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May 11, 2012

Oh No They Didn't! FlightPrep Sues Jepp Over Patent Infringement

Last Year's 'Weirdest Story Of The Year' Returns With A Vengeance

ANN has learned that the ever-litigious folks at FlightPrep filed suit, late in 2011, against Jeppesen Sanderson, in the latest skirmish in their war to collect fees over a patent that they won under 'controversial' circumstances. Details are kind of scarce right now, and obviously this story has been hushed up for several months, but we have confirmed that FlightPrep sued Jepp in the State Of Oregon, in December of 2011 (on or about the 19th), claiming jurisdiction in their quest to collect damages for infringement of the patents that started an industry-wide IP war in the latter part of 2010.

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FAA Taps ITT, GE’s Naverus To Develop NextGen Procedures

Companies Will Put Together RNP Approaches For Five U.S. Airports

The FAA is awarding a contract to ITT Corp. and GE’s Naverus to help accelerate the development of satellite-based procedures that will allow aircraft to fly more directly to their destinations. “NextGen will help deliver an environmentally friendly, more efficient traveling experience for the flying public,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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VFA 211 Holds Aerial Change Of Command

Last For Any Squadron Deployed Aboard The USS Enterprise

The Checkmates of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 held an airborne change of command ceremony in the skies over deployed aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) May 7. Cmdr. John Bixby relieved Cmdr. James A. McCall as commanding officer (CO), as both flew in F/A-18F Super Hornets, assigned to VFA-211.

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Phenom 100 Reaches 100,000 Flight-Hour Mark

Airplane Entered Service In December, 2008

Embraer Executive Jet’s entry-level aircraft, the Phenom 100, passed another program milestone when flight hours totaled 100,000, a little over three years since it entered service in December 2008. “This is a significant milestone achieved in such a short time,” said Luciano Castro, Embraer Vice President, Programs – Executive Jets.

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A4A Forecasts Record Summer International Air Travel

Industry Reports First-Quarter Loss

Industry trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) says passengers can expect full flights this summer thanks in part to a record number of people traveling internationally and an improving economy. The good news for travelers is that airfares have not kept pace with the inflation rate, keeping air travel a relative bargain.

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DUI Charges Against Randy Babbitt Dropped

Arrest Let To FAA Chief's Resignation

The DUI charges which led to the resignation of former FAA administrator Randy Babbitt have been dropped by a Fairfax City, VA, judge.

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Britain Will Likely Buy F-35B STOVL Jets

PM Had Originally Called The Airplanes 'Inadequate'

The U.K. Ministry of Defense said Thursday it was reversing course and now plans to buy an undetermined number of F-35B airplanes, after having said in the past that the airplane was "inadequate."

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Gregory Schneider Of Tuscon Wins Space Needle's Space Race 2012

Trip To Space Is The Prize As A Celebration Of The Needle's 50th Anniversary

Earlier this week, five finalists traveled to Seattle for the last leg of the Space Needle's Space Race 2012 program. After three days of physical and mental challenges, Gregory Schneider, 28, was crowned the winner of the grand prize – a trip into space. Famed astronaut Buzz Aldrin announced Schneider's win at a Space Needle ceremony Wednesday morning.

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Florida Pilot Fatally Injured Wednesday Morning In Experimental Aircraft

Takeoff Accident Claims Life Of Pilot Builder

A man from Fort Walton Beach, Florida was fatally injured Wednesday morning when the aircraft he built and owned crashed during takeoff. Pablino Gutierrez, 77, was the sole occupant aboard the Hummel Bird experimental aircraft.

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Marine Corps Extends The Use Of Unmanned Helicopters

K-MAX UAV Taking The Place Of Some Convoys, Reducing IED Losses

Improvised explosive devices have changed the way the Marine Corps engages hostile forces. The need has risen for supplies to reach the most remote parts of Afghanistan quickly, reliably and safely. Late last year, the Corps began experimenting with the K-MAX - an unmanned helicopter, able to transport large amounts of cargo and reduce the need for convoys.

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Air Safety Fears Over Expanding Waistlines

Experts Concerned About Increasing Passenger Weight

Scientists that study aviation accidents say that overweight passengers can “blast through” seat belts in a plane crash due to outdated safety standards.

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AD: Pratt & Whitney Canada Turboprop Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-09-10

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AD: The Boeing Company Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER Series Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-09-04

PRODUCT: The Boeing Company Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER Series Airplanes

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Airborne 05.11.12: Pipistrel Alpha, HBC BK Details, Piper Sells Big in Europe

Also: NTSB, Kyle Franklin, Aspen/Microsoft, SpaceX, OSH2012, Akoya, Cessna/AVIC, Raptor Woes, and WATCH OUT Over Chicago!!!

Yep... another busy week... so let's get on with Airborne! Pipistrel is proving itself to be an amazing company... again and again. Just a couple of weeks after introducing its new four-place hybrid “Panthera” airplane, Pipistrel has taken the wraps off of its brand new Alpha Trainer ... which as the name suggests, is designed as a primary training airplane. Hawker Beechcraft has announced that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructuring plan that will strengthen the company for the future and eliminate approximately $2.5 billion in debt and

Inexplicable... EAA Kills Off 'Relationship' With 'AirVenture Cup'

Popular Air Race 'Cancellation' Riles Experimental Community

ANN is still gathering the details...  but despite the lack of a formal note from EAA (at least to ANN), it appears that the EAA has killed off its support and long-standing relationship with a very popular cross country air race known as the AirVenture Cup. Founded in 1997, the EAA AirVenture Cup was "dedicated to aviation advocacy and preserving the rich heritage of cross-country air racing in the United States. The race is held annually in advance of EAA Airventure, and provides pilots with a platform to safely compete against other aircraft builders and new technologies."

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Airborne 05.11.12: Pipistrel Alpha, HBC BK Details, Piper Sells Big in Europe

Also: NTSB, Kyle Franklin, Aspen, SpaceX, OSH2012, Akoya, Cessna, Raptors, and WATCH OUT Over Chicago!!! Yep... another busy week... so let's get on with Airborne! Pipistrel is proving itself to be an amazing company... again and again. Just a couple of weeks after introducing its new four-place hybrid “Panthera” airplane, Pipistrel has taken the wraps off of its brand new Alpha Trainer ... which as the name suggests, is designed as a primary training airplane. Hawker Beechcraft has announced that it has reached an agreement with a significant number of its senior secured lenders and senior bondholders on the terms of a financial restructur

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ATK Announces Complete Liberty System to Provide Commercial Crew Access

Liberty System Includes Spacecraft, Launch Vehicle, Ground and Mission Ops

ATK announced today it has developed its Liberty concept into a complete commercial crew transportation system, including the spacecraft, abort system, launch vehicle, and ground and mission operations, designed from inception to meet NASA’s human-rating requirements with a potential for the first test flight in 2014 and Liberty crewed flight in 2015.

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ANN's 'Airborne' Expands Coverage, Adds Avionics Special Edition

Twice Each Week (and More!), We'd Like To Invite ALL of Aviation To Join Us As An 'Airborne' Partner

For well over a decade, one of the most tumultuous in aviation history, and encompassing some 150,000 stories, 5000 Aero-Casts as well as nearly 1500 Aero-TV video features, the Aero-News Network has been the premier source for Real-Time, ground-breaking, honest, real-time aviation news. When each exciting new generation of aviation news products and programs were released, over the last decade or so, it was Aero-News that brought them to fruition.

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House Armed Services Committee Member Asks For F-35 Operational Date

Attempted To Tie Some Funding To The Announcement Of A Date Certain

A Republican member of the House Armed Services Committee was thwarted on Wednesday in an attempt to tie funding for the F-35 JSF to a guaranteed operational date from the Defense Department.

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Dreamliner Honored With Hermes Award

Presented for Innovative Ideas And Products

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner has been honored with the Grand Prize during the 2012 Hermes Awards for Innovation. Yves Galland, president of Boeing France, accepted the prize during the 5th National Meeting of Chief Innovation Officers held in Paris.

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Klyde Morris 05.11.12

Sorry C.R.E.A.P ... No Refunds

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Gone West: UAL Pilot Denny Fitch

Sioux City Hero Helped Land Crippled DC-10 In 1989 Accident

United Airlines pilot and instructor Denny Fitch was deadheading home on a DC-10 in 1989 when an explosion in the back of the jet got his attention. He made his way to the flight deck to see if the crew needed help. There he found three men desperately trying to control the widebody jet after losing all hydraulic power.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.11.12)

"So far we haven't found any survivors, but we are still searching." Source: Indonesian resuce agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.11.12): Delay Indefinite, Expect Further Clearance

Used by ATC to inform a pilot when an accurate estimate of the delay time and the reason for the delay cannot immediately be determined.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.11.12)

National Sundowners

An organization of former stewardesses and flight attendants with the original national airlines, the National Sundowners' web site is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history of our stewardesses and flight attendants.

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