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May 24, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing:05.24.13

Solar Impulse in Big D with a New World’s Record…

SARA is Introduced in the Senate…

Congress to TSA – No Knives on Planes&

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Former Canadian Legislator Fatally Injured In Floatplane Accident

DHC-2 Beaver Went Down Off Coast Of British Columbia

A former Canadian Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) has been fatally injured in a floatplane accident off the coast of British Columbia. Liberal Harold Long was reportedly the only person on board the DHC-2 Beaver that was discovered inverted in the water in Blue Inlet on the west side of Stuart Island on Tuesday.

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Honeywell Aerospace Highlights Momentum For Aircraft Upgrades

Latest Cockpit Avionics And Cabin Management upgrades Bring Improved Efficiency, Connectivity And Safety To Operators

Honeywell highlighted the operational benefits and momentum of its Retrofit, Modification and Upgrade (RMU) technologies at this year's EBACE show in Geneva this week. Having recently completed the first delivery to the Middle East of its all-digital, full-High Definition (HD) Ovation Select Cabin Management System (CMS) on a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ), Honeywell is currently fitting the system on TAG Aviation's new Bombardier Global 6000 aircraft in partnership with Jet Aviation St. Louis. Delivery of the aircraft is expected in 2014.

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F-35A Instructor Pilots Qualify In Aerial Refueling

One Calls Flight 'Easiest Tanking Event In My Career'

The initial cadre of F-35A Lightning II instructor pilots qualified in aerial refueling last week, adding another capability for student pilot training at the 33rd Fighter Wing's F-35 Integrated Training Center at Eglin AFB in Florida. "Eleven pilots had flown 14 refueling missions across the boom with the help of a KC-135 Stratotanker based here all last week," said Col. Andrew Toth, the commander of the 33rd Fighter Squadron. "Prior to this, only test pilots had done so."

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Universal Avionics’ FMS Offers P-RNAV Compliance

SBAS-FMS Ensures Compliance With Objectives Contained In JAA TGL10

Universal Avionics’ Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS)-Flight Management Systems (FMS) ensure compliance with the Precision-Area Navigation (P-RNAV) requirements set out in JAA Temporary Guidance Leaflet 10 (TGL10). Operators not approved for P-RNAV operations are finding access into European airports increasingly limited.

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NTSB Issues Six New Safety Recommendations

Move The Result Of Three Accidents Involving Airplanes Colliding With Meteorological Evaluation Towers

The NTSB has issued six broad-reaching safety recommendations after three accidents in which airplanes collided with Meteorological Evaluation Towers (METs). In each of the accidents, which occurred between 2005 and 2011, the MET was unmarked and unlighted.

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Jeppesen, Dassault Falcon Software Optimizes Flight Prep, Aircraft Performance

'Falcon Perf' Performance Tool Paired With Jeppesen Data Enhances The Overall Flight Process

Jeppesen and Dassault Falcon have introduce a new version of its software solution to further optimize the flight preparation and performance calculation process for users of Falcon EASy Flight Deck series avionics.

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Eurocopter To Supply EC225, AS350 B3e Helicopters For China's SGGAC

Deal Expands Relationship With The Chinese Power Company

China’s largest helicopter operator in the power and electricity sectors, the State Grid General Aviation Company (SGGAC), has ordered one EC225 and two AS350 B3e rotorcraft to support the country’s electrical grid development and build the Chinese company’s business into other airlift duties.

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High Performance Green Propulsion (HPGP) Thruster Technology Tested By NASA

ATK Says HPGP Thruster Technology Provides Increased Performance, Safety And Cost-Effectiveness

The first U.S.-based testing of the High Performance Green Propulsion (HPGP) thruster technology for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has been completed by ATK. The testing was conducted at ATK Defense Group's test facility in Elkton, MD, in April.

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Abalone Group Becomes The First Corporate Operator Of Daher-Socata’s TBM 850 Eli

Nantes, France-Based company Will Utilize The Airplane For Executive Transportation

Nantes, France-based Abalone Group has acquired a TBM 850 Elite Model 2013 – Daher-Socata’s latest very fast turboprop aircraft – which will be operated for long-distance trips with company executives and managers. The announcement was made at this week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geveva’s Palexpo center.

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First Flight Of Navy's Triton UAV Completed

Mission Will Be To Monitor Large Ocean Areas And Coastal Regions

An MQ-4C Triton high-altitude unmanned aircraft developed for the U.S. Navy successfully completed its first flight Wednesday from Northrop Grumman's manufacturing facility in Palmdale, CA. Triton is specially designed to fly surveillance missions up to 24 hours at altitudes of more than 10 miles – allowing coverage out to 2,000 nautical miles.

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Fourth AW139 VIP To Join UK And Ireland Corporate Fleet

Nearly 40 Of The Aircraft Have Been Acquired Across Europe For VIP Transport Missions

A fourth AW139 intermediate twin helicopter has been sold for corporate transport in the UK & Ireland. The aircraft will be delivered in 2014 to an undisclosed customer.

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AF Seven Summits Team Scales Everest

Effort To Raise Funds And Awareness For The Special Operations Warrior Foundation

A group of Airmen with the Air Force Seven Summits team reached the highest point of the world, Mount Everest (29,035 ft.) just after 5 a.m. local time May 19.

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Airborne 05.24.13: FAA To EAA: PAY UP!, PC-24 Unveiled, Cessna JT-A 1st Production Flight

Also: Solar Impulse, More Sequestration Nonsense, Honda Jet Engine Report, Aspen Backup Display, Paul Allen's V-2

Despite a clear mandate in opposition to user fees and similar funding mechanisms oft discussed by the FAA, the agency has decided to start enacting some user fees of its own. And... they've begun by making a pretty aggressive demand for EAA to pay them to staff AirVenture.. EAA Chairman Jack Pelton spoke at length with ANN about this and says the FAA has already presented them with a bill… Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has unveiled its newest airplane ... the PC-24 ... which it says is the "world's first 'Super Versatile Jet'." This innovative, entirely new development by the Swiss aircraft manufacturer marks what Pilatus says is the creation of a new segme

Airborne 05.24.13: FAA To EAA: PAY UP!, PC-24 Unveiled, Cessna JT-A Flies

Also: Solar Impulse, More Sequestration Nonsense, Honda Jet Engine Report, Aspen Backup Display, Paul Allen's V-2

Despite a clear mandate in opposition to user fees and similar funding mechanisms oft discussed by the FAA, the agency has decided to start enacting some user fees of its own. And... they've begun by making a pretty aggressive demand for EAA to pay them to staff AirVenture.. EAA Chairman Jack Pelton spoke at length with ANN about this and says the FAA has already presented them with a bill… Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. has unveiled its newest airplane ... the PC-24 ... which it says is the "world's first 'Super Versatile Jet'." This innovat

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Small Aircraft Revitalization Act Introduced In The US Senate

Bipartisan Legislation Is Companion To House Measure

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at modernizing outdated FAA certification policies currently bogging down small aircraft manufacturers. The Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 updates the FAA's certification processes to improve safety, decrease costs and encourage innovation.

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Foxx Sails Through Senate Confirmation Hearing

Meeting Provides Respite From Capitol Hill Rancor

The partisan rancor that has permeated Capitol Hill over Benghazi, the IRS, and other issues was left at the door of the hearing room in which the Senate Commerce Committee considered the nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to become the next Secretary of Transportation.

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Cessna Reduces Workforce, Number Of Layoffs Not Specified

Move Follows Offer Of Voluntary Retirement Last Month

An unspecified number of workers have been laid off at Cessna, according to a company statement. The move came Thursday, a month after the planemaker asked for voluntary retirements from both salaried and hourly workers.

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Nextant Unveils 400XTi

Adds Auto-Throttle For Reduced Pilot Workload And Improved Fuel Economy

Nextant Aerospace has unveiled its latest model. The Nextant 400XTi, which will continue to retail at $4.95 million, takes the company’s passion for innovation and value to new heights, setting the standard for best-in-class performance, comfort and efficiency. Building on the proven capabilities of its predecessors, the 400XTi offers near-transcontinental 2,003 nm range with a bigger, quieter cabin. In addition, new auto-throttle saves fuel and reduces pilot workload.

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Solar Impulse Lands At Dallas-Fort Worth

Phoenix To Dallas Flight Sets Absolute Distance World Record For Solar-Powered Aviation

Solar Impulse successfully landed in Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday, May 23 completing the longest leg of the 2013 Across America mission and setting a new absolute world distance record in solar aviation, having traveled at 832 nm.

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Congress To TSA: No Knives On Planes

145 Members Of Congress Sign Letter To Administrator Pistole

The Coalition of Flight Attendant Unions are supporting efforts led by Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Grimm (R-NY) to prevent TSA from allowing certain short-blade knives to be carried onto commercial airplanes. The two members of Congress wrote a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on the issue that was signed by 143 additional members of Congress.

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Klyde Morris 05.24.2013

It's Important To Know Your Skills AND Limitations, Klyde ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.24.13)

"You have a huge job ahead of you. The challenges are many and the solutions are hard." Source: Senate Commerce Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.24.13): Terrain/Obstruction Alert

A safety alert issued by ATC to aircraft under their control if ATC is aware the aircraft is at an altitude which, in the controller's judgment, places the aircraft in unsafe proximity to terrain/obstructions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.24.13)

Stormbirds

A confederation of Luftwaffe-related web sites, providing reference-grade coverage of the Messerschmidt 262 and other advanced combat aircraft of the Third Reich.

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