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May 09, 2013

Positive News! GAMA Issues First Quarter 2013 Airplane Shipments And Billings

GA Shipments Up Nearly 10 Percent Worldwide, Billings Up 32 Perdent

There is some positive news in the first quarter shipment and billings report for 2013 issued Thursday by GAMA, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). In the first three months of 2013, total worldwide general aviation (GA) airplane shipments increased 9.6 percent, from 418 units in 2012 to 458 units this year. Billings for GA airplanes totaled $4.6 billion in the first three months, up 32 percent from the same period last year.

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.09.13

A New Bill In Congress Seeks To Revitalize General Aviation…

NTSB Continues to Examine the Dreamliner Battery Fire…

The FAA Will Not C

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Appeals Court Restores Damages In Missouri Skydiving Accident

Pilot And Five Passengers Fatally Injured In 2006

The Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled that the families of four of the five skydivers who were fatally injured when the plane they were in went down on July 29th, 2006, are due $28 million in punitive damages. The families will also divide $20 million in compensatory damages.

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Navy Pilot From Vietnam War Identified

Shot Down While Strafing Ground Targets In 1966

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

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WestJet To Order 10 Boeing 737-800 Airplanes

Reveals Plans In Quarterly Earnings Statement

Canadian carrier WestJet says it plans to order 10 Boeing 737-800 aircraft as part of a fleet modernization effort. In its quarterly earnings statement posted online, WestJet said it has entered into an agreement with a third party  to purchase 10 Boeing Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft in 2014 and 2015, effectively reducing the average age of WestJet's fleet by approximately one year.

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UPS 767 Fleet To Get New Look

Winglets To Be Added To 767 Aircraft To Save Fuel, Reduce Emissions

The flagship Boeing 767 fleet operated by UPS is being modified with winglets as a part of the company's sustainability efforts to save fuel and reduce emissions. These wingtip devices are designed to enhance the overall efficiency of the aircraft, saving fuel by reducing drag while also lowering noise emissions by improving take-off performance.

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Duncan Aviation’s Provo, UT, Facility Earns EASA Certification

Working To Secure Additional Certifications With Mexico And Brazil

Duncan Aviation’s Provo, Utah, location announced Wednesday that it is officially a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part-145 Approved Maintenance Organization. The company’s Provo location is working to secure two more certifications, one with Brazil and the other with Mexico, in the next few months.

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AA, US Airways Participate In TSA PreCheck For Some International Itineraries

Program Expands To Include Eligible International Travelers On Both Carriers

Eligible American Airlines and US Airways passengers now have access to TSA PreCheck for select international itineraries. TSA PreCheck lets eligible, pre-screened customers traveling from select United States airports ease through security without removing their shoes, belt, jackets or other light outerwear, and allows them to leave laptops and 3-1-1 compliant bags in their carry-ons.

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First Of Two VIP S-92 Helicopters Delivered To Turkish National Police

Aircraft Will Provide Support For The Turkish Prime Ministry

The first of two VIP S-92 helicopters has been delivered to the Turkish National Police (TNP) for service to the Turkish Prime Ministry under a contract signed in 2011. The new helicopters will support the Head of State function currently served by one S-92 helicopter operated by the TNP since 2005.

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FAA Denies Permission For Wind Farm Construction

Proposed Wind Turbines In Litchfield, NY, Would Disrupt Air Traffic, Agency Says

The FAA has told Ridgeline Energy that its proposal for a wind farm in the upstate New York town of Litchfield east of Syracuse would pose a hazard to air traffic.

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Shoreline Aerospace Moving To New Site At Ft. Lauderdale International

Strategic Airside Location Includes Warehouse And Six-Acre Apron

Shoreline Aerospace, a provider of supplies and MRO support services for commercial and military jets, will be moving its expanding business to a strategic airside location at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (KFLL).  Along with office space, the new facility includes a 60,000 square foot warehouse and a 6-acre apron with ramp access. 

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Turkish Air Ambulance Company Orders 17 EC135s

THK Gökçen Aviation To Being Operations With New Aircraft In August

A fleet of 17 EC135s has been ordered by the Turkish Aeronautical Association’s THK Gökçen Aviation commercial arm to perform medical airlift duties throughout Turkey. Operations are to begin this August with an initial five EC135s, followed by a build-up to the full complement of 17 rotary-wing aircraft.

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US Airways Mechanics File For Election To Become Teamsters

Mechanics And Related Workers Seek Union Representation

US Airways mechanics and related workers have filed for an election with the National Mediation Board (NMB) as part of their campaign to become Teamsters. "Because of the Teamsters' solid, documented track record of excellent representation, the Teamsters Union is the best and most logical choice to represent us for the future as professionals in the airline industry," Jim Blanton, a 25-year US Airways mechanic, announced today at a news conference in Charlotte, NC, with mechanics and related workers from other airports across the country.

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Aero-TV: SAM Aircraft -- A 'Retro' Look For Today's LSAs

A Modern LSA That Reminds Us Of Days Gone By

The LSA movement is filled with examples both old and new... but the SAM LS actually straddles two generations of sport aviation. With classic looks and modern engineering, this diminutive two-seater is aiming to head for production later this year and try to be one of the few successful LSA manufacturers in North America.

Aero-TV: SAM Aircraft -- A 'Retro' Look For Today's LSAs

A Modern LSA That Reminds Us Of Days Gone By

The LSA movement is filled with examples both old and new... but the SAM LSA actually straddles two generations of sport aviation. With classic looks and modern engineering, this diminutive two-seater is aiming to head for production later this year and try to be one of the few successful LSA manufacturers in North America. The Sam was designed to comply with both LSA - ASTM standards and the Canadian AULA standards. The Sam is a low wing aircraft, utilizing a semi-monocoque structure using a 4130 steel protection cage, covered with an aluminum skin.

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Rep. Mike Pompeo Introduces Small Aircraft Revitalization Act

Says Bipartisan Legislation Would Cut Regulations On The GA Industry, Spur Innovation

Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), has introduced the Small Aircraft Revitalization Act (SARA), which would cut regulations on the general aviation industry and thereby improve safety, decrease costs, and free private-sector innovation. The bill is cosponsored by Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Sam Graves (R-MO), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and Rick Nolan (D-MN).

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NTSB To Conduct Additional Test On Dreamliner Batteries

Airplanes May Be Returning To Service, But The Investigation Is Still Ongoing

The NTSB has reportedly extended a contract with Chesapeake Defense Services for additional Computed Tomography (CT) scans of batteries similar to those removed Boeing Dreamliners as it continues its investigation into why a battery caught fire aboard one of JAL's 787s in January.

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FAA Rescinds Decision To Cut Midnight Shifts At Control Towers

Decision Affects 72 Facilities That Were To Lose Overnight Service

The FAA has reversed course on a plan to close 72 air traffic control towers and other ATC facilities at midnight in an effort to meet the automatic spending cuts that went into effect under sequestration.

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Virgin Galactic Adds Two Pilots To Its Commercial Flight Team

Frederick 'CJ' Sturckow And Michael 'Sooch' Masucci Have Been Selected To Join The Commercial Flight Team

Virgin Galactic has added pilots Frederick “CJ” Sturckow and Michael “Sooch” Masucci to its commercial flight team. As Virgin Galactic clears its final flight test program milestones with powered flight tests now under way, the necessary addition of new pilots will enable the company to meet the test schedule demands and prepare for subsequent commercial operations.

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CF34 Engine Orders Surge

More Than 200 Of The Powerplants Ordered In The Past Six Months

2013 will be a strong year for CF34 engine orders as several North American regional jet operators are expected to make fleet renewal decisions, according to Allen Paxson, general manager of the CF34 Engine Program at GE Aviation. The company has received firm orders for more than 200 CF34 engines from customers since December 2012.

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Ethiopian Airlines Seeks Compensation From Boeing

Wants To Be Paid For Time That Its Dreamliners Sat On The Ground

Ethiopian Airlines will ask Boeing to help offset revenues lost while its Dreamliners sat through a mandatory grounding that began early in January. Airline CEO Tewolde Gebermariam said that the discussions will begin "soon."

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U.S.F.S Issues Notice Of Intent To Award 'Next Generation' Airtanker Contracts

Five Companies Share $158 Million Contract

U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Tuesday that the Forest Service has issued a notice of intent to award contracts to five companies to provide a total of seven Next Generation airtankers for wildfire suppression.

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JetNet Releases March 2013 And 1st Quarter 2013 Market Information

Report Documents Pre-Owned Business Jet, Business Turboprop, Helicopter And Commercial Airliner Sales

Aviation sales research company JetNet LLC has released March 2013 and 1st Quarter 2013 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, helicopter and commercial airliner markets. Comparing March 2013 to March 2012, Fleet For Sale percentages for business jet and business turboprop market sectors were down, but increased slightly in the helicopter markets.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (05.09.13)

“General aviation has never asked for a bailout, but we can cut red tape and at the same time improve safety, effectively revitalizing the industry by cutting the cost of new planes. The existing outdated certification process needlessly increases the cost of safety and technology upgrades by up to 10 times.” Source: Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), on his Small Aircraft Revitalization Act (SARA) of 2013.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (05.09.13): Knuckles

Knuckles Slang for lumpy protrusions on the edges, and sometimes the underside, of a thunderstorm anvil. They usually appear on the upwind side of a back-sheared anvil, and indicate rapid expansion of the anvil due to the presence of a very strong updraft.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (05.09.13)

Apollo 11 Conversations Earth Didn't Hear

You're in a spacecraft, on a mission to land on the moon for the first time in history, and the microphone to Earth is off. What do you say? Now you can listen in on a NASA Web site and find out.

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