower controlled airports, this maneuver is made only after ATC authorization has been obtained and the pilot has established required visual reference to the airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.03.12)

Aero Linx: Association of Naval Aviation The mission of ANA is to educate the general public about the overall military status of the United States, to encourage widespread interest as to the importance of Naval Aviation in the defense of the United States and its allies, to stimulate the collection, preservation and display of historical material concerning the history of naval aviation, and to encourage scientific and technical development of naval aviation. ANA is a not-for-profit organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.03.12)

“The Legacy 600/650 family has been well recognized by customers worldwide since the first Legacy 600 delivered in early 2002. The delivery of the 200th aircraft of the Legacy family within a decade eloquently reflects the success of the Legacy program. In addition, we are proud that Minsheng Financial Leasing, one of our most important customers, is part of this historic success by taking delivery of this aircraft.” Source: Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets, following the delivery of the 200th 600 series aircraft.

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