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August 15, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.16.12

Sequestration of the FAA Could Hobble Aviation for Years…

The FAA Delays Implementation of Climb Via Terminology…

Three Are Charged in

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Distracted Flying May Have Contributed To Fatal Accident

Canadian Pilot Received Text Messages And Spent Nearly Half An Hour On The Phone While Flying

The Canadian Transportation Safety Board has release its final report in a fatal accident which occurred on November 30th of last year in which a pilot flying a Cessna 185E flew into the ground, resulting in his fatal injury.

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IMC Club Opens Additional Chapters Across The Nation

Six New Chapters Established From California To North Carolina

IMC Club International will be opening additional Chapters across the nation in the next few weeks. Pilots will gather at CP Aviation in Santa Paula, CA on August 25th; RedBird Skyport in San Marcos, TX on September 13th, and MotionAir Aviation on September 14th in Midlothian, TX for the inaugural meetings. Also, new Chapters and meetings are planned for North Carolina, Nevada, Michigan, Alabama and Nebraska.

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Embraer Executive Jets Launches Legacy 450 Fabrication

First Parts Milled For The New Bizjet

Embraer Executive Jets passed a major milestone in the mid-light Legacy 450 program last week when the first part was milled for the business jet, ushering in the beginning of fabrication. "Even as we have been making progress on the Legacy 500, we have been anticipating this event for the Legacy 450,” said Ernest Edwards, President, Embraer Executive Jets.

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RAA Touts Safety, Growth And Resiliency Of Regional Airlines

But Warns Of Flight Cuts From Pilot Shortfall

In a recent speech at the Wichita Aero Club, Regional Airline Association (RAA) President Roger Cohen cited the remarkable safety enhancements, as well as growth and prominence of the nation’s regional airlines.  However, he warned that a looming pilot shortage could force flight cutbacks in many of the nearly 500 cities that rely exclusively on regionals for scheduled passenger service.

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B-17 Leaving Ohio For New Orleans

With Blue Ash Airport Likely To Close, My Gal Sal Will Head For A Louisiana Museum

A vintage WWII bomber which spent more than 50 years buried in a Greenland glacier is being shrink-wrapped and prepped for a move from Blue Ash airport near Cincinnati to the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

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Pilot, Passenger Survive Wire Strike In A Kitfox

Passenger Was Recording Video At The Time Of The Accident

A young man riding with his grandfather in the older man's Kitfox was enjoying the ride and recording video on his cell phone when one of the wheels of the plane hit a power line and it went down Sunday evening. Both survived the accident.

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DARPA Selects Aurora For Phoenix Program

New Satellite 'Morphology' Would Harvest Usable Parts From 'Retired' Spacecraft

Aurora Flight Sciences was recently selected by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) for the Phoenix program to explore development of a new satellite morphology through creation of "satlets" capable of harvesting key components from retired spacecraft in earth orbit.

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Atlantic City Air Show Plans For 1 Million People At Annual Event

Some Are Skeptical Of The Crowd Estimates

Organizers of the Atlantic City Air Show say the event this Friday could draw as many as 1 million people to the city, though some have said that number is greatly inflated.

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AD: Airbus Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-05

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 and -200 freighter series airplanes; and Model A340-200, -300, -500, and -600 series airplanes.

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PRODUCT: Certain BAE SYSTEMS (OPERATIONS) LIMITED Model BAe 146 and Avro 146-RJ series airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.15.12

Cessna Renames the Turbo Skylane…

Machinists Union and United Airlines Agree to Expedite Contract Talks…

Don’t Text and Fly!!

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Aero-TV: Senator James Inhofe – Taking On The Bureaucracy Part 2

A Foot In The Door -- 25 Years After We Proposed The Need For A Pilot's Bill Of Rights... We Have One

US Sen. Jim Inhofe R-OK., a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, has announced that his Pilot's Bill of Rights S.1335 has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year.  In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June.  The House passed the measure by a voice vote.

Aero-TV: Senator James Inhofe – Taking On The Bureaucracy (Part 2)

A Foot In The Door -- 25 Years After We Proposed The Need For A Pilot's Bill Of Rights... We Have One

US Sen. Jim Inhofe R-OK., a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, has announced that his Pilot's Bill of Rights S.1335 has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year.  In the Senate where the bill enjoyed co-sponsorship by 65 other Senators, the measure passed by unanimous consent in June.  The House passed the measure by a voice vote. Yes, it's Done. Something we have advocated for over two decades is now law... but it

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IAM And United Agree To Expedite Contract Talks

Negotiations To Cover As Many As 35,400 Employees Of The Airline

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) have reached an agreement with United Airlines to enter into expedited contract negotiations with the assistance of the National Mediation Board (NMB) for six classifications covering 35,400 employees at the airline.

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Some Lawmakers Question Exclusive USAF Contract With ULA

Encourage Competition For EELV Program

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and the panel's ranking Democrat have sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta urging the Pentagon to consider SpaceX and Orbital Sciences for a launch contract for a critical program.

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NASA Taps Behnken As New Chief Astronaut

Peggy Whitson Stepped Down From The Post In July

NASA has named space shuttle veteran Robert Behnken as the new head of its astronaut corps. Behnken becomes the 14th Chief of the Astronaut Office, which was established in 1962.

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Cessna Renames New Turbo Skylane Aircraft

Says New Moniker Better Reflects 'Innovative Features' Of The Updated Plane

Cessna  is renaming its newest single engine product. The jet-fuel burning turbo aircraft introduced at Oshkosh last month as the Turbo Skylane NXT will now be called the Turbo Skylane JT-A.

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FAA Changes Medical Rules For Transgender Pilots

Removes Some Specific Psychological Testing Requirements For Those Diagnosed With Gender Identity Disorder

New certification procedures released Monday by the FAA remove a requirement for additional psychological tests for pilots diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder that were not required for other pilots.

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DARPA, USAF Continue WaveRider Testing

Hypersonic Flight Was Scheduled For Tuesday Over The Pacific

The U.S. Air Force and DARPA were expected to fly the hypersonic WaveRider X-51 test aircraft over the Pacific ocean Tuesday, part of an an ongoing series of tests for the Mach 6+ aircraft. The flight profile for Tuesday's test was to fly at Mach 6 for about 300 seconds ... or five minutes ... but still about twice as long as had been achieved at that speed in previous tests.

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Skydivers Touch Down On Georgia Submarine Base

Fickle Winds Blew The Pair Onto The Kings Bay Naval Station On The Georgia Coast

A pair of skydivers who had departed from St. Mary's Airport in southeast Georgia found they had some 'splaining to do when they landed on a baseball diamond on a U.S. Navy submarine base. And their situation was complicated by the fact that one of the skydivers was not a U.S. citizen.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.15.12)

"While it did not appear that the pilot was actively engaged in cell phone communications during the last 11 minutes of the flight, this distraction was prevalent throughout the flight." Source: Excerpt from a Canadian Transportation Safety Board report on an accident November 30th of last year.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.15.12): Horizontal Situation Indicator (HSI)

A flight navigation instrument that combines the heading indicator with a CDI, in order to provide the pilot with better situational awareness of location with respect to the courseline.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.15.12)

National Association of Rocketry

The NAR is all about having fun and learning more with and about sport rockets. NAR is 'the oldest and largest sport rocketry organization in the world.'

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