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August 11, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 08.11.11

A Boeing customer reports another Dreamliner delay.
The SubSonex jet prototype makes its first flight.
And the FCC has put LightSquared on hold.

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CATSA Selects Airport Screening Companies

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Taps G4S, Securitas To Provide Security Services

CATSA announced today that it has selected G4S as the Security Screening Contractor for the delivery of Airport Screening Services in the Pacific Region and Securitas to handle screening at airports in the Eastern Region.  G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) will provide services at 20 airports, including Vancouver International Airport. Securitas will handle duties at 32 airports.

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Airline On-Time Performance Improves Over June Of Last Year

But Latest Figures Indicate Fewer On-Time Operations Than Were Reported The Previous Month

The nation’s largest airlines’ on-time arrival performance in June 2011 was an improvement from June 2010, but down from May 2011, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released Tuesday by the U.S. DOT. Information filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) shows that the 16 carriers reporting on-time performance recorded an overall on-time arrival rate of 76.9 percent in June.

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Coradine Aviation Joins Aspen Avionics’ Connected Panel Partner Program

Integrating LogTen Pro For iPad, Enabling Direct Download Of Flight Data From Aircraft Panel

Coradine Aviation Systems announced today that they will be one of the first aviation software companies to integrate with Aspen Avionics’ recently announced Connected Pilot, the initial product of their Connected Panel line of products.

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Civil Air Patrol Launching 70-year Celebration In Louisville

600-Plus CAP Members Expected As Recognition Of Milestone Anniversary Begins

More than 600 Civil Air Patrol members are planning to gather in Louisville, KY, this month, as the all-volunteer U.S. Air Force Auxiliary begins its observance of 70 years of service to America. CAP officially celebrates its 70th anniversary on Dec. 1 of this year, but will get started early at the 2011 Annual Conference and National Board meeting Aug. 17-20.

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FAA Proposes $155,000 In Civil Penalties Against American Eagle Airlines

Says Regional Carrier Operated Several Flights Out Of Weight And Balance Parameters

The FAA is proposing $155,000 in civil penalties against American Eagle Airlines of Fort Worth, Texas for allegedly operating eight flights with incorrect weight and balance data, and for using improper maintenance procedures when repairing a jet engine and then operating the aircraft when it was not in compliance with FAA regulations.

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First Nation Tribe Deploys Solar-Powered Airfield Lights On Remote Runway

LED Lighting Will Improve Safety At Far North BC Airfield

The Northern Canadian Tsay Keh Dene First Nation is outfitting a remote airfield with solar LED lighting systems provided by Carmanah Technologies. The new airfield lights will help supply and medevac aircraft navigate their way to and from the remote village located on the northern end of the Williston Reservoir, British Columbia. The solar-powered airfield project was one of two projects funded by the Canadian Government’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund.

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Lee Bottom Flying Field Issues First Ever 'Non-Governmental TFR'

'Sinful Sunday' Ice Cream Social Protected By 'Myrtle Rose TFR'

The folks at Lee Bottom Flying Field in southern Indiana have issued what they say is the first ever non-governmental TFR, dedicated to Myrtle Rose. Rose, as you probably know, is the 73-year-old woman who was recently escorted out of a Presidential TFR area by a pair of F-16s. Rose was out joyriding in her vintage Piper Cub, and said she thought the pilots of the NORAD jets were just admiring her award-winning antique.

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Boeing, GOL Celebrate Two Milestones With 737 Delivery

Becomes The First Airline In Latin America To Receive Performance Improvement Engines

A B737-800NG with the certified performance improvement engines has been delivered by Boeing to low-cost Latin American carrier GOL Airlines. The delivery makes GOL the first airline in Latin America to receive the improved engines. "GOL continues to do everything possible to diminish fuel consumption and emissions, further reducing its operating costs, which are among the lowest in the sector," said Adalberto Bogsan, GOL's Technical vice-president.

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Army General To Lead Afghanistan Chinook Investigation

Thirty-Eight Service Members Fatally Injured When Aircraft Went Down

Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Colt will conduct the investigation of the crash of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan that killed 38 U.S. and Afghan service members, U.S. Central Command officials announced Aug. 9. Colt, deputy commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division, will begin his duties immediately. Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, the Central Command commander, appointed Colt.

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Northrup Grumman Lands $795 Million In Navy Contracts

Calls E-2D Hawkeye 'The Right Platform...At The Right Time'

Northrop Grumman Corporation says it has been awarded $795 million in contracts by the U.S. Navy for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Program.

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Sukhoi Superjet 100 Undergoing Additional Hot Soak Trials

Testing Being Conducted In The United Arab Emirates

The Sukhoi Superjet 100 flight prototype SN95005 landed at Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) August 4th to undergo hot soak trails (above +40C). The month-long test program includes extensive ground testing of the engines, APUs, and avionics as well as check flights. The aircraft is equipped with special detecting devices to register the aircraft temperature in different zones.

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Aero-TV: Stack 'Em -- Avidyne Offers Full Avionics Stack

Avidyne Builds A Company That's Destined To Be An Avionics Powerhouse

Slow and steady wins the race... and you have to hand it to Avidyne for their ability to slowly and surely build their company and its product lines to a point where once-mighty Garmin has to be looking over their shoulder in a big way.

SubSonex Jet Makes First Flight

Low-Speed Portion Of Envelope First To Be Explored

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is excited to announce that the SubSonex jet aircraft prototype, JSX-1, made its maiden flight Wednesday at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, WI. The SubSonex was piloted by Bob Carlton, an air show performer and owner of Desert Aerospace LLC. The flight lasted approximately 14 minutes and focused on exploring the low-end of the aircraft's speed envelope including stalls and a low approach in the landing configuration.

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FCC Puts LightSquared On Indefinite Hold

Chairman Says Broadband Company Will Not Be Allowed To Interfere With GPS

The chairman of the FCC on Tuesday told reporters that the agency would not allow LightSquared to interfere with millions of GPS receivers on which pilots, mariners, and the public rely for navigation. The remarks came in a news conference following the commissions' monthly meeting.

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New Jersey Congressman Seeks Back Pay For Furloughed FAA Employees

Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) Introduces “Furloughed FAA Employees Compensation Act” In The U.S. House

U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) on Tuesday introduced the “Furloughed FAA Employees Compensation Act”, which would grant the U.S. Secretary of Transportation the authority to pay the salaries and related benefits of those federal employees who were furloughed during the partial shutdown of the FAA.

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USAPA Calls On FAA To Expedite Flight Time And Duty Rules

Union Says It Is 'Alarmed' At Ongoing Delays In Publication

The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA), representing the pilots at US Airways, is calling on the FAA to issue new Flight Time/Duty Time Regulations without further delay. The latest deadline for publication -- August 1st -- has passed, and the process for receiving input was concluded last year. In the union's opinion, safety is being compromised while the aviation industry waits for the agency to act.

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Australian Authorities Lift Suspension Of Tiger Airways

Low-Cost Regional Airline Flying Again As Of August 10th

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) of Australia has lifted the suspension of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd, effective as of Wednesday. This follows a thorough investigation by CASA into safety issues within Tiger Airways Australia.

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Aero-TV: Stack 'Em -- Avidyne Offers Full Avionics Stack

Avidyne Builds A Company That's Destined To Stay An Avionics Powerhouse

Slow and steady wins the race... and you have to hand it to Avidyne for their ability to slowly and surely build their company and its product lines to a point where once-mighty Garmin has to be looking over their shoulder in a big way.

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NASA To Fund 30 Advanced Concepts

Flywheel-Augmented Spacesuits, 3D-Printed Planetary Outposts Among Ideas

NASA has selected 30 proposals for funding under its Innovative Advanced Concepts, or NIAC program, based on their potential to transform future space missions.

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DOT Fines Two Companies For Violations Of Air Charter Rules

Aviation Advantage And Swift Air Subject To Enforcement Actions

The U.S. DOT has levied fines against two companies for violating the Department’s rules governing charter flights. Aviation Advantage, Inc. (AAI) was assessed a civil penalty of $150,000 and Swift Air, LLC was assessed a civil penalty of $100,000. “Air travelers using charter services have rights, just as those using scheduled airlines do,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement Tuesday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (08.11.11)

"CASA now believes allowing Tiger Airways Australia to resume operations is acceptable. Tiger Airways has co-operated with CASA's investigation and is to be credited for a constructive approach." Source: CASA Director of Aviation Safety, John McCormick.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (08.11.11): Resume Own Navigation

Used by ATC to advise a pilot to resume his/her own navigational responsibility. It is issued after completion of a radar vector or when radar contact is lost while the aircraft is being radar vectored.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (08.11.11)

Aviation Safety Connection, Inc

Aviation Safety Connection, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization, is chartered to provide flight safety information with particular emphasis on (a) Cockpit Leadership and Management and (b) Safety Management System (SMS) implementation and upgrading.

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