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May 18, 2012

TSA Sets Cargo Screening Deadline For International Inbound Passenger Aircraft

One Hundred Percent Screening Will Be Required As Of December 3, 2012

The TSA announced Thursday it has set a deadline for passenger air carriers to conduct 100 percent cargo screening on international flights bound for the United States. Beginning December 3, 2012, all cargo shipments loaded on passenger aircraft must undergo screening for explosives, fulfilling a requirement of the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act.

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Pinnacle Airlines Debtor-In-Possession Financing Approved

Steel Workers Union Alleges Problems With Pinnacle's DIP Financing

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted final approval to Pinnacle Airlines Corp. for $74.3 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing. The funding is being provided by Delta Air Lines.

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Any Pilot Can Fly An Aviation Business

In Fact, Opening A Business Can Be Compared To Learning To Fly

By David Juwel Last year, I wrote an article for ANN about “How Anyone Can Make At Least $150,000 Every Year In Their Own Aviation Business.” In that article I stated that there are so many opportunities in aviation that I believe anybody can get into the business and make money at it. Some of you may have taken me up on my challenge and started your own aviation business. Others may have the desire, but they’re just not sure they have the ability or the skills to succeed. If that’s you, let me encourage you otherwise.

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FAA Proposes $395,850 Civil Penalty Against US Airways

Alleges Transportation Of Hazardous Materials

The FAA is proposing a $395,850 civil penalty against US Airways  for allegedly violating U.S. Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Regulations.

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Southwest Defers Delivery Of 30 B737 Airliners

Move Expected To Save The Airline $1 Billion

At its shareholders meeting Wednesday, Southwest said that it would delay taking delivery of 30 Boeing 737-800 airliners it has on order with the planemaker. The move is expected to save the budget carrier more than $1 billion in capital spending.

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Eurocopter Reports EBACE A Successful Show

Private Sector Presence Reinforced With Sales, Maintenance Agreements

Strategic new contracts for Eurocopter’s single engine product lines – along with a go-ahead for the latest addition to its approved maintenance center network – were announced at the conclusion of the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) meeting in Geneva.

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Flexjet First To Offer Learjet 70, Learjet 75 Fractional Jet Ownership

New Airplanes Announced Near Learjet's 50th Anniversary

The first provider of fractional jet management services to offer access to the new Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft will be Bombardier affiliate Flexjet, the company announced Tuesday. Flexjet will be offering shares of Bombardier's newest aircraft, with deliveries scheduled for 2013.

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Solar Electric Propulsion Concept Submitted To NASA

Mission Concept Study Offered By Ball Aerospace

A mission concept study has been submitted to NASA by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. for demonstrating a solar electric propulsion (SEP) technologies in space. Ball Aerospace was one of five companies awarded up to $600,000 by NASA in September 2011, to formulate a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities, and infrastructure required for sustainable and affordable human presence in space.

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Air India Strike Highlights Problems With Aviation In India

Major Airlines Posting Losses

Air India, a government-owned carrier has been dealing with a sickout from its pilots for over a week now, and the result has been the cancellation of most of the airline’s international flights. At issue is a dispute over training, which the pilot union says impacts career advancement prospects adversely. The job action has spread to 350 pilots, and the airline is losing $2.2 million a day.

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Bell Helicopter Workers Share $28 Million Lotto Prize

Each Pitched In $5 ... ROI Was $1.6 Million After Taxes

Ten Bell Helicopter workers who each pitched in five dollars to play the Texas Lottery will be splitting a $28 million jackpot ... or about $1.6 million each after taxes.

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AD: Airbus A330-200 -300

AD NUMBER: 2012-09-13

PRODUCT: Certain Airbus Model A330-200 freighter series airplanes; Model A330-200 and -300 series airplanes; and Model A340-200 and -300 series airplanes

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AD: Boeing 777 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-09-14

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Company Model 777 airplanes

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Airborne 05.18.12: GA Airports, Onex Flies!, EBACE Highlights

Also: Mama Bird Johnson, Lights out For LightSquared, New Cessnas and LearJets, Nextant 400, ACJs, MLX770 Certs, and Aero-Cat-tastrophe!

The FAA has just released a report called 'General Aviation Airports: A National Asset', which was compiled following an 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation (GA) airports. The first customer-built example of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft has flown for the first time. Bill Fisher of Jackson Tennessee flew his AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex on Thursday, May 10th. Bill received the fourth Onex kit sold by Sonex Aircraft, shipped on August 5, 2011. An Arizona court said it will allow a lawsuit against Australian kitplane manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft Company to go forward

Updated: FlightPrep Bails On Jepp Suit -- Claims 'Settlement' -- But Jepp Denies

FlightPrep Quietly Sues... And Then Reportedly Withdraws From Suit

As we noted last week, it was yet another case of “Oh-No-They-Didn’t” for the folks at FlightPrep... who stirred up VERY negative feelings in late 2010 and early 2011 with patent claims that had the potential to shut down much of the online flight-planning industry if those aggressive claims had been proved out in court. Via a series of legal threats and what many claimed to be ‘veiled’ intimidation tactics, FlightPrep had much of the industry on their toes until very negative public outcry pretty much forced FlightPrep to dial back their legal offenses and fold their tent... or so it seemed.

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Airborne 05.18.12: GA Airports, Onex Flies!, EBACE Highlights

Also: Mama Bird Johnson, Lights out For LightSquared, New Cessnas and LearJets, Nextant 400, ACJs, MLX770 Certs, and Aero-Cat-tastrophe!

The FAA has just released a report called 'General Aviation Airports: A National Asset', which was compiled following an 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation (GA) airports. The first customer-built example of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft has flown for the first time. Bill Fisher of Jackson Tennessee flew his AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex on Thursday, May 10th. Bill received the fourth Onex kit sold by Sonex Aircraft, shipped on August 5, 20

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Airventure Cup Race: The Race Will Go On

Race Officials Offer Preliminary Details About 2012 Race Prep

ANN has received the following statement from Airventure Cup Race Organizers in regards to the 2012 Airventure Cup Race: Over the past week, there have been many posts on social media sites and web forums regarding the 2012 Airventure Cup Race. This statement is meant to clarify and correct some of the statements that were made, as well as provide the public with information regarding the fate of this year's race. Last week, we were contacted by EAA officials announcing they would no longer support air racing, including the Airventure Cup. This move was a shock to us as much as it was the rest of the aviation community and we are still in the process of evaluating our option

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Joint Committee Report Reveals Persistent Waste, Inefficiencies At TSA

Oversight/T&I Committees Document Millions In Wasted Dollars, Ongoing Management Failures In Handling Airport Security Systems

A new report released recently by two House Committees offers a critical examination of TSA management and its procurement, deployment and storage of airport security screening technologies.

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CVR From Indonesian Sukhoi Located

Aircraft Was On Demonstration Flight

Indonesian special forces have located the cockpit voice recorder from a Russian passenger jet that flew into the side of a volcano, killing 45 people. It is hoped the recording of the plane's veteran pilots could help explain what caused the accident.

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Panetta Orders Air Force to Take Further Steps On F-22

All Flights To Be Conducted Near Potential Landing Locations

With safety remaining his top concern, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered the Air Force to take additional steps to mitigate risks to F-22 pilots, George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said Wednesday. Beginning in 2008, a few pilots experienced hypoxia-like symptoms when flying the aircraft, Little told reporters at a Pentagon news conference. Hypoxia is a deficiency of oxygen. There have been a total of 12 cases of these hypoxia-like symptoms affecting pilots.

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CONR To Enforce TFR During G-8 Summit

Aviators Again Avised To Carefully Check NOTMAS Before Flight

Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command Region fighters will be protecting the skies during the G-8 Summit at Camp David, MD.  Air Force fighter jets will be on alert during the event May 18-19 enforcing the FAA's Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) zone during the summit.

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Klyde Morris 05.18.2012

Don't Say I Never Did Anything For You, Randy

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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AVUSI Challenges Media Depictions Of Unmanned Aircraft

Cites Newspaper Column, Television Drama

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) released a statement Friday from President & CEO Michael Toscano in response to recent depictions in the media that put the unlawful destruction of unmanned aerial systems in a positive light.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.18.12)

“Systematic flaws in the procurement and deployment systems at TSA continue to plague the agency.” Source: OGR Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.18.12): Hazardous Inflight Weather Advisory Service

Service providing recorded weather forecasts broadcast to airborne pilots over selected VORs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.18.12)

ZenAir

The purpose of the ZenAir site is to bring together the builders, flyers and maintainers of Zenith Aircraft.

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