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June 24, 2013

Airborne 06.25.13: Airshow Tragedy, Klatt's Close Call, ICON Finds $$$

Also: Ed Iacobucci, Boeing Loves Paris, ATR Does Too, AgustaWestland Tilt Rotor, Massive P&W Order Book

The airshow industry is mourning the loss of two of its family members after a tragic accident this past Saturday at the Dayton International Airshow. Jane Wicker and Charlie Schwenker were reported dead after a 1245 (local time, Saturday) performance. While the show went on as scheduled in Dayton Sunday there were tense moments at the Quad City Airshow in Davenport, IA after airshow pilot John Klatt experienced an engine problem -- one serious enough to necessitate the release of his canopy in the middle of his performance  in order to see to execute a safe emergency landing. ICON Aircraft reported a boost in the bank account this past week, which the company says wi

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.13

Tragedy on the Airshow Circuit…

Rockefeller Questions the American-US Airways Merger…

And the Winner is – Embry Riddle…

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Bristow Group To Equip 44 Transport Helicopters With Rockwell Collins TCAS II

Installation Of New Avionics Already In Progress

Bristow Group, which provides helicopter transport services for offshore oil and gas and government operations, is retrofitting a fleet of 44 helicopters, including Sikorsky S-76 C++ and Sikorsky S-92A aircraft with Rockwell Collins’ Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS II) system. Installations are in progress.

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New E-HOTS Support Partnership Combines Five Partners' Expertise

Program Consolidates Efforts Of Eurocopter, DAHER, DCI, Eurotradia, And Vector Aerospace

An innovative total support solution for Eurocopter helicopters in deployed operations was launched with a consortium agreement signed this week at the Paris Air Show by its five participants: Eurocopter, DAHER, DCI, Eurotradia and Vector Aerospace.

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Relationship With Beechcraft Provides Jobs For WSU Engineering Students

Students Work With Planemaker In CAD/CAM Lab On 3-D Designs

Thanks to a strong relationship between Beechcraft and Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), dozens of WSU students are getting hands-on experience creating 3-D designs for Beechcraft airplanes. The students are working at Beechcraft as employees of NIAR's CAD/CAM Lab.

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Pratt & Whitney, NASA Demonstrate Environmental Benefits Of Geared TurboFans

Recently Completed 275 Hours Of Fan Rig Testing At NASA Facility

Pratt & Whitney recently reached a milestone in the NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) Project by demonstrating unprecedented performance and efficiency of a Geared TurboFan ultra-high bypass system, successfully completing 275 hours of fan rig testing in the NASA Low Speed Wind Tunnel.

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Extended Range Air Traffic Communications Planned For Curacao

NGC Subsidiary To Provide The High-Power System

A contract to supply a high power, ground-to-air communication system to the Dutch Caribbean Air Navigation Service Provider (DC-ANSP) has been awarded to Park Air Systems, a U,K.-based air traffic management subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation.

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U.S. May Sell UH-72A Lakota Helicopters To Thailand

Six Aircraft Requested At A Cost Of $77 Million

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June 7 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of 6 UH-72A Lakota Helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $77 million.

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NASA Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

Asking For Help To Locate Objects That Could Be A Threat To Earth

NASA appears to be pushing hard to sell its asteroid mission to the scientific community as well as the public. The space agency announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them. NASA also released a request for information (RFI) that invites industry and potential partners to offer ideas on accomplishing NASA's goal to locate, redirect, and explore an asteroid, as well as find and plan for asteroid threats.

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Men Accused Of Drug Trafficking With Airplane Plead Guilty

Admit To Possession And Intent To Distribute

A pair of California men who were caught with 200 pounds of marijuana and other drugs in their airplane when they made a refueling stop have pleaded guilty in Federal court in Texas to one count each of possession with intent to distribute the drugs.

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Erickson Air-Crane Announces Contract Extension With Fluor

Afghanistan Award, Valued At $100 Million, Significantly Improves FY13 Revenue Visibility

Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated announced Thursday that it has received an annual option year subcontract extension for its work with Fluor Corporation, a large engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, and project management services contractor.

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UAL Scholarship Fund Awards More Than $1 Million To Employees And Their Families

Program Funded Entirely Through Employee Contributions And Fundraising Efforts

United Airlines has awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships through the United Airlines Scholarship Fund (USF) to 681 employees and their children for the 2013-14 academic year. The scholarship program is funded entirely by employee contributions and fundraising efforts.

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NATA Air Charter Summit: Solid Program, Strong Support For VAC

Record Amount Raised For The Non-Profit Veterans Airlift Command More than 100 air charter industry professionals gathered this week for the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Air Charter Summit near Washington, DC. Attendees participated in sessions including voluntary safety programs, the application of Federal Excise Taxes to aircraft management services, FAA regulatory issues, the future of air charter and training center relationships, and corporate policies for electronics as well as new industry initiatives.

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Amusement Company Petitions FAA For 'Polercoaster' In Las Vegas

Structure Would Stand 650 Feet Tall On The Vegas Strip

A company that specializes in building thrill rides has petitioned the FAA for permission to build a 650-foot-tall "Polercoaster" in Las Vegas, but has not mentioned the specific location of the structure.

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Buddhist Monks Criticized For YouTube BizJet Video

Shows Monks Flying On A Private Jet

A video appearing on YouTube has spurred a reprimand for a group of Thai Buddhist Monks from their national organization.

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John Klatt Down Safe After Engine Loss During Airshow

Inflight Canopy Release Necessitated by Engine Failure/Oil Obscuration

Like we needed anymore negative excitement this weekend, we are none-the-less pleased to report that airshow pilot John Klatt is down and safe after experiencing an engine problem -- one serious enough to necessitate the release of his canopy in the middle of a performance at the Quad City Airshow, Sunday, in order to see to execute an emergency landing. This appears to be one of those circumstances in which an airshow pilot had bare seconds to deal with a bad and deteriorating situation. According to Klatt Airshows, "Some of you may be aware that during this afternoon's performance at the Quad City Airshow in Davenport, IA, John's MXS experienced an engine failure which forced him to execute an

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Gone West: Aviation Entrepreneur/Innovator, Ed Iacobucci

DayJet Program Was 'His Favorite Venture And High-Point Of His Career'

History favors the victors in the game of life... but a man who gave it his all and should have succeeded in one amazing aviation venture (if not for an economic downturn), deserves more than a passing aero-mention as his life has ended. Folks... a man who was the 'real-deal' has gone west... Ed Iacobucci. Iacobucci, a well-known entrepreneur and strategist, and the genius behind the DayJet program, passed away this week after a 16 month battle with pancreatic cancer. A truly brilliant and affable man, this was a guy who could make a living in any sector of the economy, due to an innate brilliance that was proven, time and time again, but it was aviation that attracted him to one of his difficult and

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Airborne 06.21.13: FAA Flips The Birds, 787-10 Launched, Diamond Agreement

Also: CAF and EAA Wanna Get Bombed, Bell Gets Light, Red Bull Pilot Training, More G650 Records, NKET Revised

The FAA is requiring Operation Migration to acquire new airplanes to lead endangered whooping cranes from their summer range to Florida for the winter in coming years, and the pilots flying those airplanes will have private pilot licenses. But, the FAA is giving the non-profit until April of next year to accomplish the changeover! Boeing has launched the 787-10 Dreamliner, the third member of the 787 family, at the Paris Air show. Saying that local aviation in Russia (is undergoing) a severe crisis, Russia Ural Works of Civil Aviation (UWCA), a

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Klyde Morris (06.24.13)

Klyde Envies The Monorail


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Eurocopter Breaks Ground For New Paris-Le Bourget Industrial Site

New Facility Scheduled To Open In Two Years

The green light for the start of construction on Eurocopter’s new industrial site, known as “Paris-Le Bourget”, was given Thursday. The new site, at the forefront of innovation and environmental standards, will be dedicated to helicopter blade production and to research on composite materials. It is scheduled to open its doors in 2015.

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Air Lease Corporation Selects PurePower Engines For A320/A321neo Aircraft

Engines To Be Installed On 30 Of The Leasing Company's Airbus Airplanes

Air Lease Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power its order of 30 firm A320/A321neo aircraft. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2016.

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Pinnacle Plans Name Change To Endeavor Air

Regional Carrier Now Based In Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

While there has been no official notification in the form of a news release, it appears that Pinnacle Airlines will emerge from bankruptcy as Endeavor Air after receiving financing and executives from Delta Air Lines.

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FAA Begins Design Work On New BWI Tower

Will Replace 30-Year-Old Structure At Baltimore-Washington International Airport

The FAA is in the preliminary planning stages for a new control tower at Baltimore-Washington International Airport (KBWI) which will replace the existing 30-year-old facility. The project is estimated to cost not less than $26 million.

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Aircraft Company Owner Pleads Guilty To Bank Fraud

Offered Airplanes He Did Not Own As Loan Collateral

The owner of Aircraft Sales Corp. in Orange Beach, AL, has pleaded guilty to defrauding a bank of some $3 million by using airplanes he did not own as collateral to obtain a loan.

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Extra-Large Passengers Welcomed On Samoa Air

But Airline Still Charging By Weight To Fly

Samoa has one of the world's highest rates of obesity, so it may come as no surprise that Samoa Air, which was the first to charge passengers by what they weigh, is now offering special seating for its extra-large customers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.13)

Aero Linx: British Women Pilots' Association The BWPA exists to promote aviation, particularly to women. There are over three hundred members of the BWPA involved in all areas of aviation. Amongst our membership are student pilots, those flying for a hobby, airline captains, military pilots and flying instructors. Members are of all ages, experience and backgrounds but share a common enthusiasm for flying.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.13): Middle Marker

Middle Marker A marker beacon that defines a point along the glideslope of an ILS normally located at or near the point of decision height (ILS Category I). It is keyed to transmit alternate dots and dashes, with the alternate dots and dashes keyed at the rate of 95 dot/dash combinations per minute on a 1300 Hz tone, which is received aurally and visually by compatible airborne equipment.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.24.13)

"Some of you may be aware that during this afternoon's performance at the Quad City Airshow in Davenport, IA, John's MXS experienced an engine failure which forced him to execute an immediate emergency landing. John released the aircraft's canopy, which had become coated with oil, in order to regain forward visibility to land. He suffered some minor burns and bruises, but is otherwise fine. Thank you for your concern, and for your support of John and Team Klatt." Source: The message from 'Team Klatt' after airshow performer John Klatt had to execute an emergency landing after an engine failure in the middle of an airshow performance.

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