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March 14, 2013

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 03.14.13

The NTSB Issues Five Safety Alerts

Saving Contract Control Towers From Sequestration

UAV Industry Set to Create 70,000 New Jobs…

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Bell Shares Lead Role In Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission

Sponsoring PSAAC's Fire Aviation Standards And Accreditation Program

Bell Helicopter is enhancing its relationship with the Public Safety Aviation Accreditation Commission (PSAAC) a subsidiary of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA), as part of Bell Helicopter’s continued commitment to advancing safety in the rotorcraft industry. 

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Five Americans Fatally Injured In Afghanistan Helo Accident

No Enemy Activity In The Area Where The Helicopter Went Down

A Black Hawk helicopter has gone down in Afghanistan resulting in the fatal injury of five U.S. service personnel, according to Pentagon sources.

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NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life On Mars

Key Chemical Ingredients For Microbial Life Found In Rock Samples

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. Scientists identified sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon -- some of the key chemical ingredients for life -- in the powder Curiosity drilled out of a sedimentary rock near an ancient stream bed in Gale Crater on the Red Planet last month.

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GAMA And Build-A-Plane Push Stem Education Efforts

Conducts Nationwide Search For High School Students To Build Two Airplanes

In a collaborative effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) have announced a nationwide STEM educational competition.  The winners of this competition, eight children total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Washington to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft.

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Airlines Not Liable For County Expenses Following Accident

Colgan Air, Pinnacle, Continental Absolved From Paying Cleanup Costs After Flight 3407 Accident

A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that absolves Colgan Air, Pinnacle Airlines, and Continental Airlines from reimbursing Erie County in New York State for expenses incurred in relation the aftermath of the accident involving Continental Connection Flight 3407.

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First F-35 With Marietta-Built Center Wing Flown

STOVL Airplane To Be Delivered To The USMC In Arizona

The first Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II with a Center Wing Assembly (CWA) built at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, GA, was flown for the first time last week. The aircraft, known as BF-25, is an F-35B short takeoff and vertical landing variant that will be delivered to the U. S. Marine Corps at Yuma, Arizona.

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Angel Flight To Benefit From Orlando 5K

Event To Be Held At Orlando Executive Airport

The second annual “Run for the Angels 5K” will take place at 1800 EDT Friday, April 5 at Orlando Executive Airport, All proceeds from the event will benefit Angel Flight Southeast, which, for more than 25 years, has been providing free air transportation for children and adults with medical or compelling humanitarian needs.

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American Legion Supports Review Of 'Drone Medal'

Production Of The Controversial New Service Award Has Been Halted While Its Ranking Is Being Reconsidered

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has announced the formation of a panel to discuss the fate of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, also known as the "Drone Medal," an award for servicemembers who remotely launch unmanned military strikes or cyberattacks that kill or disable enemy forces. 

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Aviation Headset Maker Holds Photography Contest

Faro Will Give Away One G2 ANR Headset To The Winner Of Its Facebook Photo Contest

Pilots with a knack for photography have a chance to parlay their camera skills into a free aviation headset. California-based Faro Aviation is giving away a G2 ANR Aviation Headset to the person who submits the most popular aviation-related picture.

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Oldest U.S. Military Flying Unit Celebrates Centennial

First Reconnaissance Squadron Created As The 1st Aero Squadron Of The U.S. Army Signal Corps March 5, 1913

The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, CA, celebrated its 100th anniversary March 7-9 as the oldest flying unit in U.S. military aviation. The squadron opened its doors to the base populace and special guests for tours, and two days of historical symposiums were held featuring former SR-71 Black Bird pilots, commanders and history experts. In addition, a plaque was dedicated to the squadron at Heritage Park, and a military dining-out commemorated the event.

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Fantasy of Flight Unveils Treasure Trove Of Aviation Artifacts

'Golden Hill' Filled With Previously Unseen Planes, Parts And 'Historical Nuggets'

Everyone likes to go behind the scenes and get a glimpse of what happens "behind the curtain"... Now, at Fantasy of Flight, the curtains have been thrown open and guests have been invited to see what was previously off limits - an additional 20,000 additional square feet filled with even more rare and vintage aircraft, aircraft parts and flight artifacts.

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PRODUCT: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation-manufactured Model S-64F helicopters, now under the Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated (Erickson) Model S-64F type certificate.

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Aero-TV: Back To Basics - The Redbird 'Jay' Personal Sim

Redbird's Jay Targets Home Users Looking For A Bulletproof Desktop Trainer

A few weeks back, we had the chance to try something new from the folks at Redbird... which is always a good time, based on previous experience. Redbird Flight Simulations' new desktop flight simulation system has been designed specifically for the home market. Named the "Jay" the device inherits many design details developed from Redbird’s popular line of flight-school simulators, but has been simplified for ease of use without sacrificing durability.

Aero-TV: Back To Basics - The Redbird 'Jay' Personal Sim

Redbird's Jay Targets Home Users Looking For A Bulletproof Desktop Trainer

A few weeks back, we had the chance to try something new from the folks at Redbird... which is always a good time, based on previous experience. Redbird Flight Simulations' new desktop flight simulation system has been designed specifically for the home market. Named the "Jay" the device inherits many design details developed from Redbird’s popular line of flight-school simulators, but has been simplified for ease of use without sacrificing durability.

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Kansas Senator To Offer Amendment To Preserve Contract Tower Operations

Jerry Moran Calls Sequestration Cuts To The Program 'Irresponsible'

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) is poised to introduce an amendment to the Senate Continuing Resolution (CR) that will stop the FAA's planned funding cuts to air traffic control towers. The FAA Contract Tower Program serves airports that otherwise would not have air traffic control services. Moran says  "irresponsible cuts" from sequestration will put the flying public at risk, impair access to rural areas, jeopardize national and civil security missions, and cost jobs.

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NTSB Issues Five Safety Alerts

Goal Is To Improve General Aviation Safety

The NTSB has issued five Safety Alerts that focus on the most frequent types of general aviation accidents. "Because we investigate each of the 1,500 GA accidents that occur in the United States every year, we see the same types of accidents over and over again," said NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman. "What's especially tragic is that so many of these accidents are entirely preventable."

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UAV Industry Poised To Create 70,000 New Jobs In The U.S. In Three Years

New AUVSI Study Finds Enormous Job Creation Potential Following Integration Of Unmanned Aircraft Into The National Airspace

A new study released Tuesday by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) finds that the unmanned aircraft industry is poised to create more than 70,000 new American jobs in the first three years following the integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into U.S. national airspace system (NAS). Integration is scheduled to take place in 2015.

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Boeing Says Financiers Should Embrace Shifts As Aircraft Financing Rises

Expected $100 Billion Plus In Deliveries Creates Opportunities, Need To Adjust

As worldwide commercial aircraft production expects to surge past $100 billion in 2013, the business of providing airlines with delivery financing is shifting significantly, providing greater opportunity and requiring the need to adjust.

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ALPA Calls For One Level Of Safety For Lithium Battery Shipments

Urges Pipeline And Hazardous Materials Safety Administration To Withdraw Recent Rulemaking

ALPA is urging the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to adopt more stringent regulations over the air transportation of lithium batteries and align them with current International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) requirements. ALPA’s written comments responded to PHMSA’s recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the air transportation of lithium batteries.

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EASA Appoints New Executive Director

Patrick Ky To Assume New Post September 1, 2013

The Management Board of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on Wednesday announced the appointment of Mr. Patrick Ky as Executive Director of EASA with effect from September 1, 2013.

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Yann Barbaux Appointed Airbus Chief Innovation Officer

Agility, Entrepreneurship Boosted With Enhanced Innovation Focus

Yann Barbaux has been appointed Airbus Chief Innovation Officer, effective 1st May 2013. In this new role he will lead a team to manage an agile network of innovators throughout Airbus. Yann will report directly to Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and Chief Executive Officer. Airbus says Barbaux’s key mission will be to foster a strong innovation culture throughout Airbus.

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Me 262 Landing At Tyler, TX Friday

Airplane Is An 'Exact Replica' Of The Jet, But With Modern Engines

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR) in Tyler, TX, has the distinction of being the first stop on a tour debuting what the Collings Foundation calls an "exact replica" of the German Messerschmidt Me 262. The Collings Foundation’s Messerschmidt Me 262 “White 1” will be visiting several stops on the Wings of Freedom tour throughout 2013 for display and available for training and type rating flights.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (03.14.13)

“I am strongly opposed to the FAA’s plan to target air traffic control towers across the country, including the 189 towers that are included in the Contract Tower Program. I am also frustrated that the Administration has decided to once again play politics that could negatively impact our state’s economic future.” Source: Kansas Republican Senator Jerry Moran.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (03.14.13): Directional Shear

The component of wind shear which is due to a change in wind direction with height, e.g., southeasterly winds at the surface and southwesterly winds aloft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (03.14.13)

RAH-66 Comanche

The Comanche RAH-66 reconnaissance and attack helicopter was being developed by Boeing and Sikorsky for the US Army. The first flight of the Comanche took place on 4 January 1996.

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