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September 06, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.06.13

FAA Faces Challenges in Controller Training…

SpaceShip Two Completes a Second Supersonic Flight…

United to Recall Its Furloughed Pilot

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DOT IG Says More Air Traffic Controller Training Needed

Report: Number Of Planned New Hires Presents 'Significant Challenges'

The FAA's plan to hire and train more than 11,700 new air traffic controllers through fiscal year 2021 presents significant challenges for the Agency, as new controllers can require more than 3 years of training to become fully certified. That is the assessment of the DOT inspector General in a report released late last month.

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Flexjet, LLC Places Order For Up To 245 Bombardier Business Aircraft

Deal Valued At Approximately $5.2 Billion, Bombardier Announces Definitive Agreement For The Sale Of Flexjet's Activities

Bombardier announced Thursday that it has reached a definitive agreement for the sale of Flexjet's activities to Flexjet, LLC, a newly-created company funded by a group led by Directional Aviation Capital. Total consideration is $185 million, and the completion of this transaction is subject to the approval of all required governmental and regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions.

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NASA Narrows Potential Mars Landing Sites To Four

InSight Lander Scheduled To Arrive At Mars In 2016

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency's next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet's interior.

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AutoGas-Fueled Piper Archer Completes Cross-Country Roundtrip

From Vero Beach, FL To Oshkosh And Back On 93 Octane MoGas

Piper Aircraft recently flew a Piper Archer powered by 93 octane unleaded automobile gas 2100 nautical miles roundtrip from Vero Beach, FL to Oshkosh, WI and back. The Piper Archer was on exhibit at Piper's EAA AirVenture static aircraft display.

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Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, CSX Chair John Snow To Speak At NBAA2013

Will Keynote Opening General Session At Las Vegas Gathering

The impact of an increasingly competitive global economy on business aviation is a key concern for the industry, and will be the focus of a keynote address delivered by former U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow at the Oct. 22 Opening General Session of the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas, NV.

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Initial TFR Published For UN General Assembly Meeting In New York

Various Restrictions In Place Over A 12-Day Period

The FAA has published its initial NOTAM imposing flight restrictions in New York City for the 68th UN General Assembly September 18-30. Multiple Notices to Airmen (NOTAM) will be published to cover the events taking place during the 12 day session.

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TSA Pre-Check Expands To 60 Additional Airports

Total Number Of Airports With Expedited Security Lanes To Climb To 100

TAS will be expanding its TSA expedited screening program to 60 new airports in addition to the existing 40, bringing the total number of airports with TSA Pre-Check to 100. These airports are expected to have TSA Pre-Check lanes at select checkpoints by the end of the year. The agency also will expand the number of TSA Pre-Check lanes and availability at the existing 40 airports in the coming weeks.

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Houston Spaceport Plans Revealed To The Public

City Council Overwhelmingly Supports Conversion Of Ellington Airport (KEPD)

The Houston Airport System unveiled part of its vision for the future of Ellington Airport (EFD) today, as conceptual renderings of a possible Spaceport were released to the public. The design/drawings capture various elements of the overall project, including a terminal facility, an aviation museum and the accompanying aerospace industries that would most certainly arrive should Houston become the nation's ninth licensed Spaceport.

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NASA Aircraft To Conduct Pollution Research In The Houston Area

Low-Flying Aircraft Will Collect Air Samples For Analysis During September, Houston area residents might notice a large white and blue airplane flying at low altitude occasionally making low spirals. You might be able to see the NASA logo on the aircraft tail. The 117-foot-long NASA P-3B research aircraft is equipped with instruments studying air pollution as part of a mission to help scientists better understand how to measure and forecast air quality from space.

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Gyrocopter Accident Fatally Injures One

Pilot Was Said To Be Practicing Takeoffs And Landings At Scappoose Industrial Airpark

A gyrocopter pilot practicing takeoffs and landings from Scappoose Industrial Airpark in Scappoose, OR was fatally injured when the aircraft went down last Saturday. He reportedly is survived by a wife and eight children.

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Airborne 09.06.13: Remembering Ken Wallis, WingX Upgrades, BIG Tecnam Order

Also: More SR22 Problems, Lancair Event Announced, AW609 Refinements, FAA/NTSB/Airlines Fussing Over Social media

A legend of aviation in the U.K. passed away. Wing Commander Ken Wallis, who was instrumental in the development of the autogyro, was 97 years old. Wallis allegedly cheated on his eye test in order to become a bomber pilot in WWII and was awarded the Bomber Command medal after waiting 71 years for the recognition. The newest version of WingX Pro7, Version 7.1, supports the recently TSO’d NavWorx ADS600-B transceiver making WingX Pro7 the first major mobile aviation app to support ADS-B Out transceivers. The FAA has mandated ADS-B Out in all airplanes by 2020.  Russia’s ChelAvia confirmed its continuing investment in significantly expanding its fleet

SpaceShipTwo Completes Second Supersonic Flight

Crew Flexes Spacecraft's Unique Feather System During Test

Virgin Galactic successfully completed the second rocket-powered, supersonic flight of its passenger carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2) on Thursday. In addition to achieving the highest altitude and greatest speed to date, the test flight demonstrated the vehicle’s full technical mission profile in a single flight for the first time, including a high altitude deployment of the unique wing “feathering” re-entry mechanism. All of the test objectives were successfully completed.

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Boeing Forecasts China's Fleet Will Triple Over Next 20 Years

Strong Domestic And International Demand Fueling Future Fleet Growth

Boeing ... which claims it is China's leading provider of passenger airplanes ... projects a demand for 5,580 new airplanes in China over the next 20 years valued at $780 billion. The company's annual China Current Market Outlook forecasts the country's fleet will triple in size over the next two decades. 

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Delta Announces Order For 40 Airbus Aircraft

Airline Continues Fleet Renewal To Improve Profitability While Maintaining Capacity Discipline

Delta Air Lines plans to purchase 40 Airbus aircraft for delivery between 2015 and 2017. The order, which comprises 10 international widebody A330-300 and 30 large domestic narrowbody A321 jets, is the latest step in Delta's fleet renewal to "enhance profitability while diligently managing capacity."

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US Air Force, Boeing Finalize KC-46A Tanker Aircraft Design

Boeing 'On Track' To Deliver 18 Combat-Ready Tankers By 2017

The U.S. Air Force and Boeing have validated the final design elements of the KC-46A Tanker and concluded that the proposed design embodies and can meet Air Force requirements, clearing the way for production and testing of the next-generation aerial refueling tanker.

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Klyde Morris (09.06.13)

Wasn't It Churchill Who Had A Line About 'Haggling Over Price'?

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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United Airlines To Recall All Furloughed Pilots

Says Nearly 600 Will Be Brought Back To Address ‘Future Staffing Needs’

United Airlines said in a news release Thursday that it will recall nearly 600 pilots currently on furlough to address the airline's future staffing needs. No United pilots will remain on furlough following the recall.

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Boeing Delivers First 767 Freighter To FedEx Express

Delivery Supports The Shipper's Fleet Modernization Program

Boeing and FedEx Express, an operating company of FedEx Corp, on Wednesday celebrated the delivery of the Memphis, Tenn.-based express shipping company's first 767-300 Freighter. The delivery supports the FedEx strategy to modernize its fleet with more efficient freighters.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.06.13)

“Today, we expanded the SpaceShipTwo rocket-powered flight test envelope with a longer burn duration and robust testing of the feather mechanism, supersonic aerodynamics and wing lift structure.” Source: Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.06.13): Precision Approach Radar

Radar equipment in some ATC facilities operated by the FAA and/or the military services at joint-use civil/military locations and separate military installations to detect and display azimuth, elevation, and range of aircraft on the final approach course to a runway.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.06.13)

Golden Age Air Museum

The Golden Age Air Museum was established in 1997, its mission is to entertain visitors and educate them about the early days of aviation, through its special events and daily operations.

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