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August 20, 2012

AEA: FAA Extends Comment Period for Part 145 Rewrite

Troubling NPRM Gets More Time To Develop Consensus--At The Last Minute

The folks at AEA tell us that on Friday, Aug. 17, the FAA announced an extension of the comment period for its notice of proposed rulemaking that was published on May 21, which is a proposed rewrite of Part 145. The original deadline for the comment period was set for Aug. 20, but it has now been extended until Nov. 19. Recently, the Aircraft Electronics Association joined with other associations in Washington, D.C., to put forward a unified voice and requested an extension to this critical and wide-ranging proposal regarding how AEA members operate their repair station businesses. The extension was granted and announced in the Federal Register.

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Mesa Airlines First Regional Approved To Use Electronic Flight Bag

FAA Greenlights Six Month Validation Process With iPad As EFB

The FAA recently granted approval to Mesa Air Group to begin a six month validation process using the Apple iPad as a Class I Electronic Flight Bag (EFB). During the validation process, the EFB will be used in conjunction with the pilot’s carry-on flight bag, but will eventually replace the flight bag to perform flight management tasks more effectively and reliably.

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NASA Goes Green: Selects Green Propellant Technology Demonstration Mission

Ball Aerospace Gets The Nod For Hydrazine Replacement Test

NASA has selected a team led by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation of Boulder, CO, for a technology demonstration of a high performance "green" propellant alternative to the highly toxic fuel hydrazine.

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Industry Leaders Unite For World Route Development Strategy Summit

Discussions Set The Industry's Commercial And Political Agendas

The second World Route Development Strategy Summit (WRDSS), planned for  Sunday 30 September to 1 October, will bring together thought leaders and decision makers from across the aviation sector under one roof to participate in discussions and debates that will set the commercial and political agenda for the industry, its organizers say.

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Embraer Delivers First AEW&C Aircraft To India

Contract Includes Training, Support, Spare Parts

Embraer Defense and Security has delivered the first EMB 145 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) class of aircraft to the Government of India, in a ceremony held at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil. The delivery Thursday follows successful completion of ground and flight tests of the aircraft.

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UTC Aerospace To Provide Small Unmanned Aerial System For First Responders

Company Will Be Prime Contractor For Complete Micro SUAS, Providing Air Vehicles, Ground Station, Payload And Data Link

Sinclair Community College (SCC) in Dayton, Ohio has selected United Technologies subsidiary UTC Aerospace Systems to provide its small unmanned aerial system (SUAS) for use in the college's training program for first responders.

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MTC Signs Joins Effort To Upgrade U.S. Air Traffic Control System

CA Bay Area Airports, Business Interests Also Sign On To The National Initiative

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission today announced that it is joining an important nationwide initiative called the National Alliance to Advance NextGen (NAANG). Created by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to call attention to the need for rapid upgrading of the nation's air traffic system, NAANG is made up of over 1,000 organizations of all kinds that use or rely on air travel and are concerned about the adverse economic and environmental impacts associated with the nation's current Air Traffic Control system.

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AD: The Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-12

PRODUCT: All The Boeing Company Model 707 airplanes, and Model 720 and 720B series airplanes.

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AD: Embraer S.A. Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-09

PRODUCT: All Embraer S.A. Model ERJ 170 and ERJ 190 airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.20.12

Hackers Warn of Next Gen’s Vulnerability…

Cessna Extends the Projected Range of the Citation Latitude – Again.

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Aero-TV: Introducing The RV-14 -- Maturing The 'RV' Equation

Surprise Hit of Oshkosh Represents Van's Continuing Design Evolution

The newest airplane from Van’s Aircraft continues and improves on the legacy of the most successful side-by-side two-seat kit aircraft in history:  Van’s RV-6, RV-7, RV-9 and RV-12. But Vans says the RV-14 is different. The RV-14 sits tall. The upright seating position and large bubble canopy provide superb visibility in all directions. The large cabin (as wide as many four-seat airplanes) is truly roomy. Lots of headroom, lots of legroom, lots of room between the seats. Big people will like this airplane!

Aero-TV: Introducing The RV-14 -- Maturing The 'RV' Equation

Surprise Hit of Oshkosh Represents Van's Continuing Design Evolution

The newest airplane from Van’s Aircraft continues and improves on the legacy of the most successful side-by-side two-seat kit aircraft in history:  Van’s RV-6, RV-7, RV-9 and RV-12. But Vans says the RV-14 is different. The RV-14 sits tall. The upright seating position and large bubble canopy provide superb visibility in all directions. The large cabin (as wide as many four-seat airplanes) is truly roomy. Lots of headroom, lots of legroom, lots of room between the seats. Big people will like this airplane!

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Airborne 08.17.12: Sequestration Warning, AMR Rejected, Connected Panel Approved

Also: Kitfox Meets F15s, Aero-Medical Update, B-17 Moves To New Orleans, Skydivers Get Lost...

A study released Monday by the Aerospace Industries Association and Econsult Corporation estimates that budget cuts to FAA operations as a result of sequestration could cost up to 132,000 aviation jobs, cause an annual decrease of 37 to 73 million in passenger enplanements, see annual reductions of 1 to 2 billion pounds of transported air freight and would also have a devastating impact on the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System, delaying system implementation by a decade or more. US Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane who is overseeing the AMR bankruptcy case,

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Klyde Morris (08.20.12)

Klyde Eavesdrops On The FAA Admin's Office Again

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Australian Pilot's Book Details Qantas Flight QF32

Richard de Crespigny Was The Captain Of The A380 Which Suffered An Uncontained Engine Failure

In Australia, he's often referred to as "Captain Fantastic", but his book detailing the account of Qantas flight QF32 is having difficulty reaching an audience beyond the shores of the continent nation.

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CBP Beefs Up Border Detection Of Ultralight Aircraft

Multi-Million-Dollar System Designed To Detect Low-And-Slow Aircraft

The Customs and Border Protection division of the Department of Homeland Security has awarded a contract worth nearly $100 million to SRC Tec of New York for an aircraft detection system designed to pick up ultralight aircraft that may be crossing the U.S. border carrying drugs.

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Air National Guard, Navy Helicopter Assist In Firefighting Efforts

Services Help Out As Wildfire Continue To Burn In Southern California

Helicopters from the Air National Guard and the U.S. Navy have been helping fire crews in California battle a series of wildfires in the southern part of the state.

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Air France Passengers Asked To 'Chip In' For Fuel In Damascus

However, Another Solution Was Found Before Money Changed Hands

Passengers on an Air France flight to Beirut that was diverted to Damascus Wednesday were reportedly asked to help pay for fuel before the flight could continue, but an alternative solutions was found before any money changed hands.

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UK Skydiver Suffers Apparent Heart Attack During Jump

Initial Investigation Finds No Evidence Of 'Suspicious Circumstances'

A man skydiving in the UK suffered an apparent heart attack during a jump Thursday, prompting an investigation by local authorities and the British Skydiving Association.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.20.12): Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA)

Minimum Obstruction Clearance Altitude (MOCA) The lowest published altitude in effect between radio fixes on VOR airways, off-airway routes, or route segments which meets obstacle clearance requirements for the entire route segment and which assures acceptable navigational signal coverage only within 25 statute (22 nautical) miles of a VOR.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.20.12)

Aero Linx: Flying Physician Association The primary purpose of the Flying Physicians Association is to promote safety, education, research and human interest projects relating to aviation. Objectives: As physicians, with knowledge in the effects of Flying (physical, mental and emotional), we strive to increase safety and to preserve health by providing basic information through example and teaching to the medical profession, to aircrews and to the public at large, influencing members of the medical profession to fly and to develop expertise in the effects of Flying which will result in better utilization of aircraft for emergency services, better cooperation with state and federal aviation agencies, better qu

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.20.12)

"Our HH-60G rescue helicopters are performing precision airdrops of water to help contain wildfires in California. This is a great example of the use of airpower in the homeland to save lives and property." Source: Col. Steven J. Butow, 129th Rescue Wing commander, in comments made as helicopters from the Air National Guard and the U.S. Navy helped fire crews in California battle a series of wildfires in the southern part of the state.

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