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March 16, 2012

Airbus: India Needs Over 1,040 Aircraft Over The Next 20 Years

Demand Is For More Efficient Airplanes

According to the most recent marked forecast prepared by Airbus, Indian carriers will require 1,043 new passenger (1,020) and freighter (23) aircraft valued at $145 billion between now and 2030 to satisfy surging annual demand. India’s market for new aircraft makes it the world’s fourth largest in both number of aircraft and value.

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US Airways Employees To Split $12 Million In Profit Sharing

Total Of $25 Million Distributed In Profit Sharing Awards And Bonuses

For the second year in a row, US Airways employees will receive profit sharing checks recognizing their contribution to the Company's full year profit. US Airways reported a $111 million profit for 2011.

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Airline Passengers 75 And Up Can Keep Their Shoes On, At Least At Some Airports

TSA Tries Pilot Program At Four U.S. Airports

As part of what TSA says is an ongoing effort to move towards a more intelligence-driven security system, enhance aviation security and improve passenger experiences at security checkpoints, the agency is testing modified screening procedures for passengers 75 and older.

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Air Traffic Controllers To Get Ongoing Training

FAA Implements Initiative To Reduce, Prevent Controller Mistakes

In a move being described as a "cultural change in air-traffic safety," the FAA has instituted a policy requiring ongoing training for air traffic controllers as part of a larger plan to identify potential safety threats rather than open investigations after the fact.

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India Unsatisfied With Compensation Offer For Delayed Dreamliner

Seeks An Increase In The $500 Million Offer From Boeing

The Aviation Ministry of India says Boeing should offer more than the $500 million on the table for three years of delays in delivering the Dreamliner to Air India. And they say if the deliveries are delayed further, the compensation should continue to go up.

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LightSquared Hires Top Lawyers For Possible FCC Legal Challenge

Company Hopes To Minimize Losses Attributed To Agency Decision

LightSquared has hired some high-powered legal help as it looks at ways to minimize its losses after the FCC shot down its plans for a nationwide 4G wireless data network. The transmissions from terrestrial sources were found to interfere with most existing GPS receivers, which posed a major problem for aviation safety.

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Vulcan Flight Tests Scheduled For April

Last Flying V-Force Aircraft Scheduled To Highlight Falklands Anniversary

The last flying Vulcan should be taking to the skies again in April as supporters dig deep to fund her annual maintenance. More than £100,000 (approx. $157,000 U.S.) was raised in February, giving the charity’s Trustees the confidence needed to send vital aircraft systems to specialist suppliers for refurbishment.

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Boeing Completes Preliminary Design Review Of CTS-100

Commercial Crew Space Transportation Vehicle Includes Launch Vehicle And Ground System

A Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of Boeing’s integrated Commercial Crew Space Transportation system, which includes the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft,was completed on March 12. The integrated system will provide the United States with the capability to transport people and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), the Bigelow Space Complex and other destinations in low Earth orbit.

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NASA Releases New WISE Mission Catalog Of Entire Infrared Sky

Photos Show Over Half A Billion Stars, Galaxies, And Other Celestial Objects

NASA unveiled a new atlas and catalog of the entire infrared sky Wednesday showing more than a half billion stars, galaxies and other objects captured by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission. "Today, WISE delivers the fruit of 14 years of effort to the astronomical community," said Edward Wright, WISE principal investigator at UCLA, who first began working on the mission with other team members in 1998.

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Canadian STC Approved For Aspen Flight Displays

Transport Canada OKs Night VFR Configuration In AS350 Helos

Aeronav Avionics of Pitt Meadows, BC has been given the go-ahead by Transport Canada for  installation of Aspen Avionics Evolution EFD1000H/MFD500H dual display, night VFR configuration in the AS350 series helicopter.

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NASA Selects Next Class Of Student Ambassadors

Group Includes 100 Interns From 73 Universities

NASA recently inducted 100 high-performing interns into the 2012 NASA Student Ambassadors Virtual Community. Their selection is part of the agency's effort to engage undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, mathematics and technology, or STEM, research and interactive opportunities.

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Typhoon Hits Unusual Milestone

Test Airplane Has 'Flown' Further Than Any Of Its Type ... And Never Left The Ground

Typhoon has completed 11,000 hours in a special BAE Systems test-rig. Tailor-made for the aircraft, the rig is located in Brough in the North East of England, and can simulate the most demanding conditions Typhoon is ever likely to encounter.

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Airborne 03.16.12: Cessna's Meltdown, Fuel-Injected Rotax, Boeing v Airbus v WTO

Also: Tecnam, WingX, HBC Furloughs, Online Medicals, Collier Trophy, FAA Forecast, Vicki Cruse Scholarships... and MORE!
First of all, let's offer up an apology for being a few hours late with this edition of Airborne. As we were in the midst of producing this program, Airborne Host Ashley Hale got an early morning call with the news that she was in the processing of becoming an Aunt... and let's face it, that was important stuff, indeed, and worth a little extra time so that she could be part of that amazing event. In the meantime, though, there's lots of pretty cool news on the aviation front as well... some good and some bad. We're not sure what's going on at Cessna, but their top people seem to be fleeing the nest. There's a new Fuel-injected version

Felix Baumgartner Completes Practice Jump From Over 71 Thousand Feet

Preparing For Record Setting Skydive From Over 23 Miles In Altitude

In the first of several practice jumps leading up to a record-setting skydiving attempt, Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian BASE jumper aiming to break the world freefall record by jumping from 120,000ft above the earth’s surface, moved a step closer to achieving his dream Thursday after the successful completion of a test flight from 71,581 ft.

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House Leaders Put TSA On Notice For Implementing Reforms

Three Committee Chairs Say Airports Must Be Allowed To Opt Out Of Federal Screening

House Committee leaders on Tuesday put the TSA on notice that they expect the agency to implement reforms included in a new aviation law ensuring that airports can opt out of all-federal security screening.

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EASA Issues Eurocopter Emergency AD

Crack Was Detected On The Lower Hub-Shaft Flange Of A Main Rotor Hub (MRH) Shaft

EASA has issued an emergency AD applicable to some Eurocopter EC 135 and EC 635 model helicopters. During a periodical inspection of an EC 135 helicopter, a crack was detected on the lower hub-shaft flange of a main rotor hub (MRH) shaft.

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SpaceX Marks 10 Year Anniversary

Founded In 2002, The Company Has Moved To The Fore Of The Commercial Space Industry

Ten years ago on March 14th, SpaceX was founded with the goal of helping make the human race a multi-planetary species. The company says it remains firmly committed to this goal.

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FAA Certifies GE H80 Turboprop Engine

Move Follows EASA Certification In December

The FAA has approved type certification for GE Aviation's H80 turboprop engine. The move follows similar certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that the engine received in December.

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Sun 'n Fun Appointing Itself Arbiter Of Who Is and Isn't 'Media'

After Trashing The First Amendment For Over A Decade, SnF Sets A New Low In Un-American Nonsense

Aero-News Analysis/Opinion by Jim Campbell, ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief For those of you who thought we were uncharacteristically quiet, this time of year, about all matters Lakeland and Sun 'n Fun, I need to tell you that we tried to keep it that way. Really. We're as sick of them and the mess that they've created as anyone could possibly be. The doddering, faltering, Fly-In that has alienated so much of the industry simply wasn't worth the electrons we used to devote to the matter until a recent new low was set, even by SnF standards, as an SnF staffer told us that they would be determining who and what qualified as media for the upcoming Lakeland event, held on

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Klyde Morris 03.16.2012

Nothing To See Here ... Move Along ...


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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.16.12)

“TSA attempted to shut down this cost-effective and more efficient screening model for airports. The private sector almost always performs more effectively and efficiently than the federal government” Source: House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.16.12): IFR Over-The-Top

With respect to the operation of aircraft, means the operation of an aircraft over-the-top on an IFR flight plan when cleared by air traffic control to maintain VFR conditions or VFR conditions on top.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.16.12)

The GAAC claims to be the most representative UK body in General Aviation, and says it is recognized as such by Government, the CAA and others to be the organization that speaks for General Aviation on planning and environmental issues.

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