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June 21, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.22.12

Michael Huerta’s Confirmation Hearings are Underway on the Hill…

A Human-powered Helicopter Claims a New World Record…

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SASC Chair Levin: Lockheed Needs Pressure To Keep JSF Costs Down

First Contracts Already Exceeding Combined Target By $1 Billion

U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says that Lockheed Martin needs some pressure to keep the costs of the F-35 JSF program from soaring further out of control.

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'Green Jet Fuel' Powers Flights To Rio+20 United Nations Conference In Brazil

Honeywell's UOP Process Technology Used To Produce Fuel For An ICAO Sustainable Energy Project

Some of the flights carrying delegates to the Rio+20 United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were powered by Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced from its UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process. The Rio+20 Conference brings together world leaders, governments and other participants to discuss worldwide sustainable development.

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JetBlue First FAA-Certified Carrier To Fly Special RNP AR Approaches At JFK

Airline Is One Of The Country's First Carriers To Be 100 Percent Certified For RNP AR Across All Of Its Fleet Types

JetBlue Airways on Tuesday became the first FAA-certified carrier in the U.S. to utilize the new satellite-based Special (Non-Public) Required Navigation Performance Authorization Required (RNP AR) approaches to Runways 13L and 13R at its home base at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport with its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Famed 'Candy Bomber' Honored At JB Charleston

C-17 Training Building Named After The Legendary Pilot

Retired Col. Gail Halvorsen's Air Force legacy is built on chocolate, bubble gum and hope. Tuesday, leaders at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina renamed the C-17 Aircrew Training Building after Halvorsen June 15 with a dedication ceremony in honor of the legendary "Berlin Candy Bomber."

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Boeing Expands Flight Services Business In China

Triples Training Capacity For Airlines At The Shanghai Campus

Boeing has has expanded its Flight Services business in China, saying the move will greatly enhance training capacity for airlines in the region. With the introduction of an advanced 787 Dreamliner training suite for pilot and maintenance training, and a newly-installed 747-400 full-flight simulator, the company is tripling its offerings at the Boeing Flight Services Shanghai training campus.

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Garmin Sued In Congo Aviation Accident

Litigants Claim GPS Was Responsible For The Crash

Twenty-five people have brought a lawsuit against Garmin stemming from an accident in the Republic of Congo in 2010. The plaintiffs claim that the Garmin GPSMAP 496 installed in the aircraft was defective.

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Seven Named As Research Team Leaders For Space Biomedical Institute

Each Scientist Will Focus On A Specific Area Of Human Space Flight

The National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) has enlisted seven of the nation's top scientists to serve as team leaders in its efforts to protect astronaut health during long-duration spaceflight. Each of the scientists will lead one of NSBRI's seven discipline area research teams focused on specific challenges faced by humans in space.

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Embraer Performs 1st Flight of the A-1M

Last A-29 Super Tucano And F-5M Aircraft Delivered To The FAF

Embraer said Tuesday it has successfully performed the first flight of the A-1M prototype at its manufacturing plant in Gavião Peixoto, in outstate São Paulo, during a ceremony attended by the Aeronautics Commander, Air Force General Juniti Saito, and officers from the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) High Command.

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Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified

A-1J Skyraider Pilot To Be Interred At Arlington National Cemetery

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced Tuesday that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Name That Balloon Fiesta

Annual Event Invites Fans To Vote Via Facebook

The annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the world’s largest balloon festival and is an icon in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment. Each year, when the hundreds and hundreds of hot air balloons take to the skies, they do so with a marketing theme.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-12-05

PRODUCT: Certain Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes

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AD NUMBER: 2012-11-15

PRODUCT: All BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Model 4101 airplanes

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.21.12

The NTSB issues a Safety Alert on Limitations of In-Cockpit Weather…

Solar Impulse will try again for Quarzazate…

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Classic Aero-TV: Rewarding Innovation--Avemco’s Jim Lauerman Looks Over Redbird

An Aviation Veteran Evaluates The Impact Of A New and Innovative Aviation Training Program

It was quite an event... and one that featured a unique brand of excitement that we do not see too often in the GA world anymore -- the feeling that something "really different" is right around the corner. The event we speak of was Redbird Skyport's 'birthday' of November 8th, 2011 -- a date to remember... for the first time in a LONG time, aviation industry luminaries gathered together to celebrate the start of something unique, innovative and utterly NEW. A multi-faceted aviation research and development laboratory, located in San Marcos, TX, the Redbird Skyport

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SNC Submits Response To Revised USAF RFP For LAS Program

Continues Court Case To Reinstate The Contract Awarded Last December

Perhaps hoping that the second time will be a charm ... Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) announced Tuesday that it has submitted the final components of its response to the United States Air Force's request for proposal (RFP) for its Light Air Support (LAS) Program.

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Conferees Said To Be Close To Agreemnt On Transportation Bill

Legislation Still Contains Alexander Amendment Which Could Threaten The Air Tour Industry

House and Senate conferees are reportedly close to an agreement to move forward on a federal highway bill which could have broad implications for the National Airspace System and be particularly harmful to air tour operators, according to the Helicopter Association International.

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House Appropriators Vote To Increase Essential Air Service Funding

EAS Boosted To $241 Million In FY 2013 Budget

The Essential Air Service, which became a political football during last year's FAA reauthorization debate, has come out pretty well in the latest round of hearings held by the House Appropriations Committee. The panel voted to give the program an 11 percent boost ... to $241 million ... in the next budget.

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Solar Impulse To Make Second Attempt To Fly To Ouarzazate

Departure From Rabat, Morocco Planned For Thursday

After a first unsuccessful attempt to reach Ouarzazate, the Solar Impulse team remains determined to try again to land in Southern Morocco, a region known for its turbulence and high wind. If all goes according to plan, the solar airplane, designed and flown by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will depart from Rabat-Salé International airport for its second attempt to reach Ouarzazate Thursday at 0700 local time.

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Iridium To 'Revolutionize' Global Air Traffic Surveillance

Launching Aireon Joint Venture To Enhance Flight Efficiency, Safety Through A Public-Private Partnership 

Air traffic management agencies around the globe will for the first time be able to continuously track aircraft anywhere in the world through a planned joint venture announced Tuesday by Iridium Communications. Aireon LLC will deliver this surveillance capability to Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) around the world and their commercial airline customers through a planned joint venture between Iridium and NAV CANADA with support from the FAA and suppliers Harris Corporation and ITT Exelis.

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JetNet Releases Latest 2012 Biz-Av Information

Data Includes April 2012 And The YTD 2012 Results For The Pre-Owned Business Jet, Business Turboprop And Helicopter Markets

Corporate aviation analyist JetNet has released April 2012 and the YTD 2012 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop and helicopter markets, and the results could be described as somewhat gloomy. The Fleet For Sale percentages for all market sectors were down in the April YTD comparisons from 2011 to 2012.

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EASA Certifies ATR 42-600

Sole Manufacturer Of 50-Seater Regional Aircraft Continues To Invest In This Niche Market

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the ATR 42-600, a new member in the family of turboprop airplanes manufactured by ATR. This certification, prior to the aircraft's entry into service and for the plane's new equipment, marks the end of a series of ground and in-flight tests which were performed on the ATR 42-600 prototype.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.21.12)

Aero-News: Quote of the Day

ANN's Quote of the Day usually derives from current news, though we reserve the right to pick quotes out of history that have a bearing on the day's events and issues.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.21.12): Mesocyclone

(abbrev. MESO)- A storm-scale region of rotation, typically around 2-6 miles in diameter and often found in the right rear flank of a supercell (or often on the eastern, or front, flank of an HP storm).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.21.12)

Airborne Law Enforcement Association

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1968 to support and encourage the use of aircraft in law enforcement.

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