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September 21, 2012

GA Manufacturers Welcome EASA General Aviation Safety Strategy

Calls The Plan The First Step In Rethinking GA

The formal backing of a General Aviation Safety Strategy by the Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been well received by GAMA and EGAMA, the general aviation membership of the Aerospace & Defense Industries Association of Europe (ASD).

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USS Enterprise To Inactivate After 51 Years Of Service

'Big E' Was The World's First Nuclear Aircraft Carrier

After 51 years of distinguished service, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) will inactivate on Dec. 1, 2012, in a ceremony to be held at Norfolk Naval Station, in Norfolk, VA. The inactivation ceremony will be the last official public event for the ship, and will serve as a celebration of life for the ship and the more than 100,000 Sailors who served aboard.

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Lufthansa Plans Low-Cost European Carrier

Will Take Over Most Domestic, European Routes

The board of directors of Lufthansa has voted to create a low-cost brand to fly many of its domestic and European routes beginning on January 1, 2013. The main airline will still operate flights which make connections at its twin hubs of Munich and Frankfurt.

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Boeing, Avolon Finalize Order For 737 MAXs And Next-Generation 737s

Deal Includes 15 737 MAX And 10 Next-Generation 737s

Boeing and international leasing company Avolon have finalized a firm order for 10 737 MAX 8s, 5 737 MAX 9s and 10 Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, first announced as a commitment at the Farnborough Airshow in July, has a current list-price value of $2.4 billion. The order continues the momentum for the 737 MAX in the airplane-leasing industry.

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LOT Announces Launch Dates For New Dreamliner Service

First Flight To Chicago Will Be January 16

LOT Polish Airlines has officially announced the launch dates for its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner intercontinental service. The inaugural flight from Warsaw to Chicago will be on Jan. 16, 2013, followed closely by Toronto on Feb. 1 and New York's JFK on Feb 3. Beijing will begin one month later on March 3, 2013.

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Wounded Warrior’s Birthday Wish Comes True

Veterans Airlift Command Facilitates Special Flight From Texas To Washington To Be Reunited With Family

Army Soldier Jeremy Sawyer was serving his country in Helmand Province of Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated just three feet from him, taking both of his legs at the knee, rupturing both ear drums and causing numerous other injuries. Since then, he has been recovering at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

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NASA Mars Rover Targets Unusual Rock En Route To First Destination

Rover Has Driven Six Days In A Row

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has driven up to a football-size rock that will be the first for the rover's arm to examine. Curiosity is about 8 feet from the rock. It lies about halfway from Curiosity's landing site, Bradbury Landing, to a location called Glenelg. In coming days, the team plans to touch the rock with a spectrometer to determine its elemental composition and use an arm-mounted camera to take close-up photographs.

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IMC Clubs Announce 'Inner Marker Circle' Safety Initiative

Members Will Pledge To Fly At Least One Instrument Approach Per Month

As pilots prepare for the first meetings of new IMC club chapters in Fort Washington, MD and Palmyra, PA – the IMC Club International has just announced its newest Instrument Pilot Safety Initiative, the creation of a Special Membership Group for pilots who are dedicated to the consistent and constant improvement of their instrument flying skills.

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SAE International Unveils New Web Portal To Address Counterfeit Parts

Government Studies Show A Sharp Increase In The Number Of Suspect Parts Ending Up In U.S., Including Military Hardware

According to a study by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security, the number of counterfeit incidents reported by 387 participants climbed from 3,868 in 2005 to 9,356 in 2008, an increase of more than 140 percent.

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Airline Consumer Group Calls On DOT To Investigate Tarmac Delays

FlyersRights.org Demands That The Agency Consider Fines For Carriers Who Experienced Long Ground Holds

The airline consumer organization FlyersRights.org has called on The Department of Transportation to investigate and fine airlines $27,500 per customer stuck on grounded planes in July. The DOT announced that 18 domestic flights experienced ground holds for longer than the tarmac rule allowed in July, making it the second-worst month since the policy took effect in April 2010, according to Transportation Department records.

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AD NUMBER: 2012-18-09

PRODUCT: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTC) Model 407 helicopters.

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AD: Eurocopter France Helicopters

AD NUMBER: 2012-18-08

PRODUCT: Eurocopter France (Eurocopter) Model SA330F, SA330G, SA330J, AS332C, AS332L, AS332L1, and AS332L2 helicopters.

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Airborne 09.21.12: AA Layoffs, Breitling L-39 Bailout, Good-Bye Endeavour

Also: BBJ Record, Alcohol Found In Accident Investigation, Lawyers Bash Robinson, ME323 Recovery, Space Pizza, FAA Grounds RC Aircraft

American Airlines is sending out 11,000 layoff warnings to its employees, but the airlines says it's really not as bad as all that. Bruce Hicks, spokesman for American, says that fewer than 40% of those receiving the notices will actually lose their jobs; the final number is expected to be closer to about 4,400. The Breitling demonstration jet team has decided to stand down from scheduled performances in Belgium and France after the loss of one of its aircraft this past Saturday. According to news released by Breitling, the team was enroute from the Netherlands to Belgium when “pilot Bernard Charbonnel reported an engine problem with the No

Airborne 09.21.12: AA Layoffs, Breitling L-39 Bailout, Good-Bye Endeavour

Also: BBJ Record, Alcohol Found In Accident Investigation, Lawyers Bash Robinson, ME323 Recovery, Space Pizza, FAA Grounds RC Aircraft

American Airlines is sending out 11,000 layoff warnings to its employees, but the airlines says it's really not as bad as all that. Bruce Hicks, spokesman for American, says that fewer than 40% of those receiving the notices will actually lose their jobs; the final number is expected to be closer to about 4,400. The Breitling demonstration jet team has decided to stand down from scheduled performances in Belgium and France after the loss of one of its aircraft this past Saturday. According to news released by Breitling,

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FAA Issues NPRM For Helicopter Noise Standards

Comments Due To The Agency By November 19

The FAA has published proposed new standards for Stage 3 helicopter noise in the Federal Register as an NPRM. The proposal would set more stringent noise certification standards for helicopters that are certificated in the U.S. This rule would apply to applications for a new helicopter type design and for a supplemental type certificate for those new type designs.

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Florida Next In Line For FAA NextGen Metroplex Program

FAA Announces Effort To Enhance Safety, Increase Efficiency And Reduce Aircraft Emissions In Florida Airspace

Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced a collaborative NextGen effort that will increase safety and efficiency while reducing aircraft emissions for the passengers, air traffic controllers and airlines flying into and out of many of Florida’s major airports. The announcement was made Thursday at JetBlue University, the carrier’s training center, where simulators demonstrated examples of NextGen procedures and routes.

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Klyde Morris 09.21.2012

No Matter How You Slice It, Klyde, It's Not Going To Make Sense

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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APA Says AA Management Is To Blame For Decline In Operational Performance

Union Says It Has Not Organized Or Authorized Any Job Action

A recent spate of flight cancellations at American Airlines reported to be due to pilots calling in sick is the result of poor operational performance on the part of the airline's management, not an organized job action, according to a statement released Thursday by the Allied Pilots Association.

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House Passes Bill To Clarify Astronaut Ownership Of Apollo-Era Mementos

Chairman Hall Calls NASA Claim Of Ownership A 'Miscarriage Of Justice'

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved H.R. 4158, a bipartisan bill introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) to confirm full ownership rights to artifacts received by Apollo-era astronauts from their space missions.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour Ferry Flight Continues West

Final Leg To LAX Planned For Friday

Endeavour is making the last leg of its journey to becoming a museum piece Friday morning. Following an overnight stay at Edwards AFB in California, NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), with Endeavour riding on its back, will perform a low flyby northbound to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area early Friday morning.

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AIAA Announces Sandra H. Magnus As Executive Director

Will Take Up New Position On October 22

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Board of Directors has approved the appointment of Sandra H. Magnus, Ph.D., as the new executive director of the 35,000-member professional organization, effective October 22, 2012.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.21.12)

“The NextGen Metroplex initiative demonstrates the progress that can be made when the public and private sectors collaborate to deliver benefits for the flying public, the aviation community and the national economy." Source: Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.21.12): Certification

Legal recognition by the certification authority that a product, service, organization or person complies with the applicable requirements.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.21.12)

The Chief of Naval Air Training

The Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) headquartered at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas oversees the Naval Air Training Command (TRACOM) whose mission is to safely train and produce Naval Aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

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