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February 09, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.09.12

The A380 Wing rib foot cracks draw an AD in Europe.
Boeing addresses an issue with 787 fuselages.
And critical ATC facilities face staff shortages.

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Aero-Commentary: Newt's Moon

Are We Still Too Great A Nation To Be Limited To Small Dreams?

On January 25, 2012 former Speaker of the House turned presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stood in front of crowd of supporters in Brevard County Florida. In his effort to win the Florida presidential primary, the candidate spoke boldly of his intention to establish a permanent US base on the surface of the moon by the end of his second term in office if he were elected president. This was probably the most ambitious spaceflight challenge to be placed before the American people since JFK's challenge to land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth before the end of the 1960s.

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Clock Is Ticking For UAV Integration

Congress Orders FAA To Develop Rules In Three Years

The FAA reauthorization act includes a mandate to the FAA to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles within three years. That provision puts a sudden end to vagueness in the discussion of how UAVs will avoid becoming a hazard to manned aircraft. It is also guaranteed to intensify protests from privacy advocates who fear abuse of surveillance drones by police.

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Republic Calls Frontier Airlines A 'Good Investment'

Holding Company Looks To Burnish The Regional Carrier's Image ... Prior To Sale

Republic Airways Holdings is working to put a new gloss on its financially-struggling regional carrier Frontier Airlines, which it acquired in bankruptcy court just three years ago. Chairman and CEO Bryan Bedford said that it is close to naming a financial advisor which will assist in the sale of the airline.

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SAR Pilot Ignores Protocol

Saving Lives Trumps Conflict Of Interest Guidelines

You may have heard the story of three mushroom collectors who were found after being lost for six days in a southern Oregon forest. But the man who finally spotted them from his Robinson R44 was violating Jackson County ethics guidelines by participating in the search, and says he'd do it again.

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Former Federal Air Marshals Say Some Supervisors Racist

Tell Television Network That There Is A 'Culture' Of Bigotry

Some federal air marshals in supervisory roles cultivated a culture of bigotry, sexism and racism, according to former air marshals interviewed by ABC Television.

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Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics & Science Academy To Open In August

School To Open In Former Eclipse Aviation Building In New Mexico

Southwest Learning Center Founder, Dr. Scott Glasrud, and Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry announced Tuesday that the City of Albuquerque is partnering with Southwest Learning Centers in a lease agreement as they expand to open their fourth school: Southwest Aeronautics, Mathematics & Science Academy.

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Twirly Birds Announce The 2012 Les Morris Award Recipient

Winner Is Founder Of The UK Helicopter Museum

The social helicopter pilot group Twirly Birds has announced the 2012 Les Morris Award Recipient as Mr. Elfan Ap Rees. Mr. Ap Rees is a noted aviation historian, author, pilot and founder of The Helicopter Museum, the world’s largest dedicated collection of military and civil rotorcraft located in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset on the southwest coast of England.

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Korean Air Gets First 747-8, 777 Freighters

Planes To Serve European & Long-Haul Routes

Boeing and Korean Air Monday celebrated delivery of the airline's first 747-8 and 777 Freighters. With the milestone delivery, Korean Air becomes the first airline in the world to operate both types.

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Gone West: Last Veteran Of WWI, Who Served In The RAF

Florence Green Was 110 Years Old

The last known veteran of WWI passed away Saturday night. Florence Green, who was just shy of her 111th birthday, had been a mess steward for the RAF during the war.

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IMC Clubs Begins New Weekly Internet Radio Program

IMC “Radio 5” Features Jason Blair, Executive Director Of NAFI

In addition to its popular “Plane Talk” on IMC Radio, IMC Club has opened another broadcast channel: IMC Radio 5. IMC Radio 5, designed as a weekly platform for leaders in general aviation, began its first weekly episode on February 7th with Jason Blair, the Executive Director of NAFI. The weekly spotlight with Mr. Blair will air live each Tuesday at 10 AM Eastern and will also be available as a podcast on iTunes and other Internet media.

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Microlight Pilot Receives $150K++ Settlement

Airplane's Tail Fell Off During Flight

The pilot of a Dyn' Aero microlight which suffered an in-flight structural failure at an altitude of about 1,000 feet has been awarded a settlement of more than $150,000 after it was determined that the bolts used to hold the aircraft together were defective.

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Two Airport Workers Charged In Theft Sting

Accused Of Taking Valuables Left On Airplanes Rather Than Turning Them In

Two airline cabin cleaning crew workers at Lambert St. Louis International Airport have been accused of stealing valuable items left on airplanes that are supposed to be turned into the Airlines. The two workers were employed by Airport Terminal Services, which is based in St. Louis but has contracts at 35 airports around the country.

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Aero-TV: Creating A Waypoint -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 5)

One Of R9's Greatest Skills... Creating Quick And Useful Waypoints Where And When You Need Them

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.

Aero-TV: Creating A Waypoint -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 5)

One Of R9's Greatest Skills... Creating Quick And Useful Waypoints Where And When You Need Them

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.

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EASA Orders Inspection Of All A380s

Inspections Of Affected Airplanes Have Led To A Broader EASA AD

EASA has expanded its mandatory inspection of wing rib feet on A380 airplanes to every aircraft in service, regardless of flight hours. An AD posted by the European safety agency Wednesday mandates the inspection of "Airbus A380-841, A380-842, and A380-861 aeroplanes, all serial numbers."

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FAA Issues SAIB For Cessna Citation Mustang Trim System

Bulletin Follows Reports Of Pitch Trim Freezing

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) following reports of pitch trim freezing on four Citation Mustang airplanes, and offers recommendations to prevent the issue from occurring. At this time, the FAA says the airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant the issuance of an AD.

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NASA Calls For New Commercial Crew Proposals

Pre-Proposal Conference To Be Held On Valentines' Day

As part of NASA's ongoing efforts to foster development of a U.S. commercial crew space transportation capability to and from low Earth orbit and the International Space Station, NASA has issued a call for industry to submit proposals for the Commercial Crew Integrated Capability Initiative. It's expected that proposals will lead to Space Act Agreements that will help NASA and the U.S. achieve safe, reliable, and cost effective human access to space.

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Pilot Involved In R44 Georgia Fatal Accident Not Qualified For Conditions

NTSB Determines Pilot Error Caused The 2010 Accident

It's a story that's unfortunately far too common. A pilot makes a flight for which he or she is not qualified, and the result is predictable, and tragic. In this case, a helicopter pilot continued into IFR conditions in unfamiliar surroundings. Both he and his passenger were fatally injured.

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Spirit Annoys DOT With New Fee

Charge For Costs Of New DOT Rule Draws Response

Political discourse frequently includes mention of the costs regulation imposes on business and their consumers. It's usually a vague concept, but Spirit Airlines has ticked off Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood by itemizing the estimated cost of new consumer protection rules recently imposed by the department. It's even calling the $2/ticket surcharge the "Department of Transportation's unintended consequences" fee.

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Raytheon Exec Faces Fines In $1 Billion FAA Lawsuit

Judge Says He Did Not Disclose A Reprimand Letter Dealing With Sexual Affair With A Subordinate

A Washington court has fined a Raytheon executive because he did not reveal he had been given a letter of reprimand for engaging in an affair with a subordinate. The letter was deemed evidence in a lawsuit over a consulting contract with the FAA.

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Student Rocket-Builders Join Top STEM Leaders At White House Science Fair

Participants In World's Largest Rocket Contest Showcase Designs For President Obama

President Obama highlighted the efforts of team members, teachers and parents from a Presidio, Texas, school that worked to raise funds to participate in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) contest in remarks at the second White House Science Fair.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.09.12)

"We are so pleased TARC students have the opportunity to exhibit their great work alongside some of the country's most talented young minds in STEM." Source: Marion C. Blakey, president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.09.12): Knuckles

Slang for lumpy protrusions on the edges, and sometimes the underside, of a thunderstorm anvil.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.09.12)

TakeOff Tube

Like YouTube, but specifically aviation related.

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