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October 25, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.25.11

Piper stops development on the Altaire jet.
A university has 27 planes damaged by hail.
And an airport whistle-blower may lose his job.

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Pinnacle Flight Attendants Ratify New Contract

Pact Covers More Than 870 FAs Represented By The United Steel Workers

Flight attendants represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 772 have ratified a five-year contract with Pinnacle Airlines. The contract replaces an agreement that became amendable on Jan. 31, 2011. It covers more than 870 USW-represented flight attendants who work out of Atlanta, Detroit, New York (JFK), Memphis and Minneapolis.

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Virgin America FAs Petition For Union Representation

Would Be Represented By Transport Workers Of America

A majority of flight attendants at Virgin America has filed a petition at the National Mediation Board (NMB) seeking union representation with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU). “Work rules are inconsistently enforced, promises regarding rest, vacation and benefits are often broken, and discipline for minor violations can be unnecessarily harsh and inconsistently applied,” TWU Organizing Director Frank MacCann said in a news release.

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Russia Eyes Underground Lunar Colony

Recently-Discovered Volcanic Tunnels Could Provide Natural Shelter

It might sound more like science fiction than science, but Russian scientists and space officials are looking at the feasibility of putting a permanent inhabited colony on the moon sheltered by recently-discovered volcanic tunnels under the lunar surface.

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Eurocopter Expects RFPs From South Korea In 2012

Company Prepares To Bid On South Korean Defense Programs

Eurocopter has expressed its intent to participate in two Request for Proposals it expects to be issued by South Korea's defense forces in 2012, proposing the Panther platform for the country's Light Attack Helicopter program, and the Tiger as a Heavy Attack Helicopter.

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Mesaba Moves From Minnesota To Memphis

Nearly 200 Jobs Lost At Eagan HQ

After its purchase by Pinnacle Airlines last year, regional carrier Mesaba Airlines announced that it will be permanently closing its headquarters in Eagan, MN south of St. Paul and moving to Memphis, TN. The move is expected to come right after Christmas, and cost 193 people their jobs. Just over 600 will remain employed by the airline in Minnesota.

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First Ecureuil AS350 B3e Delivered To Servicios Aereos Kipreos

Eurocopter Chile Hands Over The Helo To Multi-Faceted Company

The Chilean subsidiary of Eurocopter has delivered an AS350 B3e helicopter to Servicios Aereos Kipreos, making it the first operator to receive this new version of the Ecureuil rotary-wing aircraft in the Americas.

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Guild Of Air Pilots And Air Navigators Honor Aviation Heroism, Professionalism

Pilots And Aircrews To Be Recognized At UK Guildhall Ceremony

The heroism and professionalism of aircrews from around the world and across the whole spectrum of aviation is being recognised by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators’ annual Trophy and Awards event, which will take place in London’s medieval Guildhall on Thursday, October 27th. Among those receiving a total of 24 different awards are military aircrew, airline pilots, test pilots, flying instructors and newly qualified trainees. All have been chose for their exemplary commitment to the highest flying standards.

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WWII MIA Aircrew Identified

B-24J Liberator Went Down During A Bombing Raid Over Berlin

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced late last week that the remains of 10 U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

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Boeing Deliveries Of 777-300ER Pass 300

Order Book For The Long-Range Airliner At Near Record Levels

On October 21st, Boeing surpassed 300 deliveries of its 777-300ER. The milestone airplane was taken by first-time customer Biman Bangladesh. As of Sept. 30, 2011, the 777-300ER has 543 orders; the 777 program (all models) has received a total of 1,288 orders and the program has a backlog of 325 orders.

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Analyst: UAV Payload Market Will Reach $2.9bn In 2011

Visiongain Report Forecasts Significant Growth Outpacing Aircraft Development

Global spending on payloads and subsystems for military and security purposes has jumped in recent years on the back of a surge in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) deployment. Behind the growing use of UAVs lies increasing eagerness on the part of governments worldwide to harness unprecedented intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, communication and attack capabilities provided by sensors and payloads carried by expendable aircraft.

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Civil Air Patrol To Observe Red Ribbon Week

Joining In Effort To Promote A Drug-Free Lifestyle

Members of Civil Air Patrol will promote healthy, drug-free lifestyles October 23-31 during their nationwide observance of Red Ribbon Week. The oldest, largest drug prevention campaign in the U.S., Red Ribbon Week is observed across America. This year’s theme is “It’s Up To Me To Be Drug Free!”

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Aero-TV: Farmer's Zeppelin -- Experience The Largest Airship On The Planet

Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Toured The U.S. This Summer

Driving into Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh this summer, you couldn't help but notice the Farmer's Airship, which the company says is the largest in the world. The airship was available for tours on the grounds near the EAA museum during AirVenture 2011.

Aero-TV: Farmer's Zeppelin -- Experience The Largest Airship On The Planet

Fly-By-Wire Aircraft Toured The U.S. This Summer

Driving into Wittman Regional Airport at Oshkosh this summer, you couldn't help but notice the Farmer's Airship, which the company says is the largest in the world. The airship was available for tours on the grounds near the EAA museum during AirVenture 2011. David Finney, a flight operations specialist for Farmer's Insurance, told ANN that the aircraft was on a nationwide tour with stops at communities all across the United States. It began in New Orleans, traveled east to Florida, then north up the east coast before turning west and arriving in Oshkosh the last week of July. Read More

Pilots In AA Jackson Hole Overrun Report 'No Reverse'

NTSB Releases Transcript Of CVR In Runway Excursion Incident

The NTSB late last week released the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcript from American Airlines flight 2253, which overran runway 19 upon landing at Jackson Hole Airport  in Wyoming (KJAC) on December 29, 2010.

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TSA Plans To Produce Revamped Security Proposal By Year-End

Tells NBAA New Proposal Will Be "Markedly Different" From LASP

TSA officials have told NBAA that they hope to issue a new proposed business aircraft security program by the end of this year. The new proposal, which is expected to be markedly different from the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) offered several years ago, will need to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Homeland Security  and Office of Management and Budget before being published for public comment.

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FAA Official Says LightSquared Stalling NextGen

Hickey: 'Most Intractable Problem I Have Been Involved With'

The proposal by LightSquared to place a nationwide wireless broadband service on frequencies adjacent to those used by millions of GPS receivers is causing the implementation of NextGen air traffic control to grind nearly to a halt, according to one highly-placed FAA official.

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Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer Flies At Fort Worth Alliance Air Show

First Public Flight Demonstration For The Propose T-38 Replacement

The Hawk Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) made its first U.S. flight demonstration over the weekend at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show. The performance showcased the capabilities of the airplane that BAE says delivers the 5th generation sensor and information management skills needed by future U.S. fighter pilots.

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PSA Pilots Enter Into Federal Mediated Talks

Pilots Hopeful Government Intervention Will Jumpstart Contract Negotiations

The pilots of PSA Airlines, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), took the next step toward reaching a new contract with senior management on Monday by meeting with a federal mediator from the National Mediation Board (NMB). PSA pilots, who fly regional aircraft under the US Airways Express brand, have been in direct contract negotiations with their management since June 2009.

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Transport Canada Certifies PW2105 Engine

Moves Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter Closer To Certification

Transport Canada recently certified the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW210S engines that will be installed in Sikorsky’s new S-76D helicopter, marking another milestone in the aircraft's march toward certification. The engine certification signifies that the PW210S engine has completed all required certification tests and complies with all regulatory requirements.

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Cirrus Down After Missed Approach In Carrollton, TX

One Person Fatally Injured, Two Survive

A plane identified as a Cirrus SR22 with three people on board went down near a high school in Carrollton, TX, Monday morning. Officials say that one person, a passenger seated in the back seat of the airplane, was fatally injured.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.25.11)

"Clearly, the market for light jets is not recovering sufficiently and quickly enough to allow us to continue developing the program under the economic circumstances we face." Source:  Piper Interim President and CEO Simon Caldecott.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.25.11): Hold In Lieu Of Procedure Turn

A hold in lieu of procedure turn shall be established over a final or intermediate fix when an approach can be made from a properly aligned holding pattern.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.25.11)

Aviation Museum Locator

Looking for an aviation-themed museum either near you or in a region you're visiting? The website offers a list of dozens of museums listed by country, region, or state, and links to their websites.

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