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October 22, 2012

Shocker! Hightower Resigns As EAA President/CEO

Former Cessna Boss to Direct 'Transition'

Well... we heard, this morning, that something "huge" was in the works... but this is hardly what we and many at EAA expected... ANN has confirmed that the EAA Board of Directors accepted the resignation of President and CEO Rod Hightower earlier today. Hightower will be returning to St. Louis to reunite with his family.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.22.12

 44 TSA Employees to Be Fired or Disciplined In Newark…

Cool City Announces A Dealer Network…

The FAA Postpones a Planned Seattle Air Corrid

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CAN Auction At NBAA2012 Features Flight Training, In Flight Internet

Auction Takes Place On Halloween At Orlando's Peabody Hotel

An auction held to benefit Corporate Angel Network (CAN) during the National Business Aviation Association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) will take place on Wednesday, October 31st at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, FL, The auction features many highly-prized donated items and unique bidding opportunities for aviation departments.

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Jeppesen Teams With Gael Ltd. To Enhance Crew Fatigue Reporting Process

Will Automate Reporting To Assist In Analysis Of Fatigue Data

An agreement to provide airlines with a new automated solution to report crew fatigue has been inked between Jeppesen and Gael Ltd., a UK-based compliance management company.

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Second Pair Of Galileo IOV Satellites In Orbit

All four Galileo IOV Satellites Were Assembled, Integrated And Tested By Thales Alenia Space In Rome

The last two Galileo IOV (In-Orbit Validation) satellites were successfully launched on Friday October 12th by Arianespace, using a Soyuz rocket at the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. These two satellites, assembled, integrated and tested at Thales Alenia Space's plant in Rome, will join the first pair of IOV satellites, launched in October 2011.

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NASA Seeks Student Experiments For 2013 High-Altitude Scientific Balloon Flight

Application Deadline Is December 14

NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon next year. The balloon competition is a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge. The agency is targeting fall 2013 for the next flight opportunity for the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP).

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ATR Obtains The First ATO Certification In France Under The New EASA Rules

Meets New European 'Part FCL' Training Standards

ATR's Training Center has obtained a FR.ATO.0001 certificate. This makes it the very first training organization in France to meet the new European “Part FCL” standards, which now define the EC regulations for pilots' licenses. ATR thus becomes the first “Approved Training Organization” in France under this new regulation put forth by the EASA.

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Asian Helicopter Service Racks Up Hours With Their AW139s

Fleet Has Accumulated 20,000 Hours In 18 Months

In just over 18 months, the AW139 intermediate twin-engine helicopter fleet operated by Weststar Aviation Services of Malaysia has achieved the milestone of 20,000 flying hours. The company's first AW139 entered service in April 2011.

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Ecuador's Ministry Of Defense Reaffirms Commitment To Eurocopter

Takes Delivery Of The First Two AS550 C3A Fennec Helicopters

On September 25, Eurocopter delivered the first two AS550 C3 Fennec helicopters to the Ecuadorian Ministry of Defense under a contract signed in 2010 for seven of these helicopters and two AS350 B2s, which were delivered in December 2011. The contract contemplates delivery of two Fennecs per year until 2015.

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Atlantic Airways Selects Thales Avionics Package For New Airbus Aircraft

FMS, Digital HUD, Other Equipment Will Allow For Low RNP Approaches

Thales announces that Atlantic Airways has selected the package of Thales Avionics equipment and cockpit technologies for installation on its Airbus A319. The selected equipment consists of Alternate Supplier Furnished Equipment (SFE) and Buyer Furnished Equipment (BFE).

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Texas Pilot Charged With Bigamy

Owner Of Fort Worth Rental And Training Company Was Living With Two Women In Different Suburbs

File this one under "oh what a tangled web we weave." The owner of a flight training and airplane rental company in Fort Worth, TX, has been charged with bigamy after it was discovered he had not divorced his first wife before marrying his second.

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Citizen Scientists Discover Four-Star Planet With NASA's Kepler Telescope

Complex System Has Binary Stars Orbiting Binary Stars

The discovery of planets continues to expand beyond the domain of professional astronomers. A joint effort of amateur astronomers and scientists has led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting a double-star that, in turn, is orbited by a second distant pair of stars.

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Naval And Maritime Helicopters Featured At 2012 Euronaval Exhibition

Eurocopter Showing Multiple Military Aircraft

Eurocopter’s extensive range of helicopters for naval and maritime missions will take pride of place at Euronaval 2012, the 23rd Naval, Defense and Maritime Exhibition and Conference, with the company displaying models of the NH90 NFH, the AS365 N3+ and the AS565 MB/Panther.

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Airborne 10.19.12: HBC To Stay In US, Cessna Disappoints, AOPA Won't Get Real

Also: Monte Mitchell Goes West, Gryder's Triple Solo at Age 16, Babbitt's New Gig, Bell Beats Eurocopter, Buried Spitfires

The fat lady has far from sung for Hawker Beech as ANN has learned that when Hawker Beechcraft emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it will do so as a stand-alone company. After a short and mysterious engagement with Superior Aviation Beijing Co., Ltd (limited), the wedding is off. Times are still tough in Wichita... In a conference call with analysts Wednesday, Cessna executives said that orders were "very, very light" in July and August, but a bit stronger in September. The result was higher revenue for the quarter, but

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Barnstorming: More Signs Of The Times

After All The AOPA Hub-Bub, Momentum Builds For Redirection Of Efforts Toward Solving REAL Problems

Despite an expectation of less than positive vibes about the AOPA Summit, I headed to Palm Springs last week and got a pleasant and wholly unexpected surprise. After enduring some initial flak from the AOPA -- who seem more interested in attacking the messenger than dealing with the message -- I rather expected to have to have to grit my teeth through the event and just deal with the fallout of heading the one news organization that was willing to ask the questions many were otherwise asking under their breath. But a funny thing happened at Palm Springs... where I found myself the recipient of a limitless sequence of 'attaboys,' hand shakes, congrats, and high fi

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Bendix/King’s myWingMan App Now Available At iTunes Store

Long-Awaited Tablet App For Pilots Simplifies Cockpit Operations

Yup... we're downloading it as we speak... Bendix/King's myWingMan application is now available for download from the Apple iTunes Store. Bendix/King developed myWingMan, a flight-planning and inflight navigation support app, 'to simplify operations and push the boundaries of tablet computer use in the cockpit. Unlike any application on the market, myWingMan offers general aviation pilots full enroute navigation on a moving map display, real-time weather information and synthetic vision for improved flight navigation and safety.'

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Getting Down To Business: Cool City Avionics Announces Authorized Dealers

Dealers Appointed in the US, Canada, Denmark, Germany and Guatemala

Cool City Avionics, known to ANN and Aero-TV fans as a manufacturer of low cost, professional-grade automatic flight guidance control systems and helicopter stability augmentation systems, has announced that it has appointed thirteen new authorized dealers in the United States, three in Canada and one each in Denmark, Germany and Guatemala. Additional dealers will be appointed in the coming months.

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FAA Pushes Back Seattle Air Corridor Meeting

'Key Officials' Were Not Available, No Firm New Date Set

The FAA says "key officials" are not available for a planned October 23 meeting in Seattle to discuss changes in flight patterns over the city. The agency has not yet confirmed a new date for the meeting.

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Klyde Morris (10.22.12)

Klyde Speaks The Truth About Endeavour


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EADS Has Eyes On Additional U.S. Military Contracts

Wants To Ramp Up Sales Beyond Airliners

EADS is in search of a U.S. defense contractor that will help the European aerospace giant pitch a new armed helicopter to the U.S. military, and says it's already spent tens of millions of dollars to develop the aircraft for a competition that has not yet been announced.

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FAA Approves Seven More Oxygen Concentrator Models

Brings Number Of Approved Devices To 21

There’s good news for airline passengers who need to use medical oxygen. The FAA has approved seven additional portable oxygen concentrator models for use aboard airplanes, bringing the total number of approved units to 21.

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ANN FAQ: ANN's 'Aero-Casting' Features

Thousands of Episodes and Counting!!

Beginning with a trial run in 2005 at Oshkosh, ANN has now produced thousands of professional audio news and feature programs which fill a unique need for busy people.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.22.12): Vmcg

Vmcg Minimum control speed on the ground – the minimum airspeed at which the aircraft is directionally controllable during acceleration along the runway with one engine inoperative, takeoff power on the operative engine(s), and with nose wheel steering assumed inoperative.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.22.12)

Aero Linx: Massachusetts Business Aviation Association The MBAA is a not-for-profit association founded to promote and advocate for business and general aviation interests within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We understand and give voice to the needs and interests of corporate flight departments of major corporations as well as those of individual aircraft owners. The MBAA addresses and responds to the full range of issues impacting the business and general aviation community within Massachusetts including safety, security, operational effectiveness, community and government relations, and environmental concerns.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.22.12)

"I just canceled my subscription to the newsletter and I wanted to tell you why. I have no problem with ANN. I think you have a great and worthy publication. It is just that since the Great Recession combined with onerous FAA regs caused me to shut down my avionics business 5 years ago, I am not as interested in aviation as I once was. The recession along with the FAA regs combined with a moron destroying my aircraft by taxiing into it created a perfect storm. I was forced to give up something I dreamed of doing most of my adult life. As a result, along with a heart issue (now resolved but still driving the cost of obtaining a medical out of reach), I have given up flying altogether." Source: Part of a tragic letter written t

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