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December 19, 2012

IATA Revises Airline Performance Forecast Upwards For 2012

Industry Net Margin Expected To Reach 1.3 Percent Next Year

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released an upward revision to its industry financial outlook. For 2012 airlines are expected to return a profit of $6.7 billion (up from the $4.1 billion forecast in October). This is expected to improve slightly to $8.4 billion in 2013 (marginally better than the $7.5 billion forecast in October). Industry net post-tax margin, however, will remain weak at 1.0% in 2012 and 1.3% in 2013.

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Pinnacle Airlines, ALPA Reach Tentative Agreement

Moves Airline Closer To Successful Restructuring In Chapter 11

Pinnacle Airlines has reached a tentative agreement with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the legal representative of the Pinnacle Airlines pilot group on cost reductions that cover pay, retirement, work rules and benefits, the two sides announced Monday.

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Pegasus Orders Up To 100 A320neo Family Aircraft

Second Largest neo Order From A European Airline

Pegasus Airlines, the second largest airline in Turkey, says it plans to acquire up to 100 A320neo Family aircraft (58 A320neo and 17 A321neo models), of which 75 are firm orders. Pegasus becomes a new Airbus customer and the first Turkish airline to order the A320neo.

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Boeing, Embraer Collaborate On Runway Safety

Runway Situation Awareness Tools Will Provide New Procedures, Training And Technology To Reduce Runway Excursions

Boeing and Embraer S.A. have rolled out a program in which they will work together to provide customers with a shared set of tools, called Runway Situation Awareness Tools, to reduce runway excursions. This further strengthens the collaboration between two of the world's largest aerospace companies.

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AETC Declares Eglin Ready For F-35 Training

Thirty-Five Pilots Expected To Go Through The Program In 2013

Following an independent evaluation of Eglin's capability to conduct F-35A Lightning II pilot training, Air Education and Training Command announced Monday that the 33rd Fighter Wing can do so starting January 2013.

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GE Near Deal To Acquire Avio

Italian Company Supplies Components For Commercial And Military Jet Engines

GE is reportedly set to announce a deal to acquire Avio SpA, an Italian aerospace company that provides components for military and commercial jet engines, as well as satellite propulsion systems.

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Silver State Helicopter Lawsuit Could Have Far-Reaching Implications

Bank That Made Student Loans Now Subject Of Appeal Hearing

A lawsuit that stemmed from the bankruptcy of Las Vegas-based Silver State Helicopter could have implications for the banking industry as it continues to move through the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in California.

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USCG Awards $4.6 Million Contract To Honeywell

Coast Guard MH-60 Fleet To Be Equipped With Company's Vibration Monitoring System

The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded a $4.8 million contract to Honeywell for the installation of health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS) aboard its entire fleet of MH-60T helicopters. For the U.S. Coast Guard, the installation and use of HUMS is critically important and paramount to the success of its missions.

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Puget Sound Town Will Appeal FAA's Paine Field Decision

Mukilteo City Council Votes To Fight Commercial Flights At The Airport

The Mukilteo, WA, City Council plans to appeal a decision by the FAA to allow commercial flights to operate to and from Paine Field in Everett, WA. The council voted Monday night to file an appeal in Federal Court.

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Airshow Industry Honors Its Own

Individuals, Organizations Recognized For Their Contributions At ICAS Convention

During its annual convention in Las Vegas last week, the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) recognized several individuals and organizations for their achievements and contributions during the 2012 air show season.

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Indra Implements Its 2nd Airbus A320 Level D Simulator In China

The System Delivered To Beijing Capital Airlines Has Been Certified By The Civil Aviation Administration Of China (CAAC)

A second Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator (FSS) has been delivered to Beijing by Indra, which says it has also become the first company to commission and implement a helicopter simulator on Chinese territory, with the collaboration of Eurocopter.

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ERAU – Asia Graduates Inaugural MBA Class

19 Students Earn Advanced Aviation Degrees

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Asia graduated its inaugural class of 19 MBA in Aviation (MBAA) students during a ceremony held recently at Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), where the MBAA courses are taught.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.19.12

Piper Will Remain in Florida…

Protecting Your Privacy from Drones…

Still No Rest for Weary Cargo Pilots….

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Aero-TV: Redbird's Roger Sharp (Part 3) -- Transforming the Art and Craft of Flight Instruction

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 3 of 5)

Aviation has been undergoing some rough years... and the future is, as yet, quite uncertain. There are few facets of the aviation world more uncertain, though, than that of the flight training industry and community. Years of "...that's the way we've always done it," have created a serious culture clash among those who feel the old ways are the good ways, and those who feel that its time for something "completely different."

Aero-TV: Redbird's Sharp--Transforming the Art & Craft of Flight Instruction (3)

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 3 of 5)

Aviation has been undergoing some rough years... and the future is, as yet, quite uncertain. There are few facets of the aviation world more uncertain, though, than that of the flight training industry and community. Years of "...that's the way we've always done it," have created a serious culture clash among those who feel the old ways are the good ways, and those who feel that its time for something "completely different."

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Piper To Maintain Florida Headquarters

Company, Indian River County Reach Agreement

Piper Aircraft and Florida's Indian River County have agreed to amend an economic development incentive contract to retain the company's headquarters and manufacturing operations in Vero Beach. This follows a similar renegotiated agreement reached earlier this month between the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Piper.

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FAA Plans To Continue To Exclude Cargo Pilots From Latest Duty Rest Rules

Cites Cost Of Compliance As Primary Reason

The FAA has published in the Federal Register a flight crewmember duty and rest requirements docket that continues to exclude cargo pilots from its more stringent crew rest rules imposed on pilots on airplanes carrying passengers.

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Congressman Markey Introduces UAV Privacy Legislation

FAA Estimates That By 2020, There Could Be 30,000 Drones Flying In American Skies

Congressman Edward J. Markey (D-MA), co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, has introduced legislation to ensure standards for informing the public and establish safeguards to protect the privacy of individuals as the federal government develops a comprehensive plan for the use of drones in U.S. airspace.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For A320 Family Airplanes

Move Related To EASA Emergency AD For Angle Of Attack Sensors

The FAA has issued an Emergency AD (2012-26-51) for all Airbus Model A318, A319, A320, and A321 series airplanes. The AD was prompted by a report indicating that an airplane equipped with Angle of Attack (AoA) sensors (with conic plates installed) recently experienced blockage of all sensors during climb.

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NASA's Grail Lunar Impact Site Named For Astronaut Sally Ride

Two Spacecraft Had Been Orbiting The Moon Since January, 2012

NASA has named the site where twin agency spacecraft impacted the moon Monday in honor of the late astronaut, Sally K. Ride, who was America's first woman in space and a member of the probes' mission team.

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Rolls-Royce Signs $1 Billion Trent 900 Contract With Skymark Airlines

Also Inks Trent 700 Letter Of Intent With The Japanese Carrier

Rolls-Royce has signed a $1 billion contract, at list prices, from Japan's Skymark Airlines for Trent 900 engines to power six Airbus A380 aircraft. The Trent 900 order, which follows the announcement of a letter of intent for these engines in September 2011, includes long-term TotalCare service support. The aircraft will enter into service in 2014.

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Arianespace's Year-Ending Flight Is Cleared For Its December 19 Liftoff

Ariane Flight VA211 Will Launch Satellites For The Mexican Government

Arianespace’s seventh and final Ariane 5 launch of 2012 is "go" for liftoff following a successful launch readiness review performed at the Spaceport in French Guiana. The review is held prior to each Ariane 5 mission.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.19.12)

"As we complete our lunar mission, we are proud we can honor Sally Ride's contributions by naming this corner of the moon after her." Source: GRAIL principal investigator Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.19.12): Visibility

The ability, as determined by atmospheric conditions and expressed in units of distance, to see and identify prominent unlighted objects by day and prominent lighted objects by night.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.19.12)

The Circumnavigators Club

The Circumnavigators Club is the only organization devoted to bringing together those men and women who have circumnavigated the globe.

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