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January 29, 2012

Airline Employment Up Slighly In November

BTS Reports 12th Consecutive Increase In Airline FTEs

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 2.6 percent more workers in November 2011 than they did in November 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) reported today. This is the 12th consecutive increase in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Alaska PLZ Helo Accident

Helicopter Substantially Damaged, But No One Was Injured

Cold weather flight testing on a Polish-registered PZL Swidnik SW-4 helicopter resulted in an accident but fortunately no injuries. The testing proceeded to plan, but developed problems with the controls after the hydraulic system was shut off. The pilot was not able to overcome the control problems, and the helicopter impacted the ground.

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Boeing Records Strong 2011 Finish

But 2012 Guidance On Pension Costs Surprises Analysts

Boeing released 2011 Q4 financials Wednesday, and the news was mixed. Despite a long, deep recession, the company's order backlog allowed fourth-quarter net income to rise to $1.4 billion, or $1.84 per share, on revenue of $19.6 billion. But the company also warned that pensions costs higher than anticipated by analysts will create a headwind for 2012.

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Marenco Swisshelicopter To Unveil HVC At Heli-Expo

New Cockpit Concept Complements High/Hot Performance

At Heli-Expo 2012 next month, Marenco Swisshelicopter, Ltd. says it will unveil a unique High-Visibility Cockpit concept on the SKYe SH09 helicopter.

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Students Write Code To Control Zero Gravity Satellites On ISS

Nationwide Robotics Competition Brings Together Young Aerospace Engineers On Earth

Twenty seven teams of high school students from across the United States competed in the Zero Robotics SPHERES Challenge which took place at MIT in Cambridge, MA and aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this week. "Team Rocket" from River Hill High School, Maryland, "Storming Robots" from Storming Robots LLC, of New Jersey and "SPHEREZ of Influence" from Rockledge High School, Florida posted the best cumulative score out of 9 multi team 'alliances' seeing their code tested in space by real astronauts.

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Dassault Falcon's West Palm Beach Satellite Service Station Opens

Will Serve As Base For "GoTeam" For Mobile Response

Dassault Falcon's newest Satellite Service Station recently opened, one month ahead of schedule, at West Palm Beach Airport (KPBI) in Florida. DAS - West Palm Beach is authorized by the FAA to perform "A" inspections up to the "4A+" inspection on the Falcon 50, Falcon 2000 and Falcon 900 family of aircraft as well as the Falcon 7X. EASA approval is expected within the next 30 days. Operators can contact our DAS - Wilmington facility to schedule their aircraft for maintenance.

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Neptune Aviation Accelerates Air Tanker Readiness

Early Start Predicted For The 2012 Wildland Fire Season

Neptune Aviation is gearing up for the 2012 fire season through an accelerated maintenance and training program, given predictions of earlier than normal wildland fire out-breaks--particularly in portions of the US Southwest. "The US Forest Service approached us last fall, and asked that we have our aircraft available early," said Dan Snyder, President of the Missoula-based company.

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AvWorks Aviation Completes Eco-Friendly Jet Reclamation Project

Parts And Systems From A Lear Jet 24 Will Find New Life Following Salvage

No one likes to think about where old jets go to die, but even airplanes sometimes need to be ... recycled ... for lack of a better term. Such a process was recenly completed by Fort Lauderdale-based AvWorks Aviation Corp, which successfully dismantled and reclaimed parts of a Lear Jet 24 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.29.12): Translational Lift

Translational Lift The additional lift obtained through airspeed because of increased efficiency of the rotor system, whether it be when transitioning from a hover into horizontal flight or when hovering in a wind.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.29.12)

Aero Linx: History of the Helicopter -- Igor Sikorsky And Other Early Pioneers During the mid 1500's, Italian inventor Leonardo Da Vinci made drawings of an ornithopter flying machine that some experts say inspired the modern day helicopter. In 1784, French inventor, Launoy and Bienvenue created a toy with a rotary-wing that could lift and fly and proved the principle of helicopter flight.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (01.29.12)

"Valuable parts and components were identified, removed and tagged for our inventory; the client was happy, the job site was clean, and our relationship with Precision solidified... We expect to generate more business from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport as the administrators, aircraft owners and managers all stopped by to experience firsthand our unique dismantling process." Source: Joel Young, AvWorks CEO, which successfully dismantled and reclaimed parts of a Lear Jet 24 at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.

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