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May 07, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.08.12

Hawker Beechcraft’s wins early Chapter 11 approvals…

It’s now T-minus 11 days and counting for Space X …

Boeing expects to

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Aviation Companies Expand South Florida’s Job Economy

Aircraft Manufacturers And Service Companies Hiring

If you're looking for a job in aviation, south Florida may be a place you want to consider. Several south Florida communities are actively promoting their region as a place where the the aviation industry is expanding and jobs are being created. Over the past five years at least six companies have increased activity and created jobs. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s expansion and increasing passenger traffic has generated business, according to David Coddington, a business development executive for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

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XCOR Aerospace Hits Route 66 With Experimental ... Motorcycle

Street Bike Used As Platform To Test Propulsion Parts For Lynx Suborbital Vehicle

Let's just say you're an innovative aerospace company building a suborbital vehicle for the commercial space market ... and you're looking for a cost-effective way to test some parts for the propulsion system. Does a motorcycle come immediately to mind?

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Fiftieth F135 Engine Delivered For The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Milestone Mill To Be Installed In A Carrier Variant Aircraft

The 50th production F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II has been delivered  to the U.S. Department of Defense. The milestone engine is scheduled to be installed in a F-35C Carrier Variant (CV) for the United States Navy, which will be delivered to Eglin Air Force Base this summer for Navy pilot training.

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DFW International Airport Reveals New A380 Mockup

First Superjumbo At DFW A Permanent Installation For Fire Training Research Center

A new Airbus A380 was unveilled at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport Thursday, though this particular aircraft will never take flight. The Airport has installed a mockup of the A380, the world's largest passenger jet, at its Fire Training Research Center, where it will help DFW train its own aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) team and others from around the world.

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NASA Announces 2012 Summer Of Innovation Project

Program Designed To Encourage STEM Learning At Middle School Level

NASA's third annual Summer of Innovation (SOI) project is underway. The project is providing hands-on learning opportunities for middle school students and educators through NASA-unique science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educational activities during the summer school break.

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NBAA Announces Maintenance Technical Reward And Career Scholarship Recipients

Awards Going To 35 Technicians To Further Their Eduction

The NBAA and its Maintenance Committee today congratulated 35 recipients of the Association's Maintenance Technical Reward and Career Scholarship (Maintenance TRACS) at NBAA’s Maintenance Management Conference, which was being held this week from May 1 to 3 in Nashville, TN.

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NBP Releases 'We Are NextGen' Short Documentary At Phoenix AAAE Show

Footage Reveals Attitudes And Knowledge About Airports, Air Travel And New Technology

A short documentary entitled “We Are NextGen” was released Tuesday by New Bedford Panoramex Corporation (NBP) featuring interviews with stakeholders in multiple locations in North and South America captured over the past month.

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Philippines Strives To Regain Category 1 Safety Rating

Civil Aviation Authority Addresses Discrepancies

The Philippines is in the middle of working to restore its top aviation safety rating at the Aquino International Airport, which was lost four years ago after an FAA review. The inspectors found multiple discrepancies with the country's aviation safety infrastructure, and the result was the country being downgraded to a Category 2. This meant that the CAAP was not providing proper oversight of its air-carrier operators in accordance with the safety standards established by the ICAO.

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Toll Free Hotline For Stranded Passengers Now Has Global Reach

FlyersRights.org Expands Domestic Service To International Travelers

FlyersRights.org has expanded its hotline for stranded passengers from domestic service to international service. In addition to its hotline, the organization's recently updated iPhone app is being called the number one application for air travelers who get stuck in any type of air travel delay scenario, and who need to know their rights to compensation and other help from the airlines.

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Airport Workers Accused Of Narcotic Smuggling

$500k Worth Of Heroin And Meth Found On Baggage Carousel

Three airport workers have been charged with conspiring to smuggle narcotics into the U.S. through Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport on Delta Air Lines flight 364 which arrived at ATL on January 13 this year from Mexico City.

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Garmin Milestone: 100 Million Products Sold

Not All Of Them For Aviation ... But A Significant Accomplishment

There are more than 100 million GPS devices with "Garmin" stamped on them helping guide people to there destinations. Garmin announced Thursday that it has sold more than 100 million of its products to pilots, motorists, boaters, runners, cyclists, golfers, hikers, hunters, and geocachers in less than a quarter century.

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Eurocopter Names Chief Technical Officer And Head Of Engineering

Jean-Brice Dumont Appointed To the Leadership Role

Jean-Brice Dumont has been named within the Eurocopter Group as Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and Head of Engineering. In this function, he will be reporting directly to Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling and will be a member of the Eurocopter Executive Committee. Mr Dumont succeeds Jean-Michel Billig, Eurocopter Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and  Head of Engineering, who will leave the company mid-year.

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Stupid Fed Trix? Anonymous Unsubstantiated FAA Hotline Call Gets Pilot Suspended

Pilot Targeted By Convicted Criminal/Pilot Gets License Suspended... With No Evidence

Over the last few years, ANN has written about the spate of dangerous and disturbing events that have transpired in connection with the name of Pilot/Conman/Felon David G Riggs. There is now another... and its a doozy. ANN has learned that the FAA Hotline has been used once again as a tool for harassment, defamation and intimidation... and Convicted Felon David Riggs (or someone acting on his behalf) may be behind this mess, as well. 

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Airborne 05.04.12: Piper, Blue Angels, and NTSB Tallies GA Accidents

Also: Cargo Pilots, HBC, Fuel Fraud, Eclipse, Airbus, SpaceX, Bombardier, Plane-Dancing, and P-38s!!

Whew... one of these weeks, we might have a lighter news week and a chance to catch our breath... but THIS was NOT that week. Piper aircraft is continuing with a strong trend in GA aircraft sales and deliveries for the first quarter of 2012, a pattern it had established over the first quarters of the previous two years. The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced the commanding officer for the 2013-14 seasons during a press conference. The NTSB this week released accident statistics for 2011, and while the news was good for a

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NRC Reports Warns Of Weather Satellites’ Decline

Violent Weather And Climate Change Forecasting Ability To Diminish

A report sponsored by the National Research Council is warning that the USA’s ability to track tornadoes, forecast hurricanes and study climate change is about to diminish over time. This is due to the number and capability of weather satellites orbiting Earth is on the decline as tight budgets have delayed or eliminated missions to replace them.

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Klyde Morris (05.07.12)

Klyde Just Can't Get Into The "Spirit"

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Launch Of Sierra Nevada Corporation Announced In Florida

Considering Cape Canaveral For Commercial Operations

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) Space Systems is looking at Florida as a possible location for commercial human spaceflight programs and facilities. SNC’s winged orbital crew vehicle, the Dream Chaser, is in development with plans to launch on the United Launch Alliance Atlas V vehicle from Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. In addition to launch operations, SNC is interested in exploring landing, vehicle processing and other capabilities within the state.

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United Launch Alliance Urges IAM Members To Vote in Favor Of New Contract

Final Offer Presented May 2nd, Union Is Urging Members To Reject The Pact

United Launch Alliance (ULA) has urged its employees represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) to vote this Sunday, May 6, in favor of a new three-year contract. The proposed contract would cover represented employees located at ULA's production operations in Decatur, AL, and at ULA's launch operations in Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA.

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Gadsden Alabama Police Chief Finds Two UAVs

Aircraft Have Been In Storage Since 2010

The police chief of Gadsden, Alabama recently discovered that his department was the proud owner of two unmanned aerial vehicles. The Gadsden Times reports Chief John Crane found out two weeks ago his police department has owned the UAVs since 2010.

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Volunteer Pilots Assist In Marine Mammal Surveys

Sperm Whales, Manatees, Other Animals Counted Along The Entire Coast Of Belize

The Coastal Zone Management Authority & Institute in the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development and CZMAI recently completed marine mammal aerial surveys along the entire coast of Belize.

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FAA Near Approval Of Max-Viz Enhanced Vision System For Hawker Biz Jets

STC Expected Within Two Months

Max-Viz’s Enhanced Vision System for Hawker business jets in the field is on track for Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval within the next two months. A program developed by HBC for installation of Max-Viz EVS-1500 Infrared Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS) on Hawker 750, 800, 850 and 900 series business jets is scheduled for STC approval by June 2012.

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Winnipeg Making Do With One Helicopter

Police Chief Says He Can’t Justify Second Aircraft

Winnipeg’s police chief Keith McCaskill gave an update to the city’s protection committee Monday morning regarding the status of the police department’s helicopter. McCaskill said the department can’t yet justify a second aircraft, after a CTV news report prompted calls for a second unit.

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Lockheed Martin Delivers Last AMP C-5 To Air Force

Seventy-Nine Galaxy Aircraft Now Flying With Modified Avionics

The 79th and final C-5 Galaxy aircraft of the current Avionics Modernization Program was delivered to the Air Force at a ceremony held April 27th at Travis Air Force Base in California. Aircraft 70-448 will be assigned to the Air Force Reserve 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.07.12): Anomalous Propagation

Anomalous Propagation Non-standard atmospheric temperature or moisture gradients will cause all or part of the radar beam to propagate along a non-normal path. When non-standard index-of-refraction distributions prevail, "abnormal" or "anomalous" propagation occurs. When abnormal downward bending occurs, it is called "superrefraction." If the beam is refracted downward sufficiently, it will illuminate the ground and return signals to the radar from distances further than is normally associated with ground targets. The term "subrefraction" is applied when there is abnormal upward bending of the radar beam.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.07.12)

Aero Linx: Aviation Without Borders Aviation Without Borders (AWB) is an exciting UK aviation charity dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance through aviation services irrespective of politics, religion, race or nationality. "The intention", explains one volunteer, "is not to sit idly by, but to act, and to do so not just for the success of the charity or our own satisfaction, but mostly to help others. The motivation comes from the heart." Like no other UK aviation charity, Aviation Without Borders is unique in using the talents and skills of the aviation community, and beyond, in such a worthwhile humanitarian manner. Volunteers face many operating difficulties but the work is fascinating and rewardi

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.07.12)

"Say what you will... but the FAA's priorities seem way out of kilter here... and if this isn't yet another reason for a substantive "Pilot's Bill Of Rights" (even above and beyond what Senator Inhofe proposed last year and more in line with what we've been advocating for TWO DECADES), NOTHING is." Source: From ANN's analysis of a recent story in which the FAA Hotline was AGAIN Used for malicious purposes to try and cause trouble for another pilot... one wonders how long this will go on before the FAA will get a clue... 

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