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January 17, 2014

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.17.14

Aviation Makes the NTSB’s Most Wanted List…
Global Leaders Meet To Consider Aviation Challenges…
Say Goodbye to American Eagle Airlines, Hello to Envoy&

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NASA's Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel Releases 2013 Annual Report

Panel Notes 'An Argument To Accept Additional Risks Could Be Rationally Put Forward'

The Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel (ASAP), an advisory committee that reports to NASA and Congress, has released its 2013 annual report examining NASA's safety performance over the past year and highlighting issues and concerns to agency and government officials.

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Global Leaders Convene To Assess Aviation Challenges At A3IR Conference

Meetings Intended To Assess Challenges And Develop Solutions For Global Aviation

The inaugural Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace International Research (A3IR) Conference presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ, will kick off Friday in Phoenix as a two-day event bringing together industry and academic leaders from around the world to assess challenges and develop solutions for global aviation, aeronautics and aerospace industries.

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Cubs To Bonanzas: New Memoir Reflects On A Life Of Flight

Lifelong Aviation Enthusiast Recounts 65 Years Of Innovation And Exploration

A life of flying is a life ripe with thrills, peace and perspective. Richard A. Komm has spent most of his life in the skies, and recounts the stories and lessons learned from his extensive aviation experience in, “Cubs to Bonanzas: A 65-year perspective through a pilot’s eyes.”

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AFA: United Airlines Flight Attendants Subject To Involuntary Furlough

Union Says Management Fails To Recognize Legally Binding Contractual Involuntary Furlough Protection

United Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have called on management to work collaboratively to find solutions and prevent any involuntary job loss. After weeks of discussion and tireless work on behalf of the union, today United management has stated they will involuntary furlough "some of our most junior members," the union said in a news release.

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New STC For Esterline CMC Electronics’ CMA-9000 FMS Installations On A310

Developed Jointly By Mid-Canada Mod Center And Esterline CMC

Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2), working in co-operation with Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC), are pleased to announce a new and significant FMS (Flight Management System) upgrade for the Airbus A310 aircraft fleet. Joint development of this project has been several years in the making and has resulted in a STC modification that brings a much needed life extension to this “legacy” Airbus aircraft model.

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Boeing Delivers AirBridgeCargo Airlines’ Fifth 747-8 Freighter

Continues Russian Carrier's Fleet Modernization Strategy

Boeing and AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC), part of Volga-Dnepr Group and Russia’s largest cargo airline, recently celebrated the delivery of the airline’s fifth 747-8 Freighter. "AirBridgeCargo has already experienced the outstanding payload and operating economics of the 747-8 family,” said Denis Ilin, executive president of AirBridgeCargo Airlines. “We are very excited to receive our fifth 747-8 Freighter.”

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Hurricane Hunters Transition From Tropical Gales To Arctic Blasts

Winter Missions Flown Over Water To Gather Temperature, Pressure, And Precip Data

Maintaining constant awareness of what storm systems are doing is a concerted effort between the National Weather Service and the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron here, also known as the Hurricane Hunters. Each year, to combat the persistent threat of winter storms, the 53rd WRS fly out over the icy waters of the East and West Coasts, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, in order to collect barometric pressure, temperature and precipitation data.

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American Airlines To Implement Network Changes

Moves The Result Of DOJ-Mandated Slot Divestitures

American Airlines Group has announced planned network adjustments resulting from the required divestiture of slots and related assets at Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) and New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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New York University Develops 'Jellyfish' Aircraft

Moves Through The Air Using Petal-Shaped Wings

Researchers at New York University's Applied Math Lab say they have built the world's first aircraft that propels its self through the air using motion similar to that of a jellyfish moving through the water.

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Al Qahtani Aviation Company Orders Up To 26 Bombardier CSeries Aircraft

Aircraft To Be Operated By Saudigulf Airlines, Newly Launched National Carrier For The Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia

Even as Bombardier was announcing a delay in the airplane's entry into service, Dammam-based Al Qahtani Aviation Company has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 jetliners. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Lighter Than Air Systems Receives Order For 'Blimp In A Box'

Aerostat System Delivery, Onsite Training To Commence First Quarter 2014

Lighter Than Air Systems Corp. (LTAS) has received an order for a Blimp in a Box (BiB) 100 aerostat system for use by an unnamed State Department of Transportation. The BiB 100 aerostat system is scheduled to be delivered to the customer during the first quarter of 2014, after which onsite training and test operations will commence.

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Air New Zealand Named Airline Of The Year By AirlineRatings.com

Website Also Names Its Top 10 Airlines Of The Year

AirlineRatings.com, a safety and product rating website, has selected Air New Zealand as its Airline of the Year for 2014. The website said Air New Zealand is being honored for its "in-flight innovations, financial performance, operational safety and motivation of its staff that have stamped the airline an industry trendsetter."

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Airborne 01.17.14: SeaRey Elite!, Santa Monica Admonished By FAA, Wrong-Way SWA

Also: CubCrafters New Dealer, Aeromarine-LSAs New Zigolo SSDR, 'It's About Time' Scholarship

We are at Sebring!!! Just in time for the US Sport Aviation Expo, the FAA has certified the Searey Light Sport Amphibious Airplane, Elite Version. The Searey Elite, designed and manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, is equipped with a Rotax 914 turbocharged engine and is equally at home on the ground or on the water. The city of Santa Monica, CA has been told in no uncertain terms by the FAA that they cannot close the airport and open up its 227 acres for redevelopment until at least 2023, and likely not ever, according to a communication sent by the agency to city government. This was definitely a bad day for two Southwest Airlines pilots. Their flight from Chicago to Branson, MO last S

Airborne 01.17.14: SeaRey Elite!, Santa Monica Admonished By FAA, Wrong-Way SWA

Also: CubCrafters New Dealer, Aeromarine-LSAs New Zigolo SSDR, 'It's About Time' Scholarship

We are at Sebring!!! Just in time for the US Sport Aviation Expo, the FAA has certified the Searey Light Sport Amphibious Airplane, Elite Version. The Searey Elite, designed and manufactured by Progressive Aerodyne, is equipped with a Rotax 914 turbocharged engine and is equally at home on the ground or on the water. The city of Santa Monica, CA has been told in no uncertain terms by the FAA that they cannot close the airport and open up its 227 acres for redevelopment until at least 2023, and likely not ever, according to a communication sent by the agenc

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F/A-18E Down: Pilot Ejected And Safely Recovered

Aircraft May Not Be Recoverable From The Bottom Of The Ocean

A U.S. Navy pilot was safely recovered from sea Wednesday after the F/A-18E Super Hornet he was flying went down approximately 45 miles off the Virginia Beach coast.

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U.S. Senate Holds Hearing On UAV Privacy And Safety

Rockefeller: Unmanned Aviation Faces A ‘Perception Problem'

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing Wednesday looking into the “The Future of Unmanned Aviation in the U.S. Economy: Safety and Privacy Considerations."

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Bombardier Aerospace Confirms Change To CSeries Aircraft's Entry-Into-Service

CS100 Aircraft Now Expected To Be Carrying Passengers In The Second Half Of 2015, CS300 Six Months Later

Bombardier Aerospace has again pushed back its projected entry-into-service for its new CSeries aircraft. The planemaker said Thursday that  the flight test phase will require more time than originally anticipated to ensure, among other things, that the aircraft has the overall system maturity to support a successful entry-into-service.

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Aviation Claims Two Spots On NTSB 'Most Wanted' List

Helicopter Safety And GA Weather Awareness High Priorities

The NTSB has released its 2014 Most Wanted List, the top 10 advocacy and awareness priorities for the agency for 2014, which for the first time includes improving operational safety in rail mass transit.

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Klyde Morris 01.17.14

There Are Probably More Ridiculous Regs Buried In The FARs, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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NTSB Participating In Japan's Investigation Of B-787 Battery Smoke Event

Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau Will Lead Probe, Release Information

The NTSB will participate in the investigation of a smoke event involving the main battery of a Japan Airlines B-787 that occurred while the aircraft was parked at Tokyo's Narita Airport on Jan. 14, the board said in a news release.

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U.S. Senator Holds Hearing On ATC Training

Missouri Senator McCaskill Questions FAA Management Of $859 Million Contract

Days after an airplane landed at the wrong airport in southwest Missouri, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) (pictured) led an oversight hearing to examine mismanagement and program failures in an $859 million contract to train air traffic controllers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.17.14)

"The panel notes that in pursuit of a U.S. capability to launch humans into space, and in light of constrained budgets, an argument to accept additional risk could be rationally put forward." Source: Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel chairman Joseph W. Dyer.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.17.14): Minimum Fuel

Indicates that an aircraft's fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay. This is not an emergency situation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.17.14)

Air Race Classic

We reported recently about the Air Race Classic, a rally-style event exclusively for women in aviation.

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