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May 10, 2013

Backing Down: FAA Allows Contract Towers To Stay Open

Tower Debacle Ends... For Now

We're fond of quoting the late, great, Will Rogers -- specifically one quote that opines, "Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for...' and again, in light of recent events, we believe that Will was WAY ahead of this time. ANN has learned that one of the ridiculous messes created by Washington's inability to prove that it has ANY abilities, namely in terms of governing, has come to an end as the FAA and DoT have caved in and relented on their tower closure fiasco.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.10.13

AEA Supports  the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act…

GAMA Says GA Billings Are Up in 2013…

It’s Full Speed Ahead on the Dre

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TSA Paying Some $800,000 To Store Outdated Equipment

DHS OIG Audit Of TSA Logistics Also Uncovers Unused Storage Space

An audit conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security shows that TSA is spending some $800,000 to store obsolete and unused equipment, and says it could put the money it's using to lease warehouses to better use.

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Buzz Aldrin Calls Asteroid Mission 'Waste Of Time'

Advocates For Mars Colony At Washington, D.C. Summit

Buzz Aldrin says that "no one is excited" about NASA's planned mission to bring an asteroid into a orbit inside that of the Moon, and says the space agency should be planning to place a manned colony on Mars instead.

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FedEx Capt. John Kohne Receives ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Award

Oxford, MS, Pilot Honored For Outstanding Leadership In Pilot Assistance Programs

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) has recognized FedEx Express Capt. John Kohne with its annual Pilot Assistance Award for his many years of exemplary service in building and maintaining pilot assistance programs at his airline and many other ALPA pilot groups. The award was presented Wednesday at ALPA’s Pilot Assistance Forum in Dulles, VA.

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FAA Issues SAIB For Piper Magneto Switches

Applies To Certain PA-18 And PA-19 Model Airplanes

The FAA has posted a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) for an airworthiness concern involving some Piper PA-18 and PA-19 airplanes. The affected aircraft have magneto toggle switches located on the left cabin panel. The FAA has found that the magneto toggle switches can be inadvertently turned off when operating nearby controls and cause a loss of power during takeoff and landing.

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Northeast Florida Emerging Region For Aviation Growth And Development

Leading Aviation Companies Generating Jobs And Capital Investment

Aviation companies have made more than $117 million in capital investment and created 880 new jobs this year in northeast Florida, according to JAXUSA Partnership, the economic development arm of the JAX Chamber.

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Army Delays Decision On Armed Aerial Scout

Says No Existing Helicopter Meets Requirements For OH-58 Replacement

The U.S. Army has once again delayed a decision on whether to replace its aging fleet of OH-58 Kiowa Warriors or embark on a program to refurbish the Vietnam-era aircraft. Army officials said Wednesday that they will delay a the decision, which had been expected last December, until sometime this summer at the earliest, and it may not come before fall.

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First F-35 Block 2A Aircraft Arrives At Eglin AFB

Thirteen Additional Jets To Be On The Base By Year's End

The first of 14 F-35 Block 2A Joint Strike Fighters has arrived at Eglin Air Force Base in northwest Florida. The airplane joins the nine first-generation JSFs already based at Eglin.

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Delta Announces Plan To Return More Than $1 Billion To Shareholders

Board Of Directors Authorizes $500 Million Share Repurchase

In a broad financial plan released Wednesday, Delta Air Lines  announced a balanced capital deployment program aimed at creating up to $5 billion of value for shareholders, including returning more than $1 billion to shareholders over the next three years. As part of this program, Delta's Board of Directors has initiated a quarterly dividend and declared a $0.06 per share dividend for shareholders of record as of Aug. 9, 2013.

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DFW Airport EVP Honored As 'Transportation Champion of Change'

Jim Crites Nominated By The FAA For Leadership And Collaboration In Implementing NextGen And Other New Aviation Technologies

Jim Crites, the executive vice president for operations at DFW International Airport, has been selected by the White House as a Transportation Champion of Change, one of only 12 people selected nationwide for the honor. The Federal Aviation Administration nominated Crites for the recognition for his visionary work and leadership in developing and implementing new technologies, notably the nation's Next Generation Air Transportation System, known colloquially as "NextGen." 

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Exploring Cockpit Applications For Google Glass

Beta Tester Looking For Online Funding To Help In Evaluation

A young woman who was invited to be part of the Google Glass Explorers program hopes to find ways that the wearable internet interface can be used in the cockpits of airplanes ... and she's asking for help from the public.

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Airborne 05.10.13: Small A/C Revitalization Act, AirVenture Cup, X-47B 'Arrested'

Also: Saving A B-25, Canada Not Happy With Qatar ICAO Grab, S-92 Rig Approach, FutureCub and the TomorrowHawk

In a move that would cut regulations on the general aviation industry and thereby improve safety, decrease costs, and free private-sector innovation, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), has introduced the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act. The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, This year’s course will start at Mount Vernon Airport (KMVN) in Illinois, include two turn points, and end at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh. Officials are also adding several new classes of aircraft to the race, including production-built aircraft, vintage airplanes, and warbirds. Each class has a first, second and third place

Airborne 05.10.13: Small A/C Revitalization Act, AirVenture Cup, X47B 'Arrested'

Also: Saving A B-25, Canada Not Happy With Qatar ICAO Grab, S-92 Rig Approach, FutureCub and the TomorrowHawk

In a move that would cut regulations on the general aviation industry and thereby improve safety, decrease costs, and free private-sector innovation, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), has introduced the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act. The EAA AirVenture Cup Race will feature a new starting point in 2013, This year’s course will start at Mount Vernon Airport (KMVN) in Illinois, include two turn points, and end at Waupaca Municipal Airport (PCZ) about 30 miles northwest of Oshkosh. Officials are also adding several new classes of aircraft

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AEA Supports Passage Of Small Aircraft Revitalization Act Of 2013

Legislation Reflects Part 23 ARC Efforts

With the introduction of the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013 (H.R. 1848) on Tuesday, May 7, it appears the collaborative effort during the past 18 months by the Federal Aviation Administration Part 23 Reorganization  Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) has paid off and resulted in proposed legislation.  

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Boeing Rolls Out First 787 At Increased Production Rate

100th Airplane To Be Built At The Company's Everett, WA, Factory

Boeing has rolled out of the factory the first 787 Dreamliner to be built at the increased production rate of seven airplanes per month. The airplane, which rolled out earlier this week, is the 114th 787 to be built overall and the 100th 787 to be built at the Everett, WA, factory.

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Analyst Says European Private Aviation 'Slow Yet Steady'

Foley: 'Situation Will Drag On A Bit Longer'

It should come as no surprise that the private aviation industry hasn’t improved much in Western Europe over the past year. Amid austerity measures and weak economic news, there has been a cautious hesitance to take on the discretionary costs associated with private air travel. “The situation will drag on a bit longer,” notes aviation advisor Brian Foley.

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Klyde Morris 05.10.2013

It's Zif's Version Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'...

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Jabiru Aircraft Prevails In Lawsuit

Plaintiffs Abandon Wrongful Death Suit Stemming From Airplane Accident

On April 16, 2013, Jabiru Aircraft obtained an order of dismissal from the Superior Court of the State of Arizona in Heeswyk v. Jabiru Aircraft. The Van Heeswyk family had filed a wrongful death suit against Jabiru Aircraft (and several other defendants) for damages arising from the death of Gerard Van Heeswyk. 

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NTSB Issues Factual Report On FL Medical Helo Accident

Aircraft Was Not Certified For Flight In IFR Conditions

The FAA has released a factual report stemming from an accident which happened the day after Christmas in 2011. The accident resulted in the fatal injury of the pilot and two passengers. According to the report, instrument conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, but the helicopter was not equipped for IFR operations.

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Alabama, West Virginia Cadets Competing In Team America Rocketry Challenge

CAP Teams Among The 100 To Fly Rockets This Weekend

Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Alabama and West Virginia wings make up two of the 100 teams that will compete this weekend in the Team America Rocketry Challenge in The Plains, VA. Teams representing the Alabama Wing’s 117th ANG Composite Squadron, based in Birmingham, and the West Virginia Wing’s Martinsburg Composite Squadron reached the field of finalists after proving themselves equal to this year’s challenge.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.10.13)

"General aviation safety can be improved by modernizing and revamping the regulations for this sector to clear the path for technology adoption and cost-effective means to retrofit the existing fleet with new safety technologies." Source: AEA president and CEO Paula Derks, commenting on the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act of 2013.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.10.13): Back Course (BC)

The reciprocal of the localizer course for an ILS. When flying a back-course approach, an aircraft approaches the instrument runway from the end at which the localizer antennas are installed.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.10.13)

National Aviation Hall Of Fame

After reporting about the induction ceremony late last week, we thought you might like to see the entire NAHF site.  There are plenty of names you'll recognize, and maybe a few that you don't. All have made a significant contribution to aviation.

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