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March 13, 2013

EASA Certifies A400M Transport

First Aircraft Of Its Category To Receive EASA Certification

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has handed over a type certificate for the Airbus A400M to Airbus Military. This type certificate supersedes a restricted type certificate that was issued by EASA in April 2012 for the same type.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.13.13

Boeing’s Fix for the 787 in Approved…

Knives or No Knives – That is the Question!

Grasshopper is Able to Leap Tall Buildings In a

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The 'Savvy Stews' Speak Out Against Proposed TSA Security Changes

Have Established An Online Petition, Asking Everyone To Sign

Flight attendants, travel journalists and television correspondents Bobby Laurie & Gailen David, also known as "The Savvy Stews", are speaking out against the TSA's announcement to allow small knives, bats, hockey sticks, ski poles, and billiard cues into our nation's aircraft cabins. "Various folks have been commenting that small knives no longer pose a threat and won't take down an airliner, even if that may be the case, they can take out a passengers first line of defense in the cabin: their flight attendant," said Laurie, a seven year flight attendant.

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Indianapolis Named Best Airport In North America

2012 Airport Service Quality Award Marks Second Time KIND Receives Top Honors

The Indianapolis International Airport (KIND) has been recognized as 2012’s best airport in North America by Airports Council International (ACI) as part of the prestigious annual Airport Service Quality (ASQ) awards for performance excellence. KIND was also named best airport in North America for 2010. It has been ranked in the top three airports in North America since that time.

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Boeing Names New Leadership For 777x, 737 MAX Programs

Bob Feldman, Keith Leverkuhn To Take Over The Respective Programs

New leadership has been named by Boeing in both of its 777x and 737 MAX programs for updated airliners. Bob Feldman is leaving his leadership with the 737 MAX program to take the helm of the 777x project. While the 777x is not yet a fully-developed airplane, airlines seem to be clamoring for something in that niche, and Boeing has promised to fill it by the end of the decade.

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Pilot In NM Fatal Accident Was Questioned About Takeoff Attempt

Windy Conditions Made Flight Challenging, Four Fatally Injured

The pilot of a Mooney M20E attempting to depart Angle Fire Airport (KAXX) in New Mexico for a return trip to Dallas, TX following a ski vacation went down shortly after takeoff, resulting in the fatal injury of all four people on board. Winds at the time of the departure were reported to be 33 knots gusting to 47 knots, but the pilot told an FBO employee that the winds "would not be a problem," and attempted the departure.

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Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward

B-Side Computer Operating Nominally

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues to move forward with assessment and recovery from a memory glitch that affected the rover's A-side computer. Curiosity has two computers that are redundant of one another. The rover is currently operating using the B-side computer, which is operating as expected. Over the weekend, Curiosity's mission operations team continued testing and assessing the A-side computer's memory.

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USW Opposes TSA Plan To Allow Knives On Planes

Steelworkers Standing In Solidarity With Flight Attendants

United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard has pledged the USW's full support for the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, a group representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants campaigning to reverse the TSA decision to allow knives in aircraft cabins for the first time since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Airlines Report Two Delays Over Three Hours On Domestic Flights In January

None Reportedly Longer Than Four Hours On International Routes

Airlines reported two tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights, but no tarmac delays of more than four hours on international flights in January, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday.

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Closest Star System Found In A Century

Nearest Neighbor Discovered Since 1916

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has discovered a pair of stars that has taken over the title for the third-closest star system to the sun. The duo is the closest star system discovered since 1916. Both stars in the new binary system are "brown dwarfs," which are stars that are too small in mass to ever become hot enough to ignite hydrogen fusion. As a result, they are very cool and dim, resembling a giant planet like Jupiter more than a bright star like the sun.

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Delta's Most Senior Pilot Retires After 45 Years

Capt. 'Cal' Flanigan Never Missed A Day Of Work

His flying career spanned 37 years, 12.5 million miles, 27,000 hours, and 95 different cities. And on Friday, Delta Captain Calvin "Cal" Flanigan hung up his captain's hat. Flanigan was Delta's most senior pilot. He began his career as a mechanic in 1968, and went on to earn his pilot certificate. He worked his way up to pilot in command of Delta's airliners.

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Wichita Business Leaders Take B-29 'Doc' Under Their Wing

'Doc’s Friends' Organization Formed To Support Restoration And Operation Of The Vintage Boeing B-29 known as Doc

A vintage B-29 has been given a new lease on life thanks to a group of Wichita, Kansas, business leaders who are determined to see the airplane restored to flying condition. A new non-profit group, "Doc’s Friends," has taken ownership of the airplane and will support the effort to refurbish the vintage airplane. It is believed that Doc is the last known Boeing B-29 Superfortress that is restorable to flying condition.

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British Military Woman Told Her Fatigues Might 'Offend' Other VA Passengers

Airline Staff Told Petty Officer She Could Not Travel In Her Uniform

Royal Navy Petty Officer Nicky Howse had booked a flight on Virgin Atlantic to Los Angeles in the U.S. for a deployment after compassionate leave for a funeral in her native U.K., but was not allowed to board the flight until she changed out of her combat fatigues. Howse was told, incorrectly, by VA staff that the company did not allow military personnel to travel in uniform.

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Aero-TV: Flying The ‘Big Picture’ – Advanced Flight System’s Massive AF-5800

AFS' Massive Glass Cockpit Dominates Many A Panel

It's difficult if not downright impossible to keep up with the amazing developments that have overtaken the avionics world.... barely a day goes past without a new announcement promising here-to-fore unparalleled capabilities and gadgetry. And, surprisingly, the Sport Aviation segment is leading the way in a number of these new technological marvels. Advanced Flight Systems has been particularly noticeable in this market segment and their humongous AF-5800 is hard to ignore.

Aero-TV: Flying The ‘Big Picture’ – Advanced Flight System’s Massive AF-5800

AFS' Massive Glass Cockpit Dominates Many A Panel

It's difficult if not downright impossible to keep up with the amazing developments that have overtaken the avionics world.... barely a day goes past without a new announcement promising here-to-fore unparalleled capabilities and gadgetry. And, surprisingly, the Sport Aviation segment is leading the way in a number of these new technological marvels. Advanced Flight Systems has been particularly noticeable in this market segment and their humongous AF-5800 is hard to ignore.

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Boeing Says Strong Demand Pushing Commercial Production Rates Higher

Economic Life Of Airplanes Continues To Hold Steady

Boeing said in a statement Monday that strong demand for its commercial airplanes and a healthy backlog are behind the company's decision to keep increasing production rates. "The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That's why we're confident as we raise our production rates," said Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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Markey Introduces Bill To Reverse TSA Knives Policy

'No Knives Act' Supported by Flight Attendants, Pilots, Law Enforcement

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday to reverse what he described as "the wrong-headed policy change by the Transportation Security Administration that allows small knives onto planes." The “No Knives Act” would stop the new TSA rules from going into effect, freezing the permitted items list as it stands today.

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Grasshopper Completes Highest Leap To Date

Almost Ready To Leap Tall Buildings At A Single Bound

On Thursday, March 7, 2013, SpaceX’s Grasshopper doubled its highest leap to date to rise 24 stories or 262.8 feet, hovering for approximately 34 seconds and landing safely using closed loop thrust vector and throttle control. Grasshopper touched down with its most accurate precision thus far on the centermost part of the launch pad.

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Bell Helicopter Reports Strong Showing At Heli-Expo

Introduces New Products And Reaches Agreements To Sell 50 Helicopters

It was impossible to miss Bell Helicopter last week in Las Vegas at HELI-EXPO 2013. Taking center stage as the show's largest exhibitor, Bell Helicopter greeted record crowds of almost 20,000 event attendees who filled the Bell Helicopter booth to speak with company representatives while examining and interacting with the four Bell helicopters on display.

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EADS Appoints Guillaume Faury New CEO Of Eurocopter

Lutz Bertling Departs The Group To Pursue 'Another Professional Opportunity'

The EADS Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Lutz Bertling as Chief Executive Officer of Eurocopter and Member of the EADS Group Executive Committee, effective 30 April 2013. Bertling, 50, has been at the helm of the Group’s helicopter Division since November 2006 and had recently expressed his desire to depart the Group in pursuit of another professional opportunity in Germany.

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Single European Sky Performance Scheme Targets Set To Disappoint Again

IATA: There Has Been A 'Progressive Weakening' Of EC Commission On SES

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) criticized the decision of the European Single Sky Committee to endorse weakened Performance and Charging Scheme regulations for air navigation services over the period 2015-2019. The decision was made on 8 March and impacts the calendar years 2015-2019 (known as Reference Period 2 or RP2).

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Routes Set For British Airways First A380

Expected Entry Into Service Is October 15

British Airways’ has begun selling tickets for flights on its first Airbus A380,which will fly on the “Red Carpet Route” to Los Angeles. The double-decker superjumbo is due to be delivered to British Airways in July. The second A380 route will be to Hong Kong, and customers can book flights now for travel from November 15, 2013.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.13.13)

"The data tells us the market is strong and will continue to be strong. That's why we're confident as we raise our production rates." Source: Randy Tinseth, vice president of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.13.13): Fly Heading (Degrees)

Informs the pilot of the heading he/she should fly. The pilot may have to turn to, or continue on, a specific compass direction in order to comply with the instructions.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.13.13)

American Association of Airport Executives

Founded in 1928, AAAE describes itself as the world's largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at public-use commercial and general aviation airports.

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