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March 22, 2012

Air Transport Provides Jobs And Sustainable Economic Growth

Industry Supports 56 Million Jobs, Accounts For $2.2 Trillion In Economic Impact Worldwide

Over 56 million jobs worldwide and $2.2 trillion in GDP are supported by aviation, according to a new report released Wednesday at the global Aviation & Environment Summit in Geneva. The report, Aviation: benefits beyond borders, was produced by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) and Oxford Economics. It outlines an industry that plays a larger role in the global economy than many would expect.

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Boeing And CANSO Call For Acceleration Of Air Traffic Management Improvements

Immediate ATM Improvements Available During Long Term Modernization Effort

Boeing  and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organization (CANSO), have called on the aviation industry to accelerate the pace of change in air traffic management improvements by taking advantage of existing aircraft capabilities.

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FAA Sees Growth In LSA Market

Projects Four Percent Per Year Growth Through 2013

The FAA projects that the number of light-sport aircraft will grow 4 percent through 2013 while the rest of GA aircraft will grow just 0.6 percent, according to the agency's annual aviation forecast released this past week. The LSA market growth is then expected to slow down, increasing at a rate of about 2 percent per year through 2032, when the fleet will total 10,195.

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NASA Seeks Space Launch System Advanced Development Solutions

Soliciting Ideas From Industry, Academia

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, has issued a NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for advanced development proposals to support the nation's next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). NASA is soliciting proposals from industry and academia for innovative advanced development in areas including concept development, trades and analyses, propulsion, structures, materials, manufacturing, avionics and software.

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NATA Announces Industry Excellence Award Recipients To Be Honored March 28

Organization Recognizes Excellence In A Variety Of Aviation Fields

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) annually recognizes individuals, offices, and organizations demonstrating excellence in their field and the highest level of customer service. NATA's Industry Excellence Awards are given to exceptional individuals and organizations that have helped improve the general aviation community.

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NTSB Probable Cause Report In 2009 Mooney Accident Inconclusive

Could Not Determine A Reason For Pilot's Incapacitation

In a probable cause report stemming from a September, 2009 accident involving a Mooney M20M, the NTSB found that the accident was likely caused by the incapacitation of the pilot, but could not determine the cause of that incapacitation. The investigation turned up nothing overtly wrong with the pilot or the airplane.

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ATR Opens Its First Training Center For Pilots In Africa

Johannesburg-Based Training Center Is Run In Partnership With Other Entities

To support the growing number of ATR aircraft in Africa and to anticipate the associated development potential, European turboprop manufacturer ATR has just opened a new training center for pilots and maintenance technicians in Johannesburg, South Africa.  This is the very first training center to be opened by ATR on the African continent.

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Gone West: Sandy McDonnell

Former Head Of McDonnell Douglas Dies At 89

Sanford N. "Sandy" McDonnell, who at one time led McDonnell Douglas Corp., passed away at his home in Clayton, MO, on March 19th. McDonnell was 89 years old.

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Some Airliner Lease Orders Speculative, According To Industry Leaders

Other Companies Play It Safer When Considering How Many Airliners To Purchase For Placement

Aircraft leasing companies take very different approaches when considering how many airplanes to purchase for lease, according to executives of two major leasing companies.

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Turkish National Police Select DVCS6100 For New Bell 429 Fleet

Becker Avionics Digital Audio Panel To Be Installed In 15 Aircraft For TNP

The Turkish National Police (TNP) has selected Becker Avionics' DVCS6100, for their new fleet of fifteen (15) Bell 429 light-twin helicopters.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.22.12

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Classic Aero-TV: The End Of An Era -- Atlantis' Final Voyage

We Were There to Cheer on STS-1... And To Bid STS-135 A Fond Farewell

Is it really all about to be over and done with? It was just over 30 years ago that saw a much younger, leaner and far less grey Jim Campbell in attendance for the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle. Now, three decades later, its hard to believe that our final sight of the lift-off of Atlantis is the last we will ever envision of such a magnificent rocket powered flying machine. With the International Space Station flying 220 miles high and east of Christchurch, New Zealand, Atlantis left Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1129 EDT, July 8th.

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FAA Certifies Dreamliner With GE Engines

Amended TC Caps 'Most Robust' Flight Test Program In Company History

The FAA has issued an amended type certificate to Boeing for the 787-8 Dreamliner equipped with General Electric GEnx engines. The amended type certificate from the FAA formally recognizes that the 787 with GE engines has demonstrated compliance with rigorous federal regulations. The achievement caps off what Boeing called the most robust flight and ground test program ever conducted in the company's history.

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IRS Says Aircraft Management Company Fees Are Taxable In Some Situations

Applicability Of Tax Depends In Part On Who Employs The Pilot

In an internal IRS memo acquired by ANN, the agency sets tax policy which could have serious tax consequences for business jet management companies. And one key factor is who employs the pilots.

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Looking Back At STS-3 With A 30 Year Perspective

Shuttle Flight Testing, DTOs, And Misconceptions Of The So-Called 'Wheelie Landing'

In looking back over three decades to the flight of STS-3 there is one thing to keep clearly in context; this was a TEST flight. Although the Shuttle had flown two previous times, STS-3 was the next in the series of four flight tests intended to seek out and reveal flaws in the whole system.

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COMAC, Bombardier Finalize Regional Airliner Technology Sharing Agreement

Sign Documents To Establish Commonality Opportunities Between C919 and CSeries Aircraft

Executives from the Chinese planemaker COMAC and Bombardier have signed a definitive agreement covering program commonalities between the C919 and CSeries aircraft. The signing finalizes a framework agreement established March 24, 2011

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Air Force Modifies F-22 Oxygen Handles After Alaska Accident

Modification Makes It Easier For Pilots To Reach The Emergency O2 Handle

The U.S. Air Force has modified the emergency oxygen activation system in the F-22 after some pilots have reported to have felt light-headed during flight, and one airplane went down during a training exercise in Alaska, fatally injuring the pilot.

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Canadian Maintenance Organization Liquidates Assets, Idles Workers

Aveos Fleet Performance Blames Inconsistency Of Work From Air Canada

Canadian MRP provider Aveos has initiated proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in Canada. As of March 18, 2012, Aveos ceased its Airframe maintenance service operations and will make decisions with respect to its other operations as it seeks Court protection to allow it a period of time to assess its options. Aveos employs approximately 2,600 employees across Canada.

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Weather Continues To Delay NASA Five Rocket Mission From Virginia

Agency Researching Upper Level Jet Stream

NASA has rescheduled the launch of five suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Facility in Virginia as part of a study of the upper level jet stream to midnight to 0300 EDT, March 22.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.22.12)

"This milestone completes the certification of the 787-8 airplane, and allows airlines to now operate the GE engine-powered 787 with both the baseline Block 4 engine and the PIP1 engine upgrade." Source: Mike Sinnett, vice president and chief project engineer for the 787 program.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.22.12): Upper-Air Weather Chart

Weather maps that are produced for the portion of the atmosphere above the lower troposphere, generally at and above 850 mb. Isolines on these maps usually represent the heights of a constant pressure surface, such as the 500 mb surface.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.22.12)

Skydiving Terminal Velocity

What speed can a skydiver reach during freefall? Like so many things in life, it depends. The terminal velocity of a falling body occurs during free fall when a falling body experiences zero acceleration.

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