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February 12, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.13.12

Bell's new 525 Relentless debuts at Heli-Expo. will shut down at the end of the month.
And the EU hints at flexibility on its new carbon tax.

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ANN Special Feature: Get-There-itis - 02.13.12

ANN's Paul Plack talks with CFI Bob Miller of Over The Airwaves about regional airline contracts that create incentives to fly, no matter what.


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India's Bureaucracy Struggles With Fuel Issues

Faltering Airlines May Be Allowed To Dodge Domestic Fuel Taxes

India's civil aviation ministry is asking another government bureau, the petroleum ministry, to do something to stop jet fuel suppliers from refusing deliveries on short notice to airlines which are struggling financially. The practice has disrupted flights and stranded passengers when planes couldn't refuel.

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Van Horn Aviation Moves Operations

Resumes MD 530F Main Rotor Blade Flight Testing

Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) will resume flight testing in March on its newly redesigned composite MD 530F main rotor blades in anticipation of FAA certification by the end of 2012. Following a series of successful ground and flight tests in April 2011, VHA engineers redesigned the main rotor blade to address control load and manufacturing issues.

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Ed Weiler Resigned From NASA Over Budget Cuts

The Agency Slashed The Planetary Sciences Program, Effectively Killing Joint Mars Mission With ESA

President Obama's proposed $300 million cut to the planetary sciences program in the FY 2013 NASA budget was what pushed Ed Weiler to resign from the agency last September, and that's the word directly from the former Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate.

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Air Medical Operators Welcome Provisions In FAA Bill

Association Says Measure Will Improve Safety In Medical Transportation

The Air Medical Operators Association (AMOA) said in a Thursday news release it commends Congress for passing aviation reauthorization legislation that includes strong provisions to advance the safety of air medical transportation. The "FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012" (H.R. 658) includes a series of provisions directing the FAA to further improve and update the regulation of the industry.

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Blue Sky Network Launches Voice And Messaging Over Bluetooth And Smartphones

Custom Android App Allows In-Aircraft Communication Over Iridium Network

A portable Bluetooth device that enables hands-free Iridium phone calls and two-way messaging on users’ smartphones in an aircraft or helicopter has been introduced by Blue Sky Network. After downloading the custom BSN app, HawkeyeLink uses Bluetooth technology to connect to an Android smartphone.

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Avtrak Announces System Enhancements Addressing Low Cycle Fatigue Requirements

Maintenance Tracking Provider Adds Helicopter-Specific Features

Maintenance tracking program provider Avtrak says it has added new system features exclusively for the helicopter industry to address low cycle fatigue concerns and the new OEM requirements associated with these issues. 

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MAX-VIZ, Auric Avionics Announce Offshore EVS Program

Enhanced Vision To Be Installed For Gulf Of Mexico ONG Operator

Max-Viz and Auric Avionics & Instruments of New Orleans, Louisiana, said Thursday that Max-Viz EVS-1500 systems will be installed in a Sikorsky S-76 and three Bell 407 helicopters for use in the Oil and Natural Gas (ONG) industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

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SEA Contracted By Auburn University To Develop ADS-B STC

Contract Spans Entire Process From Engineering To Certification

Melbourne Florida-based Southeast Aerospace (SEA) has been contracted by Auburn University through its Aviation Management/Professional Flight Education Program to develop a complete ADS-B solution including an AML STC. Through the development of this ADS-B project, SEA plans to support the GA market with an STC with AML approval for a 978MHz UAT solution.

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FAA Grants Vision 1000 STC For AgustaWestland Helicopters

MSP Aero Obtains FAA Supplemental Type Certificate For Appareo’s Vision 1000 On AW109/AW119 Helicopters

The FAA has recently granted a Supplemental Type Certificate to MSP Aero for the Appareo Vision 1000 Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) device on AgustaWestland AW109/119 series rotorcraft. The Vision 1000 is a part of Appareo Systems’ ALERTS family of FDM products.

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NASA Releases Sector 33 Air Traffic Control Educational Game App

iOS Software Available Now, Android Coming In The Next Few Months

NASA has released a new educational game with an air traffic control theme for Apple iPhone and iPad devices. The Sector 33 application is designed to challenge students in middle school and above to use basic math and problem-solving skills. An Android version of the app is in development and will be made available in the Android Marketplace in the coming months.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.12.12)

Aero Linx: USMC/Combat Helicopter Association This organization, previously known as the USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association, is now known as the USMC/Combat Helicopter Association with REGULAR or ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIPs available. Through our organization's newsletter "POPASMOKE", and the website, we are establishing and maintaining contact with all former and current Marine helicopter/tilt-rotor crews, including pilots, crew-chiefs, gunners, air observers, maintenance, corpsmen (USN), flight surgeons (USN), chaplains (USN) and all other support personnel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.12.12): Cyclic Pitch

Cyclic Pitch The control which changes the pitch of the rotor blades individually during a cycle of revolution to control the tilt of the rotor disc, and therefore, the direction and velocity of horizontal flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.12.12)

"This is a significant step forward in improving safety. But, there is no stopping point in this effort. We work continually to advance the level of technology, training, and management oversight." Source: AMOA President Christopher Eastlee, in remarks associated with the organization's commendation of Congress for passing aviation reauthorization legislation that includes strong provisions to advance the safety of air medical transportation.

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