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March 29, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.30.12

Michael Huerta's Nomination As FAA Director Is Gaining Rapid Support

Tom Poberezny Has A New Job

From Prostitution To Criminal Mischief, It's Been A Bad Week For TSA

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.29.12

President Obama Says Huerta Is His Man To Lead The FAA

It's Happened Again, Airline Passengers Are Forced To Subdue An Unruly Passenger

And American's Pilots Say The Move To Throw O

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NBAA Member Tells Congress: EU-ETS Costly, Intrusive, Unfair To BizAv

Points Out That Some Businesses That Use GA Not Eligible For Carbon Offsets

A senior pilot and operations technical specialist with Gulfstream Aerospace appeared before the House Aviation Subcommittee Tuesday to express the business aviation community's firm opposition to the European Union's (EU's) proposed Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS.

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Aspen Avionics Announces Aeronav STC For AS350 Series Helicopter

Aeronav Avionics Receives Transport Canada Approval On Evolution Installation

Transport Canada has approved an STC for for installation of Aspen’s single Evolution Pro H Primary Flight Display, and the 1500H and 2000H dual flight display systems in the AS350 series helicopter to Aeronav Avionics, based in Pitt Meadows, B.C., Canada. The installation approval allows for night VFR configuration, as well as various interfaces to include GPS, nav, and TIS inputs.

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Daher-Socata Introduces The TBM 850 Elite

More Flexibility For Owners Of The Very Fast Turboprop Aircraft

At a news conference held Tuesday at Lakeland Linder (FL) Airport, Daher-Socata announced the market introduction of its TBM 850 Elite, the 2012 Model Year version of its very fast turboprop aircraft – which offers a host of new features aimed at improving comfort and flexibility.

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Garmin Offers AC-U-KWIK Data For Glass Flight Decks

Provided Updated Information On 7,800 Airports

Garmin will begin offering AC-U-KWIK Airport Directory data for its glass flight decks, the company announced Tuesday. “Pilots around the world depend on the AC-U-KWIK directories for up-to-date information on unfamiliar airports," said Carl Wolf, Garmin’s vice president of aviation sales and marketing. "The electronic extension of this data integrated right into Garmin flight decks adds a valuable resource that will take operators another step closer to a paperless cockpit.”

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Sikorsky Innovations Joins Lindbergh Foundation Aviation Green Alliance

First Rotorcraft Member Of The Aviation Innovation Group

Sikorsky Innovations has joined forces with the Aviation Green Alliance by becoming its first rotorcraft member and one of its first founding sponsors. the move was announced jointly Wednesday by the Lindbergh Foundation and the helicopter company.

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Cessna Connects In The Clouds

Subscription Cloud-Based Service Designed To Streamline Record-Keeping

Cessna has introduced a custom-designed interactive online portal called Cessna Connect. The customized, cloud-based program provides a simple way for Cessna owners or operators to streamline their record keeping, track flights, log expenses and tax reports, and connect with other owners and enthusiasts.

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Avidyne Announces New Servo Option For DFC90 Autopilot Retrofit

Some Installations Can Use Existing Servos

Avidyne announced Tuesday that their new ASA575 series autopilot servo/actuators, which are designed for use with the DFC90 digital autopilot system in new and retrofit installations.

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Cessna Enforcer Program: New Approach For Aerial Law Enforcement

Program Designed Around Single-Engine Piston Aircraft

Cessna has unveiled a program to market aerial law enforcement platforms that are more affordable, effective and simpler to implement. Cessna’s Enforcer program is designed to offer select Cessna single-engine aircraft outfitted with the latest surveillance and communications capabilities.

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PSA Flight Attendants Ratify Contract

Five-Year Pact Includes Pay Increases, 'Quality Of Life' Enhancement

PSA Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), have ratified a five-year agreement that includes pay increases and quality of life enhancements for the over 300 Flight Attendants. PSA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Airways Group, and operates as a US Airways Express carrier.

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AAF Achieves First Fixed-Wing UPT Flights In 30 Years

First Undergraduates Flying C182s Over Afghanistan

Afghan maintenance crews marshaled a team of three U.S. instructors paired with three Afghan students as they took to the morning skies in three separate Cessna 182 aircraft, marking the first undergraduate pilot training sorties in over 30 years in Afghanistan, March 24, 2012.

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Apollo 17 Astronaut Advocates A Private Return To The Moon

Says Mining The Lunar Surface Could Prove Lucrative

The last person to set foot on the lunar surface says that private companies offer the best prospects for returning humans to the Moon, and perhaps setting up profitable mining operations there.

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Russian Murderer Stages Hollywood-Style Helicopter Escape

But He Is Quickly Brought Back To The Rural Russian Prison

It looked like something right out of a Hollywood movie. A man on a rope suspended beneath an MI-2 helicopter being lifted out of a Russian prison. But it wasn't Hollywood, it actually happened.

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Updated: HBC Bankruptcy 'Imminent'

Pre-Arranged BK With Primary Lenders Suggested

ANN RealTime Update, 032912, 0023 ET: A 'prearranged' bankruptcy may be imminent for Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. Owned by Goldman Sachs's private equity arm and Canada's Onex, media reports have been disseminated over the last few hours suggesting that the aircraft builder is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection -- but is doing so in consultation with its major lenders.

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Classic Aero-TV: Getting Competitive -- Avidyne Expands Its New Line Up

The Retrofit Avionics Market Has Never Looked This Capable... and Promising

You have to hand it to Avidyne... at just about the time that you'd think they'd be happy building an increasing market share for Glass Cockpit systems with their innovative and easy-to-use R-9 system, they go and fill in ALL the blanks with a full suite of replacement avionics... Transponders, Audio panels, Auto-Pilots, GPS/Nav/Coms... you name it. Avidyne led off the first day of Oshkosh by introducing a full line of panel-mounted, plug-and-play avionics for general aviation aircraft. The new avionics stack includes the IFD540 FMS/GPS/ Navigation/ Communication system with tou

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Jury Faults GE Engine In 2008 NoCal Helicopter Accident

Plaintiffs Argued Successfully That GE Knew The Engine Design Was Flawed

A jury in Portland, OR, ruled Tuesday that a GE engine was to blame for an accident in which nine firefighters were fatally injured. The crew was being airlifted away from the Iron 44 wildfire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Weaverville, CA, in a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter when it went down.

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A4A: EU ETS Lawsuit Defines Clear Path For Government Action

Association Ends Its Private Lawsuit Against The EU

With the Obama administration, U.S. Congress and the world's governments now united in their opposition to the application of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to international aviation, airline industry trade group Airlines for America (A4A) has appropriately ended its private lawsuit against the EU ETS and urged the administration to accelerate its work to reverse this unilateral tax.

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Pratt & Whitney Engines To Power KC-46 Tanker

Contract Signed Tuesday Formalizing The Agreement

Bennett Croswell, president of Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines division, and Maureen Dougherty, Boeing vice president and program manager, KC-46 Tanker Program, hosted a ceremonial engine contract signing event Tuesday at Boeing’s Tanker Program Office in Mukilteo, WA, for contracts previously awarded to Pratt & Whitney.

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NTSB Released Prelim In Georgia Balloon Accident

Harrowing Ride Through A Thunderstorm Resulted In One Fatality

The NTSB's preliminary report for a balloon accident in Fitzgerald, GA, earlier this month paints a picture of a harrowing ride through a surprise thunderstorm which fatally injured the pilot. But that pilot was able to save the lives of the skydivers he has with him in the gondola, advising them to bail out as the storm approached. All landed safely, and praised the pilot for his heroism and sacrifice.

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Oregon's Waldo Lake May Be Closed To Seaplanes

Public Comments Seem To Overwhelmingly Support A Proposed Ban

Abut a month ago, the Oregon State Marine Board opened public comments on a proposed ban on motorboats and seaplanes on Waldo Lake in Lane County.

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JetBlue CEO Defends Pilot On National Television

Says The As-Yet-Unnamed Pilot Has Been A 'Consummate Professional'

The CEO of JetBlue appeared on the NBC Today Show Wednesday morning to discuss an incident which occurred Tuesday aboard one of the carriers' flights from New York to Las Vegas. In the interview, CNN reports that David Barger said the pilot suffered from a "medical situation," and that he has known the pilot for "a long time." He said the pilot has always been a "consummate professional."

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.29.12)

"There is a clear path for the United States to force the EU to halt the scheme and protect U.S. sovereignty, American consumers, jobs and international law." Source: A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.29.12): Penetrating Top

Same as Overshooting Top; a dome-like protrusion above a thunderstorm anvil, representing a very strong updraft and hence a higher potential for severe weather with that storm.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.29.12)


TIGHAR (pronounced “tiger”) is the acronym for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, a non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting responsible aviation archaeology and historic preservation.

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