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December 20, 2012

Pilot Error Cited In Indonesian Superjet Accident

PIC Reportedly Ignored Terrain Warning Alarm Before Impact

The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee has released a report citing pilot error in an accident involving a Sukhoi Superjet-100 on a demonstration flight in that country. The plane, with 45 people on board, impacted Mount Salak on May 9 south of Jakarta. There were no survivors.

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Canada's Harper Government Mandates All-Inclusive Airfare Advertising

Carriers Must Display 'Total Price A Consumer Must Pay' To Fly

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Canada's Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced Tuesday that all-inclusive airfare advertising is now mandated under amendments to the Air Transportation Regulations. Lebel said the move will ensure consumers can clearly see the total price of an airline ticket, with no hidden fees.

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NASA Awards KSC Test And Operations Support Contract

Company Could Receive $1.37 Billion Over Nine Years If All Options Are Exercised

NASA has awarded its Test and Operations Support Contract, or TOSC, to Jacobs Technology Inc. of Tullahoma, TN. Jacobs will provide overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Boeing, FedEx Express Announce Order For Four 767 Freighters

Order Continues FedEx's Fleet Modernization Initiative

Four 767 freighters have been placed on order by FedEx Express as part of the shipper's initiative to modernize its fleet.

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Spirit AeroSystems Completes 100th Boeing 787 Forward Fuselage

Composite Section Will Be Shipped To Charleston, SC Assembly Plant Early Next Year

Spirit AeroSystems has completed of the 100th Boeing 787 composite forward fuselage section. This section will be shipped to Boeing's final assembly facility in Charleston, SC, early next year.

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Sweden Eyes Commercial Space Launch Business

Kiruna Airport Hopes To Offer Horizontal And Vertical Launches From The Arctic Circle

About 90 miles north of the Arctic Circle is the Swedish town of Kiruna, whose international airport offers flights to London and Tokyo. But if the plans of Spaceport Sweden come to fruition, the town could be the site of vertical and horizontal commercial space launches.

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Maryland Museum Plans C-123K Acquisition Effort

'Provider' Would Compliment The Museum's Collection Of Aircraft Built In Hagerstown

The Hagerstown Aviation Museum is raising money in an effort to bring a Fairchild C-123 Provider aircraft to the facility for permanent display. The Fairchild company built the airplanes, along with the C-119 Flying Boxcar and C-82 Packet in Hagerstown from 1954 to 1958.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna 425 Nose Baggage Doors

Compartment Might Come Open In Flight

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) regarding an issue with the door on the nose cargo compartment of Cessna 425 airplanes. The agency recommends pilots follow the emergency procedures section of the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) for “Nose Baggage Door Open on Takeoff” if they experience an open nose baggage door (or avionics door, if equipped).

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Newport News, VA, Schools Look At Expanded Aviation Academy

But Growth Would Mean The Facilities Would Have To Move

The public school system in Newport News, VA, is considering an expansion of its Aviation Academy, but the move of the program that would be necessary to accommodate the growth has some parents and at least one school board member upset.

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NSU Receives NASA Space Shuttle On-Board Computer For Research

Will Be Used By Students To Study Survival Systems

Some parts of NASA's shuttle program are finding some new life in academia. Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences in Fort Lauderdale, FL, has received one of the NASA Space Shuttle's on-board general purpose computers (AP-101S GPC). Faculty and students will study the design and construction of survival systems using the shuttle's computer.

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IATA Study Sees Travel Distribution Transformed By 2017

Study: 'Airlines Have Morphed Into Retailers'

The International Air Transport Association has published an independent study identifying major trends that are transforming the travel distribution landscape. The Future of Airline Distribution – A Look Ahead to 2017 was commissioned by IATA and written by Henry H. Harteveldt, co-founder of Atmosphere Research Group.

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Flight Dispatchers At Allegiant Air Vote To Join Teamsters

Join Allegiant Pilots 'Seeking Fair Treatment And A Voice On The Job'

Flight dispatchers at Allegiant Air have voted to join Teamsters Local 986, the Teamsters Airline Division announced Tuesday. There are 21 dispatchers in the bargaining unit and the vote was 15 to 5.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.20.12

Tis the Season – for a holiday TFR!

Christmas on the ISS!

Is the Pilot Shortage Real or Fantasy?

 


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Aero-TV: Redbird's Roger Sharp (Part 4) -- Transforming the Art and Craft of Flight Instruction

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 4 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 (4)

Redbird's Roger Sharp Reports Results On The First Year Of An Exciting Experiment (Part 4 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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Aviation Industry Group Seeks GAO Study Of Pilot Supply

Suggested Topics Include Pilot Demand, Education Pipeline

Representatives from a group of aviation industry stakeholders recently proposed to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) that it launch a study to gain a better understanding of pilot supply and demand and its potential effects on the U.S. aviation industry and the U.S. economy. The group suggested topics that the GAO would consider in this study.

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New Crew Headed To ISS

America, Russia, Canada Represented Aboard The Soyuz Spacecraft

With temperatures well below freezing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Tom Marshburn of NASA, Roman Romanenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency launched Wednesday to the International Space Station at 0712 EST (1812 Baikonur time).

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VIP TFR Posted For Obama Vacation In Hawaii

Flight Restrictions In Place From December 21 Through January 6

It may be "the most wonderful time of the year" ... unless you happen to be a GA pilot or owner of an aviation business on the island on Oahu.  The FAA has posted a TFR with a duration of more than two weeks that covers the entire island of Oahu in anticipation of President Obama's planned vacation.

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TSA Commissions Backscatter Scanner Health Study

National Academy Of Sciences To Conduct The Research

The Department of Homeland Security placed a notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website last week indicating that it would contract with the National Academy of Sciences to study health effects related to backscatter X-ray scanners.

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Apollo 17, 40 Years Ago: 'Splashdown'

Part 4: The End Of The Beginning

It was 1755 EST time on December 14th, 1972 when the ascent propulsion system of the LEM Challenger ignited and separated from its descent stage. Mylar insulation bits and pieces were seen flying off in every direction as the rover’s camera followed the ascent stage in perfect timing.

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X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System Completes First At-Sea Tests

Trials Focused On Operations Aboard A Carrier, Flight Testing To Come

The X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) demonstrator completed its first at-sea test phase aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) December 18. The first aircraft of its kind aboard a Naval vessel, the X-47B was put through myriad trials designed to assess the viability of an unmanned system's operation aboard a carrier.

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Boeing Says Test 'Breakthrough' Means More Reliable Connectivity On Airplanes

Potato Test Yields More Comprehensive Evaluation For Safety Standards, Clears Way For Better In-Cabin Signals

An advanced method to test wireless signals in airplane cabins has been developed by Boeing, making it possible for passengers to enjoy more reliable connectivity when using networked personal electronic devices in the air.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.20.12)

"The overlying question has to be: Is there a pilot shortage on the horizon?" Source: Excerpt from a proposal calling on the GAO to study pilot supply and demand.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.20.12): Layered Haze

Haze produced when air pollution from multiple line, area or point sources is transported long distances to form distinguishable layers of discoloration in a stable atmosphere.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.20.12)

The Cold War Air Museum (CWAM)

A non-profit flying museum dedicated to the preservation and education of Cold War era aircraft.

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