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November 08, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.08.11

Dreamliner pilot training is taking longer than expected.
The conviction of David Riggs has been upheld on appeal.
And a Korean Air pilot is charged with disseminating proaganda.

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David Riggs' Conviction Upheld By LA Appeals Court

Will Serve Jail Time, Community Service, Pay Fine For 2008 Pier Buzzing Incident

The conviction of David Riggs, who infamously buzzed the Santa Monica Pier in an L-39 Albatros on November 6th, 2008, has been upheld by a Los Angeles appellate court. Riggs will serve 60 days in jail and perform 60 hours of community service cleaning up the beach he buzzed, as well as paying a modest fine for his stunt.

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Analyst: Regional Aircraft Market Enters Transition Period

New Study Projects Over 4,000 Regional Aircraft To Be Built In Next Nine Years

In a new study, “The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft,” Forecast International projects that 4,198 regional aircraft will be built from 2011 through 2020. The Connecticut-based research firm estimates the value of this production at $130 billion in constant 2011 U.S. dollars.

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Regional Express First To Win New Australian Maintenance Approval

New Rules Require Continuing Airworthiness Management

Regional Express Airlines has become the first airline to gain an approval under Australia's new maintenance regulations. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has issued Regional Express with a Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 42 approval.

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NASA Opens VAB For First Time In Three Decades

Special Interest Tours Offered For A Limited Time At KSC

For more than 30 years, tour buses have driven guests past the 525-foot tall Vehicle Assembly Building, or VAB, at Kennedy Space Center, pointing out the massive building in which Apollo V rockets, and later, space shuttles, were assembled for launch. But only a select few, including astronauts, NASA officials and space center personnel, have ever had the opportunity to go inside the building – until now.

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Colorado Pilots Association Names ‘Outstanding Airports'

Recognizes Two Airports Based On Members' Flying Experiences

The Colorado Pilots Association gave airport recognition awards to Telluride Regional Airport, Telluride, Colorado and Marble Airstrip, Marble, Colorado at its annual meeting on November 5. The awards are part of a recognition program in which members of the organization, based on their flying experiences, identify and make recommendations of those Colorado airports that have gone out of their way to provide exceptional services and facilities for General Aviation.

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Japan’s Peach Aviation Takes Delivery Of Its First A320

Osaka-Based New Low-Cost Carrier To Start Operation Next Spring

Peach Aviation, Japan’s first low-cost carrier, has taken delivery of its first A320 in Toulouse, France, through a leasing contract with GECAS last Friday. The Japanese carrier will lease 10 A320s. Peach Aviation’s A320 aircraft seats 180 passengers in a single-class layout and is powered by CFM International engines.

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Air Force Early Warning Long-Range Surveillance Radars To Be Updated

Lockheed Martin Receives Contract Modernize 29 Facilities

The U.S. Air Force awarded $46.8 million in contract options to Lockheed Martin to begin modernizing 29 long-range radars which provide advanced warning and air traffic control surveillance over North America’s airspace.

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NASA Langley Researches Which Way The Wind Blows

Technology Developed For Use In Space Has Terrestrial Applications

On a bluff overlooking the Atlantic, Grady Koch spent a month watching ocean winds. He beamed a laser over the sea, day after day, measuring conditions offshore using an instrument called Doppler Aerosol Wind (DAWN) lidar, which is a type of laser. What Koch learns from the experiment will be used by scientists to advance weather forecasting technology – and also by a consortium hoping to develop a wind farm in the very spot where the wind data is being taken.

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NASA Seeks Space Technology Graduate Fellowship Applicants

Those Selected Will Conduct Research Beginning In Fall 2012

NASA is seeking applications from graduate students for the agency's second class of Space Technology Research Fellowships. Applications will be accepted from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of graduate students interested in performing space technology research beginning in fall 2012.

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AD: General Electric Company (GE) CF6 Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2011-23-04

MANUFACTURER: General Electric Company (GE) CF6 Turbofan Engines

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AD: Thielert Reciprocating Engines

AD NUMBER: 2011-23-01

MANUFACTURER: Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE) Reciprocating Engines

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Airborne News Bulletin: GAMA 3Q Numbers Show Industry Struggling To Stay Aloft

$4.8B and 436 Airplanes, Worldwide, Shows Improvement But With Some Soft Spots

It has been a brutal year for the General and Business Aviation industry... and this, after a number of equally brutal quarters across 2009 and 2010. While some companies show some steadiness that was evident in previous months and even some incremental progress, its only fair to note that these numbers are an abysmal drop from what we saw just a few short years ago... long before the US government, the media, a bad economy, and public perception declared war on all things aviation.

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ANA Has Issues With Dreamliners

Airbus May Be Exploiting Longer-Than-Expected Training Times

Despite training which started months in advance of the first delivery, ANA pilot are reportedly taking more time to train to fly the Dreamliner than either the airline or Boeing imagined would be necessary. Airbus is not missing the opportunity to tell customers about its advantage in this area.

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Piper Aircraft's Third Quarter Deliveries, Revenue Continue Upward Path

Company Shows 19 Percent Growth Over Same Period In 2010

During the third quarter of 2011, Piper Aircraft reports that it continued to outpace the higher aircraft deliveries and improving revenue performance that the company achieved during the same period a year ago. Revenue from new aircraft sales through the end of the third quarter grew to $92.5 million, compared with $77.6 million during the same period in 2010, an increase of more than 19 percent.

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NextGen Air Traffic Control Test Bed Opens In Daytona Beach, FL

Congressman Mica: Facility Launches A New Era In Aviation

A Congressional field hearing today in Daytona Beach focused on the FAAs new Florida Test Bed facility for developing NextGen air traffic control technologies. The hearing, which preceded today’s opening of the Test Bed, highlighted the partnership between the FAA, the private sector and academia in developing state of the art technologies for modernizing the nation’s air traffic control system.

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First U.S. Commercial Advanced Biofuel Flight Flown By Continental 737

Alaska Airlines To Begin Extensive Use Of Renewable Fuel Wednesday

The first U.S. commercial flight powered by advanced biofuels was flown Monday by Contenental Airlines, according to parent company United Continental Holdings. Flight 1403, a Boeing 737-800, departed Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport at 1030 CST for Chicago O'Hare International Airport using a blend of sustainable, advanced biofuel and traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel.

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AirTran Pilots Ratify Seniority Integration Agreement

Moves One Step Closer To Completing Merger With Southwest Airlines

The pilots of AirTran Airways, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l. (ALPA), with 94 percent of the pilot group voting and 83.58 percent in favor of ratification, have approved a seniority integration agreement with Southwest Airlines and the Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association.

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Critics Question Viability Of St. Louis MidAmerica Airport

Some Say Airfield Should Be Closed Or Turned Over To The Air Force

Officials in St. Clair County, IL are still bullish on MidAmerica Airport in Belleville, IL, despite operating losses totally $146 million over the past 13 years. Some critics are calling for the airport to be closed, or turned over in its entirety to Scott Air Force Base, with which it is joined by a common taxiway.

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Two Veteran Pilots Fatally Injured In Levy County, FL Accident

Witnesses Reported Engine Problems Immediately After Takeoff

Two highly-experienced pilots, one a retired airline captain and the other the manager of a local FBO, were fatally injured Saturday when the Beech T-34 they were flying went down just after takeoff from Wings Field (96FL) in Williston, FL.

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Northeast Florida Airport Tenant Still Behind On Lease Payments

Officials Say Island Aviation Owes Nearly $77 Thousand

The largest tenant at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB) in Amelia Island, FL is nearly $77,000 behind in its rent payments, according to city officials. The total includes penalties assessed for late payments.

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FAA Issues Fuel Contamination SAIB

Winter Weather Means An Increased Chance Of Water In Your Gas

Winter weather is fast approaching, and some areas have already received their first snowfalls. With the onset of colder weather, the FAA has issued Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) as a reminder about the hazards associated with water contamination of fuel tank systems. The fuel tank system consists of all tanks, components, lines, fittings, etc., from the fuel tank to the engine.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.08.11)

"Piper's core business is strong. Our turboprop and piston aircraft lines are meeting or exceeding the company's internal financial and delivery targets." Source: Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.08.11): Back Course (BC)

The reciprocal of the localizer course for an ILS.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.08.11)

The Airline Dispatchers Federation

The Airline Dispatchers Federation is the only national organization representing the professional interests of the dispatch profession.

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