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October 05, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.05.11

A sightseeing helicopter is down in New York's East River.
Flight Design picks an engine for the C4.
And AMR weathers a storm that batters its stock.

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Winnipeg Fights High-Crime Stigma

Air Canada Layover Policy Announcement Sparks Debate

The city of Winnipeg, Manitoba has an admittedly high rate of violent crime, at least by Canadian standards, but many are still puzzled by a decision by Air Canada to move it's crews from downtown to hotels near the airport during layovers. The biggest question - what's changed lately to warrant this precaution?

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ERAU To Purchase Flight Tracking And Situational Awareness System

Application Uses Real-Time FAA Nextgen Data To Make Flight Operations More Efficient

A two-year agreement to provide flight tracking and situational awareness systems for flight training programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach, FL, and Prescott, AZ, campuses has been signed by the school and ITT Corporation.

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Pressure Against EU Carbon Tax Grows

India Leads 26 Countries In Protest Of 'Illegal' Plan

The US is not alone in its protest of Europe's proposed taxes on the carbon emissions of airlines. ICAO, the International Civil Aviation Organization, which is an arm of the United Nations, and an additional group of countries led by India, insist that unilateral taxes charged by Europe violate international treaties governing airlines.

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French News Service Slams Commercial Space

AFP Quotes NASA Critics In Weekend Feature Article

The French News Service AFP is reporting that a notable list of space exploration experts is critical of the Obama administration's initiative to shift the bulk of low-earth-orbit space work to commercial providers. Coincidentally, those experts quoted share in common years spent with NASA, or otherwise benefitting from agency largesse.

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FAA 'Greener Skies' Contract Awarded To Boeing

International Industry Group To Maximize Precision Navigation Benefits Across U.S.

A research task order from the FAA to maximize performance-based navigation capabilities across the United States has been awarded to Boeing, the company announced Tuesday. The FAA initiated a $3.1 million task order for "Greener Skies Initiative 2." The Boeing team will evaluate current precision navigation procedures and analyze new procedures to advance the use of flight deck and air traffic control capabilities in the national airspace system for an improved air traffic management system.

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FAA Continues Development Of NextGen Weather Programs

Goal Is More Accurate And Consistent Weather Models

Part of the FAA's NextGen airspace modernization effort is better weather information assimilated into weather processing systems throughout the National Airspace System (NAS). Weather is the primary cause of air travel delays.

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Hong Kong Government Flying Service Purchases 2 Challenger 605 Aircraft

Jets Will Fly SAR And Other Special Missions

The Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS) has placed a firm order with Bombardier Aerospace for two Challenger 605 aircraft for use primarily in search and rescue, as well as other special mission applications. The aircraft will be manufactured at Bombardier's facility in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and outfitted with special mission equipment by a sub-contractor to Bombardier.

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First PurePower PW1200G Engine Concludes Ground Testing

Airfoil Stress Measurements, Performance, Noise, And Emissions All Evaluated

Ground testing of Pratt & Whitney's first PW1200G family engine – the PW1217G engine for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) – recently concluded. The engine, the first of an eight-engine validation and certification program, completed more than 300 hours and 1,100 cycles. "We have successfully validated the overall design of the PW1200G engine since starting our test program in April," said Bob Saia, vice president, Next Generation Product Family.

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Sinclair College Asks For UAV Exemption From FAA

Wants To Fly Aircraft Locally As Part Of Aviation Curriculum

Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH, has asked the FAA for permission to fly UAVs at the Springfield, OH, Air National Guard base in order to facilitate a training program for controllers.

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ExecuJet Gains Garmin Approval

Rounds Out African Company's Portfolio Of Dealership Agreements

Garmin recently appointed ExecuJet South Africa as an approved Garmin agent. The appointment will place ExecuJet South Africa among the most successful OEM dealers in Africa, holding most of the OEM dealerships required to support the business aviation.

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Aero-TV: The Green Flight Challenge -- NASA Supports Electric Propulsion

Is This The First Of A New Generation Of Airplanes???

If you wanted to see aviation history in the making this week, you needed to join ANN's Nathan Cremisino at the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, where the fine folks of NASA awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry.

Aero-TV: The Green Flight Challenge -- NASA Supports Electric Propulsion

Is This The First Of A New Generation Of Airplanes???

If you wanted to see aviation history in the making this week, you needed to join ANN's Nathan Cremisino at the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, where the fine folks of NASA awarded the largest prize in aviation history, created to inspire the development of more fuel-efficient aircraft and spark the start of a new electric airplane industry. The technologies demonstrated by the CAFE Green Flight Challenge, sponsored by Google, competitors may end up in general aviation aircraft, spawning new jobs and new industries for the 21st century. The first place prize of $1.35 million was awarded to team Pipistrel-USA.com o

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Bolden Expects Deliveries To ISS By Commercial Companies 'In Months'

NASA Administrator Made The Assessment At The International Astronautical Federation's Annual Congress

With two companies planning demonstration flights of commercial cargo hauling capabilities to ISS, NASA administrator Charles Bolden said during a roundtable discussion with the heads of other space agencies at the annual congress of the International Astronautical Federation that the first deliveries of supplies by a commercial carrier could come within months, rather than years.

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Pistole Announces 'TSA PreCheck' In Amsterdam Speech

Trusted Traveler Program To Be Tested At Four U.S. Airports

TSA Administrator John Pistole announced a program called "TSA PreCheck" as part of a speech delivered Tuesday at the AVSEC World Conference in Amsterdam. The announcement came as Pistole was outlining a number of the agency's initiatives undertaken since its inception in 2001.

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Industry Responds To SAFE’s Pilot Training Reform Projects

SAFE To Provide Detailed Report-Out In 30 Days

Following the Pilot Training Reform Symposium in Atlanta last May, SAFE issued a 35-page preliminary report to government and industry stakeholders with a request for action. Recipients were given 90 days to respond to the six projects distilled from two days of intense work by more than 150 symposium attendees.

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F-35B Completes Initial Shipboard Vertical Landing Aboard USS Wasp

Testing Cruise Expected To Last Two Weeks

The Navy and Marine Corps Team made naval aviation history October 3 as the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) test aircraft BF-2 landed safely on USS Wasp's (LHD 1) flight deck, the first at-sea vertical landing for the Marine Corps' F-35 JSF version. Marine Corps test pilot Lt. Col. Fred Schenk landed BF-2 at 1512 local time.

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AMR Shares Rebound From Monday Collapse

Stock Finished Below $2 Amid Bankruptcy Speculation

Shares of stock in American Airlines suffered a perfect storm on Monday. On a trading day that saw most airline stocks fall sharply on predictions from a leading trade organization of an industry downturn, AMR Corp. led the race to the bottom. Shares in American Airline's parent company fell as much as 40 percent on the New York Stock Exchange during the day, triggered an emergency suspension of trading seven times, and closed down 33 percent at $1.98.

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GA Will Wait Another Two Years For Recovery

FI Says Emerging Markets Won't Make Up For Sluggish US, EU Markets

The widely followed analysis firm Forecast International is out with a prediction that the return of a robust general aviation marketplace will not be a quick one. FI predicts we have two years of slow growth ahead worldwide, followed by an uptick starting in 2013.

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LightSquared CEO Predicts Approval

Ahuja Says FCC Will Approve 4G Broadband Rollout

In the ongoing battle between LightSquared and everyone who owns a GPS device, the company has gone on a public offensive, teasing the public with full-page ads in newspapers predicting its service will lead to broadband internet rates half what they are today.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.05.11)

"Commercial transportation of cargo and crew remain crucial, if not critical, to our future aboard the International Space Station." Source: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.05.11): Radar Advisory

The provision of advice and information based on radar observations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.05.11)

Astronauts On Earth

This offbeat photo series by Hunter Freeman reminds us that astronauts are regular people when they are not in space.

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