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January 02, 2013

Huerta Confirmed FAA Administrator

One Of Dozens Of Presidential Nominations Approved By The Senate On First Day Of 2013

There were no long, drawn-out hearings and pointed questions that often make up the political theater surrounding the confirmation of a Presidential appointee. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved dozens of President Obama's choices for government posts, including Michael Huerta to be FAA Administrator.

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Shanghai, China Gulfstream G450/G550 FFS Certified To Level D

Highest Level Of Certification Offered By The CAAC

A Gulfstream G450/G550 full-flight simulator (FFS) in Shanghai, China, built by CAE has received Level D certification, the highest-fidelity certification, by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

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Air Methods Orders HEMS Helicopters From American Eurocopter

Year-End Deal Valued At More Than $80 Million

Air Methods Corp has placed an order with American Eurocopter Corp. for 22 new helicopters valued at more than $80 million. With the order, Air Methods, based in Englewood, CO., continues to equip its fleet with new aircraft incorporating the latest in safety and technology improvements. Air Methods already operates more than 330 Eurocopter helicopters.

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China Airlines To Lease Four New 777-300ERs

Carrier Modernizing Its Long-Haul Wide-Body Fleet

China Airlines will lease four new Boeing 777-300ERs from GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS), the leasing company announced Thursday. The first aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2014.

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Final Wedgetail AEW&C Airborne Mission Segment Design Accepted By Australia

Completes Acquisition Of Airborne Early Warning And Control Aircraft And Mission Systems

The Commonwealth of Australia has completed its acquisition of six Boeing 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft and related mission systems by accepting the final design of the Wedgetail airborne mission segment.

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Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Appointed Official Japanese AW169 Distributor

Has Filled The Role For The AW139 Since 2005

Companies in Japan who plan to acquire a new AW169 helicopter will be dealing with Mitsui Bussan Aerospace (MBA), which has been appointed as the official distributor for the all-new aircraft in Japan. AgustaWestland said in announcing the move that it further strengthens its partnership with MBA, which has been the official distributor of the AW139 in Japan since 2005.

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NASA's Opens Destination Station Exhibit In Mesa, Arizona

Interactive Exhibits Show What Life Is Like Aboard ISS

Arizonans can get a sense of what spaceflight is like following the opening of NASA's Destination Station exhibit at the Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa. The interactive exhibit reveals the inside of America's orbiting laboratory while educating visitors about the vast array of science and research being done in low-Earth orbit.

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Hubble Eyes A Wanderer Dancing The Dance Of Stars And Space

Galaxy NGC 1097 Hosts A 'Supermassive' Black Hole

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has provided images of the heart of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1097. This face-on galaxy, lying 45 million light-years away from Earth in the southern constellation of Fornax (The Furnace), is particularly attractive for astronomers. NGC 1097 is a Seyfert galaxy. Lurking at the very center of the galaxy, a supermassive black hole 100 million times the mass of our sun is gradually sucking in the matter around it.

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Qatar Airways Files Legal Claim Against Airport Contractor

New International Airport Opening Delayed For Months

Officials of Qatar Airways have filed a legal claim amounting to some $600 million against a contractor for delays in opening a new international airport in Doha. The suit, filed against Lindner Depa Interiors (LCI), claims the contractor is responsible for pushing the opening of the New Doha International Airport from December 2012 to the second half of 2013.

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Texas Hopes To Establish Vertical Launch Spaceport

But Hurdles Such As Limited State Resources And Environmental Concerns Could Stymie The Project

In November of 2011, SpaceX said it was looking for a site on which to build a new launch facility. In April, 2012, SpaceX said it was considering a launch site in Texas, and in September the commercial space company bought land in Cameron County, TX along the Gulf of Mexico on the Mexican border.

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AD: Airbus A300

AD NUMBER: 2012-25-06

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A300 B4-2C, B4-103, and B4-203 airplanes; and Model A300 B4-601, B4-603, B4-620, B4-622, B4- 605R, and B4-622R airplanes.

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AD: GA200 (Pty) Ltd Airplanes (Revision)

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-10 R1

PRODUCT: All GA200 (Pty) Ltd Models GA200 and GA200C airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.02.13

Petition to the President – No User Fees!

FAA Orders Inspections of Older Boeing 737s…

Five of Eight Crew Perish when a Russian Jetline

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Classic Aero-TV: Col. Mark Tillman (3)--The Most Important Left Seat In Aviation

An Honored Flyer Tells Of His Service To America (Part 3 of 4)

OK... we gotta tell you... this one was one of the best speeches we have EVER heard at any aviation event... and it occurred this year at the 2012 AEA Convention and Tradeshow. The kind folks of Universal Avionics pulled off quite a coup and arranged for a truly inspiring speaker for one of the most important gatherings in all of aviation -- the opening ceremonies of the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. And Universal's choice knocked it out of the park. Former Air Force One Command Pilot Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman, the United States’ 12th Presidential Pilot,

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Airborne 12.28.12: SpaceX Leaps Tall Bldgs, NM Permits Seaplanes, G650 Delivers

Also: SpaceShipTwo Progress, Seaplane City, 3K WAAS Approaches, ForeFlight/WingX Updates, Carter VTOL Slows Down, Happy New Year!

SpaceX's Grasshopper took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Score one for grassroots advocacy. The State of New Mexico, which had proposed a general ban on amphibious aircraft and seaplanes from all of its state parks, relented following an effort spearheaded in part by 'The Seaplane Forum' online. The first fully outfitted ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 aircraft has been

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FAA Orders Inspections Of Some Older Boeing 737s

AD Follows 2009 Incident In Which A Football-Sized Hole Opened In The Roof Of A Southwest Airplane

The FAA will publish an airworthiness directive in the Federal Register Wednesday ordering the inspection of 109 Boeing 737-300, -400, and -500 airplanes. Most of the planes covered by the AD are reported to belong to Southwest Airlines.

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ANN 2012 Year-In-Review: Airlines

Bankruptcies, Problems With Dreamliners And A380s Balanced Against Record Orders And Strong Future Forecasts

Both Airbus and Boeing had problems with their flagship products ... the A380 and the Dreamliner, respectively, and Congress passes legislation that will require far more experience for airline pilots. Europe blinked when it came to implementation of its Emissions Trading Schedule, and Boeing racked up some record orders, mostly for its re-engined 737 MAX.

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ANN 2012 Year In Review: General Aviation

An Up And Down Year For GA, But Some New Airplanes Were Introduced And User Fees Were Forestalled

General aviation showed some limited signs of life during 2012, with the introduction of plans for new airplanes in the category, and at least incremental advances made in avionics for weekend pilots as the ADS-B deadline came closer. But the year was marred by the bankruptcy filing of one of the best-known names in GA. While there is still no permanent administrator for the FAA, the agency has its first long-term funding bill in place since 2007.

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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Rallies Support For Saving The 911th Airlift Wing

Pittsburgh Base Slated For Closure In 2013

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is urging federal officials to save the 911th Airlift Wing in Pittsburgh, calling it a "link to the world and proof of our commitment to national defense." The base is targeted for closure in the coming year, Corbett said, a decision which he called "shortsighted and a mistake."

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NBAA's Bolen Looks Ahead To 2013

'Members Will Need To Be Vigilant' In The Coming Year

As 2012 drew to a close, NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen said the Association and its Members would need to be vigilant as ever in the coming year, because members of Congress would likely need to find ways to cut costs and boost revenues as part of the “fiscal cliff” debate taking place in Washington.

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Mayors Petition President: No User Fees

Chief Executives Of 115 Cities Sign AAAA Petition

Mayors and other leaders from more than 115 cities and towns across the country have petitioned President Obama to rescind his proposed “$100-per-flight” tax on GA business flights. The petition was released recently by the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA).

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NTSB Releases Prelim Report In GA DA40 Accident

Pilot Reported He Was "In Trouble" Just Before The Plane Went Down

The NTSB has released a preliminary report in an accident involving a Diamond DA40 which went down shortly after takeoff from Valdosta Regional airport December 10th. According to the report, the pilot, 52-year-old businessman Rick Poppel, told air traffic controllers "I'm in trouble" just before radar contact with the airplane was lost.

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Russian Jetliner Skids Off Runway After Landing

Five Of Eight People On Board Fatally Injured, Crash Caught On Car Video

A person driving along a highway adjacent to Moscow's Vnukovo Airport happened to catch the impact of a Russian Tu-204 airliner into an embankment on Saturday. The airplane, which belonged to charter airline Red Wings, had only crew on board at the time of the accident. Five of the eight people on the plane were fatally injured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.02.13)

“We hope [elected officials] will work with us to [achieve economic goals] in a way that does not destroy business aviation.” Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen in a look-ahead message posted on the association website.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.02.13): CDTI

An FAA NextGen Implementation Plan Acronym for Cockpit Display of Traffic Information.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.02.13)

Memphis Belle Memorial Association

The Memphis Belle Memorial Association, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the "Memphis Belle," her crew, the 8th Air Force and everyone who served in defense of Freedom in WWII.

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