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August 23, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.23.11

NTSB helps Canada investigate a weekend accident.
The Teamsters say Frontier is crying wolf.
And Russia's new stealth fighter has to abort a takeoff at an airshow.

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FSANA Launches First Ever Flight School Accreditation Program

Designation Will Help Maintain High Standards For Flight Schools

The Flight School Association of North America (FSANA) announced Monday the creation and official start of the first flight school accreditation program in the history of flight training. The purpose of flight school accreditation is to maintain the highest standard for flight schools with respect to industry business practices and professionalism.

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Sukhoi Stealth T-50 Hiccups At MAKS

Issue With Right Engine Blamed For Aborted Takeoff

A demonstration of Russia's new T-50 stealth fighter was aborted due to a technical problem at an airshow Sunday. Two of the planes on hand for the show had been flying without issues over the previous four days of the show.

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First ATR 72-600s Delivered To Royal Air Maroc

Two Aircraft Enter Domestic Service In Morocco

The first two ATR 72-600 70-seat turboprop regional airliners were delivered last week to Royal Air Maroc. The aircraft will allow the Moroccan national airline to reinforce its domestic and its nearest international network. In 2009 the airline ordered four ATR 72-600s and two ATR 42-600s, for a total of over $125 million. The delivery took place in Toulouse in the presence of a Royal Air Maroc delegation.

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RNP AR Approach Developed For Airport In Kathmandu

Airbus' Quovadis Subsidiary Supports Nepalese Authorities For Improved Airport Safety

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has formed an alliance with and Qatar Airways and Airbus in an effort to improve operational safety at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, which is well known for its challenging surrounding terrain. The airport is expected to benefit from the use of modern Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required (RNP AR) procedures, the implementation of which will be supported by Airbus’ Quovadis subsidiary.

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Teamsters Dispute Claims By Frontier, Republic Airlines

Union Says Company's SEC Filings Contradict Restructuring Scare

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT), the certified union representative of the pilots of Republic Airlines and Frontier Airlines, has disputed a claim by airline adviser Michael Cox that a lawsuit filed by the union earlier this month has placed the financing the company is seeking in jeopardy.

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Cygnus Cargo Module To Arrive At Wallops

COTS Demo Flight Scheduled For Early 2012

NASA's partnership with industry to develop transportation to the International Space Station will reach another milestone on Wednesday, August 24. The cargo module for Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus spacecraft, which will carry supplies to the station, is scheduled to arrive at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

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Virginia State Police Bell 407 Fleet Gets NVG Upgrade

First Night Vision Compatible Cockpits To Be Installed By Rebtech

As the result of a competitive bid award by the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit, Rebtech has teamed with Paradigm Aerospace Corporation (PAC) to provide the first night vision compatible cockpit and cabins for the agency’s Bell 407 helicopters. Installation of the Rebtech night vision Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) was completed at the PAC facility located in Mount Pleasant, PA.

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The Polycon Airborne Wireless Intercom Extension Certified For C-130

Cuts The Chord On Communications Between Air And Ground Crews

Becker Avionics, partner with Axnes Aviation AS for sales and marketing, as well as product support services for the Polycon Wireless Intercom Extension System for North and South America, now offers the Polycon Aircraft Wireless Intercom System (AWIS) solution for the Lockheed-Martin C-130 and other airlift and tanker aircraft.

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New Officers Named For Frontiers Of Flight Board Of Directors

Smithsonian-Affiliated Museum Taps Three For Leadership Roles

The Board of Directors of the Frontiers of Flight, a Smithsonian affiliated museum, today announced the appointments of three new officers in key leadership positions.  Their roles are to further advance the mission of the museum which is to educate and inspire the youth of North Texas to become involved with science, engineering and mathematics especially as they relate to aviation and aerospace.

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AD: Airbus

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Classic Aero-TV: Paying It Forward--Vicki Cruse Scholarship Winner Kelly Hoffman

The Memory Of An Amazing Lady Is Affecting The Future of Others

It should have been a sad, even depressing, duty... to choose among some hopeful applicants for a scholarship we established in the memory of someone amazing... and now lost. Instead, it was one of the most uplifting events of the year... and promises to continue to be so for a long time to come. Working through a number of applications from some truly deserving applicants, the first two scholarship recipients were decided upon... Kelly Marie Hoffman of San Carlos, CA, and Christy Lynn Garvin of Powder Springs, GA. Both women provided exceptional reasons for their selection..

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New Rulemaking Committee Could Boost Growth In GA

FAA Will Modernize Design And Manufacturing Rules For Entry-Level Certified Airplanes

The FAA has formed a Part 23 Reorganization Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), tasked with modernizing the design and manufacturing rules for entry-level, certified airplanes, which industry insiders say could result in lower cost for entry-level, certified airplanes, and growth opportunities for the existing Special Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) manufacturers. An additional benefit could be an increase in safety for all GA airplanes.

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FAA Implements Rule To Stop A Revolving Door For Inspectors

Places Restrictions On Companies That Employ Former Aviation Safety Inspectors

The FAA issued a final rule late last week that prohibits air carriers and other certificate holders from employing certain former FAA aviation safety inspectors as company representatives to the agency for a period of two years after they have left the agency. “The flying public can rest assured that our aviation safety inspectors will remain focused on protecting the flying public without any conflicts of interest,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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First Flight: TAI T129 Helicopter

Prototype Attack/Tactical Recon Helo From Turkish Aerospace

The T129 "P6" prototype helicopter successfully completed its first flight Monday, according to a news release from Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc. (TAI). The first flight was conducted by TAI's test pilots at TAI's facilities in Akinci (Ankara), Turkey.

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ACI-NA Urges Secretary LaHood To Fully Fund AIP In FY 2013 Budget

No Doing So Could Result In "Significant Delays In Vital Safety Projects"

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato has sent a letter to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, urging him to fully fund the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the DOT’s FY 2013 proposed budget.

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F35 JSF Cleared For Return To Flight Testing

Air Force Lifts Two-Week Grounding Following Power Issue

The U.S. Air Force has cleared the F35 JSF to return to flight testing following a two-week standdown. The program had been suspended following a problem that cropped up in a power system in one of the test airplanes stationed at Edwards Air Force Base.

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Pentagon, FAA To Introduce UAS In Commercial Airspace

Test Sites For 'Sense And Avoid' To Be Chosen Next Year

The Pentagon and the FAA have announced that the U.S. will create between four and ten regions in domestic airspace where testing of unmanned aircraft systems will be conducted to evaluate new "sense and avoid" technology. The areas will enable testing in heavily-traveled commercial airspace, and site selection will reportedly begin next year.

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Former U.S. Senate Leader, Surgeon To Receive NBAA's 2011 Humanitarian Award

Bill Frist Flies Missions Worldwide To Help Those In Need

Esteemed doctor, pilot and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist has been awarded the NBAA’s 2011 Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership in recognition of his life-saving efforts worldwide, and the importance of business aviation to those endeavors.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.23.11)

“GAMA believes the FAA’s vision for the new Part 23 rules will enhance the vitality of GA for future generations of pilots and aircraft owners.” Source: GAMA CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.23.11): TCAS I

A TCAS that utilizes interrogations of, and replies from, airborne radar beacon transponders and provides traffic advisories to the pilot.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.23.11)

Mountain Wave Project

The Mountain Wave Project (MWP) is the global classification and analysis of mountain waves and their associated rotor bands.

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