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January 04, 2012

Aero-News Alert: Reno NCAR Planning To Continue With Air Racing In September

But Association President Warns That There Are Many Hurdles To Be Overcome

Reno Air Racing Association president Mike Houghton said Wednesday that the organization's objective is to have a full air race event in 2012, but that there is still a great deal of work to be done.The announcement answers a question that has been hanging over the event for months, since a tragic accident at the 2011 race killed pilot Jimmy Leeward and 10 others watching the race.

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GE Capital Aviation Services Places Order For Two Additional ATR 72-600s

Total Number Of -600's Under Lease Climbs To 17

In a follow-on to GE Capital Aviation Services' (GECAS) first-ever ATR order placed in June at the Paris Air Show, the leasing company announced Tuesday that it has placed an order for two additional ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft, along with two options. This is  and brings the total number of ATRs ordered by GECAS to 17 with 17 options. GECAS will begin to take delivery of the new aircraft in late 2012.

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Activists Turn To UAV To Stop Whale Hunting

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Using Electric Drones For Aerial Surveillance

Anti-whaling activists have started using a UAV to supplement manned helicopter flights in their efforts to stop Japanese whaling in the Antarctic ocean. Members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society say they have been using a hand-launched electric drone with a range of about 180 miles to spot Japanese whaling factory ships.

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Southern Cross II To Fly Again

Volunteers Set Jan., 2013 Goal For Airworthiness

A replica of the Southern Cross, a Fokker tri-motor which made the first Pacific crossing from the US mainland to Australia in 1928, is being brought back to help acquaint Australian schoolchildren with their aviation heritage. The replica was damaged in a crash in 2002. A dedicated group of Australian volunteers has made its restoration a new year's resolution.

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EAA Skiplane Fly-In Set For January 21st

More Than 25 Aircraft Expected To Brave The Wisconsin Winter

One of the area’s most colorful events of the season, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. In past years, more than 25 skiplanes landed at Pioneer Airport to participate in the event, showcasing this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America.

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Member Of The Military Tried To Carry Explosives On A Plane

TSA Says The Person Was Stopped At A Security Checkpoint

TSA says a serviceman was arrested Saturday at an airport in Texas after he tried to bring explosives in military-grade wrapping onto a plane.

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Paulding Airport Firms Up Air Show Plans

Suburban Atlanta Airport Calls Its New Event 'Salute America 2012'

Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport in Paulding County, GA, has firmed up plans for its inaugural airshow, set for October 20th of this year. At a meeting last week, the Airport Authority settled on the date and the name "Salute America 2012" for its first foray into the air show arena.

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Ed Beegles To Be Honored At KGXY

Plane Owned By Noted Mechanic, Restorer To Be Displayed

Ed Beegles was always infatuated with airplanes. He soloed at age 16, in 1938, and went on to spend much of his life repairing, maintaining and restoring airplanes. He passed away last month, and now some of his friends are trying to raise $20,000 to buy his Luscombe T8F and display it in his memory in the terminal of the Greeley/Weld County Airport (KGXY) in Colorado.

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Trade You Two F-5s For A B-26 ...

That's The Deal Made By An Aviation Museum In Taiwan

An aviation museum in Taiwan has made a deal with an American museum in which they will send two decommissioned F-5s to the U.S. in exchange for a B-26 bomber.

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WisDOT Aviation Art Contest Deadline Is January 12

Several Prizes Up For Grabs, Including An Airplane Ride

Students in the state of Wisconsin have an opportunity to show their love for aviation through an art contest sponsored each year by the Wisconsin DOT. Through the program, the WisDOT Bureau of Aeronautics encourages children ages seven to 17 to showcase their artistic talent by participating in its annual statewide contest.

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FAA Grants STC For Aerial Cleaning System

Pressure Washer Mounted On Eurocopters Designed For Hosing Down Wind Turbines

The FAA has granted an STC for Simplex Aerospace’s new power line insulator and windmill cleaning system for the Eurocopter AS350 and 355 series. The STC, number SR02207SE issued on 12-15-2011, is the newest product in the company’s 65 year history of innovation.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-27-06

MANUFACTURER: Certain Dassault Aviation Model FALCON 7X airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2011-27-05

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Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- 'When Did You Start Flying?'

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Remains THE Pilot In The Minds Of Flyers

Ask any pilot who he 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 best they ever saw.

Aero-TV: Bob Hoover At Airventure -- 'When Did You Start Flying?'

Aviation's Greatest Living Legend Remains THE Pilot In The Minds Of Flyers

Ask any pilot who he 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 best they ever saw. Bob did it all... he was a fighter pilot, test pilot, airshow pilot and all-around nice guy... and virtually any conversation that involves this gentleman mentions two thing... the seemingly effortless skill he displayed i

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Lufthansa Warns Passengers Higher Fares Are In The Offing

Airline Says It Will Not Absorb Costs Of EU-ETS, Pax Will Pay

Lufthansa may be setting the tone for how airlines will handle the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) by telling passengers it will increase ticket prices to cover the costs of the controversial plan which went into effect January 1st.

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DoD Awards F-35 Engine Contract To Pratt & Whitney

Total Value Of The Agreement Over $1.2 Billion

Although it was pretty much a formality after the alternate engine program was scrapped last year by GE and Rolls-Royce ... the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday awarded Pratt & Whitney an undefinitized contract award (UCA) not to exceed $1,122,306,649 for F135 production engines to power the F-35 Lightning II.

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CFI Bob Miller Recovering From Ski Accident

Collision On Slope Results in Head, Neck Injuries

CFI Bob Miller's Over The Airwaves online newsletter and periodic contributions to ANN often collide with conventional wisdom within the flight training industry. But on Monday, a collision with another skier at Utah's Deer Valley Resort left the veteran instructor unconscious after a fall on hard-pack snow which broke his helmet.

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NATA Launches State Advocacy Network

Members Will Serve As Liaisons Between Industry, Lawmakers

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has launched a new State Advocacy Network (SAN) consisting of association members in every state who will serve as liaisons between member businesses, state legislatures, and the association.

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Plane In NC Accident Suffered Fuel Exhaustion

Non-Licensed Pilot Seriously Injured When Plane Went Down

One of the things old pilots will tell you is that fuel back at the pump will do you no good at all. For the person flying the airplane involved in this accident, a pilot certificate might have also been helpful. The NTSB preliminary shows that the plane had no fuel in either tank, though there was some fuel contamination at the accident scene.

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Economic Incentives Rile Lawmakers

They Voted 'Yes' Without Knowing Company's Name

As evidenced by what could be a developing bidding war among municipalities to become the new home for Kestrel Aircraft, economic development has become a dog-eat-dog sport. To discourage poaching, the Horry County Council in South Carolina considered a motion to approve economic incentives for a company identified only by a code name. Now that the incentives have been approved, and the company's actual name has been revealed, some councilors who voted in favor wish they could reconsider.

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NBAA Workers' Comp Insurance Program Declares Second 20 Percent Dividend

Program Participants Have Received Nearly $1 Million Since Its Inception

NBAA Member Companies participating in the Association's  Workers' Compensation Insurance Program will receive yet another 20-percent dividend in 2012, due to the outstanding loss ratio of the group, the Association reported today. Participants in the program have received nearly $1 million dollars in dividends to date.

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Settlement Reported Near In 2010 Palo Alto Crash

Pilot Departed In Fog, Result Was Damaged Homes, Three Fatalities

On February 17, 2010, a Cessna 310 carrying three employees of Tesla Motors struck an electrical transmission tower shortly after takeoff from Palo Alto Airport in California. Debris struck several homes, setting three on fire. Now, an attorney for 51-year-old Lisa Jones, whose home was hit by a severed wing from the plane, has reached a financial settlement with Tesla Motors, the estate of the pilot, and several insurance companies.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.04.12)

"Identifying pertinent legislation and regulations ahead of their implementation in every state throughout this county is one of the greatest challenges we face as an industry." Source: NATA President and CEO James Coyne.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.04.12): Position Report

A report over a known location as transmitted by an aircraft to ATC.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.04.12)

The Lightship Group (TLG) is the world's largest airship operator, providing an integrated, full- service Airship advertising and promotion programs. A revolutionary airship designed by and for marketing professionals.

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