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September 07, 2012

FAA Certifies Gulfstream G650

Company Says The Aircraft Sets A New Standard For Business Aviation

Following on the heels of the certification of the G280, Gulfstream's ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 business-jet aircraft received a type certificate Friday from the FAA. The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft’s design. Gulfstream expects to deliver the first fully outfitted G650 business jets to customers before year-end. The company has received more than 200 orders for the aircraft.

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Steve Nielsen To Receive John Winant Award

Presented Annually To An Individual With Long-Standing Service To The Industry

Steve Nielsen, an accomplished airman, business aviation advocate and former National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) director, is the 2012 recipient of NBAA's prestigious John H. Winant Award. The award will be presented as part of NBAA’s 65th Annual Meeting & Convention, which will be held from October 30 to November 1 in Orlando, FL.

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New EADS Group Executive Committee Appointed

Chief Executive Officer Completes Composition Of Top Executive Body

EADS has announced the composition of the new Group Executive Committee, as previously indicated in May upon conclusion of the Annual General Meeting.

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FAA Aviation Rulemaking Committee Seeks Industry Input

Online Survey To Help Develop Recommendations For Consistency In FAA Services For Pilots

There are nine FAA regions scattered around the U.S., along with 10 Aircraft Certification Offices and more than 80 Flight Standards District Offices. But given today's technology, it is often frustrating to pilots and others in the industry that they do not always seem to be on the same page when it comes to the application or interpretation of regulations.

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Fleet Readiness Center 'Hooks Up' Unmanned Aircraft

Redesigning Hook Point For Carrier-Based X-47B UCAS

The Fleet Readiness Center South West (FRCSW) in California surpassed the call of its traditional line of work to rapidly manufacture parts for a new, unmanned demonstrator aircraft.

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Dawn Has Departed The Giant Asteroid Vesta

Next Stop: The Dwarf Planet Ceres

Mission controllers received confirmation Wednesday that NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn is now officially on its way to its second destination, the dwarf planet Ceres.

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U.S. Army Awards Additional Funds For RQ-11B Raven Small UAS

Total Projected Contract Is Valued At $65.9 Million For AeroVironment

The U.S. Army has awarded an additional $16,472,298 to UAS maker AeroVironment under a contract action with a total projected value of $65,889,191. The company announced the initial $15.8 million funding of that contract action on June 1, 2012.

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Family Of Down Syndrome Boy Barred From Boarding AA Flight

Pilot Said The 16-Year-Old Was 'Not Ready To Fly'

A California family attempting to fly from Newark to LA last Sunday was barred from boarding the American Airlines flight on which they had just upgraded to first class tickets.

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NATA Announces Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program

New Member Benefit To Start January 1, 2013

Starting January 1, 2013, NATA will begin offering its members a new Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program. The program was designed to benefit members’ businesses and help advance our industry’s safety goals embodied in NATA’s Safety 1st program.

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New NASA Space Technology App Educates Users At Hypersonic Speeds

Game Puts User In Command Of HIAD Spacecraft

Want to try your hand at landing an inflatable spacecraft? All you need is a smart phone, a computer or a tablet. NASA has released a new educational computer Web game based on its Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project. The game can be played on the Internet and Apple and Android mobile devices.

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FAA Considers AD For Some Eurocopter Models

Action Prompted By EASA, Transport Canada ADs

The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model BO-105A, BO-105C, BO-105S, BO-105LS A-1, BO-105LS A-3, MBB-BK 117 A-1, MBB-BK 117 A-3, MBB-BK 117 A- 4, MBB-BK 117 B-1, MBB-BK-117 B-2, and MBB-BK 117 C-1 helicopters to require inspections for corrosion or thread damage to each tail rotor balance weight (weight) and each tail rotor control lever (lever).

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AD: Boeing Company Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-05

PRODUCT: Certain Boeing Model DC-9-10, DC-9-20, DC-9-30, DC-9-40, and DC-9-50 series airplanes; and Model DC-9-81 (MD-81), DC-9-82 (MD-82), DC-9-83 (MD-83), DC-9-87 (MD-87), MD-88, and MD-90-30 airplanes.

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AD: Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airplanes

AD NUMBER: 012-17-07

PRODUCT: Certain Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Models DA 42, DA 42 NG, and DA 42 M-NG airplanes.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.07.12

Airbus Gazes into its Crystal Ball…..

The First LearJet 75 is Go at Power Up!

An Explosives Hoax Aborts a US Airways Flight ….

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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 Revisited -- One On One with Rod Hightower (Part 5)

Frank and Comprehensive Interview Offers Insights Into Hightower's Leadership

Just before this year's annual aerial extravaganza at Oshkosh, ANN managed to wangle some quality time with EAA Boss Rod Hightower.... just a year into this official leadership of the organization. Webcast in five parts as a component of our daily LIVE Airborne coverage during the show, we've had a number of requests for the interview, itself, separate from all the many other stories that were part of each day's jam-packed episodes.... and here it is.

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

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 ensure clearance from other aircraft, vehicles and obstacles. On large airplanes, the pilot often cannot easily see the airplane

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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Aero-TV: Oshkosh 2012 Revisited -- One On One with Rod Hightower (Part 5)

Frank and Comprehensive Interview Offers Insights Into Hightower's Leadership

Just before this year's annual aerial extravaganza at Oshkosh, ANN managed to wangle some quality time with EAA Boss Rod Hightower.... just a year into this official leadership of the organization. Webcast in five parts as a component of our daily LIVE Airborne coverage during the show, we've had a number of requests for the interview, itself, separate from all the many other stories that were part of each day's jam-packed episodes.... and here it is.

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Two FAA Managers Allegedly Urged Workers To Vote For Democrats

Subordinates Told 'How To Vote If They Wanted To Keep Their Job'

ANN has been hearing bits and pieces of this story for a number of weeks, but now a political watchdog and transparency group called "Cause of Action" (CoA) has released documents it says reveals a potential Hatch Act violation at the FAA involving John J. Hickey, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety at the FAA, and Raymond Towles, deputy director of flight standards field operations. In a news release, the group says that at a May 23, 2012 staff meeting, Hickey allegedly told subordinates that “if the Republicans win office [their] jobs may be effected [sic]…if the Democrats win office then [their] jobs would not be effected [sic].” Additionally, Hickey and Towles held mand

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FAA Makes Grants For Airports In Puerto Rico, New Jersey

Over $14 Million Split Between The Two For General Improvements

The DOT and the FAA announced grants for two airports Wednesday totaling over $14 million. In line for the grants are Ocean County Airport in Berkley Township, NJ, and José Aponte de la Torre Airport in Ceiba, Puerto Rico.

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Airbus Unveils Its 2050 Vision For ‘Smarter Skies’

Foresees A Future With More Flights, Fewer Emissions And Quicker Passenger Journey Times

What will commercial aviation look like it 2050? While no one can truly know for sure, Airbus has put forth its most recent installment of the Future by Airbus, its vision for sustainable aviation in 2050 and beyond, and for the first time the vision looks beyond aircraft design to how the aircraft is operated both on the ground and in the air in order to meet the expected growth in air travel in a sustainable way.

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First Learjet 75 Production Aircraft Lights Up With Power On

Vision Flight Deck Energized For The First Time

Bombardier Aerospace’s Learjet 75 jet continues to achieve its development milestones with the first powering up of the aircraft’s electrical systems on the Wichita production line. Aircraft power, including to the new Bombardier Vision flight deck, was switched on during the week of August 21, as the aircraft progresses towards its 2013 entry-into-service.

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Klyde Morris 09.07.2012

TSA: Sometimes It Really Is Just Who You Are

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Air India Takes Delivery Of Its First Dreamliner

First Indian Airline To Fly The 787

The first Dreamliner to be flown by an Indian airline has been delivered by Boeing. Air India becomes the fifth airline to take delivery of Boeing's newest airplane. "Today is a great day for Air India as the most technologically advanced and fuel efficient airplane in the world joins our fleet," said Rohit Nandan, Air India Chairman & Managing Director.

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US Airways Jet Returns To Philadelphia After Explosives Threat

Airplane Was Flying To DFW With 69 Passengers And Five Crew

A US Airways flight en route to Dallas-Fort Worth from Philadelphia turned around and landed back at KPHL after the airline received a tip that there were explosive liquids on board. TSA spokesman Dave Castelveter said the flight was recalled "due to a report of a suspicious item" on the airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.07.12)

“Steve Nielsen has been a devoted advocate for business aviation throughout his long and distinguished career. He honors the tradition of lifelong service to the industry that is John Winant’s legacy.” Source: NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.07.12): Abbreviated IFR Flight Plans

An authorization by ATC requiring pilots to submit only that information needed for the purpose of ATC. It includes only a small portion of the usual IFR flight plan information.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.17.12)

Aero Linx: National Aircraft Finance Association The National Aircraft Finance Association is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the general welfare of individuals and organizations providing aircraft financing and loans secured by aircraft; to improving the industry's service to the public; and to working with government agencies to foster a greater understanding of our members' needs.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.07.12)

Warbird Resource Group

The Warbirds Resource Group was formed to provide a starting point for an individual looking to learn about historical military aviation.

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