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September 27, 2013

ANN Special Report: Our 1st Interview with AOPA's Mark Baker, Part 3

This is a Special Report of the Aero News Network --- “A Conversation with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker”…

ANN Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell was recently gr

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ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 09.27.13

AOPA’s Baker Says FAA Is Not The Enemy…

More Details Released on that Proposed ECi Cylinder AD…

O’Hare Gets $10-Million fo

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Thune Calls On U.S. Delegation To Oppose European Emission Tax

Sends Letter To Representatives Attending ICAO Meeting

U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation sent a letter opposing what he calls the "misguided" European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) to Duane Woerth, Ambassador to the U.S. Mission to ICAO; Julie Oettinger, FAA Assistant Administrator for Policy, International Affairs and Environment; and Todd Stern, U.S. State Department Special Envoy for Climate Change.

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Bell Helicopter Delivers First Bell 407GX In Switzerland

Aircraft Will Fly ‘Utility’ Missions

The first Bell 407GX helicopter to be delivered in Switzerland is now in the hands of Alpinlift Helikopter AG, where it will perform utility operations. 

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Abu Dhabi Airport Continues To Prepare For Pre-Clearance Procedures

CBP Move Strongly Opposed By U.S. Pilot Unions

A photo posted on the website Pilot Partisan shows a covered sign at the Abu Dhabi airport that directs passengers to a pre-clearance area. U.S.  Customs and Border Protection even as Congress drafts legislation to prevent the move and over the strong objections of U.S. pilot unions.

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Sikorsky S-76D Helicopter Flight Simulator Enters Into Service

FlightSafety Supports Sikorsky's Newest Commercial Aircraft

Sikorsky and FlightSafety International have jointly announced the launch of the first full flight simulator for Sikorsky's S-76D helicopter platform. Located at FlightSafety's Learning Center in West Palm Beach, FL, the new simulator replicates the aircraft's exact flight and operating characteristics.

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Testing Of Advancing 6th Generation Military Engine Technology Underway

Adaptive Fan Rig Would Change Bypass Ratios For Thrust Optimization

Testing of a unique, adaptive supersonic fighter engine fan rig based on a full-scale F135 development fan to advance the next generation of military fighter engine technology is underway at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The purpose of the adaptive fan rig test is to mature technologies associated with adaptive bypass flow associated with a third stream of air, which will enable efficiency improvements in long-range persistence and high thrust combat maneuvers as well as in transonic and supersonic flight conditions.

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NASA Rover Inspects Pebbly Rocks At Martian Waypoint

Stones Bear Evidence Of An Environment That Was At One Time Wet

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed a trek of many months toward its mountain-slope destination, Mount Sharp. The rover used instruments on its arm last week to inspect rocks at its first waypoint along the route inside Gale Crater.

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VietJetAir To Acquire Up To 100 New A320 Family Aircraft

Low Cost Carrier Becomes New Airbus Customer

Vietnam’s VietJetAir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for up to 92 A320 Family aircraft and will lease eight more from third party lessors. The agreement signed with Airbus today covers for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights for the A320 Family.

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AW189 Flight Training Device Ready For Use

Meets EASA Requirements For A Level 2 FTD

A new AW189 Flight Training Device (FTD) is available at AgustaWestland's A. Marchetti Training Academy in Sesto Calende, Italy. The device has been qualified by an EASA / ENAC joint team to FTD Level 2 as per CS-FSTD(H), and is installed in the new simulation building which will include up to nine Full Flight FFS and five FTDs (Flight Training Devices).

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Teamsters, Horizon Air Reach Tentative Agreement On Proposed Contract Extension

Five-Year Deal Would Cover 280 Workers At The Airline

Horizon Air and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Monday jointly announced a tentative agreement on a proposed five-year contract extension covering the airline's 280 aircraft technicians, fleet service agents and other fleet support positions.

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Airwolf Aviation Services Named To National Flight Training Honor Roll

Only Flight School In SC So Recognized

Airwolf Aviation Services has been recognized for its high standard of accomplishment in flight training by AOPA. The flight school has been awarded a spot on the Flight Training Excellence Awards Honor Roll, a title given to high scoring flight schools from AOPA’s flight training poll.

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William Shatner Declines Flight On Virgin Galactic

Captain Kirk And Sir Richard Branson Tell Different Stories As To Why

The actor who so boldly went to far-flung planets and battled Klingons and Romulans firmly grounded on a sound stage in California has declined an opportunity to fly on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo ... but actor William Shatner and Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson tell very different stories as to why the actor won't be taking a sub-orbital flight.

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Airborne 09.27.13: 1-On-1 With AOPA's Baker, Privatization Talk Heard, Did NAA Diss Bob Hoover?

Also: Eclipse 550 To Attend NBAA 2013, SpaceX Ramps Up Dragon Production, Congrats To Ashley and Jordan On Their Marriage!!

ANN's CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell was granted one of the first in-depth interviews with Mr. Baker who has been on the job for less than a month. In preparation for this opportunity we asked you - our readers and listeners, what questions you would ask if you were one-on-one with the new AOPA Top Gun. Your replies numbered in the many hundreds -- completing a document of nearly 30,000 words. In the conversation that follows, the questions asked are YOURS - the answers are Mr. Baker's. Here now is Part 1 of our ANN Special Report... As Congress dithers about the federal budget, and in anticipation of cuts to the FAA, stakeholders are again starting t

A Conversation with AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker, Part 2

This is a Special Report of the Aero News Network... Mark Baker, Part 2 of 3

Listen to Part One Of Our Interview With Mark Baker We all know that AOPA has a new head man - Mark Baker. He's a pilot with a corporate business management background. But what do we really know about Mark Baker - and more importantly his plans for AOPA and its membership. ANN's CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell was granted

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Airborne 09.27.13: 1-On-1 With AOPA's Baker, Privatization?, NAA Disses Hoover?

Also: Eclipse 550 To Attend NBAA 2013, SpaceX Ramps Up Dragon Production, Congrats To Ashley and Jordan On Their Marriage!!

ANN's CEO and Editor-in-Chief Jim Campbell was granted one of the first in-depth interviews with Mr. Baker who has been on the job for less than a month. In preparation for this opportunity we asked you - our readers and listeners, what questions you would ask if you were one-on-one with the new AOPA Top Gun. Your replies numbered in the many hundreds -- completing a document of nearly 30,000 words. In the conversation that occured, the questions asked are YOURS - the answers are Mr. Baker's. Here now is Part 1 of our ANN Special

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FAA Releases More Details Behind NPRM For Proposed AD For ECi Cylinders

Cost Of Compliance Across The Industry Would Top $82 Million

The FAA has published more details behind a proposed AD that would affect engines which incorporate ECi cylinders that could have a wide-ranging financial impact on the GA community.

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New AOPA Head Mark Baker Says The FAA Is 'Not The Enemy' Of GA

Wants AOPA And Others To Work On Second Pilot's Bill Of Rights, Other Issues

New AOPA President and CEO Mark Baker says that AOPA may "pick up the torch" as a collection point for information about a follow-on Pilot's Bill of Rights as proposed by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK).

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NASA Needs Road Map To Manage Aging Assets

House Science Committee Hearing Examines Legislation To Give Agency Added Flexibility

A recent hearing in the House Subcommittee on Space focused on NASA’s efforts to manage its facilities and infrastructure, and examined proposed legislation to provide the agency greater flexibility. A 2012 study conducted by NASA estimated that the agency may have as many as 865 unneeded facilities, with maintenance costs of over $24 million a year.

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DOT Secretary Foxx Announces $10 Million Grant For O’Hare

Will Pay For Improvements To Taxiway LL At The Airport

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has announced a $10 million FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant for improvements to Taxiway LL at O’Hare International Airport.

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Klyde Morris 09.27.13

No, Klyde, Everyone Knows It's The Quiet Ones You Have To Watch

FMI: www.klydemorris.com

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New Expedition 37 Trio Welcomed Aboard Station

Three Arrive At Outpost After A Short, Six-Hour Flight

New Expedition 37 crew members Oleg Kotov, Mike Hopkins and Sergey Ryazanskiy were welcomed aboard the International Space Station Thursday at 0034 EDT. They docked to the Poisk mini-research module Wednesday at 2245 EDT aboard a Soyuz TMA-10M spacecraft.

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AgustaWestland, Milestone Aviation Group Make Multi-Aircraft Framework Agreement

Leasing Company Currently Manages 18 AW Helicopters

Dublin, Ireland-based Helicopter leasing company Milestone Aviation Group announced at Helitech International that they have inked a multi-aircraft, multi-year Framework Agreement with AgustaWestland for the purchase of a "significant number" of helicopters in a combination of the AW169, AW139 and AW189 models from the AgustaWestland Family of new generation helicopters.

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Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.27.13)

“Since 2005, Congress has provided consistent guidance on how NASA should develop such a roadmap as well as the necessary funding on a go-as-you-can-pay basis. Despite our efforts, OMB and the recent Administration have chosen to divert resources from exploration to other efforts." Source: House Space Subcommittee Chairman Steven Palazzo (R-MS).

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ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.27.13): Pilot Briefing

A service provided by the FSS to assist pilots in flight planning. Briefing items may include weather information, NOTAMS, military activities, flow control information, and other items as requested.

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ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.27.13)

Official Site of the B-52 Stratofortress Association

"We bring together all those who have been or are associated with the BUF-designers and builders, aircrew, maintainers, enthusiasts - to exchange memories. We try to help old buddies find each other."

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