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August 21, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.22.12

The NTSB Opens The Public Docket on the Galloping Ghost…

EASA certifies the Rotax 912 iS…

United’s First 787 Makes its First Fli

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Flight Attendants At Continental Micronesia, Ryan Ratify Contracts

First Ever Deal For Ryan International FAs

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) at Continental Micronesia ratified a contract extension with United Continental Holdings Friday, covering the carrier's over 275 flight attendants based in Guam. The agreement, which includes job security improvements as well as flexibility and economic growth, was approved by nearly 80 percent of Continental Micronesia flight attendants.

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United Airlines Joins Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group

SAFUG Represents 32 Percent Of Commercial Aviation Fuel Demand

United Airlines today announced Friday it has further strengthened its commitment to sustainability and the environment by joining the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), an industry working group whose objective is to accelerate the development and commercialization of aviation biofuels.

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US Airways Express Flight Attendants Authorize Strike

Piedmont Airlines Flight Attendants Support Strike By Strong Majority

Piedmont Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), has sent what they say is a "loud and clear message" that if management fails to negotiate a new agreement, a strike could result at the airline. The strike was authorized by 98 percent of participating flight attendants.

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Pilot Error Cited In Hawaii WSC Accident

Two Fatally Injured When Weight-Shift-Control Aircraft Went Down In The Ocean In February, 2011 The NTSB has released a probable cause report relating to an accident which occurred in February of last year in Hanapepe, HI. Two people were fatally injured when the AirBorne WindSport Edge XT-912-L they were flying went down in the ocean and sank.

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New Report Examines The Costs,Efficiency Of Aviation Security Measures

Explores Decision-Making Despite Uncertainties About Terrorist Threats

The threat of terrorist attack on American aviation has made the system the focus of intense security efforts, but it is difficult to determine if the benefits outweigh their cost. Efficient security policy -- a focus on getting the most security for the least cost -- should be the priority in an era of fiscal austerity, according to a new RAND Corporation report released Tuesday.

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Pilot Plans Sydney-To-London Flight On Fuel Made Of Plastic

Hopes To Set Two Records With The Attempt

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is to set off on a record breaking flight from Sydney to London in a single engine aircraft powered 100 per cent by fuel made from plastic waste. Rowsell will fly a Cessna 182 solo, cruising mainly at 5,000 feet, sometimes in 13 hour stretches, along the same route used by the barnstorming pilots of the 1920s and 1930s.

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STC Approved: Garmin GTN 650/750 for Citation 500 Series

STC Includes Touchscreen Interface, WAAS Approvals

Touchscreen Technology Now Available For Legacy Citations installing the new touchscreen Garmin GTN 650/750 GPS/NAV/COM on Cessna Citation 500 series aircraft to include models 500, 501, 550, 551, S550 and 560. The new STC, granted to JETTECH, is for a fully integrated GPS/NAV/COMM and also covers the installation of the Garmin GTX 33’s transponders, remote GMA35 audio panels, and GA35/37 antennas.

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NASA Rocket Mission Carrying University Student Experiments

Launch Of Suborbital Sounding Rocket Scheduled For August 23

University students will put their academic skills to the test when atmospheric and technology experiments they developed fly on a NASA suborbital sounding rocket. The launch will take place between 0630 and 1000 EDT, Thursday, Aug. 23, from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, VA.

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Curiosity Zaps Martian Rocks For Science

Fires 'ChemCam' Laser For The First Time

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity fired its laser for the first time on Mars, using the beam from a science instrument to interrogate a fist-size rock called "Coronation." The mission's Chemistry and Camera instrument, or ChemCam, hit the fist-sized rock with 30 pulses of its laser during a 10-second period. Each pulse delivers more than a million watts of power for about five one-billionths of a second.

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Nationwide NextGen Alliance Surpasses 1,000 Members

Business Community Signals That NextGen Means Business

The National Alliance for the Advancement of NextGen (NAANG) has surpassed 1,000 members, signaling the unprecedented support for improvements in air traffic systems among travel and tourism industry and business leaders. In announcements across the country, officials highlighted that already the benefits of NextGen are being realized today, and there is a need to press forward.

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Enstrom Helicopter Completes RTA Contract Deliveries

Sixteen Training/Utility Helos In Service In With Thai Army

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently completed delivery of 16 480B turbine training/utility helicopters for the Royal Thai Army (RTA). The deliveries were completed on budget, and ahead of contracted requirements.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.21.12

The Comment Period on Part 145 Rewrite is Extended…

The FAA Halts US Registration of Pipistrel Aircraft…

Meigs Field to Become a Natur

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Airborne 08.21.12: LISA $$ Troubles, FAA Mulls Cert Regs, V22 Still 'OK'

Also: A380 Order Loss?, Longer Legs For Latitude, X51 Crash and Burn, DA42 Testing, Princely Helo rescue

Something of the darling of AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, the founders of Lisa Airplanes, which is developing the Akoya Amphibious Ski Plane LSA, decided to place the company into receivership on July 30th "in order to protect its future." The FAA this week released a report to Congress from the Aviation Rulemaking Committee on the aircraft certification process. The Marine Corps has concluded its investigation into an accident involving a V-22 Osprey, in which two Marines were killed, in Morocco, last April. While no decision has yet been made, Hong Kong Airlines is reportedly considering canceling its order for 10 Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft, an order wort

Stupid Fed Trix: FAA Stops U.S. Registration Of Pipistrel Aircraft

Feds Say They Can't Find Where The LSAs Are Built... Using Google Earth

ANN E-I-C Note: The almighty FAA seems bound and determined to kill sport aviation and the LSA movement via the death of a thousand cuts... and the recent news that one of the most innovative and promising manufacturers of Light Sport Aircraft is being stymied by FAA foolishness only goes to prove that this is an agency whose mission is widely off the mark. We have calls into the FAA on this but based on what we know so far, the FAA's treatment of Pipistrel (and assumedly, others) is yet another bit of proof that today's FAA is not part of the solution... but part of the problem. Worse; the rationale behind the FAA's inability or unwillingness to do their jobs and register these aircraft has

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Aviation Organizations Call On DHS To Complete Repair Station Rule

Group Of 11 Associations Urge Completion Of The Rule By Year's End

A group of 11 aviation-related associations and organizations have written a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging the department to  meet its commitment and complete the rulemaking on repair station security by the fourth quarter of 2012.

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FAA Pulls Plug On Travel To Black Aviation Employees Conference

Cites Obama Administration Initiative To Cut Travel Expenses

The scandal of GSA employees spending freely on a conference in Las Vegas caused the cancellation of travel plans by some 200 black FAA employees who were planning to attend a conference in that same city. Employees were told they were free to attend the National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees conference, but they would have to pay their own way and use annual leave to do so.

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Search Ongoing For Philippine Interior Secretary After Plane Went Down

Plane Went Into The Ocean Off Coast Of Masbate City, Two Pilots Also Missing

Philippine Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo and two pilots are missing after the Piper Seneca they were aboard went down in the ocean off the coast of Masbate City in the central Philippines Saturday.

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Sudanese Government Helo Down, 32 Fatally Injured

Those On Board Included Politicians, Army Personnel, TV Crew

A chartered government helicopter went down in Sudan Sunday resulting in the fatal injury of all 32 people on board. The delegation, which included the minister of endowment, two army generals, and a TV crew were traveling to the South Kordofan state for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

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Former Meigs Field To Become Nature Preserve And Campground

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Said Daley Decision To Destroy The Airport In The Dark Of Night 'The Right Thing To Do'

It was no April Fool's joke when Chicago pilots woke up on April 1st, 2003, to find that bulldozers had cut big "X"s in the runway at Meigs Field on the shore of Lake Michigan. Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley ordered the destruction of the airport under the cover of darkness. His successor, Rahm Emanuel, said last week that it was the "right thing to do."

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Chalk Up A Save For Prince William

Rescues 16-Year-Old Girl Swept Out To Sea

Prince William, known in his RAF squadron as Flight Lieutenant Wales, has notched a save as the pilot of an RAF Sea King helicopter. The Prince was on duty Friday when a call came in that a 16-year-old girl had been swept out to sea while trying to rescue her 13-year-old sister.

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North Dakota Man Wins Refurbished 1964 Skylane

Entered A Raffle At The Fargo Air Museum

How often has this happened. You buy a raffle ticket or enter a contest in some other way, drop the entry into the box, and promptly forget about it. Rarely do you get a call saying "you've won," but that's exactly what happened to Jason Hill of Jamestown, ND. And the prize was a refurbished 1964 Cessna 182 Skylane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.21.12)

"Meigs Field is no longer here. Northerly Island will be a part of the city in a way that everybody can experience. I think it was the right thing to do." Source: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.21.12): Call Up

Initial voice contact between a facility and an aircraft, using the identification of the unit being called and the unit initiating the call.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.21.12)

The National Alliance to Advance NextGen

The Alliance advocates for such things as full funding for NextGen initiatives in appropriation bills, an expedited FAA timeline for delivering NextGen technologies and benefits, asnd technology that is compatible with Canadian, European and Asian partners.

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