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August 12, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.12.11

Congress wants federal intervention in the leaded avgas lawsuit.
Icon Aircraft takes another big sales jump.
And an unlicensed pilot was doing loops before the wing came off.


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NTSB Issues Preliminary Report In Alaska Midair Accident

Four People Aboard A Cessna 180B Floatplane Fatally Injured

Two floatplanes operating in VFR conditions collided over a lake in Alaska July 30th, resulting in the fatal injure to all four people aboard one of the aircraft. The pilot of the larger Cessna 206 who survived the accident told NTSB investigators he simply did not see the Cessna 180 until it was too late to avoid the collision.

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FAA Issues Prelim Report In Helicycle Forced Landing

Florida Man Uninjured, Helicopter Substantially Damaged At Mentone

The FAA has issued a preliminary report on the forced landing of a Helicycle experimental helicopter on Saturday, August 6, the final day of the Popular Rotorcraft Association's (PRA) annual convention and fly-in at the PRA Mentone Airport in Indiana.

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Enhanced Airline Pilot Screening Underway At O’Hare

Program Strengthens Aviation Security, Expedites Passenger Screening

ALPA, the Air Line Pilots Association, International, and ATA, the Air Transport Association of America, which represents major airlines, began operating the first test site for the Known Crewmember program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Tuesday. The new program positively verifies pilot identity and employment status, allowing them to bypass screening lines for passengers.

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Winner Aviation Named Conversion Center For C208/Honeywell TPE-331 Power

Process Hangs A Turboprop Engine On A Caravan, Makes Other Modifications

An agreement has been signed between Winner Aviation and Aero Twin of Anchorage, Alaska to designate Winner the first authorized conversion center for Aero Twin’s modification STC that converts Cessna 208 aircraft to Honeywell powered TPE-331 engines at either 850 or 950 shaft horsepower.

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North American Routes Key To Profitability At Virgin Atlantic

Company Reports a Pre-Tax Profit Of $30.1 Million

Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced a $162.9 million investment in product development as it reported a strong year of trading and a return to profit.  Despite the winter closure of London Heathrow and the Ash Cloud crisis costing the business a combined $65.2 million, strong growth in business traffic and solid load factors across all cabins delivered a good recovery.

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NASA Research Shows DNA Building Blocks Can Be Made In Space

Meteorites Deliver Diverse Genetic Material To Earth

NASA-funded researchers have found more evidence meteorites can carry DNA components created in space. Scientists have detected the building blocks of DNA in meteorites since the 1960s, but were unsure whether they were created in space or resulted from contamination by terrestrial life. The latest research indicates certain nucleobases -- the building blocks of our genetic material -- reach the Earth on meteorites in greater diversity and quantity than previously thought.

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In The Business Of Business ... AND Aviation

LSA Company Makes Changes Following ANN Article

Sometimes, it's just good to know that perhaps you've done some good. We received this e-mail earlier this week from a company who had read David Juwel's piece about being in the business of aviation, but not in the business of business.

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CIT Signs Firm Order For 50 A320neo Aircraft

Fulfills A Commitment Made At The Paris Air Show

CIT Aerospace has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for the 50 A320neo family aircraft it had committed to at the 49th Le Bourget airshow on June 21st. This deal brings the total number of Airbus aircraft ordered by CIT since 1999 to 237, made up of 191 A320 Family aircraft (including the 50 A320neo aircraft), 41 A330s, five A350 XWBs.

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Gulfstream G280 Arrives In Dallas For Completions

Human Factors Testing Complete; Function And Reliability Testing Well Under Way

The first production Gulfstream G280 recently arrived at the Gulfstream Mid-Cabin Completions Center of Excellence in Dallas, where it is being outfitted and painted for delivery later this year. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) experimental test pilots flew the super midsized aircraft, Serial Number 2004, from IAI in Tel Aviv, where the airframe is manufactured, to the Gulfstream facility in Dallas, where Gulfstream mid-cabin aircraft undergo final phase manufacturing.

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Cessna Delivers 32nd Caravan To Brazil's Air Force

Nine 208B Aircraft Delivered, Contract Completed

Cessna said Wednesday it has completed the delivery of the 32nd Model 208/208B Caravan aircraft to Força Aérea Brasileira, the air branch of the Brazilian armed forces. This delivery completes a contract for nine new Caravans.

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Denver International Bullish On NextGen ATC

Aviation Manager Tells CO Lawmakers Airport Is On Cutting Edge

The deployment of the FAA's NextGen Air Traffic Control system may be years down the road, even further if the alphabet groups and airlines have their way. But the new system has a fan in Aviation Manager Kim Day at Denver International Airport, where elements of NextGen are being phased in.

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Aero-TV: Meet The Boss Oshkosh 2011 -- Same Message, Different Year

Babbitt Takes Only A Few Questions... And Pretty Much Repeats The Party Line

The 'Meet The Boss' event at Oshkosh, where pilots of all types can actually face down the FAA Administrator and ask questions, has been a staple of this annual gathering. This year, though, was a bit of a non-starter in that the time for questions was cut short by EAA President Rod Hightower's own questions and when we finally got the chance to confront the Administrator, there were scant minutes left to question him and the few answers we received were very much like those we had heard in the past.

Wittman Regional Airport Sees First Flight For Taurus G4

Pipistrel Flies The First 4-Seat Electric Aircraft In The World

The Tarus G4 ... the first 4-seat electric aircraft in the world ... took off Thursday morning at 0700 local time from Wittman Field in Oshkosh, WI. Pipistrel, the developer of the G4, said the flight was the result of long and demanding work nearly of a nearly 30-member team of developers and constructors.

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ICON Aircraft Receives Record 143 Orders At Oshkosh

Unprecedented Sales Raise over $28,000 For EAA Young Eagles

ICON Aircraft announced that it received 143 deposits for its A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft during the weeklong 2011 EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The new orders take ICON’s order book to position #694, and represent record levels of interest for sport flying and the ICON A5 specifically.

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House GA Caucus Members Call For Feds To Stop CA Avgas Lawsuit

Letter Says Case Will Do More Harm Than Good

In a letter to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives have suggested that the federal government should intervene in an intended lawsuit against fixed base operators (FBOs) and fuel distributors for supplying and using leaded aviation gasoline (avgas) in the state of California.

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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet ... No, Really

DARPA Conducts Second Hypersonic Test Flight

DARPA’s second flight test of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 launched  aboard an Air Force Minotaur IV rocket at 0745 PDT Thursday. DARPA updates indicated that the launch appeared to go well, but monitoring stations lost contact with the Falcon during the glide phase of the flight.  

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Missing Hornet Crew Rescued By USCG

Aircraft Also Recovered

Coast Guard crews rescued two Marines after their F/A-18 Hornet jet went down into the Pacific Ocean approximately 85 miles southwest of San Diego, Aug. 10, 2011. Both Marines are reported to be in stable condition.

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Aero-TV: Meet The Boss Oshkosh 2011 -- Same Message, Different Year

Babbitt Takes Only A Few Questions... And Pretty Much Repeats The Party Line

The 'Meet The Boss' event at Oshkosh, where pilots of all types can actually face down the FAA Administrator and ask questions, has been a staple of this annual gathering. This year, though, was a bit of a non-starter in that the time for questions was cut short by EAA President Rod Hightower's own questions and when we finally got the chance to confront the Administrator, there were scant minutes left to question him while the few answers we received were very much like those we had heard in the past.

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F-35 Ground Operations Resume

First Step In Return To Flight Testing

The F-35 Joint Program Office authorized a return to ground operations for the F-35 developmental test (DT) aircraft today. This is the first step in returning the F-35 fleet to full flight operations. A precautionary suspension of both ground and flight operations for the program was issued Aug. 3.

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Klyde Morris (08.12.11)

Klyde Keeps Checking Out 'The People's Migration 9'

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Another Dreamliner Delay For Air India

Airline Says Boeing Is Blaming The FAA This Time

A leading Indian business daily, Business Standard, is reporting Air India has been told by Boeing the delivery of its first Dreamliner has been pushed back another two months, from this October to December. This time, Boeing is said to be blaming not labor unrest or supply chain issues, but the FAA.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.12.11)

"The Prop 65 lawsuit will disrupt ongoing efforts by the FAA and EPA, who are working with industry groups to identify an alternative to leaded fuel that can be safely and reliably used by piston-powered airplanes.” Source: Letter sent by some members of the U.S. Congress to the DOT, FAA, and EPA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.12.11): Major Alteration

An alteration not listed in the aircraft, aircraft engine, or propeller specifications that might appreciably affect weight, balance, structural strength, performance, powerplant operation, flight characteristics, or is not done according to accepted practices or cannot be done by elementary operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.12.11)

Hypersonic Flight

Faster, higher, further ... with emphasis on the "faster." As DARPA tests another Mach 20 aircraft, we looked at some of the history and mechanics of hypersonic flight. This explanation is from the Centennial of Flight website.

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