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November 30, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.30.11

American Airlines has filed under Chapter 11.
GE Aviation is hiring, and will be next year, too.
And China continues development of its first aircraft carrier.

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FAA Issues Single Operating Certificate To United And Continental Airlines

SOC Grant Concludes 18 Month Sometimes-Contentious Integration Program

It's finally official! United Continental Holdings announced Wednesday that it received FAA approval for a single operating certificate, marking another significant milestone in the integration of United  and Continental Airlines.

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F-35C And EMALS Demonstrate Start Of Naval Aviation's Next Century

Test Aircraft Launched With Electromagnetic System ... Not Steam

The Navy demonstrated early integration of the future of naval aviation Nov. 18 when it launched F-35C test aircraft CF-3 with its new electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS). Testing the F-35C on EMALS provided an early opportunity to evaluate technical risks and began the process to integrate the carrier variant Joint Strike Fighter with the future carrier fleet aircraft launching system.

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X-47B Flight Test Fleet Grows By One

First Flight Of Second Unmanned Aircraft Adds Momentum, Flexibility To Flight Test Program

Northrop Grumman Corporation and the U.S. Navy will be able to increase the pace and productivity of the X-47B flight test program following the successful first flight Nov. 22 of the second air vehicle developed for the Navy's Unmanned Combat Air System Carrier Demonstration (UCAS-D) program.

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CAE To Develop 6 Additional P-8A Trainers

OFTs, Desktop Trainers Included In The Order

As the new Poseidon P-8A moves towards higher production rates and the eventual replacement of the Navy's P-3 fleet, training pilots and crews becomes more critical. CAE announced Monday at the I/ITSEC conference being held in Orlando, FL, that Boeing has ordered six additional P-8A Poseidon operational flight trainers (OFTs) for the United States Navy.

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UK Government Open To Airport Expansion

Tory-Lib Dem Coalition Would Consider 'All Options' .... Except Heathrow Expansion

In his Autumn Statement to Parliament, UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said the British government is "considering all options" for a "new airport hub."

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Veteran Mars Researcher Says Curiosity Can Confirm 1976 Findings

Scientist-Turned-Professor Says Instruments May Bear Out His Finding Of Microorganisms On Mars

While NASA has repeatedly stated that its new mission to Mars, Curiosity, carries no life detector, Gilbert V. Levin, an experimenter on NASA's 1976 Viking Mission, disagrees. He says instruments aboard Curiosity can confirm his published claim that his Labeled Release (LR) experiment detected living microorganisms on Mars.

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Santa Monica Airport Faces Relentless Pressure

Closure Advocates Lick Their Chops Over Perceived 2015 Opportunity

A potentially precedent-setting NIMBY battle is shaping up in California. The city wants to please residents near the Santa Monica Airport who say they want to close the airport to enjoy less noise and pollution, and greater safety from possible crashes. The FAA says the city made a deal to keep the airport open in perpetuity. Sometime between now and 2015 the disagreement may go to court.

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Quantum3D Announces Mantis Advanced Virtual Simulation Platform

Software Meets A Range Of Simulation Needs From Flight To Ground Vehicle Applications

Quantum3D announced Monday at the I/ITSEC conference and show in Orlando, FL, that its Mantis Real-Time Scene Management software platform will be available as a standalone, software-only product. Previously sold with Quantum3D's renowned Independence IDX series of image generators, Mantis is now available on the desktop for a wide range of PC hardware configurations.

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Runway Incursions A Hot Topic

Toronto Incident Raises Profile In Media

Canada's Transportation Safety Board is investigating a November 18 incident in which a taxiing American Eagle Embraer 145 regional jet blew past a hold-short instruction and narrowly missed colliding with an Air Canada Airbus A319 accelerating for takeoff. The case has brought an awareness even among the general media of just how many near-misses there really are.

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Classic Aero-TV: Getting Competitive -- Avidyne Expands Its New Line Up

The Retrofit Avionics Market Has Never Looked This Capable... and Promising

You have to hand it to Avidyne... at just about the time that you'd think they'd be happy building an increasing market share for Glass Cockpit systems with their innovative and easy-to-use R-9 system, they go and fill in ALL the blanks with a full suite of replacement avionics... Transponders, Audio panels, Auto-Pilots, GPS/Nav/Coms... you name it. Avidyne led off the first day of Oshkosh 2011 by introducing a full line of panel-mounted, plug-and-play avionics for general aviation aircraft. The new avionics stack includes the IFD540 FMS/GPS/ Navigation/ Communica

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Some Retired Pilots May Become Creditors In AA Chapter 11 Filing

About 15 Airplanes Expected To Be Parked Indefinitely

An e-mail forwarded to ANN Tuesday indicates that the 67 pilots who retired from American Airlines in November have suddenly become creditors in the airlines' Chapter 11 filing announced Tuesday morning.

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Proposed Third Chicago Airport Progresses

But Peotone Residents Say They Don't Want To Move, Sell Homes

The Illinois Department of Transportation and other proponents of a third Chicago-area airport came a step closer to their goal recently when the FAA approved a Facility Requirements Report for IDOT's proposed master plan for the South Suburban Airport in Peotone, IL, 46 miles south of Chicago. But only 2,300 of the 5,000 acres required to start construction have been secured, and landowners say they'll fight to keep their homes.

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NBAA-Led Committee Recommends Against Requiring ADS-B 'In'

Says Current Technology Does Not Justify New Regulations

NBAA’s senior vice president for operations & administration Steve Brown, co-chair of an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) responsible for recommendations on Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) “In”, on Monday characterized the procedural and technical development of this vital component to the FAA’s NextGen effort as "just not ready for prime-time."

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Twelve-Day GPS Interference Test Set For Southeast US

May Result In Unreliable GPS Signals

The FAA has posted a Flight Advisory alerting pilots flying in much of the Southeast portion of the U.S. that GPS interference testing will take place for twelve days beginning December 1. The agency says the testing may result in unreliable or unavailable GPS signal.

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Robert Sumwalt Sworn In For Second Term As NTSB Board Member

First Appointed By Presient Bush In 2006

Robert L. Sumwalt was sworn in Tuesday for his second five-year term as a Board member of the National Transportation Safety Board.  Nominated by President Obama, his term of office will run until December 31, 2016.

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Shuttle Launch Director Leaving NASA

Mike Leinbach Will Take A Position With A 'Major Aerospace Company'

The man who was tapped by NASA to lead the shuttle program after the Columbia accident has announced he will be leaving the agency to accept a position with a "major aerospace company." The move will allow Mike Leinbach to stay on Florida's Space Coast where he and his wife have deep roots.

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Indiana Businessman, Three Pax Lost In SR20 Crash

Pilot Told Friends He Intended To Get Instrument Rating, But Never Did

The Indianapolis suburb of Marion, IN is mourning four people lost in the crash Saturday of a Cirrus SR20 in Crystal Lake, IL. Conditions at the time of the accident were described as cloudy and rainy. Friends of the pilot tell WTHR-TV that businessman Ray Harris, who'd been flying for six-eight years and a member of the Marion Pilot's Club for about two, had said for a long time he meant to get his instrument rating, but just never got around to it.

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Three Fatally Injured In Illinois MedEvac Accident

Two Others Injured, Pilot Reported Fuel Problems Before Plane Went Down

A Piper Navajo on a medical transportation flight went down Monday night in a Chicago suburb, resulting in the fatal injury of three people. Two other were hurt in the accident. The plane's owner, Trans North Aviation Limited, said the those on board included the pilot, a pilot-trainee, a paramedic, the patient and his wife.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.30.11)

"While today’s news was not entirely unexpected, it is nevertheless disappointing that we find ourselves working for an airline that has lost its way.” Source: APA President Capt. David Bates. 

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.30.11): Airport Surface detection Equipment (ASDE)

Radar equipment specifically designed to detect all principal features and traffic on the surface of an airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.30.11)

University Aviation Association

The UAA's stated mission is to promote and foster excellence in collegiate aviation education by providing a forum for students, faculty, staff and practitioners to share ideas, to enhance the quality of education, and to develop stronger programs and curricula.

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