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May 08, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.09.12

The NTSB wants to talk safety…

The Space X Dragon gets an AOK on crew accommodations testing…

The ribbon cutting for Berlin’s ne

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Updated: Kyle Franklin Severs Ties With Moonlight Fund and 'Amanda's Wings'

Cease and Desist Order Specifies 'Amanda's Wings'

ANN RealTime Update -- 1731 ET, 05.08.12: ANN has just spoken to Celia Belt, of the Moonlight Fund, as regards the recent statement by Kyle Franklin and Franklin Airshows severing ties with their charitable program known as "Amanda's Wings."   Ms. Belt offered few details in response to our questions but seemed to suggest that any difficulties were not with her organization... but involved an argument, "actually more than an argument," between Kyle Franklin and his Brother-In-Law, Matt Younkin -- also a highly accomplished Airshow Pilot. Belt also asserted that, "Kyle wants more than we took in for him," but refused to divulge

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NTSB Announces General Aviation Safety Forum

Two-Day Seminar To Be Held In Washington, D.C.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today announced that it will hold a 2-day forum focused on safety issues related to general aviation on June 19-20, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In SC Cirrus Accident

Pilot Working An Instrument Rating In Was On Solo Practice Flight Working Towards

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident involving a Cirrus SR22 which was being flown solo by its owner after receiving dual instruciton in the airplane. The pilot, who was working on an instrument rating, had completed several good landings with the instructor on board, but something went wrong after the instructor exited the airplane.

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United Launch Alliance IAMAW Employees Ratify New Contract

Pact Went Into Effect Monday Morning

United Launch Alliance was notified Friday that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) representing its workforce at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, Decatur, AL, and Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, has accepted the company's new three-year contract offer. This concludes the 2012 contract negotiation process which began several weeks ago.

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Black Hole Caught Red-Handed In A Stellar Homicide

Images Show Star Being Shredded By The Gravity Well

Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, were among the first to help identify the stellar remains.

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Aircraft Accident Fatally Injures One In Wayne County, PA

Pilot Was Sole Occupant Of Aircraft

A man from Rock Hill, NY died Saturday afternoon as a result of an accident in his aircraft at Cherry Ridge Airport in Wayne County. The Scranton, PA, Times-Tribune reports Jeffrey Gilbert, 67, had been pronounced dead at Geisinger Community Medical Center two hours after an accident at the airport in Cherry Ridge Township.

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Lynchburg Regional Airport Hosts Disaster Drill

Exercise Tests Emergency Services Every Three Years

On Saturday morning Virginia’s Lynchburg Regional Airport hosted a mass casualty drill in preparation for the worst-possible disaster that could strike the airport at any time. The airport’s fire unit was backed up by Emergency services from Campbell County’s fire and emergency services units, the city of Lynchburg’s public safety department and rescue squads from surrounding areas.

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Accident In Vancouver Injures Pilot Of Replica Aircraft

Plane Was Consumed By Fire After Skidding Into Ditch

A pilot was airlifted to a hospital Sunday morning after surviving a dead stick landing at Pitt Meadows Airport in British Columbia. A Mustang 2 replica scale model of the iconic WWII fighter lost power at 200 feet and came down on a taxiway, then skidded into a ditch and caught fire.

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Skydivers Jump From Cessna After Power Loss

Pilot Makes Dead Stick Landing In Field

Normally passengers stay with the airplane during a loss of power incident, but on Saturday in Hoke County, NC the rules were rewritten. Around noon a Cessna 206 (similar airplane pictured) took off with four jumpers aboard heading out to a parachute demonstration in Fayetteville. The plane experienced a power loss climbing through 1,100 feet which prompted the skydivers to exit the aircraft.

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GE Performance-based Navigation Flight Paths Validated At Jiuzhai Airport

Marks First Airport-Initiated PBN Program In China, Improves Access And Payload For Operators

Performance-based Navigation (PBN) flight paths designed by GE Aviation were validated last week at Jiuzhai Huanglong Airport in the Sichuan Province of China. In this first public PBN project initiated by a Chinese airport, the paths will be available to all approved aircraft operators. Air China, China Eastern and Sichuan Airlines are the first three airlines that will fly the highly-precise flight paths.

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Float Plane Accident In Manitoba Claims Pilot’s Life

Canadian C-130 Dispatched To Locate Overdue Aircraft

A float plane went down Saturday night in eastern Manitoba, fatally injuring the sole occupant, an 81-year old pilot. The plane went down in Lake Kapekun near the Manitoba-Ontario border, according to Captain Jean Houde of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Trenton, Ontario.

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Shadow UAS Passes First Shadow Hawk Precision Munitions Test

Test Was Conducted At Dugway Proving Ground In Utah

A Shadow Hawk precision-guided weapon was fired for the first time recently from a Shadow 200 Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), achieving a direct hit on the target. Shadow Hawk is an 11-pound class, 2.75-inch diameter, 27-inch long drop-glide weapon.

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TSA Pre-Check Begins At Orlando International Airport

Service Available To Some Passengers On Domestic Flights

TSA has added Orlando International Airport (KMCO) to its list of airports where some passengers can take advantage of its Pre-Check program.  At KMCO, select Delta frequent flyers as well as members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler programs are now eligible to participate and may receive expedited screening benefits when traveling domestically.

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Classic Aero-TV: Kestrel Aeroworks -- Upgrades For Cirrus And Meridian Aircraft

Alan Klapmeier Branches Out Into The Aftermarket Business

At Oshkosh this summer, Kestrel Chairman and CEO Alan Klapmeier held a news conference to announce the formation of Kestrel Aeroworks, a new business providing upgrades to Piper Meridian And Cirrus airplanes. "Kestrel Aeroworks will take existing airplanes and bring them up to what we consider new "Kestrel" standards," Klapmeier said. "What we're looking at is how to make them more user friendly, how do you get better utility out of them, how do you get better value for the customer." Klapmeirer said there have been changes in the business such as avionics upgrades that he says caus

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HBC Receives Court Approval Of First-Day Motions

Company Will Continue To Operate Normally During Reorginazation

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted approval of the "First Day Motions" filed by Hawker Beechcraft as part of the company's voluntary filing for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Approval of these motions will enable Hawker Beechcraft to continue to operate in the ordinary course of business during the reorganization process. 

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Boeing To Ramp Up Production, But Workforce Reductions Are Expected Next Year

Says Efficiencies On The Factory Floors Will Allow Hiring To Slow

Boeing says it plans to increase airliner production as airlines place major orders to replace older jets, but that efficiencies on its factory floors will allow it to slow the pace of hiring replacement workers.

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SpaceX Pushes Dragon Launch Date To May 19

Spokeswoman Says Commercial Space Company Being 'Extremely Diligent'

SpaceX said late last week that it would be pushing its COTS 2-3 demonstration launch back to May 19th while its own and NASA scientists finish evaluating computer code which controls the launch.

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Piper Aircraft European Sales Stronger Than Anticipated

Company Says Many Pilots Are Downsizing From Twin Aircraft To More Efficient Singles

Piper Aircraft dealers in Europe have noted a sales trend toward new, more fuel-efficient business aircraft.  Early in 2012, Piper delivered three new Piper Meridian turboprops into France and a Piper Mirage pressurized single in Switzerland. Additionally, the company has five more M-Class single-engine aircraft set for delivery to retail customers in Europe this year.  

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F-22 Pilots Speak Out On 60 Minutes

Appear As Whistle Blowers With Congressional Protection

In an interview aired Sunday by the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, two of the pilots who have refused to fly the F-22 due to concerns about the oxygen system spoke out about those concerns. The pilots are risking their careers by refusing to fly the airplanes.

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GAMA Urges Swift Action On Export-Import Bank Reauthorization

Institution Is Important To The Aviation Manufacturing Sector

GAMA hailed the bipartisan agreement between Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer to end an impasse over the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.  The agreement extends the bank’s charter for three years and increases its lending authority to $140 billion.

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Europe’s Shrinking Bizjet Fleet

Analyst Brian Foley Says 'Significant Attrition' Not Surprising

"I wouldn't exactly call it a disappearing act," says general aviation analyst Brian Foley. "But it's been a significant attrition and not altogether surprising in view of Europe's economic woes. At this rate it may be another year before Europe's fleet can grow again."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.08.12)

"(R)ight now, we believe that risk -although it's not as low as we would like it - is low enough to safely operate the airplane at the current tempo." Source: Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of Air Combat Command, commenting on ongoing problems with the F-22 Raptor.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.08.12): How Do You Hear Me

How Do You Hear Me A question relating to the quality of the transmission or to determine how well the transmission is being received.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.08.12)

Mountain Wave Project

The Mountain Wave Project is an outgrowth of the International Scientific and Technical Soaring Organization which studies the phenomenon, along with others.

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