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January 12, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.12.12

A British Airways crew becomes suddenly lightheaded in flight.
Passengers on a Qantas A380 are thrown around by turbulence.
And Bell Helicopter has good employment news for Texas.


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FAA Issues SAIB For Enstrom Helicopters

Fuel Guage Issues May Result In Fuel Exhaustion

The FAA has issues a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) directed to owners and operators of Enstrom Helicopter Corporation-manufactured (Enstrom) 280 FX helicopters of a false fuel quantity indication with subsequent risk exposure to fuel exhaustion during flight. At this time, the FAA feels this airworthiness concern is not an unsafe condition that would warrant an AD.

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F135 Long-Lead Production Contract Awarded To Pratt & Whitney

LIRP Agreement With DoD Totals Over $194 Million

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded a $194,097,296 long-lead production contract for F135 engines Pratt & Whitney to power the F-35 Lightning II. The low rate initial production (LRIP) contract covers long-lead materials for the sixth lot of F135 engines.

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Global Airline Capacity Grows For 8th Consecutive Month

OAG Data Reveals Beijing Doubled Year-Over-Year Seat Capacity Growth, Japan Has Recovered Seat Capacity To Pre-Earthquake/Tsunami Level

The world's airlines have scheduled 2.883% more capacity on 1.86% more flights in January 2012, marking the eighth consecutive month of growth compared to the same period last year, according to the latest statistics from aviation industry analyst OAG.

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AWACS Crew Coordinates Rescue In Afghanistan

Helo Pilots Brought Home Safely With Help Of Multiple Aircraft

Helping rescue downed pilots isn't something Airmen aboard an E-3 Sentry do regularly, but that's exactly what happened to one crew from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Dec. 30. Two hours into the Sentry crew's planned mission, they received a mayday call, relayed through a KC-135 Stratotanker, from an AH-64 Apache. The Apache pilots' wingmen had crashed in northern Afghanistan. The two pilots were okay, but they were going to need help getting back to base.

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Steady Delivery Schedule Reported For TBM 850

Company Handed Over Keys To 38 Airplanes In 2011

In its fourth-best year for deliveries since 1990, Daher-Socata announced Monday that 38 TBM 850s were delivered in 2011, bringing to 260 the total number of its latest very fast turboprop aircraft received by customers since being introduced in 2006. The company's 600th aircraft rolled out of the factory last October.

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Whither America’s Human Space Program?

Former Shuttle Program Manager Ponders The Nation's Future In Space

The 2012 Presidential campaign dominates the news but space policy rarely gets mentioned; and when it does the mention is often ill-informed or very abstract.  Perhaps that will change.  

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Contract For BizJet Winglets Goes To General Dynamics

Spirit AeroSystems Awards GD $23 Million For Component Assembly

A contract valued at $23 million has been awarded by Spirit AeroSystems to General Dynamics and Technical Products to produce winglets for commercial business-jet aircraft.

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The World’s Only Flyable Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation Returns To Chino

Journey Marks The End Of A Seven-Year Project To Restore Her To Flying Condition

Super Constellation “Connie” (EC-121T Warning Star) historic flight to Yanks Air Museum Chino, CA on Saturday January 14, 2012. This will bring to a close a seven year project to get this massive aircraft back in the air. This is the chance of a lifetime to see the only flyable EC-121 in the world.

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Flightstar Purchases Assets Of Bloomington Avionics

Acquisition Expands Company’s Avionics Business

Savoy, Illinois -based Flightstar recently purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics Inc. of Bloomington, IL. The transfer was completed Dec. 29, 2011. The staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its complete line of overhead and services, will transfer and now operate from Flightstar’s fixed base operator facility at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport (KCMI).

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China Renovating More Soviet-Era Carriers

But Some Are Being Converted Into Theme Parks

China's military recently made news for turning an obsolete Soviet-era aircraft carrier into a new Chinese aircraft carrier. But that's not the only way to recycle a Cold-War-era "floating city." Another carrier undergoing renovation in China is destined to become a luxury hotel.

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Kagoshima International Aviation Takes Delivery Of GrandNew Helicopter

Helo To Be Tasked With Medical Services Missions In Southern Japan

Kagoshima International Aviation of Japan has taken delivery of an AgustaWestland GrandNew light twin helicopter, according to a news release from the helicopter manufacturer and aircraft leasing agent Kaigai Aviotech Corporation. This aircraft will be used to perform emergency medical service missions in the Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan.

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AD: Rotax Aircraft Engines 912 A Series

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-01

PRODUCT: Various Aircraft Equipped With Rotax Aircraft Engines 912 A Series Engine

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Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- Flight Test and Military Service

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 5, Final)

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'Flight Test and Military Service.' Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace and professionalism exhibited by Robert A. "Bob" Hoover -- a man whom many have no hesitation calling the be

GOOD NEWS! Robinson 2011 Heli Production More Than Twice That of 2010

Frank Robinson's Wunder-Chopper Had A Good... No, A GREAT, Year

Robinson Helicopter Company has been able to boast, honestly even, that they continue to be the world's leading producer of civil helicopters. That's not likely to change anytime soon and with the news we've just received, it looks to be a sure thing for a long time to come. In 2011, the company produced 356 helicopters (212 R44s, 88 R66s and 56 R22s), more than double 2010's production of 162 -- despite the economic doldrums. 2012 is even more promising and while the R44 remains Robinson's top selling helicopter, the response to the R66 Turbine ship has been very strong and for very good reason. The R66 was FAA certificated in October 2010 and as of December 31, 2011, total orders received for the new m

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Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- Flight Test and Military Service

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Talks About His Life In Aviation (Part 5, Final)

ANN is pleased to offer you yet another snippet from the public conversations that took place with Bob Hoover at Airventure 2011... where he was honored for a lifetime of aviation excellence. In this program, Bob continues his discussion about his life in aviation, in a segment entitled, 'Flight Test and Military Service.' Ask any pilot who he (or she) thinks is the best he ever saw and depending on how long they've been in the business, the answers might surprise you... BUT, for anyone who had the grand opportunity to see much of the Golden Age of GA, its hard to forget the grace a

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Boeing, Air France-KLM Finalize Order For 25 787s

Preliminary Agreement Was Announced In September Of Last Year

An order for 25 787 Dreamliners has been finalized between Boeing and Air France-KLM Group, with options. The order was signed in late December 2011 and was recorded on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website, attributed to an unidentified customer. A preliminary agreement was first announced on September 16, 2011.

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NPRM Would Extend Victor Airways South Of The Border

FAA Says Result Would Be Improved Cross-Border Navigation

The FAA has published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to extend two Victor Airways across the border into Mexico. The agency says the action would enhance navigation and air traffic control coordination for aircraft proceeding across the United States-Mexican border.

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Charlotte NIMBYs File Suit Against Airport

Second Group Also Preparing Legal Action

NIMBYs living within a few miles of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in North Carolina (KCLT) aren't messing around when it comes to protesting the disruptions to their lives caused by the opening of a fourth runway in February of last year. WSOC-TV reports that 48 of them have banded together, retained attorney Tommy Odom, and filed a lawsuit against the airport, seeking compensation for the impact on the values of their homes.

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Coast Guard May Not Prosecute Wire Strike Victim

Pilot Reportedly Deviated From Course Set By Navigator

A US Coast Guard Lieutenant facing serious charges in the 2010 crash of an MH-60 in 2010 could catch a break if the recommendations of an investigator are accepted by a commander.

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Three Groups Plan Superbowl Banner Ads

Not Clear How That Will Work Given TFR, Domed Stadium

Superbowl XLVI will be played next month in Indianapolis, in Lucas Oil Stadium, and at least three groups say they're planning to hire banner planes to publicize messages to the crowd. There are two obvious problems with that plan. There will be a TFR which, despite invoking security as a premise, is widely seen as an excuse to control advertising. But the other issue is that Lucas Oil Stadium has a dome.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In December Near Collision At Midway

Lear Cleared For Takeoff As Southwest B737 Cleared To Cross Runway

The NTSB has released a preliminary report in a near-collision which occurred at Midway Airport in Chicago December 1st. The prelim seems to indicate that there was a miss-communication between ATC and the pilots of the two aircraft involved.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.12.12)

"(T)he Asia Pacific aviation market faces challenges to maintaining growth due to highly constrained airports in some major hubs, namely Beijing, which is poised to overtake Atlanta as the world's largest airport this year." Source: John Grant, Executive Vice President, UBM Aviation.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.12.12): Cap Cloud

A stationary cloud directly above an isolated mountain peak, with cloud base below the elevation of the peak.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.12.12)

Rising Up Aviation

A general-use site which offers a searchable database of aircraft specs, FAA regulations, FAA practice exams, and a message board.

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