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February 15, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.015.13

American and US Airways – The Merger is Done…

New Hampshire’s Ayotte is Senate Transportation Subcommittee’s Top Republican

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NTSB Posts Recommendations For Beech 1900D Nose Landing Gear

Address Fatigue Cracks Of The NLG End Caps On The Airplanes

The NTSB has sent a letter to Hawker Beechcraft President and CEO Robert S. (Steve) Miller that recommends actions to be taken following a nose gear incident involving a Beech 1900D which occurred May 17, 2011.

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Global Aviation Holdings Emerges From Chapter 11

Parent Company Of North American Airlines And World Airways

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York approved the reorganization plan presented by Global Aviation Holdings Inc. on December 6 of last year, allowing the company to complete its financial restructuring and emerge from Chapter 11. The plan became effective February 13.

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United Airlines, IAM Reach Tentative Agreements

Contract Cover More Than 28,000 United Employees

United Continental Holdings has reached tentative agreements on new joint collective bargaining agreements with the International Association of Machinists (IAM) for the fleet service, passenger service and storekeeper workgroups at the United, Continental, Continental Micronesia and MileagePlus subsidiaries. The agreements are subject to ratification by IAM members.

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NASA Set For New Round Of J-2X Testing At Stennis Space Center

Engine To Provide Thrust For The Heavy-Lift SLS

NASA's progress toward a return to deep space missions continues with a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency's Space Launch System (SLS). Beginning this month, engineers will conduct a series of tests on the second J-2X development engine.

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NASA Spinoff 2012 Features New Space Tech Bettering Your Life Today

Annual Report Of Technology Developed For Space Now In Use On Earth

A plant texts a farmer to say it needs more water. An invisible coating scrubs pollutants from the air. A robot roams a hospital's halls, aiding doctors and nurses by recording vital signs and registrations. The 2012 edition of NASA's annual Spinoff publication captures a nation and world made better by advancements originally achieved for space technology.

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AN-24 Down In Ukraine

Five Reportedly Fatally Injured, Two Unaccounted For

An AN-24 airliner with 44 people on board reportedly went down during a landing attempt in the Doketsk region of Ukraine, according to the state-owned Russian news service RIA Novosti. An official said "The plane missed the landing strip, turned upside down, and broke into pieces."

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WAI Seeks Conference Volunteers

Meeting Held In Nashville Next Month

Women in Aviation International (WAI) has posted an appeal for volunteers for its upcoming conference in Nashville, TN, next month.

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USAF Thunderbirds To Headline Wings Over North Georgia Air Show

Accompanied By Silver Wings Parachute Demonstration Team

The United States Air Force Thunderbirds will perform at the annual Wings Over North Georgia Air Show, taking place Oct. 12-13 at Rome, GA's Richard B. Russell Regional Airport. At the Wings Over North Georgia show in October, the Thunderbirds jet team will be flying their six signature red, white and blue F-16 Falcons, accompanied by the Silver Wings, the U.S. Army parachute demonstration team.

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Aegis System Intercepts Ballistic Missile Target

First-Time Success Using Satellite-Based Information

A second-generation Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system achieved its first intercept using tracking information from the space tracking and surveillance system demonstration satellites during a recent Missile Defense Agency (MDA) test.

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Swiss Air Force To Cut Jet Demonstration Team

President Says Patrouille Suisse To Be Disbanded By 2016

During a parliamentary security meeting Tuesday in Berne, Switzerland, President Ueli Maurer said that the country's jet demonstration team, the Patrouille Suisse, would be disbanded by 2016. The team has been in existence since 1964.

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Bahrain Air Parks Planes

Airline Facing Liquidation, Blames 'Political Unrest'

The Middle East is often mentioned as a high-growth region for airline traffic, with carriers like Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways reportedly doing quite well. But those are all state-owned companies that are expanding into global airlines.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-03-02

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC 155B, EC155B1, SA-365N1, AS-365N2 and AS 365 N3 helicopters.

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Airborne 02.15.13: $11B Airline Merger, Patrouille Suisse Cut, More Sequestration Damage

Also: Super Cub SAIB, Iranian Fighter Fraud, Orion Chute-Out, Garmin Radar Altimeter, Lightspeed FlightLink

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, today announced that the boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine to create the world's largest airline, with an implied combined equity value of approximately $11 billion based on the price of US Airways' stock as of February 13, 2013. Imagine how you’d feel if the Federal Government disbanded the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds. Well perhaps you can appreciate the outrage sweeping through Switzerland with news that their beloved Patrouille Suisse will be grounded after 2016. We’ve alr

Unions Representing 60,000 Airline Employees Support AA, US Airways Merger

Agree That Combined Airline Will Provide A Path For Competitive Compensation And Benefits

Leaders from five major unions representing more than 60,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees voiced their strong support for the merger of AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, announced Thursday.

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Machinists Union To US Airways: Contracts First, Merger Second

Said Union Will Not Support Merger Until Contracts Are Finalized

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) says that renewed contracts for its US Airways members must be concluded before the IAM is willing to support the merger of US Airways and American Airlines.

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Klyde Morris 02.15.2013

You Ought To Know Better Than To Make A Bet With The Boss Anyway, Klyde


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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna Retractable Landing Gear Hydraulics

Fire Started In-Flight On A 172RG

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for Cessna Aircraft Company Models 172RG, R182, TR182, FR182, 210N, T210N, 210R, T210R, P210N, P210R, and T303 airplanes. The bulletin addresses an airworthiness concern regarding landing gear hydraulic power pack systems.

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New Hampshire Senator Named Transportation Subcommittee's Top Republican

Kelly Ayotte's Appointment Praised By A4A

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), the Ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, has named New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte as the top GOP member of the panel's transportation subcommittee for the 113th Congress.

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SPEEA Files New Unfair Labor Charges Against Boeing

Says Company Banned Union From Distributing Literature At Its Everett Factory

SPEAA has filed additional unfair labor charges against Boeing, saying that company security, acting on management orders, banned engineers and technical workers from leafleting at the Everett factory, according to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001. SPEEA said the charges include reports of managers holding mandatory meetings with employees to interrogate and intimidate them regarding the current contract votes.

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New Community Airport Opens In Tennessee

Cleveland Regional Jetport Replaces Hardwick Field Near Chattanooga

A new community airport opened January 25 in Cleveland, TN, about 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga. The Cleveland Regional Jetport (KRZR) replaces nearby Hardwick Field, where the runway couldn’t be extended to accommodate larger general aviation aircraft – and, with them, the business – the community aims to attract with the new development.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.15.13)

"Today, we are proud to launch the new American Airlines – a premier global carrier well equipped to compete and win against the best in the world." Source:  Tom Horton, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.15.13): ETOPS

Extended Range Operations with Twin-engine airplanes. An airplane flight operation during which a portion of the flight is conducted beyond 60  minutes and up to 180 minutes from an adequate airport for turbine-engine-powered airplanes with two engines. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.15.13)

Although designed for modelers, this site is a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in Japanese military aviation.

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