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March 07, 2012

US Airways Reports Record February Load Factor

Passenger Miles Up Nearly 8 Percent

US Airways Group says its February and year-to-date 2012 traffic results show mainline revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for the month were 4.3 billion, up 7.9 percent versus February 2011. Mainline capacity was 5.5 billion available seat miles (ASMs), up 5.8 percent versus February 2011. Mainline passenger load factor was a record 78.3 percent for the month of February, up 1.5 points versus February 2011.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Aventura Amphib Accident

Pilot Was Practicing Water Landings On Flooded Fields In AL

The NTSB has released a preliminary report in an accident involving an Aventura II amphibious homebuilt airlane which went down in a field where it had been practicing water landings. The field had previously been flooded with enough water for the plane to land, but on the day of the accident, a friend attempted to wave off the airplane, as the water was too shallow.

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NASA Seeking University Participants For Summer Rocket Workshop

Week-Long Program Set For Mid-June

University faculty and students are invited to join a week-long workshop June 16-21 to learn how to build and launch a scientific experiment to space. Registration is open through May 1. RockOn! 2012 will be held at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The annual workshop is held in partnership with the Colorado and Virginia Space Grant Consortia.

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Canada's First CUPPs System Installed In St. Johns, Newfoundland

'Thin Client' System Replaces Desktop PCs At Gate Positions

The first Common-Use Passenger Processing System (CUPPS) in Canada has been implemented at St. John’s International Airport (SJIAA) in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada by Ultra Electronics, Airport Systems, the company announced Monday.

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Boeing Breaks Ground, Unveils Design For New Everett Delivery Center

Construction Begins On New Facility Set To Open In 2013

Boeing on Monday officially began construction on its new enhanced Everett Delivery Center (EDC) with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Boeing employees, customers and local dignitaries.

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Raytheon to Supply Wind Turbine Mitigation Technology To NL MoD

First Operational Implementation Of Technology To Safely Distinguish Actual Aircraft From False Readings

Raytheon Company has been chosen by the Netherlands Ministry of Defence to upgrade the air traffic control radar system at the Royal Netherlands Air Force base in the town of Woensdrecht with technology to mitigate the adverse effects on radar performance caused by wind turbines. Raytheon will implement the modification by the end of 2012, the first operational implementation of this technology.

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Customizable PBN Solutions For ANSPs Showcased In Amsterdam

GE Products Complement Internal Capabilities To Meet Industry-Set Performance-Based Navigation Goals

GE is supporting air navigation service providers (ANSP) around the world by offering customizable Performance-based Navigation (PBN) solutions complementary to each organization’s internal capability. GE Aviation is showcasing its PBN technology during the ATC Global Exhibition and Conference in Amsterdam this week.

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Unions, Industry Champion Heathrow Airport Expansion

Government Has Already Nixed The Idea Of A Third Runway

Fearing the loss of 140,000 jobs, unions and other aviation industry interests are lobbying hard for an expansion of Heathrow Airport, but the UK Government remains steadfastly against it.

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Trial To Begin in Intelligent Design Discrimination Lawsuit

Complaint Filed Against NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

A trial is set to begin this week in a lawsuit over whether NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) unlawfully discriminated against an employee for discussing the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID) at work, according to the Discovery Institute. The jury trial is set to begin Wednesday, March 7.

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China Lake Installs F/A-18E/F Tactical Operational Flight Trainer

Sim Allows Training In Emergency Procedures, Fulfills NATOPS Requirements

NAVAIR recently strengthened its warfighter-qualification facilities with the installation of a Tactical Operational Flight Trainer (TOFT) at China Lake. The TOFT F/A-18E/F simulator, which fulfills NATOPS requirements and allows pilots to practice emergency procedures, is also used to qualify pilots nationwide. Rear Adm. Mat Winter, NAWCWD commander, officiated at the simulator’s grand opening event, March 1.

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AD: Bombardier DHC-8

AD NUMBER: 2012-04-08

PRODUCT: Certain Model DHC-8-102, -103, and -106 airplanes and Model DHC-8-200, -300, and -400 series airplanes.

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AD: Airbus A330, A340

AD NUMBER: 2012-04-07

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 series airplanes; Model A330-300 series airplanes; Model A340-200 series airplanes; and Model A340-300 series airplanes.

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Classic Aero-TV: GAMI's G100UL Fuel -- The Future Of GA Fuels?

Taking A Different Approach To Find A Creative Solution

There is a lot of talk these days about the future of GA fuel, and we all know that 100LL will be phased out at some point in the likely not-too-distant future. ANN spoke with representatives from GAMI/Tornado Ally Turbo at Oshkosh this summer which took a different approach to the problem. Head of Engineering, George Braly, told us that what they did was find a fuel that works, and then write a specification around that fuel. The GAMI solution was to pick a high-compression normally-aspirated piston engine, add a turbo-normalizer, and apply for an amended STC. After a great deal of wrangling with

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COMAC, Boeing Sign Collaboration Agreement

Will Partner in Areas Advancing Commercial Aviation Industry Growth

Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) and Boeing have announced a collaboration agreement to partner in areas that will enable commercial aviation industry growth in China and potentially around the world.

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Dreamliners Inspected By Boeing For Fuselage Flaws

Company Says It Remains Confident It Can Build 10 Airplanes Per Month By 2013

Boeing has inspected five of the first 55 Dreamliners to come off the line after reports that a flaw was discovered in the composite airliner's fuselage. 787 program leader Larry Loftis told Reuters at a groundbreaking for the company's new finishing center in Everett that "we will touch every airplane." Loftis previously led the company's successful 777 program.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Melbourne, FL Cirrus Accident

Steep Bank Followed By 'Uncontrolled Vertical Descent'

The pilot of a Cirrus SR22 in a busy traffic pattern at Melbourne, FL, found himself with few options on his approach for runway 9R. The result was an apparent classic stall resulting from a steep turn. All three people on board the SR22 were fatally injured.

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FAA Issues ATC Class Bravo Excursion Notification Requirement

Pilot Must Be Informed When Leaving Class "B" Airspace

In an informational bulletin issued Tuesday by the FAA, air traffic controllers are advised of a requirement to “vector aircraft to remain in Class B airspace after entry," and "inform the aircraft when leaving and reentering the Class B airspace if it becomes necessary to extend the flight path outside Class B airspace for spacing.”

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NASA Gives New Task Order To Moon Express

Adds To Company's Portion Of A $10M Commercial Lunar Data Contract

Moon Express, a Google Lunar X PRIZE contender, said Monday it has won an additional task order from NASA under its Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program contract. The newest task order in the $10M ILDD contract calls for Moon Express to provide NASA with data about the company's progress through a Preliminary Design Checkpoint Technical Package.

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United Airlines Issues Update On Computer System Conversion

Airline Reports No Significant Problems With Continental Assimilation

United Airlines issued a progress report Monday on its reservations computer system conversion that began on Saturday, March 3. United converted from two reservations systems to one by moving millions of reservations records into a new reservations platform. The conversion is a key step in completing the United-Continental merger.

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Georgia Airport Closed Following Severe Weather

Tornadoes Damaged Nearly Every Airplane Based At The Facility

Severe weather that ripped across the country Friday has caused the temporary closure of Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport (KPUJ), as tornadic-force winds severely damaged the terminal building and hangar, and destroyed 18 of the 23 planes sheltered there.

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'First There...That Others May Live': USAF Hero Honored At Bagram

Senior Airman Posthumously Awarded The Air Force Cross In 2002

Men and women from every service dedicated their day to honoring one of the Air Force's fallen heroes at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, March 4, 2012. The 455th Air Expeditionary Wing hosted a ruck march, remembrance ceremony and celebratory barbecue to honor the 10th anniversary of Pararescueman Senior Airman Jason Cunningham's sacrifice for his country.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.07.12)

"The NATA Board of Directors and I have decided that 2012 will be my last year as president of NATA." Source: NATA president James Coyne.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.07.12): Fatigue Failure

The progressive and localized structural damage that occurs when a material is subjected to repeated or fluctuating loads (cyclic loading).

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