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December 08, 2011

IAM-Represented Boeing Employees Approve 4-Year Contract Extension

New Deal Covers Union Workers Through September 2016

In a move that's virtually unheard of in the arena of labor negotiations, members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) in Washington, Oregon and Kansas have approved a four-year agreement extending their contract to September 2016 nine months before the current contract was due to expire.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.08.11

A petition seeks to draft a big name to replace Randy Babbitt.
HBC will delay development of the Hawker 200 jet.
And more management changes are coming at Cessna.

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IATA: Eurozone Crisis Biggest Risk To Profits

European Passenger Taxes Could Spur $600 Million In Losses In The Region

In the revised industry outlook released Wednesday by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), 2011 profitability remains weak but unchanged at $6.9 billion for a net margin of 1.2%. And looking ahead to 2012, IATA downgraded its central forecast for airline profits from $4.9 billion to $3.5 billion for a net margin of 0.6%.

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Geared For Success: Landmark Year For PurePower Geared Turbofan Engine

Has Purchase Commitments From 25 Airlines And Other Customers

Pratt & Whitney is calling 2011 a banner year for its newest engine program, saying it has commitments from 25 airline and lessor customers for more than 2,000 PurePower Geared Turbofan engines. The company has also completed more than 1,250 hours and 2,800 cycles of full engine testing for its first two applications.

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SB47 Shows Off 'New' Bell 47G2

New Certificate-Holder Says Refurb Hard To Tell From New

More than 60 years after its introduction in 1946, Bell last year transferred the type certificate for the Model 47 to Scott’s–Bell 47, Inc. This week, SB47 is showing its vision for the future of the aircraft at the National Agricultural Aviation Association Convention & Trade Show. The company is displaying a refurbished 47G-2A Agricultural Helicopter fitted with an Oregon Aero interior and Isolair spray system.

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Sikorsky S-92 'Legacy of Heroes' Demo Helicopter On Display In Malaysia

Next Stops Brunei, Thailand, Hong Kong

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.'s S-92 "Legacy of Heroes" demonstration helicopter will be shown on static display at the Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia beginning Dec. 6. The aircraft recently launched the second leg of its worldwide tour with its arrival in Singapore on Nov. 21.

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Autonomous Deployment Demonstration Program Completes Flight Testing

Navy Concept Is To Launch Small Autonomous UAVs From Manned, Unmanned Aircraft

The Naval Research Laboratory Vehicle Research Section has successfully completed flight tests for the Autonomous Deployment Demonstration (ADD) program. The final demonstration took place September 1 at the Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, AZ.

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Delivery Of Eight Additional Airbus Military CN235s To France Underway

Aircraft Join 19 Airlifters Already In Service To French Air Force

The Flight Test Centre of the Direction Generale de l'Armament (DGA) of the French Ministry of Defence has taken delivery of the first of eight CN235 medium airlifters ordered from Airbus Military by the French DGA last year. These eight aircraft will be operated by the French Air Force, to add to the 19 examples it already has in service. The last of the remaining seven aircraft ordered will be delivered by the end of 2012.

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Russia Is Reportedly The Most Dangerous Place To Fly

Commercial Airliner Accidents Reveal Serious Problems In The Industry

A new report from a London consulting firm has identified Russia as the most dangerous country in the world to fly on a commercial airliner. The report indicates that fatalities and accidents in Russia over the past year exceed statistics from less-developed places like Congo and Indonesia.

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Paper Boosts NY BizAv In Op Ed

Newsday Calls For Changes In The State Tax Code To Make Ownership Less Expensive

An editorial published in the New York publication Newsday calls for the state's legislature to support a bill which exempts private aircraft from a tax when they are moved to New York from another state.

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NORAD Stands Ready To Track Santa's Flight

Adds Smart Phone Apps To Follow The Jolly Old Elf On The Go

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is getting ready for it's annual track of Santa's yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website went live Dec. 1 featuring a countdown calendar, a kid's countdown village complete with holiday games and activities that change daily, and video messages from students and troops from around the world.

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Another Celebrity Removed From A Plane Complains On Twitter

Airline Blasts Back After Alec Baldwin's Online Rant

The star of '30 Rock' and dozens of television commercials was recently removed from an American Airlines flight in Los Angeles, and then got into a Twitter sparring match with the airline.

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American Airlines Passenger's Family Sues Over Food Poisoning

Claims Tainted In-Flight Meal Caused Passenger's Death

The family of a man who died of food poisoning has filed a lawsuit against Sky Chefs and American Airlines, saying he was served a tainted meal on a flight from Barcelona to New York, and was allowed to board a connecting AA flight while obviously ill.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-25-02

MANUFACTURER: BRP-Powertrain GmbH & Co. KG Reciprocating Engines

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Aero-TV: Redbird's Space-Saving MX2 -- So Much Capability For Those With So Little Room

One Of Aviation's Most Innovative Companies Makes A Serious FlightSim For Space-Challenged Operators

Some times you really do have to try and get five pounds into a two pound bag, and when that means having limited space to host a highly capable flight simulator that can do wonders for your flight school, its nice to know that you don't have to knock down a few walls. Hence, the Redbird MX2... version of the highly regarded FMX that fits in a surprisingly small area and still delivers incredible flight training capabilities.

Aero-TV: Redbird's Space-Saving MX2-So Much Capability For Those With Less Room

One Of Aviation's Most Innovative Companies Makes A Serious FlightSim For Space-Challenged Operators

Some times you really do have to try and get five pounds into a two pound bag, and when that means having limited space to host a highly capable flight simulator that can do wonders for your flight school, its nice to know that you don't have to knock down a few walls. Hence, the Redbird MX2... a version of the highly regarded FMX that fits in a surprisingly small area and still delivers incredible flight training capabilities. Redbird tells ANN that the MX2 Hummingbird, "is a single-pilot, small foot-print, full-motion AATD designed to make the power of motion

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American Airlines Announces Key Leadership Changes

Senior Leadership Team Streamlined, Reduced in Size

American Airlines announced the retirements of two company officers Tuesday, as well as a series of changes to the company's global leadership team.

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NTSB Prelim: VFR Pilot Operated In IFR Conditions

Pilot And Passenger Fatally Injured In Illinois Accident

The NTSB preliminary report from an accident in Crystal Lake, IL on the Saturday after Thanksgiving tells a tale that is unfortunately all too familiar. The VFR-rated pilot of a Cirrus SR20 who did not want to "get stuck all day" due to weather continued his flight in IFR conditions. While no probable cause has been established for the accident, the outcome of those circumstances is often predictable.

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Army Aviation Caucus Established In The U.S. House

Bipartisan Group Claims Nearly 30 Initial Members

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives jointly announced the establishment of the House Army Aviation Caucus on Wednesday. Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL-05) and Representative Mark Critz (D-PA-12) will serve as co-chairmen of the caucus, which will provide a forum among members of Congress, staff, and the Army to improve communication and support for Army Aviation.

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Dream Chaser Reaches CCDev2 Milestones

System Definition Review Completed On Commercial Crew Spacecraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation’s (SNC) Space Systems has completed milestones five and six for its Dream Chaser Space System under NASA’s Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program. SNC has completed ten straight Milestones as part of NASA’s CCDev Programs, with all Milestones completed on time and within budget.

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K-State Partners With Universal Helicopters

School Says Deal Will Enhance Helo Flight Training at Salina

Universal Helicopters will provide Kansas State University with two Robinson R22 Beta IIs and one Robinson R44 Raven II under a just-announced agreement with the school. "The partnership initially will bring in three helicopters and four full-time flight instructors, which allows us to better meet the flight training demands of our students," said Kurt Barnhart, head of K-State's aviation department.

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Fired Reno Airport Worker Offered Her Job Back

Had Refused To Load A Distressed Dog Into An Airplane Cargo Hold

A woman fired from her job as a baggage handler with Airport Terminal Services (ATS) in Reno, NV, has been offered her job back after the story hit the news media.

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New Features Available For ForeFlight Users

Intelligent Ruler, Simple Sharing In The Latest Version

ForeFlight Mobile said Wednesday that version 4.3 is available in the App Store and ready for download. This release includes the new Intelligent Ruler - just hold down two fingers on the map to see the great circle distance between any two points. The ruler is great for figuring out distance to the nearest airport.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.08.11)

“The Army Aviation Caucus is an opportunity for representatives from all the communities involved with Army Aviation to work toward common goals.” Source: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), co-chair of the new House Army Aviation Caucus.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.08.11): Ground Fog (GF)

Fog produced over the land by the cooling of the lower atmosphere as it comes in contact with the ground.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.08.11)

Abandoned Airfields

As a pilot, a particular interest of this Webmaster has been the abandoned airfields that dot the landscape of much of this country, both for their potential safety value to a pilot in an emergency.

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