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May 17, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.18.12

New Safety Measures to keep the F-22 Raptor flying…

TSA to strengthen cargo screening… 

A new report says TSA wastes millions of

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FAA Steps Up Enforcement Of Laser Penalties

The Number Of Laser Incidents Rose In 2011

The FAA has directed its investigators and staff to pursue stiffer penalties for individuals who purposefully point laser devices at aircraft. “Shining a laser at an airplane is not a laughing matter. It’s dangerous for both pilots and passengers, and we will not tolerate it,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will pursue the toughest penalties against anyone caught putting the safety of the flying public at risk.”

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XCOR Aerospace Announces Lynx Suborbital Flight Winner

Jennifer Brisco Will Fly Aboard A Lynx Spacecraft

The grand prize winner of a contest sponsored by XCOR Aerospace is Jennifer Brisco, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area of California Jennifer has won a trip aboard the Lynx Mark I suborbital launch vehicle.

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Senator Inquiring Into Google Use Of Gov’t Facility

Internet Giant Bases Its Aircraft At Moffett Airfield

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) wants to find out if Google is getting a sweetheart deal on its lease of an airfield operated by NASA. The senator inquired about “troubling allegations” regarding the small fleet of aircraft owned by Google that are based at Moffett Airfield in California, a former Naval Air Station now operated by NASA.

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Flight Attendant Anniversary Highlights Evolution Of Profession

AFA Honors First Flight Attendant Ellen Church

Eight-two years ago, on May 15th, 1930, Ellen Church became the first flight attendant to be hired by an airline. In recognition of the event, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) International President Veda Shook issued a statement honoring the first "skygirl."

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New Efficient Aircraft Design Seeks Public Funding

Winner Of NASA’s Green Flight Challenge Continues Development

A new design in private aircraft might offer fuel efficiency better than many automobiles. Synergy Aircraft is developing a single-engine design that carries up to five passengers with a fuel efficiency of 40 miles per gallon, according to a posting on the EAA’s site. The aircraft’s designers say it can achieve ten times the economy of a small jet at ten percent of the cost.

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SAFE Membership Elects Three Directors

One Incumbent, Two New Directors Chosen

The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently announced the results of its annual election to fill three seats on its nine-member Board of Directors.

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American Airlines Agents Press NMB To Move Forward On Union Election

More Than 23,000 Agents And Supporters Sign Petition Calling On The NMB To Enforce The Law

A group of American Airlines passenger service agents and supporters from the Communications Workers of America today took their case directly to the National Mediation Board’s general counsel, calling on her to move forward on the union representation election for nearly 10,000 agents.

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Approved Model List Extended For Avidyne MLX770

Amended STC Approval Adds Pilatus And Diamond Aircraft Plus The Addition Of  Avidyne’s Newest EX600 MFD As An Approved Display

The FAA has granted an amended STC to Avidyne for the MLX770 two-way worldwide Iridium datalink transceiver, which extends its approved model list (AML) to include Pilatus and Diamond aircraft. This amended STC also adds the EX600 multi-function display (MFD) as an approved display.

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NC DOT Awards Grants To GA Airports

Funds Can Be Used For A Wide Range Of Projects

The NC Division of Aviation has awarded $9,639,270 for Vision 100 funds from the FAA to several general aviation airports across the state. Airports can use the funds for general airfield improvements, runway safety, runway extensions or even build a new terminal.

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Collings Foundation To Feature Me 262 Replica At Moffett Field

Part Of The 'Wings Of Freedom' Tour Visiting Mountain View, CA

The Collings Foundation will display a replica of Germany's WWII operational jet fighter, the Me 262, during the "Wings of Freedom" tour stop at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, CA, May 18th-26th. Along with "White 1", the display will feature a collection of rare WWII aircraft, including the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang. The aircraft will fly into Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, CA.

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Police Searching For Aircraft Laser Attack Perpetrators

Two Incidents Occurred Within Minutes

Utah police are looking for suspects after green lasers were pointed at two airborne aircraft landing at Salt Lake City International Airport last week. USA Today reports the first incident involved a Southwest Boeing 737 flying at 9,500 feet above the ground, while the second incident involved a Lear jet at 6,000 feet about twelve minutes later.

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CAF Announces New VP Of Development For CAF Foundation

Newest Member Spent 24 Years With The EAA

Following an extensive nation-wide search, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is excited to announce that Steven L. Buss of Oshkosh, Wis., will be joining the International Headquarters team in Midland/Odessa, Texas, as Vice President of Development for the CAF Foundation.

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Classic Aero-TV: Teacher's Day At Oshkosh -- Inspiring Students Through Aviation

The Heck With The Apples, An Airplane Lesson A Day....

Over 200 teachers from as far as Chevak, Alaska came to the Founders Wing at the EAA AirVenture Museum to attend an event called “Teachers Day”. The event is intended to inspire educators to appreciate the value of aviation as an education tool and provide examples of resources that can be brought to the classroom. Teachers at all grade levels (K-12) from across the United States were invited to participate at no charge. "We are amazed by how many great opportunities are out there to use aviation to engage and motivate kids to learn," said Freeman, "today's students respond to real world

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FAA Issues General Aviation Airports Study

Document Designed To Assist In Airport Planning Decisions

The FAA has released a report called 'General Aviation Airports: A National Asset', which was compiled following an 18-month study to capture the many diverse functions of general aviation (GA) airports. As a result, the general public will have a better understanding of GA airports in the community and within the national air transportation system.

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Boeing Studies 787 Production Rate Increase

New Aircraft Demand Is Growing

Boeing is reportedly on track to reach its production rate target in 2013, and is studying the possibility of increasing that rate. The 787 entered service last year but is more than three years behind schedule due to development delays. Some aviation industry experts doubt that Boeing can raise its production target to 10 aircraft per month when the current rate is 3.5.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For Some EC135 Models

EASA Reports Cracks In Hub-Shaft Flanges On Three Aircraft

The FAA has issued an Emergency AD (EAD 2012-10-51) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 P1, EC135 P2, EC135 P2+,EC135 T1, EC135 T2, and EC135 T2+ helicopters.

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Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Passes The Senate

Measure Called Critical For GA Manufacturers

GAMA on Tuesday praised the Senate's passage of H.R.2072, Export-Import Bank Reauthorization. The bi-partisan legislation extends the bank’s charter into 2014 and grows its authorized lending cap to $140 billion, an increase over the current $100 billion.

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FAA Says Whistle Blower Response Improving

Agency Speeding Up Complaint Investigations

FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta has responded to allegations that his agency ignored or took years to respond to safety concerns raised by employees. He cites as evidence the FAA's 2009 creation of a separate office to respond to whistle-blower complaints.

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By Every Measure, EBACE2012 A Strong Show

Over 12,500 Attendees From 99 Countries Visited Geneva For The Event

Organizers of the 12th Annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2012) said Wednesday that the show concluded as one of the strongest EBACE events yet, demonstrating its value even amidst a challenging European economy.

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FAA Hosts Public Hearing For New SpaceX Facility

New Satellite Launch Site Proposal Well-Received

Hundreds turned out in Brownsville, TX on Tuesday for a public hearing on the proposed SpaceX satellite launch site in Cameron County, and virtually all comments showed a supportive public. According to Gilberto Salinas, spokesman for the Brownsville Economic Development Council, except for a few people voicing concern for area wildlife, dozens of others voiced their support for the new venture.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.17.12)

"This is an absolute dream ... I am in shock right now." Source: Jennifer Brisco, winner of a suborbital flight aboard XCOR's Lynx spacecraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.17.12): Supplementary Aviation Reporting Station

The SAWRS program addresses the concerns of users who depend on weather observations for air operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.17.12)

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