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October 11, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.11.11

NBAA's opening speakers make the case for biz-av.
Embraer announces a sale to a Chinese lessor.
And Eclipse announces production of all-new planes is restarting.

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NBAA, GAMA Detail Shared Advocacy Initiatives

Calls On Industry To Mobilize To Tell BizAv Story

At a No Plane No Gain Media Kickoff Breakfast held to brief reporters at the start of NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, NBAA and GAMA leaders described how they have redoubled their efforts during the past year to burnish the industry’s image and fight a series of harmful policy proposals emanating from Washington, DC.

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Minsheng Orders 13 Embraer Legacy 650s

Contract At NBAA Follows MOU Announced In July

Embraer signed a firm order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets with China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., in a ceremony held Monday at NBAA 2011. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered by the end of this year, with the remainder to be delivered within the next five years.

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Mexico, India Certify Embraer's Phenom Executive Jets

Phenom 300 Now Certified In 40 countries

Embraer said at the NBAA annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas that it has recently received certification for the Phenom 300 light executive jet to operate in Mexico and India, and the Phenom 100 entry level jet to operate in the Ukraine. Last month, the company also received FAA certification for the optional belted lavatory seat for the Phenom 300, an option that has been widely requested by customers.

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New Pilatus Tech Center Named In Chile

Techdeso S.A. To Service PC-12 Aircraft

Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd recently appointed Techdeso S.A. as its newest global service partner. Based in Santiago, Chile, Techdeso was formed recently to service the business aviation market in this growing region.

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GE's IVHM To Power Gulfstream PlaneConnectHTM

New Prognostics Algorithm 'Moves Beyond Diagnostics' To Save Time, Money

Gulfstream has announced its new G650 will feature something it calls PlaneConnectHTM Health and Trend Monitoring. It's software which can predict, sometimes well in advance, an aircraft system or part headed for failure. At NBAA this week, GE filled in some background, revealing that its own Integrated Vehicle Health Monitoring, or IVHM for short, will power Gulfstream's system.

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Phillip Straub Tapped To Lead Garmin Aviation Business Unit

Gary Kelley To Retire, Veteran Team Takes Over

Garmin has named Philip Straub as vice president, managing director – aviation. In this newly created role, Straub will lead all facets of Garmin’s aviation business, including product development, flight operations, certification, sales, marketing, and support. The move follows the retirement announcement of Gary Kelley, its vice president of marketing, at the end of the year.

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Australian CH-47D Chinook Helicopters Resume Flight Ops

Aircraft Had Been Grounded As A Precaution September 30th

The Australian Army has lifted the precautionary suspension of flying operations for the CH-47D Chinook helicopter put in place on September 30th following the identification of possible issues relating to the operation of the aircraft's Advanced Flight Control System (AFCS) in certain flight conditions.

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Embraer, GECAS Seal Contract For Another Six E-Jets

GECAS E-Jets Portfolio Grows To 101 Aircraft

A contract for six firm orders and six options of the Embraer 190, with the right to convert to the Embraer 195, has been signed between the Brazilian planemaker and GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric Company. The total value of the deal, which will be included in Embraer's fourth quarter of 2011 backlog, is $256.8 million at list price.

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CAM Governing Board Announces New Officers

Fred Adams Named New Vice Chair, Succeeding Jack Stockman

The NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board has elected Fred Adams of Basin Electric Power Cooperative as its new vice chairman. Adams, one of the first class of CAMs certified in 2003, is taking over the role from Jack Stockmann of Corporate Aircraft Services, who has served as vice chair since the CAM Program was launched. One of the original organizers of the program, Stockmann will stay on the governing board for the remaining two years of his tenure.

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Fury 1500 UAS Achieves 14-Hour Duration Flight

Advanced Version Of The Fury Breaks 100 Total Hours; Continues Progress Toward Deployment-Ready Status

Development of a new, long-endurance UAS reached another milestone Thursday, as the Fury 1500 Special Mission Unmanned Aerial System achieved a flight lasting over 14 hours. This new version of the Fury was developed by AME Unmanned Air Systems (AME UAS) in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Armed Aerial Scout 72X Helicopter Readied For Competitive Fly Off Demonstration

Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) Arrives At AUSA Convention

In anticipation of a competitive flight demonstration, EADS North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is on display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention this week in Washington, DC. The AAS-72X, an armed derivative of the Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter manufactured by the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, has completed the majority of its militarization requirements in a company-funded development effort that began in 2009.

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FAA Was On The Lookout For Falling Turkeys In Arkansas

No Birds Were Dropped During Turkey Trot Festival For The First Time In Nearly 70 Years

There was a tradition in the town of Yellville, AR in the fall. Turkeys were released ... some say dropped ... from low-flying airplanes and allowed to glide to the ground. Organizers of the Turkey Trot Festival say that the tradition ... rather than turkeys ... was dropped many years ago. But someone, and no one will say who, reportedly had unofficially continued the tradition.

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Aero-TV: Back In Production -- Reborn As The Eclipse 550

Production Set To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets, Deliveries Planned For 2013

In what may be one of the industry's most successfull turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland,  CEO and Chairman of Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550, the new twin-­engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.

Aero-TV: Real Progress -- Piaggio Makes The Best Of A Tough Year

Yes... 2011 Has Not Been A Good Year For Aviation, But Piaggio Is Making The Best Of It

No one has to tell you that the 2010-2011 timeframe has been tough on those of us in aviation. Its been a tough few years to sell airplanes... and even tougher on those attempting to show the public the true value of business aviation. Be that as it may, there are a few bright spots here and there.

Aero-TV: Back In Production -- Reborn As The Eclipse 550

Production Set To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets, Deliveries Planned For 2013

In what may be one of the industry's most successfull turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland,  CEO and Chairman of Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550, the new twin-­engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.

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Aero-TV: Real Progress -- Piaggio Makes The Best Of A Tough Year

Yes... 2011 Has Not Been A Good Year For Aviation, But Piaggio Is Making The Best Of It

No one has to tell you that the 2010-2011 timeframe has been tough on those of us in aviation. Its been a tough few years to sell airplanes... and even tougher on those attempting to show the public the true value of business aviation. Be that as it may, there are a few bright spots here and there.

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At NBAA2011, Government, Business Leaders Highlight Business Aviation Value

Al Ueltschi Award For Humanitarian Leadership Presented To Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

The opening general session of the NBAA 2011 Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas was a call to action on the part of industry and government leaders in a time of political and economic uncertainty. “Every state benefits from general aviation,” Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) told the Attendees gathered for the NBAA2011 Opening General Session Monday morning.

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Union Leader Blasts Administration Aircraft Tax Policy Proposal

Tom Buffenbarger Says Workers Will Pay The Price Of President Obama's Plans

The president of a manufacturers union is raising alarm over President Obama’s targeting of business aviation with his plan for changing the depreciation schedules for business airplanes. In a guest editorial published October 4 in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the union leader points out that such a plan could adversely impact an entire industry.

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Piper Rolls Out Improved 2012 M-Class Aircraft

Available Now With Bonus Depreciation For Firm Orders Before December 31

Piper has enhanced both pilot and passenger comfort for its signature series of 2012 model year M-Class single engine business aircraft - the turboprop Meridian, pressurized piston Mirage and unpressurized piston Matrix. 2012 Piper M-Class aircraft are available as of Monday.

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Key Congressional Leaders Join Together To Oppose User Fees

House Aviation Subcommittee Letter Sent To 'Super Committee'

Last week, a total of 134 members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed letters to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction ("Super Committee") and to House and Senate leadership expressing strong opposition to the Obama administration’s proposal to impose a $100-per-flight fee as part of its deficit reducing package.  GAMA and its member companies played a very active role in building support for both of these efforts.

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Certified: Bell Helicopter’s 407GX

FAA Move Follows Transport Canada Nod Earlier This Year

The FAA has granted certification to Bell Helicopter's new 407GX, the latest version of the popular Bell 407. Transport Canada certified the aircraft earlier this year.

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AvConnect, Hilton Software Partner For New iPad App

Software Developed To Deliver Instant Flight And Aircraft Data Via The Apple Tablet

AvConnect announced its integration with WingX Pro7 for iPad by Hilton Software LLC; giving customers virtually two applications in one. Both companies will be demonstrating these combined features this week at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.11.11)

“We are making progress – not with the Administration – but with all the government officials around them. We are going to win the user fee fight." Source: NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.11.11): ETOPS Significant System

An airplane system, including the propulsion system, the failure or malfunctioning of which could adversely affect the safety of an ETOPS flight, or the continued safe flight and landing of an airplane during an ETOPS diversion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.11.11)

Coast Guard Video Of Cessna 310 Ditch Off Hawaii Coast

In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the video taken by the U.S. Coast Guard of that Cessna 310 which was forced to ditch about 13 miles off the coast of Hawaii due to fuel exaustion.

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