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November 23, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.23.11

The US Air Force dumps HBC from a bid without explanation.
A lawsuit claims a Jet Propulsion Lab employee was fired for discussing intelligent design.
And Boeing celebrates a record w

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FAA Changes ATIS, Other Alerts To Prevent Runway Mistakes

New Terminology On Automated Broadcasts Will Alert Pilots To Shortened Runways

The FAA is advising pilots of some changes in terminology used in ATIS reports and other clearances to address confusion about runway lengths at airports under where work is being done. According the the agency, recent safety events revealed several common misunderstandings when air traffic clearances were given to pilots operating on runways shortened due to construction.

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Dubai Air Show Reports Unqualified Success

Record Number Of Visitors, Major Orders Announced During The Week

Final numbers are in for the Dubai Air Show ... by all measures a successful week which saw $63.3 billion worth of orders for aircraft, maintenance services and flight training programs, and a record number of visitors.

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H80 Turboprops Complete First Test Flight On Aircraft Industries L410

Step In Certification Process For The Airplane Powered By The New Engines

Aircraft Industries has completed the first flight test of the L410-UVP-E20 powered by two of GE's H80 turboprop engines. The 40-minute flight occurred in Kunovice in the Czech Republic on November 16.

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JPL Vs. Intelligent Design In California

Former Employee Says Firing Was Based on Conversations At Work

A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge ruled November 18 that a jury will decide whether NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) unlawfully discriminated against a former employee for discussing the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID) at work.

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SpaceX Searches For New Commercial Launch Site

Company Says Launch Manifest Is Outstripping Existing Facilities

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) says it is seeking a new launch site to meet increasing demand from commercial customers. SpaceX already has an active launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and is currently developing a new launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The company also operates a rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

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Florida Tech Offers Two New Pilot-Training Courses

Advanced Classes Geared Towards Those Planning Aviation Careers

Florida Institute of Technology will offer two, new advanced airline pilot flight courses to be presented in conjunction with Aerostar Training Services of Orlando. The courses, Jet Transition and Commercial Type Rating, are aimed at upper-division students who plan careers with commercial airlines.

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Fourth Annual 'Wave Camp' Scheduled

SoaringNV Offers Instruction For Glider Pilots Near Lake Tahoe

Soaring NV has announced its fourth annual Minden Wave Camp, coming up the week of March 25-31, 2012 at the Minden-Tahoe Airport. This event provides a great opportunity to experience gliders and learn more about unpowered flight in a scenic area.

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Smithsonian Channel To Highlight NASA 'Spinoff' Tech

Special 'Arthur Christmas' Segment Coincides With Movie Release

This year in the holiday release of "Arthur Christmas," Santa's North Pole has turned to high technology to run a precise operation in getting billions of gifts delivered around the world. Run by thousands of computer-savvy elves, the North Pole uses NASA-style technology to track the delivery of gifts around the Earth as they are being delivered by Santa's high speed S-1. The S-1 is a giant spacecraft in the shape of a sleigh.

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P&W Geared Turbofan Among '50 Best Inventions Of 2011'

Time Magazine Lauds PurePower's Efficiency, Environmental Friendliness

Time Magazine has named Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1000G engine as one of "The 50 Best Inventions of 2011," describing it as "the most important development in aviation in 2011."

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Pot Discovered In Disabled Plane In Texas

Nose Gear Was Broken, Pilot Was Nowhere To Be Found

Sheriff's deputies in Waller County, TX, have something of a mystery on their hands. A GA plane containing a considerable amount of marijuana was abandoned at Houston Executive Airport after it suffered a nose gear failure on landing and skidded into the grass.

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Kansas Skydiving Operator Challenges City Over Airport Use

City Of Lawrence, KS, Says It Can "Set Reasonable Rules And Regulations"

The city of Lawrence, KS, is continuing to fight local businessman William McCauley over the use of Lawrence Municipal Airport (KLWC) as a landing zone for skydiving operations. The city had hired consultants which advised them that, while they did have to accommodate "legitimate aviation activities" at the airport, it had the right to set "reasonable rules and regulations" for those activities.

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Classic Aero-TV: Raising Horizons-Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

An Enlightening Discussion About Color In Aviation

In the exhibit hall of the Women In Aviation Convention, aviators of all types walked the floors... talking, sharing, and enjoying the distinction of being among an elite group of people -- AVIATORS. And no matter their sex, color, origin or preferences; it was a place where the true spirit of aviation was alive and well. ANN's Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell, had the opportunity to engage in a number of fascinating dialogues with a number of exceptional flyers -- among them OBAP's Tony Marshall -- who offered some insight into the current state of people of color within the aviation industry...

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AA Fleet Replacement Includes A319, A321 Variants, Boeing 737NG, MAX

Company Looks To Strengthen Fleet Performance And Efficiency

American Airlines has confirmed the selection of the Airbus A319 and A321 variants to be a part of its A320 family fleet order, which was announced in July 2011. The airline says it also plans to acquire 200 additional aircraft from the 737 family, with options for another 100 737 family aircraft.

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ANN Wishes Our Readers, Listeners And Viewers A VERY Happy Thanksgiving

Will Be On A Holiday Schedule For Rest Of Week

As the Aero-News staff observes the US holiday of Thanksgiving on Thursday, we wanted to let our readers know that ANN will still be on the job, reporting breaking news in the aviation and aerospace fields as it happens -- in Real Time -- just like always. Aero-News will be publishing at a slightly reduced level on November 24th and 25th, as our staffers spend some time with their families... some of whom may not recognize them away from their computers. Basically, we're going to treat the four-day weekend as just that: a four-day weekend, meaning you'll still be able to find several new stories each day on our website.

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Error Inflames 'Occupy' Media Controversy

NY TV News Helo Wasn't Ordered Away From Protest After All

What's now being described as a misunderstanding between the pilot of a New York City news helicopter and an air traffic controller created a political stir when it appeared the news media was not being allowed to cover last week's "Day of Action" by protesters with Occupy Wall Street.

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Boeing, Airbus Compete For United Continental Business

Rising Fuel Costs Are The Primary Reason For Fleet Replacements

The world's two largest planemakers are in a serious competition to sell as many as 150 airliners to the world's largest airline as United Continental looks to realize fuel savings and trim bottom-line costs. That leaves Boeing and Airbus in a head-to-head matchup for the merged airlines' business for new, more fuel-efficient narrow-body jets, the workhorses of the carrier's fleets.

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Australian Pilots Call For Inquiry Into Qantas Grounding

Learned Couriers May Have Been Booked To Deliver Lockout Notices Prior To Announcement

The Australian and International Pilot's Association, which represents pilots flying for Qantas, is calling for a government inquiry into the grounding of all Qantas flights October 29th after it says it learned that the airline's management had made arrangements to deliver lockout notices days before it says the decision was made.

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Snow Aviation Assets In Online Auction

One-Time C-130 Retrofit Specialist Falls On Hard Times

Online auction technology has changed holiday shopping forever, and sadly it's also coming in handy in the current recession-induced wave of aviation bankruptcies. United Country - Gryphon Realty & Auction Group says it will liquidate all remaining assets of Snow Aviation International, Inc., during an online-only auction next month.

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Sully, Skiles, Flight 1549 Passengers Fly Again

But Fundraising DC-7 Flight To Charlotte Not Without Problems

US Airways Flight 1549 Captain Chesley Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles agreed to pilot a 1958 DC-7 once flown by Eastern Airlines from Miami's Opa-Locka Executive Airport into Charlotte Douglas International. But after takeoff for the trip back to Miami with 55 passengers onboard, the DC-7 had another engine problem and returned to Charlotte trailing smoke.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.23.11)

"We are aggressively moving forward with our plans to have the youngest, most fuel-efficient fleet in the U.S. in the next five years." Source: Tom Horton, President of AMR and American Airlines.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.23.11): Partly Cloudy

Between 3/8 and 5/8 of the sky is covered by clouds.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.23.11)

The Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC)

AICC is a nonprofit, membership-driven organization dedicated to helping the aviation training community get the most out of today’s technology.

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