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November 15, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.15.11

A middle east finance group buys a majority share in Diamond Aircraft.
An American flight hits a fire truck at DFW.
And was that Mexican helo crash really caused by weather?

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Cessna Highlights Saudi Arabia As 'The Market to Watch'

Sees Mid-East Country As The 'Greatest Opportunity' For BizJet Sales

Saudi Arabia will lead the resurgence of the Middle East business aviation market, according to Cessna's Senior VP for sales Mark Paolucci.

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Rotorcraft Manufacturers Welcomed Into GAMA Membership

Bell Helicopter Becomes First Such Company To Be Accepted

GAMA announced Monday that its Board of Directors has voted to expand the Association’s membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers and to accept one of the world’s leading companies, Bell Helicopter, as the first GAMA member from this sector of general aviation products.

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Middle East Remains Strong Market For Gulfstream

Business Jets Increasingly Seen As Essential Business Tools In Region, Company President Says

The Middle East market for Gulfstream jets continues to expand, and, increasingly these aircraft are being used as essential transportation to pursue investments and business interests around the world,  Gulfstream Aerospace President Larry Flynn told reporters at the Dubai Air Show Monday.

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Rolls-Royce Wins $280m Order From Garuda Indonesia Airlines

Engines To Power Four Airbus A330s On Order

Rolls-Royce has won a $280 million order, at list prices, from Garuda Indonesia Airlines for Trent 700 engines to power four Airbus A330 aircraft. In addition, the airline confirmed a previous order for Trent 700 engines to power six A330s, which was announced last year. All ten aircraft will have long-term TotalCare service support.

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Lufthansa Selects CFM56-5B Engines To Power New A320 Aircraft

Cites Greater Efficiency, Lower Emissions As Important Factors

Deutsche Lufthansa and CFM International announced the selection of the CFM56-5B to power four new Airbus A320 aircraft in a firm engine order valued at approximately $60 million (U.S.) at list price at the Dubai Air Show Monday. The aircraft order was announced in September of this year and the airline will take delivery in 2012 and 2013.

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Embraer Pulls Back From Potential Challenge To Boeing, Airbus

Will Re-Engine Its E-Series Regional Jetliners Rather Than Develop New Narrow-Body Airplane

Embraer's president of Commercial Aviation Paulo Cesar Souza e Silva said that the company plans to re-engine its E-Series regional jetliners and will not enter into a direct competition with Boeing and Airbus for a share of the single-aisle narrowbody market. Silva's remarks came during a Sunday news conference at the Dubai Air Show.

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U.S. DOT Issues First Fine For Tarmac Delay Rule Violation

American Eagle Airlines Fined For Lengthy Tarmac Delays

The U. S. DOT today fined American Eagle Airlines $900,000 for lengthy tarmac delays that took place at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on May 29, 2011. This is the first fine for a violation of the Department’s rule, which took effect in April 2010, setting a three-hour limit for tarmac delays on domestic flights.

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EADS/Airbus, Boeing Confirmed As Foundation Partners For Global Aerospace Summit

Global Industry Leaders Joined By Growing List Of Confirmed Speakers For 2012 Meeting

EADS/Airbus and Boeing, the two largest Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) in the world, have confirmed their positions as foundation partners of Global Aerospace Summit 2012 to be held in Abu Dhabi from 16th- 19th April. As Foundation Partners, the two companies will play a key role contributing to the development and shape of the Summit program content, and already have representatives on the Summit’s Advisory Board.

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Boeing Opens South Carolina Delivery Center

Handover Of First South Carolina-Built 787 Dreamliner Expected In 2012

Boeing marked the opening of its new South Carolina Delivery Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony in North Charleston Friday. Elected officials and representatives from community and business groups, suppliers and subcontractors joined more than 500 Boeing employees to commemorate the occasion. In honor of Veterans Day, Boeing South Carolina paid tribute to veteran teammates by selecting men and women who served in the armed forces from various site operations to assist in cutting the ribbon on stage.

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Piper Archer Down In The English Channel

Prominent U.K. Businessman Fatally Injured, Wife Survives

A rented Piper Archer flown by U.K. businessman Ian Dickinson went down in the English Channel Saturday, resulting in the fatal injury of the 79-year-old pilot. Dickinson's wife Ann-Marie reportedly attempted to pull him from the sinking airplane, but was unsuccessful. She was picked up by a passing Russian cargo ship, and treated for exposure and hypothermia.

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Passenger Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Money From FA

Was Returning From Vacation In Iceland, May Have Flushed Cash In Airplane Lav

A man from Massachusetts has been arrested and charged with stealing $300 from a flight attendant on an Iceland Air flight to Boston on Sunday ... but the evidence may be difficult, and messy, to recover.

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United Airlines, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement

Mechanic's Contract Will Go To Membership For Approval

United Airlines, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Continental Holdings, Inc. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) announced that they reached a tentative agreement on a labor contract for mechanics at United.

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Aero-TV: Pilotbrief Optima For PC & iPAD -- WSI's Preflight Weather At Your Fingertips

Weather Data On The Go, Courtesy Of WSI

Getting around by airplane might seem something akin to magic to those who don't have the educational background the average pilot accumulates as they learn to fly... and accumulating weather data, on the go, still seems like magic to those of us who used to have to depend on FAA Briefers, Ma Bell, and the like just a few short years ago.

Monumental Milestone! Robinson Produces 10,000th Helicopter!

Frank Robinson's Innovative Chopper Revitalized An Industry

Yes... GA and BizAv is in really rough shape... but one of the truly monumental American aviation success stories revolves solely around the little helicopter that could -- and keeps doing so -- through some 10000 iterations thus far. On the 10th of November, Robinson Helicopter delivered R44 S/N 13217, the company’s 10,000th helicopter to come off its production line. A celebration was held at the Torrance factory. Company employees along with representatives from the city, the FAA and many of Robinson’s vendors were in attendance.

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Aero-TV: Pilotbrief Optima For PC & iPAD--WSI's Preflight WX At Your Fingertips

Weather Data On The Go, Courtesy Of WSI

Getting around by airplane might seem something akin to magic to those who don't have the educational background the average pilot accumulates as they learn to fly... and accumulating weather data, on the go, still seems like magic to those of us who used to have to depend on FAA Briefers, Ma Bell, and the like just a few short years ago. WSI Pilotbrief Optima provides access to WSI's awarding winning Pilotbrief service via a standard browser and internet connection -- and now the iPad! WSI Pilotbrief Optima is perfect for any pilot that requires a high quality and dependable professional briefing service. Since WSI Pilotbrief Op

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Boeing, Airbus Release Mid-East Growth Forecasts

Both Companies See Plenty Of Opportunity In The Region

Both Airbus and Boeing have released their market forecasts for the Middle East at the opening of the Dubai Air Show, and both companies see reasons for optimism about airline growth in the region. Boeing projects  that airlines in the Middle East will need an estimated 2,520 airplanes worth $450 billion by 2030. The forecast comes as the region's carriers continue to surpass global air traffic and capacity growth rates. Airbus said it expects the aircraft fleet to almost triple in the next 20 years.

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Boeing, Oman Air Announce Order for Six Boeing Dreamliners

Order Increases 787 Customer Base In Middle East

Boeing and Oman Air, Sultanate of Oman's flagship carrier, announced an order for six Boeing 787-8s at the Dubai Airshow Monday. The airline completed an arrangement with Boeing and Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO to transfer existing orders for the six Dreamliners from ALAFCO to Oman Air.

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GAMA Announces Leadership For 2012

Three New Members Added To The Association's Roster

The Board of Directors of GAMA has elected Caroline Daniels, chairman and CEO of ATP, as GAMA’s chairman for 2012. Daniels previously served as GAMA’s vice chairman of the board and as chairman of GAMA’s Safety Committee. Brad Mottier, vice president and general manager of Business and General Aviation at GE Aviation, has been selected as GAMA’s vice chairman. Mottier will also continue to serve as chairman of the Technical Policy Committee throughout the coming year.

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ALAFCO Expands Commitment To Airbus A320neo

Signs Initial Firm Order For 50 At Dubai Airshow

The Kuwait-based international Aviation Lease and Finance Company ALAFCO has finalized a purchase order for 50 A320neo Family aircraft and took options for 30 more to be finalized by year end. The firm contract signed Monday at the 2011 Dubai Airshow is an increase of the initial agreement made at the Paris Le Bourget Airshow for 30 A320neo aircraft which are now confirmed.

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New Space Station Crew Members Launch From Kazakhstan

Docking With ISS Planned For Tuesday

NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin launched to the International Space Station at 2314 EST Sunday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Second Space Shuttle Launch Remembered (Part 2)

I WAS THERE… Only This Time I Was Closer - Part 2

When last we left me at KSC, the space shuttle Columbia was poised for its second launch and I found myself as an NIP, (Non- Important Person) observing at a place called Bunker number 7 among a group of VIPs.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.15.11)

"We ... look forward to partnering with the rotorcraft operating community, in particular the Helicopter Association International, on efforts to bolster safety and increase the economic reach of the industry.” Source: GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.15.11): Holding Pattern

A racetrack pattern, involving two turns and two legs, used to keep an aircraft within a prescribed airspace with respect to a geographic fix.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.15.11)

Professional Helicopter Pilot's Association

The mission statement of the PHPA is to Promote safety and understanding among helicopter pilots.

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