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February 22, 2012

Worldwide GA Shipments And Billings Mixed In 2011

Shipments Declined In All Three Areas, Billings Ticked Up, GAMA Sees Strong Fundamentals

GAMA announced the 2011 worldwide shipments and billings figures Wednesday for general aviation airplanes. Speaking at GAMA’s “State of the Industry” press conference, GAMA’s 2012 Chairman Caroline Daniels, chairman and CEO of ATP, reported that industry shipments were relatively flat in 2011 although total billings were up a fraction of a percent.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.22.12

American Airlines needs more consultants to help reorganize.
AgustaWestland boasts of more sales in China.
And Kingfisher Airlines struggles to stay in operation.

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Europe Meets Air Safety Targets

Annual Safety Regulation Commission Report Identifies Key Areas For Improvement

In its 2011 annual safety report, the Safety Regulation Commission (SRC) confirms that Europe has met its safety targets as set by ECAC for ATM-related accidents. With data for 2010 showing an increase in the number of incidents reported, which reflects an improvement in the reporting culture, a number of key safety areas to improve have been identified.

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Edwards F-35A Conducts 1st External Weapons Test Mission

CTOL Variant Carried Missiles, Guided Bombs

The first external weapons test mission was flown by an F-35A Conventional Takeoff and Landing (CTOL) aircraft at Edwards Air Force Base, CA, on February 16th, further expanding the program’s flight test envelope.

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Aircraft Industry - Government Working Group On Public Aircraft Proposed

Action Follows Successful Public Aircraft Forum At Heli-Expo

The success of the Public Aircraft Forum at Helo-Expo 2012 in Dallas, Texas will result in the formation of an industry-government working group to address the changes the FAA is proposing to Advisory Circular (AC) 00-1.1 A on Public Aircraft.

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Cessna Moves Skycatcher Assembly From Wichita To Independence

Part Of An Integration Plan With Other Single-Engine Products

The final assembly for Cessna's Skycatcher LSA is being moved from Yingling Aviation in Wichita to the company's single-engine plant in Independence, KS. The move is reportedly part of a strategy on the part of Cessna to consolidate its single-engine operations in Independence in order to make them more efficient.

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HFI Celebrates Successful Heli-Expo 2012

Event Saw Impressive Scholarship Funds Raised

Helicopter Foundation International reports a very busy Heli-Expo 2012. The foundation held its annual golf tournament, hosted mentoring panels, and shared a great deal of information with attendees about its mission and goals. New additions this year were a silent auction, heritage helicopter display and historical interviews.

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NLRB Counsel Haunted By Fight With Boeing

Solomon Concedes He'll Never Be Confirmed After Battle

March will mark the one-year anniversary of the filing of the complaint by union machinists who said Boeing was building a new plant in South Carolina as retaliation for past strikes by the union in Washington state. Despite the subsequent settlement of the issue with a contract extension, the National Labor Relations Board's taking up of the union fight is proving to have long-lasting political impact.

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HFI Reports Another Successful Heli-Expo

Heritage Helicopter Display Among The Most Dramatic Of The Show

Helicopter Foundation International was very busy at Heli-Expo 2012. The foundation held its annual golf tournament, hosted mentoring panels, and shared a great deal of information with attendees about our mission and goals. New additions to our plans for the show this year were a silent auction, heritage helicopter display and historical interviews.

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Down Comanche Located In Texas

CAP Joined Search For Airplane Which Disappeared From Radar

A Piper Comanche which failed to arrive at its Norman, OK destination Monday night has been located in Shackelford County, TX. Neither person on board the aircraft reportedly survived the accident.

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Airbus Makes Its Mark At The 2012 Singapore Airshow

Enders: 'Our Business Has Moved East'

The high-profile role for Airbus at Singapore’s Changi Exhibition Centre last week underscored the company’s strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for an important part of its commercial business and represents an increasingly active industrial base, company officials said.

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Gone West: Clarence Dart, Tuskegee Airman

NY Veterans Hall Of Fame Member Flew 95 WWII Missions

Another of the Tuskegee Airmen has gone west. Captain Clarence Dart, who flew 95 missions with the Red Tail Squadron and was shot down twice flying Curtiss P-40s during WWII, passed away Friday at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Dart, 91, never regained consciousness following a stroke on February 4, according to the Albany Times Union.

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American Eurocopter To Open Sales Office In Manhattan

To Be Located At Atlantic Aviation Metroport

One of the most popular ways of getting around New York City is by helicopter, and with that in mind, American Eurocopter is going where the potential customers are. The company annouced this week that it will open a dedicated helicopter sales office in New York City next month.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-03-07

PRODUCT: Certain Lycoming Engines Reciprocating Engines

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Aero-TV: It’s All In The Details – A Closer Look at The Bell 525 Relentless

A More Detailed Look At The Biggest News Story Of Heli-Expo 2012

Bell helicopter did more than just put on a good show for the attendees of Heli-Expo 2012... they signalled to one and all that they are intent on recapturing past glories. Once the world's pre-eminent helicopter builder, Bell's glory days have been eclipsed by aggressive product development at Eurocopter -- which now proudly carries top billing in the world's heli-builder sweepstakes. It wasn't always that way... and if Bell proves to be good to its word and new direction, it may just topple Eurocopter and go on to lead the heli-world once again.

Aero-TV: It’s All In The Details – A Closer Look at The Bell 525 Relentless

A More Detailed Look At The Biggest News Story Of Heli-Expo 2012

Bell helicopter did more than just put on a good show for the attendees of Heli-Expo 2012... they signalled to one and all that they are intent on recapturing past glories. Once the world's pre-eminent helicopter builder, Bell's glory days have been eclipsed by aggressive product development at Eurocopter -- which now proudly carries top billing in the world's heli-builder sweepstakes. It wasn't always that way... and if Bell proves to be good to its word and new direction, it may just topple Eurocopter and go on to lead the heli-world once again.

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Piper Ends 2011 with Higher Revenue, Top-End Deliveries

Credits Meridian Turboprop Sales For Fueling The Increase

Piper Aircraft reports that it ended 2011 with increased revenue from new aircraft sales of $131.2 million, up more than nine percent from $120.2 million a year ago. The increase was fueled primarily by a favorable mix of Piper's flagship single-engine Meridian turboprop deliveries in 2011. Piper delivered 32 new top-end Meridians in 2011 compared with 25 in 2010.

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FAA Reauthorization Requires Phase-Out Of Stage 2 Jets

Compliance With Stage 3 Noise Levels Mandated by 2015

The long-term FAA bill signed into law by President Obama last week requires operators of aircraft which meet FAA Stage 2 noise levels to modify their aircraft to meet Stage 3 noise limits by the end of 2015. Section 506 prohibits, after December 31, 2015, the operation within the 48 contiguous states of jets weighing 75,000 pounds or less not already complying with Stage 3 noise levels, with some exceptions for temporary operations related to moving aircraft for modification or sale.

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India Demands Answers From Kingfisher Airlines

As Many As 40 Percent Of Flights Canceled Over Tax Spat

Debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, which has struggled financially for years, is being pressed by the Indian government for answers on why it has been canceling as many as 40 percent of its flights (according to an IBN report) in recent days. The airline is telling the government that a big part of the problem is the tax authority's freezing of the airline's accounts, which is blocking payments for operational needs.

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Over 100 Mayors Urge Obama To Reverse Course On GA

Alliance For Aviation Across America Facilitated The Effort

Mayors representing more than 100 communities in 48 states wrote to President Obama on February 14, urging him to recognize the contributions of general aviation to the U.S. economy and to drop his user fee proposal.

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New York Media Vs. Helo Operators

NYT, Trade Paper Critical Of 'Wealthy' Noisemakers

New York City is a tough place for the private helicopter industry to find much sympathy these days. With promised action by US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood (pictured) to impose noise and route restrictions on helicopters operating over Long Island expected by Memorial Day, local media is painting the issue as a case of one-percenters trampling the rest of us.

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Panetta Nominates Notorious Navy Captain For Admiral

Lt. J.G. Timothy Dorsey Intentionally Shot Down Friendly RF-4C in 1987

The world of military aviation is an environment intolerant of screw-ups. You might think the career of a US Navy junior lieutenant who intentionally shot a live missile at an Air Force F-4 during a training exercise, nearly killing two airmen, would have been over. Instead, the Obama administration has nominated him for promotion to Admiral.

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Trade Groups Urge Congress To Fix Fuel Tax

Jet Fuel Taxes Being Deposited In Highway Trust Fund

The presidents of eight aviation trade associations have sent a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives aviation and highway subcommittees on Feb. 10, urging them to repeal the “fuel fraud” provision that was introduced in the 2005 surface transportation act which adds money to the Highway Trust Fund at the expense of the Airport and Airway Trust Fund (AATF).  

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.22.12)

“When Congress passed the ‘Airport Noise and Capacity Act of 1990’ requiring airlines to phase out noisier Stage 2 aircraft, it provided some relief to airport neighbors. We asked Congress to finish what it began in 1990.” Source: Bob Bogan, Deputy Executive Director at Morristown Municipal Airport, a founding airport member of Sound Initiative: A Coalition for Quieter Skies. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.22.12): Feathering Propeller

A controllable – variable pitch propeller with a range sufficient enough to allow the blades to be turned parallel to the line of flight to reduce drag. This is done in the case of engine failure and is called feathering the prop.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.22.12)

Air Sports Net

Air Sports Net first appeared on the Internet back in 1999 with a set of hang gliding and paragliding links sorted by directories.

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