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December 22, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.22.11

Airbus expects the year ahead to be better for the A380.
Four candidates are emerging to lead the FAA.
And Japan chooses the F-35.

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Pilot Of TBM700 Reported Icing Prior To Accident

NTSB Says Amount Of Ice On The Airplane May Never Be Known

The pilot of a Socata TMB700 which went down in the median of an Interstate highway in New Jersey reported icing conditions prior to the accident, but the NTSB says how much ice had accumulated on the airplane may never be known.

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Say Again??? LightSquared Asks FCC To Ignore Research, Grant Spectrum Rights

Filing Say GPS Receivers "Not Entitled To Interference Protection"

LightSquared's latest tack in attempting to obtain a license to build a 4G broadband data network which has been proven to interfere with millions of deployed GPS receivers is to assert that those receivers have no right to protection from interference.

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NASA Conducts Orion Parachute Testing For Orbital Test Flight

Test Vehicle Dropped From A C-130 At 25,000 Feet

NASA successfully conducted a drop test of the Orion crew vehicle's parachutes high above the Arizona desert Tuesday in preparation for its orbital flight test in 2014. Orion will carry astronauts deeper into space than ever before, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during space travel and ensure a safe re-entry and landing.

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Physicist And Former Astronaut John Grunsfeld to Head NASA Science Directorate

Succeeds Ed Weiler, Who Retired In September

NASA has named physicist and former astronaut John Grunsfeld as the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agency's headquarters in Washington. Grunsfeld will take the reins of the office effective Jan. 4, 2012. He succeeds Ed Weiler, who retired from NASA on Sept. 30.

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Colorado Seeks 'Spaceport State' Status

Front Range Airport Could Become Launch Facility

Those skeptical of the potential for commercial space flight to become a major industry certainly have their counterparts among state and local governments. Colorado is the latest state to apply to the FAA for status as a "spaceport state."

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Aviation Mission Organization Receives Aircraft Donation

Piper Aztec To Fly For Bahamas Habitat

Bahamas Habitat says it has received the very generous gift of a terrific Piper Aztec aircraft in excellent airworthy condition,” announced Steve Merritt, Chief Pilot and Treasurer of Bahamas Habitat. He went on to say, “This gift of an aircraft by a supporter in Minnesota reflects the gratitude that we all feel for the blessing of being involved in this mission.” 

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Wide Area Multilateration Operational At Sydney Airport

CASA Certifies Deployment Of Integrated Maneuvering And Approach Surveillance System Along With Ground Monitoring

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia has granted operational certification to Saab Sensis Corporation for deployment of its Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) and Precision Runway Monitoring (PRM) at Sydney Airport, Australia.

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The Only Game In Town ... Pratt & Whitney Will Power Japanese F-35s

Japanese Government To Purchase 42 F135-Powered JSFs

The announcement by the Japanese government to purchase 42 F-35 Lightning II aircraft as the Japan Air Self Defense Force’s (JASDF) next-generation fighter has Pratt & Whitney basking in the glow of the Rising Sun. The company is the sole source for engines for the JSF.

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There's Still No Place Like Home ... At Least So Far

NASA Discovers First Earth-Size Planets Beyond Our Solar System, But Not In Habitable Zone

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the so-called habitable zone where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.

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Boeing, Airbus Go 'Plane-o A Plane-o' With Re-Engined Narrowbodies

It's 737 MAX Vs A320neo In An All-Out Cage Grudge Match

We realize that neo Vs MAX sounds like it could be another Matrix movie sequel, but in the aviation world it represents Boeing and Airbus locked in a head-to-head competition for sales of their re-engined narrowbody jetliners, with neither side seeming to claim a clear advantage.

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Skydive From Space May Be On Again

Red Bull Has Been Doing Balloon Work In New Mexico

The 'Red Bull Stratos' stunt may be back on track, as activity involving a stratospheric balloon has been noted in Roswell, NM.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-26-05

MANUFACTURER: Bombardier Model DHC-8-300 series airplanes

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Aero-TV: Up For A Challenge - Sandel Aids NASA Research

Sandel TAWS Selected for High-Flying NASA Program

Tough duty... let's face it, having anything to do with either the F-15 or F-18 is a high point for any aviator... and the folks at Sandel are getting a chance to live part of the dream through the products that they have provided to NASA under a research program. And best of all, they're working with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB -- the agency's premier installation for atmospheric flight research and operations.

Aero-TV: Up For A Challenge - Sandel Aids NASA Research

Sandel TAWS Selected for High-Flying NASA Program

Tough duty... let's face it, having anything to do with either the F-15 or F-18 is a high point for any aviator... and the folks at Sandel are getting their chance to live part of the dream through the products that they have provided to NASA under a research program. And best of all, they're working with NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB -- the agency's premier installation for atmospheric flight research and operations. Sandel tells ANN that their ST3400 Terrain Avoidance Warning System (TAWS) was chosen by the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), Edwards, CA, to equip F-18 and F-15 suppor

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WingX Developer Recounts Closed-Door FAA Meeting On Chart Fees

Hilton Goldstein Sees Broad Implications For Innovation In Avionics Development

I started Hilton Software several years ago sitting on my living room floor typing with one hand and feeding my newborn with the other. I have worked incredibly long hours to achieve success in the aviation market. Our flagship product, WingX Pro7, has for several months been the #1 Top Grossing Navigation iPad app on Apple's App Store beating out the big guns such as Tom Tom and Garmin.

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ALPA, NTSB Welcome Release Of Pilot Fatigue Rules

New Rules Codify Crew Rest, Pilot's Work Day

Reaction has begun to come in from the release Wednesday of pilot fatigue rules from the FAA. And while the rules are, in the words of NTSB chair Deborah Hersman "not perfect," the reviews are generally favorable.

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FAA Posts Plan To Transition Away From VOR Navigation

Seeks Comments On Shift To RNAV And RNP Navigation, LPV Approaches

The FAA has posted a plan to shift away from VOR navigation to a system using RNAV and RNP in the Federal Register, and is asking for public comments. The proposed transition of the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) navigation infrastructure will enable performance-based navigation (PBN) as part of NextGen.

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Europe's Highest Court Greenlights EU-ETS

U.S. Aviation Interests Continue To Strongly Oppose The Measure

In a decision announced Wednesday, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) said European authorities are authorized to obligate all operators, including the airlines and general aviation, to comply with the program, known as the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS). The court's ruling was made in response to a legal challenge questioning the applicability of EU-ETS to owners and operators of aircraft based in the U.S.

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GAMA, NATA Say DHS Inaction Hurts Security And U.S. Competitiveness

Agency Will Not Approve And Publish Repair Station Rule For Another Year

The U.S. aviation industry received notification Wednesday from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that the final rule for aircraft repair station security will not be approved and published until the fourth quarter of 2012. 

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Boeing South Carolina Site Achieves 787 Weight-On-Wheels Milestone

First Dreamliner Rolling Just 24 Months After Groundbreaking On New Plant

The first Dreamliner to be constructed at Boeing's new South Carolina assembly plant achieved a significant milestone Sunday ... the airplane put weight on its landing gear for the first time.

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Sporty's Pilot Shop Offers Fast Track To First Solo Flight

Complete Solo Flight Training Course Affordably Priced

No matter your ultimate goal, if you want to learn to fly, you have to solo. Talk to any pilot and a major milestone in their flying is the first time they flew an airplane alone. For most pilots, soloing an airplane is even more memorable than earning their license. Now, Sporty's Pilot Shop has made this milestone even easier by offering a DVD course that includes everything a pilot needs to fly solo—just add flight instructor.

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Last Surviving B-52 Designer Has Gone West

Bob Withington Also Built 1941 Wind Tunnel, Served As Boeing VP

In April, it will be time to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the US Air Force's B-52 bomber. More remarkable, the venerable design is expected to remain in service another 20 years. The last of the original Boeing design team, whose proposal and balsa scale model won Air Force approval to build the plane, has passed away at age 94.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.22.11)

"(W)e are extremely disappointed that the new rule is limited to Part 121 carriers. A tired pilot is a tired pilot" Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.22.11): Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Satellite navigation system that provides autonomous geospatial positioning with global coverage.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.22.11)


The purpose of the National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Architecture (EA) is to establish the foundation from which evolution of the NAS can be explicitly understood and modeled.

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