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June 22, 2012

AEA Begins Series Of Member Webinars To Analyze Part 145 Repair Stations Rewrite

First Session Held Wednesday, Others To Follow Throughout The Summer

On Wednesday, June 20, members of the Aircraft Electronics Association participated in the first of a progressive three-part webinar series designed to educate member businesses on the changes coming to their Part 145 operations, as the Federal Aviation Administration is proposing a significant and potentially damaging rewrite of Part 145 repair station regulations.

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Airplane Part Comes Through A Roof In Maine

Piston Wrist Pin Ejected From A Cessna 172 Made A Hole In A Roof

On a checkout flight with a newly-licensed pilot, flight instructor Rick Eason, a faculty advisor for the University Flying Club in Orono, ME, was forced to make an emergency landing after there was a loud bang under the cowling of the club-owned Cessna 172 and the plane started shaking.

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XCOR, Excalibur Almaz Sign MOU For Suborbital Training Services

Memorandum Covers Training For All Mission Profiles

Excalibur Almaz Limited (EA), a commercial aerospace company based on the Isle of Man, British Isles, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with California-based XCOR Aerospace for suborbital flight services. The agreement signed in conjunction with the Royal Aeronautical Society's 3rd European Space Tourism Conference calls for XCOR to provide suborbital flight familiarization and training using its Lynx vehicle for Excalibur Almaz crews traveling on Earth orbit, circumlunar, and deep space missions.

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Hydraulic Failure Causes JetBlue Scare

A320 Eventually Landed Safely After Four Hours 'Careening Through The Sky'

A JetBlue A320 on a flight from Las Vegas to New York Tuesday reportedly lost two of its three hydraulic systems during the flight, which forced the pilot to circle an area south the Nevada city for four hours burning off enough fuel to make a safe landing. Passengers described the experience as the airplane "careening wildly through the sky" as it made steep turns and "lurched from side to side."

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Nordic Aviation Capital Orders Twelve Bombardier CRJ1000 NextGen Aircraft

Regional Jets Will Be Leased To Garuda Indonesia

A wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Aviation Capital A/S of Billund, Denmark has signed a firm purchase agreement for twelve CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft, according to a Wednesday news release from Bombardier. Nordic Aviation Capital has confirmed that the aircraft will be leased to Garuda Indonesia, Bombardier's previously announced launch customer for the CRJ1000 NextGen aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region.

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CVW 11 Commander Reaches 1,000 Traps

Nimitz Commanding Officer Was In The Back Seat

The commander of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 11 completed his 1,000th carrier arrested landing, or trap, aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) June 18. Capt. Greg Harris completed the trap in an F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Black Knights" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 154.

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Helicopter Squadrons First Outing Defines A New Standard

AH-1Zs, UH-1Ys Break New Ground Operating In Tropical Environments

Roughly five years ago, the Marine Corps began transitioning its fleet of AH-1W and UH-1N aircraft to more capable AH-1Z and UH-1Y aircraft. The greatest challenge of this transition has been converting the squadrons without a decrease in support from the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron community (HMLA) to both I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) and the deployed forces in Afghanistan.

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First DOD Rooftop Heliport Dedicated

LZ Sits Atop The San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) At Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston

The first dedicated Department of Defense rooftop heliport was dedicated last month in San Antonio, Texas. Located on the roof of the San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, the heliport was commissioned to reduce transport time for critically ill and injured patients and better serve the surrounding community in times of disaster.

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WWII Veteran -- Age 90 -- Still Skydiving

Had 'Always Wanted To Do One' While In The Service

Lt. Bill Keller had become enamoured of skydiving while in the Army Air Corps during WWII, but says he never had an opportunity to make a jump. He finally did, at the Skydive Sky Ranch in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1992 to celebrate his 70th birthday.

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AD: Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-12-20

PRODUCT: Turbomeca S.A. Arriel 2C1, 2C2, and 2S2 turboshaft engines.

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Airborne 06.22.12: NEXRAD Not So Fast, Pilot's Rights, NTSB's GA Forum

Also: FlyNano! X-37B Landing, F22 FlightSuits, NASA/FAA Cooperate, TSA Fires 7, The 'New' EAA V The 'Old', and Gamera Flies Again!!!
Stand back... we have LOTS of news for you! The NTSB on Tuesday issued a Safety Alert to warn pilots who use in-cockpit FIS-B and Satellite Weather display systems that the NEXRAD "age indicator" can be misleading. The actual NEXRAD data can be as much as 20 minutes older than the age indication on the display in the cockpit. If misinterpreted, this difference in time can present potentially serious safety hazards to aircraft operating in the vicinity of fast-moving and quickly developing weather systems. Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe (R) first introduced his Pilot's Bill of Rights, which would limit the authority of the FAA

Huerta Faces First Senate Confirmation Test

Hearing Held Thursday Before The Senate Commerce Committee

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta had his first session with the United States Senate Thursday in the process that could lead to his confirmation and the removal of "Acting" from his title.

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American Pilots Rebuff Airline On Contract Offer

Judge To Rule Friday On Whether AA Can Set Its Own Terms For Cost Reductions

The Allied Pilots Association (APA) board voted 11-5 on Wednesday to reject the latest contract offer from American Airlines, who's parent company AMR Corp is reorganizing under Chapter 11 bankruptcy rules.The dispute is largely over a provision that would allow increased code-sharing on flights not operated by AA, but sold as seats on the airline.

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Gamera II Makes 40 Second Flight

Human-Powered Helicopter Vying For The Sikorsky Prize

The Gamera II human-powered helicopter designed and built at the University of Maryland has set a new unofficial record for flight in such a vehicle. According to a story appearing in the online publication The Blaze, the quad-rotor aircraft stayed airborne in the Reckord Armory on the campus of the University of Maryland for 40 seconds, still short of the minute needed to claim the American Helicopter Society's $250,000 award.

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Senate Commerce Committee Holds Hearing On Commercial Space Plans

Commercial Spaceflight Federation President Testifies In Senate Science And Space Subcommittee Hearing

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Science and Space held a hearing entitled “Risks, Opportunities, and Oversight of Commercial Space" Wednesday morning. Full committee chair John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV (D-WV) said that the commercial sector is now looking at space transportation and the market that may emerge as the next big business opportunity.

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New ‘Climb Via’ Procedures To Go Live Nationwide August 15

NBAA: Pilots Need To Prepare For Procedural Changes On Standard Instrument Departures

Significant changes are on the horizon that will affect pilots flying instrument departures and arrivals, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) reported today. Pilots unfamiliar with the changes could be faced with separation losses, pilot deviations and potentially tense moments in the cockpit. At the heart of the changes is a seemingly innocuous instruction, “Climb Via.” Following years of discussion, the new Climb Via instruction for standard instrument departures (SIDs) is scheduled to go live on Aug. 15, 2012.

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Eurocopter’s X3 Hybrid Helicopter Begins U.S. Tour In Texas

First Flight On The Tour Was In Front Of American Eurocopter Employees In Grand Prairie

Eurocopter has begun the U.S. tour of its X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter, which will demonstrate the unique operational capabilities of this advanced transportation system during a month of visits to military facilities and hub locations for civil helicopter operators. The tour was initiated Wednesday with a debut X3 flight presentation at the Grand Prairie, Texas headquarters of Eurocopter’s U.S. subsidiary – American Eurocopter.

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Syrian Air Force Pilot Defects To Jordan

Landed In The Kingdom In His MiG-21 Fighter

A Syrian air force pilot is apparently seeking political asylum in the Kingdom of Jordan, having landed there after flying a training mission in a MiG-21 fighter. The Syrian news agency SANA reported early Thursday morning (ET) that the air force had lost contact with the pilot during his training mission. They identified the pilot as Col. Hassan Mirei al-Hamadeh.

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Klyde Morris 06.22.2012

How Do You Get To Be FAA Administrator? Practice, Practice, Practice


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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.22.12)

"Although the aviation sector is enjoying one of its safest periods in history, we have experienced some troubling incidents over the past few years.  As the new Administrator, I expect that you make sure the industry continues to embrace a strong culture of safety." Source: Senate Commerce Committee Chair John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.22.12): Heavy Maintenance

Any maintenance, inspection, repair, or alteration a manufacturer has designated that requires specialized training, equipment, or facilities.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.22.12)

Columbia Memorial Space Center

The Columbia Memorial Space Center is a hands-on learning center in the Los Angeles area that is dedicated to bringing the excitement of space science to children of all ages. 

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