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April 11, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.13

Here We Go Again – The Obama Budget is In and So Are User Fees…

NASA Likes Its Portion of the Budget…

Sequestration Hits Front L

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King Schools To Release Online Helicopter FIRC For Flight Instructor Renewals

Refresher Course To Be Available By Early Summer

John and Martha King, Co-Chairman of King Schools, said Wednesday that they will release an online Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) by early summer. The good news is that helicopter CFIs wanting to renew their certificate online will no longer be forced to muddle through airplane specific topics that often have little or no relevance toward flying helicopters.

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European Charts Available For Aspen Evolution Flight Display

Aspen, Seattle Avionics Software Source Data From Eurocontrol

Aspen Avionics and Seattle Avionics Software have announced the availability of European ChartData on Evolution Multi-function Displays (MFDs) installed with software version 2.2 or later. Sourced from Eurocontrol, this new ChartData coverage contains information for forty-five European countries.

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Missouri Governor Proclaims April GA Appreciation Month

Third Consecutive Year For Such A Proclamation

For the third consecutive year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has designated April “General Aviation (GA) Appreciation Month” in the Show Me State. The governor’s proclamation preceded this year’s gathering of pilots, airport operators, flight department operators and business aircraft operators in the state capital, Jefferson City, to educate legislators about the industry’s value on April 9, State Aviation Day.

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Commercial Spaceflight Federation Welcomes New NASA Budget

Funding Will Help Close the Nation’s Gap in Human Space Launch Capability

While President Obama's budget, released Wednesday, contains bad news for GA in the form of user fees, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation noted that the budget for NASA continues to show strong support for commercial spaceflight.

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South Africa's Silver Falcons To Be Grounded

Aerial Demonstration Team Being Pulled From Airshows

The U.S. air show organizers and promoters that are feeling the sting of the loss of the Blue Angels and The Air Force Thuderbirds this season due to cuts in the federal budget are not alone. In South Africa, the bite of the defence force budget bug seems to have claimed another victim. This time it’s the South African Air Force’s Silver Falcons elite aerobatic team. The cockpit ambassadors of the SAAF have been grounded.

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Eclipse Offers Tours Of Albuquerque Factory

Allows Visitors To See The Eclipse 550 In All Phases Of Production

If you're planning a trip to New Mexico, you might want to put a visit to Albuquerque on your itinerary. That's because Eclipse has opened up its production facility in the city to public tours. The Eclipse facility tour offers a unique opportunity to see Eclipse 550 jets during the assembly process, from the first Friction Stir Weld to final paint striping.

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Japan Conducts Dreamliner Battery Tests

JTSB Working To Determine Cause Of ANA Battery Incident

Boeing may have completed certification testing on its new battery system for the Dreamliner, but the Japan Transport Safety Board (JTSB) has just begun testing the system that caused the fleet to be grounded in the first place.

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Robert S. Rivkin Named To Delta Executive Team

Will Become Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel - International And Regulatory Affairs

Robert S. Rivkin will join Delta Airlines May 6 as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – International and Regulatory Affairs, a critical position that reflects Delta's growing global presence and the increasing importance to Delta of governmental regulation and oversight in the U.S. and abroad.

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Bell Helicopter Wins Delaware State Police Contract For Two Bell 429s

Multi-Mission Aircraft Will Take On Law Enforcement And Medical Services Roles

Bell Helicopter has secured an agreement with the Delaware State Police for the supply of two Bell 429 aircraft. The multi-mission configured Bell 429s will be utilized for both airborne law enforcement operations and helicopter emergency medical services.

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American Bonanza Society Announces The ABS Flight Instructor Academy

Goal Is To Provide Beech Owners With Access To Type-Knowledgeable Flight Instructors

The American Bonanza Society and the ABS Air Safety Foundation announce the ABS Flight Instructor Academy. This innovative new program, developed through the generosity of ABS members who have donated to the ABS Air Safety Foundation, is an industry-changing effort to improve all Beech pilots’ performance, confidence and safety.

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Colorado's Aerospace Industry At The Center Of Space Exploration

Colorado Springs Hosting 29th National Space Symposium

Aerospace leaders from across the nation and around the world are in Colorado Springs this week at the 29th National Space Symposium to discuss the future of space. This collaboration is most apparent in Colorado, which claims "first in the nation" status for its concentration of private aerospace employees and which has seen a remarkable 19.3 percent increase in its aerospace economy over the last decade.

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American Eagle Pilot Charged After Failing Pre-Flight Alcohol Screening

Was Readying To Fly From Minneapolis To New York City In January

An American Eagle pilot who failed a pre-flight alcohol screening and was arrested January 4 has been charged with three gross misdemeanors in Minnesota's Hennepin County District Court.

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Aero-TV: Plane Sense and Aero-Wisdom - LSA Expert Jim Scott Offers Advice

The LSA World Can Be Confusing... Until You Ask A REAL Expert

We don't have to tell you that the divining the intricacies of certain aspects of aviation can be a difficult pursuit... until you get expert guidance and when it comes to LSA, there are few finer examples of LSA expertise than that possessed by AirCore Aviation's Jim Scott. Part of the near-legendary Scott family that made Arlington, WA, a hot-bed of sport aviation and the home of the NWEAA Arlington Fly-In, Jim is the real deal... and a friend of ours since both he and Jim Campbell... were thin and sported their original hair color.

Aero-TV: Plane Sense and Aero-Wisdom - LSA Expert Jim Scott Offers Advice

The LSA World Can Be Confusing... Until You Ask A REAL Expert

We don't have to tell you that the divining the intricacies of certain aspects of aviation can be a difficult pursuit... until you get expert guidance and when it comes to LSA, there are few finer examples of LSA expertise than that possessed by AirCore Aviation's Jim Scott. Part of the near-legendary Scott family that made Arlington, WA, a hot-bed of sport aviation and the home of the NWEAA Arlington Fly-In, Jim is the real deal... and a friend of ours since both he and Jim Campbell... were thin (!)  and sported their original hair color.

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Bell Intro's Third-Gen Tiltrotor -- Bell V-280 Valor

AAAA Announcement Creates Buzz

Bell Helicopter used the 2013 Army Aviation Association of America's (AAAA) Annual Professional Forum and Exposition in Fort Worth, as the launching pad for what they call their "Third-Generation" Tiltrotor -- the Bell V-280 Valor. "The introduction of the Bell V-280 Valor underscores our commitment to our military customers. The Bell V-280's unmatched capabilities in speed, range and payload, and its operational agility combine to deliver the best value for the U.S Army," said John Garrison, president and CEO at Bell Helicopter."

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Air Combat Command Stands Down Units Due To Budget Cuts

Implementing A 'Tiered Readiness Concept' For Active-Duty Units

Air Force officials began to stand down active-duty combat units April 9 to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year. The stand down is the result of cuts to Air Combat Command's operations and maintenance account, which must be implemented in part by flying approximately 45,000 fewer training hours between now and Oct 1.

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GAMA Says For GA, Obama Budget Is Still Off-Course

Bunce Says Budget Contains 'Tired Ideas'

The Administration released its long-awaited Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Wednesday, which serves as a guideline for the Administration’s spending and policy initiatives. While more detail will follow, GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce says that unfortunately, the budget continues to promote policies that hurt general aviation and fail to lay the foundation for growth in aviation manufacturing and general aviation jobs.  As in recent budget proposals, GAMA opposes the Administration’s scheme for a $100 per flight fee.

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Belite Electronics Introduces Digital Altimeter With LCD Display

Displays One Foot Increments, Density Altitude, More

Pilots of homebuilt, LSA, and ultralight aircraft who have been looking for a digital altimeter have a new option from Belite Electronics, which has long been in innovator in digital instruments for the sector.

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FAA Updates Policy Regarding Alternate Airport Flight Planning Using GPS, WAAS

Allows GPS-Based IAP At Either Destination Or Alternate Airport

The FAA has updated its policy on alternate airport flight planning following a review of the current requirements placed on aircraft Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation systems. The FAA also studied the availability of GPS and Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for GPS­ and WAAS-based instrument approaches at destination and alternate airports.

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Bolden, Deputies Praise Obama's NASA Budget For 2014

'A $17.7 Billion Investment In Our Nation's Future' The Administrator Says

NASA administrator Charles Bolden on Wednesday said that President Obama's proposed budget for his agency for FY1014 is " a $17.7 billion investment in our nation's future." Bolden said the budget ensures the United States will remain the world's leader in space exploration and scientific discovery for years to come.

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NATA Disappointed In President's Budget Proposal

Urges Congress To Oppose Provisions Detrimental To General Aviation Businesses, Jobs

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) expressed disappointment in the Obama Administration's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal released Wednesday, which includes a $100 per flight user fee on general aviation as well as a change in the current tax depreciation schedule for general aviation aircraft.

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Jeppesen To Deliver Charts And NavData With Lancair Evolution Aircraft Kits

Data Bundle Service Simplifies The Flying Experience For High Performance Lancair Aircraft

Jeppesen and Lancair have jointly announced that Jeppesen charts and NavData service will be included as part of the purchase process of Lancair Evolution single engine aircraft for the general aviation market.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.11.13)

"Units will stand down on a rotating basis so our limited resources can be focused on fulfilling critical missions. The current situation means we're accepting the risk that combat airpower may not be ready to respond immediately to new contingencies as they occur." Source: Gen. Mike Hostage, the ACC commander.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.11.13): Peak Wind Speed

The maximum instantaneous wind speed since the last observation that exceeded 25 knots.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.11.13)

AIT - How it Works

TSA's guide to Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT), used to screen passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats including weapons, explosives and other objects.

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