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September 10, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.11.12

The Nation’s Airports Want a National Aviation Policy…

American Eagle Flight Attendants Ratify a Bankruptcy Agreement…


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Chinese Students Fly Quadcopter Using 'Thought Control'

Parrot AR Drone Controlled By EEG Headset Hookup

Science fiction continues to become science on a daily basis, and a recent example comes from China, where researchers at Zhejian University have apparently demonstrated that a small drone aircraft can be controlled by thoughts transmitted through a computer.

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Fighting Birds With Birds

These Fighting Falcons Are Not F-16s

The 22nd Air Refueling Wing Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard program is being overhauled with new contractors employing the use of a falcon to keep skies clear from avian adversaries. The BASH program is in place to reduce bird strikes by introducing a natural predator into the area to ward off smaller animals. McConnell will be changing the type of predator used from a dog to a pair of falcons.

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USAF Takes Delivery Of A 4th Global 6000

Will Be Equipped As A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node

Bombardier Aerospace delivered a Global 6000 aircraft to the US Air Force last Thursday, in a ceremony conducted at a Bombardier facility in Connecticut. This aircraft is the fourth Bombardier Global aircraft to be added to the existing US Air Force inventory with E-11A Military Designation.

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New Execs, Expanding Jet Charter Fleet Reflect Key Air’s Optimism For Growth

Has Recently Added A Falcon 900EX To The Airplanes In Its Stable

Key Air has signed on two professionals to its executive staff. Ada Furano, Vice President of Finance, and Jeff Troccolo, Chief Pilot, are the newest members of Key Air’s management team of aviation industry veterans.

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EADS To Showcase Innovative Products, Technologies At ILA Berlin

Everything On Display From Airliners To Helicopters And UAVs

EADS and its divisions – Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – will present a broad selection their latest products, technologies and services at the ILA Berlin Air Show 2012, which takes place September 11-16.

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AD: M7 Aerospace LLC Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-01

PRODUCT: All M7 Aerospace LLC Models SA226-AT, SA226-T, SA226-T(B), SA226-TC, SA227-AC (C-26A), SA227-BC (C-26A), SA227-CC, SA227-DC (C-26B), SA227-AT, and SA227-TT airplanes.

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AD: BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-17-11

PRODUCT: All BAE SYSTEMS (Operations) Limited Model 4101 airplanes.

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Not Again! Another Brutal Weekend For GA

Three Pilots Lost In Tragic, High-Profile Accidents

For the third successive weekend there have been multiple, high-profile fatal accidents -- this time, claiming the lives of three pilots… As previously reported, famed warbird pilot and craftsman, Bob Odegaard  -- one of the men responsible for the formation of the Fargo Air Museum and the Fargo AirSho -- was practicing for another weekend airshow when his Super Corsair went down Friday evening. In Borrego Springs, California a member of the USA Advanced Aerobatic Team was killed Saturday when he reportedly jumped from his plane as it was suffering mechanical issues only to have experinced some manner of parachute malfunction or incomplete deployment. And just five hours later, a small plane t

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Airborne 09.07.12: GMF Says 27K Planes Needed, NTSB Wants Plane-Cams, USN v GA

Also: Gordon Bennett Balloon Race, AOPA Unfair To Aero-Biz?, Carbon Cub Upgrades

The latest Global Market Forecast (GMF) from Airbus identifies a need for some 28,200 passenger and freighter aircraft between 2012 and 2031 worth nearly $4 Trillion, re-confirming an upward trend in the pace of new aircraft deliveries. Of these, over 27,350 will be passenger aircraft (of 100 seats or more) valued at $3.7 Trillion. The NTSB has issued a recommendation to the FAA that large airplanes be equipped with an anti-ground collision aid, such as an on-board external-mounted camera system, to provide pilots a clear view of the plane’s wingtips while taxiing to

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Klyde Morris (09.10.12)

Sometimes, Klyde, Reality Just Isn't Pretty FMI:

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Eurocopter Says U.S. Sales Poised To Recover

Sees Strong Replacement Market, Demand From Law Enforcement And EMS Agencies

Eurocopter says the U.S. helicopter market is poised for a strong recovery, and that could push the company's sales to a new record.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour To Make Historic Final Ferry Flight

Several Low-Pass Flyover's Planned Along The Cross-Country Route

Space shuttle Endeavour, mounted atop NASA's modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), will make the final ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Program era when it departs Monday, September 17, from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida headed to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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Boeing Eyes Sites Outside Seattle For Engineering Work

Cites Company Resources Beyond The Puget Sound Region

Against a backdrop of negotiations with its engineers' union, Boeing chief engineer Mike Delaney says that the company has resources nationwide, and may look beyond the Puget Sound region for development work on new airliners. He cites costs as the primary driver.

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German Researchers Show Vision Of Air Travel In The Future

Aircraft With No Leading-Edge Slats Will Be Quieter And More Environment-Friendly

In a effort to make air travel quieter and more environment-friendly, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR), together with partners Airbus, EADS Innovation Works and Cassidian Air Systems, have been carrying out research to reduce the aerodynamic drag of aircraft.

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Bristow To Acquire Assets, Minority Equity Interest In Cougar Helicopters

Transaction Reportedly Worth $250 Million

Helicopter transport company Bristow Group Inc. and SAR provider Cougar Helicopters Inc., have jointly announced that Bristow has entered into a definitive agreement with Cougar's parent VIH Aviation Group Ltd. ("VIHAG") and various VIHAG affiliates to acquire a minority interest in Cougar and certain aircraft and facilities used by Cougar in its operations.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.10.12)

Aero Linx: National EMS Pilots Association The National EMS Pilots Association is a professional organization dedicated to serving pilots involved in the air-medical transport industry, and to improving the quality and safety of those services. Formed in 1984, NEMSPA helps EMS helicopter and fixed-wing pilots to keep abreast of current industry issues, thereby contributing to each flight program that has NEMSPA members.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.10.12): Back-Taxi

Back-Taxi A term used by air traffic controllers to taxi an aircraft on the runway opposite to the traffic flow. The aircraft may be instructed to back-taxi to the beginning of the runway or at some point before reaching the runway end for the purpose of departure or to exit the runway.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.10.12)

"We are very pleased to have Bristow as a significant investor in Cougar, as we have similar corporate cultures and core values, especially our commitment to safety. I believe that this relationship will enhance the services Cougar provides to our customers and positions Cougar for the next phase of its growth." Source: Kenneth Norie, the owner of VIHAG, following the announcement that Bristow Group Inc. and SAR provider Cougar Helicopters Inc., have jointly announced that Bristow has entered into a definitive agreement with Cougar's parent VIH Aviation Group Ltd.

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