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December 06, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.06.12

 The FAA Issues an AD for Dreamliner Fuel Leaks…

An Italian LSA Planemaker Set Up in Kissimmee, Florida…

NAFT Announces a New Flight Trainin

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Blue Angels Deliver Toys To Superstorm Sandy Victims

Fat Albert Filled With Christmas Cheer By Toys For Tots

The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, transformed the squadron's C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as Fat Albert, into a modern-day Santa's sleigh in support of the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program, bringing the joy of Christmas to numerous children in the Northeast who were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

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Textron, Bell Launch Integration And Collaboration Labs

Combines Live Data Feeds, Simulated Environments, Field Equipment For Streamlined Operations

Textron and Bell Helicopter have opened the Textron Systems Integration and Collaboration Lab and Bell Helicopter/AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manned/Unmanned Operations (MUMO) Capability Development Lab. Based at Textron Systems' Huntsville, AL, location, these labs combine live data feeds, high-fidelity simulated environments and field equipment to enable rapid system integration and testing, and the demonstration and proof of operational concepts.

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First Airbus Simulator Supporting A320neo Training In China Ready For Operation

Joins A330, EC225 Sims At Hua Ou Aviation Training Center In Beijing

The first A320 full simulator upgradable to support the flight training of A320neo has been put into operation at the Hua Ou Aviation Training Center in Beijing, a joint venture between Airbus China and China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS).

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NASA Voyager 1 Probe Encounters New Region In Deep Space

Will Soon Cross Into Interstellar Void

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space.

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AAR Airlift Support Of U.S. Military In Afghanistan Extended

USTRANSCOM Exercises Renewal For Largest Independent Airlift Provider In Afghanistan

The United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) has exercised a renewal option for AAR to provide airlift support in Afghanistan from December 2012 through November 2013. The renewal has a value of approximately $143 million in revenue and is part of a contract originally awarded to AAR in 2008.

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NATF Announces Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship

Latest Addition To The Foundation's Education Program

The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF) is pleased to announce the Richard L. Taylor Flight Training Scholarship, the newest addition to the foundation's scholarship program. This scholarship is offered to a college or university student continuing his or her education in the aviation industry.

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Airlines For America Names DOT's Glatz As VP International Affairs

Taps Delta Air Lines Veteran To Expanded Communications Team

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, has named Keith Glatz, senior negotiator for the Office of International Aviation and Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation, to the new role of Vice President, International Affairs.

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Fire Scout Breaks Endurance Records On USS Klakring Deployment

Logged More Than 500 Hours Of Flight In Anti-Piracy Operations

The Navy’s fourth Fire Scout detachment returned to Mayport, FL. on Dec. 1 after achieving several milestones during its five-month deployment aboard USS Klakring (FFG 42). The Fire Scout unmanned helicopter detachment logged more than 500 flight hours in the U.S. Africa Command Area of Responsibility supporting anti-piracy operations and providing real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) support to combatant commanders.

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Company Says TSA Snow Globe Rule Is 'Misleading'

Virtually None Of The Items Made In The U.S. Will Meet TSA Guidelines

Passengers planning to bring a snow globe on a plane this season might want to consider shipping the item ahead. A Denver, CO, company called Snow Globe Central says almost all domestically made snow globes and domes contain more liquid than current TSA guidelines allow, and might not make it through airport security.

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First Two Royal Malaysian Air Force EC725s Delivered

Ten More Of The Medium-Lift, Twin-Engine Helicopters Are On Order

The initial two Eurocopter EC725 helicopters for the Royal Malaysian Air Force were formally presented during a ceremony Monday in Kuala Lumpur, with the first unit being delivered on time and the second unit coming three months ahead of schedule.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes (737)

AD NUMBER: 2012-23-14

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: A Good Year For Robinson -- Kurt Robinson Looks to the Future

It Was A Bad Year For Airplanes, But A Surprisingly Good Year For Helos... Especially 'Robbies'

It was a tough year for most of the airplane business... but the helo biz showed signs of growth and recovery... and Robinson helicopters, most of all. Even more impressive, after fielding their first turbine helicopter, the R66, it looks like RHC has a major hit on its hands. On 23 December 2011, R66 serial number 0100 rolled off Robinson's production line, just one year and two months after the R66 Turbine received FAA certification. The 5-place R66 is Robinson's largest and most powerful helicopter. The idea, conceived more than a decade ago, was to

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FAA Issues AD For Dreamliner Fuel Leaks

Requires Immediate Inspection Of Fuel Feed Manifold Couplings

The FAA has issued an Airworthiness Directive for Boeing's new Dreamliner after receiving reports of fuel leaks on two different in-service airplanes, and the subsequent discovery of several improperly assembled engine fuel feed manifold couplings on in-service and production airplanes.

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Italian LSAs To Be Built In Kissimmee, FL

Italico Aviation Will Open A Manufacturing Facility At Kissimmee Gateway Airport

An Italian LSA manufacturer plans to set up shop in Kissimmee, FL. The City of Kissimmee’s Economic Development Office said in a news release Wednesday that Italico Aviation is opening an LSA manufacturing facility at Kissimmee Gateway Airport.

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EU Member Countries Miss Single European Sky Deadline

EU's Transport Commissioner Threatens Legal Action

The European Union's Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas is threatening legal action against member nations after they failed to meet a key deadline for a "Single European Sky." The EU is working to redesign the Continent's air traffic system, currently a hodgepodge of 27 separate national airspaces, into nine "Functional Airspace Blocs" (FABs).

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FAA Approves Trig’s ADS-B Out Transponder For Use With NexNav GPS

Ongoing STC Program Underway For Type Certifications

Trig Avionics, the ADS-B experts have announced another partner product compatible with their TT31 and TT22 transponders. The FAA recently approved a TT31 Trig transponder in conjunction with an Accord Technology NexNav Mini GPS unit. This follows a successful flight test program carried near Denver, CO, by Peregrine.

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First CH-53K Prototype Heavy Lift Helicopter Delivered To Flight Test Team

Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) Delivery First Step In Towards First Flight

The team developing the Sikorsky CH-53K heavy lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps has delivered the first prototype aircraft -- the Ground Test Vehicle (GTV) -- from the assembly line to the flight test team.

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FAA Delays Decision On Commercial Flights At Paine Field

Agency Had Promised An Answer On Monday

After receiving a letter from a county official last Friday, Snohomish County Council members were expecting that the FAA would give them a decision Monday about whether it would approve commercial flights from Paine Field in Everett, WA.

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Dassault Sees Demand For Business Jets Recovering Throughout The Middle East

Upswing Spurred By Large Regional Operators And Increased Globalization Of Commerce

Dassault Falcon sees demand for business jets recovering throughout the Middle East, spurred on by large regional operators and the increased globalization of commerce. Dassault says it plans to deliver six Falcons to Middle East customers over the next 18 months, growing its fleet by 10 percent.

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Student Pilot's Arm Severed By Propeller

Was Near Finishing Work On His Private Certificate When The Accident Occurred

A student pilot who was reportedly just about ready to go for his Private Pilot checkride has his arm severed above the elbow by the propeller of the Cessna 172 he had just landed Sunday afternoon.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.06.12)

“We are excited to begin manufacturing in the United States. The Kissimmee location is perfect.” Source: Eros Spinozzi, President of Italico Aviation and Italico Aviation USA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.06.12): 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 (12.06.12)

Winter Flying Tips

How did it get to be December already? For those who don't want to put their airplanes away for the winter, here are some helpful tips for winter flying from the FAA.

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