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April 02, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.03.13

An Electric LSA Takes Flight!

The Wright Brothers, First in Flight or Not?

Delta Connection Flight Attendants Reach a Tentative First Contract Agree

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President Of The ICAO Council To Keynote ABACE2013

Asian Business Aviation Conference To Be Held April 16-18

The President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council  Roberto Kobeh González will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2013 edition of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE2013). Scheduled to take place April 16–18, 2013 at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, ABACE is the region’s largest show dedicated strictly to showcasing business aviation products and services.

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Duncan Aviation Granted Repair Capability For Securaplane Batteries

Added To The Renewal Of The Distribution And Service Agreement

Duncan Aviation now has the capability to repair batteries from Securaplane Technologies. This capability is in addition to Duncan Aviation’s ability to distribute Securaplane main ship and emergency batteries.

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NTSB Issues Probable Cause Report In September R44 Accident In Texas

Pilot May Have Been Under The Influence Of Alcohol, Expressed Concerns About Fuel Prior to The Accident

The NTSB has released a probable cause report related to an accident which occurred in September of last year in which a Robinson R44 went down in Lake Nocona in Nocona, TX. The pilot was not certificated at the time of the accident.

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Let Your Smartphone Help You Through Your Instrument Oral Exam

App Has Over 450 Questions Geared To Instrument And CFII Certificates

The second in a series of apps from ASA is a new Instrument Pilot Checkride app based on the popular Instrument Oral Exam Guide book by Michael Hayes. Designed for pilots training for the Instrument Rating or the Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) certificate, this app lists the questions most likely to be asked by examiners during the last step in the pilot certification process--the Practical Exam--and provides succinct, ready responses.

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New Research Platform To Fly On XCOR Lynx Space Plane

Lynx Cub Payload Carrier Being Developed At Texas A&M

A new payload carrier promises to dramatically reduce the cost of access to space for small scientific and education payloads. The Lynx Cub Payload Carrier was announced Thursday by the United States Rocket Academy.  The Lynx Cub Carrier will fly on the XCOR Lynx space plane, now under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port, and carry up to 12 experiments on each flight.

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B-52 Gets New Sniper Pod

The 2nd Bomb Wing Recently Made Its First Live Run With A New Addition To The Aging Bomber

With constant upgrades bringing the more than 60 year-old bomber into the 21st century, the addition of the sniper pod gives the B-52H Stratofortress better integration with ground forces and laser-guided bombs for precision strike capability.

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Cirrus Down Off Coast Of China

Three On Board Survive Accident Off The Coast Of South China's Guangdong Province

A U.S.-made Cirrus SR22 airplane went down in the ocean off the coast of South China's Guangdong Province last Wednesday, but all three people on board reportedly survived the ditching.

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Authorities Call Skydive Instructor A Hero

Attempted To Assist Another Jumper, Both Fatally Injured

A skydiving instructor is being called a hero for his attempts to help another jumper get his chute open during a jump a week ago Saturday in the Zephyrhills area near Tampa in Florida. Unfortunately both jumpers were fatally injured when they impacted the ground.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.02.13

Texas Takes the Tower Sequestration Bull by the Horns!

Sun 'n Fun Facing Financial Challenges From Sequestration…

All On Board A Cirrus SR22

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Airborne Special Ed. 04.01.13: New AOPA Prez?, FAA In Chap 11, RC Plane User Fee

Also: LAS Dogfight, Harrison Ford Might Lead EAA, And Lots of Other Strange News...

Its a VERY Special Day at Aero-TV... and after years of requests, we have produced a special edition just for this auspicious occasion... a day that Aero-News has long made a focal point, each year, of all manner of "interesting" news and events. This year, we bring you insider info on the possible new President of AOPA... an aviator known the world over. We also have news about how heavily the sequestration mess has weighed upon the FAA and its recent Chapter 11 petition. We have frightening news about the President's proposal to undertake user fees against RC aircraft

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TxDOT Intends To Fund Air Traffic Control Services

Move Planned To Ensure Continued Safety Of Air Passengers

In an effort to ensure safety at 13 municipal airports in Texas, the Texas Department of Transportation said last week it intends to fund continued service of air traffic controllers when federal funding goes away as a result of sequestration, or budget cuts. This action is pending Texas Transportation Commission approval and will be acted upon in an emergency session this week.

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U.S. Chamber Hosts 12th Annual Aviation Summit

Examines Challenges Impacting The Efficiency And Growth Of Airlines

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce held its 12th Annual Aviation Summit last Thursday, bringing top experts and leaders from all sectors of aviation to discuss critical issues facing the industry. The event examined many of the challenges impacting the efficiency and growth of airlines, including rising fuel prices, onerous environmental regulations, runway availability, and the implementation of the NextGen air traffic modernization program.

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Jack Pelton Joins IMC Club Board Of Directors

Former CEO Of Cessna Aircraft, Current Chairman Of EAA

The IMC Club has appointed Jack Pelton, former CEO of Cessna Aircraft Company and the current Chairman of the EAA, to its Board of Directors. This appointment marks a significant expansion of the Board of this organization. It follows the addition to the Board of Mike Goulian, former aerobatic champion and Joe Brown, President of Hartzell Propellers. 

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Student Pilot/Owner Thrown From Airplane In Flight During Sudden Pitch Excursion

Neither Person On Board Was Wearing A Seat Belt During The Flight

The owner of a Zodiac 601XL airplane was fatally injured after being ejected from the aircraft during a lesson. Authorities said neither person on board the airplane was wearing a seat belt at the time of the incident.

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FAA To Hold Online Session On UAS Test Site Privacy Policy

Two-Hour Availability Will Give The Public An Opportunity To Comment On The Proposed Policy

The FAA will hold an online public engagement session on Wednesday, April 3 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. EDT to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the agency's proposed privacy policy for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The FAA will provide a brief overview of the UAS test site program and proposed privacy policy and then take comments from participants.

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Sun 'n Fun Organizers Facing Unexpected Financial Challenges

Tower Closing Due To Sequestration Means Additional Expenses

The organizers of the Sun 'n Fun Fly In scheduled to begin April 9 are reportedly facing a $300,000 bill to maintain air traffic control services during the show. Officials say they will need about 70 temporary controllers to handle the traffic that is expected to descend on Lakeland, FL, next week.

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Delta Connection Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement For First Contract

Flight Attendants Achieve Double-Digit Pay Increases, Other Improvements

Compass Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), have reached a tentative agreement for a first contract with the assistance of the National Mediation Board. The agreement would provide double-digit pay increases on date of ratification along with an increased 401k match, schedule flexibility and a grievance procedure among other improvements.

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Cirrus Down On Frozen Lake In Minnesota

Chute Deployed, All Four On Board Survive The Accident

A Cirrus SR22 reportedly suffered engine problems on Friday morning and went down on frozen Lake Lakota in Alexandria, MN about 1030 CDT. A family of four was on board the airplane at the time of the accident, but no one was seriously injured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.02.13)

“Safety is the primary reason we felt a need to take immediate action for the air travelers and business aircraft that use these airports.” Source: Commissioner Fred Underwood, Texas Transportation Commission.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.02.13): Outside Air Temperature (OAT)

The measured or indicated air temperature (IAT) corrected for compression and friction heating. Also referred to as true air temperature.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.02.13)

The Air Care Alliance

The Air Care Alliance is a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations whose volunteer pilots are dedicated to community service.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-21

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model EC130 B4 helicopters with a cabin vibration damper installed.

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AD: Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-22

PRODUCT: All Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model A109, A109A, A109A II, A109C, A109K2, A109E, A109S, and A119 helicopters.

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AD: Hughes Helicopters, Inc.

AD NUMBER: 2013-05-16

PRODUCT: MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Model 369D, 369E, 369F, and 369FF helicopters with certain serial-numbered tailboom assemblies.

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