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May 01, 2012

ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.02.12

Delta is out to make its own jet fuel…

Piper Aircraft continues on a winning streak…

Space X test fires it’s Falcon 9 rocket…

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Sierra Nevada Corporation Reinvests In NASA's Johnson Space Center

Will Assist In The Development And Operations Support For The Dream Chaser Orbital Crew Vehicle

A series of Space Act Agreements (SAA) has been signed by Sierra Nevada Corporation with NASA's Johnson Space Center dating back to May 2011 to assist in both the technical development of, and operations support for, the Dream Chaser Space System. 

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US Revises Policy Toward Taiwan

White House Will Sell New Fighter Aircraft

The White House said on Friday that Taiwan does have a legitimate need for new fighter planes to counter the expanding gap with China's military. The U.S. pleged to sell the country an undetermined number of new aircraft.

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AEA Publishes Analysis Of FAA's Proposed Part 145 Rewrite

Compares Differences Between NPRM And Current Regulations

As the first step in keeping its members and other interested parties informed about the FAA's proposed changes in Part 145 of the FARs, the Aircraft Electronics Association has published a comparative analysis of the proposed changes to current regulatory language.

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NTSB Releases Prelim In Cessna 421 Accident In The Gulf Of Mexico

Airplane Circled Until Fuel Was Exhausted, Went Down In Deep Water

The NTSB has released a preliminary report for an accident which occurred April 19th in the Gulf of Mexico. Because the airplane quickly sank in about 1,500 feet or water, recovery of the wreckage and inspection of the airplane will be difficult, to say the least.

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China Eastern To Buy 20 B777s

Fleet Expansion To Meet Growing Demand In The Region

China Eastern Airlines has agreed to buy 20 Boeing 777-300ERs (Extended Range), as the airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in Asia-Pacific and China, the most dynamic market for commercial airplanes.

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Pakistani Officials Say Fuel Tank Explosion Caused Bhoja Airlines Accident

Some News Report Indicated That Unidentified Lights May Have Been Present

Officials in Pakistan are saying that the April 20th accident involving a Bhoja Airlines Boeing 737 was caused by the airliner's fuel tanks catching fire and exploding while on approach to Islamabad Airport, but some news reports have added a layer of mystery to the accident which fatally injured all 127 people on board the airplane.

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Pilot And Passenger Survive Power Loss Accident In NC

Retired Airline Pilot Was Flying The Airplane When It Went Down

Retired airline pilot Ralph Griffin and his wife Mary Jane are considering themselves lucky after walking away from an accident this Sunday after their airplane lost power just after takeoff. The Griffins had just departed the air strip at their home when the aircraft lost power and impacted a cable by a power pole, spinning the airplane around before it came to rest in a field.

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Custody Battle Emerges Over Airline Wreckage

Bhoja Air Accident Airplane Subject Of Dispute

Subsequent to the Bhoha Air accident on April 20, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority petitioned a court to get custody of the aircraft wreckage. The director of the CAA filed to seek possession of the remains after local police sought custody due to the criminal case involved. Koral police cited Farooq Bhoja for being responsible for the crash and resulting loss of life.

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NASA Scientists Find History Of Asteroid Impacts In Earth Rocks

Strikes Were Far More Common Than Originally Thought

Research by NASA and international scientists concludes giant asteroids, similar or larger than the one believed to have killed the dinosaurs, hit Earth billions of years ago with more frequency than previously thought.

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Pilot Admits Inexperience, Credits God With His Surviving Aircraft Accident

The FAA Offers Alternate Explanation

Jay Perdue figures at least three factors led to his surviving an April 19 accident that saw his Mooney destroyed, injuring himself and two others. He summed up the accident by saying “My situation overran my experience”. His airplane impacted terrain just beyond McKinnon (TN) Airport’s  3,000 ft runway and skidding between two trees before stopping in a grassy area.

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Wreckage From SC Cirrus Accident Removed

Airplane Went Down During Touch & Go Practice

In a situation that is happening with inexplicable frequency, another Cirrus SR series piston single has gone down -- with tragic consequences. The burned wreck of a Cirrus SR22 GTS turbo was removed from Anderson County (SC) Regional Airport (KAND) a day after a fatal accident claimed the pilot and sole occupant. William T. Hayden was practicing touch and go landings, and had been accompanied by flight instructor Bill Settle prior to the accident. Mr. Settle exited the airplane to observe his friend and student complete three landings. According to the Independent Mail of Anderson, SC, he told investigating officials that Mr Hayden had left the runway and climbed steeply before the 'engine stalled' and the plane rolled i

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Insulating Material Inducted Into Space Technology Hall Of Fame

Aspen Aerogels' Flexible Barrier Protects Spacecraft During Launch

The Space Foundation has inducted low-density, light-weight flexible aerogel insulating material into its Space Technology Hall of Fame. The foundation also inducted Dr. George L. Gould, Aspen Aerogels' vice president of research and development, into the Hall of Fame for his role in developing and adapting aerogels for commercial use.

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Metro Boston Announces Winner In Race To Space Contest

First Space Mission To Be Launched By A Newspaper

Justin Dowd, a Northeastern University physics undergrad beat out hundreds of thousands of applicants worldwide to win the once-in-a-lifetime ride aboard XCOR Lynx, a first generation rocket-powered aircraft being built by SXC (Space Expedition Curacao). Metro is the first newspaper to offer a reader the opportunity to go into space when it launched its Race For Space competition in March. The prize is valued close to $100,000 according to SXC’s website.

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Aero-TV: AEA President Paula Derks -- Take Back Our Industry

Here's One More Way That The Transformation Of Aviation Can Happen... With Strong Leadership

The 2012 AEA Convention and trade show had much to boast about... great news, exciting product unveilings and no end of interesting products and people to feature. However; one of the most interesting aspects of this year;'s event was the outstanding address given to the membership by AEA President Paula Derks. Leading one of the most technically complex industry associations in the world, Derks argued forcefully for a new attitude for an industry victimized by blundering politics, pointless bureaucracy and a doddering economy by "Taking Back Our Industry."

Aero-TV: AEA President Paula Derks -- Take Back Our Industry

Here's One More Way That The Transformation Of Aviation Can Happen... With Strong Leadership

The 2012 AEA Convention and trade show had much to boast about... great news, exciting product unveilings and no end of interesting products and people to feature. However; one of the most interesting aspects of this year;'s event was the outstanding address given to the membership by AEA President Paula Derks. Leading one of the most technically complex industry associations in the world, Derks argued forcefully for a new attitude for an industry victimized by blundering politics, pointless bureaucracy and a doddering economy by "Taking Back Our Industry."

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HBC Files Forms To De-Register Bonds

Will No Longer Have To Report Financials Quarterly To SEC

Hawker Beechcraft has filed paperwork with the SEC that will allow it to keep its financial information private. An analyst not authorized to speak to the media said the move will allow the company to keep its financial records private, which means competitors will not be able to learn about the company's finances. It also saves time and money for the company.

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NBAA, GAMA Welcome Government Report Highlighting Value Of Business Aviation

USITC Looked At Manufacturing, Business Competitiveness And Productivity

NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen and GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce had pretty glowing reviews for a new report issued Wednesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), confirming the critical importance of business aircraft manufacture to America’s industrial base, and the value of business aviation in making companies of all sizes more efficient, productive and competitive.

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Boeing Rolls Out First 787 Dreamliner Built In South Carolina

Thousands Gather To Witness Historic Moment

The first Dreamliner to be assembled in South Carolina rolled out of final assembly late last week to great fanfare from the crowd of nearly 7,000 Boeing employees and invited guests. The festival-like atmosphere, featuring aerial displays, music and entertainment, was a fitting celebration to commemorate assembly completion of the first 787 built at the North Charleston, SC, facility.

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SNC Begins Dream Chaser Flight Test Program

Completes First Captive-Carry Flights Of The Orbital Spacecraft

Sierra Nevada Corporation has begun flight testing of its Dream Chaser Space System with a successful captive carry of a full scale Dream Chaser Flight Vehicle near the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Colorado.  This test marks the completion of the 12th Program Milestone for NASA's Commercial Crew Development Round 2 (CCDev) Program.

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Southwest Founder Herb Kelleher To Receive Cabot Award

Company Has Been Profitable For 38 Consecutive Years

The coveted Godfrey L. Cabot Award will be presented to Herbert D. (Herb) Kelleher, founder and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines at the Harvard Club, Boston, MA, Friday June 8, 2012. Kelleher will receive the award for his dynamic leadership and creative innovation in making Southwest the 5th largest airline in the United States.

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Conference Committee On Highway Bill Set To Meet

Alexander Amendment Would Shift Some FAA Responsibility To The National Parks Service

The U.S. House of Representatives has now selected its conferees to iron out differences with the Senate over competing versions of the Highway Reauthorization Bill. Embedded in the Senate version, S. 1813, is language inserted by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) that would shift FAA authority to regulate air tour operators over national parks to the National Park Service.

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President Obama Names Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients

Astronaut John Glenn Among The Honorees This Year

President Barack Obama has named thirteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at the White House in late spring.

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Embraer Marks 1st International Delivery Of US-Made Aircraft

Florida-Built Phenom 100 Goes To Canada

Embraer Executive Jets made its first international delivery of a US-made Phenom 100 when Canadian Businessman Tasso Kostelidis took delivery on March 31. “Canada is a strong and growing market for Embraer,” said Vice President Sales-North America Bob Knebel as he joined Kostelidis at the end of the three-day delivery process.

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ICON Aircraft Demonstrates Historic Safety Achievement

Video Released Showing Spin-Resistant Characteristics Of ICON A5

ICON Aircraft announced earlier this year that it successfully completed spin-resistance testing of its A5 amphibious LSA to the standard specified by the FAA for Part 23 certified aircraft. This historic achievement will make the A5 the first conventional production aircraft to be designed to and fully meet this standard once it enters production.

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Air Lease Corporation Announces First Boeing 787-9 Lease Transaction

Dreamliners Included In Recent Aircraft Purchases And Lease Placements

Air Lease Corporation says it has completed transactions covering 11 twin aisle aircraft and two single aisle aircraft. The deals include the purchase of eight new Boeing 787-9 aircraft for lease to Vietnam Airlines.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.01.12)

" We are investing in Houston." Source: Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President of SNC's Space Systems.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.01.12): Fuel Remaining

A phrase used by either pilots or controllers when relating to the fuel remaining on board until actual fuel exhaustion.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.02.12): Damage Tolerance

The attribute of an Aircraft structure that permits it to retain its required residual strength for a period of use, generally take off and landing cycles.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.01.12)

Space Technology Hall Of Fame

The Space Foundation, in cooperation with NASA, has proudly conducted the Space Technology Hall of Fame since 1988.

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