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June 26, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.27.12

American Offers to Drop Pilot Furlough Plans

Huerta’s Confirmation Hearings are on Hold…

You’re Invited to Piper’s 75t

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.26.12


Gamera II moves closer to the Sikorsky Prize…

Cessna has kicked off it’s Discover Flying Challenge…

Air France sa

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LM Provides Italian MoD With ISR Aircraft

Airborne Multi-INT Lab To Be Used In Live Operations

An innovative Airborne Multi-Intelligence Laboratory (AML) developed by Lockheed Martin for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is now being used by the Italian Air Force in a live operational environment.

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NASA-Supported Companies To Unveil New Supersonic BizJets At Farnborough

Projections Are For London-Sydney Flight In Four Hours

A consortium of companies working with NASA reportedly will take the wraps off their new SST concepts at the Farnborough Air Show next month. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Gulfstream are all said to be collaborating with the space agency to build a suspersonic business jet that will travel from London, U.K., to Sydney, AU, a 12,000 mile trip, in just four hours.

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Kaman Confirms SH-2G(I) Negotiations With New Zealand

Hopes to Sell Super Seasprite Helo To The Government Of New Zealand

Kaman Corporation has confirmed that the U.S. Department of State has granted authorization that would permit the company to negotiate a possible sale of SH-2G(I) Super Seasprite Helicopters to the Government of New Zealand.

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St. Louis FBO Closed By Court Order

Company Describes Hangar Conditions As 'Deplorable', Airport Claims It Is Owed Six Figures

An FBO which had complained about the conditions at a hangar it rented from St. Louis Regional Airport (KALN) in Alton, IL, has been ordered to cease operations by an Illinois judge. The airport is just north of St. Louis. MO.

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Enviro Group Leader Challenges Sir Richard Branson At Rio+20

CFACT Director Craig Rucker Presses On EU-ETS

The director of the environmental activist group CFACT, the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, reportedly challenged Virgin-everything CEO Sir Richard Branson on his stance on the EU-ETS during the recently-completed Rio+20 environmental summit.

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New Zealand Pilot Injured In FW-190 Replica Accident

Reportedly Broke Both Ankles And Fractured His Skull

A pilot making a flight in a recently-acquired replica of a Focke-Wulf 190 was injured Friday when the plane reportedly lost power and went down on farmland near Levin, New Zealand. The pilot was able to get out of the airplane, but reportedly suffered two broken ankles and a fractured skull in the forced landing.

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British Company Plans Private Moon Mission

Will Use Refurbished Soviet-Era Spacecraft For The Journey

An aerospace company based in Britain says it plans to mount a commercial manned mission to the moon using re-engineered Soviet-era Salyut space station modules and Soyuz capsules for the multi-stage trip. It'll be no luxury cruise despite the $156 million price tag Excalibur Almaz has placed on seats for the 500,000 mile expeditions.

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Tuna-Spotting Pilot Rescued After Ditching Airplane

Boat He Was Spotting For Picked Him Up After He Was Located By The Coast Guard

The pilot of an airplane working as a tuna spotter off the coast of Massachusetts was rescued Friday after he was forced to ditch his plane in the ocean. The man, known by the crew of the tuna boat for which he was working as a spotter as 'Pat the Pilot', was not injured when the plane went down for unspecified reasons.

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Massive Solar Plant Could Pose Danger To Aviation

Plant Could Generate Thermals Strong Enough To Flip Aircraft

No one questions the need for the United States to seek out and develop alternate sources of energy, but at what price to safety? Critics of the Ivanpah solar energy plant, now under construction in the Mojave Desert, say it could pose a myriad of unkown dangers, including a threat to aviation, reports the LA Times.

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Banner Plane Tows 'Pro' Swastika Message Over New York Beaches

Group Claims It Wants To Return The Symbol To It's Original Intent

Beach goers in New York were shocked this weekend when a plane towing a banner with a pro-swastika message flew over Long Beach Island. The banner could reportedly be seen from Manhattan to the Jersey Shore.

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AD: Agusta S.p.A. Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-12-10

PRODUCT: Agusta S.p.A. (Agusta) Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters with a certain generator control unit (GCU), to require replacing each affected GCU with an airworthy GCU.

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AD: Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-11-02

PRODUCT: Certain Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH (ECD) Model EC135 helicopters.

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Classic Aero-TV: Avidyne's IFD510 -- R9 Functionality for BizAv FMS/GPS

An Increasingly Innovative Avidyne Expands Touch-Screen Avionics Line With New IFD510 FMS/GPS

Ya gotta hand it to Avidyne... they've been on the march, of late, in terms of aggressive product development and the willingness to give other/larger companies some REAL competition. With their most recent move into the replacement and aftermarket avionics sector, Avidyne is introducing the IFD510 SBAS/LPV/RNP-capable GPS Navigation System with a touch screen user interface. The IFD510 is a slide-in replacement for existing GPS500/W GPS-only navigators found in many turbo-prop and light jet aircraft, and is an extension of Avidyn

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NTSB Cites Pilot Error In 2010 OSH Accident

Racing Team Owner Jack Roush Injured When His Beechjet Went Down On Approach

The NTSB has released its probable cause report for an accident which occurred at Wittman Regional Airport during AirVenture in 2010. The accident injured pilot and racing team owner Jack Roush, as well as a passenger in his airplane. Roush lost his left eye in the accident. The NTSB cites Roush's actions as pilot in command as the probable cause of the accident.

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Air France Says 5,100 Jobs Are On The Block

Plans To Cut 10 Percent Of Its Workforce By The End Of 2013

The chairman and CEO of Air France last week presented the airline's finalized strategic business project to the Central Works Council and the Company’s management, its impact on jobs and planned methods of handling excess staff numbers.

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Cessna Kicks Off 'Discover Flying' Challenge

Eight Young Flight Instructors Will Barnstorm The Nation This Summer

After announcing a program to promote the Skycatcher around the country this summer, Cessna recently invited its group interns consisting of eight pilots and a dispatcher to Kansas to get them ready for their summer-long barnstorming tour.

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B-17 Restoration Taking Shape At Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum

Company Donates Power Supplies To Help Operate Some Airplane Systems

As part of the extensive restoration of a B-17 undertaken by the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Savannah, GA, California based Chroma Systems Solutions will contribute Modular DC Power Supplies that will provide DC power to the aircraft's radio room, turrets, flaps on the wings along with its landing lights and interior lighting. The Museum will demonstrate the use of this power supply by operating the B-17’s chin turret on Tuesday morning.

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MIA Airman From WWII Identified

Was Part Of A B-17G Aircrew Which Went Down In 1944

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Emil T. Wasilewski, 22, of Chicago, will be buried on June 26, at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

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Changes Coming For Obstruction Light Rules

Steady Red Lights Causing Deaths Among Migratory Birds

An recent study conducted by federal wildlife biologists indicates that the steady red obstruction warning lights mounted on some towers were associated with the deaths migratory birds in some areas. As a result of the study, the FAA is changing the form that is used by broadcasters and others who own or operate towers 351 feet and taller to request that they be able to turn off the steady red lights in favor of flashing red lights.

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Team Gamera II Makes 50-Second Human-Powered Helicopter Flight

Attempt Late Thursday Resulted In A 400 Percent Improvement On Their Earlier Official Record

Students from the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering set an unofficial world record of 50 seconds for the duration of a human-powered helicopter flight, far surpassing their 2011 world record of 11.4 seconds with Gamera I and any unofficial flights of prior years. The time will be submitted to the National Aeronautic Association by judge Kris Maynard.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.26.12)

“Air France is facing a fundamental choice about its future. Our business plan has two ambitions: to ensure Air France returns to profitability and to better serve our customers." Source: Alexandre de Juniac, Chairman and CEO of Air France.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.26.12): Wing Loading

The total weight of the airplane divided by the planform area of the wing.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.26.12)

Weather Service Flight Path Tool

This JAVA tool from The National Weather Service allows you to see an animated view of what weather is forecast along your route of flight at various altitudes.

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