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July 17, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 07.18.12

Congress Plans to Review the FAA Contract Tower Program

Machinists Union is Challenging the Hawker Beechcraft Sale

Are American Flight Schools Still

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French Students Win 2012 International Rocketry Challenge

Lycee Louis Bleriot (France) First, Madison West, WI, High School Second, Perse School (UK) Third

Lycee Louis Bleriot of France beat out stiff international competition to win the International Rocketry Challenge at the Farnborough International Air Show last week. The French team won for the first time against the national champions of the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Eurocopter's X3 Helicopter Continues Military Leg Of Its US Tour In NC

Guest Pilots Allowed To Fly The Aircraft In Huntsville, AL

The U.S. tour of Eurocopter's X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter continued Friday in Fayetteville, NC, where the aircraft made its initial arrival prior to the second round of flight demonstrations for military leaders and aviators in various locations across the country.

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Boeing Offers Medium-Sized Maritime Surveillance Aircraft

Low-Risk, Cost-Effective Solution Leverages P-8 And AWACS Technologies

Boeing will be offering a medium-sized Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) to the global market, the planemaker announced Tuesday at Farnborough. MSA builds on technologies developed for Boeing's larger Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms to provide a highly capable, low-risk and cost-effective ISR solution.

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New Lineup Of ADS-B Solutions For GA Introduced By Garmin

Latest Line Includes First Dual-Link ADS-B For Certified Aircraft

A comprehensive suite of certified and portable ADS-B solutions was unveiled Monday by Garmin, which the company says provides options for any aircraft owner to satisfy the U.S. NextGen mandate for ADS-B Out and also gain immediate access to the benefits of ADS-B In including high-integrity traffic and subscription-free weather information.

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Caribbean Islands Open Airspace To Experimental Aircraft

Streamlines Procedures, Reduces Fees For Private Pilots

Caribbean Flying Adventures, which produces a pilot’s guide for the Bahamas and Caribbean, has been working for years with many governments in the Caribbean to reduce airports fees and streamline airport procedures for private pilots. The FAA requirement that experimental aircraft obtain permission from Caribbean countries before flying to those destinations has prevented a lot of pilots from experiencing the joy of Island flying.

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Evaluation Of Biojet Fuel From Canadian-Grown Crops Underway

Test Flight Program Conducted By NRC and Agrisoma Biosciences Included Real-Time, In-Flight Measurement Of Biojet Fuel Emissions

Working in collaboration with Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is validating biofuels in the world’s first comprehensive flight program using Honeywell Green Jet Fuel.

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Pratt & Whitney, JetBlue Airways Finalize A320neo Engine Agreement

PurePower PW1100G-JM Engines To Power The Airlines' New Airplanes

A definitive agreement for PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power JetBlue's order of 40 firm A320neo family aircraft has been inked between Pratt & Whitney and the airline. The deal, announced as an MOU in late 2011, includes 86 PurePower engines with a long-term PureSolution maintenance service agreement. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2018.

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United Airlines FAs From The Continental Subsidiary Ratify Agreement

Issues Settled Three Months Before Contract Amendable Date

Flight attendants from United Airlines' Continental subsidiary, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), have ratified a new labor agreement, the airline and the FA's union announced late last week.

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TSA Pre-Check Expands to Tampa, Charlotte International International Airports

Pre-Screening Program Can Expedite The Security Process For Some Travelers

The TSA announced Tuesday the start of TSA Pre-Check operations at Tampa International Airport (KTPA) in Florida and Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT) in North Carolina.

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Front Section For First Flyable A350 XWB Arrives At Toulouse FAL

Sixty-Three-Foot Piece Ready To Be Mated To Center Fuselage

Airbus has delivered the front fuselage for the first flyable A350 XWB (MSN1) to the Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France. The impressive 63-foot long section is already equipped with its systems, and was flown in from Airbus’ site in Saint-Nazaire, France, by the Airbus Beluga transport aircraft.

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U.S. Airlines Deliver Improved On-Time Performance, Record Baggage Handling

A4A Reports Eight Consecutive Months Of Improvements

For the eighth consecutive month, U.S. airlines have improved their on-time performance and delivered the best-ever May baggage-handling results, Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, announced Tuesday.

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Consumer Group Blasts A4A For Position On Legislation

FlyersRights.org Says Airline Lobby Group Called 'Families Flying Together Act' 'Needless'

Airline consumer organization FlyersRights.org says it has received dozens of complaints, not only from families disassociated from their babies due to the increased cost of aisle and window seats, but from business travelers who are uncomfortable being seated next to them.

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Aero-TV: Col. Mark Tillman (Part 2): The Most Important Left Seat In Aviation

OK... we gotta tell you... this one was one of the best speeches we have EVER heard at any aviation event... and it occurred this year at the 2012 AEA Convention and Tradeshow. The kind folks of Universal Avionics pulled off quite a coup and arranged for a truly inspiring speaker for one of the most important gatherings in all of aviation -- the opening ceremonies of the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. And Universal's choice knocked it out of the park. Former Air Force One Command Pilot Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman, the United States’ 12th Presidential Pilot, served as Commander of Air Force One from 2001-2009.

Aero-TV: Col. Mark Tillman (Part 2): The Most Important Left Seat In Aviation

An Honored Flyer Tells Of His Service To America (Part 2 of 4)

OK... we gotta tell you... this one was one of the best speeches we have EVER heard at any aviation event... and it occurred this year at the 2012 AEA Convention and Tradeshow. The kind folks of Universal Avionics pulled off quite a coup and arranged for a truly inspiring speaker for one of the most important gatherings in all of aviation -- the opening ceremonies of the 55th Annual AEA International Convention and Trade Show. And Universal's choice knocked it out of the park. Former Air Force One Command Pilot Colonel (ret) Mark W. Tillman, the United States’ 12th Presidential P

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FAA Proposes $13.57 Million Civil Penalty Against Boeing

Missed A Deadline For Submission Of Service Instructions To Prevent Fuel Tank Explosions

The FAA has proposed a civil penalty of $13.57 million against Boeing for failing to meet a deadline to submit service instructions that would enable airlines to further reduce the risk of fuel tank explosions on more than 380 Boeing jetliners. "We are committed to ensuring the safety of the flying public,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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Garmin Rolls Out New Features For GTN Touchscreen Avionics

Larger Screens, Weather Overlays, Voice Commands

Garmin has introduced a suite of expanded capabilities for the GTN series touchscreen avionics. The new features include display support for weather radar, advanced ADS-B capabilities, worldwide connectivity, cross fill with the GNS 430W/530W series and more.

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Pipistrel Marks Delivery Of The 10th ALPHA Trainer

Milestone Reached Just Three Months After Its Introduction

The newest addition to Pipistrel’s broad product line-up has become a global success, with the delivery of the 10th ALPHA trainer just three months after it was introduced to the GA community.

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How to Professionally Exhibit Your Company At An Airshow Or Fly-In

A Primer From One Who's Seen A LOT Of Airshow Exhibits

I believe that one of the best ways to revitalize General Aviation is to promote and encourage the success of all the general aviation businesses that are currently active. After that, you do what you can to encourage new businesses and start-up’s. Ideally it would be great if an aviation association were formed that would be genuinely interested in doing just that, instead of becoming an association that’s empowered by greed at the expense of those businesses.

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2012 Farnborough International Airshow Trade Figures Announced

Airshow Bucks Economic Trend With $72 Billion In Orders

ADS, the UK’s AeroSpace, Defence and Security trade organization and its subsidiary company Farnborough International Limited (FIL) on Friday released the orders and attendee figures for the industry portion of the Farnborough International Airshow.

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Latest Crew Launches For International Space Station

Crew Consists Of An American, A Russian, And A Japanese Astronaut

Three new crew members are on their way to the International Space Station. NASA Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Flight Engineer Akihiko Hoshide blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2240 EDT Saturday, July 14.

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AEA To Participate In NTSB SAR Forum

Goal is To Improve General Aviation Search And Rescue

Ric Peri, vice president of government and industry affairs for the Aircraft Electronics Association, will participate in a forum sponsored by the National Transportation Safety Board focused on general aviation search and rescue operations. Peri is scheduled to appear on Tuesday, July 17, from 1530-1700 EDT in the NTSB Board Room and Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (07.17.12)

“The 2012 Farnborough International Airshow has been exceptionally successful and the figures demonstrate the growing mood of optimism that there has been around the show this year, which is very encouraging given the current global economic climat." Source: Rees Ward, CEO at ADS, the company which puts on the Farnborough Air Show.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (07.17.12): Catch Point

A fix/waypoint that serves as a transition point from the high altitude waypoint navigation structure to an arrival procedure (STAR) or the low altitude ground-based navigation structure.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (07.17.12)

Arlington Fly-In

To prime the pump just a bit for Oshkosh, here's a look at the NWEAA's Arlington Fly-In site, which wrapped up Sunday.

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