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November 14, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.14.13

Giving Cargo Pilots the Rest They Need…

Labor’s Reactions to the American/US Airways/DOJ Settlement…

NASA Moves to Transport Ast

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EASA Follows FAA Lead On PED Use

Rules Changes Expected To Be Finalized By The End Of The Month

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will publish by the end of November 2013 guidance which will extend to all phases of flight the possibility to use personal electronic devices (PED) such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players as long as the devices are in ‘Flight Mode’ or ‘Airplane Mode’.

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South African Rotary Wing Training Organization Places Sim Order

First Simulator Sold By Elite In Africa

The Starlite International Training Academy, South Africa’s leading helicopter training organization, has ordered an Elite Evolution S723T FNPT II - the first Elite rotary wing training simulator sold in Africa. The device will be installed at Starlite’s training academy at Mossel Bay Airfield and will be used to enhance helicopter flight training there.

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Level D Qualification Approved For 747-8 FFS, First B787 Simulators

Cargolux First To Acquire The 747-8 Full Flight Sim

CAE has received Level D qualification on the world's first simulator for the Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft. The B747-8 full-flight simulator (FFS), sold to Cargolux Airlines International, an all-cargo airline based in Luxembourg, is already training pilots in the airline's training center in Luxembourg.

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NOAA 'Hurricane Hunters' First To Get T56 Series 3.5 Engine Enhancement

Fuel-Saving Modifications Developed By Engine Maker Rolls-Royce

The WP-3D "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be the first customer to fly with the fuel-saving T56 Series 3.5 engine enhancement package developed by Rolls-Royce. The engine enhancement package has demonstrated nearly 10 per cent reduction in fuel use during recent flight testing in C-130 aircraft, also powered by Rolls-Royce T56 engines.

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First Flight Design Jubilee Editions Arrive

Limited-Edition CTLSi Model Engages Light-Sport Customers

When the Jubilee Edition of the Flight Design CTLSi was offered by German Light-Sport Aircraft producer, they said it would be a limited run. The Jubilee Edition was built with distinctive set of options and special exterior graphics, and only 25 would be built to commemorate the company’s 25th anniversary. All 25 were sold shortly after the announcement.

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Spitzer, ALMA Reveal A Star's Bubbly Birth

Spacecraft And Terrestrial Facility Present Most Complete Picture Of Stellar Formation To Date

It's a bouncing baby . . . star! Combined observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the newly completed Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have revealed the throes of stellar birth as never before in the well-studied object known as HH 46/47.

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Airline Consumer Complaints Down From Previous Year

DOT Data Shows Over 14 Percent Fewer Complaints Than In The Same Period In 2012

Airline consumer complaints filed with DOT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division during the first nine months of this year were down 14.1 percent from the first nine months of 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Wednesday.

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Forum Will Explore Future Directions In U.S Space Exploration

Panel Discussion To Be Moderated By Jim Bell Of The Planetary Society

Not too long ago, the U.S. space program was the jewel of U.S. science and technology efforts. Highly visible, it had a "can do" mentality, performed extraordinary technical and scientific feats under intense deadlines and was a source of national pride.

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AAR Contract To Provide Navy Airlift Support Extended

Military Sealift Command Exercises Second One-Year Option

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) has exercised a second one-year renewal option for AAR's Airlift division to ferry critical supplies to U.S. Navy ships in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Arabian Gulf. Military Sealift Command is the leading provider of ocean transportation for the Navy and the U.S. Department of Defense, operating approximately 110 ships daily around the globe.

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TATA Sikorsky JV Delivers First Fully Indigenous S-92 Helicopter Cabin

All Components For The Structure Now Manufactured In India

The India joint venture established between Tata Advanced Systems and Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced recently that its S-92 helicopter cabin production in India has become 100 percent indigenous. The India operation is not only assembling cabins but also producing all parts needed for the assembly, before shipping the cabins to the U.S. for aircraft completion and customer delivery.

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AD: PILATUS Aircraft Ltd. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-22-13

PRODUCT: Certain PILATUS Aircraft Ltd. Model PC-7 airplanes.

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AD: DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Gliders

AD NUMBER: 2013-22-12

PRODUCT: All DG Flugzeugbau GmbH Models DG-800A, DG-800B, DG-500MB gliders.

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Aero-TV: Approach Fast Stack--Panel Wiring Made Easy

Panel Wiring Often Seems Akin To Black Magic... Until You Look At Approach Fast Stack

EAA AirVenture 2013 allowed ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, to look into the subject of aircraft panel wiring. Speaking with James Lentsch at the Approach Fast Stack display booth, Campbell said he has seen some wiring that looked like a ball of spaghetti and asked if Approach Fast Stack offered a solution.

Aero-TV: Approach Fast Stack -- Panel Wiring Made Easy

Panel Wiring Often Seems Akin To Black Magic... Until You Look At Approach Fast Stack

EAA AirVenture 2013 allowed ANN CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Jim Campbell, to look into the subject of aircraft panel wiring. Speaking with James Lentsch at the Approach Fast Stack display booth, Campbell said he has seen some wiring that looked like a ball of spaghetti and asked if Approach Fast Stack offered a solution. James explained that they offer a “hub-and-harness” solution that allows the builder to do the installation. According to James, all you have to do is provide them with a list of what you plan to install, and they provide the harness and a ce

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Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Address Cargo Pilot Fatigue

Bill Would Apply Recently-Passed Rest Rules To Cargo Flights

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced the Safe Skies Act, which would ensure that America’s cargo plane pilots are sufficiently rested and alert before they fly.

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NASA Hails Success Of Commercial Space Program

Private Space Station Resupply Underway, Plans Readied For Astronauts

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Wednesday hailed the success of the agency’s public-private partnership with American companies to resupply the International Space Station and announced the next phase of contracting with U.S. companies to transport astronauts is set to begin next week.

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APA: Merger Settlement Will Help American 'Survive And Thrive'

Delta Looks Forward To Expanding In Washington, D.C.

The president of the Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 10,000 pilots of American Airlines, issued a statement in response to news that the Justice Department has settled its lawsuit with American Airlines and US Airways regarding the airlines' pending merger.

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Machinists Union: US Airways Chooses Labor Unrest

Says New American Will Not Get Off The Ground Without Contract

The International Association of Machinists greeted the news that the Department of Justice was dropping its lawsuit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways with words of caution for one of the carriers.

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US Airways Flight Attendants Reviewing Terms Of DOJ Settlement

Hopeful Merger Continues To Provide Opportunities For Frontline Workers

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), representing US Airways flight attendants, issued the following statement from AFA US Airways president Roger Holmin after the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement with US Airways/American Airlines. The resolution of the anti-trust lawsuit will now be submitted to Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane for approval.

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Airbus Delivers 1st A319 With ROPS To American Airlines

Runway Overrun Protection System To Be Installed On All AA Airbus A320 Family Aircraft

The FAA has certified a Runway Overrun Prevention System (ROPS) developed by Airbus for its A320 family airplanes, allowing for delivery Tuesday of the first A320 Family member featuring ROPS – an A319 to American Airlines. American has elected to equip all of its A320 Family fleet with Airbus’ ROPS.

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Curiosity Out Of Safe Mode

Rover Has Returned To Normal Operations

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode. Curiosity had been in safe mode since Nov. 7, when an unexpected software reboot (also known as a warm reset) occurred during a communications pass with the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Mission science planning will resume tomorrow, and Curiosity science operations will recommence on Thursday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.14.13)

“US Airways’ celebration is premature.” Source: IAM District 141 President Rich Delaney.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.14.13): Gust Front

The leading edge of gusty surface winds from thunderstorm downdrafts; sometimes associated with a shelf cloud or roll cloud.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.14.13)

 International Society for Aviation Photography, Inc

International Society for Aviation Photography, Inc. is a non-profit professional society whose broad range of member contributions spans a wide variety of fields including: professional photographers, writers, historians, publishers, trade representatives, pilots and amateur photographers.

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