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December 21, 2011

Trio Heads For Holiday Reunion With Space Station Residents

Soyuz Launches Successfully From Kazakhstan

NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit, Russian Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands launched to the International Space Station aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M craft at 0716 CST Wednesday from Kazakhstan.

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FAA Issues Final Rule On Pilot Fatigue

Sets Limits For Flight Duty Period, Flight Time Limits, Fitness For Duty

The final rule overhauling commercial passenger airline pilot scheduling has been posted to the Federal Register. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta said the new rules in the 314-page document will ensure pilots have a longer opportunity for rest before they enter the cockpit.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.21.11

A TBM 700 is down in New Jersey.
Unions in the US will have a lower hurdle to winning elections.
And Delta announces details of its big expansion at LaGuardia.

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New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Out With Helo Crash Prelim

Worker On The Ground Pulled Lifting Line Bringing It Into Contact With Rotor Blades

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of New Zealand has released its preliminary report in a helicopter accident in November which was shown live on New Zealand television.

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FAA Continues Diversion Managment Planning

Forum Resulted In Several Initiatives For Improved Communications

Following the FAA’s well-attended Diversion Management Forum on November 30, the agency is moving forward with several initiatives to improve communication between air traffic controllers, airport operators and airlines during severe weather events.

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U.S. Travel Association Study Finds People Would Rather Not Fly For The Holidays

Two Out of Five Air Passengers Wish for Other Form of Transportation

A new survey by the U.S. Travel Association shows frustrations remain high this travel season, so high that two out of every five air passengers would rather not fly. The U.S. Travel Association says travelers should ask for two gifts from the airlines and TSA. First, TSA should expand its PreCheck trusted traveler program to allow more travelers an efficient and swifter screening process. Second, to remedy the carry-on chaos that's clogging checkpoints.

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GTN 750 Training App Available For iPad 2

Simulates System Interface To Allow Ground-Based Training

Learning how to operate a new piece of equipment can sometimes be challenging. To help pilots get acquainted with its new GTN 750 interface, Garmin said Tuesday a trainer app for the device is available for the iPad 2. This trainer, downloadable from the iTunes Store, simulates the behavior of the GTN 750 system interface and provides pilots with a safe, on-the-ground environment to learn the basic operation of the system.

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Final Gulfstream G200 Rolls Off Production Line

250th Business Jet Set For December Delivery

Capping a 14-year production run, the last Gulfstream G200 business jet – the 250th – has rolled off the production line in Dallas. It will be replaced in the Gulfstream fleet by the Gulfstream G280, which is scheduled to enter service in the first part of 2012.

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East Hampton Applies For FAA Grant

But NIMBYs Vow The Fight Is Not Over

The East Hampton, New York town board has snubbed NIMBYs and unanimously decided to seek an FAA grant to build a deer fence around the airport's perimeter. The fence is expected to cost as much as $800,000. Some residents are against it, not because the fence isn't needed, but because they fear the grant will give the FAA too much power to override local noise and safety concerns.

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Tennessee Imams' Suit Accuses Delta of Passenger Profiling

Pilots Allegedly Refused To Fly With Muslims On Board

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and United Firm of Carolina Law (UFC Law) announced the filing of a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines and Atlantic Southeast Airlines for removing two Islamic religious leaders, or imams, from a flight to a conference on Islamophobia in Charlotte, N.C., earlier this year. The suit alleges that the pilot refused to fly with them on board.

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Russia Says Fobos-Grunt Poses No Danger

Most Of Probe's 14 Ton Mass Is Fuel, Will Burn Up On Re-Entry

Russia's Fobos-Grunt probe was launched November 9, headed for one of the moons of Mars. But the mission encountered communications troubles early, and the spacecraft has been stuck in Earth orbit. Now, Russia admits it will fall into the atmosphere in early January, but stresses there is not a serious risk to anyone on the ground.

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Afghan Lieutenants Complete Tough US Training

Pilots Had To Become Fluent In English Before Flying The T-6

Three Afghan air force lieutenants will soon be returning to Afghanistan with silver wings after graduating from Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Friday at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas. After competing against more than 350 Afghan pilot candidates, these three are the first from their country to attend and graduate SUPT at Laughlin.

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Photographer Searching For Lost Camera UAV In Oregon

Aircraft Lost During Documentary Production

A photographer working on a documentary focusing on Willamette Falls in Oregon has lost a UAV he was using to shoot aerial photos earlier this month, and some residents are taking s dim view of his search for the aircraft.

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MANUFACTURER: Learjet Model 45 airplanes

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Aero-TV: Team e-Genius -- The Green Flight Challenge's Quietest Aircraft

Efficient, Silent, and Revolutionary... e-Genius Paves The Way For GA's Future

The e-Genius evolved from the Hydrogenius fuel-cell powered airplane project which won the Berblinger Prize 2006. The prize-winning concept was optimized by the University of Stuttgart’s aircraft design specialists under the leadership of Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann, head of the Institute of Airplane design at University Stuttgart. A long standing working relationship and exchange of experience between the solar flight pioneer Eric Raymond and Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann led to a variant of the aircraft's participation in the Green Flight Challenge 2011.

Aero-TV: Team e-Genius -- The Green Flight Challenge's Quietest Aircraft

Efficient, Silent, and Revolutionary... e-Genius Paves The Way For GA's Future

The e-Genius evolved from the Hydrogenius fuel-cell powered airplane project which won the Berblinger Prize 2006. The prize-winning concept was optimized by the University of Stuttgart’s aircraft design specialists under the leadership of Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann, head of the Institute of Airplane design at University Stuttgart. A long standing working relationship and exchange of experience between the solar flight pioneer Eric Raymond and Prof. Rudolf Voit-Nitschmann led to a variant of the aircraft's participation in the Green Flight Challenge 2011.

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NTSB Announces Preliminary Agenda For Hearing On Air Race And Air Show Safety

Meeting Is Open To The Public, Concerns And Comments May Be Sent Via E-Mail

The NTSB has announced the preliminary agenda for a one-day hearing 'Air Race and Air Show Safety Hearing' .The hearing, which is open to all and free to attend (there is no registration), will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, and will begin at 0930 EST.

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Third Conforming HondaJet Enters Flight Test Program

Marks One-Year Anniversary Of First Flight For First Conforming Aircraft

Honda Aircraft Company announced on the one-year anniversary of flight testing of its first FAA design-conforming HondaJet aircraft,  that its third conforming aircraft, referred to as “F2,” joined flight test and has been conducting extensive flight testing since its first flight on November 18, 2011.  The company says this milestone marks important progress toward the HondaJet’s certification.

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Senator Rockefeller Draws Parallel Between FAA And Payroll Tax Fights

Chides Speaker Boehner For Not Appointing Conferees On FAA Bill

Senate Commerce Committee Chair John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) agree on one thing ... conference committees are at least sometimes a useful tool. But apparently not always.

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AEA Says Proposed Database Updates Compromises Maintenance Regs

Industry Organization Says Changes Compromise Maintenance Regulations

The AEA has offered several comments in response to the FAA proposal to amend the maintenance regulations by removing from the preventive maintenance category the task of updating databases used in self-contained, front-panel or pedestal-mounted navigation equipment. This change would allow pilots who operate certificated aircraft to update the specified databases and eliminate the requirement for certificated mechanics or repair stations to perform the update.

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NTSB Prelim Released In SD Fatal Accident

Witnesses Saw Smoke And Flames Trailing From The Airplane's Left Engine

The NTSB has released a preliminary report on a accident which occurred December 9th involving a Cessna 421 departing from Joe Foss Field Airport (KFSD), in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The report indicates that witnesses on the ground saw smoke trailing from the left engine of the airplane on takeoff, as well as flames on the inboard portion of the engine. All four of the people on board the airplane were fatally injured when it went down attempting to return to the airport.

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Japan Selects Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II

Initial Contract For Four Aircraft In 2012

The Japan Ministry of Defense has announced its selection of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) next generation fighter aircraft, following the F-X competitive bid process. The F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant (CTOL) was offered by the United States government with participation from Lockheed Martin.

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ISS Staff To Return To Full Strength

Wednesday Soyuz Launch Will Take New Crew To The Station

When the Dragon COTS vehicle (hopefully) rendezvous with the ISS in February, there will be a full compliment of astronauts on board the station to greet it.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.21.11)

"If the House leadership believes that conference committees are now appropriate, I hope they will move toward a conference on FAA as well, since the current extension expires next month." Source: U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.21.11): Final Approach Runway Occupancy Signal (FAROS)

FAROS is designed to prevent accidents on airport runways by activating a flashing light visible to pilots when landing aircraft to warn them that the runway is occupied and hazardous.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.21.11)

taildraggers.com

The term "taildragger" has been firmly rooted in the aviation lexicon for decades and is affectionately used as a positive nickname by pilots and non-pilots alike to describe airplanes with a tailwheel. Here you'll find information about taildraggers, a memberm forum, info for CFI's and much more.

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