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January 27, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.27.1

Gingrich wants a manned Moon base by 2021.
Boeing has mixed news for investment analysts.
And a proposed helicopter noise law might not really do much.

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Southwest, AirTran Flight Instructors Ratify Seniority Integration Agreement

Brings Non-Unionized AirTran Instructors Under TWU 557

Flight Instructors from Southwest Airlines, represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU) 557, and Flight Instructors from AirTran Airways have voted to ratify their Seniority Integration Agreement. This tentative agreement, reached late last year, integrates the two groups' seniority lists.

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NTSB Chairman To Deliver Keynote Address At HELI-EXPO

Hersman Will Speak At The General Membership Meeting

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman will deliver the keynote address during the HAI annual general membership meeting, Sunday, February 12, 2012, at HELI-EXPO in Dallas, according to HAI President Matt Zuccaro.  

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FAA SAIB Addresses Cessna AD

Points Out Alternatives For AD Compliance

Following a recent AD to address seat tracks on a wide range of Cessna GA airplanes, the company released three alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs) to correct the issue. The FAA has now issued an SAIB advising owners and operators of the airplanes about those AMOCs.

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I Sea (A) Plane In Your Future

Pilots And Boaters CAN Have The Best Of Both Worlds

What do you do when you love boating and flying, but you can only afford to do one or the other? That’s easy, you buy an amphibious seaplane; a freedom machine that gives you both worlds.

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Clay Lacy To Receive Hughes Award

Aero Club Of SoCal To Present February 8

The Aero Club of Southern California plans to honor Clay Lacy February 8 with its prestigious Howard Hughes Memorial Award. Described by the group as one of the most versatile pilots in the history of powered flight and a local aviation icon, the jet charter industry pioneer will receive the award from no less than Bob Hoover.

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NASA'S J-2X Engine Kicks Off 2012 With Powerpack Testing

First New 'Human Rated' Engine To Be Developed In Four Decades

A new series of tests on NASA's new J-2X engine will begin next week at NASA's Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi. NASA says the tests on the engine bring it one step closer to the first human-rated liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen rocket engine to be developed in 40 years.

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Multi-City Helicopter Agency Liquidated

California Cities End ABLE, Outsource Air Support

The cooperative agency known as ABLE, for Airborne Law Enforcement, has been jointly funded for 30 years by the California cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. Both have now voted to defund the program, and ABLE has retained private brokers to sell the agency's three helicopters.

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Hong Kong Airlines Takes Delivery Of Its First A320

Carrier Also Adds All-Premium Class A330 To Fleet

Hong Kong Airlines has become a new operator of Airbus single aisle aircraft, following the delivery of its first A320. The aircraft is the first of 30 A320s ordered by the airline and is powered by CFM International’s CFM 56 engines.

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Pilot Charged In Human Smuggling Scheme

Mexicans Were To Pay $2,500 Each To Get Past Checkpoints

US Border Patrol officials say it's common to see light planes used to smuggle drugs into the US from Mexico, but less common to see them used to smuggle people. But the Daily Comet reports a pilot allegedly tried to fly three Mexicans past checkpoints in California's Imperial Valley after the trio illegally crossed the border.

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Australian Black Hawk Helicopters Return To The Sky

Flight Operations Were Suspended January 19th

The Australian Army’s Black Hawk helicopters have returned to full flying operations following the lifting of the recent suspension. The suspension was put in place on January 19 following the identification of a number of fractured bolts during a routine maintenance check.

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AD: 328 Support Services GmbH Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-08

PRODUCT: 328 Support Services GmbH (Type Certificate previously held by AvCraft Aerospace GmbH; Fairchild Dornier GmbH; Dornier Luftfahrt GmbH) Model 328-100 and 328-300 airplanes.

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AD: The Boeing Company 757

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-09

PRODUCT: The Boeing Company Model 757-200, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes with off-wing escape slide systems installed.

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Airborne 01.27.12: GAMA Wants Obama To Support GA, FAA Funding Near, A380 ADs, and Sebring's LSAs!

Also: NTSB, Cubs, OMB Killing Towers, Atlantis' New Home, Great Glider Vids, And Traveling Politicians!!!

It's always nice when most, if not all, of the ANN and Aero-TV crew get a chance to unchain themselves from their computers and get some field time... and this past week, the annual Sebring LSA show provided an excellent opportunity to get out a bit... and do some flying! Great weather improved the fortunes of those who made it to Sebring but a new organizational structure running the event seems to need some tweaking for the future. In the midst of all that, we managed to keep up with the complexities of the various political dramas in Washington, an NTSB prelim on a pretty close call between a Jet and a Cessna, and some exciting new data on the latest upgrades for WingX Pr

HBC: AT-6 Exemplifies American Manufacturing

Company Responds To President Obama's SOTU Speech

In a statement released Wednesday following President Obama's State of the Union Speech, Hawker Beechcraft said the Administration's actions do not align with the comments made by the President ... particularly when it comes to the Light Air Support (LAS) aircraft.

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House Panel To Probe FCC Handling Of LightSquared Matter

Oregon Republican To Question How Frequency Was Allocated With So Many Issues

The chair of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee plans to hold a hearing to look into the FCC's allocation of spectrum of LightSquared before key interference questions were addressed. In a news conference outlining his 2012 agenda, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) said he is "trying to figure out how the cart got so far ahead of the horse." No specific date was given for the hearing.

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Mesa Air Group Pilots Elect New Leaders

Two FOs Take The Top Spots In The MEC

Pilot leaders at Mesa Air Group unanimously elected a slate of officers to spearhead the union’s efforts on Wednesday. First Officer Marcin Kolodziejczyk was re-elected as the chairman, First Officer Jez Ingram-Clay was re-elected as the vice chairman, and Captain Darrell Cox was elected as the secretary-treasurer. The officers’ new two-year terms will begin in March 2012.

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Stratolaunch Systems Breaks Ground In CA

Smaller Of Two Hangars Going Up In Mohave Desert

Construction is now underway on an 88,000 sq. ft. hangar in the Mohave Desert which will house the factory which builds the latest collaboration between aircraft designer Burt Rutan and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Their new company, Stratolaunch Systems, Inc., is based in Huntsville, Alabama, but construction and testing of the six-engine mothership in the California desert.

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Klyde Morris 01.27.2012

Klyde Knows TSA Runs A 'By-The-Book' Operation


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Airbus Continues To Say Cracks Are Not A Safety Issue

Company Says Wing Rib Attachment Cracks Are Not Caused By Fatigue

The cracks that have cropped up in the wing skin rib attachment points on several A380 superjumbo airplanes are not caused by fatigue, are easily repaired, and pose no threat to safety, according to the planemaker.

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Security Video Shows A Cooperative Rand Paul

Security Camera Evidence Seems To Refute 'Irate' Description

Security camera video from Nashville International Airport (KBNA) appears to refute a description from local police that U.S. Senator Rand Paul became "irate" when he was detained by TSA. Instead, the video shows the Senator waiting patiently in the glass cubicle area until he is interviewed by authorities.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.27.12)

“ I'm trying to figure out how the cart got so far ahead of the horse." Source: Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.27.12): Exhaust gas temperature (EGT)

The temperature of the exhaust gases as they leave the cylinders of a reciprocating engine or the turbine section of a turbine engine.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.27.12)

Aero Linx: National EMS Pilot's Association (NEMSPA) The National EMS Pilots Association is a professional organization dedicated to serving pilots involved in the air-medical transport industry, and to improving the quality and safety of those services.

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