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October 06, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.06.11

ALPA pushes the bureaucrats on crew rest rules.
The TSA has apologized for another "insensitive" screening.
And Bolden says commercial space is months, not years away.


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NBAA Thanks Retiring Rep. Costello For Steadfast Support For GA

Democratic Congressman Retiring At The End Of This Term

The NBAA has publicly thanked Rep. Jerry Costello (D-12-IL) his for his tireless work to promote the interests of the entire general aviation community, including business aviation. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen expressed his appreciation for the Congressman's service shortly after Rep. Costello's October 4 announcement that he would retire following his current term in office.

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TSA Moves Toward Risk-Based Security

New Document Verification Systems Required For Change

The Transportation Security Administration announced Monday it will purchase and pilot new technologies designed to provide TSA greater ability to identify altered or fraudulent passenger identification credentials and boarding passes in order to further enhance travel safety. TSA plans to test the technology at select airports in early 2012.

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Analyst Sees Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales Activity Gathering Momentum In Europe

Jetbrokers Europe Reports Renewed Optimism

Despite an ongoing global economic downturn, the Farnborough-based European arm of JetBrokers Inc, says it remains optimistic about the pre-owned business jet market. The company reported its best month on record in July in terms of pre-owned aircraft sales activity and strong months in August and September for new listings of pre-owned aircraft.

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FAA Certifies Nextant Aerospace 400XT

Company Says It Represents The World’s First Completely Remanufactured Business Jet

The FAA has certified the Nextant Aerospace 400XT aircraft. The first retail deliveries of the planes will begin in October 2011, part of a 40-plane order from Flight Options, the nation’s second-largest fractional jet company. Nextant introduced the concept of remanufacturing to the business jet market, and says the 400XT is the world’s first completely remanufactured business jet.

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Major Award Winners Honored In November At NAA Fall Awards Banquet

From Astronauts To Model Aeronauts, Awards Span The Gamut Of Aviation

NAA will present several major awards and recognize recent aviation record setters at the annual NAA Fall Awards Banquet, to be held November 7 in Arlington, VA.

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NASA To Recruit Class Of 2012

Agency Still Needs Astronauts for ISS, Future Missions

If you thought the end of NASA's Space Shuttle program would mean an end to recruiting astronauts, you'd be mistaken. Early next month, the agency will officially seek applicants for its next class of astronaut candidates who will support long-duration missions to the International Space Station and future deep space exploration activities.

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Chicago Aviation Summit Held By Mayor

But Participants Not Forthcoming On What Was Discussed

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday called a summit of five aviation executives whose operations have impact on the economy of The Windy City. While no specific outcomes were discussed afterward, all praised the mayor for his appreciation for the importance of the aviation industry, and deemed the gathering productive.

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National Airlines Announces B747-400F Operating Authority

Next Goal Is Authority To Fly 757 Combis

National Airline has initiated Boeing 747-400F flight operations. The carrier recently completed their FAA certification and received authority from the US Department of Transportation.

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Conference Will Explore Future Of The Fighter Jet Market

Industry And Military Leaders Will Gather At The RAF Museum In London

With the current operations in Libya directly impacting the direction of the fighter jet market, military and industry professionals are faced with the challenge of defining immediate upgrade plans and future capability developments. Among the issues are the prioritizaion for future fighter modernization programs in light of these recent operations and tightening budgets, and the options of procuring new fighters now, potentially saving on costs in the long run, versus service life extensions.

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Dimensional Aspect Added To UAS 'See and Avoid' Picture

Patented Program Helps Unmanned Aircraft Systems Avoid Hazards That Cost Millions In Damaged Planes

A radar technology that will provide both military and civil air traffic controllers with the capability to avoid airborne hazards around unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) has been developed and patented by Raytheon.

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AD: Honewell International TPE331 Engines

AD Number: 2011-18-51R1

MANUFACTURER: Honeywell International Inc. TPE331 Model Turboprop Engines With Certain Dixie Aerospace, LLC Main Shaft Bearings.

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Classic Aero-TV at NBAA 2010: Ed Bolen At NBAA 2010 -- We're Here To Do Business

A Look Back At NBAA2010: Ed Likes BizAv's 'Can-Do' Attitude

NBAA paints its Annual Meeting & Convention as the 'year’s most significant media event for the business aviation industry.' This event brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, corporate aviation department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly all aspects of business aviation. And the guy who oversees it all is NBAA CEO and President Ed Bolen.

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Rotor Damage Found On Helicopter Which Went Down In The East River

NTSB Says Pilot Made Flight Under Part 91 Rules

The NTSB has recovered the wreckage of a Bell 206B helicopter which went down Tuesday in the East River in New York City, and part of the investigation is focusing on a broken main rotor blade, according to NTSB Member Mark Rosekind.

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Hearing Highlights Ongoing Issues With NextGen Implementation

Committee Hears Of Management Problems, Cost Increases

Federal auditors, including the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), testifying before Congress Wednesday pointed to problems and rising costs in the FAA's critical NextGen air traffic control modernization effort. Witnesses said that FAA’s poor management continues to delay NextGen progress, and the agency has failed to develop adequate benchmarks and a long-term plan for implementing the multi-billion dollar project to transition the nation’s air traffic control system from ground-based radar and antiquated 1950s technology to a modern satellite-based system.

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Boeing Projects $760 Billion Market For New Airplanes In North America

Forecasts 7,530 Delivered Over The Next 20 Years, Most Single-Aisle

Air carriers in North America will take delivery of 7,530 new airplanes over the next 20 years at a market value of $760 billion, according to a recent market forecast published by Boeing. Taking retirements of airplanes into account, the North American fleet will grow from 6,610 airplanes today to about 9,330 airplanes by 2030.

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ATA Warns Of Potential Job Losses If Taxes Are Imposed

Departure Taxes Proposed By President Obama Could Lead To 10,000 Airline Job Cuts

The Air Transport Association of America (ATA) said Tuesday that nearly 10,000 airline industry jobs could be cut within one year if two new proposed passenger security and airline departure taxes are implemented. More broadly, nearly 181,000 jobs could be lost across the economy related to reductions in aircraft manufacturing, airports and supporting businesses, according to a new study.

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Hybrid-Powered Helicopter Makes First Flight

AS350 Flies Using A Combination Of An Internal Combustion Engine And An Electric Motor

Eurocopter has successfully tested a hybrid helicopter that combines a turboshaft internal combustion engine with an electric motor, using the supplemental electric system to increase maneuverability of a single-engine helicopter during an autorotation landing - which is performed by helicopters in the event of a main engine failure.

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FAA Completes Rollout Of ASDE-X At 35 Airports

System Designed To Reduce Potential Of Runway And Taxiway Accidents

The FAA ways it has successfully completed its roll-out of the Airport Surface Detection Equipment – Model X (ASDE-X), a system that was designed to dramatically improved runway safety at the top 35 airports. Memphis is the 35th airport to commission ASDE-X, which reduces the potential for collisions on airport runways and taxiways by allowing air traffic controllers to detect potential conflicts and take appropriate action.

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ALPA Urges Release Of Pilot Fatigue Rule

Union Notes Safety Regs More Than Two Months Overdue

ALPA, the Air Line Pilots Association, International, joined more than 100 members of Congress Tuesday in calling on President Obama to ensure that US airline pilots are adequately rested to safely perform their jobs by directing the appropriate agencies to immediately issue standardized flight- and duty-time limits and minimum rest requirements for flight crews.

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IATA Calls For Harmonization, Vigilance On Security

But Says System Needs Improvement For Travelers And Shippers

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) urged governments and other aviation stakeholders to join airlines in a partnership to improve aviation security and the experience of both travelers and shippers. Key to this is early adoption of IATA's Checkpoint of the Future (CoF), a supply chain approach to cargo security, harmonization of measures among governments and constant vigilance to new threats.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.06.11)

"(T)here is a chicken-and-egg nature to the economic and policy decisions that will have the most influence over the extent and timing of future benefits." Source: FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta, in testimony Wednesday before a House subcommittee on aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.06.11): Ensemble Forecast

Multiple predictions from an ensemble of slightly different initial conditions and/or various versions of models.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.06.11)

Federal Air Marshal Service

Created in the 1960s, the Federal Air Marshal Service is a highly trained, professional federal law enforcement agency charged with securing America’s civil aviation system from both criminal and terrorist acts.

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