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December 13, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 12.13.11

An interference study turns out badly for LightSquared.
TSA is getting flamed on its own blog.
And a plan to save the historic Hangar One is stalled.

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NTSB Factual Report On FIT Accident Indicates Fuel Select Lever Set To 'Off'

Four Fatally Injured When PA-44 Went Down Just After Takeoff

The NTSB's factual report in an accident involving a Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) Piper PA-44 on an instruction flight indicates that a checklist item may have been missed. Investigators found the fuel select lever set to "off" during the post-accident inspection. There was also no fuel found between the fuel selector valve and the engine's fuel pump. On board the airplane were the student pilot, an instructor, and two passengers.

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USAF Thunderbirds Release 2012 Show Schedule

Sixty-Show Schedule Kicks Of Feb. 26th In Daytona, FL

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have released their 2012 show schedule. The team is set to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 33 locations, including two shows in Canada. The team, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick-off their season by performing a flyover for the 54th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 on Feb. 26.

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October Was Not A Good Month For Airline Tarmac Delays

DOT Reports Seven Delays Longer Than Three Hours On Domestic Flights, 11 Delays Longer Than Four Hours On International Flights

Airlines reported a total of seven tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights and 11 tarmac delays of more than four hours on international flights in October, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report. The larger U.S. airlines have been required to report long tarmac delays on their domestic flights since October 2008. Under a new rule that took effect Aug. 23, 2011, all U.S. and foreign airlines operating at least one aircraft with 30 or more passenger seats must report lengthy tarmac delays at U.S. airports.

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FAA Proposes $777,000 Civil Penalty Against Horizon Air

Says Airline Operated Non-Compliant Aircraft On Nearly 50 Thousand Flights

The FAA is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprop aircraft on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

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ERAU Partners with Atlantic Southeast, Delta On Pilot Employment

Relationships Established To Give ERAU Grads An Edge With The Airlines

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has established a partnership with Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) and Delta Air Lines that will give a hiring advantage to Embry-Riddle students interested in flying for the two airlines.

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Increased Demand For A320 Boosts Evergreen Maintenance

Arizona-Based Company Adds Single-Aisle Airbus To Its Certificate

Working closely with Airbus and the FAA, Evergreen Maintenance Center (EMC) has successfully expanded their certificate to include the A320 family of aircraft. The company has made strategic investments in tooling, training, and technical data so that new and existing global clients can fully leverage EMC’s 35 years of aviation experience across this popular family of Airbus aircraft.

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Female WWII Pilot Gives $2 Million To Flight Nursing Program

Estate Of Forothy Ebersback Will Establish Center For Flight Nursing

A pioneering female aviator who served her country during World War II has made a gift to Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing — a gift that combines her love of flight and her dedication to nursing. Alumna Dorothy E. Ebersbach, who passed away Nov. 14, has pledged $2 million to establish the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing. The center will expand on the flight nursing program's mission of training graduate-level nursing students to provide critical, on-site care during emergencies and transport to medical facilities.

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Enstrom Continues To Deliver Royal Thai Army Aircraft

Four Helos Recently Shipped As Part Of 16 Aircraft Fleet Delivery

Enstrom Helicopter Corporation recently shipped 4 new 480B turbine helicopters to Thailand. The helicopters are part of a program for 16 training/utility helicopters for the Royal Thai Army. Enstrom has already delivered 6 helicopters, and these have entered service for the RTA.

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Australian Airline First To Equip Fokker 100s With ADS-B Out

Equipment Will Be Mandatory In Australia In Two Years

Perth, Australia-based Skywest Airlines has become the first Fokker 100 operator worldwide to implement ADS-B OUT, which will be mandatory for operations above FL290 in Australia after December 12, 2013.

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NASA Engages Public With New Custom Internet Radio Station

'Third Rock' Launched Monday On NASA Home Page

NASA's mission of discovery and exploration will be showcased in a custom-produced Internet music radio station that is crafted specifically to speak the language of tech-savvy young adults. Third Rock - America's Space Station is set to launch with a New Rock/Indie/Alternative format on Monday, Dec. 12.

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Aero-TV: Supporting The K-MAX UAS -- A Massive Unmanned Heavy Lifter

An Amazing Challenge... To Provide Unmanned Heavy Lift Capability In Combat

The first time we hard about the adaptation of the incredible Kaman K-Max helo to an unmanned role, we weren't sure we believed it... but the recent data coming out of the trials and deployment suggest that this is an idea whose time has come. Lockheed Martin and Kaman joined forces to adapt the K-MAX to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery -- with a specific mission in mind -- battlefield cargo resupply.

Aero-TV: Supporting The K-MAX UAS -- A Massive Unmanned Heavy Lifter

An Amazing Challenge... To Provide Unmanned Heavy Lift Capability In Combat

The first time we hard about the adaptation of the incredible Kaman K-Max helo to an unmanned role, we weren't sure we believed it... but the recent data coming out of the trials and deployment suggest that this is an idea whose time has come. Lockheed Martin and Kaman joined forces to adapt the K-MAX to an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) capable of autonomous or remote controlled cargo delivery -- with a specific mission in mind -- battlefield cargo resupply. The K-MAX UAS allows the Marines to deliver supplies by day or night to precise locations without risk to personnel. It boasts some excep

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Attention LSA Industry... Be Sure To Submit YOUR USSAE 2012 News To ANN!

ANN Plans Extensive Coverage AND is Bringing AIRBORNE To The FIRST Big Aero-Event of 2012!

The 2012 US Sport Aviation Expo is coming up soon, and, if history is any indicator, it's likely those of you in the LSA biz may (or should) have some news/announcements to make. The Aero-News Network, the aviation world's most comprehensive DAILY/REAL-TIME news and information service, is going to be reporting live from the grounds of the 2012 USSAE with the industry's most aggressive roster of LIVE Online News, as well as Audio and Video programming, in the business. An expert assemblage of ANN's top journalists, including ANN Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, have been assigned to generate dozens of stories about the event, and to work on many more for future distribution to the hundreds

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US Congresswoman Introduces STRIP Act

Under The Blackburn Bill, No More Badges And Uniforms For Untrained TSOs

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) has introduced legislation she says is designed to rein in the Transportation Security Administration, and provide more transparency for American travelers. H.R. 3608, the Stop TSA's Reach In Policy (STRIP) Act, would prohibit any TSA employee not trained as a federal law enforcement officer or eligible for federal law enforcement benefits from wearing law enforcement uniforms or wearing a police-like metal badge.

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Hersman Delivered Kotaite Lecture On The Future Of Aviation Safety

Speech Addresses Accident Investigation In Aviation Safety

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A. P. Hersman delivered the 8th Annual Assad Kotaite Lecture last evening at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Hosted by the Montreal Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, the annual lecture is a tribute to Dr. Assad Kotaite, former Secretary General of ICAO and President of the Council of ICAO.

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Etihad Airways Orders Ten 787-9 Dreamliners

Makes The Mid-East Carrier Boeing's Biggest Customer For The New Airliner

The national airline of the United Arab Emirates has placed an order for ten 787-9 Dreamliners, along with two B777 freighters. The announcement was made jointly Monday by Boeing and Etihad Airways. Valued at a combined $2.8 billion at current list prices, this order brings the number of 787s Etihad plans to acquire to 41, making it Boeing's largest customer for its new composite airliner.

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Airbus Calls Possible U.S. Trade Sanctions 'Empty Claims'

European Planemaker Says It Has Complied With All WTO Rulings

In the back-and-forth quarrel between Boeing and Airbus, the European planemaker says the threat of possible U.S. trade sanctions are "empty claims," and that Airbus has "fully addressed WTO demands in a comprehensive manner."

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EASA Approves Garmin GTN Touchscreen Avionics

Deliveries Set To Begin In Europe

The European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) has validated the FAA's Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for Garmin's GTN 650 and GTN 750 series touchscreen avionics. With this validation, these avionics are certified and approved for installation in hundreds of makes and models of European-registered general aviation aircraft.

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Angel MedFlight Comments On NTSB Safety Report

Outlines Medical Aviation’s Safety Practices

In a recently released NTSB probable cause report, the board concluded that pilot error and possible fatigue were responsible for a July 2010 West Texas incident involving a Cessna 412 operating as an air ambulance to go down just minutes after takeoff, killing all five people on board. Just days after the findings were announced, a forced landing of another medical transport company’s twin-engine plane claimed three more lives.

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Mokulele Announces Full Restoration Of Flight Operations

Hawaiian Turboprop Carrier Had Suspended Flights December 9th

Mokulele Flight Service, Inc. announces the full restoration of scheduled flight operations as of December 12, 2011. Mokulele voluntarily suspended operations temporarily to permit the Company to complete an internal records audit. Having fully resolved the records review, the Company immediately resumed operations.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (12.13.11)

"While traditional tin-kicking will never go away, it is increasingly being joined by sophisticated data analysis." Source: NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (12.13.11): Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA)

The methods, techniques, and practices for performing maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations, which are provided by the design approval holder or its component manufacturers, and are considered acceptable to the Administrator under section 43.13(a).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (12.13.11)

Find An Airport, Any Airport

Want to find out about an airport, any airport? This site has alphabetical listings. You can click on an airport and find out the phone and fax number, the directors and managers, and passenger traffic.

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