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November 17, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 11.17.11

A former RAF flight officer pleads guilty to negligence.
A US Air Force pilot has reached 1,000 hours in the F-22.
And more sales have been announced in Dubai.

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Boeing Calls Dubai Airshow 2011 A Success

Strong Partnerships, Key Commercial Orders, Innovative Products Highlight The Event

Boeing officials say the company enjoyed a highly successful Dubai Airshow, highlighted by strengthened alliances with partners in the Middle East, landmark commercial airplane orders, high-level customer engagement and an unprecedented display of technologically advanced aircraft.

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Atlasjet Buys Bombardier CS300 Airliners

Low-Fare Carrier Is Tenth Customer For CSeries

Bombardier Aerospace announced Tuesday that Atlasjet Havacilik A.S. of Istanbul, Turkey has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 10 CS300 jetliners with options for five more. Based on list price, the contract value is $776 million, or $1.18 billion if all five options are converted to firm orders.

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Petroleum Air Services Of Egypt To Acquire CRJ900

Will Be The First CRJ To Operate In That Country

Petroleum Air Services (PAS) of Cairo, Egypt has signed a contract to acquire one CRJ900 NextGen regional jet. The transaction also includes an option for another CRJ900 NextGen airliner. PAS's CRJ900 NextGen aircraft will be the first CRJ Series aircraft to operate in Egypt.

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Suborbital Research Flight To Be Given Away At NSRC-2012 Conference

First Prize Of Its Kind Offered By XCOR Aerospace & Southwest Research Institute

In a first of its kind prize for the reusable suborbital research community, XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) will give away a research flight to be awarded to one lucky paid registrant at the Next-Generation Suborbital Research Conference (NSRC) 2012 Conference to be held February 27-29 in Palo Alto, CA.

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Russia's NordStar Airlines Adds Up To 7 ATR 42-600s To Its Fleet

Five Firm Orders, Two Options Worth $132 Million

European turboprop manufacturer ATR and Russia's NordStar Airlines have agreed the purchase of up to 7 ATR 42-600s , made up of 5 firm aircraft orders and 2 options. The total value of all these airplanes is estimated at approximately $132 million.

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Egyptian Operator Buys CRJ900

Experience With Manufacturer Cited In Choice

Bombardier Aerospace has announced that Petroleum Air Services (PAS) of Cairo, Egypt has signed a contract to acquire one CRJ900 NextGen regional jet, with an option for another. The plane will be the first CRJ Series aircraft to operate in Egypt.

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ALAFCO, Qatar Airways Opt For PurePower PW1100G-JM Engines For A320neos

Pratt & Whitney Engines To Power 100 Airbus Airplanes On Order From The Two Companies

Alafco Aviation Lease and Finance Co. KSCC (ALAFCO) and Qatar Airways have selected Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G-JM engines to power 50 A320neo family aircraft ... each.  The announcements were made Tuesday at the Dubai Air Show

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Goodyear Blimp Gondola Heads For Smithsonian

Car C-49 Served Military, Civilian Missions For 50+ Years

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is donating the Goodyear blimp gondola, or car C-49, to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. C-49 car is going to the Smithsonian on the heels of last year's donation of a lifeboat used on the 1911 airship, Vaniman's Akron, which utilized Goodyear's first airship envelope.

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APA Calls Plans For Iberia Express 'Corrosive'

Says Proposal Goes Against Merger Agreement Between Iberia/British Airways

The union representing the pilots of American Airlines, the Allied Pilots Association (APA), issued a statement over the weekend expressing support for the Spanish pilots’ union SEPLA, which has objected to plans for a low-cost airline called Iberia Express.

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Bell 206 Down At Oregon Christmas Tree Farm

Pilot Survives, Is Airlifted To Portland Hospital

The FAA arrived late Monday on the scene of an accident involving a helicopter that was being used to haul Christmas trees on a farm north of Woodburn, Oregon. KTVZ-TV quotes the Marion County Sheriff's Office in reporting the call came in about 1440 PST.

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Military Pilots Overcome Flight Control Malfunction On Training Mission

Student Felt Control Stick 'Jump' During Spin Recovery

On Sept. 13, an 80th Flying Training Wing flight, call sign Blade 46, took off as a standard T-6 Texan II training sortie to practice aerobatics and spins in the practice airspace at Sheppard AFB in Texas. But when the aircraft experienced a serious flight control malfunction, the flight became a fight to bring the aircraft home safely.

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Ho-Ho-NO! TSA Says Smugglers Won't Succeed With Gift Wrap

Warns People That Holiday Gifts Are Not Exempt From Security Searches

With the holiday travel season rapidly approaching, TSA is once again forced to put on its Grinch hat and remind travelers that just because something is wrapped like a gift does not mean it won't be searched.

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Sticker Shock!! Cessna Skyrockets Original Skycatcher Price Over $40K

And Current Depositors May Get Stuck Paying It All!

Things are not all well with the LSA movement... especially if you are one of the 1000 or so long-suffering folks awaiting the delivery of a Skycatcher that is years overdue. Late Wednesday evening, ANN received copies of a letter allegedly sent (via FedEx, according to one depositor) in the last 48 hours to a number (if not all) of the current list of Skycatcher depositors has raised the price, effective as of January 1,2012 to a whopping $149,900... well over $40K above the price first quoted when the aircraft was introduced in 2006 -- $109,500.

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Classic Aero-TV: Future Cessna Flt Training -- Positioning the Skycatcher

As LSA Slowly Integrates Itself Into The Flight Training Biz, The Skycatcher Stands Ready

ANN E-I-C Note: In light of the drastic price increase announced by Cessna for the C-162 Skycatcher, we thought it pertinent to look back at an interview we did with Cessna personnel at the 2011 Sebring US Sport Aviation Expo... view it and let us know how you think the the jump to a price of $149,900 is going to affect the plans for this airplane and its hopes for a serious role in the future of GA flight training... -- Jim Campbell, ANN Editor-In-Chief I don't have to tell you that the entire aviation biz has seen bette

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NASA Administrator Bolden, Congressional Leaders Laud Apollo 11 Crew, John Glenn

Congress Honors Four Astronauts With A Congressional Gold Medal

In a ceremony in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, Congress honored four U.S. Astronauts with a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest government honor that can be bestowed on a civilian.

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Congressional Report Highlights TSA 'Mismanagement And Failures'

Mica, Others, Call For Fundamental Reform Of The Agency

U.S. House Congressional leaders released a report today highlighting a decade of TSA mismanagement and failures. The report, entitled “A Decade Later: A Call for TSA Reform,” calls for dramatic reform of the nation’s bloated transportation security agency.

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FAA Announces National Capital Area Airspace Rules Changes

New Procedures Take Effect November 30th

The FAA has codified special flight rules and flight restrictions for certain aircraft operations in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. A NOTAM scheduled to go into effect on November 30th makes changes in rules that went into effect on February 17th, 2009.

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Airbus Wins Orders And Commitments Worth $20.5 Billion

Show Boosts A320neo Book To 1,420 Aircraft

Airbus says it won a total of 211 orders and commitments at the 12th Dubai Airshow worth $20.5 billion, underlining outstanding demand for the A320neo, and again proving its status as the fastest selling airliner ever. The order intake includes 135 firm orders worth $13.7 billion (130 A320neo and five A380s) and 76 memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth $6.8 billion.

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GE, CFM International Aviation Orders Top $13B At Dubai Air Show

Engines Ordered For Aircraft Ranging From B747-8 to CRJ900

At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, GE Aviation and CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture between GE and Snecma (SAFRAN group), announced engine and service orders valued at more than $13.8 billion.

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LEAP Engine Orders And Commitments Surpass $32 Billion

Will Power A320neo, 737 MAX, Comac C919 Airplanes

CFM International has booked orders and commitments for nearly 2,660 LEAP engines to power Airbus A320neo, Boeing 737 MAX, and COMAC C919 aircraft at a value of more than $32 billion at list prices.

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Analyst: Global Spending On UAVs To Reach $5.34 Billion By 2017

New Report Cites Defense Increases, Growth In Civil Market

Market research firm Global Industry Analysts (GIA) has released what it says is a comprehensive global report on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Systems market. The global spending on UAV and Systems is projected to reach $5.34 billion by the year 2017, primarily driven by factors such as increase in defense budgets, proliferation of numerous civil and military operations and increasing use of these vehicles in testing operations.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.17.11)

“Gentlemen: heroes or not, yours were heroic acts. Today we add to your many honors, with respect and gratitude, the Congressional Gold Medal.” Source: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.17.11): Knuckles

Slang for lumpy protrusions on the edges, and sometimes the underside, of a thunderstorm anvil.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.17.11)

AGATE -- Revitalizing General Aviation

AGATE was created by NASA and others in 1996 to focus on the revitalization of U.S. general aviation, and to reinvent government along the way. 

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