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February 24, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.24.12

Seven Marines are dead in a mid-air in California.
An Air Force U-28A is down in Africa.
And Isreal grounds turboprop airliners for an unusual reason.

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FlightSafety Names Bob Reding Senior Advisor To The CEO

Airline Executive Most Recently With AMR Corporation

FlightSafety International has named Bob Reding to the position of Senior Advisor to the CEO. “We are pleased and proud that Bob has joined the FlightSafety team,” said Bruce Whitman, President & CEO. “Bob will be involved and contribute to all components of our business. His experience and contacts in the aviation industry will help to secure new opportunities for FlightSafety.”

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Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System Makes Successful First Fixed-Wing Demo

Semi-Active Laser Guided Rocket Launched From AT-6C

The Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) recently achieved a first shot success from a fixed-wing aircraft, according to the weapon's developer. The semi-active laser guided version of the U.S. military’s Hydra rocket successfully hit within inches of the center of its laser spot target after it was fired off a Hawker Beechcraft AT-6C from a range of three miles.

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North America, Mexico Dates Announced for Boeing 787 Dream Tour

First Stop For The New Airplane Set For March 1 In Toronto

Boeing has announced dates and locations for the fourth segment of the 787 Dream Tour beginning March 1. Stops will include visits to cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition, the Dream Tour airplane, ZA003, will be featured at the FIDAE Air Show in Santiago, Chile, in late March to kick off the fifth segment of the tour.

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Top Civil Air Patrol Cadets To Gather In Nation’s Capital

Weeklong Academy One Of America’s Leading Civic Education Activities

Outstanding Civil Air Patrol cadets from across America are gaining a head start on their public service careers by participating in one of the nation’s premier civic education activities, the Civic Leadership Academy, from Feb. 25 to March 3 in Washington, D.C. “The Civic Leadership Academy provides 24 of our cadets with the opportunity of a lifetime,” said CAP National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr.

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Fantasy Of Flight Again Welcomes Boy Scouts

Annual Aviation Camporee Offered Weekend Of March 16

Scouts of all ages will gather at Central Florida's Fantasy of Flight attraction for its Annual Scout Aviation Camporee, Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18, 2012. Troops will earn their aviation merit badges with the help of skilled aviation experts and interactive activities and experiences with some of the attraction's more than 40 rare and vintage aircraft.

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Kansas City Police Order 3 New Helicopters

KCPD Patrol Support Unit Will Fly MD 500E Helos

The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners has approved the purchase of three MD 500E helicopters for use by the Police Patrol Support Unit for airborne law enforcement. The selection of MD Helicopters was made after a six month RFP process, which included proposal review and product demonstration by four vendors.

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Eurocopter Secures 1st Civil Helicopter Sale In Bangladesh

Letter Of Intent With R&R Aviation For Two EC130 B4 At Conclusion Of Singapore Airshow

An agreement between R&R Aviation and Eurocopter was signed on the last day of the Singapore Airshow for two brand new Eurocopter EC130 B4, marking Eurocopter’s breakthrough into the Bangladeshi market with its first new civil helicopter sale. This achievement capped Eurocopter’s successful outing at the Airshow this year, where it also inked deals for four new helicopters with other customers in the Asia region.

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AA Flight Attendant Launches Petition To Replace Airline Management

Electronic Petition Drive Gets Grassroots Traction

A controversial series of YouTube videos mocking a flight attendant's bosses at American Airlines has morphed into an all-out grassroots movement to remove the upper-management team now running American Airlines, which filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in November of 2011. The bankruptcy filing was followed by an announcement of extensive layoffs and planned pay cuts at the airline.

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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Dedicates 5.4-Megawatt Solar Power System

System Expected to Deliver Almost $5 Million in Savings Over 20 Years

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and SunPower Corp dedicated a 5.4-megawatt high efficiency SunPower solar power system on Wednesday. The system is expected to generate the equivalent of 51 percent of the electricity demand at the airport's rental car center, two East Economy parking garages and toll plaza, saving $4.7 million over the next 20 years.

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Sigma Space Deploys World’s First Operational Volcanic Ash Measurement LiDAR

NASA-Derived Technology Enables Accurate Volcanic-Ash Assessment At Airport In Argentina

At the request of the Argentinean Ministry of Defense, a LiDAR system developed by Sigma Space was installed at Bariloche airport in Argentina on January 30th. Since the June 2011 eruption of the Chilean Puyehue, Bariloche has been suffering from intermittent ash clouds blowing from the volcano, and the airport in Bariloche has been closed much of the time since the eruption.

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Air Force Names Top Fighter Squadron

Kadena's 67th Fighter Squadron Honored By Air Force CoS

On February 16, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz announced that Kadena's 67th Fighter Squadron earned the Raytheon Trophy for 2011. The annual award, originally started by the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1953, is now sponsored by Raytheon Systems Corporation and is given to the top air superiority or air defense squadron in the Air Force.

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Landmark Aviation Awarded New 37-Year Lease At KSAN

Long Term Contract For FBO At San Diego International

The Airport Authority Board at San Diego International Airport (KSAN) has awarded a 37-year lease to Landmark Aviation to operate an FBO at San Diego International Airport. Landmark, which acquired Jimsair Aviation Services, Inc. in July of 2008, is the current FBO operator on the field.

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Airborne 02.24.12: GAMA Numbers Disappoint, Foggy Oshkosh F-16, Reno Proceeds

Also: Wichita Loses Skycatchers, NextGen, AeroNav's First Kill, Quiet Jets -- Or Else, Obama At Boeing, Onex Approved, TFR Bust Goes to Pot... and So MUCH MORE!

Is the worst of the recession over... at least as far as the aviation world is concerned? Hard to say... and though GAMA pronounced that 2011 was to be the turn-around year, we were sadly disappointed. Hopefully, though, the current doldrums may be the worst of it... Watching the trends in 2012, especially with trouble afoot for so much of GA, is going to be interesting. Hey -- remember that F-16 that went off the runway at Oshkosh this year... we now know what happened and fog INSIDE the cockpit is being named the culprit in the accident that hurt no one but one pilot's pride. And we're pleased to note that prep for Ren

FAA Expected To Report Controller Errors Largely Flat In 2011

Number Had Surged Over The Previous Three Years

Sources close to a report being prepared by the FAA say it will show that the number of errors reported by air traffic controllers was nearly flat in 2011 after climbing sharply the previous three years. The Wall Street Journal reports its sources say the number of errors reported by controllers will come in at about 1,900 for 2011, including about 50 incidents in which aircraft were close enough to cause concerns about a collision in the judgement of the FAA.

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GAMA Celebrates 10 Years As International Association

Trade Association Working Globally To Expand And Promote GA Manufacturing

GAMA celebrated ten years as an international association today at its annual “State of the Industry” press conference. GAMA first incorporated manufacturing companies based outside of the United States in 2002. Most general aviation aircraft flying in the world today were built by GAMA member companies.

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Southwest Mechanics Vote Blasted By Teamsters

Vote Split Between Teamsters, AMFA-Represented Workers

The Teamsters Union has denounced the vote tallied Tuesday which blocked the seniority merger agreement between Southwest Airlines and AirTran Airways mechanics.

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Marine Corps Retires CH-53D Sea Stallion Helicopter

Heavy-Lift Helicopter First Saw Action In Vietnam

After more than 40 years of service, the Marine Corps retired the aging CH-53D Sea Stallion helicopter during a “sundown ceremony” February 10 at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. “From Vietnam, to Iraq and now in Afghanistan, the helicopter has provided sustaining and mission critical lift in every clime and place over past 40 plus years,” said Marine Corps Col. Robert Pridgen, program manager for the H-53 Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office (PMA-261).

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Klyde Morris 02.24.2012

This 'Space' For Rent ...


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iPad App Announced For Eclipse Jet Owners

Quick Reference Application Is An Aircraft-Specific Flight Planning Tool

Eclipse has rolled out an iPad application written specifically for owners / operators of the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. The Eclipse Quick Reference Application (Eclipse QRA) provides pilots with the ability to use an iPad as a unique flight-planning tool and for inflight reference documentation.

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Florida Senate Committee Passes Bill Exempting FBOs From Intangibles Tax

Could Save Businesses As Much As $600,000 Per Year

It's a long way from a Senate committee vote to state law, but a the tax-writing committee for the Florida Senate has given approval to legislation that would exempt FBOs from paying intangibles taxes to the state on their lease holdings.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.24.12)

“GAMA’s work has never been more expansive and we are dedicated to safeguarding the growth and vitality of all our member companies and of general aviation in every corner of the world.” Source: GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.24.12): Directional Shear

The component of wind shear which is due to a change in wind direction with height, e.g., southeasterly winds at the surface and southwesterly winds aloft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.24.12)

FAA AD Database

While many of the FAA's ADs appear on Aero-News, we can't cover them all. If you have a question about an AD on your airplane, you can consult the official FAA Airworthiness Directive database.

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