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May 15, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.16.12

Expedition 31 has cleared the tower in Kazakhstan…

The first customer-built Onex takes flight…

The Gulfstream G650 debuts in Europe with an uncon

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Expedition 31 Trio Launches To International Space Station

Two Russians, One American To Join ISS Crew

NASA Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, Russian Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin lifted off for the International Space Station at 2301 EDT Monday, May 14 (0901 Baikonur time on May 15), from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Gone West: Evelyn 'Mama Bird' Johnson

Held The Record For Most Hours Flown By A Female Pilot

The aviation community recently lost one of its icons. Evelyn "Mama Bird" Johnson, who began flying in 1944 and amassed a Guinness World Record 57,635 hours, passed away May 10th at the age of 102 at an assisted living facility in Jefferson City, TN.

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First Customer-Built Onex Takes Flight

Single-Place, Folding Wing Sport Aircraft Introduced At Oskhosh In 2010

The first customer-built example of the new Onex single-place, folding-wing, aerobatic sport aircraft has flown for the first time. Bill Fisher of Jackson Tennessee flew his AeroVee powered, standard gear Onex, serial number ONX0018 for the first time on Thursday, May 10th. Bill received the fourth Onex kit sold by Sonex Aircraft, shipped on August 5, 2011.

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SoCal Pilot Intercepted After Busting Presidential TFR

Violation Appears To Have Been Unintentional

Two F-16 fighters under the direction of NORAD intercepted a GA aircraft in the vicinity of northeast Los Angeles at approximately 0945 PDT.

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Esterline CMC Rolls Out PilotView Electronic Flight Bag

Offers More Advanced Applications And State-Of-The-Art Processing Capabilities

Esterline CMC Electronics (CMC) has launched a powerful, second-generation processor for all its certified class 2 PilotView Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) products. The new Intel Dual Core i7 processor seamlessly enables a wide range of advanced software applications.

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Striking Air India Pilots Unlikely To Be Reinstated

Civil Aviation Minister Takes Hard-Line Stand

The 71 pilots who have been fired by Air India for illegally striking against the airline are unlikely to be reinstated, according to India's Civil aviation minister Ajit Singh.

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AZ Court Rejects Request For Dismissal Of Jabiru Aircraft Lawsuit

Says Australian Company Can Be Sued In The State Of Arizona

An Arizona court said it will allow a lawsuit against Australian kitplane manufacturer Jabiru Aircraft Company to go forward despite the fact that it's headquartered on the other side of the planet.

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Concorde Battery Announces AW139 STC With Multiple Validations

US, Canadian and Brazilian Approvals For Replacement Of Nickel Cadmium With Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

The FAA, Transport Canada, and Brazil's ANAC have all granted approvals to Concorde battery for multiple battery replacement options in AW139 aircraft.

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Student Pilots From Around The Country Compete In Salina, KS

Over 500 Collegiate Aviators To Participate InSafety And Evaluation Conference

Pilots from collegiate aviation programs around the country are testing their skill and competing to be named the National Top Pilot during SAFECON 2012, hosted by Kansas State University Salina and held at Salina Municipal Airport.

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Five Fatally Injured In Canadian Mid-Air

Lake Buccaneer Collided With A PA-28 Saturday

A mid-air collision near St. Brieux in Saskatchewan, Canada on Saturday resulted in the fatal injury of all five people aboard the two aircraft involved.

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ATK's Charlie Precourt Selected For Astronaut Hall Of Fame

Space Flight Veteran Had 15 Year Career With NASA

ATK applauds Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager of ATK Aerospace Group's Space Launch Division on his induction into the prestigious U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame May 5. "I feel it is a tremendous honor to be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and am pleased and humbled to join my friends and colleagues who have already received this tribute," said Precourt.

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Aero-TV: Pipistrel's Alpha Trainer -- Raising The Bar, Lowering The Cost

Is Pipistrel Building The GA Trainer Of The Future?

OK... we're excited... and while its not the kind of bird that normally gets us all in an uproar... it is a NEW design, a COST-EFFECTIVE one no less, that is getting ready to hit the local airpark for $85K! 

Aero-TV: Pipistrel's Alpha Trainer -- Raising The Bar, Lowering The Cost

Is Pipistrel Building The GA Trainer Of The Future?

OK... we're excited... and while its not the kind of bird that normally gets us all in an uproar... it is a NEW design, a COST-EFFECTIVE one no less, that is getting ready to hit the local airpark for $85K!  Yeah... that got our attention. Based on the well-tested and highly-regarded Pipistrel Virus (great plane... weird name), the new Alpha Trainer has set the bar pretty high. Pipistrel's ALPHA Trainer has been fitted with the very basic and very reliable Rotax 912 80HP engine. The ALPHA Trainer is a pre-molded, composite built, two seat, single engine, high wing, tri

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Two New Learjets Unveiled At EBACE

Bombardier: New Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 Aircraft Set To 'Revolutionize' The Light Jet Segment

Bombardier Aerospace says it has redefined the light jet landscape by launching the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva Monday.

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Garmin G5000 Flight Deck Selected For Learjet 70 And Learjet 75

Widescreen Displays And Touchscreen Technology For The Newest Lears

Learjet has selected the Garmin G5000 integrated avionics system for the Vision Flight Deck used in the new Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 business jets. The G5000 system incorporates high-resolution widescreen displays and touchscreen controls to bring leading edge technology, new safety features and outstanding reliability to these new Bombardier Learjet models.

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Hawker Beechcraft Eyed As Potential Takeover Target

But Company Exec Says Any Such Talk Is Pure Speculation

Hawker Beechcraft’s bankruptcy reorganization could be seen as a chance for the company’s competitors to buy up parts of the struggling airframer, but the company says it will emerge as a stronger, debt-free industry player.

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GE Aviation Freezes Design Of Passport Engine

First Engine Set To Test Next Year

The architectural design of GE's Passport engine for the Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft has been finalized. The "Tollgate 6" review, part of GE's New Product Introduction process, was held on April 27. With the design frozen, GE now begins the detailed design phase. Component fabrication will begin soon, leading to the start of assembly of the first full engine by year end. The first engine is scheduled to begin testing in 2013.

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American Airlines May Consider Potential Mergers

AMR Corp. To Develop Possible Consolidation Scenarios

American Airlines reports that has agreed with creditors to consider potential merger situations while it reorganizes under bankruptcy protection. Parent company AMR Corp. said the company had agreed to develop consolidation scenarios but that did not indicate it would pursue a deal with any particular party.

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Nextant Aerospace Delivers 10th 400XT

Company Plans To Deliver 32 Aircraft By Year's End

Nextant Aerospace announced that it has delivered the tenth production 400XT, just seven months after receiving FAA certification. The company says it plans to deliver 32 aircraft by the end of 2012.

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Airplane Down In Nepal, 15 Fatally Injured

Charter Flight Carried 21 People, Many Indian Tourists

A Dornier 228 went down in Nepal about 125 miles north of Katmandu Monday morning, resulting in the fatal injury of 15 of the 21 people on board. The charter flight was en route from Pokhara to Jonsom when the accident occurred.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.15.12)

"We're going to emerge as a strong, well-positioned, profitable company in the not-too-distant future." Source: HBC VP Shawn Vick.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.15.12): Acknowledge

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.15.12)

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