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January 31, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 01.31.12

Thousands are stranded in the Spanair shutdown.
Roscosmos can exhale after a successful Progress docking.
And the ATSB is looking into a Tiger Moth crash down under.


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Travel Industry Urges Congress To Stop Airlines From Breaking The Law

Airline Industry Pioneer Weighs In With The Business Travel Coalition

The Business Travel Coalition (BTC) has transmitted a letter signed by some 150 organizations to Congressional conference committee members negotiating a long-term reauthorization of the FAA. Signatories urged conferees to include language that will prevent some airlines from continuing to violate Section 41712 of the U.S. Federal Aviation Act.

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Astronaut Jerry Ross, First Seven-Time Space Flier, Retires

Spent More Than 1,400 Hours In Space Over Three Decades

Jerry Ross, the first person to launch into space seven times, has retired from NASA. In a career that spanned more than three decades, Ross spent almost 1,400 hours in space and conducted nine spacewalks to rank third on the list of most extravehicular activity time in space.

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NTSB Focuses On Gear Handle In Cessna 340 Accident

Pilot Fatally Injured When The Plane Went Down In Ocala, FL

An NTSB official said in a media briefing Sunday that the landing gear on a Cessna 340 which went down Friday near Ocala International Airport was nearly fully retracted, and the gear handle was in the up position.

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First Vega Rocket Assembled On Launch Pad

Launch Window Opens February 9th

ESA’s new Vega rocket is now fully assembled on its launch pad. Final preparations are in full swing for the rocket’s inaugural flight from Europe’s Spaceport. The launch window opens on February 9th.

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Boeing, Thales Select EC135 For Helicopter Australian Aircrew Training

Calls Eurocopter Helo A 'Low-Risk' Platform

Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) and Thales Australia have named the Eurocopter EC135 as the preferred platform for their bid on the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Project AIR 9000 Phase 7 – Helicopter Aircrew Training System (HATS).

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Twirly Birds Announce Annual Meeting

To Be Held In Dallas, TX In Conjunction With Heli-Expo

The social helicopter pilot organization "Twirly Birds" has announced their annual meeting to be held in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, February 12th during the 2012 HAI Heli-Expo. The reception will begin at 1700 CST immediately followed by a membership meeting at 1800 in Ballroom A, Section 1 in the Dallas Convention Center.

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Record Year For The GE90 Engine

GE Receives Commitments For 400 Units

The GE90 engine experienced its most successful year in 2011, accumulating airline and freighter operator commitments for 400 engines with a list price of more than $11 billion. This surpasses the previous record of 250 engine commitments in 2007.

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Columbia Helicopters Ready With New Test Cell

Expanding Capabilities For Chinook Customers, Others

Columbia Helicopters says it has officially opened its new turbine engine testing facility. The $4 million project will allow the company to work on a wider variety of turbine helicopter engines, and will result in the addition of several new customers.

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Marine Pilot Mourned In Hometown Service

One Of Six Fatally Injured In Sea Stallion Accident

The Marine Corps pilot of a CH-53D Sea Stallion was laid to rest Sunday in his hometown of Crystal Lake, IL. Capt. Nathan McHone was fatally injured when his helicopter went down during a mission in Helmand province in Afghanistan January 19th. Thousands of people reportedly lined the streets of the small town northwest of Chicago as his body was brought home.

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GE Aviation Looks To Complete Mississippi Plant By Year's End

General Contractor To Be Selected In February

A new plant being built by GE Aviation in Ellisville, MS should be finished by the end of 2012, and fully operational in 2013, according to the company's media relations manager.

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Airbus: 'Resilient' Cargo Market Will Drive Freighter Demand

Sees Particular Need For Aircraft In The A330-200F Category

The 2011-2030 Airbus Cargo Global Market Forecast foresees this sector continuing to demonstrate its resiliency to financial challenges and other worldwide pressures, generating an overall demand during the period for more than 2,700 jet freighter aircraft having cargo capacities of 22,000 pounds and above.

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Eight Newark TSA Screeners Suspended

Transgressions Range From Sleeping On The Job To Improper Screening For Explosives

Eight TSA workers have been suspended from duty at Newark Airport for a range of security lapses ranging from sleeping on the job to failing to screen some bags for explosives.

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Aero-TV: The Veteran’s Airlift Command -- A Higher Purpose

A Little More In-Depth Look At One Of The Bright Shining Lights In The GA World

Some months ago, we offered up a short but impressive look at a small organization that embodies the true of today's aviators... the Veteran's Airlift Command. This time around, we get a little in-depth and detailed about one of the true stars in the GA biz... folks who serve those who served us and present a positive and impressive aero-image for the world.

Aero-TV: The Veteran’s Airlift Command -- A Higher Purpose

A Little More In-Depth Look At One Of The Bright Shining Lights In The GA World

Some months ago, we offered up a short but impressive look at a small organization that embodies the true spirit of today's aviators... the Veteran's Airlift Command. This time around, we get a little more in-depth and detailed about one of the true stars in the GA biz... folks who serve those who served us and present a positive and impressive aero-image for the world.

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LaHood Optimistic For Long-Term FAA Bill

Calls The Measure A "Done Deal"

Speaking at a car show in Dearborn, MI, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that a long-term funding bill for the FAA is a "done deal," and expressed additional optimism that a long-term transportation measure would also be passed this year by the Congress.

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New Hungarian LSA Has Racing Heritage

Corvus Fusion Introduced, Test Flights To Begin In March

After just six months of development, privately-owned aircraft manufacture Corvus Hungary has rolled out the first Corvus Fusion from its assembly hanger in Pordenone. The event was attended by Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race GmbH and Peter Besenyei, Red Bull Air Race pilot and world aerobatic champion.

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FAA Accused Of Fast-Tracking Wind Farm

Former Agency Employee Urges Zoning Board To File Suit

The FAA has cleared development of a 64-turbine wind farm west of Pratt Regional Airport in Kansas. But the Pratt County Zoning Board is left scratching its collective head after a former FAA employee who's also a commercial pilot, flight instructor, and expert witness in 60 lawsuits says the FAA screwed up, and building the wind farm could leave the county liable for aviation accidents.

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Pilot Charged With Manslaughter In Plane Crash

His Daughter Was Fatally Injured In Orange, MA Accident

A Massachusetts grand jury has handed up an indictment against the pilot of a plane which went down last year in Orange, MA. The pilot's daughter was fatally injured in the accident. Steven T. Fay is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the January 1, 2011 accident. His daughter, Jessica Malin, accompanied him on the flight.

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Eurocopter Delivers First NH90 TTH In Final Operational Configuration

New Aircraft Goes To French Armament Procurement Agency

During a visit by the French Defense Minister Gérard Longuet to its facilities in Marignane, Eurocopter officially delivered the first NH90 Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) qualified in its final operational configuration to the French armament procurement agency Monday. This initial delivery comes on the heels of the qualification issued by the NAHEMA countries last November for the French NH90 TTH in its final operational configuration.

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The Fly-In You Might Have Missed ... But Shouldn't Have

Palatka, FL Offers A Different Kind Of Event

In a previous edition of Aero-News, we advised our readers about the upcoming second annual Fly-in at the Palatka, Florida airport. Well, if you missed this fly-in, you missed an excellent event, because it wasn’t like the typical fly-in where you just have a gathering of pilots and their planes with a few dissimilar models interspersed among the food and trinket vendors. No not at all, this was much different.

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Winning Dove Design Unveiled By British Airways For London 2012 Aircraft

Pascal Anson Will Create Custom Livery For The Plane

The design of the British Airways aircraft to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be 'The Dove' by up and coming British designer Pascal Anson. His artwork beat hundreds of entries in the BA Great Britons Program, and was chosen by a judging panel including Turner-prize nominated artist and Royal Academician Tracey Emin, the Royal Academy of Arts and the airline.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.31.12)

“Mr. Fay was neither licensed nor qualified to fly that twin-engine plane without an instructor on board, and he was repeatedly warned as such, yet he nevertheless chose to fly the plane at night with a passenger on board without his instructor’s knowledge or approval." Source: Massachusets Northwestern First Assistant DA Steven E. Gagne.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.31.12): Unable

Indicates inability to comply with a specific instruction, request, or clearance.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.31.12)

The A-4 Skyhawk Association

An affiliation of individuals who have flown, maintained, (or who simply love) the "A-4 Skyhawk".

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