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February 23, 2012

Aero-News Alert: Marine Helos Collide During Training Exercise

Seven Service Members Fatally Injured In The Accident

An AH-1W Cobra and a UH-1Y Huey utility helicopter collided Wednesday night during a training exercise over the California desert, resulting in the fatal injury of seven Marines. Six were stationed at Camp Pendleton, and one was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, AZ.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.23.12

GAMA releases industry sales and deliveries for 2011.
Piper bucked the trend with its 2011 numbers.
And Skycatchers will no longer be assembled in Wichita.

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Air Force Marks 100,000th Flight From Pueblo 'Gateway'

Diamond DA20s First Exposure To USAF Flying For Pilots In the Program

The Gateway to Air Force aviation launched its 100,000th sortie earlier this month. That gateway is run by the 1st Flying Training Squadron at Pueblo Memorial Airport in Pueblo, Colo. The 1st FTS oversees Initial Flight Screening, for all of the Air Force's pilot, combat systems officers and remotely piloted aircraft candidates, It does this by working with Doss Aviation, which fulfills the $200 million, 10-year Air Force Initial Flight Screening contract.

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Boeing, New European Airline Volotea Agree To 717 Leasing Deal

All-717 Fleet To Be Basis For Low-Cost Carrier Serving Small, Midsized Cities

The Boeing 717 will be the foundation for new European low-cost airline, Volotea, with a long-term lease deal announced today between The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) and the airline's management. Volotea has taken delivery of its first 717-200 airplane from Boeing Capital Corporation, the manufacturers' financing and leasing arm. The operator plans to begin its new European point-to-point service with an all-717 fleet in time for this year's Easter travel season.

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NASA Spacecraft Reveals 'Recent' Geological Activity On The Moon

Scientists Say Moon Is Pulling Apart Forming Small Valleys On The Lunar Surface

New images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show the moon's crust is being stretched, forming minute valleys in a few small areas on the lunar surface. Scientists propose this geologic activity occurred less than 50 million years ago, which is considered recent compared to the moon's age of more than 4.5 billion years.

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Heavy Helicopter Squadron Marines Return To Cherry Point

Completed Seven-Month Deployment To The Horn Of Africa

More than 50 Marines with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Feb. 11, after a seven-month deployment to the Horn of Africa where the squadron provided support preventing conflict, promoting regional stability and protecting coalition interests.

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AgustaWestland Touts Success In China

Says Recent Sales Add To Dominant Market Share

AgustaWestland has announced a contract with Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau for two AW139 medium twin helicopters. The new aircraft, along with one AW109 Power and two CA109 Power light twins already in service with the agency, will perform law enforcement, fire fighting and air rescue operations in and around Beijing.

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Teachers Fly Experiments On NASA Reduced Gravity Flights

Seventy Educators Experienced Weightlessness In Johnson Space Center Program

More than 70 teachers had an opportunity to experience what it feels like to float in space as they participated in the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston last week. The teachers flew aboard an aircraft that flies parabolic flight paths, which create brief periods of weightlessness.

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AgustaWestland Names New US Service Center

Louisiana Location Continues Rapid Expansion

AgustaWestland has announced the appointment of Arrow Aviation, based in Broussard, LA, as an authorized service center in the US for the single-engine AW119 and medium twin AW139 helicopters. Arrow will provide maintenance and repair and maintain a spare parts inventory.

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Go Airlines, TransAsia Airways Select PW1100G-JM Engines For neo Aircraft

Announce Orders For The Powerplant Reaching 171 Units

Engine orders for A320neo family aircraft are being announced this week at the Singapore Air Show. Two of the early announcements came from Go Airlines and TransAsia Airways, both of which have selected Pratt & Whitey PurePower PW1100G-JM engines.

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German Federal Police Order Frasca FTDs

Devices Allow NVG, Location-Specific Simulations

Frasca International has contracted with the NATO Maintenance & Supply Agency (NAMSA) to deliver two new Helicopter Flight Training Devices (FTDs) to the German Federal Police (BPOL) for the Eurocopter EC155 and AS332, and to upgrade BPOL’s existing Frasca-built Eurocopter EC135 FTD to have common technical standards with the new FTDs.

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Taxiway B At South Carolina's Donaldson Field Is Now Open

Infrastructure Improvement Paid For Largely With $1.35 Million DOT Grant

Taxiway B at South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center’s (SCTAC) Donaldson Field opened for air traffic on Thursday, February 2, 2012. The completion of this important infrastructure will significantly impact operations, especially those of Lockheed Martin, contributing to a $1.4 billion impact to local and state-wide economy. The completion of this taxiway was facilitated by a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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Heron TP Drone Is Down In Central Israel

737-Sized UAV Was On 'Experimental' Flight

The Israeli military has been developing a drone the size of a 737, and a range which could allow it to reach Iran without refueling. On Sunday, during what was described as a routine experimental flight, the Heron TP UAV crashed in central Israel.

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First A400M For French AF Takes Shape In Seville

Aircraft Has Been Moved To Final Assembly Station

The first Airbus Military A400M for the French Air Force is taking shape in Seville (Spain), where its final assembly line is located. The final assembly process for this aircraft, known as MSN7, started last November.

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Aero-TV: Competitive Viking Power Plants -- The HF-110 Proves Itself an Efficient Alternative

New Competition For Rotax... The Viking Gold Line Appears Ready For PrimeTime

One of the banes of existence in the certified airplane game is the fact that we haven't seen much in the way of change among Powerplants in quite the while. Even in the LSA community, most of the airframes are committed to one variant of Rotax or another -- with few deviation form that 'norm.' BUT... there's a new sheriff in town and its ready to make a stand.

Aero-TV: Competitive Viking PowerPlant--HF-110 Proves An Efficient Alternative

New Competition For Rotax... The Viking Gold Line Appears Ready For PrimeTime

One of the banes of existence in the certified airplane game is the fact that we haven't seen much in the way of change among Powerplants in quite the while. Even in the LSA community, most of the airframes are committed to one variant of Rotax or another -- with few deviation from that 'norm.' BUT... there's a new sheriff in town and its ready to make a stand. While perusing the many enticing wares at the 2012 Sebring LSA flight fest, we had the chance to see the latest offering from Viking Aircraft Engines. Their new gold edition engine is the brainchild of builder Jan Eggenfellner and shar

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State Lt. Governors To President Obama: 'Let's Partner To Advance Aerospace'

Recommends Support For Programs Such As Build-A-Plane, Real World Design Challenge

The Aerospace States Association (ASA) ... a group comprised of the Lt. Governors of several states with extensive aerospace interests or the Governor's desingees ... has written a letter to President Obama to seek a stronger recognition of the states’ role in the success of national aerospace policies and strategies.

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TSA Announces Chair, Vice-Chair For Aviation Security Advisory Committee

Private Sector Leadership Group Was Formed In 1989

The TSA on Tuesday announced the appointment of Carter Morris and Bill Cason to be the respective Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). ASAC is TSA’s sole federal advisory committee that gives the agency recommendations for improving civil aviation security methods, equipment and procedures.

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Southwest Mechanics Reject Proposed AirTran Integration Agreement

Airline Says Primary Goal Is 'Speedy Resolution' To The Issue Without Arbitration

The merger of Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways hit a bump in what had been a pretty smooth road to finalization Tuesday, as the members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 11, which represents mechanics working for Southwest Airlines, rejected the seniority integration agreement proposed by the airline as part of its merger with AirTran.

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Pipistrel Circumnavigator Lands Safely In Easter Island

Pacific Island Group One Of The Most Remote Places On Earth

Matevz Lenarcic, who is flying around the world with a modified Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo, has just completed the longest flight on his journey ... 2,300 miles over the Pacific Ocean from Concepcion, Chile to Easter Island.

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UAVs In U.S. Airspace Raise Privacy Concerns

Civil Liberties Group Calls For Limits On UAV Use By Government, Law Enforcement

A civil liberties group in Washington, D.C., wants very strict regulations on the use of UAVs in U.S. airspace. They're not concerned so much about the safety of pilots who are flying in the same areas as unpiloted drones, but rather about having their picture taken.

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Activist's UAV Shot Down In SC

SHARK Vows To Press Charges After Disrupting Pigeon Shoot

This may be a new wrinkle in the debate over domestic drone surveillance and privacy. A Mikrokopter drone being flown by an animal rights group to document a live pigeon shoot in South Carolina was reportedly shot down by angry gun enthusiasts after their event was called off Sunday. The UAV owner has filed a police report, and vows to press charges.

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Impaired Flight Attendant May Have Caused Delta Flight Cancellation

Investigation Is Underway, Airline Is Not Commenting

A Pinnacle Airlines flight operating under a codeshare with Delta was cancelled Monday, and the reason may be that the sole flight attendant on the airplane was intoxicated.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.23.12)

“Shipments declined in all three industry segments from the previous year, but the declines reached single digits which indicate general aviation is reaching the trough in this cycle.” Source: GAMA Board Chair Caroline Daniels, presenting the organizations "State of the Industry" report.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.23.12): Line Up And Wait (LUAW)

Used by ATC to inform a pilot to taxi onto the departure runway to line up and wait. It is not authorization for takeoff.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.23.12)

National Association of State Aviation Officials

Officially established in 1931, the National Association of State Aviation Officials is one of the oldest continually active aviation advocates in the United States. 

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