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November 02, 2011


AD NUMBER: 2011-23-03


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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.02.11

Sun n' Fun is billing windstorm victims for moving their planes.
The first of the Reno lawsuits has been filed.
And GE celebrates a groundbreaking in Alabama.

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NASA Seeks Hosts for Interactive Education Events

Programs Chosen Will Participate In Downlink Sessions From ISS

NASA says it's seeking proposals from educators who are looking for a unique way to inspire the next generation of explorers. Formal and informal education organizations can apply to host live interactive education downlinks with astronauts onboard the International Space Station.

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Bombardier Completes Wind Tunnel Tests On CSeries Aircraft

Further Validates Aerodynamic Design And Support Fuel Efficiency Projections

Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed that final results of a three-phase wind tunnel test program provided further validation of the CSeries aircraft's aerodynamic design. They also support design predictions that the CSeries aircraft will deliver a step-change in fuel efficiency.

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US Airways Brings Back Jobs From Overseas, Hires 400

Airline 'Onshores' 400 positions In Winston-Salem, NC, Phoenix And Reno, NV Call Centers

US Airways announced Monday it has returned work previously handled outside of the United States to its call centers in Winston-Salem, NC, Phoenix, and Reno, NV. The airline’s onshore project is part of its agreement with the Airline Customer Service Employee Association – CWA and IBT, which represents more than 6,000 reservations and airport customer service employees employed by US Airways.

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JetBlue Signs For 40 A320neo Aircraft

Deal Also Upgrades Earlier A320 Orders To A321

Airbus reports that JetBlue Airways has finalized its firm order for 40 A320neo planes, solidifying a deal previously announced at the Paris Air Show in June. The airline has not yet announced its engine selection. The contract also converts 30 pre-existing JetBlue orders for A320s to the larger A321 with Sharklets.

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VA Politician Hurt In Ultralight Accident

Suffered A Broken Back On First Solo Flight

A Sussex County, DE, Councilman is recovering from back surgery after his Aeros Trike went down on his first solo flight. He was listed in serious condition at a Virginia Hospital following the accident. Vance Phillips had called the ultralight "his new toy" in a recent post on his Facebook page.

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Boeing CFO James Bell Announces April 2012 Retirement

Corporate Controller Smith Elected To Replace Bell Effective Feb. 1, 2012

Boeing Executive Vice President, Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer James Bell has announced plans to retire from the company, effective April 1, 2012. Greg Smith, 45, corporate controller and finance vice president, has been elected by Boeing's board of directors to succeed Bell as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective Feb. 1, 2012. The two will work together over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition.

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Arianespace's No. 2 Soyuz Begins Taking Shape For Launch

Liftoff Planned For December 16

Preparations for Arianespace's second Soyuz mission from French Guiana are moving forward as assembly and checkout of the vehicle continue at the Spaceport. Its basic three-stage launcher is now taking shape in the MIK integration hall at the Soyuz launch site, located in the Spaceport's northwestern sector near the town of Sinnamary.

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Navy’s Modern Airship Receives Historical Identification

Most Recent Lighter-Than-Air Platform Designated MZ-3A

Unveiled at a ceremonious ribbon-cutting event, Oct. 26 at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Lakehurst, New Jersey, NAWCAD and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, reveal the MZ-3A airship now adorned with the insignia of Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1) and the banner of the U.S. Navy.

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Air Force Pilot Missing Since 1969 Identified

Thomas Clark Was Shot Down Attacking An Anti-Aircraft Position

The remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Air Force Capt. Thomas E. Clark, 29, of Emporium, PA, was buried October 22 in his hometown.

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Clipboard Integrates iPad Into 737 Cockpit

TIET Introduces 737 MyClipboard For The Popular Tablet Devices

In support of the industry wide change to paperless cockpits, Thousand Oaks-based product developer TIET said Monday that it has designed a product to allow pilots to easily use the iPad on the flight deck of the Boeing 737...  by having the yoke clipboard hold the device.

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AD: Cessna 525 Citation

AD NUMBER: 2011-21-51

MANUFACTURER: Cessna Aircraft Company 525 Airplanes  

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Aero-TV: The Legacy Will Go On - Zenith Designer, Chris Heintz, Honored at Oshkosh

Legendary Designer and Flying Examples of His Work Honored on ConocoPhillips Plaza

Mary Jones, EAA's director of publications, called him a “pillar of the homebuilding community” as she handed him a trophy. The Zeniths to Oshkosh celebration brought dozens of flying examples of his designs to ConocoPhillips Plaza. It was all part of Chris Heintz Day at EAA AirVenture 2011, arranged to honor a designer whose planes have inspired enthusiasts worldwide.

Victimizing The Victims? SnF Bills Tornado Victims Thousands For Removal/Cleanup

25 Aircraft Owners Billed Several Thousand Dollars Each For Being In Wrong Place/Wrong Time

News/Analysis By Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief If it's never our fault, we can't take responsibility for it. If we can't take responsibility for it, we'll always be its victim. Richard Bach ANN has been working for the better part of two weeks to get to the bottom of an intriguing (and continuing) story that (again) came to our attention in mid-October. We started receiving reports that a number, dozens actually, of the aircraft owners who incurred tornado damage at this year's so-called 'Sun 'n Fun' event were receiving bills from the Demi-Gods at Lakeland... invoicing them for the services

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First Lawsuit Filed In Reno Air Race Crash

Family Of Man Killed Sues For $25 Million

The first of what will likely be dozens of lawsuits stemming from the September 16th accident at the National Championship Air Races in Reno has been filed by the family of a Texas man killed when Jimmy Leeward's plane went down.

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Aero-TV: The Legacy Will Go On - Zenith Designer Chris Heintz Honored at Oshkosh

Legendary Designer and Flying Examples of His Work Honored on ConocoPhillips Plaza

Mary Jones, EAA's director of publications, called him a “pillar of the homebuilding community” as she handed him a trophy. The Zeniths to Oshkosh celebration brought dozens of flying examples of his designs to ConocoPhillips Plaza. It was all part of Chris Heintz Day at EAA AirVenture 2011, arranged to honor a designer whose planes have inspired enthusiasts worldwide. There's more to the name "Zenith" than is obvious. The word refers to the highest position directly overhead, an obvious metaphor for achievement, but it is also an anagram, a clever rearrangement of the l

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GNS 530W And GPS 500W Products To Be Discontinued

Garmin Alerts Dealer Network Of The Change, Slated For The End Of The Month

In a notice sent to dealers and forwarded to ANN, Garmin said Monday that, due to decreasing demand and limited parts availability, it will no longer accept orders for new GNS 530W and GPS 500W series products beginning November 30, 2011.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Some Cessna 172s

Clarifies The 'Idle' Setting For Engine Operation

The FAA has issues a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) to inform owners and operators of an airworthiness concern on 1996 and after Cessna Model 172R and 172S reciprocating engine powered airplanes.

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Ecuador Air Force Orders Fleet Of 12 Diamond DA20s

First Deliveries Of The Training LSAs Set For February 2012

The Ecuador Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana or FAE) has selected the Diamond DA20-C1 as its new primary flight training aircraft. The new fleet of DA20s, currently in production at Diamond Aircraft's London, Ontario, Canada manufacturing facility, will be operated by FAE's Air Force Academy "Cosme Rennella" at Salinas Air Base in Salinas, Ecuador. Deliveries start February 2012.

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Flyers Rights Renews Call For Tarmac Delay Contingency Plans

Lack Of Preparation At Bradley Airport In Hartford Left Hundreds Stranded Saturday

Airline passenger advocacy group has renewed its call for mandatory airport tarmac delay contingency plans after flight diversions caused by an early winter storm resulted in hundreds of passengers being stranded on the tarmac for up to 10 hours.

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Certification Testing Wrapped Up For 747-8 Intercontinental

Final Test Flight Was From Barbados To Everett

After finally getting the first 747-8 freighter off to its new owners, Boeing on Monday wrapped up certification test flights for the passenger version of the stretched jumbo jet. The final function and reliability tests were completed by the crew on a flight from Barbados to Everett, WA on Monday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.02.11)

"We believe that, had there been a mandate for the airport to have a plan, they would have been more aggressive about their situational awareness and getting folks off of those planes." Source: Kate Hanni, executive director of

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.02.11): Navigation Reference System (NRS)

The NRS is a system of waypoints developed for use within the United States for flight planning and navigation without reference to ground based navigational aids.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.02.11)

Grimes Flying Lab

The Grimes Flying Lab is a beautifully restored Beech C-45H airplane that was used to test Grimes aircraft lighting systems.

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