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June 24, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 06.24.11

It's official - TSA is unionized.
Airbus joins a European biofuels initiative.
And an FAA committee needs more time to ponder replacing leaded avgas.

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DA36 E-Star Flying As First Serial Hybrid Electric Aircraft

Diamond Aircraft First Flew The Two-Place Motor Glider June 8th

Billed as the world’s first aircraft with a serial hybrid electric drive system, Diamond Aircraft, Siemens, Austro Engine and EADS have been flying the DA36 E-Star this week at the Paris Air Show Le Bourget 2011.

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GAMA Responds To GA's Inclusion On NTSB Most Wanted List

Bunce: "Safety Is General Aviation's First Priority"

GAMA issue a quick response to the inclusion of "GA Safety" on the latest version of the NTSB's "Most Wanted" list on Thursday.

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Air Austral Finalizes Purchase, Fleet Management Agreements With Engine Alliance

Total Package Estimated At $240 Million

Air Austral and the Engine Alliance have finalized agreements for the purchase of GP7200 engines and a 10-year Fleet Management Agreement to cover the maintenance, repair and overhaul of the engines that will power Air Austral's two A380 aircraft.

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Sikorsky Announces Sale Of Three Helicopters To Milestone Aviation Group

All Scheduled For Delivery This Year

It's not all jetliners at the Paris Air Show, though they do grab a lot of headlines. Over on the rotary wing side of the house, Sikorsky on Tuesday announced today an agreement to sell an S-92 and two S-76 C++ helicopters to the Milestone Aviation Group.

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Muslim Rights Group Charges Air France With Discrimination

CAIR: Airline Worker At Dulles Airport Reportedly Sent Home Over Head Scarf

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on Air France to apologize to a Muslim worker at Washington Dulles International Airport who was allegedly sent home because she refused to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab.

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Cassini Spacecraft Captures Ocean-Like Spray On Saturn Moon

Best Evidence Yet For Salt Water Reservoir Under Enceladus' Icy Crust

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered the best evidence yet for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturn's moon Enceladus. The data came from the spacecraft's direct analysis of salt-rich ice grains close to the jets ejected from the moon.

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Boeing Announces Supply Team For KC-46 Tanker Program

Nationwide Team to Provide Key Components For New Refueling Aircraft

Boeing said Wednesday that it has put a team in place that will provide key components for the U.S. Air Force's KC-46 Tanker.

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Anders Solem To Head Bombardier Commercial Aircraft Sales Team In China

Former Air Force Pilot Brings Extensive Experience In Asia-Pacific Region

Bombardier Aerospace announced Wednesday the appointment of Anders (Andy) Solem as Vice President, Sales, China, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. Mr. Solem heads the newly established China Sales region.

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Airbus To Evaluate Winglet Retrofit For Entire A320 Family

Technical, Operational, And Business Aspects All To Be Explored

Encouraged by the acceptance of its ‘Sharklet’ program for new A320 Family aircraft, Airbus has decided to pursue a possible retrofit option of large winglets for the legacy in-service fleet.

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Watch That Transmit Button. Southwest Pilot Suspended For Over-The-Air Rant

He Was Apparently Not Happy About Transfer To Houston, Among Other Things

Faced with a transfer to Houston and other apparently personal frustrations, a Southwest Airlines pilot inadvertently let an expletive-laced tirade go out over an ATC frequency March 25th. He was suspended by the Airline after the nearly-two-minute rant.

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Classic Aero-TV: Extreme Aero-Efficiency -- The Pipistrel Virus

Efficient, Lean, Uplifting... The Pipistrel Virus Is The Uncommon LSA

There is little like it in all of sport aviation... an altogether different breed of Light Sport Aircraft designed to wrest every ounce of lift out of square inch of lifting area... with as little drag as possible. It's called the Pipistrel and two separate versions of the aircraft offer the Aero-Efficient Pilot to seek one of the most unique rides in the sport aviation universe.

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ANN Preps For Its Most Expansive Oshkosh Coverage Yet

Be A Part of ANN's Annual Effort To 'OSHCast' The World!

Way, Way, WAY back in the dark ages of the Internet (like in the 1990s, man...), the folks who created the Aero-News Network were the first aviation news organization to post news and updates, every day, live from the grounds of Wittman Field and the Holy Land of Oshkosh. This was LONG before anyone else could even spell "World Wide Web" and well before any true competition arose to mimic our efforts to cover the greatest airshow on/over earth. Since then, we've done something amazing, EVERY YEAR, to raise the bar in terms of covering this event in new, exciting and intriguing ways... and this year we have a big update to share with you.

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Aviation Issues Prominent In Updated NTSB 'Most Wanted' List

General Aviation Safety Makes The Top Ten For The First Time

The NTSB on Thursday unveiled its new list of the most critical transportation issues that need to be addressed to improve safety and save lives. Aviation-specific issues make up three of the top ten spots.

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Electric Flight Prize Competition Pushed Back To AirVenture 2012

New Time Frame Will Allow Viable Candidates To Meet FAA Phase I Certification

Despite a strong influx of applications, EAA announced Thursday that the $60,000 Electric Flight Prize has been postponed until EAA AirVenture 2012 to allow viable candidates to complete Phase I flight certification in accordance with FAA regulations.

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Klyde Morris (06.24.11)

Klyde Fills Us In On More Of The A-POO Agenda!!

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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Airbus Reports New Order Record At 2011 Paris Air Show

Sixteen Customers Swell Books By 730 Airplanes

At the 49th Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, Airbus has won about $72.2 billion worth of business for a total of 730 aircraft. Airbus says this success sets a new record for any commercial aircraft manufacturer at any air show ever.

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Honeywell Executive Says AF447 May Lead To New 'Black Box' Protocols

May Be Re-Designed To Allow For More Time To Transmit Locator Signals

The Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recorders that were recovered nearly two years after they sank in 13,000 feet of water when AF Flight 447 went down may lead to a re-thinking of the life of such devices following an accident.

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Zenith Founder Chris Heintz To Be Honored At AirVenture

“Zeniths To Oshkosh” At This Year’s EAA Convention

On the first day of the upcoming EAA convention in Oshkosh, members will honor an accomplished aeronautical engineer and designer of many certified and homebuilt aircraft ... including the Zenith 650 XLB and the Zenith 750.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (06.24.11)

“The first thing we want to do is test the technology in small aircraft." Source: Dr. Frank Anton, the initiator of electric aircraft development at Siemens.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (06.24.11): Two-Place Ultralight Training Vehicle

This is a two-place, noncertificated vehicle operated under a valid training exemption to part 103.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (06.24.11)

International Business Aviation Council (IBAC)

The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) is a Council of business aviation associations from around the world.

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