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June 12, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.13.13

TIGHAR Denies Finding Amelia’s Plane…

What Lessons Were Learned from the Dreamliner Experience?

Californians Demand FAA Action on Helo

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Opening Of Gulf Aviation Training Center On Hold

Last-Minute Changes In The Lease Make Officials 'Uncomfortable'

Baldwin County Public Schools in Alabama had planned to open an aviation training center at Fairhope Airport on the state's gulf coast. But those plans have been placed on hold after lease documents were changed, making county education officials "uncomfortable."

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Investigators Look At A Rash Of Balloon Accidents In Colorado

Gusty Winds Saturday May Have Been A Factor In As Many As Four Incidents

Local and federal authorities in Colorado are looking at a series of four unrelated balloon accidents Saturday which resulted in injuries to five people. The common thread that seems to be running through the incidents is gusty winds that blew through the area.

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Dragon Aviation To Represent The U.S. At The Canadian International Air Show

Team's First Venture Onto The International Air Show Circuit

Andy Anderson, President of Dragon Aviation announced Monday that the jet team has finalized an agreement to bring their premier jet act – RED STAR and THE DRAGON to Toronto Canada over the Labor Day Weekend for the Canadian International Air Show.

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Qatar Airways Not Quite Ready To Sign For 777X

Wants More Information Before Placing An Order With Boeing For The Upgraded Widebody

Boeing has long been hinting about the next variant of its widebody 777 airliner, which for now has been dubbed the 777X. One of the potential launch customers is Qatar Airways, the second-largest airline in the Persian Gulf.

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Naval Officer Says Blue Angels More Than A Recruiting Tool

Commander Of A Fighter Squadron Sings Demonstration Team's Praises

The Blue Angels are a well-known recruiting tool for the U.S. Navy, but one Navy fighter squadron commander says that the team brings a lot more to the table than just recruiting and public relations.

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Gone West: AEA Board Secretary Chuck Freeland

Had Recently Been Re-Elected To A Third Three-Year Term On The Board

The Aircraft Electronics Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Chuck Freeland, a regional sales representative for Otto Instrument Service and an AEA member company located in Ontario, CA. Freeland passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013, near his hometown of Vacaville, CA, following a courageous battle with cancer.

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New Program Helps Corporate Aircraft Crews Handle In-Flight Medical Emergencies

FrontierMEDEX AirAssist Offers Access To Specially Trained Physicians

A new aviation assistance program designed to help corporate aircraft crews handle in-flight emergencies, as well as address situations while on the ground, has been introduced by FrontierMEDEX.

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Quicksilver Grows In The Realm Of Public-Use Aircraft

Introduces Latest IDENT GT500 Aircraft For The Surveillance Market

IDENT LLC of Jacksonville FL, has joined with Quicksilver Aeronautics, LLC of Temecula, CA, in a strategic partnership to produce a fleet of the latest generation of GT500 surveillance and intelligence gathering aircraft.

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Gone West: WWII Vet Waiting For Honor Flight

Passed Away In A Ambulance After Arriving At The Airport

At 91 years old, Walter Smith, a veteran of WWII, was looking forward to taking an honor flight to Washington DC to see the change of guard ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Four years ago, he had been diagnosed with colon cancer, and the trip from his home in Wisconsin to the nation's capital had been a motivation for him to work hard on his rehabilitation, according to his family.

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Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 And Its Moon

Helped Scientists Define Estimates Of Asteroid's Size And Rotation

Scientists working with NASA's 230-foot-wide Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, CA, have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon. The 55 individual images used in the movie were generated from data collected at Goldstone on June 1, 2013. Each of the individual images obtained on June 1, 2013, required about five minutes of data collection by the Goldstone radar.

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TSA Agents Question 'Light Saber' Cane Carried By Chewbacca Actor

Peter Mayhew Was Boarding A Flight In Denver When He Was Briefly Delayed

Actor Peter Mayhew is over 7 feet tall. You might not recognize him, because in what may be his best-known role ... the Wookiee Chewbacca in Star Wars, well, he had on the Wookiee costume. But as Mayhew was boarding a plane recently at Denver International Airport ... carrying a larger-than-normal walking stick to help support the 69-year-old actor's frame, TSA briefly stopped him to ask about the cane that reportedly resembled a light saber.

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Classic Aero-TV: Flight Design At Oshkosh 2012 -- C4 Project Update

Updating Flight Design's Promising New Four Seat Offering

First Webcast On October 2nd, 2012: Oshkosh 2012 was a great place to make news... or update news in the making. One such update concerned the greatly anticipated Flight Design C4. One of the hottest new aircraft proposals currently offered to the general aviation market, "...development of the C4 continues with engineering of the engine installation, avionics selection and certification plan to meet an aggressive development schedule."

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Eurocopter’s X3 Hybrid Helicopter Makes Aviation History

Achieves A Speed Milestone Of 255 Knots During Level Flight

The Eurocopter X3 hybrid helicopter has opened the frontiers of aviation by attaining a speed milestone of 255 knots in level flight on June 7. Several days before this accomplishment, the X3 reached a speed of 263 knots during a descent. With these two successes, the X3 surpasses the unofficial speed record for a helicopter.

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AMR Corporation, US Airways Announce Senior Leadership Team

Board Members For The New American Airlines Also Named

AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. have announced the senior leadership team responsible for guiding the new American Airlines after the closing of the companies' expected merger.

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Boeing Foresees 20-Year Demand For More Than 35,000 New Airplanes

Increased Demand For Single-Aisle Airplanes Driving The Forecast

Boeing projects a demand for more than 35,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years, valued at $4.8 trillion. The company released its annual Current Market Outlook (CMO) today in Paris, forecasting the world fleet to double over the next two decades. Both passenger traffic and cargo traffic are expected to grow 5 percent annually.

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Success! Royal Air Force Museum Recovers Dornier Do 17

Only Known Example Of The German Bomber To Have Survived The War In Any Condition

The Royal Air Force Museum announced Tuesday that it has successfully lifted a German Dornier Do 17 bomber from the an area of the ocean bottom known as Goodwin Sands off the coast of England. According to the museum, it is the only example of the airplane known to have survived the war in any condition.

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Aero-Opinion: Wouldn't 'Square One' Be A Step Forward For NASA?

Asteroid Capture Mission Widely Seen As A 'Distraction' For The Agency

Speaking at the “Humans 2 Mars Summit,” which was held May 6-8, 2013 at George Washington University, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden stated that if another administration (or perhaps the Congress) steps in and says do a mission to the Moon, “…it’s game over! …we’re back to square one.” In other words if anyone at any time in the future deviates from the Obama plan for human spaceflight, NASA has to start all over again. We will thus be finished as a spaceflight nation- it’ll be a disaster, doom, toads raining from the sky, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTARIA!

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Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield Announces His Retirement

Only Canadian To Command The ISS

Parliamentary Secretary Chris Alexander, on behalf of Christian Paradis Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), took part in an event Monday celebrating Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's return to Canada following his successful five-month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Hadfield also used the opportunity to announce his plans to pursue new professional challenges.

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Shaw Fighter Pilot Named Best In The Air Force

Capt. Hugh Walker Presented With Two Prestigious Awards On His Return From Afghanistan

After returning from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan April 13, a 77th Fighter Squadron weapons officer has more than just a homecoming to celebrate. Capt. Hugh Walker was welcomed home with two prestigious awards, the Lt. Col. Anthony C. Shine Award and the Robbie Risner Award.

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Spirit Charged With Unfair Labor Practice After Refusing To Bargain With SPEEA

Union Charges That Management Refused To Provide Necessary Information

An Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge was filed Monday (June 10) against Spirit AeroSystems after company officials refused to provide information or answer questions during a formal, “step 3” grievance meeting with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001. During the meeting, Spirit officials said managers would continue to refuse answering questions.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.12.13)

“These flights allow us to further explore the behavior of main rotors at high speeds, and enable us to make effectiveness assessments of the fairing we’ve added to the main rotor hub.” Source: Eurocopter flight test engineer Dominique Fournier.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.12.13): LAHSO

An acronym for "Land and Hold Short Operation."

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.12.13)

International Astronautical Federation

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is an international non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1951.

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