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June 13, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.14.12

Passengers who feared for their lives are suing Jet Blue…

The NTSB to host a GA Safety Forum…

Sierra Nevada Corporation sues to get it

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IATA Proposes a New Partnership Agenda With Governments

Calls For 'Tax Regimens That Do Not Kill Growth'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday issues a call to governments to be stronger partners in maximizing aviation’s economic and social benefits. “Our industry’s license to grow is earned through working with governments to constantly make flying even safer, more secure, and more sustainable."

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Marine Corps' F-35B Makes Historic First Flight

JSF Will Eventually Replace F/A-18, EA-6B, and AV-8B Aircraft

The Marine Corps' fifth generation fighter, the F-35B Lightning II, made its first flight at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Tuesday, signaling the start of the next era of Marine Aviation on the cusp of last weekend's Centennial of Marine Aviation celebrations in Washington D.C.

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IATA Urges ICAO Solution On Economic Measures For Climate Change

EU-ETS Topic Of Conversation At Beijing Conference

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday reiterated its call for a comprehensive global solution on aviation emissions to be negotiated through the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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NASA Mars Rover Team Aims For Landing Closer To Prime Science Location

But Newly-Selected Site Is Not Without Some Risk

NASA has narrowed the target for its most advanced Mars rover, Curiosity, which will land on the Red Planet in August. The car-sized rover will arrive closer to its ultimate destination for science operations, but also closer to the foot of a mountain slope that poses a landing hazard.

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Piper Sells Another European Meridian At Cannes AirShow

Tenth M-Class Single To Be Sold In Europe This Year

Building on a robust first half of 2012 in Europe, Piper Aircraft Inc. and Winters Aviation sold the tenth new M-Class single-engine aircraft for delivery into the continent this year. The latest transaction, involving a M-Class Meridian single-engine turboprop, was completed this past week during the Salon de l'Aviation Générale de Cannes at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (LFMD).

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BNA Balloon Build Day Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Local Balloon Artists To Create Sculpted Balloon Model

Nashville International Airport (KBNA) invites members of the community to attend the BNA Balloon Build Day ... a special event at KBNA in celebration of its 75th anniversary on June 17 from 1–4 p.m. Those attending the free event can watch the building of a half-scale sculpted balloon model of a DC-3 aircraft. A DC-3 was the first plane to land at KBNA.

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Former WI Governor Tours Kestrel's Superior Plant

Fomer Governor Thompson Calls Klapmeier's Plans 'Exciting'

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson visited the new Kestrel plant in Superior last Friday, and the airplane factory was the first stop on his tour of the city. Thompson is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

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Helicopter To Install Niagra Falls Tightrope

Stunt Will Be Attempted Friday

Apparently when they can help make him look good, Senator Charles Schumer likes helicopters a lot. Monday, the New York Democrat's office issued a news release saying the FAA had granted permit to allow Haverfield Aviation to use a helicopter to string a tightrope from the Canadian side of Niagara falls to the American side.

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Thieves Make Off With Cessna 210 In Colombia

Plane Had Been Impounded After Entering The County Illegally

A Cessna 210 which had entered Colombia illegally last December was stolen from an impound facility Sunday night. The plane reportedly departed from an airport in the northwestern region of Urbana, Colombia "in a hail of bullets," according to the Colombian air force and civil aviation agency.

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Lockheed Martin Announces 'Centennial Flight Contest'

Social Media Followers Will Have A Chance To Fly Aboard An Historic Lockheed Super Constellation

Lockheed Martin Corporation is holding a "Centennial Flight Contest" to be held in conjunction with the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. The contest invites Lockheed Martin's Twitter and Facebook followers to share personal stories related to aviation history for a chance to claim a seat aboard a historic Lockheed Super Constellation flight at Farnborough, United Kingdom, on Tuesday, July 10.

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UAL Begins Flying The First Of Its Reconfigured 767-300s

New Interiors Include Flat-Bed Seats And Upgraded Entertainment

United Airlines has put its newly reconfigured Boeing 767-300 aircraft into international service its, with Monday evening's departure of flight 908 from Chicago to Amsterdam. The aircraft now features flat-bed seats in an all-new United BusinessFirst cabin, along with an upgraded inflight entertainment system throughout.

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Base-Jumping Pair Stopped Before Their (Free) Fall

Were Seen Climbing An Old TV Tower In Newton, MA

Two men wearing parachute backpacks and helmets were arrested after allegedly climbing up a communications tower in Newton, Mass, according to police. At about 2115 EDT Sunday, police were called to the old WHDH-TV tower, where they found two men about half-way up the roughly 1,200-foot tall tower.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.13.12

Cub Crafters is opening in Europe….

China readies to send its first woman into space…

And TSA green lights screener reform in Orlando.

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Classic Aero-TV: Redbird's XWind -- Revolutionizing Crosswind Training

Bringing A New Approach to The Age-Old Problem Of Teaching Crosswind Landings

In the decades (yeesh, I'm getting old) that I've been flying as a CFI, there are few skills more difficult to teach a new pilot than dealing with the vagaries of a cross wind approach. It's a tough skill to tutor because it takes so long to set up each landing and there are a myriad of tasks to accomplish during each takeoff and preparation for landing that the learning retention can often take a dive. In really good conditions, a clear pattern, no tower, and few distractions, you'd be lucky to get 5 or 6 landings in each hour... and that is IF you can find the right conditio

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TSA Gives Green Light To Orlando Sanford Screener Reform

Private Security Screening To Be Allowed Under Federal Supervision

The TSA on Monday announced approval of allowing Orlando Sanford International Airport to go forward with changing its all-federal airline passenger screening system to private security operations under federal supervision. Orlando Sanford is expected to consider two screening models, one in which a private screening services operator is contracted by TSA, or one in which Orlando Sanford itself competes for the contract with TSA and retains a private contractor to assist in the new screening model.

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Solar Impulse Continues Its Journey In The Kingdom Of Morocco

Wednesday Departure For Ouarzazate Planned

After flying successfully from Switzerland to Madrid and then across the Straits of Gibralter to Morocco, Solar Impulse is set to continue its journey. In coordinated by the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN), Solar Impulse will fly over the future site of the first power plant of the Ouarzazate thermo-solar complex. The prototype should take-off Wednesday about noon local time from Rabat-Salé (Morocco) landing in Ouarzazate (Morocco) Thursday sometime shortly after midnight.

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Volta Volare’, ElectriPlast Announce Joint Development Initiative

Companies To Develop Future Aviation Technologies Utilizing Advanced Resin Materials

ElectriPlast Corporation, which makes electrically conductive resins, and aircraft manufacturer Volta Volare' Corporation, which is developing electric flight aviation technology, announced Monday that they have agreed to collaborate in the research and development of next generation applications and products using hybrid composites and advanced lightweight materials for the aviation industry.

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Eurocopter X3 Lands In The US

Month-Long Demonstration Tour Begins In Texas

The Eurocopter X3 hybrid aircraft has arrived in the United States for a month-long tour to demonstrate this advanced high-speed transportation system’s unique operational capabilities for both civil and military operators. Transported aboard a chartered cargo jetliner, the X3 touched down in Texas Monday to complete its trans-Atlantic crossing from France’s Istres Flight Test Center.

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CubCrafters Opens European Market

First Aircraft In A European Showroom This Month

When it receives delivery of a CubCrafters Carbon Cub in June, directSky will become the aircraft manufacturer’s dealer to service the European market. directSky provides aircraft sales, maintenance, management, restoration, repairs and pilot training. It is headed by Managing Director /CEO Kamil Skorupski. DirectSky is located in Ireland (Abbeyshrule Airfield) and Poland (Mielec Airfield).

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China Plans To Send Its First Woman Into Space

Two Female Fighter Pilots Are Under Consideration For The Mission

The first Chinese woman in space will be one of two fighter pilots on a short list for selection for a mission to the Tiangong-1 space lab. Which ever of the women is selected, she will launch aboard a Shenzhou-9 spacecraft as part of a three-person team.

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Collings Foundation Solicits Comments On FAA LHFE Proposal

NPRM Could Severely Restrict Living History Flight Experiences

In 1996, the FAA granted an exemption from various requirements of part 91 and part 119 to the Collings Foundation to operate a B-17 and B-24 World War II bomber carrying passengers for the purpose of preserving U.S. military aviation history. In return for donations, the contributors would receive a local flight in the restored bomber. The Living History Flight Experience (LHFE) was created.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.13.12)

“I hope this opens a new era of reform for TSA operations, not only at Orlando Sanford but across nation. It's critical that TSA get out of the business of running a huge bureaucracy and human resources operation and refocus its attention on security, analyzing intelligence, and setting the highest risk-based security standards.” Source: House Transportation Committee Chair John Mica.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.13.12): Local Area Augmentation System (LAAS)

A differential global positioning system (DGPS) that improves the accuracy of the system by determining position error from the GPS satellites, then transmitting the error, or corrective factors, to the airborne GPS receiver.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.13.12)

American Air Mail Society

The AAMS was founded in 1923, and is the second oldest aerophilatelic society in the world with over 1,500 members worldwide.

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