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August 17, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.18.11

GA gets a black eye in North Carolina.
JetBlue will continue to have a non-union workforce.
And that mini-AHRS you saw at Oshkosh will ship September 15th.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.17.11

US Airways and its pilots will go to court Friday.
Airlines are looking at further capacity cuts.
And Angel Flight Australia mourns its first fatalities.

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USAF Officials Conduct Study Of Aircraft Oxygen Generation Systems

Issue Caused The Grounding Of The F-22 Raptor Fleet

Air Force officials continue to conduct an Aircraft Oxygen Generation study, with members of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board taking the leading role. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley directed the quick look study in the wake of recent F-22 Raptor incidents. Officials seek to identify a common thread among the incidents and will report their findings to senior Air Force leaders to help prevent such incidents from occurring in the future.

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'Help Wanted' Sign Is Out At British Airways

Airline Has Launched Pilot Recruitment Drive

British Airways has launched its biggest pilot recruitment drive in more than 10 years. The airline plans to take on more than 800 new pilots by 2016, using three combined recruitment programs. First, there is a new program to help people to train to become airline pilots for the first time, called the 'Future Pilot Program'. The airline is also actively recruiting qualified pilots from other airlines, and has entered into a joint initiative with the UK Armed Forces to provide military pilots with a planned career path into commercial aviation.

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Wichita Will Miss Bob Stangerone

Departing Cessna VP Praised For Reviving Wichita Aero Club

Many in the industry are reflecting on Friday's resignation of Bob Stangerone from Cessna, where he served for six years as the company's VP of Communications. Stangerone won high praise for leading a revival of the Wichita Aero Club, which he served as a founding member of the board since 2008.

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Qantas Reveals Plans to Expand Fleet With A320 Family

Commitment Includes 78 A320neo Aircraft

Qantas, Japan Airlines, and Mitsubishi said Tuesday they plan to launch a budget airline called Jetstar by the end of 2012. The new carrier plans to offer short-haul international service to selected Asian cities. The French news service AFP reports that the new airline will be owned equally by the three entities, and will begin service using three new A320 airliners.

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Certified: Hawker 800XPR

FAA Approves STC For Engine Upgrade, Other Modifications

The FAA on Monday granted approval and supplemental type certification of the Hawker 800XPR powered by the Honeywell TFE731-50R engines, according to a news release from Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS). The upgrade package offers significant performance and capability improvements by replacing the aircraft’s original engines with new technology TFE731-50R powerplants and improved aerodynamics with Hawker winglets.

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NYC Continuing To Defend Dump Near LaGuardia Airport

Lawsuit Filed Citing Potential For Bird Strikes If The Facility Is Built

A group calling its self "Friends of La Guardia Airport" has filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to halt construction of a garbage transfer facility being built 2,200 from the end of the airport's runway 31.FAA regulations require that any such facility be built at least 2,500 feet from the end of most runways, but allows them within 1,700 feet of a runway has limited use in IFR conditions. The FAA says runway 31 at KLGA falls into that category.

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Naples, FL Citizens' Group Says Local Government Should Control Airport Land

Disputes FAA Jurisdiction Over Airport Property

A citizens' group in Naples, FL, says the local government should be able to control zoning on airport land that belongs to the city and is leased by the Naples Airport Authority (NAA). The FAA and NAA, however, feel differently.

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Gulfstream PlaneParts Program Reaches Milestone

Program Enrolls 50th Customer

Gulfstream said Monday that the 50th customer has enrolled in the company’s cost-per-hour maintenance program known as PlaneParts. The Brazilian customer will operate a Gulfstream G550 upon delivery in September.

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NASA, NIA Announce Student Engineering Competition

Students Will Help Solve Space Exploration Challenges

NASA has launched a competition which will involve university students in helping to solve space exploration challenges. The RASC-AL (Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts Academic Linkage) contest, sponsored by NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), seeks engineering ideas that could potentially provide solutions to issues faced by current NASA projects.

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Sex Scandal Squelches Cathay Pacific Ad Campaign

Crew Members Allegedly Got Too Friendly In The Cockpit

An alleged assignation between a Cathay Pacific employees widely believed to be a pilot and flight attendant has apparently delayed the release of an advertising campaign designed to depict airline crews in casual settings. A previous phase of the campaign reportedly made minor celebrities out of some of the more attractive FA's, according to the South China Post.

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Plane Lands Gear Up At ND Air Show

Incident Delayed Blue Angels Performance While Runway Was Cleared

A pilot flying a Nanchang CJ-6 Chinese-made trainer at AirSho Fargo in North Dakota Sunday apparently forgot the "undercarriage" portion of his "GUMP" checklist, and landed the airplane gear up. The accident reportedly delayed the start of the Blue Angels exhibition by about 30 minutes as the runway was cleared.

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CSC Completes Upgrades for FAA Modernization

Upgrades Laying The Ground Work For NextGen Air Traffic Control

CSC, Computer Sciences Corporation, announced this week it has successfully implemented a series of upgrades to the FAA's Traffic Flow Management System (TFMS) in the first half of 2011. The upgrades include two separate software releases improving the performance and functionality of TFMS, and a successful transition of the TFMS equipment to a new command center.

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Boeing Says 787-8 Dreamliner Ready For Certification

Announces End Of Flight Test Program For Rolls-Royce-Powered Airplanes

All flight tests required for type certification of the 787-8 Dreamliner with Rolls-Royce engines were completed this weekend, according to Boeing. The all-new jetliner is bringing unprecedented levels of fuel economy, maintenance cost improvements, and environmental sensitivity to the marketplace through the use of new technologies including composites, more-electric systems, advanced aerodynamics and the latest advancements in propulsion.

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UARC Race Program Continues to 'Crash and Burn'

The Gang That Can't Get Their Facts Straight, Also Can't Fly An Air Race

It may rank as one of the weirdest series of stories we've done in quite the while (though the Cirrus/COPA mess is promising to beat it by a fair amount... shameful details to come), but the bizarre saga of the Ultimate Air Race Challenge appears to have been based on little more than hot air... and quite a lot of people either did, or should have, known it.

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Classic Aero-TV: Up Close and In-Depth--The Garmin GTN 650 and GTN 750 (Part 2)

Garmin's Next-Gen Avionics System Picks Up Where the GNS 430/530 Left Off

The industry has been waiting for years to see the follow-up to one of the most successful avionics platforms in the history of general aviation. Greatly anticipated, and buoyed by an aggressive rumor mill, the Garmin folks spent a considerable period of time with our Aero-TV teams to explain why the GTN 650 and 750 systems represent Garmin's best bet for future cockpits.

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Mica: Unions 'Being Used' By Democrats In FAA Dispute

Protests Being Held At Congressman's District Office

Florida Republican Congressman John Mica, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says the union members staging protests outside his district office over the long-term FAA reauthorization bill are "being used as pawns" by Congressional Democrats. The remarks came during an interview on Orlando Public Radio station WMFE.

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More Airline Capacity Cuts Coming

Carriers And Analysts Expect Slow Comeback For Business Travel

With the end of the peak summer travel season just three weeks away, US airlines are staring at volatile fuel costs and declining consumer confidence, and are likely to make the decision to reduce their capacity, or at least hold off on expansion of available seats. Delta and Southwest have already announced plans to do so, and Hunter Keay, an analyst at New York-based Wolfe Trahan & Co., tells Bloomberg others will follow the trend toward contraction.

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Analyst: GA Won’t Repeat 2008 Rout

Sees Stronger Order Books, Positive Net Sales

With equity markets whipsawing, sovereign debt issues and overall economic uncertainty, some in the general aviation sector wonder if it’s a precursor to another 2008-like industry free-fall. Industry analyst Brian Foley doesn't think so. “I wasn’t shy in publicly proclaiming the sky was falling back then," he said, "and I’m now categorically insisting that same scenario just isn’t plausible today.”

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China Opens More Airspace For GA

Economic Factors Convince CAAC To Loosen Airspace Restrictions

More airspace is opening for GA flights in China, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and non-government sources in the country. “The initial airspace reforms in the flight control areas of Changchun and Guangzhou were completed at the end of 2010,” said Jane Zhang, President of Silk Wings Aviation, a company whose services include consulting firm for GA activity in China.

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Two Lost In Angel Flight Crash

Australian Pilot Was Veteran Of 24 Flights For The Charity

Family and friends in Northwest Victoria, Australia are mourning a 15-year-old girl lost in the crash of an Angel Flight mission, and the 69-year-old pilot who died trying to serve her family's needs. The girl's mother was the only survivor of the crash, and remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

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ACI-NA Joins Call For FAA Funding

Says 'Stability Needed' To Protect Trust Fund, NextGen

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato has joined the chorus urging the bipartisan congressional leadership of both the Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to pass a long-term extension of the operating authority of the FAA when they return to Washington next month.

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RAF Optimistic On Missouri Breaks Ruling

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of Air Strips At The Remote National Monument

A Federal Judge last week ruled in favor of both the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) in response to a 2009 lawsuit brought against the agency by the Montana Wilderness Society and Western Watersheds Project.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.17.11)

"If you never innovate, you never progress." Source: Pat Troutman, Strategic Analysis Manager at NASA's Langley Research Center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.17.11): Hail Contamination

A limitation in NEXRAD rainfall estimates whereby abnormally high reflectivities associated with hail are converted to rainfall rates and rainfall accumulations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.17.11)

Aero Linx: Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument

A story today reports that a federal judge has ruled in favor of air access to The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument (UMRBNM).

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