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April 27, 2012

EASA Approves Aspen Evolution In Cirrus Aircraft

STC Covers SR20, SR22 Models

EASA has granted STC approval to  Avionik Straubing of Germany for the installatino of Aspen Avionics' Evolution Pro Primary Flight Display into Cirrus SR20 and SR22 model aircraft. The approval incorporates the most current Evolution Software Version 2.4.1.

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Wind Tunnel Tests Completed On Dream Chaser Orbital Crew Vehicle

Sierra Nevada Corporation Conducted Tests At Texas A&M University

Wind tunnel testing of a scale model of the Dream Chaser orbital crew vehicle has been completed in the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Aerodynamic data generated from this testing, coupled with data from computer simulations, will define the characteristics of the Dream Chaser lifting body vehicle during the approach and landing phase of flight.

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Principato Addresses ‘Airport Cities’ Conference In Denver

ACI-NA President Urges U.S. To Invest In Infrastructure

In his welcome address to the 2012 Airport Cities World Conference & Exhibition in Denver Thursday, Greg Principato, president of Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), urged the U.S. Government to step up its investments in infrastructure, particularly airports.

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FAA Distributes InFO For ILS Procedures

Aircraft And Equipment Moving Through Critical Areas Can Cause Glideslope Errors

The FAA has published an Information for Operators (InFO) bullitan remindng pilots of the potential for erroneous glideslope, and/or localizer indications caused by movement of aircraft or equipment through ILS critical areas.

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Boeing Delivers First Lufthansa 747-8 Intercontinental

Delivery to Be Recognized May 1 In Everett, May 2 In Frankfurt

The first 747-8 Intercontinental passenger airliner has been delivered to Deutsche Lufthansa AG, beginning a new era for the world's most recognized airplane, and beginning a new era of increased efficiency, stronger environmental performance and greater enjoyment for Lufthansa and its passengers.

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Air Wisconsin Flight Attendant's Union Calls For Strike Vote

Mediated Negotiations Have Stalled, Vote Count Scheduled In May

Air Wisconsin Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), are gearing up for a possible strike at the carrier after mediated negotiations recently stalled. Strike vote ballots will be sent to the over 300 Flight Attendants next week with a vote count scheduled for May 22.

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Raptor Test Pilot Jets Past 1,000 Flight Hours

LM Chief Test Pilot Has Been Flying The F-22 Since 2002

What distinction does James “JB” Brown have that no other F-22 Raptor test pilot has? More than 1,000 flight hours in the Raptor, that’s what.  Brown, who is the Lockheed Martin F-22 chief test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), CA, surpassed the momentous milestone on April 6.

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Australian Saratoga Loss Points To Overloading

ATSB Believes Aircraft Was Out Of CG Range

A Piper Saratoga PA-32R-301T was lost while making a landing approach at night to Moree Airport in New South Wales on March 30, 2011. The aircraft was flying under night VFR with a pilot and five passengers aboard, and was inbound from Brewarrina Airport NSW when witnesses observed the aircraft on a low approach path flying towards runway 19.

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Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Selects Becker DVCS6100

Digital Audio Panel To Be Installed In New Bell 407GX

Becker Avionics announced today that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO), Florida, has selected the DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new Bell 407GX helicopter.

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Survey: Almost 40 Percent Of International Travellers Forge Relationships

But Very Few Of Those Turn Romantic

There is a kind of forced intimacy when you're jammed onto a play with a couple hundred of your new closest friends ... elbow-to-elbow as you fly to your destinations. It's even more pronounced on long flights, and now, a new survey of international travellers by global travel search site Skyscanner has found that 39% of travellers have developed friendships with someone they met on a flight, with 6% even admitting to a romantic liaison with a new acquaintance on-board.

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AD: Bombardier DHC-8-400 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-08-11

PRODUCT: Certain Bombardier, Inc. Model DHC-8-400 series airplanes.

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Airborne 04.27.12: Eclipse Production Certificate, Hawker-Beech Layoffs, Trans-Global Pipistrel

Also: NTSB, Nextant, Asteroid Mining, SpaceX, HTV-2, Barnstorming, Warbird Reprieve, Plane Dumb Plane Thief... and MORE!

Eclipse Aerospace has gotten the green light from the FAA for the production of its new model 550 VLJ. This week, Hawker Beechcraft sent out notices to an additional 350 Wichita employees, saying that it was making changes to previously planned production schedules and "resizing our workforce." For most, making a solo trip around the planet would be an accomplishment in any aircraft. Word came in last Thursday that "extreme pilot" Matevž Lenarcic touched down back in Slovenia after successfully circumnavigating the World in a Pipistrel Virus SW 914 Turbo. Thanks to the work of a coalition of aviation associations, the NTSB is working to rev

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Petri Holds Hearing To Review U.S. Aviation Safety

Panel Hears From DOT Inspector General, Industry Reps

The Subcommittee on Aviation, chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI), held a hearing Wednesday to review the FAA's safety oversight of the United States’ aviation system.  Although the U.S. aviation system is the safest in the world, the Committee continues its strong oversight of safety in order to help ensure continued improvement.

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House Lawmakers Request 'Fuel Fraud' Repeal

Thirty Two Representatives Sign A Letter To Ways And Means Chair Representative Dave Camp

A group of 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives has sent a letter to the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee asking for changes in the federal highway bill. At issue is what the Representatives call "fuel fraud" ... which funnels taxes collected on aviation fuels into the highway fund.

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Holland: Eclipse Aerospace Meeting Stated Goals

'Sikorsky Remains A Significant Investor' In EAI

Since beginning operations in September 2009, Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) has advanced three corporate goals: returning parts, service, and support to the fleet; upgrading and delivering the originally intended features and capabilities of the aircraft; and returning the aircraft to production.

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HAI President Matt Zuccaro Says The Industry 'Gets No Respect'

Recaps Efforts Of Senator Schumer To Curtail Helicopter Flights

Along about April 1st, we did a very tongue-in-cheek (read made up) story about the industry creating a campaign revolving around Rodney Dangerfield's signature line "I get no respect." We're not sure if that was the genesis of a recent letter to members of HAI from association president Matt Zuccaro which carried the header "We get no respect" ...  but the message is the same. Aviation is under attack from some in the federal government who absolutely do not see its value.

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Lockheed Martin's Stevens To Retire; Board Elects Kubasik CEO

Marillyn Hewson Elected President And COO

Lockheed Martin today announced that Chairman and CEO Bob Stevens, 60, informed the board of directors of his plans to retire as CEO after 25 years of service with the company. President and COO Chris Kubasik, 51, will succeed Stevens as CEO effective January 1, 2013. Subject to election by shareholders and approval by the board, Stevens will remain chairman through January 2014.

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UPS Pilots File Petitioner's Brief in IPA v. FAA

Union Challenges Cargo Exclusion From Rest Rule

The Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) has filed its petitioner's brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the FAA's exclusion of cargo operations from new rules governing pilot duty and rest requirements.

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Engine Selected For Eurocopter's Next-Generation X4 Helicopter

Advanced PW210 Will Power New Aircraft When Delieries Begin In 2017

Pratt & Whitney Canada's (P&WC) PW210 engine has been selected by Eurocopter to power the next-generation X4 helicopter. The PW210-powered X4 is expected to enter into service by 2017.

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Klyde Morris 04.27.2012

Sometimes Klyde's Questions Answer Themselves

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.27.12)

“While enhanced reporting has yielded important data on safety issues like operational errors and runway incursions, FAA will need to ensure that the data are accurate, comprehensive, and effectively analyzed to better identify baselines and safety trends." Source: Jeffrey Guzzetti, Assistant Inspector General for Aviation and Special Programs, U.S. DOT IG.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.27.12): Minimum Fuel

Indicates that an aircraft's fuel supply has reached a state where, upon reaching the destination, it can accept little or no delay.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.27.12)

Aerofiles: Reciprocating Engines

Looking for information about antique airplane engines. This site has a wealth of data concerning some of the more interesting engines used during the early days of flight.

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