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January 28, 2012

Airborne 01.27.12: GAMA To Obama--Support GA!, FAA Funding, A380 ADs, Sebring!!!

Also: NTSB, Cubs, OMB Killing Towers, Atlantis' New Home, Rockwell Collins Optimism, Great Glider Vids, And Traveling Politicians!!!

Airborne 01.27.12 is chock full of info about the week ending Friday, January 27th, 2012... Presented by Aero-TV veteran videographer and Airborne Host Ashley Hale, and supported by ANN CEO/Editor-In-Chief Jim Campbell, Chief Videographer Nathan Cremisino, and Aero-Journalists Tom Patton and Paul Plack, this episode covers: GAMA Wants Obama To Support GA House and Senate Leaders Appear To Compromise On FAA Funding EASA Issues A380 AD NTSB Completes Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) Study OMB May Close Nearly Half Of US

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Seattle-based Aviation Partners Seeks Dismissal Of Airbus Lawsuit

Two Locked In A Legal Struggle Over Blended Winglet Design

When Joe Clark and his business associates founded Aviation Partners, Inc. (API)  in 1991, he had no idea that he'd be locked in a legal battle with European government-backed aviation giant Airbus. Now Aviation Partners has filed a response to the pre-emptive lawsuit Airbus recently filed that seeks to invalidate Aviation Partners' patent (number 5,348,253).

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Machinists Union Opposes Proposal To Change Voting Rights In FAA Bill

Calls The Compromise 'Crippling' To Labor Organizations

As was to be expected, not everyone is happy with the compromise worked out between House and Senate leaders to move a long-term FAA funding bill forward in congress. Sito Pantoja, General Vice President of Transportation for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) has issued a statement criticizing a Congressional proposal that provides long-term FAA funding at what he says is the expense of airline and rail workers’ rights to join unions.

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Two Medical Helo Crashes Blamed On Pilots

NTSB Says Both Chose To Fly Into Dangerous Weather

It's likely that medical helicopter transport will always remain a dark corner in accident statistics. A no-go call on these missions risks a patient death, and the calling of a helicopter usually means time is of the essence. But in two recent probable cause reports, the NTSB notes fatal accidents resulted when pilots took unnecessary weather risks during routine flights home, after their patients had reached the hospital.

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Gingrich Promises Manned Lunar Base

Tells Space Coast He Accepts 'Grandiose' label

Certain places in America seem to trigger pandering by politicians more than others. In 2008, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney promised a crowd in Detroit a $20 billion bailout for the domestic auto industry if he was elected. This week, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich spoke to aerospace industry leaders on Florida's Space Coast, and proposed a Kennedy-esque commitment to return to the Moon, not just to visit, but to establish a manned base.

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Two Governors Call On President To Support Business Aviation

Bipartisan Effort To Remind President Obama Of Benefits Of BizAv

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) have written to President Obama asking for his support for all of general aviation, including business aviation. The governors’ letters remind the president of the industry’s essential role in supporting job creation, helping companies of all sizes compete and succeed and connecting communities to global markets.

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Aviation Groups Thank Clinton, LaHood For Strong Opposition To EU-ETS

Letter Promises 'Appropriate Action' Against EU Should The Press Forward

The NBAA is among the organizations applauding a strongly-worded letter from two high-ranking U.S. government officials to European Union President Jose Manuel Barroso, warning that Washington will take "appropriate action" if the EU continues demanding that aircraft flagged in the U.S. participate in Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS).

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NTSB Prelim Released In L39 Fatal Accident

Flight Appeared To Be Routine From Witness Reports, ATC Transcripts

The NTSB's preliminary report for an accident involving an L39 Albatros indicates the flight appeared to be fairly routine. The pilot, who according to media reports was qualified both for the airplane and flight in IFR conditions, did not give any indication anything was wrong with the aircraft before it went down very shortly after takeoff from Northeast Alabama Regional Airport (KGAD), in Gadsden, Alabama.

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Deal Struck Between US Airways And Association Of Flight Attendants

Agreement Covers 6,700 Mainline FAs

US Airways and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) said Friday that they have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. AFA represents the airline's 6,700 mainline flight attendants. Details of the agreement were not immediately available from either party.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.28.12)

"The proposal imposes Congressionally-mandated standards for union representation elections and oversight that have always been up to independent federal labor authorities to decide.” Source: Sito Pantoja, General Vice President of Transportation for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.28.12)

F86 Sabre Pilots Association

An international association with members representing 7 countries. The stated goals of the association are to perpetuate the history of the F-86 Sabre.

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