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December 23, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.23.11

LightSquared drops the kid gloves and attacks GPS users.
Pilot unions keep pushing for "one level of safety."
And airborne spotters will replace boots on the ground along th

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ISS Crew Hangs Christmas Stockings

But Chestnuts Roasting On Open Fire Considered Doubtful

People who have to work away from home during the holidays always try to make special accommodations to get that feeling of home, but what do you do when you're a couple hundred miles in space? If you're an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, you hope there's some holiday cheer packed in those unmanned Russian supply capsules.

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CubCrafters Expanding Facilities, Workforce

Company Says Business Is On A "Steady Pathway Of Growth"

Yakima, Washington based light aircraft designer and manufacturer CubCrafters has announced a major expansion of their FAA certified manufacturing facility, adding 15,000 square feet by leasing a building near the Yakima airport.

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Lufthansa Moves Forward With Sale Of British Midland To IAG

Airline Says It Will Benefit From A Stronger Financial Position After The Sale

Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa) and International Airlines Group (IAG) have signed a binding agreement for the sale of British Midland Limited (bmi) to IAG in a deal worth about $270 million cash. Both parties project the transaction will close by the end of the first quarter 2012.

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Family Charged With Parts Counterfeiting

Feds Say Oregon Company Sold Defective Parts To Defense Department

Counterfeit parts entering the supply chain are a growing problem, and the US government is throwing the book at a southern-Oregon company it claims has sold "nonconforming, defective and counterfeit products" to the Department of Defense on at least 392 separate occasions.

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Airbus Says A380 Primed For Strong 2012

Company Says Production Issues Are Being Solved

Airbus, which delivered four of its A380 super-jumbos this month, and 26 for the year 2011, says it expects to better that mark and deliver 30 of the big planes in 2012, as production problems continue to be solved. Since entering service in October of 2007, only 67 of the big planes have been delivered, or an average of 16 per year through the end of 2011.

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Non-Profit Supports Sheriff With Aviation Assets

Montana Group Hopes To Eventually Buy Its Own Helicopter

Tight municipal budgets have grounded some law enforcement and search & rescue helicopters, and starting a brand new aviation unit is often out of the question. But in Flathead County, Montana, a non-profit organization called FEAR, for Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources, is trying a different approach to support the sheriff and SAR needs.

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Eighty-Five Small Business Research And Technology Projects Receive Funding

NASA Selects Maturing Technology Proposals For Phase II Contracts

NASA has selected 85 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase II contract awards through the agency's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $63 million.

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Boeing To Convert 747-400 To Freighter For Evergreen International

Converted Freighter Program Notches 50th Order

Evergreen International Airlines today Wednesday that the airline will introduce the 747-400 Boeing Converted Freighter to its fleet with delivery to Evergreen in 2012. The conversion will be the 50th 747-400 jetliner to be modified to a freighter configuration by Boeing, which provides overall management of the conversion, including engineering and materials. Boeing contracts with Taikoo Aircraft Engineering (TAECO) in Xiamen, China, for the modification work.

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TSA Launches Toll Free Helpline For Travelers With Disabilities, Medical Needs

Dubbed "TSA Cares" By The Agency, Offers Information About Screening, Other Resources

TSA launched "TSA Cares" Thursday ...  a new helpline number designed to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions, prior to getting to the airport. Travelers may call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 prior to traveling with questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint.

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Canadian Medical Helicopter Grounded For Lack Of Paramedics

ORNGE Aircraft Sits Idle For Hours, Company Says Medics Not 'Vehicle Specific'

The helicopter operated by ORNGE Thunder Bay in Ontario, Canada reportedly sits idle for hours at a time when it could be responding to medical emergencies because of a shortage of trained paramedics to fly on the aircraft.

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NASA Aerodynamics Engineer Welcomed Into Aviation Hall of Fame

Richard Whitcomb Will Be Installed Posthumously For His Accomplishments

Aeronautics engineer Richard T. Whitcomb, whose research contributions at NASA's Langley Research Center made supersonic flight practical, will soon join other aerospace pioneers in the National Aviation Hall of Fame, located at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

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AD: Rolls-Royce Trent Turbofan

AD NUMBER: 2011-26-08

MANUFACTURER: Rolls-Royce plc (RR) RB211-Trent 800 Series Turbofan Engines

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Airborne 12.23.11: FAA Allows Pilots To Rest, TSA Pillories Petition, 2011's True Aero-Innovators

Also: Avidyne, Piper, AeroNav, Satellites, EAA, AVW, NTSB, SpaceX... and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Happy Holidays from the crews at Aero-News, Aero-TV and Airborne! Even though the year is coming to a surprisingly busy close (and thank God for that, eh?), there was plenty to cover this week in Airborne-land. And as usual, there were items popping up all over the place, even as we tried to complete this episode.

Airborne 12.23.11: FAA Allows Pilot Rest, TSA Petition, 2011's Aero-Innovators

Also: Avidyne, Piper, AeroNav, Satellites, EAA, AVW, NTSB, SpaceX... and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Airborne 12.23.11 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, December 23rd, 2011... This episode covers: The FAA Finally Publishes Rest Regs TBM-700 Downed In Bad WX Avidyne Certs for Piper PA-46 Line The Sultan Of Brunei Now Owns ALL Of Piper The Guessing Over The Next FAA Admin Is Under way! Barefoot Bandit To Do Hard-Time AeroNav Thinks Flyers Are Their Own Private ATM

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More Industry Reaction To FAA Pilot Duty Rest Rules

All Agree Standards Should Be The Same For Pax, Cargo Flights

The airline industry is expressing universal praise for the adoption of new crew rest rules by the FAA Wednesday, but also is unified in its stance that pilots of cargo flights should fall under the same rules as those with passengers aboard.

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A4A Says Fight Will Continue Against EU-ETS

Says European Court Decision "Isolates The EU From The Rest Of The World"

Airline industry organization Airlines for America (A4A) says it will continue to oppose the unilateral imposition of a carbon cap-and-trade scheme on U.S. carriers by the European Union. The European Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that the EU could go forward with its plan to tax all air carriers regardless of country of origin in an effort to reduce carbon emissions.

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First Flight: New Generation AW189 Helicopter

New Twin Helo Set For Deliveries In 2014

The first prototype of the AW189 twin engine helicopter successfully completed its maiden flight Wednesday. The aircraft was launched at the Paris Air Show earlier this year and AgustaWestland says this first prototype has made its maiden flight ahead of schedule. AgustaWestland is aiming for civil certification for the AW189 in 2013 and to start deliveries in early 2014.

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IATA 'Disappointed' With EU Court Decision On ETS

But Says Court Finding Was 'Predictable'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) expressed disappointment at Wednesday’s decision by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) which upheld European Union (EU) plans to include international aviation in the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS) from 2012. The CJEU decision represents a European legal interpretation of EU ETS; however, the success of Europe’s plans will depend on how non-European states view its legal and political acceptability. In this respect, there is growing global opposition.

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Klyde Morris 12.23.2011

Klyde Has Learned The Art Of The Deal


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Wichita Money Drop Called Off

Unnamed Donor Wanted To Drop Cash From Helicopter

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, earned the derisive nickname "Helicopter Ben" for mentioning the idea of a helicopter money-drop as a means to avoid economic deflation. But in Wichita, Kansas, there were some well-off people who thought an actual helicopter drop of money would be a nice thing to do at Christmas time for their less fortunate neighbors.

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FAA Clears NextGen Santa One for Takeoff

Satellite-Based System Improves Efficiency For The Jolly Old Elf

FAA safety inspectors have given the thumbs-up for the reindeer-powered sleigh known as Santa One to fly on Christmas Eve so Santa Claus can deliver presents to children around the world. The approval came after a thorough inspection of the aircraft at the North Pole. “The satellite-based technology the elves have installed on Santa One will ensure that Santa stays safe and reaches all of his rooftops on time,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Avworks Salvaging Lear Jet 24

Company Sees Growth Ahead For Aircraft Salvage Business

AvWorks Aviation, formerly known as Datamill Media Corp., says it has purchased and salvaged a Lear Jet 24 from a private owner at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.23.11)

"Giving air cargo carriers the choice to opt-in to new pilot rest rules makes as much sense as allowing truckers to 'opt-out' of drunk driving laws." Source: Captain Robert Travis.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.23.11): Pressure Falling Rapidly

A decrease in station pressure at a rate of 0.06 inch of mercury or more per hour which totals 0.02 inch or more.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.23.11)

Sean Tucker Power Aerobatics

Whether you’re at the controls of a Cessna 152, twin Comanche or a Lear jet, the skills you learn at SAF may help you out if you find yourself in an unintended jam. 

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