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April 02, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.03.12

Pinnacle Airlines Is The Latest To Seek Chapter 11 Protection…

The Army Gets A Look At Two New Fighting Rotorcraft…

And US Airways Flight Attendants Say An Approved Ba

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Pinnacle Airlines Corp Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization

Receives Commitment For $74.3 Million Of Debtor-In-Possession Financing From Delta

In what may have seemed like a bad April Fools prank, Pinnacle Airlines announced Sunday the company and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Court”). Pinnacle said in a news release on its website that it intends to use the Chapter 11 process to continue implementing a comprehensive turnaround plan aimed at addressing its operational and financial challenges in a rapidly evolving regional airline industry.

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Airbus To Invest $2.65 Billion In R&D This Year

Planemaker Says Over 90% Will Be Focused On Environmental Improvements

A high-profile gathering of over 100 Members of the European Parliament, policy-makers and industry representatives dubbed "Airbus Day 2012" was held in Brussels recently to discuss key issues for the European aerospace industry.

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ILFC To Lease Two Additional B787-8s To Aeromexico

Leasing Company And Boeing Expand Their Partnership With AMX

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), a wholly owned subsidiary of American International Group, announced Wednesday it has completed an agreement to expand its partnership with Grupo Aeromexico by adding two additional new Boeing 787-8 aircraft bringing the total leased from ILFC to five.

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Embraer Announces More Than $180 Million In African Orders For A-29 Super Tucano

Three Nations Have Purchased The Light Attack And Training Aircraft

Embraer Defense and Security disclosed today that it has signed contracts with three African nations for the acquisition of the A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training turboprop. The Burkina Faso Air Force, the first operator of this model in Africa, has already received three aircraft that are used on border patrol missions.

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Duncan Aviation Launches New iPad App

Shows Company Services, Locations, Contact Information

Duncan Aviation’s first mobile application is now available for download on iPads, and improves operators’ access to information about the company’s service locations, contact information and department listings.

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South African Woman Reportedly Cut In Half By Landing Airplane

One Of Three Women Crossing An Active Runway

A Mooney airplane landing at South Africa's Ermelo airport reportedly hit a woman who was one of three taking a shortcut across the airport's active runway. The accident is said to have cut the woman in two.

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Airbus Military Completes A330 MRTT Qualification Of UAE Receivers

Mirage 2000 And F-16 Block 60 Cleared For Air-To-Air Refuelling

Airbus Military has successfully completed receiver qualification of the two primary aircraft-types that the UAE Air Force will refuel from the three A330 MRTT multi role tanker transports that it currently has on order. In an extensive series of flight tests in Abu Dhabi, the compatibility of the new generation A330 MRTT with UAE Air Force Mirage 2000 and F-16 Block 60 fighters was fully demonstrated.

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Boeing to Build 8th C-17 Globemaster III for United Kingdom

Royal Air Force To Receive Airlifter Later This Year

The UK Ministry of Defence has signed an agreement for the acquisition of one C-17 Globemaster III, bringing the Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet to a total of eight. Boeing is scheduled to deliver the C-17 later this year.

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Boeing Delivers First 737-800 For AeroSvit

Ukranian Airline To Eventually Acquire 11 Of The Single Aisle Jets

AeroSvit Ukrainian Airlines took delivery of its frist Next-Generation 737-800 jetliner from Boeing on Wednesday. “Delivery of the first Next Generation 737 out of 11 airplanes that we have arranged to deliver marks the beginning of our airline’s narrow body fleet renewal,” said Gregory Gurtovoy, Chairman of Supervisory Board of AeroSvit Airlines.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-06-22

PRODUCT: All Airbus Model A340-500 and Model -600 series airplanes.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-06-16

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.02.12

The FAA Will Use The Web To Gain Input On Unmanned Aircraft Systems…

A Specially Modified Pipistrel Virus Is Up And Over Mount Everest…

Republic Airways Goes To Court

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Airborne 03.30.12: Huerta Nominated, Diamond Likes Autogas, Corvalis Flies Again

Also: AeroNav, Crazy Juries, Aspen, Avidyne, Appareo, Garmin, Vertical Power, Oshkosh, AMR, JAL, jetBlue and More! 

Wow... what a week! Despite the lack of news coming from Lakeland and the location of what appears to be one serious dud of a Fly-In, there was plenty of other news going on around the aviation world. The big news, of course, is that Obama has nominated Acting Admin Michael Huerta to officially take over for Babbitt... putting a career bureaucrat and non-pilot in charge of the FAA for five more years. We do have some GOOD news with Diamond Aircraft's intention to certify their ever-efficient

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Webinars Planned For FAA's UAS Test Site Request for Comments

Online Sessions Part Of Broader Strategy To Gather Input Into The Issue

The FAA is hosting two identical webinars on UAS Test Sites. To accommodate participants in all time zones, the first webinar is on April 10, 2012 from 1000-1200 EDT, and the second will be held on April 11, 2012 from 1400-1600 EDT.

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Air Canada Reiterates Full Compliance With Air Canada Public Participation Act

Defends Its Position Before The Canadian House Of Commons

Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu, testified Thursday before the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities following the closure by Aveos Fleet Performance Inc., a separate and independently owned and managed supplier to Air Canada, of its operations in Canada.

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NASA Announces Aeronautics Research Institute

Virtual Center Will Support Early Design Concepts

NASA's Ames Research Center will host a virtual institute to solicit and foster innovative ideas that address technological challenges facing aviation and the U.S. air transportation system today and in the future. Jaiwon Shin, NASA's associate administrator for aeronautics research in Washington, and Ames Director S. Pete Worden signed an agreement Tuesday establishing the NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI).

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Airlines For America (A4A), Energy Institute (EI) Forge Partnership

Will Work To Develop Global Fuel-Handling Standards

Airlines for America (A4A) and the U.K.-based Energy Institute (EI) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperatively develop global aviation fuel-handling standards.

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Klyde Morris 04.02.2012

Klyde Prepares For A Little Navel-Gazing ...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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New Mexico Spaceport Authority OKs Runway Extension

Two-Thousand Feet Will Be Added To The Nearly Two-Mile Runway

Spaceport America plans to extend its main runway by 2,000 feet to accommodate Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. The New Mexico Spaceport Authority Board approved the extension at its regular meeting Wednesday.

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National Postal Museum Opens 'Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic'

New Exhibit Showcases Worlds Largest Mobile Post Offices

“Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic,” an innovative new exhibit, opened this week at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum. The exhibit brings together two marvels of transportation. Titanic and Hindenburg served demands for rapid worldwide communication and transportation. Both operated as the world’s largest mobile post offices. Each in its day promised the fastest possible worldwide mail service. Each offered onboard gentility and opulence. Each met a tragic end.

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CAMO4jets Receives EASA Authorization For Airworthiness Reviews

Management Company Approved To Review Cessna Citation And Embraer Aircraft

Basel-Switzerland-based aviation consulting and airworthiness management company CAMO4jets AG has received EASA authorization to perform Airworthiness Reviews (ARC) and CAMO management for all Cessna Citation models, as well as all Embraer business and commercial aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.02.12): Local Airport Advisory (LAA)

Local Airport Advisory (LAA) A service provided by facilities, which are located on the landing airport, have a discrete ground-to-air communication frequency or the tower frequency when the tower is closed, automated weather reporting with voice broadcasting, and a continuous ASOS/AWSS/AWOS data display, other continuous direct reading instruments, or manual observations available to the specialist.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.02.12)

Aero Linx: ANN's AEA2012 LIVE Coverage! At 0930, April 4th... one of the most informative sessions in all of aviation will commence... the 2012 AEA New Product Introductions. Log in and view all the new products being unveiled during this fast-paced, high-tech event. These are the products and services repair stations will be suggesting and selling to customers throughout 2012 and beyond. Live coverage will take a break at 1200 and resume later in the afternoon.  Starting at 1500 ET, Wednesday, ANN will offer several hours of exciting interviews and info sessions from the floor of the AEA2012 Trade Show. Wednesday afternoon's programming will be webcast

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.02.12)

“Although many visitors to 'Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic' will be very familiar with some of the iconic imagery shown, I believe that they will be amazed to see documents, artifacts and photographs that have never been publicly displayed before... These salvaged objects and newly discovered photos bring the story to life in new ways.” Source: Cheryl R. Ganz, museum curator for the Hindenburg-related aspects of an innovative new exhibit, that opened this week at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum.

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