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September 28, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.28.11

EAA announces staffing changes.
Lockheed Martin plans 540 layoffs.
And Frontier Airlines will shed over 200 jobs in Milwaukee.

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Airbus Americas CEO To Address Wichita Aero Club

Barry Eccleston To Keynote October Luncheon

The Wichita Aero Club October Business Luncheon will feature Barry Eccleston, President and CEO of Airbus Americas. In his position, Eccleston oversees all efforts of Airbus in North and South America and the Caribbean, including sales and marketing, engineering, service and training.

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Primary Structure Of NASA'S MAVEN Spacecraft Completed

Next Phase Is Static Load Testing Simulating Launch

The primary structure of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft has been completed at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems Company facility near Denver. The Mars Atmosphere And Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft is scheduled to launch in November 2013 and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere.

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Actress Escorted From Southwest Flight For Kissing Her Girlfriend

Airline Says Other Passengers Complained About The Public Display Of Affection

Actress and musician Leisha Hailey, who was one of the stars of the television show "The L-Word" and is a lesbian, says she was escorted from a Southwest Airlines plane when it landed in St. Louis Monday because she was kissing her girlfriend during the flight.

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Trappers Remove Alligator From Piper Parking Lot

'Gator Encounter' Apparently Not A Hit With Employees

Here's a term which may be unique to Florida: "Nuisance Alligator."At a parking lot at Vero Beach Municipal Airport used by about 800 employees of Piper Aircraft each day, a security guard encountered a four-foot alligator under a parked car Monday.

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Boeing, UTair Finalize Order For 40 737s

Deal Is Valued At $3.8 Billion At List Prices

An order for 40 Next-Generation 737 airplanes, comprised of seven 737-900ERs and 33 737-800s, has been finalized between Boeing and UTair Aviation, Russia. The agreement was previously announced at the 2011 Paris Air Show. The order is valued at $3.8 billion at list prices.

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New Personnel Recovery Capability Part Of HC-130J

First Combat King II Delivered To The U.S. Air Force

The first HC-130J Combat King II has been delivered to the U.S. Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC). It was flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, AZ, by Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. This aircraft is the first of 11 currently on order with Lockheed Martin.

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NY City Has Built Elite Counter-Terrorism Unit

Police Commissioner Says He Could 'Take Down A Plane'

In Sunday night's episode of the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the city's own counter-terrorism force even has the ability to take down a plane, if necessary.

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Airman Missing From WWII Identified

C-87 Liberator Express Aircraft Went Down On A Mission In The Himalayan Mountains

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced on Tuesday that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Oregon's La Grande Airtanker Base Closed To All Operations

Had Re-Opened Temporarily During Fire Season

The La Grande Airtanker Base (LGATB) at the Union County, OR, airport has once again been officially closed to all airtanker operations. Permanent repairs began on September 24 to the apron leading to the concrete retardant loading pads.

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AgustaWestland Secures Orders For Three Helicopters

Company's Medium Twin Helos Going To Norway, UAE

AgustaWestland says it has recieved orders for three helicopters and has completed delivery of a fourth this week. Blueway AS of Norway has signed a contract for one additional AW139 medium twin helicopter, which will be used for offshore transport operations. On practically the other side of the planet, FAS (Falcon Aviation Services) of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) has signed a contract for a GrandNew light twin and a preliminary sale contract for two AW169 helicopters.

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Aviation Biofuel Research Producing Promising Results

Project Aims To Bring Bio-Based Jet Fuel Production To The Northwest

Seattle biofuel producer Imperium Renewables and the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are developing a new method to make biomass-based drop-in jet fuels so that additional renewable jet fuel production facilities can be built in the Pacific Northwest. So far, their process has produced a meaningful amount of fuel that is being evaluated to determine how well it can blend with traditional, petroleum-based jet fuel.

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Toy R/C Helo Used For Smuggling

Thai Police Say Mission Was To Get Phones Into Prison Yard

Here's more evidence that crooks are exploiting cheap R/C helicopter technology at least as quickly as law enforcement officials. In Thailand, officials report a toy helicopter was being used to smuggle seven mobile phones, four satellite mobile phones, a number of SIM cards, eight mobile phone batteries and other phone parts to inmates in Khaobin Central Prison.

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Aero-TV: AEM Corporation -- New Life/Name For A Proven Company

Building Market Share In The Depths Of The Recession

The company that started as Northern Airborne Technology was bought by Cobham about 15 years ago, and as part of that move, decided to consolidate much of its manufacturing back into the U.S. But a few divisions, such as AEM, stayed home in Canada.

Aero-TV: AEM Corporation -- New Life/Name For A Proven Company

Building Market Share In The Depths Of The Recession

The company that started as Northern Airborne Technology was bought by Cobham about 15 years ago, and as part of that move, decided to consolidate much of its manufacturing back into the US. But a few divisions, such as AEM, stayed home in Canada. Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing now builds and distributes a very diverse product line that it has been building for 27 years. AEM hopes to be able to expand its product line and grow from 49 to 70 employees during the depths of the recession.

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United Pilots' Union Asks Court To Delay Company's Merger Integration Procedures

Cites Safety Concerns As Reason To Push Back Issuance Of SOC

The United Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association filed for injunctive relief in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn on Monday to postpone United Airlines' implementation of the latest phase of revised operating procedures associated with the merger between United and Continental Airlines.

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Airbus Looks At Possible A320 Production Boost

Message To Union Leaders Indicates Decision By Year's End

Airbus is mulling a production increasing for its line of A320 airliners, according to labor union representatives.  The labor leaders said Airbus management told them in a recent meeting that production could increase from its current 38 airplanes per month to 44, but did not specify a timeline for the move.

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JETNET Reports Good News In August 2011 Pre-Owned Market Data

Asking Prices On Resale Bizjets Ticked Up 3.5 Percent

One of the reasons often given for slow sales of new business aircraft is the existing inventory of pre-owned aircraft on the market. Recent data from JETNET may indicate that the inventory is shrinking, causing prices in some sectors to firm up just a bit. In its August, 2011 report reflecting resale statistics for the first eight months of the year, the analyst released some long-hoped-for good news, at least in business jet retail sale transactions.

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Reno Victim Still Supports Races

Injured Woman Calls Leeward Crash 'Freak Accident'

With the future of the National Championship Air Races at Reno being questioned, at least one of those still hospitalized after the crash of the Galloping Ghost on September 16 says the tragedy should not bring an end to the event.

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GOP: Obama Killing Aviation

Kansas Congressman Betting On Political Value In Opposing User Fees

The Obama administration's pandering to those who don't understand the role of business aviation in the economy is finally getting the attention of the general media, and Republicans are catching on that there may be political points to be scored in standing behind the industry.

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NORAD Fighters Intercept Multiple Aircraft Near San Jose

Four GA Airplanes Apparently Violated A Presidential TFR

F-15C fighter jets under the direction of the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted four separate general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of San Jose, CA Monday The TFR was in place because of the presence of President Obama at a town hall meeting in Mountain View, CA.

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Advanced Super Hornets Proposed For Japan's Air Self Defense Force

Aircraft Would Include World's Most Advanced Air Combat Radar, Designed-In Stealth

A proposal to offer the advanced F/A-18E Super Hornet Block II as the Japan Air Self Defense Force's (JASDF) next premier fighter aircraft has been delivered by the U.S. Navy and Boeing. Japan issued a Request for Proposal for its F-X fighter competition on April 13, with a deadline of Sept. 26.

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X-29 Mockup Returns To Long Island

Grumman-Built Experimental Airplane Model Has Been On Loan To The National Air And Space Museum

After spending the last 25 years on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the only full-scale mockup of the famed Grumman-built X-29 aircraft has returned to Long Island. Northrop Grumman Corporation, which designed and built the revolutionary forward swept wing aircraft demonstrator, welcomed the aircraft September 22nd to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.28.11)

“We all know the risks, especially because there is a liability release on the back of the tickets.” Source: 22-year-old Eric Behne, whose girlfriend was injured when Jimmy Leeward's plane went down at Reno.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.28.11): Wind Shear Escape

An unplanned abortive maneuver initiated by the pilot in command (PIC) as a result of onboard cockpit systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.28.11)

DC-9 Cockpit Restoration

This site will follow the restoration of Ship 9912, a former Northwest Airlines DC-9-31 airplane. Restoration of the instrument panel of Ship 9912 began in earnest in February 2009. Work on the cockpit is being done primarily by volunteers.

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