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September 16, 2011

Boeing Calls Off Delivery Celebration For 1st B747-8

Contract Issues With cargolux Apparently Serious Enough To Kill Official Delivery

It's kinda like getting left at the altar... With little in the way of actual detail to expl;ain the problem, Boeing has called off the much-ballyhooed celebration for the delivery of their 1st B747-8... because the customer, cargolux, is unhappy. Just yesterday (Wednesday) Boeing exec Randy Tinseth (appointed VP, Marketing, for Boeing Commercial Airplanes in April 2007) blogged that, "While final preps are underway for Monday’s first delivery of the 747-8 Freighter to our launch customer Cargolux, there’s a bit of a party atmosphere around the Everett factory right now...

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.16.11

The FAA is funded again - temporarily.
Justice Ginsburg is OK after using an airliner's evacuation slide.
And the families of 3407 urge the OMB to move quickly on crew rest rules.


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GAO Report Finds That Tarmac Delay Rules Make Cancellations More Likely

Effect Is Most Notable At Smaller Airports

A report published last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that flight cancellations have become more likely since the imposition of a three-hour tarmac delay rule, and that the effects are most pronounced at airports serving communities of 50,000 or fewer.

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NTSB Prelim Released In Santa Monica Accident

No Fatalities When Student Pilot Reported Airspeed Indicator Problem, Overshot Runway On Landing

The student pilot flying a Cessna 172 did the right thing when he requested a return to Santa Monica airport (KSMO) after reporting an airspeed indicator malfunction, but was unable to execute a successful go-around when he ran out of runway after flying a traffic pattern that was too tight. Fortunately, no one was fatally injured in the accident, but the accident broke the pilot's leg, and two people painting a house sustained minor injuries when the plane went down.

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Yak 42 May Have Departed With Parking Brake Set

Russian Media Reporting Low-Time Crew May Have Made 'Blonde's Mistake'

In the case of a Yak 42 airliner (file photo shown) that crashed in Russia September 7, killing 44 people, Russian media is reporting that investigators have ruled out possible causes including low-quality fuel, engine failure and other technical malfunction. Speculation is now directed at a mistake almost everyone has made in an automobile at some point - forgetting to release the parking brake.

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PSA Airlines Flight Attendants Vote To Strike

FAs Say They Will Implement 'CHAOS' If New Contract Is Not Reached

PSA Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have overwhelmingly authorized a strike should management fail to negotiate a new contract with terms that are fair to the PSA Flight Attendants. After mediated negotiations recently stalled over compensation, retirement, insurance and related issues, PSA Flight Attendants sent what the union calls a "loud and clear message" to management that action will be taken if a new, improved agreement is not reached.

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G550 Connects Savannah And Campinas, Brazil, In Record Time

Aircraft Type Has Set More Than 50 Speed Records

A Gulfstream G550 recently demonstrated its long-range performance capabilities when it set a city-pair speed record between Savannah, GA, and Campinas, Brazil. On Aug. 8, the aircraft took off from the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport at 0756 EDT with 11 passengers and one flight attendant on board and international captains Eric Parker and Anthony Briotta in the cockpit.

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Abilene Regional Airport Gets FAA Grant

Projects Already Identified For $6.9 Million In Federal And Local Funds

Abilene Regional Airport (KABI) has been awarded an FAA AIP grant of nearly $7 million for improvements to the airport's taxiways and design for a taxiway reconstruction project. The federal money will be supplemented by $345,000 from the local government.

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Flying Colours Delivers First Completed Challenger 850 To Middle East

Second Executive Jet Also Delivered To Russia As International Business Grows

Following its first mainland China delivery of a Bombardier Challenger 850 business jet in the Spring, Ontario-based Flying Colours Corp. has delivered two completed Challenger 850s ... one to the Middle East and one to Russia ... in the last three months.

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GE Aviation Opens Electrical Power Research & Development Center In UK

R&D Center Will Focus On Advanced Power Generation, Distribution, & Avionic Control Technologies For Military And Civil Aerospace

A new Electrical Power Integration Center (EPIC) has been opened by GE Aviation in Cheltenham, UK. The 30,000 sq. ft. facility is located on the GE Aviation campus in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. "Electrical power engineers and technicians at the center will develop some of the latest end-to-end power generation, distribution, load and avionic control technologies,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO of GE Aviation Systems.

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Suburban Chicago High School Near O'Hare Gets Noise Abatement Grant

Elk Grove High School To Receive $11.6 Million For Soundproofing

The FAA has approved an $11.5 million grant for noise abatement at Elk Grove High School in the Chicago suburb to insulate the school from jet noise from nearby O'Hare International Airport. The grant was announced at a meeting of the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission (ONCC).

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First MD530F Helicopters Delivered To The U.S. Army

Utility Helos Headed To Afghanistan As Training Aircraft

The U.S. Army took delivery Tuesday of six MD530F helicopters at the company's facility in Mesa Arizona. The delivery is part of a package that will eventually supply as many as 54 aircraft under the Department of the Army Rotary Wing Primary Training Aircraft (TWPTA) contract worth $186 million.

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NASA Selects Contractor for ICESat-2 Spacecraft

Orbital Sciences To Design And Build The Satellite

NASA has selected Orbital Science Corporation of Dulles, VA, to build the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) spacecraft. Under the terms of the $135 million delivery order (including the spacecraft and all associated options), the contractor will be responsible for the design and fabrication of the ICESat-2 spacecraft bus, integration of the government-furnished instrument, satellite-level testing, on-orbit satellite check-out, and continuing on-orbit engineering support.

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Aero-TV: WingX Pushes the Limits -- Synthetic Vision On The iPad!!

WingX Takes The iPad To New Heights of Capability

Announced at Oshkosh, aviation synthetic vision is now available on the iPad. Hilton Software boasted of the addition of Synthetic Vision to its flagship WingX Pro7 for iPad product -- an addition that depicts 3D terrain using its high-resolution terrain database, obstacles using a comprehensive obstacle database, and airport runways.

Aero-TV: WingX Pushes the Limits -- Synthetic Vision On The iPad!!

WingX Takes The iPad To New Heights of Capability

Announced at Oshkosh, aviation synthetic vision is now available on the iPad. Hilton Software boasted of the addition of Synthetic Vision to its flagship WingX Pro7 for iPad product -- an addition that depicts 3D terrain using its high-resolution terrain database, obstacles using a comprehensive obstacle database, and airport runways.

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FAA Extension Gains Senate Approval

But Back Pay For Employees Furloughed In July Is Not Part Of Bill

The 22nd temporary extension of the FAA's funding which finally got agreement in the US Senate yesterday will avoid another debacle like July's layoff of 4,000 of the agency's employees. But to get a "clean" bill which wouldn't be delayed by controversy, a provision which would have provided back pay to those furloughed in July was dropped. The sponsor of that provision says he'll continue to push for a bipartisan, stand-alone bill to make things right with FAA workers.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Some Pratt & Whitney Canada Engines

Issues Found With Certain First Stage Reduction Sun Gears

The FAA has sent a notice of an emergency AD (2011-20-51) to owners and operators of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-15AG, -27, -28, -34, -34AG, -34B, and -36 series turboprop engines. The move was prompted by failures of certain first stage reduction sun gears, manufactured by Timken Alcor Aerospace Technologies, Inc.

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Deadline For 2012 GA Awards Is Fast Approaching

Application Packets Due At Local FSDOs By September 30th

The deadline for applications for the 2012 General Aviation Awards Program (GAAP) is September 30, 2011. Begun in 1963, the GA Awards program has evolved into a joint program between the aviation industry and the FAA to recognize excellence in four categories: Certificated Flight Instructor of the Year, Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year, FAASTeam Representative of the Year, and Avionics Technician of the Year.

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Inhofe Requests Hearing For Pilot’s Bill Of Rights

Request Has 31 Co-Signers In The Senate

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), a member of the Senate General Aviation Caucus and certified flight instructor with more than 10,000 flight hours, sent a letter Thursday  to Chairman John Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX) of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee requesting a hearing and markup of S. 1335, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights Act. Inhofe introduced this legislation in July and currently has 33 cosponsors, 13 of which are members of the committee.

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White House Asked Military Official To Change GPS Interference Testimony

Some See The Attempt As A Payback To A Democratic Donor

Before he was scheduled to testify before a Congressional oversight committee, General William Shelton, who leads the Air Force Space Command, says he was asked by the White House to change his testimony to make it more sympathetic to a company trying to place a nationwide wireless broadband service on frequencies adjacent to the GPS spectrum.

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Klyde Morris 09.16.11

Klyde's Crystal Ball Looks Into The President's Future

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Kansas Republican Representative Introduces BARR-Preservation Bill

H.R. 2897 Draws Bipartisan Support

Kansas Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has introduced legislation to fully reinstate the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, so that aircraft owners and operators can opt out of having their flights broadcast over the Internet.

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Zenith Aircraft Company Holds 20th Annual Open Hangar Day & Fly-In

Festivities Begin Friday Afternoon At Company HQ At Missouri's Mexico Municipal Airport

Twenty years is in business is a good track record for any company, and perhaps even more notable for an airplane kit maker in a very soft economy. But Zenith Aircraft has not only survived, but some would say flourished though a period that saw many aviation businesses close their doors. To celebrate, Zenith Aircraft Company is holding its 20th annual Open Hangar Day and Fly-In Gathering this Saturday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.16.11)

“The Pilot’s Bill of Rights is desperately needed to enhance the relationship between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and members of the general aviation community. The measure ensures fairness and improved communication between the FAA and pilots.” Source: Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) requesting a hearing and markup on his "Pilot's Bill of Rights."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.16.11): 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 (09.16.11)

Advocates For Aviation Safety Foundation (AFASF)

The WINGS Pilot Proficiency Program is designed to help each pilot construct an educational curriculum suitable for their unique flight requirements. It encourages pilots to continue aviation educational pursuits requiring review, education and flight proficiency, in the areas of operation found in current Practical Test Standards (PTS), that correspond with the leading accident causal factors in the United States.

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