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April 18, 2012

Vision Impaired: Cirrus Re-Announces The Previously Announced SF50 Jet... Again

Price Jacked To $1.96 Million, Deliveries Starting In 2015??? Really? Oh, Please...

News/Analysis By Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief After a fair bit of hype, smoke, and mirrors... the "Major Announcement" promised last week by Cirrus Aircraft is that they're going to do what they said they were going to do... last year... and the year before... and the year before that. In simpler terms, Cirrus claims that their Chinese state-owned parent, CAIGA, (China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd.) has committed to the 'full' funding of the nearly dormant Cirrus SF50 single engine jet, first conceived of over a decade ago (and secretly developed in their humorously nicknamed "Moose Works") and publicly prop

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Boeing Chief Pilot: Training Must Transform To Maximize Full Pilot Potential

Emphasize Competency-Based Training For Next Generation Of Aviation Personnel

Boeing has called on the aviation industry to transform aviation training for the next generation of commercial airline pilots and maintenance technicians. At the World Aviation Training Symposium in Orlando, FL, Tuesday, Mike Carriker, Boeing Test & Evaluation chief pilot for New Airplane Development, focused on training future aviation personnel to their fullest potential to maximize the capabilities of today's high technology airplanes.

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NASA Planning Group Takes Key Steps For Future Mars Exploration

Analyzing Options For Robotic Missions, Later Human Explorations

NASA's Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), established to assist the agency in developing a new strategy for the exploration of the Red Planet, has begun analyzing options for future robotic missions and enlisting the assistance of scientists and engineers worldwide.

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Test Version Of NASA's Orion Spacecraft To Appear Alongside Discovery

Both On Display This Week At Udvar-Hazy Center

A full-scale test version of the Orion spacecraft is one of several NASA-sponsored exhibits that will appear alongside space shuttle Discovery at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, VA.

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SOCATA North America Celebrates The Careers Of Two Long-Time Employees

Scott Ross And Kam Phongsavath Are Honored For 20 Years Of Loyalty And Service

SOCATA North America has honored the two most senior employees at DAHER-SOCATA’s U.S. subsidiary, celebrating their careers that span more than 20 years of service. The two employees are Kam Phongsavath, who is SOCATA North America’s Director of Quality Control; and Scott Ross, Shop Manager at the company’s Repair Station. The combination of their careers is equal to the total time of SOCATA’s 40 years in the United States.

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NASA, Library Of Congress Select First Astrobiology Chair

David H. Grinspoon Will Begin One-Year Residence In November

NASA and the Library of Congress have announced the selection of David H. Grinspoon to be the first Baruch S. Blumberg NASA-Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

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Jeppesen Rolls Out JeppCatalog Mobile App

Features Enhancements To Printed Jeppesen Retail Catalog Content

Jeppesen, a unit of Boeing Flight Services, has introduced a new mobile app, JeppCatalog, to simplify access to Jeppesen’s aviation retail catalog content and enhance the purchasing process for customers. Featuring the same detailed information about Jeppesen’s aviation products and services contained in the printed annual catalog version, the JeppCatalog app also includes video content and links to follow for expanded product information.

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New Version Of ForeFlight Supports ADS-B Device For iPad

In-Flight Weather Information From A Battery-Powered Receiver

The new version of ForeFlight offers support for the Stratus portable ADS-B weather receiver introduced last month. On its blog, ForeFlight says that the new version 4.5 supports all FIS-B products transmitted by the ADS-B network. This includes high resolution regional NEXRAD, CONUS NEXRAD, METARs, TAFs, winds aloft, PIREPs, SUA information, TFRs, and NOTAMs.

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FAA Awards STC For 4-Blade Prop On Piper Navajo

Composite Propeller For Model PA-31P

The FAA has granted an STC (SA02959NY) to MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH for the installation of a composite 4-blade scimitar propeller on the Piper PA-31P Navajos equipped with Lycoming TIGO-541-E series engines. The installation has also been certified by EASA.

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Evacuation Following Emergency Landing In London Results In 15 Injuries

Virgin Atlantic Plane Had A Possible Fire In The Hold

A Virgin Atlantic A330 on a flight from London to Orlando, FL, was forced to return to Gatwick Airport Monday when a fire was indicated in the hold.

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Rockwell Collins To Work On Live Virtual Constructive Training For Navy

Contracted To Investigate Flight Safety Requirements For Exercises

Rockwell Collins, which performs the integration of live aircraft in Live Virtual Constructive (LVC) training systems, has been selected by the Office of Naval Research to investigate flight safety requirements for such exercises.

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R-22 Down In Connecticut Flown By State Representative

Woman Passenger Was Injured When The Helo Went Down

A Robinson R-22 flown by a Connecticut state legislator went down in a wooded area Saturday, resulting in the injury of his female passenger. The aircraft was being flown by Republican State Representative Bill Wadsworth, who reportedly sustained minor injuries in the accident.

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NASA Sponsors Informatics Competiong With TopCoder

Goal Is To Make 100 Terabytes Of Data In Planetary System Archive Accessible For Everyday Use

The NASA Tournament Lab and digital creation community Topcoder said Monday that they are embarking on the second phase of the Planetary Data System (PDS) Challenge series, an open call competition to create new mobile and web-based apps that will provide easier access for the general public to the Planetary Data System's vast 100 terabyte archive of images and data gleaned from planetary missions from the past 30 years.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.18.12

Diamond DA42-NG Wins Canadian Approval
Oklahoma's Governor Wants To See American Airlines Remain Its Own Entity…
And The World Get's Its First Look At The Pipistrel Panthera

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Aero-TV: Checking Out The Bristell -- The New LSA Bird On the Block

A New LSA Bird Tries To Take On The Industry

One of the more pleasant aspects of getting to those aviation events that still manage to draw a crowd, is to see what's new and interesting in the latest crop of flying machines. At the 2012 US Sport Aviation Expo, the newest kid on the block was a rather cure little bird by the name of "Bristell." While admittedly a bit similar in form and configuration to a number of competing birds, it seemed that Bristell was an attempt to maximize what people liked about the current crop of low-wing sport flyers into one new airframe.

Final Flight: Discovery Overflies Washington, D.C.

America's Space Program Is Currently A Shell Of Its Former Glory

By Wes Oleszewski Departing from the Kennedy Space Center, the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery was riding aboard the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) 905. The orbiter, having been retired from flight with the ending of the Space Shuttle program, was on its way to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy facility near Dulles Airport.

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Pipistrel Unveils New Panthera 4-Place Airplane

New Composite Aircraft Revealed At AERO Expo 2012 In Germany

The aviation community got its first look at Pipistrel's long-awaited new four-place airplane April 18th at AERO Expo 2012 in Friedrichshafen Germany. The  4-seat all composite design features a retractable undercarriage, 200 kts cruising speed, 1000 NM range, comfortable cabin and a choice of three powerplants – conventional/hybrid/electric.

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Aero-TV: Checking Out The Bristell -- The New LSA Bird On the Block

A New LSA Bird Tries To Take On The Industry

One of the more pleasant aspects of getting to those aviation events that still manage to draw a crowd, is to see what's new and interesting in the latest crop of flying machines. At the 2012 US Sport Aviation Expo, the newest kid on the block was a rather cure little bird by the name of "Bristell." While admittedly a bit similar in form and configuration to a number of competing birds, it seemed that Bristell was an attempt to maximize what people liked about the current crop of low-wing sport flyers into one new airframe.

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Reps. Cravaack, Bishop Introduce Bipartisan Aviation Reform Legislation

Bill Directs Secretary LaHood To Apply Single Standard To Crew Rest Rules

U.S. Representatives Chip Cravaack (R-MN) and Tim Bishop (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4350, the Safe Skies Act of 2012. Importantly, the bill would ensure that pilot rest requirements apply to all cargo air operations.

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Diamond DA42 NG Receives Transport Canada Certification

Validates EASA Type Certificate Including Optional Equipment

Diamond Aircraft has announced that Transport Canada has certified both regular and special mission versions of the DA42 NG, powered by Diamond’s proprietary Austro Engine AE300 jet-fuel piston diesel powerplant.

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Boeing, ANA Celebrate First 787 Biofuel Flight

Delivery Flight Also Marks First Ever Transpacific Flight Using Biofuel

A 787 Dreamliner on a ferry flight to Japan flew for the first time Monday powered in part by sustainable biofuels. "The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions," said Billy Glover, Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy.

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Porter Airlines Q400 Makes First Canadian Biofuel Revenue flight

Successfully Concludes Test Program Led By Bombardier Aerospace, Porter Airlines, Pratt & Whitney Canada And Targeted Growth

Porter Airlines has successfully conducted the first biofuel-powered revenue flight in Canada. The flight marks the conclusion of a test program that was launched in 2010. The airline flew one of its Bombardier Q400 turboprops from its base at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Ottawa using a 50/50 blend of biofuel and Jet A1 fuel in one of its engines.

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SpaceX, NASA Eye April 30th For Falcon 9, Dragon Launch

COTS 2 And 3 Missions Combined Into A Single Event

Following the completion of NASA's flight readiness review, the second SpaceX demonstration launch for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program is scheduled for Monday, April 30. A Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon capsule will lift off from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity at 1222 EDT.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.18.12)

“As a former cargo pilot, I understand the importance of a single standard of safety for pilots who share the same airspace and runways with passenger aircraft.” Source: Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.18.12): Induced Drag

Drag caused by the same factors that produce lift; its amount varies inversely with airspeed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.18.12)

The Order Of Daedalians

The Order of Daedalians honors, as its Founder Members, all WW I aviators who were commissioned as officers and rated as military pilots no later than the Armistice on 11 November 1918.

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