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January 14, 2012

Obama Admin v Aviation -- The Fight's On

Just How Far Will This Gov't Go To Hurt The Aviation Industry?

A wise man told me that before you got into a fight, a real fight, that you had to be utterly certain that your opponent wished you no good... and it seems that there is little one can say in opposition to the idea that the current administration is the most anti-aviation we've ever encountered. In short, this administration means to do aviation 'no good.' On Friday the 13th (the irony of which is not lost on us), an Obama Administration flunkie, (Dana Hyde, Associate Director for General Government Programs, Office of Management and Budget), responded to the thousands of person who used the White House petition site to protest the concept of aviation user fees and it's now pretty clear that the Presid

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NBAA Not Buying White House Defense Of User Fees

Bolen: Obama's Position On The Issue 'Tired Rhetoric'

In response to a petition calling on the president to reconsider his support for user fees, a White House staff person sent a message on Friday to all signatories to the petition, defending the Administration's position on the issue. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen issued a statement in response to a signal of renewed support from the Obama White House for per-flight user fees for general aviation.

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SAIB Covers Schweizer Autorotation Practice Techniques

Advises That 'Throttle Chops' Are Not Recommended In Training

The FAA has issues an SAIB for owners and operators of Schweizer 269C and 269C-1 aircraft. The document indicates that Schweizer has updated the instructions and warning in the approved Pilot Flight Manual (PFM) to avoid throttle chops to full idle, minimizing the possibility of engine stoppage.

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US Airways Pilots Drops Lawsuit Over Work Slowdown

Case Ruled In Favor Of The Airline

A lawsuit stemming from an accusation in June on the part of US Airways that its pilots were engaged in a work slowdown has been dropped by the airline's pilots' union.

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Supplier Team Announced For Sikorsky S-97 Raider

Thirty-Five Companies Will Help Assemble The New Military Helo

A team consisting of 35 companies has been assembled by Sikorsky aircraft to assemble two prototype S-97 Raider helicopters for evaluation by the U.S. military. Self-funded by Sikorsky and its team members, the Raider program will demonstrate the military applications of Sikorsky's break-through X2 rotorcraft design.

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Textron May Shed Some Businesses In Reorganization

Unclear Which Divisions Might Be Spun Off The Company

Textron has begun a strategic review of its business areas, which includes Cessna aircraft, Lycoming engines, and Bell Helicopter. While the company is playing any reorganization very close to the vest, CEO Scott Donnelly has said historically that the company has no interest in divesting its self of Cessna,

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Lockheed Martin F-35 Program Exceeds 2011 Flight Test Goals

Nearly 1,000 Test Flights Completed With All Milestones Achieved

The F-35 System Development and Demonstration 2011 flight test program resulted in the completion of more test flights and test points than in any year, according to prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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Russia's Phobos-Grunt Expected To Re-Enter Atmosphere Sunday

Experts Predict 20-30 Small Pieces Could Survive Re-Entry

What's left of the Russian Phobos-Grunt Mars Probe is expected to fall back to Earth Sunday, with about 20-30 small (ish) pieces of the spacecraft surviving the re-entry.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.14.12)

“We will now turn towards 2012, expanding the flight envelope as we continue to demonstrate the F-35’s excellent flight characteristics for all three variants.” Source: J.D. McFarlan, vice president of F-35 Test and Verification.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.14.12): Primary Structure

Structural components or assemblies that are necessary to sustain design ultimate flight and ground loads.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.14.12)

The Helicopter Aviation Home Page

Some sites are a labor of love. The owner of The Helicopter Aviation Home Page has a long-time helicopter instructor, who says the site is "Everything you ever wanted to know about helicopters, and then some."

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