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January 20, 2012

Great Georgia Airshow Takes 2012 Off

Organizers Regrouping After 14 Years Of Growth

The Great Georgia Airshow in Peachtree City, Georgia has grown over its 14 years to as point at which the next step needs careful consideration. Organizers say that reflection is difficult for volunteers consumed with the immediate demands of this year's show, so the event will take 2012 off.

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ATSB Interim Report Released In Qantas A380 Engine Failure

Investigation Still Centering On Oil Feed Pipe In Rolls-Royce Trent 900 Engine

The ATSB has released an interim report in its investigation of an uncontained engine failure which occurred on a Qantas A380 flying from Singapore to Sydney. The engine failure caused the pilot to return to Singapore, as well as the grounding of Qantas' A380 fleet in November of 2010.

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Vega Rocket Ready For First Flight

ESA's Completes Final Checks On New Launcher

Final checkout of Europe’s new Vega launcher was completed a week ago Friday, marking another milestone towards its maiden flight from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The first Vega launch campaign began in November with the installation of the P80 first stage on the launch pad. The two solid-propellant second and third stages were added to the vehicle, followed by the AVUM – Attitude & Vernier Upper Module – liquid-propellant fourth stage.

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Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2012 Lindbergh Awardees

Legendary Aviator and Inventor Forrest Bird, Aviator and Philanthropist James C. Ray to Accept Awards In March

The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation announced the recipients of two prominent awards, which will be presented at a celebration at the Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida on March 29. Legendary inventor Forrest Bird has been selected to receive the 2012 Lindbergh Award and businessman-philanthropist James C. Ray has been named recipient of the Spirit Award.

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NBAA Issues Call To Action On EU-ETS Legislation

Bill Introduced In The U.S. Senate Opposes American Participation

As the business aviation community grapples with a new European tax on aircraft emissions, the NBAA is asking its members to call on their U.S. Senators to take action on the issue. The new tax is called the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), and it would tax emissions for any flight to Europe from its point of origin – not just the portion of the flight in European airspace.

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Airports Welcome President Obama’s Efforts To Increase Travel And Tourism

President Unveils New Initiatives In Orlando, FL

Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) President Greg Principato issued a statement Thursday supporting President Barack Obama’s announcement of new initiatives to increase travel and tourism in the United States. He also sent a letter to President Obama commending these initiatives.

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Airport Forced To Waste $400K By FAA Policy

Runway Resurfacing Will Be Torn Up In 2016

While some cash-strapped US airports are unsuccessful in seeking money from the FAA, one in Minnesota is sitting on $150,000 it got in 2009, and the FAA says, "use it or lose it." Houston County Commissioners have assured the FAA that the surplus funds will be spent in 2012.

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Montana Students Submit Winning Names For NASA Lunar Spacecraft

Inspiration Came From GRAIL's Study Of Gravity

Twin NASA spacecraft that achieved orbit around the moon New Year's Eve and New Year's Day have new names thanks to elementary students in Bozeman, Montana. Their winning entry, "Ebb and Flow," was selected as part of a nation-wide school contest that began in October 2011.

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Is That A Pistol In Your Purse ... ?

Woman Makes In On To Plane With A Handgun In Her Possession

A 65-year-old woman who reportedly was allowed to board an airplane at Dallas Fort/Worth International Airport with a pistol in her purse has been charged with a state felony.

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FlyersRights.org Claims Another Major Victory For Consumers

Latest Cause Is Fairness And Clarity In Fares And Reservations

Airline consumer watchdog FlyersRights.org has endorsed the Department of Transportation's pending implementation of further airline passenger protections, a product of many months of advocacy and collaboration by FlyersRights.org with the Department.

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British Airways: Oops, My Bad!

Passengers Scream After Recorded Ditching Warning Sounds

British Airways had to apologize in writing to passengers of its Miami to London flight last Friday, after a pilot reportedly hit a wrong button and triggered an automated PA system warning to prepare for ditching in the Atlantic.

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Airborne 01.20.12: Citation TEN, Obama's User Fees, EAA's 'Black Thursday'

Also: LightSquared, Kestrel, SpaceX, JetBlue, Mustangs!, FlightDesign, 'Red Tails', Phobos-Grunt...and SO MUCH MORE!

Well... the sky didn't fall -- even though it appeared to be ready to do so... at times. It was a monumental week for the aviation news business as Cessna got a new BizJet started on its flight test program, Phobos-Grunt hit the deck, LightSquared was told it couldn't work--by experts--again, and the Obama Administration angered nearly EVERYONE in aviation by endorsing User Fees. To the readers and viewers of Aero-News and Aero-TV, this did not sit well and nearly 2000 responses later, we wonder whether anyone who flies will vote for this guy come November. Adding to those tales, we have news that Kestrel has found a home in Wisconsin, a JetBlue CEO says a few thi

Airborne 01.20.12: Citation TEN, Obama's User Fees, EAA's 'Black Thursday'

Also: LightSquared, Kestrel, SpaceX, JetBlue, Mustangs!, FlightDesign, 'Red Tails', Phobos-Grunt... and SO MUCH MORE!

Well... the sky didn't fall -- even though it appeared to be ready to do so... at times. It was a monumental week for the aviation news business as Cessna got a new BizJet started on its flight test program, Phobos-Grunt hit the deck, LightSquared was told it couldn't work--by experts--again, and the Obama Administration angered nearly EVERYONE in aviation by endorsing User Fees. To the readers and viewers of Aero-News and Aero-TV, this did not sit well and nearly 2000 responses later, we wonder whether anyone who flies will vote for this guy come

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LightSquared Attacks Latest Interference Tests

But Time May Be Short As Investors Bet On Failure

When Harbinger Capital Partners invested in LightSquared, it was betting that radio spectrum, bought at prices reflecting its availability only for satellite downlinks, could be repurposed into a much more valuable terrestrial 4G LTE network. Instead, LightSquared is now seeing its own debt being traded at steep discounts, a sign that some investors believe the company will not be able to complete its network.

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FAA Announces Safety Ratings for Curacao, Sint Maarten

Islands Do Not Comply With FAA And ICAO Safety Standards

The FAA said Thursday that Curaçao and Sint Maarten do not comply with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based on an assessment of each country’s civil aviation authority.

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JSSI Elected As New GAMA Member

CEO Louis C. Seno Joins GAMA Board Of Directors

Jet Support Services, which offers hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, was recently elected to membership of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). In addition, Louis C. Seno, JSSI Chairman and CEO, has been invited to serve on the GAMA Board of Directors.

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AMR Corp Reportedly Behind On Pension Payments

Airline Management Says It Was The 'Appropriate Course Of Action'

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, an agency of the federal government, said Thursday that AMR corp is over $90 million behind in payments to its employee pension plans. The payment due by January 15th was some $100 million, but PBGC says that the company had contributed just $6.5 million by the deadline.

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F-35A Performs First Night Flight

Lokckheed Martin Says It Has A Fix For The JSF's Fuel Dump System

The first night flight in the history of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Program was completed Wednesday at Edwards Air Force Base, CA. Piloted by Lockheed Martin Test Pilot Mark Ward, AF-6, an F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL) variant, launched at 1705 PST and landed after sunset at 1822.

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Klyde Morris 01.20.2012

Klyde Puts User Fees In Perspective

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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More Cracks Uncovered In A380 Wings

Airbus Says Faults In Wing Skin Attachments Are No Threat To Safety

Airbus has confirmed in a statement that cracks have been discovered in the wings of two additional A380 aircraft, but continue to say that the flaws do not affect the safety of the airplane.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.20.12)

"Congress, hoping to preserve plans, allowed American to defer the payments.  It would be a tragedy if American repaid Congress's generosity by turning around and killing the plans anyway." Source: Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Director Josh Gotbaum.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.20.12): Feathered Propeller

A propeller whose blades have been rotated so that the leading and trailing edges are nearly parallel with the aircraft flight path.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.20.12)

Wings of History Museum

The mission of the Wings of History Air Museum is education, preserving and restoring antique aircraft and other aviation artifacts.

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