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April 12, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.12.13

Lycoming Likely to Appeal a $26 Million Jury Verdict…

Three Congressman Seek to Restore Tower Funding…

Diamond Introduces the DA40 XLT

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Aspen Announces New Investment From CIRA

Adds Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali Executive Pasquale Schiano To Board Of Directors

Aspen Avionics and Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA) have entered into a formal strategic partnership in which both companies will work together to develop products based on Aspen and CIRA technologies. CIRA has a world-class aeronautical research facility located in Capua, Italy. Pasquale Schiano, On-Board Systems and ATM Division Head at CIRA Italian Aerospace Research Center, will take a seat on Aspen’s board of directors.

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Boeing To Invest $1 Billion In SC Plant

Expects To Create An Additional 2,000 Jobs Over Eight Years

Saying "Boeing is now part of the fabric of South Carolina," the company on Tuesday announced that it will invest $1 billion in its North Charleston manufacturing facility, which it expects should create some 2,000 additional jobs over the next eight years.

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Jeppesen Distribution Manager App Now Available For Mac

Former Jeppesen Services Update Manager (JSUM) Now Offered For Garmin And Avidyne Avionics

General aviation pilots with a subscription to Jeppesen digital avionics data now have a new update service platform; Jeppesen Distribution Manager (JDM) for Macintosh computers. The former Jeppesen Services Update Manager (JSUM) is now available as JDM for Mac and is currently available to support multiple avionics systems from Garmin and Avidyne.

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FAA Plays 'Crucial' Role In ICAO Emissions Study

Agency Participated As Member Of The Committee On Aviation Environmental Protection

Earlier this year, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) advanced two important goals to make air travel cleaner and quieter worldwide. As a member of CAEP, the FAA says it played a "crucial role."

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A4A Calls On DHS To Drop Plan For Customs Preclearance Facility In Abu Dhabi

Says Plan Creates Dangerous 'Pay-To-Play' Precedent For Critical National Security Function

Airlines for America (A4A) has called for the Department of Homeland Security to scrap plans to establish a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), calling it a “pay-to-play” scheme that sets a dangerous and unauthorized precedent and harms U.S. citizens, jobs, the economy and the global competitiveness of the U.S. airline industry.

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ALPA Says Obama Budget Would Compromise Airline Safety

Moak: Proposal Cuts Federal Flight Deck Officer Funding, Threatening Security

The  president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) says that the cuts to the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program contained in the Administration’s proposed FY14 federal budget pose a real threat to airline security for both passengers and cargo.

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KC-46 Progress On Track

Initial Delivery Of The New Tanker Still Projected For 2017

The top acquisition priority in the Air Force - acquiring a new aerial refueling capability - is proceeding "on track," according to Maj. Gen. John Thompson, the program executive officer for Tankers. Two years and several key milestones after the contract was awarded, the Air Force says a great deal of progress has been made.

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Heritage Flight Foundation To Continue Air Show Performances

But Modern Military Aircraft Will Not Be Part Of The Displays

While contemporary military aircraft will not be participating in air shows this year, the Air Force Heritage Flight Foundation (AFHFF) has developed plans to be sure that Heritage Flights will continue to be available to air shows that wish to have them participate.

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Former BizJet Execs Face Foreign Bribery Charges

Two Have Already Pleaded Guilty, Two At Large

Charges were unsealed last Friday against four former executives of BizJet International Sales and Support Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik AG, which provides aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, for their alleged participation in a scheme to pay bribes to government officials in Latin America, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Assistant Director in Charge Valerie Parlave of the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

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Latest TBM 850 Elite On Display At Lakeland Air Show

Company Has A 30-Aircraft Backlog For 2013

Daher-Socata is showcasing the Model Year 2013 version of its TBM 850 Elite very fast turboprop at Florida’s Lakeland Linder Airport this week. Compared to last year’s model, the company says an important cockpit enhancement is the integration of L-3 Avionics Systems’ Trilogy ESI-2000 Electronic Standby Instrument (ESI), which replaces the previous electro-mechanical instrument version.

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Yeager Fights To Retain Control Of His Name

Has Filed A Petition With SCOTUS In Long-Running Case

Retired Air Force General Chuck Yeager has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) related to a suit against a memorabilia website he says used his name without authorization. The website Law 360 reports that in the petition, Yeager says a legal principal known as "laches" should apply in the case rather than California state law.

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Airborne 04.12.13: Obama Attacks Aviation -- Again, Blues Downed For 2013, Lyc Hit By $26M Verdict

Also: Continental Ups Its TBO, New CH 750 Cruzer, Airbus Starts Up In AL, Bell's Third-Gen TiltRotor Revealed

The Administration released its long-awaited Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Wednesday, which serves as a guideline for the Administration’s spending and policy initiatives. That budget, unfortunately, continues to promote policies that hurt general aviation and fail to lay the foundation for growth in aviation manufacturing and general aviation jobs. The sequester has officially killed the Blue Angels air show season, with the Navy announcing Tuesday that it was cancelling the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron. The squadron will continue to train to maintain flying proficiency until further notice at its home station in Pensacola, FL.

Airborne 04.12.13: Obama's Flight Fee, Blues Downed For 2013, Lyc's $26M Verdict

Also: Continental Ups Its TBO, New CH 750 Cruzer, Airbus Starts Up In AL, Bell's Third-Gen TiltRotor Revealed

The Administration released its long-awaited Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Wednesday, which serves as a guideline for the Administration’s spending and policy initiatives. That budget, unfortunately, continues to promote policies that hurt general aviation and fail to lay the foundation for growth in aviation manufacturing and general aviation jobs. The sequester has officially killed the Blue Angels air show season, with the Navy announcing Tuesday that it was cancelling the remaining 2013 performances of its Flight Demonstration Squadron. The

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Lycoming 'Likely' To Appeal Massive Verdict In WA CFIT Accident

Details Emerge To Make the Verdict Seem Even More Questionable Than Before

News/Analysis/Commentary By James R. Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief In a statement released to ANN, Lycoming has signaled that it is likely to appeal the massive $26 million verdict reported previously.  The Cessna 172 involved, an airframe with nearly ten thousand hours and several hundred hours on the engine in excess of TBO, showed no evidence that the O-320 failed prior to impact. The NTSB found that the ATP-rated pilot appeared to have been at fault in its Probable Cause report, blaming, "The p

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Three Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Restore Tower Funding

Two Republicans And One Democrat Co-Sponsoring The Bill In The U.S. House

Congressmen Tom Cotton (R-AR-04), Bruce Braley (D-IA-01), and Richard Hudson (R-NC-08)  have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to restore funding for contractor-operated air traffic control towers in the U.S.

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GAO Finds FAA Has Made Some Progress In NextGen Midterm Implementation

But Ongoing Challenges Continue To Limit Expected Benefits

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released this week finds that the FAA is pursuing key operational improvements to implement the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) in the "midterm," which is 2013 through 2018. These improvements focus on establishing Performance Based Navigation (PBN) procedures at key airports, but benefits could be limited in the midterm.

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Klyde Morris 04.12.2013

You'd Better Check Your Six, Klyde

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Belite Electronics Introduces Digital Fuel Gauge

'Predictive Empty' Function Calculates Fuel Flow And Shows Estimated Time Left In Tank

A digital fuel gauge with new capabilities will begin shipping in late May from Belite Electronics. The gauge is capable of showing the current amount of fuel of any fuel tank, and will show that amount between 0 (empty) and 100% (full) on a large LCD display. It also calculates fuel flow of the active tank and displays the estimated time remaining before fuel exhaustion.

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AAAA Responds To The Administration’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget

Says User Fees, Tax Changes Will Damage The Industry

The Alliance for Aviation Across America issued the statement in response to the release of President Obama's proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Plan, which the organization says contains a number of harmful proposals, including a 100 per flight “user fee” tax on operators and businesses that use general aviation, as well as an adjustment of the depreciation schedule that applies to business aircraft, which the Administration has referred to as a “loophole.”

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King Schools Releases Online ATP Written Exam Prep Course

All Airline Flight Crew Members Must Hold Certificate By August 1, 2013

John and Martha King, Co-Chairman of King Schools, have released an online version of their Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) written exam preparation course. The new course takes customers through each important topic with full-screen, bite-sized video segments, averaging 10 minutes in length. Each lesson is automatically followed by a quiz utilizing actual FAA questions to check knowledge retention.

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Diamond Aircraft Introduces the DA40 XLT

New Interior Makes Airplane More Comfortable, Looks Sharp

Diamond Aircraft has announced the introduction of the DA40 XLT configuration to further enhance the cabin interior and comfort of its strong selling DA40 product line. The new XLT interior improves on the previous XLS premium interior with several detail enhancements.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.12.13)

"Local air-traffic-control towers have served a vital role in our country’s aviation infrastructure for over 30 years and are integral to the success of local businesses and rural communities." Source: Statement by Congressmen Tom Cotton (R-AR-04), Bruce Braley (D-IA-01), and Richard Hudson (R-NC-08), on the introduction of a bill to restore funding for contract control towers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.12.13): DF Approach Procedure

Used under emergency conditions where another instrument approach procedure cannot be executed. DF guidance for an instrument approach is given by ATC facilities with DF capability.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.12.13)

The Aerial Robotics Industry Association (ARIA) was established to promote the safe operation of remotely piloted vehicles used for commercial applications. 

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