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August 07, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.08.12

The FAA Suspends Opposite Direction Operations…

Florida Air Museum’s President is Looking for Work…

The FAA May Slap American Ai

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NEW Twice-Weekly Airborne 08.07.12: Pilot's Bill Of Rights Is Law!, Airshow Close Calls, MARS!!!

Also: HBC Layoffs, UA/Continental Pilots, USAF POGO Crews, Sportys Hot Dogs It...

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor, said Friday that his Pilot's Bill of Rights (S.1335) has been officially signed into law. Inhofe has worked to pass the legislation for the past year. Airshow Pilot Kent Pietsch is reported in stable condition following Saturday accident that occurred during the first day of a weekend airshow in which he was listed as a featured performer. Wetaskiwin is some 70 km South of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Greg Koontz, known for his precise work in a bright red Decathlon showed up with a new airplane for this year's show at Oshkosh and in a matter of minutes wound up using up more of his luck and s

Learjet 85 Aircraft Mock-Up Tour Underway

Bombardier's Exclusive Fractional Launch Customer, Flexjet, Showcases New Aircraft Model At 11 Private Events

Flexjet and Bombardier are launching an 11-city U.S. tour offering the opportunity to experience firsthand the aircraft that the company says is poised to revolutionize the industry.

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Reserve Answers Call For Additional MAFFS Aircraft In Boise

Two More Firefighting-Equipped C-130s To Join The Forest Service Effort

The U.S. Forest Service has modified its request for assistance for the MAFFS-equipped C-130s. The new request, received late yesterday, tasks an additional two C-130s using Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems, to assist with fires in the Rocky Mountain area.

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Embry-Riddle’s Wings & Waves Set To Soar Over Daytona Beach

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds And Black Diamond Jet Team Headline Oct. 13-14 Air Show

The world-renowned U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will join an action-packed weekend of aerial performances by more than 40 aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean at Embry-Riddle’s Wings and Waves Air Show on Oct. 13-14, 2012 in Daytona Beach. The show begins at 11 a.m. daily on the shore in front of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort.

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Boeing Announces 40 Plane Purchase For Chinese Airline

Singapore Carrier Also Picks Up Another 39 Aircraft

Boeing announced Friday that Xiamen Airlines has agreed to purchase 40 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800s. The airline plans to use the airplanes for more international routes to meet growing passenger traffic in Asia-Pacific and China.

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Avation Plc Takes Delivery Of Its First ATR 72-600 In Asia Pacific Region

Aircraft To Be Operated On Australian Regional Routes

The first ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft destined for the Asia Pacific Region was delivered today to the leasing company Avation Plc, as part of an agreement with Australian regional carrier Skywest Airlines and Virgin Australia. The aircraft was received by Avation's Chief Operating Officer, Rod Mahoney, at ATR's manufacturing facility in Toulouse, France.

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Balloon Fiesta Patrons May Not Find Their Favorite Food This Year

At Least A Dozen Food Vendors Reportedly Considering Pulling Out Of The Event

The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is among the most colorful aviation events that take place in the U.S. each year, but even the slow pace of flight and relaxed atmosphere has not been able to prevent a dust up between food vendors and organizers of the event.

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Canadian Pilot Hospitalized In Post-Air Show Accident

Aircraft Had Performed In The Show, Went Down Later In The Day

A 1942 Interstate Cadet aircraft named "Jelly Belly" went down in Wetaskiwin, Canada Saturday after performing in an air show at the local airport.

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Boeing Establishes Australian Simulator-Based Training For Kiowa Crews

Helicrew Helicopter Simulator Enables Instructors To Safely And Cost-Efficiently Enhance Skills, Plan Exercises

A Helicrew simulator has been installed at the Oakey Army Aviation Training Center in Queensland, Australia by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) to enhance the capabilities of BDA flight instructors. The Helicrew allows BDA Qualified Flying Instructors to further hone and test their training procedures through a variety of simulated situations. Helicrew is designed to replicate the Bell 206B-1 Kiowa, which the Australian Army uses as an initial training helicopter before pilots transition to operational rotorcraft.

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Crutchfield Makes Last Apache Flight As Commanding General

Is Literally Hosed Down By His Wife And Friends Following His Final Flight

Army Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield got hosed ... quite literally ... last week. But the commander of the Army's Aviation Center for Excellence at Fort Rucker in Alabama welcomed the traditional send-off after completing his final flight in an Apache helicopter as commanding general.

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Medical Helo Hits Structure At San Antonio International Airport

Contact With What May Have Been A Cell Phone Tower Damaged Aircraft

A helicopter flying for the Air Med emergency transportation service hit a structure at San Antonio International Airport in TX and was forced to make an emergency landing early Sunday morning. The crew and the patient being transported did not suffer injuries due to the indicent.

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Skydivers Break Record In Snowflake Formation

Nearly One-Hundred-Fourty Free-Fallers Decorate The Sky Over Northern Illinois

It took them three days and 15 attempts to get it done, but 138 skydivers hooked up in a massive snowflake formation Friday evening, freefalling together as speeds up to 220 miles per hour over Ottawa, IL southwest of Chicago.

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Man Arrested For Alleged Low Flight Near A School

Altitude Estimated At Between 200 and 400 Feet

A man from Long Island, NY, has been arrested for allegedly flying his Cessna 172 too low near a high school in Bellmore, NY, resulting in a charge of reckless endangerment.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.07.12

America is back on Mars!

EAA’s Chairman of the Board Retires

Glassair has a Change at the Top

 

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Aero-TV Takes A Creative Look At The Wilder Side Of Oshkosh

Aero-TV Takes A Creative Look At The Wilder Side Of Oshkosh

Sometimes, after a week of watching airplanes fly, they begin to seem to almost ... well ... begin to take on a life of their own. When videographers and writers start to look at airplanes in that way, strange things can happen.

President of Glasair Aviation, Mikael Via, Resigns

Much-Lauded 11-Year Effort Comes To An End

Following the story that first broke on ANN, involving the sale of Glasair Aviation to a Chinese entity, Mikael Via, President and CEO of Glasair Aviation, announced his resignation from the Washington based general aircraft company that he has led for over 11 years. In 2001, Thomas Wathen purchased the Glasair assets out of bankruptcy and immediately brought Mikael Via in to rebuild the company for its customers and employees. At that time, the company had been out of business for over a year, there were no employees, and customers were without parts, service or support.

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Aero-TV: The Nature of Airventure - A Unique Look at the Planes of Oshkosh

Aero-TV Takes A Creative Look At The Wilder Side Of Oshkosh

Sometimes, after a week of watching airplanes fly, they begin to seem to almost ... well ... begin to take on a life of their own. When videographers and writers start to look at airplanes in that way, strange things can happen. We call our airplanes "birds." They have names like KitFox, Goose, BearHawk, and ... yes ... Cub. And at an event like Oshkosh they do gather, like all the different animals at the watering hole on the African savannah, for a brief time before moving on. There are the fragile, the small and agile, the large and ponderous, and the swift predators. The only difference is

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Longtime EAA Board Member Louie Andrew Retires

After 26 Years, Says "The Timing Is Right"

After 26 years of continuous service on the EAA Board of Directors, Louie Andrew announced his retirement on August 3, 2012. For the past year Andrew served as Chairman of the Board. “I had planned to retire this year and after a great AirVenture Oshkosh, and with EAA having a terrific president and CEO Rod Hightower in place, the timing is right,” Andrew said.

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NBAA Reaches 9,000-Company Membership Milestone

Organization Claims 25 Percent Growth Rate In Recent Years

NBAA membership recently topped 9,000 Companies, the organization announced Monday, marking a new record that reflects a growth rate of 25 percent in recent years. “Our Membership growth is testimony to the value of business aviation and NBAA’s role in representing this essential industry,” said Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO.

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What To Expect From Curiosity Mission

First Order Of Business ... Take Lots Of Pictures

If a group of tourists piled out of a transport vehicle onto the surface of Mars, they'd no doubt start snapping pictures wildly. NASA's Curiosity rover, which touched down on the Martian surface early Monday morning EDT, will take a more careful approach to capturing its first scenic views.

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NORAD F-16s Intercept NORDO GA Airplane Near DC

Pilot Re-Established Communication With ATC, Was Allowed To Continue

A GA airplane operating near Washington, D.C. was intercepted by NORAD F-16s Saturday, but was allowed to continue on its flight when radio contact was re-established. The intercept occurred about 1900 EDT Saturday as the airplane, identified as a Beechcraft King Air, approached the National Capitol area.

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Members Of Congress Set Sights On 'Surplus' C-27J Aircraft

Would Transfer The Planes From The Air Force To The Forest Service For Firefighting

Two U.S. House members from California have introduced legislation that would transfer 14 C-27J airlifters from the Air Force to the U.S. Forest Service to be used in firefighting efforts.

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Indian Government Approves B787 Deliveries

Performance Compensation Will Be Negotiated Separately From Other Issues

The government of India late last week cleared the way for the delivery of 27 Boeing 787 airplanes to Air India. The clearance was given in conjunction with the signing of the Delay Compensation Settlement Agreement.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.07.12)

“Without the vision of Paul Poberezny and Tom Poberezny, and the hard work of everyone at EAA, we may not have private flying in the future" Source: EAA board member Louie Andrew.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.07.12): Flare

Transition from nose low to nose up attitude just before landing until touchdown.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.07.12)

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