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August 09, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.09.11

A House committee gets tough with the NLRB.
Mexican troops have crossed the US border - again.
And look...those F-16 pilots think my J3 is cute!

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CAPA Calls For Release Of New Flight/Duty Time Regs

Congress Mandated The Release Of Rules By August 1st

The Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), representing over 28,000 commercial passenger and cargo pilots, is calling on the FAA to release the new Flight/Duty Time regulations addressing airline pilot fatigue as required by the Airline Safety and Federal Aviation Extension Act of 2010. Congress, in H.R. 5900, called for new, scientifically-based limitations on the hours of flight and duty time for pilots in order to address fatigue. 

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Hard Landing For NATO Helo In Afghanistan

No Injuries Reported In Monday Incident

Just a few days after a Chinook helicopter went down in Afghanistan fatally injuring 38 troops, a second NATO helo has make what's been described as a "hard landing" in the eastern portion of the country. Fortunately, though, this incident did not result in any casualties.

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Eurocopter Delivers 4th EC225 To China Ministry Of Transport

Fulfills Contract Signed In 2009 For Offshore SAR Aircraft

The Ministry of Transport (MOT) has taken delivery of another two new Eurocopter EC225 helicopters ordered in 2009, after having what it described as a very positive experience with the first two EC225 that were delivered in 2007 and used extensively in many search and rescue (SAR) missions, including the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

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Sikorsky Delivers S-70i Black Hawk Helicopters To Undisclosed Launch Customer

Aircraft Assembled, Completed, And Flight Tested In Mielec, Poland

Sikorsky has delivered three S-70 Black Hawk helicopters to an undisclosed customer. The helicopters - assembled, completed to customer specifications, and flight tested at Sikorsky's production facility in Mielec, Poland - are the first-ever deliveries of the international variant of Sikorsky's iconic Black Hawk.

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Leadership Changes Announced At Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air

Several Vice Presidents Shuffling Offices At The Two Airlines

Alaska Air Group announced several leadership changes late last week at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Ann Ardizzone, whose career with Alaska Airlines spans three decades, has been elected vice president of strategic sourcing and supply chain management for Air Group. She previously served as Alaska Airlines' vice president of inflight services. Andy Schneider, senior vice president of people and customer services at Horizon Air, will assume the role of vice president of inflight services at Alaska and oversee the carrier's 2,700 flight attendants.

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Aspen Avionics Announces Canadian STC For R44 Series Helicopters

Western Avionics Completes Transport Canada Installation Approval

Transport Canada has approved the installation of Aspen’s H-series Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) and Multi-function Flight Displays (MFDs) into the Robinson R44 and R44 II model helicopters, according to an announcement from Aspen Avionics and avionics service company Western Avionics.

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NASA Announces Next Opportunity For CubeSat Space Missions

Experiments To Fly Between 2012 And 2014

NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned to launch between 2012 and 2014. These miniature spacecraft, known as CubeSats, could be included as auxiliary payload on previously planned missions.

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Greg Poe Remembered During Idaho Air Show

Stunt Pilot Passed Away In July

Greg Poe had been scheduled to be a headliner for the Cascade Air Show in Idaho Saturday, but following his untimely death on July 24th, the show instead became a tribute to the well-known performer, his life, and his passion for flight.

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Septuagenarian Busted Obama TFR

75-Year-Old Thought F-16s Were Just Admiring Her Cute J3 Cub

President Obama's 50th birthday wasn't a good day for 75-year-old Myrtle Rose, who flew her blue J3 Cub into the Chicago area TFR set up for the president's birthday party.

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John Knox Bridges Attempts Suicide, Survives In Critical Condition

Had Been Accused Of Stealing Thousands Of Dollars From The Lindbergh Foundation, Other Aviation Interests

John Knox Bridges, who at one time was the president of The Lindbergh Foundation, shot himself in the torso Friday, according to authorities in Salisbury, NC. Police Chief Rory Collins told the Charlotte Observer that Bridges had sent a note to a neighbor Thursday morning which was "worded in such a way that everyone knew he was planning to commit suicide."

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Bullet Strikes MedFlight Helicopter

Aircraft Removed From Service After Bullet Hole Discovered In The Fuselage

A MedFlight helicopter based in Marysville in central Ohio has been grounded after a bullet hole was discovered in the aircraft's fuselage last week.

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Aero-TV: AEROLEDS -- Lighting The Way to a Brighter Future

The Aviation World Survives and Grows (Slowly, But Surely) Due To Innovators Like These

AeroLEDs was formed in 2005 'with the intent to redefine aviation lighting as it existed for the last 50 years. With great attention to engineering function balanced with due consideration to product form, we have redefined the expectations of what and how aircraft lighting will be judged.'

FAA Offers New Guidance On Aviation Fuel, Oil Specs

New Advisory Circular AC 20-24C The Result Of 11-Month Process

The FAA has responded to a rapid increase in the pace of development of alternative fuels for aircraft with AC 20-24C, an updated version of a 25-year-old advisory circular.

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Congressman Issa Issues Subpoena to NLRB In Boeing Case

Calls For Documents, Information For Committee Oversight

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) issued a subpoena to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon August 7 as part of its investigation into NLRB action against the Boeing Company. It compels NLRB to comply with earlier, outstanding Committee document requests submitted in May. NLRB is compelled to produce identified materials to Committee offices no later than 1200 EDT August 12.

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NTSB Recommendations To FAA Address Aircraft Fuel Additives

If Additives Are Required, Board Says Flight Manuals Should Say So

The NTSB has issued a series of recommendations to the FAA dealing with certification requirements for aircraft requiring fuel additives, including fuel system icing inhibitors. The board says those limitations should be highlighted by a warning in the limitations section of the airplane flight manual.

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Downed NATO Chinook Was Targeting Taliban Commander

CH-47 Was Bringing Reinforcements To Join Pinned-Down Army Rangers

CNN is reporting that the American commandos who died when their helicopter was apparently shot down in eastern Afghanistan early Saturday morning were targeting a Taliban commander directly responsible for attacks on U.S. troops, according to military officials with knowledge of the operation.

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Aero-TV: AEROLEDS -- Lighting The Way to a Brighter Future

The Aviation World Survives and Grows (Slowly, But Surely) Due To Innovators Like These

AeroLEDs was formed in 2005 'with the intent to redefine aviation lighting as it existed for the last 50 years. With great attention to engineering function balanced with due consideration to product form, we have redefined the expectations of what and how aircraft lighting will be judged.'

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GD Appoints Larry R. Flynn President Of Gulfstream

Joe Lombardo To Continue As Executive Vice President Of General Dynamics' Aerospace group

Larry R. Flynn, 59, will become president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation on September 1, according to a news release Monday from General Dynamics. Flynn will report to Joseph T. Lombardo, who has served as both executive vice president of General Dynamics' Aerospace group and president of Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. since 2007.

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Southwest Airlines Buying Back Shares Of Common Stock

Board Authorizes Repurchase Of $500 Million To 'Enhance Shareholder Value'

The board of directors of Southwest Airlines has authorized the company to repurchase, on a discretionary basis, up to $500 million of the Company's common stock. "The Board's authorization to resume a share repurchase program demonstrates our confidence in the future of Southwest Airlines and underscores our commitment to enhance Shareholder value," said Gary C. Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and CEO.

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DeKalb Aviation Rebuffed In Federal Court

Operator Of FBO Fails In Premise That Lockout By Landlord Violated Fourth Amendment

A federal complaint by DeKalb Aviation in Illinois, which claimed its Constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure under The Fourth Amendment were violated by the City of DeKalb back in December, has had its lawsuit dismissed.

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ANN FAQ: Personalize How YOU View ANN's TopNews Page!

You CAN Have It YOUR Way!

Over the years, ANN has listened long and hard to those of you who have so generously taken the time to suggest upgrades and modifications to our site. ANN has designed several options that you can utilize to configure our homepage to your personal preference, as well as your computer's abilities.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.09.11)

"As this matter could take years to resolve and create even more crippling uncertainty for job creators, it is imperative that Congress get complete facts about NLRB's rational and its decision making process in this matter without further delay." Source: California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.09.11): Hold Procedure

A predetermined maneuver which keeps aircraft within a specified airspace while awaiting further clearance from air traffic control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.09.11)

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A Website dedicated to the distribution of information about the fuel crisis facing users of piston engines in General Aviation, and the promotion of an unleaded 100 octane fuel. Sponsored by The Clean 100 Octane Coalition.

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