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February 25, 2012

Airborne 02.24.12: GAMA Numbers Disappoint, Foggy Oshkosh F-16, Reno Proceeds

Also: Wichita Loses Skycatchers, NextGen, AeroNav's First Kill, Quiet Jets, Obama At Boeing, Onex Approved, TFR Bust Goes to Pot... and SO MUCH MORE!

Is the worst of the recession over... at least as far as the aviation world is concerned? Hard to say... and though GAMA pronounced that 2011 was to be the turn-around year, we were sadly disappointed. Hopefully, though, the current doldrums may be the worst of it... Watching the trends in 2012, especially with trouble afoot for so much of GA, is going to be interesting. Hey -- remember that F-16 that went off the runway at Oshkosh this year... we now know what happened and fog INSIDE the cockpit is being named the c

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Diamond Aircraft Sales Up 33% In 2011

One Hundred 85 Airplanes Delivered Last Year

Diamond Aircraft has released its 2011 delivery numbers with a strong showing in Q4 continuing the positive trend and offering encouragement for future growth. Against a backdrop of industry-wide flat deliveries in 2011 over 2010, Diamond has registered a 33% improvement with 185 units delivered in 2011 vs 139 units delivered in 2010.

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USAF Explains Oshkosh F-16 Overrun

Fogged Cockpit, Concern For Spectators Cited

The US Air Force has concluded its investigation into last summer's incident at EAA AirVenture, in which an F-16 overran runway 36 and headed 300 feet off into the grass. The report says the jet's environmental control system caused fogging that obscured the pilot's vision, and resisted his efforts to clear the canopy.

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Gliders Urged To Squawk 1202 Effective March 7

FAA Responds To NTSB Recommendation To Avoid Mid-Airs

Many aircraft radar transponders have a button which immediately sets the squawk code to 1200, the standard code for VFR traffic not in communication with air traffic control. But the FAA believes it's important for other traffic to know whether your blip is a powered aircraft, so the code 1202 has now been designated the standard for gliders, effective March 7.

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EAA, AOPA Say NOAA Crossed A Line With Marine Sanctuary Rule

Final Rule Leads To Confusion, Possible Unintended Violations For Pilots

A new rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) usurps the FAA’s authority to regulate airspace and could leave pilots unintentionally violating a restricted zone that does not appear on any current aeronautical charts, according to two of the nation's largest pilot advocacy groups. In response, the EAA and AOPA have jointly sent a letter to the two federal agencies urging no enforcement action will be taken until proper coordination and education with the aviation community is completed.

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Machinists Reject Tentative Deal With Air Canada

Airline Says It's 'Business As Usual' As Negotiations Will Continue

After nine months of face to face bargaining, the membership of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the largest union at Air Canada, has voted to reject a proposed tentative agreement.

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Boeing Marks 1st Anniversary Of KC-46A Tanker Contract Award

Major Milestones Completed On Schedule As Program Prepares For Preliminary Design Review

February 24th marked the first anniversary of the Boeing KC-46 Tanker program receiving a U.S. Air Force contract to build the next-generation aerial refueling tanker, the KC-46A. Over the past year, the program has completed key milestones in support of the design and development phase on or ahead of schedule, and is now preparing for a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in March.

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Israel Orders ATR Turboprops Grounded

Policy Driven Not By Airworthiness, But Missile Defense

Israel's Transportation Ministry has ordered two domestic airlines to stop using ATR turboprops within two years, but the order has nothing to do with any airworthiness issue. Instead, the government warns Arkia and Israir that the planes "cannot be fitted with anti-missile systems," according to a report in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper.

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Baron Down In Texas Schoolyard

Pilot Reportedly Avoided A Field Where Children Were Playing

A 1968 Beech 58 Baron went down in an elementary school playground in Cypress, TX about 1900 CST Thursday night. The pilot, who was the only person on board the airplane, suffered serious injuries, according to the FAA preliminary report.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.25.12)

"I think what kept me on the straight and narrow is that I didn't give myself any other options." Source: Major Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, the first African-American female combat pilot for the USAF.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.25.12): Resume Own Navigation

Used by ATC to advise a pilot to resume his/her own navigational responsibility.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.25.12)

Alaska Aviation Weather Unit

As is evidenced by the number of television reality programs dealing with flying in Alaska, the state presents a unique and challenging flying environment.

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