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November 29, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.29.11

Delta announces cuts in international service.
The first customer A400M is in final assembly.
And Santa Monica NIMBYs smell blood in the water.

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AMR Corp Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization

Company Says The Move Was Made To 'Achieve Industry Competitiveness'

The aviation world woke up Tuesday morning to the news that AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc. ("American") and AMR Eagle Holding Corporation ("American Eagle"), had filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization paperwork in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

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LSA Exits Runway On Hard Landing

Skycatcher Hits Trees, But Only Minor Injuries To Pilot

The pilot of a Cessna 162 Skycatcher reportedly made a hard landing Friday at New Jersey's Lincoln Park Airport, lost control and ran off the runway into trees.

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NTSB Prelim Shows Pilot In PA Accident Hit Garage On Purpose

Told The Board He Intended To Lessen The Force Of Impact

The pilot of a Beech B55 Baron who impacted a garage during a forced landing attempt did so on purpose in an effort to make the crash survivable. His instincts apparently were good, as he and his three passengers survived the accident, but all were seriously injured.

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STC Allows Repair Of Commander Elevator Spars

Complete Replacement Not Needed For AD Compliance

The FAA has granted an STC to Harrison Aero for the Commander 112 and 114 elevator spar cracking issue that prompted Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2011-07-13.

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FAA Orders Oxygen Masks Removed From Airliner Lavs

'I Can't Breathe In Here' May No Longer Be A Joke

The debate about whether overreaching airline security measures have gone to far has some new fuel. The FAA has ordered airlines to remove the emergency oxygen generators in airliner lavatories out of fear they were, quote - "...easily accessible and could have been manipulated to create a flight hazard." Coming up with a secure system to replace them could take as long as four years, leaving passengers who happen to be in the lav during a decompression event vulnerable in the meantime.

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UK Transport Department To Acquire New Civilian SAR Service

Procurement Process Underway For New Helicopter Service To Be Provided By Civilian Crews

In a written statement to the UK parliament, Secretary of State for Transport, Justine Greening said that she wished to inform the House of the Government's intentions for the future of the search and rescue helicopter service in the UK.

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Air Force Leaders Collaborate On Total Force Future

Looking For Balance Between Active Duty, Reserves

Air Force senior leaders are looking at ways to balance the ratio of regular and Reserve Component Airmen to create the most effective and efficient combat capability in austere budget times. Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley is leading collaborative efforts between active, Reserve and Guard leaders to find the right force composition that will ensure the total force remains healthy and viable.

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Piper's South American Support Network Bolstered By Horizontal de Aviación

Enters Into Service Agreement With Florida Piper Dealer

Piper Aircraft's global customer support network has been strengthened with the addition of well-respected Horizontal de Aviación S.A.S. at the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota, Colombia as an approved Piper Service Center.

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FAA: 10 Years Is Shortest Wait For Longmont, CO Airport Funds

Airport Master Plan Calls For 1,000 Foot Runway Extension

The master plan for Vance Brand Municipal airport (KLMO) in Longmont, CO, calls for a 1,000 foot extension of the 4,800 foot runway, but FAA officials say that no money will be available for the project for at least 10 years.

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Prince William Plucks Two From The Irish Sea

Involved In Rescue Mission To Recover Sailors From A Capsized Boat

Five sailors are feared lost following the capsize of their sailboat in the Irish Sea on Sunday. Two have been rescued, and the body of the eight sailor has been recovered.

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Protesters Surround Airliner In Tripoli

Delayed Departure Of Tunisian Airbus At Mitiga Airport

About a dozen cars fill with protesters drove onto the tarmac at Mitiga Airport in Tripoli and surrounded a Tunisian A300 airliner with passengers on board, preventing it from departing.

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Survey: One Passenger In Four Admits To Carrying Liquids Through Airport Securit

Four Percent Say They Have Done So Intentionally In Violation Of Rules

A recent survey by Australian flight comparison site Skyscanner has revealed that 28% of travellers have 'smuggled' contraband liquids past airport security either accidentally, or in full knowledge that they are breaking the rules.

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Saab Sensis Advancing NextGen At Florida Test Bed

Expertise And Tools Deployed In Field Of UAV Integration, Other Areas

In conjunction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the FAA established the Test Bed for the development, demonstration and evaluation of emerging NextGen concepts and technologies in a collaborative environment at the Florida NextGen Test Bed (FTB) in Daytona Beach, FL. Since 2006, Saab Sensis has been a member of the Test Bed’s Integrated Airport Initiative (IAI).

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Aero-TV: True North Avionics -- Multilingual Handsets for BizAv

Say What? Multilingual Communications Behind The Cockpit

Let's face it... business aviation is often as international a pursuit as it gets... so it makes sense that the equipment we use to aviate and communicate be as multilingual as the clientele that uses it.

The TrueNorth Stylus incorporates TrueNorth’s intuitive, one-button interface; HD Voice Quality for near broadcast-quality voice communications; wired and wireless configuration options; and personalization options that include custom materials to match the decor of the applicable cabin or aircraft interior.

Aero-TV: True North Avionics -- Multilingual Handsets for BizAv

Say What? Multilingual Communications Behind The Cockpit

Let's face it... business aviation is often as international a pursuit as it gets... so it makes sense that the equipment we use to aviate and communicate be as multilingual as the clientele that uses it. The TrueNorth Stylus incorporates TrueNorth’s intuitive, one-button interface; HD Voice Quality for near broadcast-quality voice communications; wired and wireless configuration options; and personalization options that include custom materials to match the decor of the applicable cabin or aircraft interior.

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NTSB Prelim Released In October 17 PA-28 Accident

Four People Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down In Rural Arkansas

The NTSB has released its preliminary report in an accident which fatally injured the Oklahoma State women's head basketball coach and one of his assistants, as well as a former Oklahoma state senator and his wife. As is often the case with these reports, there are few details from which anything solid can be gleaned.

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Study: Virginia Spaceport Needs A Makeover

Report Says East Coast Facility Should Be Multi-Use, Lacks Long-Term Strategy

A study  on the economic competitiveness of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (VCSFA) released recently by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's office recommends several changes and improvements to the state's commercial spaceport.

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EASA Certifies Bell 407GX

Follows FAA And Transport Canada Approval Earlier This Year

EASA has certified the newest version of the Bell 407 ... dubbed the 407GX. The aircraft was introduced in March at the 2011 HELI-EXPO annual convention in Orlando, FL, and Bell has received more than 60 orders for the helo, with the first aircraft expected to deliver later this year.

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Civilian UAVs In NAS Simply A Matter Of Time

Integration Into Airspace Is The Last Hurdle, But Other Concerns Remain

The vice president of civil aviation for the Aerospace Industries Association says that civilian use of UAVs is "going to happen," with the last hurdle being how to integrate the aircraft into the national airspace.

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The Best, And Worst, Of 2011 ... Feel Free To Chime In

We Always Let You Know How We Feel, But Want You To Let Us Know Your Thoughts

As the end of 2011 leaps up over the horizon, and where has the year gone, ANN is, as usual, assembling its annual look back at the top stories of the year, as well as what we consider to be the best ... and worst ... in aviation in the preceding 12 months. This year, we'd like to get your input.

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Quantum3D, CymSTAR Partner On BOWST Aerial Refueling Simulator

Ready-for-Training Device Leverages High Performance Quantum3D Independence IDX 6000 Image Generator

Two companies have gotten together to develop a Boom Operator Weapons System Trainer (BOWST) aerial refueling simulator, which has been declared ready-for-training by the United States Air Force. This is the first KC-135R boom operator trainer to receive SIMCERT (Simulator Certification), allowing transfer of training credits from the aircraft to the simulator.

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ILS Proton Successfully Launches AsiaSat 7 Satellite

Fifth Commercial Launch For ILS This Year

the AsiaSat 7 satellite was boosted into orbit Friday on an ILS Proton for Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) of Hong Kong. This was the 5th commercial mission of the year for ILS and the 8th Proton launch so far this year.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.29.11)

"The VCSFA has the potential to become a major economic force in the Commonwealth. We must take the steps to ensure that this occurs." Source: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.29.11): Chord

The dimension of the airfoil from its leading edge to trailing edge.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.29.11)

Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS)

MARS is a full-service, FAA licensed spaceport, offering two medium/heavy lift launch pads for low earth orbit (LEO) access.

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