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September 09, 2011

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.09.11

An LSA manufacturer wonders, what made the FAA so mad?
US airports will all get "stick-figure" body scanners.
And Boeing says China is falling in love with aviation.

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Department Of Homeland Security Issues 9/11 Anniversary Statement

Offers Recommendations For The GA Community For Keeping Private Aircraft Secure

The Department of Homeland Security and TSA are continuing to monitor reports on potential terrorist threats in the United States. While there is no specific or credible intelligence that al-Qa'ida or its affiliates are plotting attacks in the United States to coincide with the ten year anniversary of 9/11, TSA says they remain at a heightened state of vigilance and security measures are in place to detect and prevent plots against the United States should they emerge.  

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CrewPASS Clearances Extended To Air Traffic Controllers

Will Help Facilitate Renewed Cockpit Training For ATC Personnel

After a ten-year pause, U.S. Air Traffic Controllers will once again be allowed into the cockpits of commercial airline flights to observe operations under a renewed Flight Deck Training program of the FAA. Following recent discussions with the FAA Academy, ARINC Incorporated has agreed to enhance its widely used CASS Cockpit Access Security System to include screening of Air Traffic Controllers as well as pilots.

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Was Charles Lindbergh Really First?

Aviation Buff Believes French Team Crossed Atlantic, But Crashed

On May 8, 1927, as Charles Lindbergh waited for a clearing in the fog on Long Island to launch for Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis, his rival, French World War I Ace Charles Nungesser, departed with navigator François Coli in the opposite direction. The French team never arrived in New York. Now, a French aviation enthusiast has concluded that their biplane, the Oiseau Blanc (or "White Bird"), flew over the south coast of Newfoundland before ditching off the shore of the Canadian mainland.

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Automated Tool Points Way To Safer Separation Of Aircraft On Final Approach

First Use At Minneapolis-St. Paul Leads Way For NextGen Support Nationally

Air traffic controllers at the Minneapolis Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) are using an innovative next generation tool developed by The FAA and Lockheed Martin to help maintain safe separation between aircraft on final approach. The advancement enhances the Common Automated Radar Terminal System (CARTS), a program Lockheed Martin primes for the FAA at more than 100 TRACONs nationally.

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Four Legendary Astronauts Will Be Honored Guests At San Francisco Fleet Week 201

Quartet Will Be VIP Guests At 'Navy In Space' Exhibit

Veteran astronauts Dan Bursch, Rick Searfoss, John Herrington and Dick Gordon will be VIP guests at San Francisco Fleet Week's "Navy in Space" exhibit. During their 10 missions, they have collectively traveled in space 262 days, performed 44 hours of space walks and journeyed to the moon.

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Boeing: China Needs 5,000 Airplanes

Company Says Worldwide Market Is 33,500 Planes Through 2030

Boeing predicts growth in the Chinese airline industry will create a market for 5,000 new airplanes worth $600 billion in the next 20 years. Worldwide, Boeing projects investments of $4 trillion for 33,500 new commercial airplanes to be delivered during the next 20 years.

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Witnesses In Montana Training Accident Say Aircraft Spun Into The Ground

NTSB Prelim Released In Dual-Fatal Accident

Witnesses to a fatal accident in Silver Bow, MT, on August 15th said they saw the Piper Tomahawk which was on a training flight in a tight but loosening spiral just before impacting the ground. The accident fatally injured both the student and instructor in the aircraft.

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New Safety Managment Tool Available To Light Business Aircraft Owner/Operators

Baldwin Aviation Offers SMSace Program For Fixed And Rotor Wing Aircraft

A new safety management program designed to support the Owner/Operator of light fixed and rotor wing aircraft has been launched by Baldwin Aviation Safety & Compliance. "SMSace has been developed specifically for owners and operators of Light Business Aircraft to provide them with a unique set of tools for a structured safety program," explained Don Baldwin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Baldwin.

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New Course Trains Helo Pilots For Fire Ops

Bristow Academy Has Locations In FL, LA, UK

Bristow Academy Inc., a division of Bristow Group Inc., announced Wednesday it will offer a new course for helicopter pilots on wildland fire operations and suppression. Taught by qualified wildland fire instructors, the class is scheduled to begin October 3, 2011.

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Raytheon Touts MALD Success

300-lb UAS Runs Interference (Literally) For Manned Aircraft

The US Air Force demonstrated that Raytheon Company's Miniature Air Launched Decoy Jammer could protect aircraft when it completed the first test of the MALD-J in a simulated operational environment.

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DVCS6100 Digital Intercom Installed In 1000th EC135

ADAC Air Rescue Gets The Milestone Com Unit

The recent delivery of an EC135 to ADAC Air Rescue by Eurocopter marks the 1000th such aircraft to be equipped with a Becker Avionics DVCS6100 digital audio and intercom system installed. The EC135 light twin-engine multi-purpose helicopter, along with the Becker DVCS have been very successful products over the last decade.

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Diamond Announces 'Fly Your First Year Free'

Incentive Package For New DA20 And DA40 Owners

The North American distributor network for Diamond Aircraft is has come up with a pretty attractive incentive package for potential new DA20 and DA40 owners. The "Fly Your First Year Free" package is targeted at those learning to fly, or considering a new aircraft purchase.

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ANNReps: ANN Readers Respond To Questions About Changes At AOPA and EAA

Reader Response To Our Ten Question Editorial Rant Was Overwhelming... And Thought-Provoking

Herewith, are some of the responses to Question #10... Whaddya think... Is AOPA a better organization with its new leadership (Fuller) or was it better when Phil (Boyer) was running things? Same question for EAA (possibly a mite premature at this point)... is EAA better now with a year's worth of new leadership, or was it better with Tom Poberezny's leadership?

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Boeing May Face Pressure To Accelerate All-New 737

Pratt & Whitney CEO Skeptical 737 MAX Will Compete With A320neo

Boeing has attracted a new critic of its plan to re-engine the existing 737 product line for increased efficiency. Some analysts say the move will buy Boeing 15 years before it needs to develop an all-new 737 airframe. But David Hess, CEO of engine-maker Pratt & Whitney, warns Boeing not to bet on that.

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Flight Design Delivers First 'Law Enforcement' CTLE

Tulare County, CA Sheriff First To Employ Popular LSA In Police Role

The Tulare County, California Sheriff's Office has taken delivery of the first "law enforcement" model of the Flight Design CTLE LSA, which has been modified to accommodate special equipment to help it perform its new duties.TCSD Reserve Captain David Williams and Lt. Marsh Carter traveled to Woodstock, CT last month to pick up the airplane and fly it back to California. 

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Klyde Morris 09.09.2011

Never Ask A Question To Which You Don't Want To Know The Answer, Klyde

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TSA Orders 300 'Stick Figure' Scanners

Agency Says Older Scanners Will Be Converted Through Software Upgrades

TSA Administrator John Pistole has announced the expenditure of about $44.8 million for the purchase of 300 millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines for deployment to airports nationwide. The new machines have automated target recognition software. These so-called "stick figure" scanners are designed to eliminate revealing, passenger-specific images.

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S-76D Helicopter Accelerates Toward Certification

Third Prototype Joins Flight Test Program

A third S-76D prototype helicopter has joined the aircraft's certification flight test program, according to Sikorsky officials in Florida. “D3,” the third prototype, recently flew for the first time, officially taking its place as the program's primary vehicle to certify the avionics and electrical systems. The S-76D helicopter flight test program has achieved more than 500 flight hours to-date with its first two prototypes.

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Unions Rally For FAA Funding

Latest Temporary Funding Extension Ends September 16

Members of at least four aviation employee unions rallied Washington's Ronald Reagan National Airport Wednesday morning, calling on members of Congress returning from their summer break to immediately pass another FAA funding bill, before the current extension runs out on September 16.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.09.11)

“The Tulare County Sheriff's Department will be the first agency in the U.S. to put a Light-Sport Aircraft into full time service in support of Patrol, just as many agencies do with a helicopter.” Source: Tulare County Sheriff's Office Reserve Captain David Williams.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.09.11): Bilateral Agreement

The term “bilateral agreement” means an executive agreement between the U.S. Government and the government of another country to facilitate the airworthiness approval or acceptance of civil aeronautical products exported from one country (contracting state) to the other.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.09.11)

Oregon Pilots' Association

Many states have pilots' organizations to promiate avaition in a way that national organizations can't. One such group is the Oregon Pilots' Association, who's stated goal is to promote aviation in the State of Oregon and to provide information to pilots and anyone interested in general aviation.

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