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June 16, 2012

Airborne 06.15.12: Cessna Buying HBC?, CV22 Down, Biggest Order EVER For BizJets

Also: SNC Lawsuit, LHFE Warbird Fight, CFM56 Record, Gov Visits Kestrel, L-39 Crash Fallout, Gary Powers' Silver Star... and MORE!

OK, we keep saying it was a wild week... and we haven't been lying... but it seems that there is no end in sight to real honest-to-goodness Aero-News.... we just wish it was always GOOD Aero-News. As ANN was putting this episode of Airborne to bed, ANN received some interesting inside info that asserts that Cessna may make a play for bankrupt HBC--interested mostly in the King-Air line.

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Huerta Faces First Senate Confirmation Panel Next Week

Nomination Hearing Scheduled By The Senate Commerce Committee June 21

A look at the calendar for the Senate Commerce Committee has a notation that will be of interest to just about everyone in the aviation community. On June 21, acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will sit before the committee in the first part of the process that could lead to his permanent appointment to the post.

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Kestrel Makes HQ Shift To Wisconsin

Thirty-One Employees Move From Duluth To Superior Offices

Kestrel aircraft has officially made the move from Duluth, MN to Superior, WI, opening their new offices with about 31 people, including CEO Alan Klapmeier. Some believe Kestrel will one day be the largest company in Superior.

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USDA Forest Service Announces Award Of Large Air Tanker Agreements

Contracts Part Of An Effort To Modernize Airtanker Fleet

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Wednesday that the U.S. Forest Service has awarded contracts to four companies to provide a total of seven next generation airtankers for wildfire suppression. The announcement follows the President's signature of S. 3261 earlier today, a bill which cleared the House and Senate this week that expedites the Forest Service contracting process that had been underway.

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FAA Employees Noted Political Aspects Of Proposed Offshore Wind Farm

Internal Documents Note Disagreement About Mitigation Of Radar Interference From Wind Turbines

FAA documents obtained by opponents of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod seem to indicate disagreement about the best course of action for mitigating radar interference from the wind turbines, as well as perceived political pressure to approve the project.

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NTSB Opens Docket On Tour Helicopter Accident In Nevada

Sightseeing Flight Went Down December 7th, 2011

As part of its continuing investigation into the December 2011 crash of a tour helicopter in Henderson, Nevada, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened the public docket.

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ALPA: U.S. Airlines Need a Level Playing Field

White Paper Calls For U.S. Government Action To Position U.S. Airlines And Their Employees To Compete

In a white paper released Thursday titled “Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Airlines and Their Employees,” the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) outlines the clear solutions that the U.S. government must pursue to create a strong U.S. airline industry and fairly position U.S. airlines and their employees to compete and prevail in global air transportation.

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Galvin Flying Services Names Eric Lynn To Lead Flight School

Instructor Began His Aviation Career In 2001

Eric Lynn has been named Flight School Manager and Chief Flight Instructor of their growing Flight Training Department by Galvin Flying Services in Seattle, WA. “Eric comes to Galvin with impressive credentials and extensive Part 141 and 61 Flight Training Experience,” says Skip Moshner, Director of Flight Operations for Galvin.

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JetBlue Pilot Kidnapped And Held In Africa

Released After Being Held Eight Days In A Village In Benin

A JetBlue pilot was recently abducted in Africa and held for eight days in a village in Benin before being released, according to authorities from the West African nation. K. Shawn Bischoff of Fort Lauderdale, FL, who JetBlue confirms works for the airline, had traveled to Africa to "conclude a commercial transaction for gold" with individuals who had solicited him on the Internet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.16.12)

"We want to make sure that it's not a secret that we have moved into Superior." Source: Kestrel CEO Alan Klapmeier.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.16.12): Graphic Plan Display (GPD)

A view available with URET that provides a graphic display of aircraft, traffic, and notification of predicted conflicts. Graphic routes for Current Plans and Trial Plans are displayed upon controller request.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.16.12)


This site is committed to the exchange of information about wooden aircraft propellers in general, with emphasis on WWI and earlier antique propellers.

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