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January 24, 2012

LaHood, Huerta Kick Off New Runway Project At Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Internati

Second Area Airport Groundbreaking In As Many Weeks

DOT and FAA representatives attended a groundbreaking for the second major airport project in the Fort Lauderdale area in as many weeks on Monday. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta helped break ground for a $791 million runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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Airbus Delivers A320 MSN5000 To Middle East Airlines

Major Production Achievement For Airbus’ Single-Aisle Aircraft Family

Airbus delivered the A320 with manufacturer serial number (MSN) 5000 to Lebanon’s national carrier, Middle East Airlines (MEA). The aircraft was delivered from Airbus in Hamburg, Germany and is powered by International Aero Engines V2500 engines.

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Dallas Family Home After Honduras Ditching

Bystanders Had Right Skills At Right Place & Time

All four occupants of a Bay Island Airways Seaplane Adventure gone wrong are doing fine. The modified AirCam reportedly lost at least one engine, ditched and flipped inverted in the waters off Roatan. The pilot and three members of a Texas family along for the scenic flight were fortunate to have two doctors and a pilot among boaters who first responded, and say they actually plan to return to the area for another vacation.

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CAFE Announces 2012 Electic Aircraft Symposium VI

Two Full Days Of Programs In The California Wine Country

The 6th Annual CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium will be held April 27, 28, 2012 at the Flamingo Resort & Spa in Santa Rosa, California. EAS VI has again confirmed an outstanding faculty that will include the winner of the Green Flight Challenge, debut of the first electric LSAs, breakthroughs from leading battery makers, the world electric speed record and the latest on prop and wheel motors, controllers, UAV flight and ultra-quiet lift-off.

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Merged Southwest And AirTran Will Maintain AirTran Operations

Seattle To Become First Jointly Served Airport To Fully Combine Operations Into Southwest

Southwest Airlines and its wholly owned subsidiary AirTran Airways confirmed late last week the intent to convert AirTran Airways operations at 22 domestic and international airports to Southwest operations over time.

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Indra Develops A Maritime Surveillance Light Aircraft

Collaborative Effort With Tecnam, Selex Galileo, FLIR Systems, And Airborne Technologies

A maritime surveillance light aircraft is in development through a collaboration between Multinational IT company Indra, Italian aircraft manufacturer Tecnam, firms SELEX Galileo, FLIR Systems and Remote Sensing and Sensor Integration company Airborne Technologies.

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Rented Cessna Damages Davenport Terminal Building

Pilot Says He Was Attempting To Hand-Prop The Airplane

A rented Cessna 172RG was damaged when it rolled unpiloted into the side of the terminal building at Davenport Municipal Airport in Iowa. The building took a pretty good hit as well. The plane had been rented by Keven Kadlec, 39, of Eagle river, WI.

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KCI Aviation's Arrival At Jacksonville's Cecil Airport Moves Forward

JAA Board Approves Lease With West Virginia Aviation Company

The Jacksonville (FL) Aviation Authority Board of Directors Monday approved a lease with KCI Aviation for the construction of a new 30,000-square-foot hangar facility at Cecil Airport. "We are extremely excited to expand our operations to Jacksonville and Cecil Airport," said Charles A. Koukoulis, president and CEO of KCI Aviation. "Jacksonville has a great business-friendly environment, and Cecil is truly a diamond in the rough."

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Astronaut Application Deadline Approaching

Over 3,000 Potential Spacefarers Have Applied For The Next Class

Individuals interested in becoming America's future space explorers have until Friday to submit their applications. The deadline to apply for NASA's next astronaut class is Jan. 27. The agency typically receives as many as 3,500 applicants for each astronaut class. Thus far, NASA says it has received more than 3,000 applications since November for this class.

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AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, ViaSat Enter Strategic Alliance

Aligns State-of-the-Art UAS With Beyond-Line-of-Sight Communications And Network Security

Two players in the unmanned aircraft arena announced a strategic alliance Monday.  AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems and ViaSat will collaborate to align AAI's advanced unmanned aircraft and command and control technologies with ViaSat integrated airborne and terrestrial satellite communications, as well as its Internet Protocol-based networking and security technology.

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AD: BRP--POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG Rotax Reciprocating Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-07

PRODUCT: BRP–POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG Rotax 914 F2, 914 F3, and 914 F4 reciprocating engines.

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AD: General Electric Company

AD NUMBER: 2012-01-10

PRODUCT: General Electric Company (GE) CF34-10E series turbofan engines.

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Aero-TV: 5 Questions At Oshkosh -- What's Wrong with GA/What's the Solution?

After Looking At The Positive Side of things, Let's Get Serious And See What's NOT so Good In The Aero-World

A few days ago, we noted that we really didn't have to tell you that these are difficult times for aviation. After decades of stunted growth, the wiles of a bad economy, tough politics and escalating complication have driven way too many flyers out of the world of flight. Still... it does have a few things that keep people entranced and that said, we took a look at the bright side of the issue -- but NOW its time to delve into the problems we face. Over the course of a few days at Oshkosh 2011, the Aero-TV crews took a break now and then to question the attendees about what concerned them about the aviation world.

Aero-TV: 5 Questions At Oshkosh -- What's Wrong with GA/What's the Solution?

After Looking At The Positive Side Of Things, Let's Get Serious And See What's NOT So Good In The Aero-World

A few days ago, we noted that we really didn't have to tell you that these are difficult times for aviation. After decades of stunted growth, the wiles of a bad economy, tough politics and escalating complication have driven way too many flyers out of the world of flight. Still... it does have a few things that keep people entranced and that said, we took a look at the bright side of the issue -- but NOW its time to delve into the problems we face. Over the course of a few days at Oshkosh 2011, the Aero-TV crews took a break now and then to question the attendee

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Lawmakers Reach Compromise On Long-Term FAA Reauthorization

But The Measure Has Several Hurdles To Clear Before Funding Is Assured

House and Senate leaders said late last week that they have reached a compromise that will lead to a long-term funding bill for the FAA, but one more Continuing Resolution to get the job done. Sources indicate that the two sides finally reached a compromise on the labor issue which has been the primary roadblock to passing the legislation for the past year.

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Light Sport Expo Organizers Claim Record Attendance

Over 200 Operations Per Hour Recorded By Temporary Control Tower

Organizers of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo at Sebring say that they had record attendance for at least part of the four-day run of the show. No official attendance figures have been announced, but a headline from their blog dated Saturday proclaims "EXPO Breaks All Attendance Records."

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NTSB Completes Data Collection For Experimental-Amateur Built Accident Study

Spring Release Planned For Safety Study

Throughout the 2011 calendar year, the NTSB has been conducting a study of Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) aircraft to evaluate the safety of this growing and innovative segment of general aviation. In addition to using the information gathered during its accident investigations, the NTSB has been working with the FAA, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and individual owners and builders to evaluate a range of issues unique to this popular segment of general aviation.

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NTSB Releases Probable Cause Report On 2009 Medical Flight Accident

Pilot Continued VFR Into IFR Conditions, Report Says

The NTSB has released its probable cause report from a medical helicopter accident which occurred in Georgtown, SC in 2009. The report is pretty straight forward, indicating that the pilot continued VFR flight into IFR conditions. The result was, unfortunately, one that is far too common in such instances.

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A Few Thoughts About The Escalating Fees For Aviation Events

Exhibitors At Sebring Light Sport Expo Saw Some Hefty Price Hikes

Vendors attend fly-in’s because they offer an opportunity to reach large numbers of people that might become potential customers. However, one problem vendors have is the escalating greed of the event organizers. Every year event organizers either raise prices, or they find more places to attach fees, or both.

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UPS Pilots File Statement Of Issues In IPA v. FAA

Challenging The Exclusion Of Cargo Pilots From Flight Time Rules

The Independent Pilots Association (UPS pilots) filed its preliminary statement of issues on Monday as ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in its challenge to the FAA's exclusion of cargo operations from its final rule on pilot flight and duty time. "Our preliminary statement of issues outlines the basic arguments we will raise to advance our case," said IPA General Counsel William Trent.

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Julie E. Clark Inducted Into ICAS Foundation Air Show Hall Of Fame

One Of The First 21 Female Airline Pilots In North America

The evening of Wednesday, December 7, 2011, marked the closing of the International Council of Air Shows convention where thousands of delegates gathered for education sessions, to book air show performers and where performers put on their “game face” to make connections and book air show events.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.24.12)

"Through this study, we hope that we'll be able to give the innovators and aviators in the community information about accidents that will result in a real and immediate safety payoff for them when they are flying these aircraft." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.24.12): Rebuilt Aircraft Engine

A used engine that has been completely disassembled, inspected, repaired as necessary, reassembled, tested, and approved in the same manner and to the same tolerances and limits as a new engine with either new or used parts.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.24.12)

Coalition of Airline Pilot's Associations

CAPA is a trade association comprised of over 28,000 professional pilots. CAPA's purpose is to address safety, security, legislative and regulatory issues affecting the professional flight deck crew member on matters of common interest to the individual member unions.

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