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January 26, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.26.12

Stratolaunch breaks ground in the Mohave Desert.
California police departments are selling off their helicopters.
And a GA pilot is accused of smuggling immigrants past checkpoints.

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AEA International Convention & Trade Show Coverage Expands in DC

New Product Introductions Live Streamed in High-Definition by Aero-News Network

One of the most popular sessions each year at the Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show is the New Product Introductions. This must-see event continues to draw the attention of the entire general aviation community, and this year is no different, as the Aero-News Network will be live-streaming the AEA’s New Product Introductions around the world on the Internet for the third straight year.

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Armed Pilots Want Looser Carry Rules

FFDOA Pushes For Permission To Wear Guns Outside Cockpit

Everyone knows that pilots who receive certain training are now allowed to carry guns into the cockpits of the aircraft they fly. Fewer of us probably knew there is a Federal Flight Deck Officer Association to represent them. The association is lobbying for relaxed restrictions which would allow armed pilots to carry their weapons outside the cockpits, including when they're out of uniform and riding as passengers in the cabins of airliners.

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USAF Scraps HALE UAV Program

Northrop Grumman Had Been Developing Unmanned U-2 Replacement

The Air Force had reportedly decided to pull funding for the Northrop Grumman Global Hawk program, and extending the life of the cold-war-vintage U-2 through at least 2020.

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Red Tails Story Not Just About Men

Mildred Hemmons Carter Turned Down For WASP Due To Race

The opening of the movie "Red Tails" last week has brought the story of the Tuskegee Airmen to the attention of many who had never heard it before, and prompted a renewed awareness of that time in history. But as much as the valiant service of the Red Tails broke through barriers for American men of African descent, barriers to women in aviation, especially black women, would persist.

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Air Force Leaders Say Strategy Calls for F-22, F-35 Capabilities

Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft Are Key To America Maintaining Domain Dominance In The Years Ahead

Seaking at a media roundtable in the Pentagon Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Christopher D. Miller, deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and programs, and Maj. Gen. Noel T. “Tom” Jones, the service’s director for operation capability requirements, said the technology – exemplified in the F-22 and F-35 – assumes greater importance in combating growing anti-access, area-denial capabilities.

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Norwegian Airlines Splits Major Order Between Boeing, Airbus

One Hundred Each Of 737 MAX And A320neo Ordered By The Carrier

Both Boeing and Airbus are celebrating deals struck with low-cost carrier Norwegian Airlines. Boeing says it has firm orders for 100 737 MAX airplane from the airline, while Airbus announced a Memorandum of Understanding for 100 of its A320neo jets.

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Goodrich, Hawaiian Airlines Extend Agreement

Support Contract Covers Newest Additions To Airline's Fleet

Goodrich Corporation and Hawaiian Airlines have signed an extension to their existing Prime Solutions nacelle maintenance agreement to support the airline's fleet of 18 Boeing 717-200 aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce BR715 engines. The existing nacelle flight hour agreement provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services, management of spare parts, rotables and dedicated Goodrich technical support.

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Contract For Helicopter Navigation Enhancements Awarded To SNC

Sierra Nevada Corporation To Develop Enhanced Three-Dimensional Imaging Radar, Symbology For Operations In Degraded Visual Environments

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) has been awarded a contract to fulfill the Degraded Visual Environments (DVE) Operational Needs Statement (ONS) issued by the US Army Aviation Networks Mission Planning (ANMP) Program Directorate.

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'Big Frog' Down In Southern California

French Racing Plane Went Down In A Field Near Camarillo Airport

A French racing airplane known as "Big Frog" went down Wednesday in a  field in outside Camarillo, CA. The pilot suffered only a minor leg wound, but the FAA preliminary report lists the aircraft as "destroyed."

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Gone West: Lieutenant Colonel Luke Weathers, Jr.

Retired Tuskegee Airman Missed Opening Of 'Red Tails' Film

While many of us may have been going to local movie theaters Friday to see the George Lucas film, "Red Tails," another of the real Tuskegee Airmen was being interred at Arlington National Cemetery near the nation's capital. Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Luke Weathers, Jr. was one of the thousands of men associated with the first opportunity for black pilots to fly for the US in combat. He died at age 90 in October.

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AD: The Boeing Company 767 Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-06

PRODUCT: Certain Model 767-200 and 767-300 series airplanes.

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AD: Cirrus Design Corporation

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-11

PRODUCT: Cirrus Model SR22T airplanes

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Aero-TV: Becker's ACU6100 -- A New Audio Panel for the Fixed Wing Market

New Fixed Wing Digital Audio Panel Optimized For Fixed-Wing Aircraft

A new fixed wing digital audio panel for the Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS6100 was unveiled at NBAA 2011 by Becker Avionics. The new panel variant of the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100 is specifically tailored for fixed-wing applications. The new fixed-wing ACU6100 will come in a horizontal and vertical format to ease retrofit installations.

Aero-TV: Becker's ACU6100 -- A New Audio Panel for the Fixed Wing Market

New Fixed Wing Digital Audio Panel Optimized For Fixed-Wing Aircraft

A new fixed wing digital audio panel for the Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS6100 was unveiled at NBAA 2011 by Becker Avionics. The new panel variant of the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100 is specifically tailored for fixed-wing applications. The new fixed-wing ACU6100 comes in a horizontal and vertical format to ease retrofit installations. The new fixed-wing audio control panel is similar to the standard ACU6100, but includes oxygen mic switching, marker beacon mute and other functions. The panel will be available in a number of different lighting options, from soft white light to NVG compatible

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GAMA Comments On Obama State Of The Union Address

Asks Him To 'Fix His Policy Blind Spot' When It Comes To GA

In his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday night, President Obama embraced U.S. manufacturing in his “blueprint” for revitalizing the economy and job creation. While encouraging, the GAMA hopes the president will abandon his depreciation tax proposal on business aviation that would hurt the economic recovery of the general aviation manufacturing industry.  

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NTSB Releases Prelim In PA Cessna 441 Accident

Early Evidence Inconclusive, Right Prop Shows No Sign Of Power At Impact

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident involving a Cessna 441 airplane which went down on approach to York Airport in Pennsylvania on December 22nd last year. The flight appeared to be fairly normal up until the pilot overshot the centerline of the runway and began a right turn before impacting terrain. The pilot, who was the only person on board at the time of the accident, was fatally injured.

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TSA Policy Riles US Senator

Rand Paul Of Kentucky Promises Legislation

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has gone public with an op-ed contribution in the Washington Times, detailing an encounter with TSA Monday in Nashville, in which he paints the TSA as intrusive, yet ineffective. The agency has responded with its side of the story in the official TSA blog.

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FAA Will Not Pursue AD For Beech Elevator Cables

Australia's CASA Had Issued An Emergency AD Last Week Grounding Most Bonanzas

After discussions with Australian authorities and reviewing recommendations from the American Bonanza Society (ABS), the FAA tells ABS it will not pursue any airworthiness action regarding control cables as a result of Australia's Urgent Airworthiness Directives, issued last week.

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Family Of Helo Crash Victim Files Suit

Daughters Say It's Not About The Money

The family of 57-year-old Medical Procurement Technician David Hines has filed suit against the operator of a helicopter in which Hines died on December 26, 2011. As ANN reported, the Bell 206B was making a run to retrieve a donated heart from a hospital in Gainesville, FL for transplant into a waiting recipient at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Eclipse Ailerons

Recommends Immediate Joint Inspection, Replacement If Necessary

The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) directed towards owners and operators of Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. EA500 model series aircraft (under Type Certificate Data Sheet A00002AC) of an airworthiness concern. Specifically, this SAIB provides guidance for inspection of the aileron joints and replacement with redesigned parts.

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ALPA Calls On Congress To Pass One Final FAA Funding Extension

Not Enough Time To Finalize Long-Term Bill Before Continuing Resolution Expires

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a short-term extension of the FAA reauthorization Tuesday, ensuring that funding for the agency will continue beyond January 31, when the previous FAA extension expires. The U.S. Senate is expected to pass a short-term extension later this week.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.26.12)

“While we commend President Obama for his emphasis on manufacturing, we continue to warn of the negative impact his depreciation tax proposal would have on the sale of business aviation aircraft.” Source: GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.26.12): Constant Pressure Chart

Alternate term for Isobaric Chart; a weather map representing conditions on a surface of equal atmospheric pressure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.26.12)

National EMS Pilot's Association (NEMSPA)

The National EMS Pilots Association is a professional organization dedicated to serving pilots involved in the air-medical transport industry, and to improving the quality and safety of those services.

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