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July 24, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.25.13


All Systems Go for the 737 Max 8…

Improving Small Airfield Instrument Approaches…

First Flight of the Bombardier CS Ser

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Gary, IN, Issues RFP For Airport Investments

City, Airport Authority Looking For Public-Private Partnerships For Development On And Near Airport

The City of Gary, IN, and the Board of Directors of the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority have approved and released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Development and Management of the Gary/Chicago International Airport (KGYY) and Related Assets to invest in the airport and the surrounding area through a potential public-private partnership (P3).

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NASA Releases Images Of Earth Taken By Distant Spacecraft

Cassini, MESSSENGER Both Transmit Photographs From Millions Of Miles Deep In Space

Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft July 19 show our planet and its moon as bright beacons from millions of miles away in space.

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American Eagle Fined $200,000 For Lengthy Christmas 2012 Tarmac Delays

Ten Flights Were Delayed Beyond The Three-Hour Limit

The U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has fined American Eagle Airlines $200,000 for lengthy tarmac delays that took place at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Dec. 25, 2012.  The airline was ordered to cease and desist from future violations of the tarmac delay rule.

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Inverted Jenny Stamp To Be Re-Issued ... On Purpose This Time

Release Will Coincide With Opening Of National Postal Museum's Stamp Gallery

In 1918, to celebrate the first Air Mail flight, the Post Office Department had the 24-cent Curtiss Jenny stamp produced. Because the design required two colors, sheets were placed on the printing press twice — a process given to human error — as stamp collectors at the time well knew.

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US National Hot Air Balloon Championships Open In Texas

World's Top Two Pilots Headline Field of Competitors

The skies of northeast Texas will be filled with every color of the rainbow this week as the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships got underway Tuesday in Longview, Texas. 52 balloonists from across the country will be competing for the title and a place on the U.S. World Team for the next World Championship to be held next summer in Brazil.

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AA Takes Delivery Of Its First A320 Family Aircraft

Airline Has 260 Of The Single-Aisle Airplanes On Order

American Airlines has taken delivery of its first A320 Family aircraft at a special ceremony at Airbus facilities in Hamburg, Germany. Teams from American Airlines, Airbus and CFM International celebrated the first of 260 Airbus single-aisles the airline has on order. American’s A319s will seat 128 passengers in a two-class configuration, and will be used initially on the airline’s domestic route network.

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Pilot To Transport Endangered Species En Route To Oshkosh

LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Picks Up Black-Footed Ferret Hitchhikers

This year, LightHawk Volunteer Pilot Michael Baum of Los Altos, CA will make an interesting stop on his way to Oshkosh for AirVentue. The self-described aviation enthusiast, who is a driving force behind the "Aviators Model Code of Conduct" and donates flights through LightHawk, will land in Loveland, CO to load a pair of endangered black-footed ferrets into his TBM 700 airplane bound for Oshkosh, WI.

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Bristow Group Sign Contract For 11 AW189 Helicopters

Aircraft To Be Assigned To UK Search & Rescue Missions

At a ceremony held in London on July 18th, AgustaWestland and Bristow Group signed a contract for 11 AW189 Search & Rescue (SAR) helicopters that will be used to deliver SAR services in and around the UK. The contract was signed by Mike Imlach, Director of European Operations, Bristow Group and Geoff Hoon, Managing Director International Business, AgustaWestland, in the presence of Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport.

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Mission Aviation Fellowship, Aerocet Put New Kodiak Floats To The Test

Carbon Fiber Floats Installed Aboard MAFs Utility Airplane

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has teamed up with Aerocet, Inc. to help the manufacturer of aviation floats bring its new Kodiak floats to market. With its fleet of 136 light aircraft, Mission Aviation Fellowship provides transportation for churches, medical teams, missionaries, relief agencies and others working in the most isolated corners of the world. It flies mostly Cessna 206s and 208s, along with Kodiaks, King Airs, and a few other planes.

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AD: Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-13-17

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

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-14-02

PRODUCT: All Boeing Model 727 airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2013-14-05

PRODUCT: Certain The Boeing Company Model 747-400 and 747-400F series airplanes.

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Classic Airborne-Oshkosh 07.25.12: Flight Design, Quicksilver, BendixKing, Rotax

Oshkosh Day Three Coverage -- Part Three Of Five Part Hightower Interview, Chats With Alan Klapmeier and NTSB's Hersman!!!

Looking Back At Oshkosh 2012--Part Three: LSA's and a visit from NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman topped the news Wednesday. Quicksilver Manufacturing announced in a news release that it had been bought by investors in California, and was becoming Quicksilver Aeronautics. The new owners, Will Escutia and Daniel Perez, say they will keep the company headquarters in Temecula, CA, and plan to bring new aircraft to market. Flight Design USA is adding to the number of places where new pilots can be trained. The Co

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NTSB Investigating Southwest Airlines Flight 345 Accident At LaGuardia Airport

All 150 On Board Evacuated The Airplane After Nose Gear Collapsed On Landing

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating Monday's nose-down landing of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700 at LaGuardia Airport in New York.

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NASA Creates Spacewalk Mishap Investigation Board

July 16 EVA Terminated Early Following Problems With Space Suit Life Support System

NASA has appointed a board to investigate the July 16 early termination of a spacewalk outside the International Space Station, develop a set of lessons learned from the incident and suggest ways to prevent a similar problem in the future.

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Miramar To Hold Air Show Without Military Flying Demonstrations

Base Commander Makes Announcement In Video

There will be an air show this year at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar despite the absence of the Blue Angels and other military flight demonstrations.

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House GA Caucus Reaches 200 Members

Nearly Half Of The Body Now On Record As Supporting General Aviation

The House General Aviation Caucus recently announced that it has surpassed 200 members, meaning nearly half of the representatives elected to the House now identify themselves as supporters of general aviation. This record number of lawmakers who recognize the significance of general aviation to local, regional and national communities and constituents comes less than one week after the previous record total of 197 House GA Caucus members was announced.

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Boeing Can't Block MD Helicopters From AAS Competition

Arbitration Panel Rules In Favor Of The Smaller Company

An arbitration panel in Phoenix, AZ has ruled that Boeing cannot block MD Helicopters, owned by Lynn Tilton's Patriarch Partners, from competing in the U.S. Army's Armed Aerial Scout program.

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Airbus To Maintain A330 Production Rate Through 2015

Ten Widebodys Per Month To Continue Coming Off The Company's Assembly Line

Airbus plans to continue to produce 10 of its A330 twin-aisle airplanes per month, according to COO John Leahy. The announcement came as the planemaker handed over the 1000th A330 to Cathay Pacific Airways last week.

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Cirrus SR22 Down In The English Channel

Aircraft Of U.S. Registry, Pilot Missing

A U.S. registered Cirrus SR22 went down in the English Channel off the coast of Kent, England Sunday. The pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, has not been found. The BBC reports that a French SAR helicopter located the wreckage of the airplane late Sunday, but a search for the pilot was called off as daylight faded. 

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.24.13)

"The air show is my opportunity to open the gates to Miramar, to allow you onto the base, to bring you to a place where most people don't get to go ... onto our flight line, and this year, even uniquely, onto our runways." Source: Miramar Commander Col. John Farnam.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.24.13): Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON)

An FAA air traffic control service to aircraft arriving and departing or transiting airspace controlled by the facility. TRACONs control IFR and participating VFR flights.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.24.13)

International Lunar Observatory Association

The Primary Goal of the ILO Mission is to Expand Human Understanding of the Cosmos Through Observation from Our Moon.

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