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November 22, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.22.11

NTSB issues an unsatisfying probable cause report.
China says it's first docking spacecraft made it back safely.
And the day we share the skies with UAVs just got closer.

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Civil Air Patrol’s Board Of Governors Welcomes 3 New Members

Group Includes First Three-Star Commander From NORAD

The Civil Air Patrol Board of Governors welcomes three new members, including the first three-star commander of Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region-1st Air Force (NORAD) and Air Forces Northern (USNORTHCOM), U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III. Other new Board of Governor members are retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Leon Johnson, the national president of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., and William A. Davidson, the former administrative assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force.

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FAA Proposes $180,000 Civil Penalty Against Evergreen International Airlines

Charges Airline Violated Training Policies For Pilots

The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $180,000 against Evergreen International Airlines, Inc, of McMinnville, OR, for allegedly operating aircraft on seven flights in 2009 when the pilots on those flights had not been trained in accordance with the airline’s approved training program.

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Argus One UAV Completes Flight Testing With New Pod Bay And Propulsion System

Flights Illustrate Increased Maneuverability And Improved Handling In Winds

The Argus One UAV, equipped with a newly developed pod bay and integrated propulsion unit, has successfully completed a series of flight tests in preparation for upcoming flight tests and demonstrations at the Oklahoma Training Center - Unmanned Systems in Lawton, Oklahoma and the U.S. Department of Energy Nevada Test Site.

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Advanced Airborne Border Surveillance Demonstrated In Europe

Intelligence And Surveillance Capabilities Showcased For FRONTEX

Advanced border surveillance capabilities from an optionally piloted vehicle was demonstrated recently during a European exercise hosted by FRONTEX, an EU agency based in Warsaw created to strengthen the security of the European Union external borders.

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Wisconsin Mayor Says: 'Our Airport Is An Absolute Necessity'

Recently-Lengthened Runway Helps Attract Business

The Baraboo-Wisconsin Dells Municipal Airport (KDLL) is key to growth in his area of the Badger State, says Mayor Patrick Liston of the city of Baraboo, WI. The field has had only general aviation (GA) activity since the 1960s, when airline service with Douglas DC-3s ended.

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Eurocopter Expands Into South West China

Signs Purchase Agreement With Xilin Fengteng

Eurocopter has made its first inroads into the South Western region of China with a landmark agreement signed with Xilin Fengteng for the sale of two helicopters – one EC120 B and one EC135 – for use in multiple general aviation missions.

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MHI to Increase Production Of 787 Wing Boxes

Installing Second Unit Of One of World's Largest Autoclaves

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is about to introduce a second autoclave into the Fabrication Factory at its Oye Plant of the company's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, for use in forming the shape of composite-material wing boxes for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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Gone West: James Robert 'Bob' Moseley

Support And Training Manager For Superior Air Parts Beijing

Timothy T. Archer, Group CEO, Superior Air Parts tells ANN that general aviation industry veteran James Robert “Bob” Moseley passed quietly in his sleep on November 17 at the age of 64. At the time of his passing, Moseley was serving as the company’s manager of Technical Support and Training at the Superior Aviation Beijing facility in Beijing, China.

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No FAA Discrepancies At KIND For 12th Consecutive Year

Airport Passes Annual FAA Safety Inspection With Flying Colors

For the twelfth consecutive year, Indianapolis International Airport (KIND) has passed its three-day annual Part 139 Airport Certification inspection by the FAA with no discrepancies. The Part 139 inspection is a comprehensive review process required for an airport to renew its operating certificate. Airport officials say that an inspection with no discrepancies is noteworthy; maintaining this level of achievement for 12 consecutive years represents an exceptional level of achievement.

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Italian Prototype Jet Down Off Dubai Coast

Aircraft Had Participated In Dubai Air Show

A prototype Italian M-346 trainer went down last week departing from the Dubai Air Show. Both the pilot and co-pilot ejected safely, and while no life-threatening injuries were reported, the co-pilot was said to have suffered a broken leg in the accident.

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MANUFACTURER: Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B19 (Regional Jet Series 100 & 440) Airplanes

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Aero-TV: Sandel Avionics -- WireWatch Protection Joins HeliTAWS

Intriguing Efforts Help Protect Helos From Wire-Strikes and Collisions

We are always intrigued by new and innovative technologies designed to protect aviators form some of the hazards that may befall us... and a new effort from Sandel seems to be one to watch. Several months ago, Sandel Avionics showed ANN a new adaptive wire-strike avoidance feature called WireWatch, which will be implemented through the company's advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system. Comprising a detailed database and a proactive alerting capability, WireWatch can enhance the operational safety that HeliTAWS brings to the cockpit by helping helicopter pilots avoid transmission lines and other such hard-to-see hazards.

Say What??? USAF Boots Hawker, Mysteriously, From Light Air Support Bid Process

Wichita Gets Kicked In The Teeth, By Washington... Again

Late last week, and for reasons that are still somewhat mysterious, Hawker Beechcraft received official notification from the United States Air Force that the Beechcraft AT-6 has been excluded from continuing in the Light Air Support (LAS) bidding process. As a result they have requested a review of the USAF Light Air Support Bidding decision. Initial reaction from American politicos and analysts has been fairly negative toward the USAF decision. Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wichita-R, is reported to have stated that, “I have already demanded answers from the Pentagon on why they made this very unfortunate decision, and will continue to do so... This contract is critical both to our nation’s security and to jobs in Wich

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Aero-TV: Sandel Avionics -- WireWatch Protection Joins HeliTAWS

Intriguing Efforts Help Protect Helos From Wire-Strikes and Collisions

We are always intrigued by new and innovative technologies designed to protect aviators from some of the hazards that may befall us... and a new effort from Sandel seems to be one to watch. Several months ago, Sandel Avionics showed ANN a new adaptive wire-strike avoidance feature called WireWatch, which will be implemented through the company's advanced ST3400H HeliTAWS terrain avoidance system. Comprising a detailed database and a proactive alerting capability, WireWatch can enhance the operational safety that HeliTAWS brings to the cockpit by helping helicopter pilots avoid transmission line

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NetJets Sues IRS Over $643 Million In Back Taxes

Assessment Called Improper Application Of Commercial Tax

Billionaire investor Warren Buffet recently complained that his secretary pays a higher income tax rate than he does. The IRS responded with increased attention on Buffett's investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway, and decided it does indeed owe some back taxes. Berkshire's NetJets subsidiary has been assessed $643 million in back taxes, and NetJets has now responded with a lawsuit against the IRS, claiming the assessment is "illegal."

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Final Agenda Announced For NTSB Public Aircraft Forum

All Five Board Members Expected To Attend And Participate

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) published the final agenda, including invited presenters, for its two-day Public Aircraft Oversight Safety Forum which will take place November 30-December 1, 2011, in the NTSB Conference Center and Board Room in Washington, DC.

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That Was The Week That Was For Boeing

Company Breaks Several Records For Orders Last Week

Boeing is basking in the glow of what it says was a history-making week that resulted in orders and commitments for 359 airplanes. "This has been an outstanding week for our customers and our employees," Jim Albaugh, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said Friday. "We're pleased that in planning for their future, our customers have chosen Boeing airplanes."

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Latin America Will Need More Than 2,000 New Passenger Aircraft In Next 20 Years

Airlines In The Region Enjoying Second Highest Traffic Growth In The World

According to the recently released Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin America will require 2,028 new passenger aircraft of more than 100 seats between today and 2030, including 1,653 single-aisle, 334 twin-aisle and 41 very large aircraft and estimated at $197 billion.

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FAA Approves Atlantic Southeastern, ExpressJet Merger

Single Operating Certificate Creates World's Largest Regional Airline

The FAA has granted a single operating certificate allowing  Atlantic Southeast Airlines and its subsidiary ExpressJet Airlines to operate as a single entity. The approval was the final regulatory step in the merger of the two carriers.

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Delta Flight Attendant Representation Election Results Upheld

CWA Blasts Board For Conclusion That Management Did Not Coerce Members To Vote "No"

The National Mediation Board late last week notified Delta Airlines that it has rejected claims of interference filed by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) following the November 2010 Delta flight attendant representation election. With its ruling, the NMB has upheld the decision of a majority of voters to reject AFA representation.

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US, Canadian Defense Leaders Call F-35 Crucial

Both Countries Reiterate Commitment To JSF

Calling it crucial to the defense of North America, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter G. MacKay emphasized that both nations are committed to developing the F-35 joint strike fighter. At a news conference held in conjunction with the Halifax International Security Forum Friday, the defense leaders said budget pressures should not stand in the way of fielding the next-generation fighter jet.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.22.11)

“I am disappointed to learn that Hawker-Beechcraft’s AT-6B proposal was excluded by the United States Air Force from the Light Air Support (LAS) competition. I have already demanded answers from the Pentagon on why they made this very unfortunate decision." Source: Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-04).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.22.11): Aircraft Classification

The term “classification,” as used with respect to the certification of aircraft, means a broad grouping of aircraft having similar characteristics.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.22.11)

We The People Chart Fee Petition

An online petition has been posted on the White House website "We the People" to send a message to President Obama that the FAA should not be allowed to close off access to the digital chart data to individuals.

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