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May 03, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.04.12

 

Three parachutes plus six airbags equals a safe landing from space…

The last Raptor is now on guard…

Cessna signs anoth

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American Airlines Continues Its Organization Redesign

'Team For The Future' Being Built, Senior Leadership Reduced by 20 Percent

American Airlines, a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMR Corporation, announced Tuesday that the third phase of its organization redesign is underway. This multi-phased reorganization is part of the company's commitment to reduce total costs and put the customers' experience at the heart of American's operation, with all departments supporting that goal.

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State, Federal Investments Go To 27 PA Airports

Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Announced $12.6 Million In Funding Tuesday

Twenty-seven airports across Pennsylvania will improve facilities and enhance safety with a $12.6 million investment of federal and state funds, Governor Tom Corbett announced Tuesday.

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ALPA Members Make The Rounds On Capitol Hill

Lobbying Members Of Congress To Eliminate Disparities In Crew Rest Rules

Members of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, have been making the rounds among members of Congress on Capitol Hill in support of H.R. 4350, better known as the Safe Skies Act. This legislation is designed to eliminate the air cargo carve-out from federal pilot fatigue regulations.

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GE Investing $65 Million In Dayton’s Aerospace Corridor

CEO Stresses Growth During Dayton Chamber Of Commerce Keynote

In a keynote address Monday to the Dayton Chamber of Commerce annual meeting, Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE Aviation Systems said the company is committed to west-central Ohio. “GE Aviation will continue to grow its Dayton presence in a dramatic way,” she said. “GE plans to grow and attract talent to Dayton from around the world.”

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Akoya Amphibious Skiplane To Make North American Debut At Oshkosh

Lisa Airplanes Says The Aircraft Is Unique With Its Seafoil Technology

A new airplane will have its North American debut at EAA's AirVenture at Oshkosh this summer. Lisa Airplanes will unveil the Akoya ... its high-end amphibious skiplane ... at the show.

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Romney Campaign Charters Cessna CJ4

Has Used The Citation For Travel Since January

One has to wonder if the fortunes of biz-av will turn around if presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is elected in November. For the last three months, the Romney campaign has been chartering a Cessna CJ4 to transport the candidate to events around the country.

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Economic Development Leadership Award Goes To Space Florida

State  Organization Recognized For Utilization Of KSC Facilities By Boeing

Space Florida has been awarded the Economic Development Leadership Award from CoreNet Global, an association representing corporate real estate and workplace professionals, service providers and economic developers. The award submission by Space Florida detailed the utilization of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) facilities by The Boeing Company for manufacture and test of its Crew Space Transportation (CST-100) spacecraft.

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Skytronics Announces Changes To Distribution Channel For GA Products

Company Reduces Number Of North American Distributors To Improve Efficiency

Component manufacturer and FAA Repair Station Skytronics ... which serves the commercial, military and GA markets, announced changes Monday to its general aviation (GA) distribution channel, which is responsible for selling its popular Aero-Lite ignition harnesses, Jasco alternators and regulators, and Skyflex conduit.

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Maine Joins States Recognizing GA's Value

Governor Paul LePage Declared April 'General Aviation Appreciation Month'

National aviation organizations are applauding a proclamation from Maine Governor Paul LePage making April “General Aviation Appreciation Month.” Maine becomes the 38th state to officially recognize the importance of general aviation and its tremendous economic impact, both locally and nationally. Across the state, general aviation airports have an annual economic output of $521 million.  

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First Hang Gliding Flight For Passenger Results In Fatality

Pilot Error Or Equipment Failure Suspected In Fatal Accident

A 27-year old woman on her first hang gliding trip died after slipping out of her harness shortly after takeoff from Woodside Mountain in British Columbia, Canada. Lenami Godinez reportedly fell 1,000 feet after desperately trying to hang on to the instructor’s feet. Miss Godinez and her boyfriend had hired a professional instructor to take them soaring on Saturday.

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Airline CEO Compensation Sees Significant Rate Of Climb

United, Delta Boost Pay For Chief Executives

We know it comes with a lot of responsibility, but the position of airline CEO also comes with a healthy, and apparently growing, compensation package.

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Journalist Speculates That Airbus Airplanes May Have A Control Flaw

Says Side Stick Design May Have Contributed To AF447 Accident

With the final report on the Air France Flight 447 accident due out in June, a report appearing in the U.K. newspaper The Daily Telegraph theorizes that the cockpit design common to all Airbus aircraft may have contributed to the confusion in the cockpit prior to the plane impacting the water.

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Classic Aero-TV: Clarity Aloft At Oshkosh 2011

Bluetooth Headsets For Pilots!!!

It was already one of my favorite headsets...and with the addition of Bluetooth technology, it's likely to stay that way. The first Clarity Aloft Aviation Headset was introduced at EAA AirVenture in 2004... light, quiet and very comfortable, there is little doubt that this little headset would be a hit... and it sure was. Now, Clarity Aloft has raised the bar (again) by partnering with Pilot Communications, whose BLULINK headset adaptor has garnered an exceptional following.

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No-Fly Zone Security To Be Strictly Enforced During NATO Summit

Government Warns Of Serious Consequences For Breaches

Pilots of small aircraft are being warned that any airspace breaches of the Chicago TFR in effect for the NATO summit could be met with lethal force. The TFR will be in effect from May 19-21, and bans non-commercial aircraft within 10 nautical miles of downtown Chicago below 18,000ft.

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Advanced Technology Winglet Planned For 737 MAX

Boeing Says New Technology Could Mean An Additional 1.5 Percent Reduction In Fuel Burn

A new winglet design concept for the 737 MAX was unveiled by Boeing Wednesday. The planemaker says the new Advanced Technology winglet will provide MAX customers with up to an additional 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement, depending on range, on top of the 10-12 percent improvement already offered on the new-engine variant.

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Guest Editorial: Big Big Things Happening In Aviation

But Is An Exchange Of Ideas Among Letter Groups Really Big News?

Have you heard the big news? No? Come on where have you been? I just got an email from AOPA today and it was the lead story. Want to guess what it was?

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Nine Receive Master Instructor Rating In April

Complete Rigorous Continuing Education Courses To Help Make Safer Pilots

Nine CFIs earned the designation Master Instructor in April from Master Instructors LLC, the international  Master Instructor accrediting authority.There are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States, and fewer than 700 of them have earned Master accreditation thus far.

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A4A Calls On FAA To Improve Pilot-Qualification Proposed Rule

Wants Agency To Recognize Training And Experience, Not Just Bulk Hours

Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) is urging the FAA to significantly revise its proposed requirements for pilot certification and provide a system that builds on the industry's strong safety record, is recommended by safety experts and that recognizes the quality of a pilot's training and experience, rather than relying solely on a specific quantity of flight hours.

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Some USAF Pilots Reportedly Refusing Raptor Duty

Hypoxia Issues Causing The Career-Threatening Decision

Some Air Force pilots say they will not fly the F-22 Raptor while problems with the oxygen system remain unresolved, even though the move could cost them their careers. Pilots who refuse such orders face disciplinary action as severe as discharge from the service.

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AOPA’s Spence Takes Over As Acting Secretary General Of IAOPA

VP Of International Affairs Joined The Organization in 2008

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Craig Spence as acting Secretary General of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association (IAOPA). He takes over for John Sheehan, who retired May 1.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.03.12)

"It's vital to maintain investments in these airports so they can continue operating safely and are able to expand to meet business demands." Source: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.03.12): Ground Fog

(Abbrev. GF) Fog produced over the land by the cooling of the lower atmosphere as it comes in contact with the ground. Also known as radiation fog, and in parts of California as tule fog.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.03.12)

Aviation Instrument Association

The Aviation Instrument Association is an association of aviation professionals made up of FAA and JAA certificated aircraft instrument repair facilities as well as associate members in related aviation fields throughout the world.

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