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April 05, 2012

Transportation Officials Launch NextGen Initiative in Houston

Metroplex Initiative Will Improve On-Time Flights, Increase Safety And Fuel Efficiency

Top U.S. DOT and FAA officials met with aviation partners in Houston Tuesday as part of a newly-launched collaborative effort to make air traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance and reduce emissions generated by aircraft flying into and out of Houston’s airports.

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True Blue Power 28-Volt Lithium Emergency Power Supply Certified

Five-Volt Output In A Lightweight Alternative Electrical Source

True Blue Power has certified the TS835-5 lithium-ion emergency power supply with 28-volt output plus integrated 5-volt output for special lighting requirements. New lithium-ion technology creates a lightweight power supply that is a direct replacement for heavier, lead-acid PS-855 models, which require frequent maintenance and have considerably shorter life expectancies.

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Second Airline Starts Charging For Overhead Bin Use

Allegiant Air Dings Passengers An Additional Fee For Carry-On Stowage

If you thought you were going to save some money by carrying your roller bag onto an Allegiant Air flight ... think again. Beginning Wednesday, passengers who book a flight on the regional airline will be charged $35 for the use of the overhead bins. Passengers who bought tickets on the airline prior to Wednesday will not be charged the new fee.

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CAE Awarded Contracts For 7 FFSs And Training Devices

Nearly 40 FFSs Sold So Far In FY2012

CAE said in a news release Monday that it has sold seven full-flight simulators (FFSs), including an ATR72-500 to Air Algérie in Algeria; a Boeing 737NG to Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) in Dubai, UAE; two Airbus A320 FFSs for the new Interglobe-CAE joint venture airline training centre in Delhi, India; an Embraer ERJ-190 to Zhuhai Flight Training Centre (ZFTC) in Zhuhai, China; plus two FFSs to undisclosed customers.  

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B-2 Stealth Bomber Completes First Ever 18.5-Hour Polar Test Mission

Validates High Speed Data Upgrade To Flight Management Software

Under contract to the U.S. Air Force, Northrop Grumman Corporation's B-2 Spirit stealth bomber has completed its first 18.5-hour sortie over the North Pole to validate new flight management software. The computer upgrade system, which is the cornerstone for all future B-2 upgrades, is now ready to enter low-rate initial production.

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High-Power Static Inverter Added To True Blue Power Management Line

1200-Watt 'Wall Outlet' From 28 VCD Input

A new, high-power static inverter, the TI1200, has been introduced by True Blue Power at the AEA convention in Washington, D.C. The inverter produces 115 VAC at 60 Hz for 1200 watts of “wall outlet” power from an aircraft’s 28 VDC input. It powers high-tech cabin solutions, including in-flight entertainment systems, on-board galleys, or devices such as emergency medical and law enforcement equipment.

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Boeing Successfully Completes Parachute Drop Test Of CTS-100

First Test Of Fully Combined Vehicle Landing System

A parachute drop test of Boeing's Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft occurred Tuesday at the Delamar Dry Lake Bed near Alamo, NV. CST-100 is part of the Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS).

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Dual Garmin G600, RVSM For Citation 501/551 Added To STC

Plus Pending STC For G600 RVSM For Bendix Equipped Citation 500s

JETTECH unveiled two new initiatives for equipping Legacy Citations with new Garmin G600 “Glass Panel” EFIS instrumentation at the AEA convention Wednesday. The first initiative is an amendment to their existing STC which will allow a dual Garmin G600 with RVSM installation for single pilot (SP) Citation 501 and 551 aircraft.

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Airlines For America (A4A) Committed To Safety Partnership With FAA

Recognizes Annual Nuts And Bolts Award Winners At MRO Americas

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today reaffirmed its commitment to robust data-driven safety initiatives along with the deployment of infrastructure enhancements to ensure that commercial aviation remains the world's safest form of transportation.

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TSO Approval Granted for Universal Avionics’ UniLink UL-800/801

Communications Management Unit Being Delivered To Customers

The FAA has granted TSO approval for Universal Avionics’ third generation Airborne Datalink System, UniLink UL-800/801 Communications Management Unit (CMU). Universal Avionics is pleased to report that delivery of UL-800/801 units has begun.

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Million Air Ranks #1 In Pro Pilot’s 2012 Survey

Also Takes Top Honors For Large Chain FBO

Million Air was announced as Pro Pilot’s 2012 number one large chain Fixed Base Operation (FBO). The survey also ranked Million Air Dallas as the number 4, Million Air Houston as the number 6, and Million Air Salt Lake City as the number 19 FBO out of the 35 United States FBOs that were ranked. A minimum of 45 votes from Pro Pilot subscribers was the threshold for ranking in the top U.S. FBOs.

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New Bench Battery Tester-Charger Introduced At AEA

True Blue Power Rolls Out Compact Test Set

An affordable new benchtop test set that doubles as a battery recharger, the TT43, has been rolled out by True Blue Power at AEA this week. The compact 2-inch by 4-inch by 5-inch unit features a large LCD display, its own AC adapter and a two-year warranty.

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Texas Accident Fatally Injures Howard Pardue

Well Known Air Show Pilot Went Down Just After Takeoff In His F8F Bearcat

Very sad news came late Wednesday as local Texas media reported that the F8F flown by well-known air show pilot Howard Pardue went down just after 1400 local time on departure from Stephens County (TX) airport (KBKD), about 90 miles weest of Fort Worth. Pardue was fatally injured in the accident.

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Coverage Resumes Thursday at 1600 ET --

On Thursday, April 5th, ANN's live coverage resumes at 1600 ET. Already confirmed for Thursday afternoon are AEA President Paula Derks, AEA Vice President of Government & Industry Affairs Ric Peri, and Mike Adamson, AEA's VP of Member Programs & Education as well as the Executive Director of the AEA Educational Foundation. Other topics on schedule for Wednesday's programming include interviews with leading avionics shops about the state of the ind

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Classic Aero-TV: Becker's ACU6100 -- A New Audio Panel for the Fixed Wing Market

New Fixed Wing Digital Audio Panel Optimized For Fixed-Wing Aircraft

A new fixed wing digital audio panel for the Digital Audio and Intercom System DVCS6100 was unveiled at NBAA 2011 by Becker Avionics. The new panel variant of the Audio Control Unit (ACU) 6100 is specifically tailored for fixed-wing applications. The new fixed-wing ACU6100 comes in a horizontal and vertical format to ease retrofit installations. The new fixed-wing audio control panel is similar to the standard ACU6100, but includes oxygen mic switching, marker beacon mute and other functions. The panel will be available in a number of different lighting options, from soft white light t

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Paul Ryan Named 2012 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Highest Honor Bestowed on an AEA Member

Paul Ryan was presented with the 2012 AEA Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Aircraft Electronics Association's board of directors, during the Official Opening of the 55th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on April 4 in Washington, D.C.

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AEA Educational Foundation Awards More Than $100,000 In Scholarships

Recipients Announced April 4 During The AEA Official Opening

During the Official Opening at the 55th annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show on Wednesday, April 4, the Aircraft Electronics Association announced the names of 25 individuals who were awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year through the AEA Educational Foundation.

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First Customer Installation Of UniLink UL-80X Anticipates STC

Universal Avionics Working With Chicago Jet Group On The Program

Universal Avionics announces the completion of the first customer installation of the UniLink UL-80X Communication Management Unit (CMU). FAA Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) is anticipated to be awarded to Chicago Jet Group this month for this installation of Universal Avionics’ third generation Airborne Datalink System, UniLink UL-801, on a Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft.

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New Flight Tracking Software Designed For Homebuilt, GA Airplanes

Fast-Flight Tracks Aircraft From Construction Through General Maintenance

Pilots and operators of GA and homebuilt airplanes have a new tool at their disposal to track information ranging from airplane construction, to maintenance and operation. Fast-Flight has designed the software specifically for the GA and homebuilt markets.

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L-3 Avionics Systems Announces Its Next-Generation GH-3900 ESIS

New Standby Offers Improved Compatibility, Additional Customization Options

L-3 Avionics Systems announced Wednesday the release of its updated and enhanced GH-3900 Electronic Standby Instrument System (ESIS). Added features and a new lower price make the instrument a more customizable and affordable standby solution. The GH series of products will be on display at the AEA International Convention and Trade Show in Washington, D.C.

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NASA T-38s To Fly Over D.C. Metro Area April 5

Conducting Photographic Flights Over The Nation's Capital

NASA, in cooperation with the FAA, will conduct training and photographic flights on Thursday, April 5, over the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Two T-38 training jets will fly approximately 1,500 feet above Washington between 0930 and 1100 EDT. These flights are intended to capture photographic imagery.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.05.12)

“ The work underway in Houston to develop new satellite-based arrival and departure routes for the city’s two major airports will be replicated nationally, meaning that travelers will reach their destinations more quickly and safely than ever before.” Source: U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.05.12): National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD)

The National Weather Service's NDFD provides access to gridded forecasts of sensible weather elements (e.g., wind, wave height) through the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD). NDFD contains a seamless mosaic of digital forecasts from NWS field offices working in collaboration with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.05.12)

Society of Air Racing Historians

The society was created to preserve the complete, and accurate records of air races, racepilots and raceplanes by working together and combining the knowledge of many people.

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