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April 10, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 04.11.12

The NTSB Issues Safety Recommendations For The Reno Air Races

The First Man Arrested With The Help Of A Drone Says His Arrest Was Illegal

And Ryan Air Tells its Flight Attendants To

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NTSB Chair Hersman Outlines Safety Recommendations For Air Races

Holds News Conference In Reno To Announce Suggested Changes

NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman held a news conference in Reno Tuesday to announce recommended changes in how air races are conducted in an effort to improve safety. "We are not here to put a stop to air racing," Hersman said. "We are here to make it safer."

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NTSB Prelim: Unsuccessful Aerobatic Maneuver Resulted In Pardue Fatality

Accident Was Not Survivable Due To Near-Vertical Descent To Impact

The NTSB has released initial details in the tragic loss of Howard Pardue. There is little to be said at this point other than the fact that even the very best of us can put themselves into non-survivable scenarios... and that, ultimately, a very fine pilot lost his life while an entire community mourns his passing.

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Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified

Interred 40 Years To The Day After Being Shot Down

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced last week that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and returned his family for burial with full military honors.

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First Two Students Complete New Type Rating Courses At Florida Tech

Program Allows Undergrads To use Regular Electives To Prepare For Aviation Careers

Juan Villa-Navarro and Sidney Callaghan are the first to complete Florida Institute of Technology’s new advanced airline pilot flight courses. The flight courses, Jet Transition and Commercial Type Rating, are presented in conjunction with Aerostar Training Services of Orlando. In preparation, they had completed Florida Tech‘s third course, Flight Observation, in which Navarro and Callaghan observed 16 hours of simulator training to learn first-hand the teamwork required of flying as a crew. The two also have made collegiate aviation history this semester (April 6) by obtaining a Captain’s license in the Airbus A320.

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Fishing Show Host Fatally Injured In Airplane Accident

Jose Wejebe Went Down In His Comp Air 8 Kit Plane

The host of a fishing show appearing on the Outdoor Channel was fatally injured Friday when the Comp Air 8 he was flying went down shortly after takeoff in the Florida Everglades. Jose Wejebe, 54, was the only person on board the aircraft when it went down.

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Space Shuttle Discovery To Fly Over D.C. Metro Area

Heading To Dulles Airport And Smithsonian Institution April 17th

NASA's 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA) with space shuttle Discovery mounted atop will fly approximately 1,500 feet above various parts of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, April 17. The flight, in cooperation with the FAA, is scheduled to occur between 1000 and 1100 EDT.

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Singapore Airlines Retires Last 747 From Passenger Service

Moving To More Efficient 777s, A380s

The last passenger flight by a Boeing 747 for Singapore Airlines occurred Friday, as the commemorative farewell trip carried more than 350 passengers from Hong Kong to Singapore.

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Canadian Dash 8 Broken Into At Pond Inlet, Nanavut

Canadian North Airline Says It Will No Longer Leave Aircraft At That Airport

Officials for Canadian North airline say they will no longer park airplanes overnight at Pond Inlet airport in Nanavut after one of their Dash 8 airliners was broken into last Wednesday.

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Wichita Aero Club Will Host Kansas Senior Senator Pat Roberts

Senator Expected To Discuss Aviation-Related Legislation, Upcoming Election

The Wichita Aero Club’s April Luncheon speaker is used to addressing groups in Kansas. Senator Pat Roberts began doing so for almost 3 decades, having spent 16 years as a Congressman from the state’s First District before being elected to the United States Senate in 1996. He is now serving his third term and has built a reputation as a national leader in agriculture, health care and defense.

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More Than 200 Lakotas Approaching 100K Flight Hours

Two-Hundred-Nine Of The Aircraft Have Been Delivered To The Army

The Army's newest aircraft, the UH-72A Lakota, is approaching 100,000 flight hours, and maintains one of the highest mission-capable rates among Army aircraft. The Army expects to buy a total of 345 of the aircraft, and the service has just taken delivery of 209 so far.

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Seven Injured In AZ Chinook Accident

British Aircraft Was Damaged, No Fatalities Were Reported

A British Chinook helicopter on a training mission northeast of Yuma, AZ Saturday was involved in what was described as a "mishap" on a landing approach. There were seven people on board at the time of the accident, but none suffered more than minor injuries.

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Arizona Sheriffs Department Selects Becker Digital Airborne ICS For New AS350 B3

Pima County Will Install Audio Panel In New Multi-Mission Helo

The Pima County Sheriffs Department (PCSD) of Tucson, Arizona has selected Becker Avionics' DVCS6100 digital airborne audio control panel system for its new AS350 B3e multi-mission helicopter. The aircraft was delivered in mid-March during a ceremony at American Eurocopter’s Grand Prairie TX Delivery Center.

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Airbus Military A330 MRTT Makes First Flight In RAF Service

Inaugural Sortie Was A Training Mission Around The UK

The Airbus Military A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport has made its maiden flight in service with the UK Royal Air Force yesterday April 8th.

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Whooping Cranes Will Likely Soon Fly Back To Wisconsin

The Group Of Nine Juveniles Never Made It To Florida For The Winter

That group of nine juvenile endangered whooping cranes which followed an ultralight airplane from Wisconsin to Alabama last winter will likely begin their return migration soon ... without the surrogate adult to lead them.

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Aero-TV: Redbird MCX -- Dual Yoke AATD, Crew Trainer

Redbird Takes On The Daunting Task Of Flight Crew Training
 
The Redbird MCX is a full motion, feature-rich Advanced Aviation Training Device priced with real-world flight training organizations in mind. The MCX is a dual yoke, dual rudder version of our FMX that is geared towards Crew Resource Management (CRM) and two pilot cockpit training. With standard features that are anything but standard such as wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility and of course an electric motion platform, the MCX serves up a level of realism that is simply unavailable in other training devices on the market.

Aero-TV: Redbird MCX -- Dual Yoke AATD, Crew Trainer

Redbird Takes On The Daunting Task Of Flight Crew Training

The Redbird MCX is a full motion, feature-rich Advanced Aviation Training Device priced with real-world flight training organizations in mind. The MCX is a dual yoke, dual rudder version of our FMX that is geared towards Crew Resource Management (CRM) and two pilot cockpit training. With standard features that are anything but standard such as wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility and of course an electric motion platform, the MCX serves up a level of realism that is simply unavailable in other training devices on the m

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Iberia Pilots Call One-Day Strike

First Of 30 Planned Actions To Protest Low-Cost Start-up Iberia Express

Pilots who fly for Spain's Iberia Airline called a one-day strike Monday, the first of 30 such labor actions the union plans to take in protest the start up of low-cost airline Iberia Express. The strike caused 150 Iberia flights to be grounded.

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FAA Eases Rules Medical Certificates Letters Of Authorization

Removes Requirement To Have Letter On Physical Person While Exercising Pilot Privileges

A rule published last month in the Federal Register removes a regulatory provision under FAA medical certification standards intended, in part, to require that individuals granted the Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) have their letter of Authorization in their physical possession or readily accessible on the aircraft while exercising pilot privileges.

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NTSB: Helicopter Likely Brought Down By A Clipboard

Three People Were Fatally Injured In August, 2010 Accident

In its probable cause report for an August, 2010 helicopter accident which fatally injured three people, the NTSB found the accident was most likely caused by a metal clipboard striking the helicopter's tail rotor, though how that happened was not evidently clear.

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FAA Investigating Ignored Emergency Landing Call

United Express Pilot Reported Smoke In The Cockpit

The FAA is investigating an incident which occurred last Tuesday in which a United Express pilot requested an emergency landing after reporting smoke in the cockpit, but the controller dismissed as a prank. The Denver International Airport air traffic controller apparently misunderstood the flight's identification and dismissed the declaration of an emergency.

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Pilot Ordered To Surrender Certificate Following Drunk Flying Charges

California Man Accused Of 'Endangering Life And Property Of Another'

FAA officials have ordered Michael B. Ferrero of Penngrove, CA, to surrender his pilot certificate or face fines of $1,100 per day following charges that he operated an airplane while intoxicated. The emergency revocation order came after the 62-year-old Ferrero was observed flying eratically over a highway and failed a field sobriety test after landing on January 3rd.

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Boeing, Transaero Airlines Finalize Order For Four 787 Dreamliners

History Made As Airline Completes Transaction On Board Dream Tour Flight

Boeing and Transaero Airlines of Russia recently signed an order for four 787-8 Dreamliners. The signing ceremony for the order, valued at $744 million at list prices, made history by being held onboard the 787 during a demonstration flight for Transaero's executives, employees and special guests.

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Flying Public Unconvinced Airlines Have Improved

Purdue University Survey Shows Passengers Want To Be Heard

This year's Airline Passenger Survey confirms that customer service is the most important consideration for air travel consumers. Airlines like Southwest who push a service-oriented message continue to score highest in passenger-friendliness for consumers in this ongoing study by Airline Quality Rating researchers.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (04.10.12)

“Recently, the U.S. Congress mandated airline pilot standards for first officers. We are responding to what the new law intends." Source: Peter Dunn, program manager, assistant professor and faculty adviser at Florida Institute of Technology.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (04.10.12): Missed Approach Point

A point prescribed in each instrument approach procedure at which a missed approach procedure shall be executed if the required visual reference does not exist.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (04.10.12)

Canadian Owners and Pilots Association turns 60 years old this year. The idea to form COPA was born in April, 1952.

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