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July 05, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.06.12

Avidyne Takes a Giant Step Forward in the GNS 430 Replacement Market...

Pilot Error Downed Air France’s Flight 447…

Hawker Files a Bank

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Teamsters File For Representation Elections At Allegiant Air

Airline Says It Would Prefer To Continue Its Direct Relationship With Pilots

The Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said Monday it has made an application to the National Mediation Board (NMB) for a representation election to be held for the pilots of Allegiant Air.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers A Bell 412 To NYPD

Aircraft To Be Used For Counter-Terrorism Missions

A fourth Bell 412 helicopter has been delivered to the New York Police Department. The NYPD currently has three Bell 412s in service for a variety of missions ranging from search and rescue at sea to gathering intelligence and more recently, combating terrorism.

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Army Radar To Allow UAS To Fly In National Air Space

Two-Week Demonstration Program Recently Conlcuded In Utah

By March 2014, the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, an Army unmanned aerial system, or UAS, will be able to train in the same airspace as the Boeing 747, with the help of the Army-developed Ground Based Sense and Avoid system, also known as GBSAA. The Army recently concluded a two-week demonstration of the GBSAA system at Dugway Proving Ground, UT.

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Unique Liberty Capability Unveiled By ATK

Expanded Crew And Cargo Capability Provided By Pressurized Pod

The company leading development of the Liberty commercial spacecraft says it will be able to offer an expanded crew and cargo capability. The extended cargo configuration will allow the Liberty spacecraft, being developed by ATK, to take full advantage of the launch vehicle lift capacity to transport a pressurized pod (the Liberty Logistics Module or LLM) along with the composite crew module.

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Army Accepts Last Persistent Threat Detection System Aerostat

Airship Provides Visual And Audio Battlefield Surveillance

The Persistent Threat Detection System entered its next chapter, May 29, as Lt. Col. Michael Parodi, product manager Meteorological and Target Identification, was on hand at the Lockheed Martin facility in Dayton, Ohio; to accept the delivery of the last PTDS ordered. Since its original introduction as a quick reaction capability the Army has procured 66 systems that have been used in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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NASA Extends Contract for Mission, Crew Operations Support

United Space Alliance To Continue to Provide Planning, Preparation, Training

NASA has awarded a contract extension to United Space Alliance of Houston to provide mission and flight crew operations support for the International Space Station and future human space exploration.

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Bell Helicopter Announces Addition To Management Team

Keith Flail Added As Director Of Military Program Office Operations

Keith Flail has joined Bell Helicopter as the director of Military Program Office Operations. In this role, he is responsible for executing the daily actions of the Program Office and will lead the functional program management and core process teams.

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Technologies Chosen For Suborbital Development, Demonstration

NASA Space Tech Program Selects 14 Programs For Flights On Re-Usable Suborbital Spacecraft

NASA's Space Technology Program has selected 14 technologies for development and demonstration on commercial reusable suborbital launch vehicles. The selected proposals offer innovative cutting-edge ideas and approaches for technology in areas including active thermal management, advanced avionics, pinpoint landing and advanced in-space propulsion.

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St. Joe Company Announces Early Termination Of SWA Guarantee Agreement

Airline Suffered No Losses Flying To New Florida Airport

The St. Joe Company ("St. Joe") said Monday that the Strategic Alliance Agreement For Air Service between Southwest Airlines Co. (“Southwest”) and St. Joe would be terminated early. The agreement required St. Joe to reimburse Southwest for up to $26.0 million of losses during the first three years of operation at the new Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP).

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AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Turbofan (Recission)

AD NUMBER: 2009-07-01 R1

PRODUCT: RRD BR700-715A1-30, BR700-715B1-30, and BR700-715C1-30 turbofan engines.

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AD: Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-13-07

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model 737-100, -200, -200C, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes.

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AD: Empresa Brasileria de Aeronáutica S.A. (EMBRAER) Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-13-04

PRODUCT: Certain EMBRAER Model EMB-505 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.05.12

Representative Cliff Stearns Wants a Congressional Investigation  of a Nantucket Sound Wind Farm…

Boeing forecasts a Healthy World Market for the Next Two

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Avidyne Looking To Take On GNS430 Replacement Market with IFD440

Avidyne Adds New IFD440 Touch-Screen FMS/GPS/NAV/COM To Their P-n-P Panel-Mount Line

Ya gotta hand it to them.... despite a bad economy, an even tougher regulatory environment, and the industry doldrums, Avidyne seems bound and determined to innovate themselves past the worst of recent times. ANN has confirmed that Avidyne is introducing the IFD440 FMS/GPS/NAV/COM system with Hybrid Touch user interface. Taking on the 600 pound gorilla from Olathe, the plug-and-play replacement for legacy GNS430-series navigators, the IFD440 can reduce installation cost and downtime for customers looking to add touch screen, or who are upgrading their aircraft to meet the higher-precision requirements for Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems/Localizer Performance Vertical Guidance (SBAS/

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NEW Bi-Weekly Airborne 07.03.12: FAA v LSA, Pilot Bill of Rights, Airshow Losses

Also: Beech Missing Man Flight, Chinese Astros, Airbus In Alabama, SpaceShipTwo Progress

Guess what??? GREAT NEWS!! Another Aero-Week means TWICE AS MUCH Aero-News! Airborne now comes to you TWICE a week, Tuesday and Fridays, (with occasional exceptions for special event weeks and associated coverage). Each week, you’ll get your dose of Airborne on Tuesday as well as Friday, allowing us to make the news more timely for you. The recent publication of an FAA 'Notice Of Policy' is creating some concern among the LSA community. While ANN raised this possibility in stories appearing last year, after a few audits went bad and manu

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Rep. Stearns Calls For Investigation Of White House Role In Wind Farm

Opponents Say E-Mails Show Administration Pressure On FAA To Approve Project

The controversy over the Cape Wind wind energy project planned for an area off the coast of Massachusetts in Nantucket Sound continues to swirl. Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) is calling for a Congressional investigation into e-mails obtained by opponants of the program through an FOIA request which he says shows the White House pressured the FAA into approving the project.

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Boeing Forecasts $4.5 Trillion Market For 34,000 New Airplanes

World Fleet Expected To Double Over The Next 20 Years

According to the Boeing 2012 Current Market Outlook (CMO) released Monday, the planemaker projects a $4.5 trillion market for 34,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years as the current world fleet doubles in size. The company's annual forecast reflects the strength of the commercial aviation market.

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DoD Joins Agriculture, Energy Departments For Biofuel Production Program

Air Force, Navy To Participate In Project To Produce Drop-In Fuels On A Commercial Scale

The USAF has announced an advanced drop-in biofuels production project. The move coincides with an announcement by the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Energy along with the Navy have announced of an investment of up to $30 million in a public-private partnership to produce commercial-scale advanced drop-in biofuels as part of the administration's plan for enabling America's energy security.

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AUVSI Releases 'Code of Conduct' For Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

Promotes Safe, Responsible Use as Integration into Airspace Proceeds

AUVSI, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, has published the “Unmanned Aircraft System Operations Industry Code of Conduct” ... a set of guidelines to provide AUVSI members – and those who design, test and operate UAS for public and civil use – with recommendations for their safe, non-intrusive operation.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Father's Day Glider Accident

Family Of Three Fatally Injured When The Aircraft Impacted Terrain

NTSB investigators are focusing on a tail dolly that was apparently inadvertently left attached to a sailplane which went down on Fathers Day, resulting in the fatal injury of a family of three. The pilot was a CFI who was taking his wife and young child for a ride when the accident occurred.

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Teamsters Request End To Mediation For Republic Pilot Negotiations

Union Cites An Impasse In The Mediation Efforts

The Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters delivered a letter to the National Mediation Board on Monday requesting to be released from mediation in its contract negotiations on behalf of pilots employed by Indianapolis-based Republic Airways Holdings.

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X3 Helicopter Begins Military Leg of Its US Tour

Guest Pilots Given The Opportunity To Fly The Hybrid Helo At Huntsville, AL

Eurocopter continues its U.S. tour of the X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter Monday in Huntsville, AL, where the aircraft performed the first of several flight demonstrations for military leaders and aviators in several locations across the country. The X3 demonstrated its unique flight characteristics, which include a cruise speed of 200 knots, high rates of climb and executing high-speed maneuvers that are not routine for conventional rotary-wing aircraft.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.05.12)

“The emergence of unmanned aircraft systems represents one of the most significant advancements to aviation, the scientific community, and public service since the beginning of flight.” Source: Michael Toscano, President and CEO of AUVSI.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.05.12): Jet Stream Cirrus

A loose term for filamentous cirrus that appears to radiate from a point in the sky, and exhibits characteristics associated with strong vertical wind shear, such as twisted or curved filaments.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.05.12)

WWII Veterans of the 412th Fighter Squadron

Men of the 412th Fighter Squadron of the United States Army Air Corps are much today as they were in the 1940's, ordinary American citizens.

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