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February 07, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 02.07.12

Iran reports a successful satellite launch.
Another Lion Air pilot is busted for illegal drug use.
And two documentary filmmakers are lost in the crash of an R44.

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HBC Board Shakes Up Top Management

Robert S. “Steve” Miller To Join Company As CEO, Boisture Stays

The Board of Directors of Hawker Beechcraft, Inc. announced today that it appointed Robert S. “Steve” Miller as Chief Executive Officer of the Company, effective Feb. 7. Bill Boisture, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Hawker Beechcraft, Inc., will remain as Chairman of its operating subsidiary Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.

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FAA Allows NOAA To Impose Airspace Restrictions

Pilots Could Face Six-Figure Fines For Overflights Of Marine Sanctuaries

Overflight of certain marine sanctuaries below 1,000 feet msl, or in some cases below 2,000 feet msl, could result in fines of up to $100,000 imposed by NOAA, according to the AOPA. The accusation can be made based on observations by persons with no aviation background, and the burden of proof is on the pilot to show he or she did not disturb any wildlife during the flights.

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Four Former Recipients To Participate In Collier Trophy Selection

Nominees Named Range From The Largest Airlifter To The Human-Powered Gamera The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) announced last week that former Collier Trophy recipients Dick Rutan (1986), Joe Lombardo (Gulfstream – 2003), Bobby Sturgell (ADSB -- 2008), and Jeff Pino (Sikorsky Aircraft – 2010), will be among the aviation leaders who will participate in the Selection Committee for the 2011 Robert J. Collier Trophy. In addition, NAA released the list of nominees.

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OccuFLY at LAX - Flight Attendants Hold Large Protest

FAs Disagree With Union Rules Changes In FAA Reauthorization Bill

Flight Attendants from over 20 airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and concerned citizens from across the country held an OccuFLY protest at Los Angeles International Airport on Monday, February 6. Flight Attendants and supporters protested what they said is the latest attack on collective bargaining rights included in the FAA reauthorization bill.

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NAA Announces Most Memorable Aviation And Space Records Of 2011

Annual List Details The Most Memorable Aviation And Space Records Of The Previous Year

The National Aeronautic Association (NAA), as the official record keeper for United States aviation and space, each year tracks dozens of world and national record attempts.  New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world air sports federation. 

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Paraplegic Man Realizes His Dream To Fly

Specially-Modified Pipistrel Tarus Gives Him Freedom Of Flight

"Actually, I have always dreamed of flying," Jan Hercek began his story. "When I was in the third grade of elementary school, that's nine years old in my country (Slovenia, formerly Yugoslavia), I started to draw sketches of aircraft and pretend-calculations on how to make an aircraft fly. I lived in a small village, about 50 houses – no more than maybe 200 people. So I was pretty alone in my daydreaming about aircraft."

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Whooping Cranes Seem Happy In Alabama

Have Not Followed Ultralight Surrogate Parent In First Migration To Florida

Fish and Wildlife officials say that the nine juvenile whooping cranes whose first migration that ran into some red tape have not continued their migration, perhaps in part because of the mild winter weather in the south.

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NASA Receives Second Highest Number Of Astronaut Applications

Over 6,300 Apply For The Ultimate E-Ticket Ride

More than 6,300 individuals applied to become a NASA astronaut between Nov. 15, 2011 and Jan. 27, the second highest number of applications ever received by the agency. After a thorough selection process, which includes interviews and medical examinations, nine to 15 people will be selected to become part of the 21st astronaut class.

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Red Bull Stratos Attempt May Be Close

Felix Baumgartner Said To Be Preparing For Record-Breaking Skydive

The Red Bull Stratos Team may be close to an announcement that Felix Baumgartner will attempt his record-setting skydive in August over the New Mexico desert. Baumgartner has for years been working to attempt the jump, which will begin from a balloon at 120,000 feet ... literally the fringe of space.

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Restored Cub Flies For The First Time Since The 1950s

But The Person Responsible For Its Restoration Will Never Fly The Plane

When a freshly-restored Piper Cub took off for the first time since the 1950s from Clearwater Air Park in Florida, the person largely responsible for its restoration could only sit and watch from his bedroom window.

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Helicopters Borrow Whale Technology

Humpback-Style Fin Bumps Said To Improve Stall Performance

Some large airplanes have had their profiles compared to whales, notably the original Boeing 747, and especially the Airbus Beluga. Now, German scientists are looking to the humpback whale for inspiration in the design of new helicopters.

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Boeing Worker Injured In Towing Accident

Was Trapped Under The Landing Gear Of A 787

A Boeing worker at Paine Field was injured late last week when a JAL 787 being towed ran over him, trapping him underneath the plane's landing gear.

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Aero-TV: Final Approach -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 3)

A Glass Panel System Really Shows Its Mettle When You Head For The Approach

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.

Aero-News Alert! Congress Finalizes FAA Bill Conference Report

Bill Sent To President Obama For His Signature

Numerous ANN Real-Time Updates Throughout Afternoon of 02.06.12: House and Senate conferees have given final approval to a long-term funding bill for the FAA, and sent it on to President Obama for his signature. The "FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012" authorizes $63.3 billion for FAA programs through 2015.

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Aero-TV: Final Approach -- Discovering Avidyne's R9 with DFC100 (Part 3)

A Glass Panel System Really Shows Its Mettle When You Head For The Approach

So... a few months ago, we had the chance to sit back in awe at the expertise already displayed by one of the Avidyne R9 glass panel's most passionate advocates... and users. There are few more knowledgeable people on the planet, as far as R9 is concerned, than Trip Taylor and for the better part of a few hours, we had the chance to sit back and enjoy his synoptic descriptions of just a few of the many intriguing features built into one of the most usable glass panel cockpits we've yet flow... now made even more so with the advent of the DFC100 digital autopilot.

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Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC) Responds To Schumer Comments

Says That North Shore Route Creates Congestion, Safety Hazards

In a story posted on ANN last week, New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) said that he expects the FAA to impose a helicopter flight corridor which would push traffic over the water as it transited north of New York City. Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC), sent a statement to ANN in the form of an e-mail, responding to Senator Schumer's comments.

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Global Aviation Holdings Files For Chapter 11 Restructuring

Company Says World Airways, North American Airlines Will Continue To Operate Without Interruption

Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the parent company of World Airways, Inc., North American Airlines, Inc. and other subsidiaries, say that to achieve a cost and debt structure that is industry competitive and continue to provide outstanding service to its customers, it has commenced a financial restructuring through the voluntary filing of petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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China Nixes Participation In EU-ETS

Bans State-Run Airlines From Taking Part In Carbon Tax Scheme

China has imposed an outright ban on its flagged airlines from taking part in the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme, saying it is in violation of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and international civil aviation regulations. The country's airlines are also prevented from using the scheme as a reason to boost ticket prices.

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Aero-Commentary: EAA, The New Beginning

Layoffs, Changes In Leadership May Signal Change In Direction As Well

Last month, the aviation public got its first view of changes that have been quietly sweeping through EAA. Unnoticed by rank and file members until that day, they have been occurring since Rod Hightower came to the party. Let there be no doubt, these and many more have and will continue to happen. But are they that bad? It depends on what you believe about EAA.

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B787s To Undergo Fuselage Repairs

Company Says Correcting Recently-Discovered Issue Will Not Affect Production Schedules

Boeing says that problems discovered in the aft fuselage of some of its new 787 Dreamliners are being corrected, and that the repairs will not affect the airplane's production schedule.

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EASA Certifies XtreamAir Single Place Airplane

XA41/Sach 300 Gets European Safety Agency Nod

EASA has certified the XtreamAir XA41/Sbach 300, the singe-place version of the company's popular two-place aerobatic aircraft. Its design is based on the already-certified XA42/Sbach 342.

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French Air Crews Launch Four-Day Strike

Move In Protest Of Labor Reforms

A bill to change the way French airline workers can call strikes which is working its way through the French Parliament has sparked a four-day strike on the part of airline pilots and flight attendants. The strike began Monday.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.07.12)

"At Senator Schumer's request, in 2007 we agreed to follow the North Shore route. Unfortunately, this restricted flight plan resulted in a highly concentrated and condensed flight pattern for all helicopters over the North Shore" Source: Jeff Smith, Chairman of the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.07.12): Hold Procedure

A predetermined maneuver which keeps aircraft within a specified airspace while awaiting further clearance from air traffic control.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.07.12)

FAA Office Of Commercial Space Transportation

The Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) was established in 1984 as part of the Office of the Secretary of Transportation within the Department of Transportation (DOT).

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