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September 20, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.20.13

NTSB Revises Its Rules of Practice…

20 Airports Reap $6.4 Million in AIP Grants…

Rallying ‘Round the Merger…

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Eurocopter Introduces EC130 T2 And EC145 T2 Helicopters To The UK

Demonstration Flights For Private, Utility, Police And Emergency Service Operators Conducted

A series of United Kingdom demonstrations with the EC130 T2 and EC145 T2 are providing first-hand experience with these enhanced versions of Eurocopter’s helicopter family for some 100 invitees taking part in flights conducted this week.

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Canadian Coast Guard To Lead Helo Search And Recovery Operations

Effort Supports Transportation Safety Board Of Canada Investigation In The Arctic

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) is working to recover its CCG Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo-105 helicopter which went down in the Arctic Ocean last week. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation into this accident is ongoing.

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Aviation Industry Makes Strong Call For Action On Emissions At ICAO Assembly

Emphasis Placed On Global Climate Impact Of Airlines, BizAv, Airports, Manufacturing

Delegates from 191 countries meet in Montreal next week for the 38th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. Ahead of the meeting, representatives of the global air transport industry, covering airlines, airports, air navigation service providers, aerospace manufacturers and business aviation, issued a strong call for action by governments to support the industry’s efforts in reducing the climate impact of the sector.

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Sun 'N Fun Volunteers Express Discontent Through Facebook

Says Event Is 'Dying A Slow And Painful Death'

A Facebook page established by a long-time volunteer at the Sun 'n Fun fly-in in Lakeland, Florida calls on others concerned about the future of the event to address what he says are serious problems, particularly with the current Board of Directors.

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GECAS Finalizes Order For 10 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners

Completes Deal Struck At Paris Air Show

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and Boeing have completed an order for 10 787-10 Dreamliners. The order completes the commitment originally announced during the 2013 Paris Air Show in June and builds momentum in the airplane leasing market for the 787-10. The GECAS deliveries begin in 2019.

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USAF Weighs Future Of KC-10, A-10 Programs

Considering Cuts In Other Programs As Well If Budgets Continue To Shrink

As the U.S. Air Force looks for potentially billions in budget cuts over the next decade, entire fleets of airplanes may be scrapped in order to keep new systems in the pipeline, according to top Air Force brass.

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Boeing To Complete Production Of C-17 Globemaster III In 2015

After-Delivery Support Of The Worldwide Fleet Will Continue

Boeing will end production of the C-17 Globemaster III and close the C-17 final assembly facility in Long Beach, CA. in 2015.

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Arianespace, Astrium Sign Agreement For Production Of 18 Ariane 5 ECA Launchers

Spacecraft Will Be Operational Beginning In 2017

Arianespace and Astrium signed an initial agreement Tuesday to begin the production of 18 additional Ariane 5 ECA launchers. As part of this agreement, Arianespace has ordered from Astrium, long-lead items and the start of production activities for the 18 additional launchers.

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New Simulator Boosts Columbia Helicopters' Pilot Training

Elite Sim Emulates The Eurocopter AS350 Cockpit

Columbia Helicopters has taken delivery of its first simulator for pilot training, following a two-year search and product evaluation.

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National Naval Aviation Museum Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary

The Public Is Invited To Visit The Museum, Located In Pensacola, FL, And Join The Celebration

The Naval Aviation Museum Foundation invites the public to visit the Naval Aviation Museum in celebration of its 50th anniversary. The Foundation plans three days of special events and aircraft displays on Oct. 3, 4 and 5, culminating with a black-tie 50th anniversary gala on Saturday, Oct. 5.

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LA Sheriff's Office Helo Targeted By Gunman

Aircraft Was Responding To A 911 Call

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office Helicopter responding to a 911 call was targeted by a gunman Wednesday afternoon. The suspect, who is now in custody, allegedly fired several rounds at the circling aircraft.

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'Ax Men' Helicopter Pilot Fatally Injured In Accident

Had Been Hauling Logs From An Oregon Forest When His Helo Went Down

A helicopter pilot who had been featured in the cable television series "Ax Men" was fatally injured Tuesday when his helicopter went down while he was carrying a load of timber out of a forest in Oregon.

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Airborne 09.20.13: Aero-Crook Riggs Dies in China, 787-9 1st Flight, Reno Wraps

Also: Aeroscraft Flies, New Dynon, FreeFlight's ADS-B Out Option, WWII Airmen Come Home, Swift Fuels Opens Up

ANN has confirmed that aviation’s resident ‘bad boy’ David Riggs has died in a crash of his Lancair while in China for an airshow. The accident occurred outside Shenyang when Riggs Experimental Amateur-Built Lancair 320 went down in a lake. Unfortunately, Riggs had a passenger that was also killed. The latest addition to Boeing's Dreamliner stable ... the longer, higher-capacity, dash 9, made its first flight in the skies over Washington State Tuesday. The airliner lifted off the runway just after 11:00 am PDT and flew for about five hours, running tests of its flight controls and other systems. The airplane used in this flight testing is not a test air

NTSB Issues Final Rule In Response To Pilot’s Bill Of Rights

Rule Effective Immediately, Comments Accepted Until October 21

The NTSB has issued a Final Rule to implement several changes to its Rules of Practice applicable to aviation certificate enforcement appeals. This final rule responds to public comments received by the NTSB as a result of an interim final rule (IFR) it issued last October. The NTSB issued the IFR after the enactment of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights legislation.

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Lufthansa Commits To 777-9X, A350

German Airline Splits Order For Fleet Modernization Program

Lufthansa has announced an aggressive modernization plan for its long-haul fleet with an order split between Boeing and Airbus. The airline reportedly has agreed to purchase 59 "ultra-modern" aircraft following a recommendation by the Deutsche Lufthansa AG Executive Board headed by Dr. Christoph Franz held Wednesday.

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Baker's AOPA: Not Off To The Best of Starts?

Will The "New" AOPA Be Just Like The Old?

Opinion, Analysis and Observation by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief, Jim Campbell “I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery As Mark Baker gets settled into the big seat at 421 Aviation Way, a few hiccups are being noted even before he gets the chair adjusted. Now, we're fully aware that he may not have anything to do, YET, with the issues we're going to raise... but the fact that these things are happening under his watch, and his name, needs to be brought to his attention now before the issues raised become all the more problematic.

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Air France Cuts 2,800 Positions In Ongoing Restructuring

Sees Continued Growth In Long-Haul Segment

Air France has announced that 2,800 people will be separated from the airline as part of its "Transform 2015" program. The airline presented an updated version of the plan to the Central Works Council Thursday.

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Boeing, ALC Finalize Order For 30 787-10 And 3 787-9 Dreamliners

Airplanes 'Provide Ideal Size, Capabilities, Operating Costs'

Boeing and Air Lease Corporation (ALC) announced Wednesday that they have completed an order for 30 787-10 and three 787-9 Dreamliners. The order, valued at $9.4 billion at list prices, fulfills the commitment originally announced during the 2013 Paris Air Show in June.

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American Airlines, US Airways Team Members Say: 'Let Us Compete Together'

Union Representatives Gather On Capitol Hill To Lobby Against DOJ Lawsuit

Over the past two days, hundreds of members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA ("AFA"), the Allied Pilots Association ("APA"), the Association of Professional Flight Attendants ("APFA"), the Communications Workers of America ("CWA"), the International Brotherhood of Teamsters ("IBT"), the Transport Workers Union ("TWU") and the US Airline Pilots Association ("USAPA"), unions representing 70,000 American Airlines and US Airways employees, including pilots, flight attendants, mechanics, technicians, aircraft dispatchers, call center representatives, airport customer service agents and fleet service employees, traveled to Washington D.C. and met with more than fifty Senators and nearly 300 co

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Klyde Morris 09.20.13

Maybe A Shuttle-Wash Would Work, Klyde


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F-35 Program Chief Cites Steady Progress

Bogdan Expects To Meet 2016 Initial Operational Capability Target

Citing changes to one of the Defense Department’s most ambitious acquisition programs, F-35 Lightning II development is making steady progress, the F-35 Joint Program Executive Officer said Tuesday. Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan told military and industry experts at the Air Force Association’s 2013 Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition that the program has changed for the better over recent years.

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A Reunion 10 Years In The Making

Jetblue Pilot Inspires Student To Seek Career In Aviation

Ten years ago, JetBlue Airways Captain Eric Scott invited a young traveler to visit the cockpit and unknowingly changed this boy's life. Elijah Hedrington was just five years old, traveling to Burlington, VT as part of the Fresh Air Fund. This program provides free summer experiences to New York City children from low-income communities. Elijah's escort happened to be Sheila Donnell, a JetBlue Inflight crewmember who volunteers for the program. On this flight, Sheila introduced Elijah to Capt. Scott. Capt. Scott invited Elijah into the cockpit.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.20.13)

“This program is slow because it is vast. Progress takes a lot of time, but time is something we don’t have a whole lot of.” Source: Air Force Lt. Gen. Christopher C. Bogdan, head of the F-35 program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.20.13): Actual Calculated Landing Time

ACLT is a flight's frozen calculated landing time. An actual time determined at freeze calculated landing time (FCLT) or meter list display interval (MLDI) for the adapted vertex for each arrival aircraft based upon runway configuration, airport acceptance rate, airport arrival delay period, and other metered arrival aircraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.20.13)

Northern Lights Awards

The stated mission of the Northern Lights Awards is to recognize outstanding women in aviation and aerospace to inspire and encourage increased participation in these industries.

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