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October 14, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.14.11

A turboprop makes a forced landing on the Florida Turnpike.
American Airlines pilots are stampeding for the exits.
And attorneys use media to help catch ambulances.


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Lawyer's Ad Seeks Aviation Victims

NY Attorney Jonathan Reiter Speculates on Bell 206 Crash

A New York City attorney has placed an ad through an online PR firm, exploiting the fatal October 4 helicopter crash of a Bell 206 in the East River to solicit clients for his liability practice. The ad is an egregious example of how to use speculation to imply blame before any facts are in.

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Will Whitesite Claims World Speed Record

Flew Yak 3U To An Unofficial Top Speed Of 416 MPH

A new unofficial world speed record was set Tuesday by Windsor, Ontario, Canada racing pilot Will Whiteside in a Yak 3U. The flight took place at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Whiteside flew his modified Yak to an unofficial speed of 416 MPH.

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NASA Readies New Type Of Earth-Observing Satellite For Launch

Will Collect Data To Improve Accuracy Of Weather Forecasts

NASA is planning an Oct. 27 launch of the first Earth-observing satellite to measure both key weather variables and global climate changes. The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) is the first mission designed to collect critical data to improve weather forecasts in the short-term and increase understanding of long-term climate change.

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Retired Delta Pilots To File Appeal With PBGC

Group Seeks To Regain Over $600 Million In Pension Benefits It Says Was Lost During Delta Bankruptcy

The Delta Pilot's Pension Preservation Organization (DP3, Inc.), a group representing the interests of over 6,000 retired Delta pilots, is preparing to file an administrative appeal with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) aimed at recovering approximately $600 million in lost qualified pension benefits.

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Citation Service Centers Offer Honeywell Primus Elite For Citation X

Safe Flight AutoPower Throttle System Nears Certification

Cessna said this week at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics platform has been certified for retrofit on Citation X business jets and the upgrade is available through the Cessna Citation Service Center network. Furthermore, pilots from Cessna and Safe Flight Instrument Corp. have completed automatic throttle system developmental flight testing on the Citation X.

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NBAA Benefit Raises $220,000 for Life-Saving Flights

ConocoPhillips Honored As 'Angel of the Year'

The NBAA and the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) Wednesday applauded the $220,000 raised Tuesday through an industry benefit held to support CAN’s life-saving flights for cancer patients. “The business aviation community has long understood the need to ‘give back,’ and that was clearly in evidence in this show of support for CAN’s work,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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EAA To Induct Five Aviators Into Hall Of Fame

Ceremony To Be Held October 27

The EAA will recognize the contributions made to the world of flight by five aviators on Thursday, Oct. 27, as it inducts them into the EAA Hall of Fame during a banquet at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, WI.

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U.S. Commerce Department Recognizes Pan Am International Flight Academy

Denver Facility Presented With Award For International Excellence

The Denver location of the Pan Am International Flight Academy was recently awarded the Export Achievement Certificate by the Denver office of the U.S. Commercial Services Division, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Pan Am joined the ranks of an elite group of Export Achievement Certificate recipients. This prestigious award is presented to Denver enterprises that successfully enter the international marketplace.

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Rolls-Royce Completes Latest E3E Engine Core Testing

Work Continuing On The Company's Future Two-Shaft Engine Program

Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, has made significant progress in its E3E (efficiency, environment, economy) research program, having completed testing of the company’s latest two-shaft engine core, known as Core 3/2c. Technology developed as part of the E3E program forms the basis of the Rolls-Royce Advance2 - future two-shaft engine program.

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K-MAX Headed For Deployment In Afghanistan

Marine Corps To Start Operations With VTOL UAS Next Month

The Marine Corps says it plans to deploy the unmanned K-MAX VTOL UAS to Afghanistan next month. The decision follows the successful completion of a five-day Quick Reaction Assessment for the U.S. Navy's Cargo Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program. A formal report, released last week by Commander Operational Test and Evaluation Force, confirmed that the unmanned K-MAX exceeded the Navy and Marines' requirement to deliver 6,000 pounds of cargo per day.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 Completes Additional High Altitude Trials

Ground And Flight Testing Submitted To Certifying Agency

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft has successfully completed additional certification trials in expanded operational conditions for high altitude airports. The tests were conducted with SSJ100 flight prototype MSN95004, and took place at the airport of Toluca, Mexico, from September 14-30. The airport elevation is 8,464 feet (2,580 meters).

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Next-Generation Shadow M2 Tactical UAS Introduced At AUSA 2011

New Aircraft Delivers Greater Payload Capacity And Endurance

The Shadow M2 Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) was unveiled Monday at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) 2011 Annual Meeting & Exposition by AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The Shadow M2 is the next generation of AAI UAS' renowned, battle-proven Shadow 200 TUAS, which has amassed nearly 700,000 flight hours with customers including the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

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Corruption Complaints Surface In Philippine Helicopter Deal

Three Philippine Senators File Charges Against Former President's Husband

The husband of former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has been accused of corruption in a deal in which he allegedly sold two helicopters to the government while she was in power.

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Aero-TV: Pro Line Fusion -- 'Touch What You Want to Change'

Touch-Screen Functionality Comes To ProLine Avionics

When flying complex airplanes in instrument or other challenging conditions, anything that makes it easier for the flight crew to concentrate on flying the airplane is a good thing. Rockwell Collins was out of the gate early at Oshkosh this summer, introducing its touch-screen interface for the Pro Line Fusion Primary Flight Display.

Aero-TV: Pro Line Fusion -- 'Touch What You Want to Change'

Touch-Screen Functionality Comes To Pro Line Avionics

When flying complex airplanes in instrument or other challenging conditions, anything that makes it easier for the flight crew to concentrate on flying the airplane is a good thing. Rockwell Collins was out of the gate early at Oshkosh this summer, introducing its touch-screen interface for the Pro Line Fusion Primary Flight Display. "The theory is 'touch what you want to change'," says Rockwell Collins' Adam Evanschwartz. He says that the system is unique in the marketplace because of its HUD capability which allows pilots to increase their situational awareness while interacting with the PFD and MFD.

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AEA Testifies Before U.S. House Committee On Small Business

FreeFlight Systems CEO Tells Members 'LightSquared Needs To Work Side-By-Side With The FAA And RTCA To Ensure Compatibility'

House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) held a full committee hearing Wednesday to examine the impact on small businesses that may result from LightSquared’s use of its spectrum to provide broadband service near the Global Positioning System (GPS). Small businesses, including farmers, construction contractors, surveyors, and the general aviation industry, rely on the accuracy of GPS. 

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NBAA Calls 64th Annual Meeting 'An Outstanding Success'

Bolen Says Attendance Up Seven Percent Over 2010

As the final day of NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011) drew to a close, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen thanked Exhibitors and Attendees for what he called “a highly successful show.”

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Better Late Than Never ... Cargolux Takes Delivery Of First 747-8

Airplane Went Quietly, Rather Than In A Grand Ceremony

From the "Better Late Than Never" department ... Boeing and Cargolux Airlines have resolved their differences and completed delivery of the first Boeing 747-8 Freighter. Following delivery at the Boeing Delivery Center at the company's Everett site Wednesday, the airplane departed for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where the new freighter will receive its first cargo load, destined for Cargolux headquarters in Luxembourg.

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Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce Restructure IAE Collaboration

Roll Out New Partnership To Develop Next Generation Engines For Mid-Size Aircraft

Two of the major players in the powerplant industry have announced a restructuring of their participation in IAE International Aero Engines AG (IAE), which produces the V2500 engine for the A320 family of aircraft. Under the terms of the agreement, Rolls-Royce will sell its equity and program shares in IAE to Pratt & Whitney for $1.5 billion.

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Report: RPG Downed Chinook In Afghanistan August 6th

Official Report Indicates No Fault On Part Of The Aircrew

The official investigation into the downing of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan on August 6th indicates that the aircrew was not at fault for the accident. The aircraft was brought down by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) fired by Taliban militants with 38 people fatally injured.

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Klyde Morris 10.14.2011

They're Protesting What Exactly Again?


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Two Injured In Forced Landing On FL Turnpike

TBM 700 Crumpled, Two Men Transported To Hospital

The US National Transportation Safety Board is on the case of an aviation accident that snarled midday highway traffic on the Florida Turnpike Wednesday afternoon about 1300. The Broward County Aviation Department reports the craft was a Socata TBM 700 turboprop.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.14.11)

“Increasing broadband to underserved and rural areas is a noble goal and only makes sense in this rapidly advancing technological world. However, we must find a solution to increase wireless broadband without jeopardizing currently established GPS systems and further burdening small businesses." Source: U.S. Representative Sam Graves (R-MO).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.14.11): Breakout

A technique to direct aircraft out of the approach stream. In the context of close parallel operations, a breakout is used to direct threatened aircraft away from a deviating aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.14.11)


The Aerobridge mission is to to assist in times of catastrophic emergency by coordinating donated aircraft to provide a powerful, immediate response to disaster.

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