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June 05, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.06.12

FAA Issues an Airworthiness Directive for Great Lakes Aircraft

WingX Pro 7 has added Track Up to its Moving Map

Solar Impulse is safe in Morrocco

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EASA Certifies Aircraft Types Under New Light Sports Aircraft Specifications

Three LSAs Now Certified For Flight In Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the first types in a newly created certification category for light aircraft. Following the PS-28 Cruiser from Czech Sport Aircraft and the Flight Design CTLS-ELA, the Evektor SportStar RTC is the third aircraft type to be certified under new specifications designed specifically for Light Sports Aircraft (LSA).

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Gear Collapses Under Fairey Firefly At Airshow

Only Known Flying Example Of The British Aircraft In The U.S.

The landing gear of the only known flying example of a British Fairey Firefly in the U.S. collapsed under the airplane after it landed during an airshow on Sunday. The pilot was reportedly uninjured, but the plane suffered some fairly extensive damage.

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FAA Considers Plan To Consolidate DC Offices

But Spokesperson Says There Is "No Near-Term Commitment"

The FAA has operations spread over six locations around the D.C. area, but sources say the agency is considering a plan that would bring all of those workers under one roof.

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Helicopter Lands On Beach In New London, CT

Pilot Was Reportedly Disoriented By Fog

No injuries resulted from an emergency landing on a CT beach by a helicopter whose pilot was disoriented by low visibility in fog. Witnesses at the scene reported the aircraft flying low over the Thames River at approximately 1600 EDT before landing on a private beach adjacent to the Thames Yacht Club.

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Militiamen Take Over Tripoli Airport

Flights Diverted To Libyan Air Base

A group of Libyan militiamen have take over the country's main airport in Tripoli, which has resulted in flights being diverted to the air base at Metiga in the city's center. The soldiers were armed with heavy machine guns and armored vehicles occupying the runway forcing the diversions.

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Air India Pilot's Strike Costing The Airline Millions

Nearly A Month Of Flight Cancellations May Threaten The Airline's Survival

Pilots for Air India have been on strike for nearly a month, which is eating into the bottom line of the airline to the tune of some $63 million, officials said Saturday.

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Canon Apparently Parts Company With AirVenture

Building Near The Press Center Vacated, Locked

For 34 years, Canon has had a presence at AirVenture, dispensing advice to professional and amateur photographers alike, and even operating a loaner program which put some pretty impressive camera gear into the hands of people who wanted to be able to shoot like a pro at the show.

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Bell Helicopter Signs Agreement To Open First Flight Training School In China

Goal Is To Provide Factory-Approved Initial Instruction In Bell 206L, 407 Helos

Bell Helicopter announced Monday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to open the first Bell Helicopter authorized flight training school in China. Bell Helicopter and Guanchen Aviation signed the MOU during the opening ceremony of the 4th Annual Anyang International Aviation Sports Festival in Anyang, China.

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Airport Restaurants No Longer To Be Avoided

Michelin-Starred Celebrity Chefs Energize Airfield Cuisine

A new trend in airport dining is boosting cuisine above stale French fries and greasy hamburgers. Celebrity chefs and regional restaurateurs are making airport dining an experience to be enjoyed, and not just one of last resort. Many of these chefs taking their culinary skills to the terminal are Michelin-starred and their dishes are on a par with anything available in finer restaurants.

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Classic Aero-TV: Radical Upgrades -- LoPresti Reinvents the SR20

It's What LoPresti Does... Go Faster

At Oshkosh this summer, the folks at LoPresti called a news conference to introduce a new cowling for the SR20 that company CEO RJ Siegel said has been about three years in the making. The company says it will be flying "later this year." Seigel said that the new cowling represents three new technologies ... and an "Apple" look. He said the technologies lower the total drag of cooling by almost two thirds. The cowling is built around the Delta Hawk engine, which has a very narrow nose profile. It allows the cowling to be streamlined in such a way that it minimizes drag, maximizes propeller efficiency, and makes the a

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Solar Impulse Set To Attempt International Flight

Departure From Madrid Scheduled Late Monday Night

The Solar Impulse aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg was scheduled to depart Madrid on June 4 at 2330 ESDT (1730 EDT) for the world’s first fully solar-powered flight over the Strait of Gibraltar and landing in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The Solar Impulse team says the flight is a dress rehearsal as they preparation for their world tour in 2014, which includes at least one stopover in the U.S.

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Boeing Phantom Eye Completes 1st Autonomous Flight

HALE Aircraft Is Designed To Remain Airborne For Up To 4 Days While Reaching Altitudes Of 65,000 Feet

Boeing's Phantom Eye unmanned airborne system (UAS) completed its first autonomous flight June 1 at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. The 28-minute flight began at 0622 PDT time as the liquid-hydrogen powered aircraft lifted off its launch cart.

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Pennsylvania Rep Pushes For Aviation Tax Repeal

Says Exemption Would Spur Local Economy

A Washington County, PA legislator believes the state’s aviation industry would expand if the tax on aircraft sales and maintenance was dropped. Rep. Peter Daley introduced a tax repeal bill that passed the House one week ago, said “We’re the only northeastern state without some sort of exemption. We’ve got to do everything we can to be competitive.”

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Aspen Avionics Announces Two-Year Extended Product Warranty Program

Reduced Program Pricing Offers Affordable Protection For Customers’ Investment In The Evolution Flight Display System

Aspen Avionics is offering a significant price reduction for the company’s Extended Product Warranty Program available for Evolution Flight Display products. The program now provides two-year coverage for a small increase over the previous one-year program pricing, effectively cutting the cost in half.

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Charity Flight Down In Mexico, Pilot Fatally Injured

Three Teenagers Aboard The Cessna 182 Survive The Accident

A volunteer pilot from Phoenix, AZ was fatally injured Saturday when the Cessna 182 he was flying went down shortly after takeoff from an airport in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. The three teen-aged volunteers aboard the aircraft survived the accident. Two were reported to be in good condition in a hospital in Los Mochis, Mexico. The third, an 18-year-old girl, was said to be in critical condition.

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Sale Rumors Swirls Around Hawker Beechcraft

Lawyer Tells Court It Is Under Considerations

A lawyer representing Hawker Beechcraft in bankruptcy proceedings told a court late last week that the company is open to the idea of its being sold, and the Dow Jones Daily Bankruptcy Review indicates that interested parties have until June 7th to submit documentation of their bids for HBC.

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Aerial Firefighting Tanker Down In Utah

Both Crewmen On Board Fatally Injured in The Accident

A P-2V aerial tanker went down Sunday near the Utah/Nevada border, fatally injuring the pilot and first officer of the airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.05.12)

“We’re the only northeastern state without some sort of exemption. We’ve got to do everything we can to be competitive.” Source: PA State Rep. Peter Daley (D).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.05.12): Have Numbers

Used by pilots to inform ATC that they have received runway, wind, and altimeter information only.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.05.12)

Soaring Society of America

The Soaring Society of America, Inc. (SSA) was formed in 1932 to foster and promote all phases of soaring, both nationally and internationally.

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