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November 26, 2011

Insiders: Crew Rest Rules May Exempt Cargo Carriers

Unions Ask Obama To Block 'Cargo Cut-Out' For Safety Of Public

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that exactly what pilot unions have feared appears imminent - revised FAA crew rest rules which exempt cargo carrier from compliance, or set a period for compliance further out than the deadline for passenger airlines.

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Boeing Ponders Presence In Wichita

Company Reportedly Considering Closure Of Modification Center

Boeing is reportedly seriously considering closing its modification center in Wichita, which has gotten the attention of lawmakers and union leaders in the state. Following an announcement by the planemaker Monday that it was studying the viability of its Wichita operation, elected and union officials requested a meeting with Boeing. They say the company made promises to put jobs in Kansas should they be awarded the KC-46A contract from the Air Force, which they did in February.

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In 2010 Palo Alto Fatal Accident

Three Fatally Injured When Aircraft Went Down In Heavy Fog

The NTSB has issued its probable cause report in the February, 2010 accident which resulted in the fatal injury of three employees of the Tesla automobile company and sparking fires in a residential neighborhood. The board determined that the probable cause of the accident was the pilot’s failure follow the standard instrument departure as instructed, and his failure to attain a sufficient altitude to maintain clearance from power lines during takeoff in instrument meteorological conditions.

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Airbus CEO Predicts Decline In Orders In 2012

But Surge Of A320neo Orders This Year May Mean A Production Increase

It's a classic good news, bad news scenario. The bad news for Airbus is that it sees a decline in orders in 2012 compared to 2011, but the good news is, so many airplanes were ordered in 2011 that a production increase is likely.

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Cirrus Still Struggling With SR22T Starters

Service Bulletin Released Wednesday

Earlier this year, Cirrus and Continental Motors (CMI) identified a potential issue associated with the starter drive adaptor assembly installed on our SR22T and SR22 TURBO aircraft. While the issue was previously thought to have been addressed, recent data from the field of the same assembly on non-Cirrus aircraft indicate otherwise. Slight misalignment of the internal shaft is suspected to cause side loading and lead to premature fatigue failure at low hours.

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Sean O'Keefe Assumes Chairmanship Of National Defense Industrial Association

EADS North America CEO Was Previously NASA Administrator, Secretary Of The Navy

EADS North America Chief Executive Officer Sean O'Keefe has been named the new Chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), a U.S. industry association promoting the defense industry and national security.

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Student Pilot Lands In Florida Residential Neighborhood

Said GPS Told Him Subdivision Street Was Nearby Airport

A student pilot made what was described as a "hard landing" on a residential street in Pasco County, Florida near Tampa Tuesday. The 22-year-old pilot of a Cirrus SR20 told sheriff's deputies that his GPS indicated that the street was Pilot Country Airport (X05), which is actually about three miles from the Pasco Trails subdivision where he landed.

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iPhone Spontaneously Combusts On Regional Express Flight

Matter Reported To ATSB And CASA

Regional Express (Rex) flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney in Australia had an occurrence after landing Friday when a passenger’s mobile phone started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow. The mobile phone in question appears to be an Apple iPhone.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.26.11)

"Among the options being reviewed is the potential closure of the Wichita site." Source: Excerpt from a Boeing statement announcing the evaluation of its Wichita, KS completion center.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.11): Remote Airport Advisory (RAA)

A remote service which may be provided by facilities which are not located on the landing airport, but have a discrete ground-to-air communication frequency or tower frequency when the tower is closed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.11)

The Florida Sport Aviation Antique & Classic Association (FSAACA)

FSAACA is a group of aviation enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of older airplanes and a “Just Plain Love” for sport aviation of all types.

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