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October 21, 2011

Aero-TV: Avidyne's IFD510 -- R9 Functionality for BizAv FMS/GPS

An Increasingly Innovative Avidyne Expands Touch-Screen Avionics Line With New IFD510 FMS/GPS   

Ya gotta hand it to Avidyne... they've been on the march, of late, in terms of aggressive product development and the willingness to give other/larger companies some REAL competition. With their most recent move into the replacement and aftermarket avionics sector, Avidyne is introducing the IFD510 SBAS/LPV/RNP-capable GPS Navigation System with a touch screen user interface. The IFD510 is a slide-in replacement for existing GPS500/W GPS-only navigators found in many turbo-prop and light jet aircraft, and is an extension of Avidyne’s recently-announced plug-and-play avionics line, which includes the IFD540, touch-screen FMS/GPS/NAV/COM. The new system was introdu

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 10.21.11

Southwest's Gary Kelly urges customers to write their lawmakers.
New Piper CEO Simon Caldecott tells us what's going on.
And SpaceX continues to make it look easy.

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New Piper CEO Promises Candor

Simon Caldecott Talks About Altaire, Piston Line, And His Own Odds Of Longevity

In an exclusive interview with ANN's Jim Campbell Thursday, new Piper Aircraft Interim CEO and President Simon Caldecott was surprisingly candid about this week's changes at the company, and he promised to continue that candor. He stopped just short of confirming that the Altaire business jet project will be discontinued, and hinted that a focus on and freshening of the manufacturer's piston line could be in the cards.

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ANN Special Feature: Piper Aircraft CEO Simon Caldecott - 10.21.11

ANN's Jim Campbell talks with Piper Aircraft's new Interim President & CEO Simon Caldecott about his job, the company's legacy piston products, and the just announced review of the Altaire jet

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FAA Proposes $160,000 In Civil Penalties Against SkyWest Airlines

Airline Has Been Cited In Eight Previous Cases

The FAA is proposing a civil penalty of $160,000 against SkyWest Airlines of St. George, Utah, for allegedly operating four regional jet aircraft on four revenue passenger flights when they were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations.

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Atlas Air Worldwide, Polar Air Cargo Finalize New Agreement With Pilots

Five-Year Agreement Ensures Long-Term Stability, Maintains Competitive Compensation And Benefits

A new, five-year collective bargaining agreement has been reached between Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings and the pilots and flight engineers of Atlas Air (Atlas) and Polar Air Cargo Worldwide (Polar). The agreement, which is effective from September 2011, completes the merger of the Atlas and Polar crew forces into a single collective bargaining unit with an integrated seniority list.

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Two Evolution First Flights In One Afternoon

Builders Assembling Their Kits Side-By-Side

Neal Longwill and Kevin Jackson, both from Austin Texas, have been busy for the last 10 months building TWO Lancair Evolutions. Wednesday, Oct, 19 both aircraft flew for the first time at Redmond, OR.

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Alchemy? Heavy Metal Becomes Black Diamond

Jet Team Changes Names, Acquires Seventh Military Aircraft

Heavy Metal Jet Team, the six-ship aerobatic civilian-owned jet team, on Wednesday announced an immediate name change for the team to Black Diamond Jet Team and the acquisition of a seventh aircraft. The change reflects the continual growth of the team and desire to take it into new and bigger directions. The pilots, support staff, and sponsor remain unchanged.

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NBAA Announces Five Recipients Of Barden Aviation Scholarship

One Winner Recieving A Match From North Dakota Aerospace Foundation

The NBAA is awarding scholarships to five college students studying aviation-related curricula at NBAA and University Aviation Association (UAA) member institutions under the NBAA/UAA Janice K. Barden Aviation Scholarship program.

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FLY Leasing Closes Acquisition Of 49 Aircraft

Company Grows Its Fleet By More Than 80 Percent

FLY Leasing Limited, a global lessor of modern commercial jet aircraft, announced Monday it has completed the acquisition of a $1.4 billion portfolio of 49 aircraft, increasing FLY's fleet to a total of 109 aircraft on lease to 53 airlines in 29 countries.

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William Shatner To Address 15th Bombardier Safety Standdown

Actor Is The Guest Speaker For The Event's Dinner Banquet

Bombardier Aerospace announced Wednesday that actor William Shatner, who has played roles ranging from a starship captain to a Boston attorney, will join the team in celebrating Safety Standdown's 15th anniversary. The 2011 U.S. edition will take place from October 24-27, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, KS.

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FAA Establishes Walrus Haul-Out TFR In Alaska

Restriction Is In Effect 'Until Further Notice'

The FAA has dropped an indefinite TFR over a portion of Point Lay, Alaska for "walrus haul-out protection." The TFR went into effect at August 20th and will remain in place "until further notice."

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Elite Aviation To Represent Piaggio Aero On The West Coast

Woman-Owned Private Jet Company To Offer The Turboprops

Elite Aviation has announced a partnership with Piaggio Aero to expand sales sales of the P180 Avanti II in North America. Elite Aviation will be the West Coast sales center for Piaggio, serving California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada, and spearhead sales of Piaggio Aero's turboprop aircraft out of their office in Van Nuys, California.

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737 AEW&C Aircraft Delivered To South Korea

Aircraft Equipped With NGC's MESA Radar

When the first Boeing Peace Eye 737 Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) aircraft was delivered last month to the Republic of Korea Air Force, it included a key radar sensor designed and developed by Northrop Grumman. The Multirole Electronically Scanned Array (MESA) radar will enable airborne surveillance of the entire Korean peninsula.

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Aero-TV: Avidyne's IFD510 -- R9 Functionality for BizAv FMS/GPS

An Increasingly Innovative Avidyne Expands Touch-Screen Avionics Line With New IFD510 FMS/GPS   

Ya gotta hand it to Avidyne... they've been on the march, of late, in terms of aggressive product development and the willingness to give other/larger companies some REAL competition. With their most recent move into the replacement and aftermarket avionics sector, Avidyne is introducing the IFD510 SBAS/LPV/RNP-capable GPS Navigation System with a touch screen user interface. The IFD510 is a slide-in replacement for existing GPS500/W GPS-only navigators found in many turbo-prop and light jet aircraft, and is an extension of Avidyne&rs

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SpaceX Reaches Key Milestone For Manned Spaceflight

Preliminary Design Review Completed For Dragon Launch Abort System

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully completed the preliminary design review of its revolutionary launch abort system, a system designed for manned missions using its Dragon spacecraft. This represents a major step toward creating an American-made successor to the Space Shuttle.

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BTS: August Airline Employment Up Over 2010

Number Of Jobs Climbed 2.8 Percent Over The Same Month Last Year

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.8 percent more workers in August 2011 than they did in August 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. This is the ninth consecutive increase in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year.

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Actor, Pilot Harrison Ford Endorses Inhofe’s Pilot Bill Of Rights

Well-Known Aviation Advocate Releases Video Supporting The Cause

During a General Aviation Caucus forum on Capitol Hill earlier this week, actor and pilot Harrison Ford endorsed General Aviation legislation by U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK.) known as S. 1335, the Pilot’s Bill of Rights. The endorsement followed comments by Inhofe that outlined details about the legislation and how many co-sponsors the bill currently has in the Senate.

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Klyde Morris 10.21.2011

They Won't Be Able To Keep A Good Ant Down ...

  FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Southwest Airlines CEO Asks Customers To Fight Taxes

Gary Kelly Says Obama Proposals Will Hurt Jobs & US Economy

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly has used his blog, "Nuts About Southwest," to urge the airline's customers to contact their federal lawmakers, and make sure they understand what a bad idea two new proposed taxes on the airlines would be.

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Babbitt On Hand For Memphis Tower Dedication

New Facility Ready For NextGen

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was on hand Thursday for the dedication of the new $72.6 million air traffic control tower and radar approach control at Memphis International Airport. The new tower enables air traffic controllers to continue to provide the safest, most efficient service to both passenger and cargo flights.

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Analyst: Airline Revenue From Fees Reaches $32.5 Billion Worldwide In 2011

The Amadeus Worldwide Estimate Of Ancillary Revenue Reveals A $9.9 Billion Increase

All those fees charged by airlines seems to be paying off ... literally ... at least for the carriers that charge them. A new report indicates that "ancillary revenue" has become a crucial component in the global airline industry’s profit toolbox. The $32.5 billion contributed by ancillary revenue has lifted the airline industry from a loss-making position and continues to provide a very effective hedge against runaway fuel bills.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (10.21.11)

“Each milestone we complete brings the United States one step closer to once again having domestic human spaceflight capability.” Source:  SpaceX Official Garrett Reisman.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (10.21.11): Constant Speed Propeller

A controllable pitch propeller whose pitch is automatically varied in flight by a governor to maintain a constant r.p.m. in spite of varying air loads.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (10.21.11)

National Biplane Association

The National Biplane Association is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Oklahoma in March, 1987. Its purpose is to educate the general public on the history and development of biplane aircraft and to promote their preservation.

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