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January 18, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.18.13

Boeing Was Warned About the 787’s Batteries…

The LSA Storm is Coming to America…

The FCC Looks Again at Phasing Out 121.5 Mhz EL

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Piper Strengthens Global Sales Force

Hopes To Increase Focus On Fleet Sales Of Trainer-Class Aircraft

Piper Aircraft says it is strengthening its worldwide sales organization with an increased focus on direct fleet sales of the company's trainer-class aircraft while continuing to emphasize and expand its global dealer network for the company's M-Class and Twin-Class lines.

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Pinnacle Airlines Comprehensive Agreements Approved By Bankruptcy Court

Agreements Provide A Viable Cost Structure And Path Out Of Chapter 11

Pinnacle Airlines Corp. announced Wednesday that the comprehensive agreements it reached with Delta, the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) and the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors (Creditors' Committee) in Pinnacle's Chapter 11 cases have been approved by the Bankruptcy Court overseeing Pinnacle's cases.

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Boeing Warned Of Battery Safety In 2006

Two Recent Incidents Now Appear Different In Nature

Quoting sources that would speak only on the condition of anonymity, the Seattle Times is reporting that hot chemicals sprayed out of the battery on the 787 Dreamliner that made an emergency landing in Japan on Wednesday. The result was a gooey dark residue left behind that suggests a different malfunction than last week's battery fire in a 787 at Boston's Logan International Airport.

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Diamond Airborne Sensing Scores Three In A Row With DEA

Purchased A Third CA42MPP

Diamond Executive Aviation (DEA) purchases third DA42 MPP (Multi Purpose Platform) and Diamond Airborne Sensing (DAS) provides further integration support. The new aircraft will support DEA’s current MPP fleet in an ever widening series of operations for DEA’s existing partners.

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Republic Of Korea Selects The AgustaWestland AW159

First Export Success For New Generation Helicopter

The Republic of Korea has selected the AW159 helicopter to meet its Maritime Operational Helicopter requirement. The contract for eight AW159 helicopters for the Republic of Korea Navy is the first export order for this new generation aircraft, known as the AW159 Wildcat in UK service.

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Gone West: Douglas C. Roach

Civil Air Patrol’s First Spaatz Award Recipient Dies After Distinguished Public Service Career

Douglas C. Roach, the first recipient of Civil Air Patrol’s highest cadet award, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, died Jan. 11 at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., from complications related to cancer. He was 70.

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Asteroid Deflection Mission Seeks Smashing Ideas

Seeking Improved Understanding Of High-Speed Collisions Between Natural And Man-Made Objects

A space rock several hundred metres across is heading towards our planet and the last-ditch attempt to avert a disaster – an untested mission to deflect it – fails. This fictional scene of films and novels could well be a reality one day. But what can space agencies do to ensure it works? ESA is seeking research ideas to help guide the development of a US–European asteroid deflection mission now under study.

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Cobham Granted HeliSAS EASA Certifications

STC For Installation On A Range Of Eurocopter Helicopters

Cobham has been granted Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval for its HeliSAS Stability Augmentation System and Autopilot by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). STC #10049171 allows installation of HeliSAS on a significant new range of Eurocopter helicopters, including: AS350B, B1, B2, B3, BA, D, and EC130B4 models across the European Union.

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Boeing Offers New EFB Software For Any Compatible Hardware

Launched By Air France, Product Cuts Cost Of Upgrades For Airlines With Mixed Fleets And Avionics

Air France will deploy Boeing EFB system software on their 747-400 fleet in the second quarter of 2013, Boeing announced Tuesday. This is the first Boeing software solution designed to work on third-party Class 2 hardware, already used extensively at Air France. The ability to have a common EFB look and feel across an airline's entire fleet, regardless of EFB hardware provider, provides airlines with significant operational savings.

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United Breaks Ground On New Widebody Aircraft Hangar

Maintenance Hangar At Newark Liberty International Airport To Be Complete By Year's End

United Airlines this week broke ground on a new widebody aircraft maintenance hangar at Newark Liberty International Airport. The airline, which is investing more than $25 million in the 90,000 square foot facility, expects to complete construction by year end.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers 100th H-1 Helicopter To The US Marine Corps

Another 249 In The Pipeline Under The Current Contract

Bell Helicopter has delivered the 100th of a planned total of 349 H-1 helicopters during a ceremony at its Amarillo Assembly Center. The US Marine Corps H-1 helicopter program is comprised of both the UH-1Y utility helicopter and the AH-1Z attack helicopter.

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Naval Officer's Promotion To Admiral Squelched By Senate Committee

As A Young Pilot, Capt. Timothy Dorsey Deliberately Shot Down An Air Force Jet

The promotion of Navy Capt. Timothy Dorsey to Admiral has been rejected by a Senate committee after its members learned that, as a young Naval Aviator, he had deliberately fired a missile at an Air Force F-4. The Air Force pilot and his backseat officer ejected and survived, but the pilot suffered back injuries that led to an early end to his flying career.

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Classic Aero-TV: Seated On The Edge Of Forever -- A PPC's Bird's Eye View

A Segment Of The Sport Aviation World That Truly Lives "Low And Slow"

Pity the life of ANN's Chief videographer, Nathan Cremisino... shoot the most exciting aircraft in the world, attend the most intriguing events in the aerospace community... and now and then, just fly along to geek out at how cool aviation, in all its many forms, can be. Yeah... Nathan has a hard life... as you can plainly see by this video shot at the Popular Rotorcraft Association Fly-In in Mentone, IN. The event, normally populated by rotorcraft, shared the skies with quite a few members of the powered parachuting community and it was clear that every one had a ball.

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LSA 'Storm' Building In The U.S.

Light Sport American Purchases Assets Of Italian ATR Storm Aircraft, Will Build Them In Bartow, FL

J. Phil McCoy, president and CEO of Light Sport America, announced Thursday at the Light Sport Expo at Sebring that his firm has purchased the assets of Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR Storm Aircraft, and he expects complete relocation of the factory and to begin U.S. production of Storm’s complete line of light sport aircraft at the Bartow, Florida, Municipal Airport in March. 

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Bristell USA LP Appoints US Aviation As An Authorized Service Facility

Support For The LSAs Now In Denton Texas

Bristell USA LP appointed US Aviation of Denton, Texas to provide Factory Authorized Service for the top-of-the-line Bristell Light Sport aircraft. US Aviation have been a Rotax Service Center for many years with 6 Rotax trained, full time A&P’s on staff. “Bristell audited the US Aviation facility and found the capability requirements and the proper tools and equipment necessary to perform authorized service including insurance and warranty service, along with avionics and BRS service.

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NATA, A4A Praise Selection Of LoBiondo As Chair Of Aviation Subcommittee

FAA's William Hughes Technical Center Is Located In LoBiondo's District

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) applauds the selection of Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) to serve as the new Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure's Aviation Subcommittee for the 113th Congress.

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Boeing Statement On FAA 787 Action

Company 'Deeply Regrets' Impact On Customers

Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney issued the following statement Thursday after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive that requires U.S. 787 operators to temporarily cease operations and recommends other regulatory agencies to follow suit.

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Swithblade Receives Full Funding For Production Launch

Conforming Prototype To Be Built

Samson Motors has received full funding for the launch of the Switchblade Multi-Mode Vehicle, the company announced Friday in conjunction with the Sebring LSA Expo in Florida. With testing milestones accomplished in both ground and air modes, the Switchblade now moves into construction and testing of the conforming, full-scale prototype.

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FCC Requests Comments On 121.5 MHz ELT Future

Agency Continues To Believe Phasing Out 121.5 Is 'In The Public Interest'

The FCC is seeking comment on the appropriate treatment of 121.5 MHz emergency locator transmitters (ELTs) under Part 87 of the FCC Regulations. On Jan. 10, 2011, the FCC formally stayed its rule on the prohibition on the certification, manufacture, importation, sale or use of ELTs that transmit distress alerts on frequency 121.5 MHz.

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Klyde Morris 01.18.2013

One Bourbon ... One Scotch ... And One Beer ...


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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.18.13)

"Boeing is committed to supporting the FAA and finding answers as quickly as possible.  We will make available the entire resources of The Boeing Company to assist." Source: Statement from Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.18.13): Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA)

Requirements for ICA were published and made effective in 14 CFR in 1980. These requirements provided a universal and standardized model for aircraft, aircraft engine, and propeller maintenance data, replacing various maintenance manual data standards previously in effect.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.18.13)

Quiet Aircraft Association

In the mid-1960's, Lockheed engineers turned their attention to the challenge of designing a quiet aircraft that could see (but not be seen or heard) in the night.  The Quiet Aircraft Association is proud to present the history of the quiet aircraft.

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