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June 28, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.28.11

Delta takes flak for partnering with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Jaquie Warda's Pitts is down, but she'll be OK.
And Boeing rallies the aerospace community in Seattle.

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Rise and Fall: The Fortunes/Misfortunes Of The Cirrus Dream (Part 2 Of A Series)

Once The Leading Edge Of A GA Renewal, Cirrus Is Proving To Be A GA Embarrassment

News and Analysis By Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C Through most of 2008, the Cirrus revolution appeared to be in full swing -- even with the spectre of an uncertain economy on the horizon. A number of solidly successful years bode well for the first new company in a long while to boast the building of over 4000 new airplanes (at that time) and the unveiling and announcement of the radically new Cirrus single-engine jet program proved that Alan Klapmeier's vision was going strong... For well over a decade (including their experimental/kit-build years), the Cirrus program set the industry abuzz with imagination, innovation and (possibly best of all) a spirit of openness and transparency that ha

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AirAsia Orders 400 LEAP Engines To Power A320neos

CFM Also Logs Orders For More Than 160 CFM56-7B Engines For Boeing 737s

As part of what may be the largest single firm aircraft order in aviation history, AirAsia announced Friday that it has selected CFM International's advanced LEAP engine to power 200 Airbus A320neo aircraft.

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FAA Proposes $1.05 Million Civil Penalty Against Boeing

Cited For Failure To Correct Problems In B777 Passenger Oxygen Systems

The FAA is proposing a $1,050,000 civil penalty against the Boeing Company for allegedly failing to correct a known problem in production and installation of the central passenger oxygen system in its B-777 airliners.

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Guest Editorial: Bait And Switch

Promises From Candidate Obama Different From Actions Of President Obama

A few days ago my seven-year-old daughter was deep into a book about exploration of the moon. When she asked me about some of the pictures, the book attracted my attention because it featured several unique photos from Apollos 15, 16 and 17.

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'Dreamchaser' Moving Forward In CCDev2

Sierra Nevada Space Systems Completes Two Major Milestones For NASA Commercial Crew Program

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) CEO Fatih Ozmen announced Friday that Sierra Nevada Space Systems has completed two significant milestones as part of the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev2) Program.

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Connecticut Accident Fans Safety Zone Debate

Rental Aircraft Down After Catching Undercarriage On Blast Fence During Final Approach

A long-running debate over the installation of a "safety zone" at the northeast end of Sikorsky Memorial Airport (KBDR) in Bridgeport, CT has been re-ignited following an accident at the airport Saturday night.

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Indiana High School Basketball Star Survives Second Airplane Accident

Father, Stepmother Both Fatally Injured When Their Private Plane Went Down In Michigan

It was the second time a Fort Wayne, IN, teenager had been involved in an airplane accident, and he has lost nearly his entire immediate family as the result of the two tragedies.

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TSA Requires 95-Year-Old Woman To Remove Adult Diaper

Passenger In A Wheelchair Was Detained, "Extensively Searched" At Florida Airport

A 95-year-old woman clearing security at the new Northwest Florida Regional Airport in Panama City last weekend was reportedly detained by TSA and required to remove her adult diaper before being allowed to board her flight.

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First Flight: Upgraded Puma Mk2 Helicopter For UK RAF

Program Intended To Extend Helo's Operations Life

The first upgraded Puma Mk2 helicopter developed by Eurocopter in a life extension program for the UK's Royal Air Force performed its initial flight last week from Eurocopter's facility at Marignane, France.

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Survey: Travelers Will Pay For Better Airport Security Experience

Nearly Half Of Air Travelers Willing Say They Would Pay Up To $150 Per Year For Less Hassle

A new survey released Monday shows significant majorities of frequent business and leisure travelers would pay up to $150 to enroll in a trusted traveler program.

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First Flight: Evektor EV-55M Outback

Prototype Flew Friday In The Czech Republic

The prototype of Evektor's new EV-55M made its first flight from Kunovice airport in the Czech Republic Friday.

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Noise Complaint Nearly Grounds Female Spitfire Pilot

But Vets And Fans Petition To Keep Her Flying 

The airplane is thought to be only one of two airworthy two-place Spitfires in the UK, and its pilot is a 58 year old woman who learned to fly the airplane after her husband, who had restored it, was killed in an automobile accident in 1988.

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It's Done! Cirrus Merger With CAIGA Closed

Wouters: "We're Very Excited To Have Joined Forces With CAIGA"

Cirrus is now a Chinese company. In a news release posted on the company website Tuesday, Cirrus and China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Co., Ltd. (CAIGA) announced that the two companies have completed their merger.

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Classic Aero-TV: Stating The Obvious, Again--AOPA Examines Flt Training (Part 1)

Surprisingly Little New Information Presented and Few Possible Fixes... Why?

At the 2010 AOPA event in Long Beach, CA, the organization, while attempting to reorient itself under the somewhat testy leadership of Craig Fuller, held a symposium looking into the current state of the flight training industry.

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Airbus Claims Record Number Of Orders At Paris Air Show

Takes Orders And Commitments For 730 Airbus aircraft From 16 Customers Worth $72 Billion

At the 49th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Airbus says it won about $72.2 billion worth of business for a total of 730 aircraft. The company says the numbers represent a new record for any commercial aircraft manufacturer at any air show ever.

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Anti Defamation League Urges Delta To Not Engage In Discrimation

Saudi Arabia Denies Religious Bias

In response to concerns of religious discrimination raised by the inclusion of Saudi Arabian Airlines in the global SkyTeam Alliance, the ADL has called on Delta Air Lines to ensure that Jewish, Israeli and other non-Muslim passengers do not face discrimination as a result of the partnership.

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Bombardier Reportedly Grabs $4.7 Billion In Business From Paris Air Show

Secures Orders For CSeries, Global Family

Bombardier Aerospace said Friday it had wrapped up a very successful week at the Paris Air Show with up to $4.7 billion in firm orders, options and purchase rights for its technologically advanced CSeries airliner and large cabin Global 7000 and Global 8000 business aircraft.

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China Smacks Airbus Over EU Carbon Scheme

Delays Announcing A Major Deal Because Of Emissions Regulations

China is reportedly not happy with the European Union over its proposed requirement for all airlines which fly to EC member nations to reduce carbon emissions ... so much so that it delayed a major announcement that would have been made at the Paris Air Show last week.

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Homebuilt Pilot Catches A Break ... But Loses His Airplane

NTSB Preliminary Report Indicates His Airplane Did Not Catch Fire Until AFTER He Landed Safely

Here's an instance where the pilot of a homebuilt utility airplane seems to have done everything right when he smelled fuel in the cockpit, and lost the aircraft anyway.

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American Students Win International Rocket Contest Fly-Off

Rockwall-Heath High School Claims Transatlantic Victory At 2011 Paris Air Show

Student rocketeers from France, the United Kingdom and the United States competed Friday in the Fourth Annual Transatlantic Rocketry Challenge. The four-member team from Rockwall-Heath High School in Heath, TX, posted the best score to win the international fly-off.

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MiG-29 Down On Test Flight, Two Fatally Injured

Russian Air Force Grounds The Fleet Pending Investigation

A MiG-29 went down last Thursday while on a training flight in southern Russia, prompting the Russian Air Force to ground its fleet of the planes.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.28.11)

"The Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion." Source: Embassy of Saudi Arabia news release.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.28.11): Light-Sport Eligible Kit

An eligible kit is one that is of the same make and model aircraft that has been issued a light-sport category airworthiness certificate by the FAA.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.28.11)

All The World's Rotorcraft

Everything rotary wing.

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