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August 29, 2012

Flight Attendants At New United Airlines Commence Single Contract Negotiations

Agreement Would Cover Over 25,000 Flight Attendants At The Merged Airlines

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) at the new United Airlines has begun to set the stage for negotiations on a single contract covering over 25,000 flight attendants. These negotiations will unify flight attendants from pre-merger United, Continental and Continental Micronesia under one agreement.

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Philippine Airlines Places Major Order For Airbus Aircraft

Airline Selects A321 And A330 Under Fleet Renewal Program

Philippine Airlines (PAL) has placed a firm order with Airbus covering 34 A321ceo, 10 A321neo and 10 A330-300s. The aircraft are being purchased under a major fleet modernisation programme at the airline, with deliveries starting in 2013.

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Nextant Aerospace Marks European Delivery Of 400XT

First Of The Aircraft To Be Accepted On The European Registry

The 16th 400XT business jet has been delivered made to a private buyer in the Czech Republic and will be managed by Time Air, a Czech Republic-based provider of charter and aircraft acquisition and management services, according to Nextant Aerospace. The delivery marks the first 400XT that will be accepted for European registration.

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Call For Nominations: Excellence In Helicopter Maintenance Award

Recognition Presented By HAI For Over 50 Years

For more than 50 years, HAI has recognized the outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations through the Salute to Excellence Awards. The annual Salute to Excellence Awards dinner is the premier event of HELI-EXPO.

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Family On JetBlue 'Buddy Pass' Stranded At Salt Lake City ... For Nearly A Week

No Room On The Planes For Family Traveling On A Very Restricted Ticket

A family of four was stranded at the Salt Lake City airport for nearly a week before the largess of strangers managed to get them on their way home to Virginia.

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Former AF Colonel Works To Establish 'Drone U'

Market Expected To Grow Exponentially In The Coming Years

With the establishment of testing sites for UAVs codified in the FAA reauthorization bill, and nearly every aviation analyst saying that unmanned aerial systems are expected to be an enormous business in the coming years, one of the pieces of the UAV puzzle still to be put in place is who will operate the aircraft for all of the agencies and others which will want to fly them.

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Two Sent To A SoCal Hospital When Aeronca 11-AC Goes Down Near LA

Airplane Landed Between Two Buildings In Pacoima Northwest Of LA

Two people survived an accident in which the Aeronca 11-AC they were flying went down between two buildings just before noon Saturday in Pacoima, CA, northwest of Los Angeles.

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US Army Apache Fleet Surpasses 3.5 Million Flight Hours

Apache Attack Helicopters Deployed Around The World Are Ready And Relevant, Meeting Soldiers' Requirements

The U.S. Army AH-64 Apache helicopter fleet has surpassed 3.5 million flight hours, according to Boeing. The Army's aviation program office said that the milestone of endurance and reliability was reached in June.

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BA Ground Crew Finds Body In 747 Wheel Well

Apparent Stowaway On Flight From Cape Town, South Africa

A British Airways ground crew made an unwelcome discovery in the landing gear bay of a 747 that had arrived at Heathrow from Cape Town, South Africa last Thursday ... the body of an apparent stowaway.

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New Learjet 85 Mock-Up Aircraft Unveiled In Los Angeles

Bombardier's Fractional Launch Customer Flexjet Showcases New Aircraft Model At Exclusive Event

Flexjet, the first fractional jet ownership company to offer shares on the all-new Learjet 85 aircraft, and business aircraft manufacturer Bombardier, were in Los Angeles Tuesday as part of an 11-city U.S. tour offering the opportunity to experience firsthand the aircraft that they say is "poised to revolutionize the industry."

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Bell Helicopter Delivers First 429 EMS In Europe

Air Zermatt In Switzerland Is The Aircraft's First Operator

The first Bell 429 configured for emergency medical services (EMS) in Europe has been delivered to Air Zermatt in Switzerland. Air Zermatt is a major EMS operator in Europe, regularly performing rescues in the extreme conditions of the Alps.

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AD: Honeywell International Inc. Turbofan Engines

AD NUMBER: 2012-16-14

PRODUCT: All Honeywell International Inc. TFE731-20R, -20AR, -20BR, -40, -40AR, -40R, -50R, and -60 turbofan engines.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.29.12

Engineering Students to Take Another Shot at the Sikorsky Prize….

Curiosity Phones Home – Sort of…


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Classic Aero-TV: Pipistrel's Alpha Trainer -- Raising The Bar, Lowering The Cost

Is Pipistrel Building The GA Trainer Of The Future?

OK... we're excited... and while its not the kind of bird that normally gets us all in an uproar... it is a NEW design, a COST-EFFECTIVE one no less, that is getting ready to hit the local airpark for $85K! Yeah... that got our attention. Based on the well-tested and highly-regarded Pipistrel Virus (great plane... weird name), the new Alpha Trainer has set the bar pretty high. Pipistrel's ALPHA Trainer has been fitted with the very basic and very reliable Rotax 912 80HP engine. The ALPHA Trainer is a pre-molded, composite built, two seat, single engine, high wing, tricycle design, high performance and

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Aerial Firefighters Express Reservations About Night Time Operations

American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) Cautious About Proposed Night Time Aerial Fire Suppression

The American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) has expressed concern about the US Forest Service (USFS) proposal to lift a decades-old ban on night time operations by helicopter operators engaged in fighting fires on Federal lands going into effect in 2013. The policy change, which was announced by the USFS on August 16, would apply only to federally protected wildland fires in Southern California.

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Clark School Team to Fly Revamped Gamera II Human-Powered Helicopter

Larger Space to Allow for Longer, Higher Flights

A team of A. James Clark School of Engineering students plans to fly a modified version of their human-powered helicopter, Gamera II, in a much larger space than in previous flight attempts ... the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, MD. The attempt is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th.

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NBAA To Honor Bob Breiling With Doswell Award

Presented For 'Individual Achievement On Behalf Of And In Support Of The Aims, Goals And Objectives Of Business Aviation'

The NBAA announced Tuesday that aviation accident statistician and former NBAA Director Robert E. Breiling will receive the 2012 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. Breiling will receive his award during NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention, to be held Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center and Orlando Executive Airport.

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NASA Rover Returns Voice And Telephoto Views From Martian Surface

Administrator Bolden's Message Sent To Mars, Returned To Earth

NASA's Mars Curiosity has debuted the first recorded human voice that traveled from Earth to another planet and back.

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Bombardier CSeries Aircraft Takes Virtual Flight

All Main Systems Now Up And Running On The Ground Test Aircraft

Bombardier Aerospace is conducting virtual flights with “Aircraft 0” – the on-the-ground Integrated Systems Test and Certification Rig (ISTCR) for the CSeries aircraft, the company said Monday. The avionics, electrical, flight control, fly-by-wire, hydraulic, landing gear and wiring systems are now all commissioned, and systems integration and communication have been successfully demonstrated.

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Tupelo City Council Relents On AIP Grant

Votes Monday To Accept $1.85 Million, Approve Local Match

After expressing concerns that it would largely benefit a private company leasing space at the Tupelo, MS, airport, the Tupelo City Council voted unanimously Monday night to accept a $1.85 million AIP grant and put up a 2.5 percent local match.

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Canadian Senator's Wife Out Of Jail After Airline Incident

Charged With Creating A Disturbance On An Airplane 

The 23-year-old wife of a 69-year-old Canadian Senator was released from custody Monday after being arrested last Thursday on charges of creating a disturbance on an airplane and threatening her husband.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.29.12)

“While we understand the desire of the USFS to permit aerial firefighting operations after dark, the industry is going to approach this with caution.” Source: Tom Eversole, AHSAFA Executive Director.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.29.12): Overcontrolling

Using more movement in the control column than is necessary to achieve the desired pitch-and-bank condition.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.29.12)

Remotely Staffed Towers

The FAA has been exploring the possibility of consolidating tower services for some medium-use airports by the end of the decade. Remotely Staffed Towers would provide ATM services for operations into and out of designated airports without physically constructing, equipping, and/or sustaining tower facilities at these airports.

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