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June 11, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.12.12

A Navy UAV is down off Maryland….

The FAA issues a New AC for use of Electronic Flight Bags…

NetJets announces largest private aircraf

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Norwegian Firms Up Order For 100 A320neo Airplanes

New Airbus Customer In Norway

European low-cost carrier Norwegian has firmed up its order for 100 A320neo aircraft with Airbus. This follows a commitment signed in January. The order makes Norwegian a new Airbus customer, and as well, one of the biggest A320neo customers.

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Final Wedgetail AEW&C Aircraft Delivered To Australia

Airplane Is Based On The 737-700 Next Gen Platform

The sixth and final Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft has been delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Boeing handed the airplane over to Australian Officials May 2.

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Nebraska Airport On Track To Receive AIP Funding

Kearney Regional Airport Enplanements Up Two Years Running

Kearney Regional airport in Nebraska is seeing signs of a recovering economy, and is expecting over 10,000 enplanements in 2012 for the second year in a row. That number is significant because it guarantees the airport $1 million in grant money from the FAA. The airport has five years afterwards to spend on safety upgrades, navigational aids, runway lights, new pavement and similar projects.

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Airbus A320 Sim Developed By Indra 'Flying' In China

The Training System Is Now Operational At The Hainan Airlines Pilot Training Center

Indra has delivered the first of two Airbus A320 simulators purchased by Hainan Airlines. The system is already providing service at the airline's flight training centre in the city of Sanya on the island of Hainan. Indra will supply the second system later this year. The Indra simulator has entered into service after successfully passing its certification tests with a Level D, which is the maximum for civil simulators.

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Cameroon Air Force Orders Airbus Military CN235

Aircraft Will Be Used To Modernize The CAF Transport Fleet

The Cameroon Air Force has ordered an Airbus CN235 from Airbus Military. The CN235 is a robust aircraft with a six tonne payload that is well-proven in hot, dusty and humid conditions throughout Africa. It is flexible and reliable with good short take-off and landing capability, and its cabin can be easily reconfigured for a variety of transport missions.

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FAA Developing Rules For Drone Integration In US Airspace

Industry Value Estimated To Be Nearly $6 Billion

Drones similar to those flying in Afghanistan and Pakistan might soon be patrolling the skies over the United States filling a variety of roles from aerial photography and land surveying to law-enforcement duties. Their ultimate fate is being decided now by the FAA, who is at work on rules to determine how drones will safely share airspace with manned aircraft. Some of the integration testing could be done in Florida; the FAA could pick the six testing sites as early as this December.

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AirAsia Japan Takes Delivery Of Its First Airbus A320 Aircraft

Japan's Newest Low-Cost Carrier to Start Operations With All-Airbus Fleet In August

Japan’s newest low-cost carrier AirAsia Japan has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in Toulouse, France. The Narita-based carrier will start commercial services on August 1st from Narita International Airport to Sapporo and Fukuoka, and from August 3rd to Okinawa with an initial fleet of two aircraft.

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Boeing, United Technologies Sued By Husband Of Nigerian Crash Victim

Attorney Claims Aircraft Was 'Dangerous And Defective'

The husband of one of the crash victims of the Dana Air jet that went down June 3rd is suing Boeing and United Technologies. The suit claims the aircraft was “dangerous and defective.” David Chukwunonso Allison, whose wife Joy was among the 153 lost in the Lagos crash is also suing the estate of the pilot. The MD-83, operated by Dana Air, reportedly radioed a distress signal to report engine failure, and came down in an apartment block while on approach to land.

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AD: Alpha Aviation Concept Limited

AD NUMBER: 2012-11-10

PRODUCT: Alpha Aviation Concept Limited Model R2160 Airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.11.12

Residents of Myrtle Beach want to shut down new helicopter tour flights…

It’s smoke off for Brazil’s precision flying team at Dayton this year&helli

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Fingers Point At Inexplicable FAA Inaction In Fatal L-39 Accident

'Unlawful Operation' of L-39 By Mach 1 Aviation and Incredible Adventures Results in Two Deaths

News and Analysis by Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief Over the course of several YEARS, ANN has chronicled the actions of a pilot with an extensive criminal record by the name of David G Riggs. Riggs, already having done prison time in the US and abroad for a number of infractions, has been the subject of a number of stories in which his actions have been found to be both unsafe, illegal, and of potential peril to those in the air and on the ground. Principally known as the pilot of an L-39 that terrorized a Santa Monica pier via a high-speed, low-altitude buzz job that scared hundreds and posed a serious danger to the lives of those nearby, David Riggs ultima

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Airborne 06.08.12: Eclipse Production Restarts, Great Lakes AD, Solar Impulse

Also: Canon, AirVenture Cup, WingX, Aspen, Virgin Galactic, RIP: Ed King, Gulfstream Record, Boeing Phantom Eye... and MORE!

What a cool week! You really have to admire a company that says what they're going to do and then follows through. That's exactly what happened with Eclipse Aerospace, as Mason Holland took the stage during the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference held this past Friday in Albuquerque and announced the official launch of initial production of the new model Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. It's rare that we get a news release from a company concerning an Airworthiness Directive (AD), but the folks at WACO (WALK-o) th

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Brazilian Precision Team Out Of Dayton Air Show

Government Cites Budget Cuts For Schedule Reductions

The Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C. has notified the organizers of the Vectren Dayton Air Show that its precision flying team will not be able to participate in the July event.

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Myrtle Beach NIMBYs Can't Shut Down Helicopter Tours

Local Public Safety Committee Says 'No Immediate Solution'

At a meeting Thursday of the Horry County (SC) Public Safety Committee, a group of Myrtle Beach residents opposed to a company operating helicopter tours near their homes was told there is no quick solution to the issue.

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Klyde Morris (06.11.12)

Klyde's Not Impressed With Astronaut Ice Cream


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U-2 Pilot Francis Gary Powers To Receive Posthumous Silver Star

Was Shot Down And Captured More Than 50 Year Ago

U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, who became a symbol of the Cold War after being shot down while flying a mission over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960, will be posthumously awarded the Silver Star by the Pentagon in a ceremony next week.

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Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) To Sell XCOR Space Tourism Flights

Sub-Orbital Flights Will Originate From Mojave Air And Spaceport

The days of commercial sub-orbital space tourism are drawing slowly, but surely nearer. With the Tom Sachs space-themed art exhibit, "Space Program: Mars" as a backdrop, XCOR Aerospace named Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) as the new General Sales Agent (GSA) for the XCOR owned Lynx Suborbital vehicle flying from the Mojave Air and Spaceport.

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Canadian Owners And Pilots Association Seeking 2016 Venue

Toured Airports In Canada For Four Days

About 60 airplanes associated with the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association recently conducted a tour of airports in Ontario and Quebec, evaluating about 30 potential sites for the organization's  2016 annual convention and fly-in.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.11.12)

Aero Linx: EBAA EBAA aims to promote excellence and professionalism amongst our Members to enable them to deliver best-in-class safety and operational efficiency, whilst representing their interests at all levels in Europe, to ensure the proper recognition of business aviation as a vital part of the aviation infrastructure, supporting local and national economies.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.11.12):

Declared Capacity A measure of the ability of the ATC system or any of its subsystems or operating positions to provide service to aircraft during normal activities. It is expressed as the number of aircraft entering a specified portion of airspace in a given period of time, taking due account of weather, ATC unit configuration, staff and equipment available, and any other factors which may affect the workload of the controller responsible for the airspace. (ICAO)

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.11.12)

"We do not expect this story to end here... and as a matter of fact, the details that are coming to light, on an almost daily basis, tell a startling story of an FAA that doesn't work, an aviation system under constant attack by crooks (and not just David Riggs), of the cowardice of the rank and file 'alphabet groups' who are supposedly out there to protect our industry and an aviation justice system that simply doesn't work." Source: ANN Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell's, summary after detailing the lkatest news involving david riggs and the preliminary findings following the crash of an L-39 operated, in part, by a company under Riggs' control.

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