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August 31, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.31.11

Boeing commits to a re-engined 737.
ATK celebrates a ribbon-cutting despite NASA cutbacks.
And ACI-NA attendees will take management lessons from WD-40.

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Connected Partner Program List Continues To Grow Joins Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel Partner Program will be working with Aspen Avionics as a Connected Panel Partner to enable connectivity between its soon to be released iPad application and the Aspen Avionics Connected Panel. We are very excited to be working with Aspen Avionics as part of this project. Providing pilots with a safe and intuitive interface to transfer data within a network of aviation-specific devices has changed’s definition of a fully integrated flight planning solution,” said Andy Matthews, a private pilot and’s Co-Founder & Director of Business Development.

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Brunswick Pulls Off First Private Airshow

Show At Former NAS Deals With Irene, Protestors

Hurricane Irene canceled over 12,000 airline flights as it moved through the northeast, but it also cut short the Great State of Maine Air Show and Business Aviation Expo. The airshow was scheduled at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, which is being transitioned into Brunswick Executive Airport.

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Air Canada FAs Union Rejects Contract Offer

Labor Action Could Come To A Vote Next Month

Air Canada Flight Attendants have rejected a tentative agreement reached with Air Canada. After ten days of voting, 87.8 per cent of CUPE members of the union’s Air Canada Component voted against the tentative agreement.

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DOT Fines JetBlue For Violating Price Advertising Rules

Fares Posted On Websites Did Not Include Taxes Or Fees

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today fined JetBlue Airways $50,000 for violating federal aviation laws and the Department’s rules prohibiting deceptive price advertising in air travel. “When passengers shop for an airline ticket, they have a right to know the full price they will have to pay,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Bill Boeing Jr. To Attend Vintage Aircraft Weekend

Flying Boeing Model 40 Will On Display At The Event

Bill Boeing Jr. credits the Model 40 as being the airplane that saved his father's company from bankruptcy during the Great Depression, a message he will bring to the 4th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field in Snohomish County, WA, Saturday.

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Sikorsky & FlightSafety Int'l To Train Mechanics In Asia

Companies Will Conduct Training For Customers In Pacific Rim

Sikorsky Helitech, a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, has announced the signing of an agreement with FlightSafety International to provide maintenance training for customers in the Asia Pacific area. The three-year agreement is the first of its kind to offer Pratt & Whitney Canada Aircraft Engine maintenance training in the region.

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Rudi Dekkers Continues Wild Ride After 9/11

The Man Who Taught Atta And Al-Shehhi To Fly Tries To Move On

You may not know who Rudi Dekkers is, but you can probably appreciate his dilemma. He's the guy who owned the flight school in Venice, Florida which trained Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, who flew the two planes that hit the World Trade Center in New York on 9/11. He's currently promoting a book on the topic, titled "Guilty by Association," which he hopes will set the record straight.

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Touchscreen GPS Standard In A Classic Biplane

WACO Classic Aircraft Offers Garmin GTN Series As Standard Equipment

It's a little bit like a Tardis, when you think about it (sorry, non-Whovians). A time machine. Classic biplane on the outside, glass panel on the inside. WACO Classic Aircraft has started offering Garmin's GTN 650 touchscreen interface as standard equipment in all of its new production aircraft.

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Red Arrows Pilot Remembered

Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging Had Red Arrows Uniform, But Heart Of Gold

The Village of Morcott, in the county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England, is remembering 33-year-old Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging as an exemplary pilot and a selfless man who served those around him. Egging died when the Hawk T1 Red 4 aircraft he was flying crashed near Bournemouth Airport during a performance Saturday afternoon.

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AD: Agusta Model 109 Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2011-17-01

MANUFACTURER: Agusta S.p.A. Model A109A, A109A II, A109C, and A109K2 Helicopters  

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AD: Eurocopter SA-365 Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2011-16-05

MANUFACTURER: Eurocopter France Model SA-365N and SA-365N1 Helicopters

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Classic Aero-TV: Carbon Cub At Play -- Too Much Fun For Words

One More Reason That Campbell LOVES His Job....

It's been REALLY busy hereabouts lately, as the ANN HQ crew seems to find more and more things to do at a time when most folks would think we could take it easy for a while. Yeah... not a chance. Still, there's busy... and there's BUSY. And when busy means spending a day with the Carbon Cub, life ain't all that bad. This bird has gotten quite a buzz... as the folks at CubCrafters went gonzo in creating the ultimate Mongo-Cub for thos

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ATK Opens New Utah Facility

Expansion In Civil, Military Markets Welcome Amid NASA Cutbacks

Alliant Techsystems is one of the companies hardest hit by changes in NASA's policy direction, but ATK got the chance to celebrate on Monday. The occasion was the the grand opening of the company's new Aircraft Commercial Center of Excellence in Clearfield, UT, less than one year after the announcement of the expansion.

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Space Agencies Meet To Discuss A Global Exploration Roadmap

Meeting In Japan Attended By Senior Representatives Of Ten Agencies

Senior managers representing 10 space agencies from around the world met in Kyoto, Japan Tuesday to advance the Global Exploration Roadmap for coordinated space exploration. During the past year, the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) has developed a long-range human exploration strategy.

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TSA Employee Charged With Lewdness With A Child

Accused In At Least Ten Instances Since Last Year

It was disconcerting to learn that convicted sexual predators could be hired as TSA screeners, provided the convictions weren't recent. It became a bigger issue for some when invasive hand pat-downs began, and were applied even to young children. A few TSA employees have been charged with inappropriate acts involving minors. Now, it's happened again.

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Runway Status Lights Coming Soon To A Major Airport Near You

Switched Automatically From Airport Surface Surveillance Systems

The FAA has published an advisory circular to update pilots on the installation of Runway Status Lights (RWSL). RWSL are a series of red in-pavement lights that warn pilots of high-speed aircraft or vehicles on runways which operate independently of Air Traffic Control.

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Russians Delay Next Manned Launch

Roscosmos Says Earliest Possible Launch Date Is Now In October At The Earliest

The Russian Space agency Roscosmos has pushed back the next manned launch of a Soyuz spacecraft following the loss of the Progress 44 cargo ship earlier this month. The unmanned mission failed to reach orbit when the third stage boosters did not separate from the payload, and the vehicle impacted the ground in Siberia.

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Airports Urge DOT To Deny Delta/US Airways Slot Swap Request

ACI-NA Submits Comments In Delta Air Lines/US Airways Proceeding And Petition For Waiver

Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) has submitted comments in response to the DOT's Notice on its grant of the joint petition of Delta Air Lines’ and US Airways’ slot swap at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and New York LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

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Libyan Rebels Won't Extradite Al-Megrahi

'It Was Gadhafi Who Handed Over Libyan Citizens'

Any thoughts that the new government being set up by Libyan rebels will work better with the west are fading. Last week, the rebels announced their new constitution will be based on the principles of Sharia law. On Sunday, the transitional government's justice minister, Mohammed al-Alagi, announced that the new regime will not extradite Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence officer who was found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

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Air Transport Association Calls For National Airline Policy

Urges FAA To Step Up Implementation Of New Air Traffic Procedures

Airline industry trade group ATA issued a call Monday for the FAA to accelerate its timetable for implementing new and more efficient air traffic procedures, a key pillar of a needed National Airline Policy. "Near-term FAA action will help government focus on priorities that can provide immediate economic – and importantly – customer-service benefits," said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio in a speech to the Boyd Group International Aviation Forecast Summit.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.31.11)

"The re-engined 737 will allow Boeing to continue to deliver the most fuel efficient, most capable airplane with the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle market. As a result, we are seeing overwhelming demand for this new and improved version of the 737." Source: Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.31.11): Venturi Effect

The speedup of air through a constriction due to the pressure rise on the upwind side of the constriction and the pressure drop on the downwind side as the air diverges to leave the constriction.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.31.11)


Whirly-Girls ... the website of the International Women Helicopter Pilots ... has gotten an updated since we last checked in. They are a support network for pilots and provide a variety of scholarships to women for helicopter training.

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