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June 28, 2012

Delta Closes Refinery Deal

Carrier Hopes To Cut Annual Fuel Bill By $300 Million

Delta Airlines last month announced that it had purchased an idle oil refinery in suburban Philadelphia so that it could begin to manufacture its own jet fuel. The airline announced last Friday that it has finalized the deal, and hopes to have the facility operational by fall.

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Humpback Whales Offer Clues To Improved Helicopter Maneuverability

German Scientists Flight Test A New Main Rotor Blade Developed After Studying The Leviathans

Modern helicopters could be significantly faster and more maneuverable - if aerodynamics did not impose limitations on them. That's the conclusion reached by researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in Göttingen, who earlier this year discovered and flight-tested a way to increase maneuverability using an idea they got from observing humpback whales.

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Air Pacific Returns To Profit

Year To Year Passenger Numbers Up, Highest Ever Revenue

Air Pacific, the national airline of Fiji, has achieved a significant milestone in its transformation plan, posting a return to profit for the first time in three years, with its financial results for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2012. Despite a challenging aviation market over the last 12 months, Air Pacific Ltd. and Air Pacific Group both reported operating profits combined with a significant increase in passenger numbers and revenue.

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Aviator Missing From WWII Identified

Will Be Buried With Full Honors June 29

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced Tuesday that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, were recently identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

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Griffiss Airport In NY Set To Receive $5.3 Million AIP Grant

Money Will Pay For Taxiway Rehabilitation Project

Griffiss Airport will receive a long-awaited $5.3 million grant from the FAA via the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The funding was authorized over a year ago when the FAA authorized the County’s design specifications for runway infrastructure and safety improvements, but until recently was not cleared by FAA.

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Air Force Teams Work To Tame Colorado Wildfires

Waldo Canyon Fire Is Near The Academy In Colorado Springs

An Air Force team from the active duty, Air National Guard, the Air Reserve and the Air Force Academy have mobilized to help fight the quickly spreading Waldo Canyon fire near Colorado Springs, CO, that has burned more than 3,500 acres. The request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center to the Department of Defense requested four C-130 air tankers capable of transporting and employing Modular Airborne Firefighting Systems or MAFFS.

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Boeing Delivers 100th Modified Chinook To US Army

CH-47F Helicopters Modified In New Jersey To Support Advanced Requirements

The 100th modified CH-47F Chinook helicopter was delivered to the U.S. Army by Boeing Friday in a ceremony at the company's modification center in Millville, NJ. "The Boeing Millville team is proud to have delivered 100 modified Chinooks to the Army on time, using efficient, cost-saving processes," said Peri Widener, Boeing vice president of Rotorcraft Support.

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ISU Receives The Biennial Hubert Curien Award

International Space University Chosen From 17 Nominees

Based on a recommendation from an international jury, the Eurisy General Assembly, for the 2012 edition, has decided to award the prestigious Hubert Curien Award to the International Space University (ISU) based in Strasbourg, France.

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TSA Agent Spills Ashes Of Traveler's Grandfather

Policy Says Human Remains Are Never To Be Opened

A man traveling from Florida to Indianapolis with his grandfather's ashes is demanding an apology from TSA after a screener spilled some of the remains on the floor. Indianapolis resident John Goss had traveled to Florida to bring his grandfather's cremated remains back to Indiana, where he planned to distribute them among family members.

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Reporter Partially Reimbursed After Unusual Flight

Person On Board The Plane Died, And Was Placed Across The Aisle From The Woman Who Was On Vacation

A reporter for Radio Sweden on an overnight flight to Tanzania recently had something of a macabre experience on the flight. A man on the plane passed away during the night, and was placed across the aisle from Lena Pattersson. And while the FAs for Kenyan Airways were sympathetic, they were unable to give her a different seat.

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Grannies Skydive For Veterans

Hope Next Jump Will Be With President George H. W. Bush

Two eighty-something great-grandmothers from Ohio took a giant leap this past weekend to benefit a veteran's food pantry in Northwest Ohio.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.28.12

 

There are New Recommendations for the Transition to Unleaded Avgas

Boeing reaches another milestone in development of its commercial spacecraft…<

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Classic Aero-TV: Aero-TV At Oshkosh 2011 -- Hanging Out At The Flightline

Flight Line Fun at Oshkosh 2011 -- Day Two

Oshkosh, one week a year, is a microcosm of the world... a massive group of small unique associations and groups all dedicated to a common cause... and doing their own thing in the process. From the Warbird gang to the aerobatic folks to the ultralight types to the folks that keep the Flightline running, it is an eclectic and delightful exercise in human interaction. When we asked the POINT MAGOO group of volunteers why they brave the hot summer sun year after year to park airplanes and guard the flight line, they all said the same thing... duh, because of the AIRPLANES! Many of these volunteers are on their se

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Jim Albaugh Retires As Head Of Boeing's Commercial Airplane Division

Raymond Connor Will Assume The Role Immediately

After 37 years in the aviation industry, James F. Albaugh, 62, has announced he will retire from his post as president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes on October 1. Boeing Chairman, President and CEO Jim McNerney said Tuesday that his replacement will be Raymond L. Conner.

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NTSB Makes ATR-42 Stick-Pusher Recommendations To FAA, EASA

Move Tied To An Accident Which Occurred In 2009

Following the investigation into an accident which occurred on January 27th, 2009, in which an ATR 42 went down on final approach to Lubbock, TX in icing conditions, the NTSB determined that the stall-prevention system on the airplane was a contributing factor to the accident. The board also cited poor airspeed management on the part of the pilots of the cargo flight, both of whom survived the accident.

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Thruster Tests Complete For Boeing's Crew Capsule

CST-100 Attitude Control System Will Be Comprised Of Twenty-Four Of The Thrusters

A series of tests on a thruster destined for Boeing's Commercial Space Transportation spacecraft, designated CST-100, was completed recently by Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne. Boeing is one of several companies working to develop crew transportation capabilities under the Commercial Crew Development Round 2 agreement with NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

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FAA Issues Emergency AD For G150 Airplanes

Inspection Found Structural Damage To, And Separation Of Wing Ribs From Wing Planks

The FAA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) 2012-13-51 for Gulfstream Aerospace LP (Type Certificate previously held by Israel Aircraft Industries, Ltd.) Model Gulfstream G150 airplanes.

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Embraer's Phenom 300 Earns Canadian Type Certificate

Light Jet Now Certified In Over 40 Countries

Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) granted a type certificate to Embraer for its Phenom 300 light jet. The Phenom 300, which received its initial certification by U.S. and Brazilian aviation authorities in 2009, is now certificated in more than 40 countries.

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New Company Takes Over Full-Lotus Floats

Aircraft Floats Manufacturing Takes Over Inventory, Production Tooling, Order Book

After almost ten years in the aircraft float business, the maker of Full-Lotus floats recently decided to focus on production of its non-aviation products. All the design rights, inventory and production tooling for the Full-Lotus float line have now been sold to Aircraft Floats Manufacturing, Inc.

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'One Of One' ... 2013 'Red Tails Edition' Ford Mustang Ready For Auction

Proceeds, As Always, Go To The Young Eagles Program

EAA AirVenture has become known as the home for one-of-a-kind, aviation themed Ford Mustangs. For 2012, Ford has created a "Red Tails Edition" Mustang to honor the exploits of the famous Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American aviators in the United States Army Air Corps. This special Mustang will be auctioned off on Thursday, July 26th to benefit the EAA's Young Eagles Program.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.28.12)

"A 'drop-in' unleaded replacement fuel that can be seamlessly deployed for the existing fleet of aircraft is not currently available and may not be technically feasible." Source: Joint statement from the general aviation industry members of the Avgas Coalition.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.28.12): Occluded Front

A composite of two fronts, formed as a cold front overtakes a warm or quasi-stationary front. Two types of occlusions can form depending on the relative coldness of the air behind the cold front to the air ahead of the warm or stationary front.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.28.12)

Women Military Aviators, Inc.

A non-profit corporation formed in 1978 to promote and preserve for historical, educational, and literary purposes the role of women pilots, navigators, and aircrew in the service of their country during times of war and peace. 

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