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March 22, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.13

The LAS Fight Keeps Going and going and going and…

PATCO Questions the FAA’s Sanity…

Oops! It’s Not Nice to Fool With the

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FAA Makes Tower Closing Decision

Nearly 150 Contract Towers To Be Shuttered April 7

You knew it was coming, and here it is. The FAA has reached the decision that 149 federal contract towers will close beginning April 7 as part of the agency’s sequestration implementation plan. The agency has made the decision to keep 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure because doing so would have a negative impact on the national interest.

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Machinists Request NMB Release Mechanics At US Airways

Would Initiate A Thirty-Day Countdown To A Strike

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have formally requested that the National Mediation Board (NMB) release its US Airways Mechanic & Related members from further mediated contract negotiations and initiate a thirty-day countdown to a strike.

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Aspen Evolution Backup Display Installed In Seneca V-Series

Piper Aircraft Selects Aspen's All Digital Backup Display For Total Glass Panel Solution

Piper Aircraft has selected the Aspen Evolution Backup Display system for its popular Piper Seneca V-series aircraft. The Evolution Backup Display is a fully digital, independent flight display system designed to replace mechanical backup instruments used in Part 23 glass panel installations.

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NASA Administrator Congratulates Apollo Engine Recovery Team

Bolden: 'This Is An Historic Find'

NASA administrator Charles Bolden offered congratulations the Bezos Expeditions team that has successfully recovered two Apollo F-1 engines from the bottom of the Atlantic ocean.

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All-Electric Tilt Rotor Technology Demonstrator An International Collaboration

'Project Zero' Being Developed By Finmeccanica With Diverse Partners

Officially unveiled on March 4th, just prior to the Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas, the revolutionary AgustaWestland “Project Zero” all-electric tiltrotor technology demonstrator is the result of close collaborations with Finmeccanica companies - Selex ES, Ansaldo Breda, and Ansaldo Energia - and partner companies from Italy, the U.K., the U.S., and Japan.  

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Canadian Accident Pilot Tested Positive For Marijuana

Pilot, One Passenger Fatally Injured In October, 2011 Accident

The pilot of a Cessna Caravan which went down in Canada's Northwest Territories (NWT) was impaired by marijuana use, according to a report from the Canadian Transportation Safety Board. The pilot and one passenger were fatally injured, and two other passengers survived with serious injuries.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Ercoupe Elevator Controls

Problem Found During Restoration Of An Ercoupe 415-C

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin concerning elevator controls in Ercoupe 415 model airplanes. The FAA received a field report of a loose elevator horn on an Ercoupe 415-C during restoration of the airplane. Although the external appearance of the elevator was unremarkable, teardown of the elevator revealed the elevator horn attach bracket had only one secure fastener out of four.

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High School Girl To Attend Russian Soyuz Launch In Kazakhstan

Fifteen-Year-Old Minneapolis H.S. Sophomore Credits Public School STEM Education For Inspiration

High school sophomore and self-proclaimed "Astronaut-in-Training" Abigail Harrison will be the only American teenager in attendance at the legendary Russian Soyuz launch, Soyuz-TMA-09M, in Kazakhstan on May 28, 2013.  As a special VIP guest of her mentor, Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Harrison is a pinnacle moment of her STEM education through her urban public school, which has led her to her ultimate dream of being the first person to land on Mars. 

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NASA Begins New Season of Arctic Ice Science Flights

Will Closely Monitor Arctic Ice Sheet, Scale Back Land Coverage

NASA's Operation IceBridge scientists have begun another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland completed on Wednesday. A specially equipped P-3B research aircraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, VA, is operating out of airfields in Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and Fairbanks, Alaska.

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Unmanned Air System Takes First Flight At Sea

Aircraft Completed Four Fly-Bys Of The Ship Before Recovery

San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) launched a RQ-21A Small Tactical Unmanned Air System (STUAS) recently, for its first flight at sea. The STUAS completed four fly-bys around the ship before recovering with the STUAS Recovery System (SRS), a cable apparatus the aircraft latches to for recovery. The STUAS completed three months of land-based trial flights aboard Naval Air Warfare Center in China Lake, Calif., before launching from a San Antonio-class amphibious landing dock ship.

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AA Selects Airbus' Runway Overrun Prevention System For Its A320 Family Fleet

ROPS to Also Become Available To Other Manufacturers' Aircraft

American Airlines has decided to equip all of its A320 Family fleet with Airbus' innovative Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) technology. This onboard cockpit technology, which Airbus has pioneered independently over several years, increases pilots' situational awareness during landing, reduces exposure to runway excursion risk, and if necessary, provides active protection.

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Virgin America Names Airline Industry Veteran As New Chief Operating Officer

Steve Forte To Lead Airline's Flight Operations, Tech Ops, Safety and Airports Teams

Virgin America has appointed thirty-year aviation industry veteran Steve Forte as the Company's new Chief Operating Officer. Forte will be the California-based airlines first ever COO, with oversight of Flight Operations, the Operation Control Center, Aircraft Maintenance, Safety and Guest Services.

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Betty Ann Ong Foundation Opposes TSA Knife Policy Change

Cites Use Of Box Cutters On 9/11 As Reason For Their Opposition

The Betty Ann Ong Foundation, named for one of the flight attendants who lost their lives on 9/11, has issued a statement critical of TSA's planned policy change to allow some small pocket knives to be carried onto commercial airliners.

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Airborne 03.22.13: Eclipse Powers Up, AEA Live Next Week!, Saturn V Engines Recovered

Also: Harrison Ford, Boeing Sells Big, Falcon 2000S, Falcon 2000LXS, ABC News Embarrasses Itself, More Airshow Damage

Eclipse Aerospace celebrated a major production milestone Monday ... the first power up of the new production Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet. The first production Eclipse 550 aircraft successfully powered up its two Pratt & Whitney PW610F engines, and the aircraft systems came on line at the company’s facility in Albuquerque, NM. With the onset of Spring it's time once again for the annual AEA Convention and this time we're going west to the city of Las Vegas! Once again ANN will be on hand with two days of LIVE coverage on Aero TV. When the main boosters for the Apollo Saturn V rockets fell into the Atlantic Ocean in the 1960s and 1970s, it was probably e

Beechcraft Continues Fight Over LAS Contract

Files Federal Lawsuit To Force Further Review

Beechcraft Corporation has filed suit in the Court of Federal Claims to contest the U.S. Air Force’s decision to lift the stay of performance on the Light Air Support (LAS) contract while the Government Accountability Office (GAO) continues to review Beechcraft’s protest of the award to Embraer/Sierra Nevada. A GAO ruling on Beechcraft’s protest of this procurement is expected within 90 days.

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NBAA Applauds Sen. Moran For Contract Tower Efforts

Led Hard-Fought Effort to Preserve Sequester-Targeted Towers

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement late Wednesday in response to the decision by Senate leadership to decline consideration of an amendment introduced by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), which would have preserved air traffic control towers and other facilities targeted for closure under mandatory federal budget curtailment, or "sequestration."

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Klyde Morris 03.22.2013

We Don't Want To Say You're All Wet, Klyde ... But ...


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PATCO Questions Contract Tower Closings

Says Air Safety Will Be Seriously Jeopardized

The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) issued a statement Thursday following Wednesday's vote in the U.S. Senate on the Continuing Resolution that will keep the government operating through the end of September which did not include an amendment to preserve the contract tower program.

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Airlines For America Opposes TSA Tax Hike

Calls The Move A 'Lose-Lose' For Passengers, Airlines And The Economy

Airlines for America (A4A) has released a statement supporting calls for efficiency improvements within the TSA, while strongly urging House Republicans not to punish passengers, shippers and airlines by doubling the TSA passenger security tax in their budget proposal.

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Kansas Lawmakers Buck Obama On Aviation Tax 'Loophole'

Even Some Democrats Disagree With The President's Anti-Aviation Rhetoric

After doing everything it could to assure that the Detroit automaking industry was able to survive the recession, Kansas lawmakers, including some Democrats, are scratching their heads over rhetoric coming from the White House concerning corporate aircraft.

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New Space Station Crew Members To Launch and Dock The Same Day

Flight To ISS Expected To Take Only Six Hours

Three new crew members are set to launch to the International Space Station on a six-hour flight to travel from the launch pad to their destination.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.22.13)

"The business aviation community understands that air traffic control towers are integral to the nation's aviation system, and are central to the FAA's ability to support the safest, largest and most efficient aviation system in the world." Source: Statement from NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.13): Takeoff Safety Speed (V2)

Per 14 CFR part 1: A referenced airspeed obtained after lift-off at which the required one-engine-inoperative climb performance can be achieved.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.13)

The Aviation Accreditation Board International advances quality aviation education worldwide through accreditation and leadership. In accordance with its mission statement, AABI is committed to its role as the world's leader in the advancement of aviation accreditation.

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