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September 27, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.27.11

Two Americans killed in a plane crash in Nepal are identified.
Japan's Air Force could get the Super Hornet.
And New York City's PD is equipped to take down a plane.


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T.F. Green Airport In Rhode Island Gets FAA Grant For Runway Improvements

Main Runway To Be Extended, Crosswind Runway To See Safety Improvements

The FAA has approved an AIP grant for Theodore Francis Green State Airport (KPVD) in Providence, RI. The airport's master plan calls for the lengthening of its main runway, and safety improvements to be made to the crosswind runway.

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NBAA Trumpets Exciting Plans In Monday-Wednesday Lineup For 2011 Convention

Event Opens In Two Weeks In Las Vegas

With only two weeks remaining until the ribbon is cut to formally kickoff NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas NV, Convention planners report that this year's event, taking place Monday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 12, is anticipated to meet or exceed expectations from previous years, in large part because of the excitement surrounding the many offerings planned for NBAA2011.

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Coast Guard Shows Its Heritage During Hurricane Irene

USCG Aviators Put Themselves On The Line During Natural Disaster

I had the privilege of deploying to Coast Guard Station Cape Cod on Aug. 27, 2011 to document the arrival of Hurricane Irene. When word came that the storm would hit Massachusetts on the 28th, the Coast Guard was ready with the wisdom of centuries, satellite imagery and established agency partnerships. Weathering storms in the Northeastern United States is in our service's ancestral DNA.

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NASA To Brief Industry On SLS Procurement

Contractors And Small Businesses Invited To Participate In SLS Industry Day

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, agency procurement officials, and Space Launch System Program managers will meet with contractors and small business entrepreneurs September 29 for the Space Launch System Industry Day at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration in Huntsville, AL.

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IATA: Weak Economy, Weak Profits - 2012 Looking Even Tougher

Trade Group President Says Airlines Are 'Competing In A Very Tough Environment'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced an upgrading of its industry profit expectations to $6.9 billion (up from $4.0 billion projected in June). IATA emphasized that, despite the improvements, profitability at these levels is still exceptionally weak (1.2% net margin) considering the industry’s total revenues of $594 billion.

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AOPA Lobbying More In 2011

Association's Q2 Spending On Lobbying Up 4%

It's always interesting to read what special interest groups spend on lobbying. Turnabout is fair play, and the Associated Press reports the special interest lobby known as the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association spent $730,000 advocating GA causes with lawmakers in the second quarter of this year, up from $700,000 in the same quarter last year.

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Boeing Clears The Way For Plant 2 Site Restoration

Major Milestone Makes Room For Wildlife Habitat

The last remaining steel steel structures that supported Boeing's Plant 2 for more than 75 years Boeing have been taken down, making room for site restoration, including development of five acres of wildlife habitat. Most of the old empty buildings formerly known as U.S. Air Force 17—but later called Plant 2 because it was Boeing's second assembly site—were demolished this year in conjunction with Boeing's commitment to environmental improvements that are vital to the Duwamish Waterway.

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Southeast Aviation Show Expects To Draw A Crowd

Late October Event Hosted By South Carolina Aviation Association

The Southeast Aviation Show will be held on October 29 at the Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU) in South Carolina. The event is being hosted by the South Carolina Aviation Association (SCAA), and will feature the latest aviation products, a static aircraft display, and educational sessions.

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Downsview Park Shuts Down Toronto's Canadian Air & Space Museum

Hoped-For Reprieve Turned Out To Be Access For The Purpose Of An "Orderly Wind-Down" Of Operations

Toronto's Canadian Air & Space Museum received notice from its landlord, Parc Downsview Park, on Saturday that the Park would be locking the doors and closing the Museum to regular business. The Park, a branch of the Canadian federal government, has control over the Museum's access after changing the locks following Tuesday's original eviction notice. 

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Thorp T-18 Down In Michigan, Pilot Fatally Injured

Pilots Were Heading To Breakfast, Fog May Have Been A Factor

A Thorp T-18 flown by its owner went down on approach to Plainwell Municipal Airport (61D) in Michigan Friday morning. Witnesses said that the aircraft apparently impacted a Fed-Ex semi truck traveling on U.S. 131 just a short distance from the runway threshold. The pilot was fatally injured.

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Frontier Airlines To Shed Over 200 Jobs In Milwaukee

Carrier Files Mass Layoff Notice With State Of Wisconsin

It looks like Frontier Airlines is going to shed 213 jobs in Milwaukee, WI, beginning in November, according to documents filed Friday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. The positions lost will be at General Mitchell International Airport (KMKE).

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VX-31 Flies Harrier On Biofuel Blend For The First Time

Tests Performed At China Lake Included Hover Maneuvers

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), China Lake performed the first bio-fuel flight test in AV-8B Harrier #88, Sept. 21 over NAWCWD's land ranges in the upper Mojave Desert. After preliminary ground test events earlier in the week, the Harrier was flown by Maj. Gary "Mouth" Shill, a pilot from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 at NAWCWD. According to Hal Bennett, project lead for the AV-8B bio fuel flight test program, the testing was flawless.

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EAA Announces Publications, Airventure Staff Changes

McClellan Named Director Of Publications; Smith Moves To VP-Airventure

EAA has announced several changes and upgrades to its publications and AirVenture planning staff. “These are staff moves that will upgrade EAA’s ability to reach even greater success in two of our highest-visibility areas: AirVenture and publications,” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower announcing the changes Thursday. “Both of these areas are essential to our mission of growing participation in aviation and continue to be among the most valuable assets to EAA members.”

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AD: Embraer EMB-505 (Phenom 300)

AD NUMBER: 2011-20-01

MANUFACTURER: Empresa Brasileira de Aeronáutica S.A. (EMBRAER) Airplanes

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Aero-TV: Mission Accomplished -- ANA Accepts Delivery Of First 787 Dreamliner

And Best Of All... Boeing Gets to Cash A BIG Check!

It was a long time coming -- far longer than anyone at Boeing had imagined... but now, it's done. Finally. And the business of serial production of Boeing's game-changing can now begin in earnest. By the way, might I add that 787s ARE cheaper by the dozen? The line forms at the rear...

Aero-TV: Mission Accomplished -- ANA Accepts Delivery Of First 787 Dreamliner

And Best Of All... Boeing Gets to Cash A BIG Check!

It was a long time coming -- far longer than anyone at Boeing had imagined... but now, it's done. Finally. And the business of serial production of Boeing's game-changing can now begin in earnest. By the way, might I add that 787s ARE cheaper by the dozen? The line forms at the rear... On Monday, September 26th, 2011, more than 500 employees representing the 787 program walked alongside the all-new jetliner to present it to ANA executives as a crowd of thousands looked on. During the ceremony, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Jim Albaugh presented a ceremonial key to Shinichiro Ito, president and CEO of A

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Barnstorming: Doing The 'Wright' Thing... Conscience Demands It

What Will It Take For This Industry To Develop A Conscience Of Its Own?

Aero-News Commentary/Analysis By ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death. Thomas Paine

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FAA Issues SAIB For HEFA, FT Jet Fuels

Biofuels Receive ASTM Nod For Use In Engines Certified For Jet A Or Jet A-1

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) advising aircraft operators, Fixed Base Operators (FBOs), FAA repair stations and FSDOs, and Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities, that jet fuel made from hydroprocessed fatty acid esters and fatty acids (HEFA) or Fischer Tropsch (FT) synthetic blending components that meets the requirements of ASTM International Standard D7566 is acceptable for use on aircraft and engines certificated for operation with D1655 Jet A or Jet A-1 jet fuel, provided that it is re-identified as D1655 fuel.

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Two US Citizens Among Nepalese Crash Victims

Two Women From Utah Identified By US State Department

Officials have confirmed that two Americans were among 19 people who died in Sunday's crash of a Beech 1900D turboprop during a sightseeing flight just south of Katmandu in Nepal. The two, both women from Utah, were identified as 49-year-old Leuzi Cardoso and 40-year-old Heather Finch.

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F-22 Raptor Resumes Test Flights

Aircraft Being Prepped For Delivery To USAF

The F-22 Raptor returned to the skies Monday in a series of test and production flights, the first since a four-month fleet stand down was lifted on Sept. 19, 2011 by the U.S. Air Force.

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NTSB Says 'Incorrect Manufacturing' Caused American Airlines Decompression

Area Of Cracking And Rupture Not Seen During Previous Inspections

In the probable cause report released last week concerning the rapid decompression of an American Airlines B757 departing from Miami October 26, 2010, the NTSB says 'incorrect manufacturing' was the source of an 18x7 inch hole which opened up in the upper fuselage of the airplane. Fortunately, the 757 landed safely back at Miami, and no one was injured in the incident.

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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Reduces About 540 Positions

Sites In Texas, Georgia, California See Greatest Impact

Lockheed Martin announced Monday there will be approximately 540 reductions in employment across its Aeronautics business area as part of a plan to trim the organization and improve operational efficiency. The greatest impacts are occurring at the larger sites in Fort Worth, TX, Marietta, GA, and Palmdale, CA.

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NTSB Looking At Photo, Video Evidence In T-28 Accident

Open Panel Seen On Airplane Before It Went Down

The NTSB has obtained a photograph that appears to show an open inspection panel on the T-28 which went down during an air show in Martinsburg, WV, September 17th. Pilot John Mangan of Concord, NC, was fatally injured when the plane went down.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.27.11)

“It looks like we are headed for another year in the doldrums. With business confidence declining, it is difficult to see any potential for significant profitable growth. A long slow struggle lies ahead." Source: IATA Director General And CEO Tony Tyler.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.27.11): Time in Service

With respect to maintenance time records, means the time from the moment an aircraft leaves the surface of the earth until it touches it at the next point of landing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.11)

Props, Pistons, Old Jets And "The Good Ole Days of Flying" A look at old jets, turboprops and prop driven aircraft. The checklists, manuals, systems, and equipment...everything that made them fly.

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