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September 14, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.14.11

The FAA will get to keep the doors open.
Former Cessna VP Bob Stangerone has a new gig.
And Pratt & Whitney makes a generous donation.

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Garmin Puts 3D Vision And Touchscreen Functionality In Portable Devices

Unveils The aera 796 And 795 Portable Touchscreen Aviation Navigators

Garmin has rolled out its new flagship portable aviation product, the aera 796, which  incorporates the popular features of the GPSMAP 696, while also adding new capabilities such as a touchscreen user interface, pilot-selectable screen orientation and 3D Vision. The aera 796 also takes the pilot one step closer to a paperless cockpit with a digital document viewer, scratch pad and pre-loaded geo-referenced AeroNav IFR and VFR enroute charts.

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Aero-TV: An Airborne 'First Look' -- Garmin's New aera 795/796

Aero-TV AirBorne News Update Features Garmin's Latest Portable GPS/NAV System

Garmin has launched a new offensive in the portable avionics wars. Their latest salvo is a much updated new uber-portable to replace the Garmin 696 line. The aera 795 and 796 are a compelling upgrade. 3D Vision, Touchscreen, and a serious price cut means that Garmin is gearing up to take on the Aero-iPad industry. The $2499 aera 796 does everything the 696 did... but adds a touchscreen interface, pilot-selectable screen orientation and 3D Vision. The aera 796 also ups the ante with a digital document viewer, scratch pad and pre-loaded geo-referenced AeroNav IFR and VFR enroute charts.

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Aero-TV: An Airborne 'First Look' -- Garmin's New aera 795/796

Aero-TV AirBorne News Update Features Garmin's Latest Portable GPS/NAV System

Garmin has launched a new offensive in the portable avionics wars. Their latest salvo is a much updated new uber-portable to replace the Garmin 696 line. The aera 795 and 796 are a compelling upgrade. 3D Vision, Touchscreen, and a serious price cut means that Garmin is gearing up to take on the Aero-iPad industry.

House Bill Blasts Forced US Inclusion In EU Airline Emissions Scheme

Subcommittee Chair Calls The Carbon Trading Plan A "Violation Of U.S. Sovereignty"

The House Transportation and Infrastructure committee late last week passed H.R. 2594, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011. Committee leadership calls the bill a strong bipartisan response to EU plans to impose a costly fee on any civil aviation operators landing in or departing from EU airports.

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Ten Years After, What's The Cost of Security?

Exact Numbers Unclear, But Report Estimates 'Tens Of Billions'

As the 9/11 anniversary approached last week, the Wall Street Journal's Scott McCartney set out to calculate the cost of transportation security. Some of the costs are vague and hard to nail down, but some are clear. In the end, we're spending tens-of-billions of dollars, and still have gaps in our efforts to keep terrorists out of our lives.

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'Black Hat' Cyber UAVs Are Coming

Hackers Could Use Cheap R/C Helos To Attack Your Home Network

MIT's Technology Review reports researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Jersey have demonstrated a drone they've dubbed "SkyNet," built on a remote-controlled, toy quadricopter which can buzz through neighborhoods looking for wifi networks with poor security. The goal would be to automatically infect computers on those networks with software to create a botnet.

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Air Force Special Operations 'Gentle Giant' Laid To Rest

One Of 25 Fatally Injured In Helo Accident In Afghanistan August 6th

For the second week in a row, an Air Force Special Operations Command Pararescueman was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington, DC. Tech. Sgt. John Brown, with family roots in Arkansas and Florida, was buried Aug. 30, one week after his teammate and friend Tech. Sgt. Daniel Zerbe.

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Sebring Airport Authority Receives $4.2 Million Federal Grant

Money Slated For Runway Reconstruction At Sebring Regional Airport

Sebring Airport Authority has received a $4,237,317 grant from the FAA to complete the reconstruction of Runway 18-36 at Sebring Regional Airport. Reconstruction includes the runway length extension of 1,476 feet to the north.

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Chattanooga FBO Asks For FAA Probe Into City Lease

TAC Air Claims City Is Playing Favorites With Wilson Air Service

An FBO operating at Chattanooga Metro Airport (KCHA) is asking the FAA to look into what it says is special treatment offered by the city to a competitor. TAC Air has been operating at KCHA since 2002. In August, Wilson Air Services began operating from a $5 million facility owned by the airport board.

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Spain, Air Greenland Order Eurocopter EC225 Helicopters

All Three Aircraft Will Be Tasked With SAR Missions

The government of Spain and Air Greenland have signed contracts with Eurocopter for EC225 helicopters. The order for one of the medium twin helos from Spain follows the company's recent success in the country's competition to select a new rotary-wing aircraft for maritime search & rescue (SAR) and pollution control operations.

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Brazil Turns Focus to Jatropha-Based Bio Jet Fuels

SG Biofuels Teams With JETBIO, Aviation Leaders To Accelerate Production

JETBIO, the leader of a multi-stakeholder initiative including Airbus, the Inter-American Development Bank, Bioventures Brasil, Rio Pardo Bioenergia, Air BP and TAM Airlines, has added SG Biofuels to its effort to accelerate the production of crude Jatropha oil as a source for aviation bio jet fuel in Brazil.

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Tensions Peak At NJ Airport

TTF Fees Jump 900%, Runway Access Blocked By Tractor

What's it worth to have access to a municipal airport runway for tenants of your private hangar? There appears to be a considerable difference of opinion on that question between a private hangar business called the Taildragger Inn, and the landlord, the town council which administers the Hammonton Airport in New Jersey. A dramatic escalation in the gate fee has the hangar owner balking, so on September 3, the town blocked his runway access with a parked tractor.

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NASA Offers Shuttle Tiles And Space Food To Schools And Universities

Lesson Plans Available For Teachers To Accompany Heat Shield Tiles

It almost sounds like a space-themed garage sale ... but NASA is offering space shuttle heat shield tiles and dehydrated astronaut food to eligible schools and universities. The initiative is part of the agency's efforts to preserve the Space Shuttle Program's history and technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.

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Father Of TSA Disowns Child

Mica Calls His Brainchild 'Fiasco,' Advocates Dismantling

In the wake of 9/11, there was an outcry for the US Congress to "do something." That's never a very good environment for creating laws that stand the test of time, and Representative John Mica, a Florida Republican, seems to wish he could get a mulligan on the creation of the Transportation Security Administration.

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NASA Begins Commercial Partnership With Alliant Techsystems

Will Collaborate On Liberty Launch System As Part Of CCDev 2

NASA and Alliant Techsystems (ATK) of Salt Lake City have agreed to collaborate on the development of the company's Liberty Launch System as part of the agency's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 activities.

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BTS: Airlines Collected $1.4 Billion From Fees In First Quarter 2011

Baggage, Reservation Change Fees Tracked By U.S. DOT

U.S. airlines collected $1.38 billion from baggage fees and reservation change fees in the first quarter of 2011, according to the airline financial data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The airlines received $784 million from baggage fees and $598 million from reservation change fees in the first quarter.

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Senator May Attempt To Block Measure Containing FAA Extension

Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn Objects To Highway Provisions In the Bill

An Oklahoma Republican Senator says he may try to block a bill that includes an extensio of interim funding for the FAA over provisions for federal highway grants also in the measure. Congressional leaders have fairly quietly agreed to a bill that would extend the FAA's funding at 2007 levels through the end of January, 2012.

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NBAA Welcomes House Language To Preserve The BARR program

Provision Included In DOT Appropriations Bill

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement Monday praising inclusion of language in a congressional appropriations bill that would preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program. Rep. Tom Latham (R-4-IA), who chairs the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, included a provision to preserve the BARR in the annual appropriations bill for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development.

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CEO John Reimers Resigns From Aviation Partners Boeing

Cites Personal Reasons, Resignation Effective Immediately

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) announced Monday that APB CEO John Reimers has resigned to pursue other opportunities. John has been with the Company since March, 2006. Mike Stowell, APB's current EVP Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, will assume the role as acting CEO effective immediately.

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FAA Cracks Down On Hawaii 'Flight Schools'

Ads Which Look Too Much Like Air Tours May Trigger Enforcement

The FAA appears to cracking down on the use of light sport aircraft for what it calls commercial air tours, and what some operators creatively call "introductory flight lessons."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.14.11)

“The European Union’s inclusion of international civil aviation in its emissions trading scheme, including all segments of the flight whether in EU Member airspace or not, is a violation of U.S. sovereignty and international law.” Source: House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Tom Petri (R-WI).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.14.11): Dense Fog Advisory

Issued when fog reduces visibility to 1/8 mile or less over a widespread area.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.14.11)

NASA Aviation Systems Division

The Aviation Systems Division conducts research and development in two primary areas: air traffic management, and high-fidelity flight simulation.

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