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June 23, 2011

Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee Gets Down To Business

Second Meeting Held Last Month, Panel Will Next Meet In July

The Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee (UAT-ARC) met for the second time on May 17 - 19, 2011, in Washington D.C.

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EC, Airbus, Airlines, And Biofuel Producers Push Sustainable Fuel Accord

Pan-Sector Initiative Targets 2.2 Million Tons Of Aviation Biofuel By 2020

The European Commission, Airbus, leading European airlines and European biofuel producers, have launched an exciting new industry-wide initiative to try and speed up the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuels in Europe.

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Aero-News Featured Aero-Casts For Thursday 06.23.11

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.23.11 (ANN's Long-Form Daily News Program)

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NTSB Says Pilot Error A Factor 2009 Oklahoma City Accident

Pilot Operated A V35 Bonanza With "Known Deficiencies," Board Says

The NTSB on Monday released a probable cause report for an accident that fatally injured one person and seriously hurt four others.

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FAA, EASA Certify EASy II For The Falcon 900LX

Flight Deck Enhances Situational Awareness And Operational Capability

The FAA on Tuesday notified Dassault Falcon that it has certified EASy II for the Falcon 900LX. EASA approval was granted June 10th.

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Continental Pilots Protest What They See As Additional 'Scope' Violations

Charge Management With Taking Shortcuts To Make Contract Changes Without Negotiations

Continental pilots  have filed two group grievances against United to protest violations of scope provisions in their collective bargaining agreement applicable to a merger during the period of separate pilot contracts and operations of the two airlines, legacy Continental and legacy United.

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NASA Details Achievements Of Lunar Spacecraft

Declares "Full Mission Success" For LRO

NASA has declared full mission success for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), saying the spacecraft "changed our view of the entire moon and brought it into sharper focus with unprecedented detail."

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Airline To Impose Fee For Printed Boarding Pass

Spirit Airline Says It Will Charge $5 For The Piece Of Paper

Just when it seemed that the airline's fee structure could not get more Byzantine, Spirit Airlines may have topped them all by charging a five dollar fee when a passenger asks an agent to print a boarding pass.

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Airbus, Parker Aerospace Push Fuel Cell Development To New Phase

Working Towards Greener Replacement For Ground, Airborne APU Systems

Based on its ongoing engagement with global research programs, Airbus says it is extending the scope of its fuel cell R&T activities by partnering with Parker Aerospace to develop fuel cell technology as an alternative energy source for on-ground and in-flight electrical power.

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FAA Forces Cancellation Of Chicago-Belgrade Flight

Swift Air Pilots Reportedly Did Not Have Specialized Training Required By The Agency

A recent change in FARs spelled the cancellation of a flight from Chicago to Belgrade late last week because pilots for the charter airline Swift Air did hot have specialized training required by the FAA for security reasons.

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ASBTA Urges Biofuel Conversion By Airlines

Says Small Businesses Worldwide Would Greatly Benefit From A Significant Reduction In Fuel Cost

The American Small Business Travelers Alliance (ASBTA), is calling for the quick adoption of biofuels by airlines.

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Norway Approves Funding Of Lockheed Martin F-35 Training Jets

Government Votes Unanimously To Acquire Four Trainers To Be Delivered In 2016

Things have been kind of back and forth with some of the Eurpean partners in the F-35 program, but this week the Norwegian parliament unanimously approved the funding of four Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II training jets.

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TSA Goes With AFGE

Close Vote Swings In Favor Of AFL-CIO Affiliate

TSA employees across the country have elected the American Federation of Government Employees as their exclusive union representative with a 8903-8447 vote over the National Treasury Employees Union.  

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Classic Aero-TV: Adventures in Gas Ballooning -- Mark Sullivan's Dedication

One Of The Most Amazing Aspects About Ballooning Are The Folks Who Are Devoted To It

It's been a few months now and still the sites, sounds and sensations of the 2010 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta bring a smile to our faces. Better than that, though, are the friends we made, the rest of the people we met and the world we were privileged to be a part of, that tumultuous week.

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Busted??? GPS Coalition Says Lightsquared 'Solution' Does Not Make Sense

Kirkland: Wireless Company's Proposal Amounts To A "Hail Mary Move"

LightSquared, a wireless data company which has proposed establishing a network using frequencies adjacent to the GPS spectrum, recently proposed what is says is a "solution" to the problem of severe interference with GPS reception caused by their transmitters during testing.

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Qantas, Rolls-Royce Reach A380 Engine Settlement

Suit Stemmed From The Uncontained Failure Of An Engine On An A380 In November

Rolls Royce and Qantas have reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement in a case stemming from the uncontained catastrophic failure of an engine on a Qantas A380 last November. The airplane returned to Singapore and landed without further incident.

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Seven ATA Member Airlines Sign On For Biofuels

Letters Of Intent Signed To Negotiate Purchase Of Biomass-Derived Jet Fuel from Solena Fuels

A core group of seven major airlines have signed letters of intent to purchase a future supply of jet fuel derived exclusively from biomass to be produced in northern California, according to the the Air Transportation Association.

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Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G Engine Begins Flight Test Program

Maiden Flight Conducted On Modified 747SP From Mirabel, Quebec

Pratt & Whitney said Tuesday that its PW1500G engine took to the skies for its first flight on June 20, launching the engine family's first flight test program.

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EAA Supporting GA Operator Groups Going To Court To Protect BARR

Legal Fund Offers Avenue For Supporting The Effort

Leading organizations representing GA operators moved ahead on Wednesday with a court challenge to the DOT’s decision to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, and announced the establishment of a fund to support the legal fight. 

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Boeing Challenges Industry To Meet Demand For Aviation Personnel

Estimates That More Than A Million New Pilots, Technicians Needed Over Next 20 Years

Who will be the next generation of pilots and technicians to serve the aviation industry? The question is central to Boeing's 2011 Pilot and Technician Outlook, which was released Wednesday at the Paris Air Show.

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Austin Executive Airport Now Open For Business

More Than 400 Guests Attend Grand Opening

After three years of construction and development, Austin Executive Airport (KEDC) officially opened for business June 8.  The event was marked by a grand opening which drew more than 400 guests from around the country to the nation’s newest general aviation facility.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.23.11)

“LightSquared’s supposed solution is nothing but a ‘Hail Mary’ move." Source: Statement by Jim Kirkland, Vice President and General Counsel of Trimble and a founding member of the Coalition to Save Our GPS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.23.11): Small Aircraft

Aircraft of 12,500 pounds or less, maximum certificated takeoff weight.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.23.11)

American Yankee Association

The American Yankee Association is an international organization representing about 2000 "Grumman" owners in 17 countries around the world.

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